Two years in: an open letter to our community

An open letter to our community of Hammer family, Hammer friends, Hammer originals, Hammer newbies, Hammer fans and future Hammer friends. I pen this on the eve of Hammer Athletics’ second anniversary. While this piece serves as an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together, it also looks at where we seek to…

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October 30, 2016

The juice is worth the squeeze – the long-term pitfalls to fat loss

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt, November 4, 1910. As regular as…

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October 12, 2016

Who IS the best personal trainer in Brisbane?

A ‘best personal trainer in Brisbane’ competition was recently brought to my attention through a tag by a loyal friend on social media. The competition is being run by a well-known local internet site, renown for reviews of all things food, drink, events, festivals and everything in-between. The site was asking for input from followers as to…

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May 23, 2016

Opinion: Are bodybuilders athletes?

By Matt Ham. So I was doing my usual scroll through my news feed on Facebook when I came across a bodybuilder/sculptor (for ease of reference, let’s call him Lou) who had posted something that a friend of mine had liked. What caught my attention however was not what he said but the fact that…

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April 8, 2016

Crossfit’s identity crisis

I have always been critical of Crossfit, so much so that seeing Crossfit participants in their active (insert Reebok here) wear at my local breakfast spot, talking about ‘Fran’ ‘Linda’ and ‘Mary’ used to drive me crazy. As a scientist, I’m naturally skeptical. I’m always reading articles and looking for information that might impact what…

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February 16, 2016

Fitspo Psycho Vs. Social Psycho

johnBy Matt Ham. When it comes to nutrition it is so very important to have a well-rounded and balanced approach. Unless you’ve come to us saying you want to get up on a stage, or compete professionally, chances are that you’re looking to be as lean and strong as possible while maintaining the lifestyle that you enjoy. During…

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July 30, 2015

Athlete interview with James Horwill

In announcing our Athlete Development Program we made the very bold claim that participants would “train like an athlete would train, you will eat, be measured, tested and coached in all the ways an athlete would be”. So we thought what better way to back that claim up than to speak directly with a professional…

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July 10, 2015


An open letter to Hammer enthusiasts, friends and people who have stumbled across this (and have liked what they have heard and stayed): So it’s been quite a few months since I last spoke and a hell of a lot has happened since. 2014 has been quite a watershed year for us here at Hammer…

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January 19, 2015

Leave our industry alone!

Written by Kristine Ham and Matthew Ham In a recent rant[i] by an industry colleague, it was pointed out that the fitness industry as a whole was providing a disservice to the general population. It was claimed that fitness professionals in general (PT’s, coaches, even nutritionists) were not doing their job, and despite the growing…

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July 1, 2014

Overcoming adversity in the eyes of obesity

A story of love and loss… By Kristine Ham Thursday 6th June, 2013 I sit calmly in my swivel chair facing a man who I am about to commence an interview with. Towering over me at 6ft 3 inches, he exudes confidence.  However, I know that this interview is not going to be a walk in the…

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June 6, 2013