After completing his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science, James started iFitness as a mobile practice in 2007 while completing his postgraduate degree in Exercise Rehabilitation. Ever since, James has been committed to providing the highest quality Exercise Physiology services on the Coast. James has always had an interest in cardiac rehabilitation and has been involved in running in patient Cardiac Rehabilitation programs in Sydney and is the only exercise physiologist to have held a clinical position in the public hospitals on the Central Coast where he was also involved in cardiac, pulmonary and stroke rehabilitation groups.
In mid 2015, James opened his first clinic which was designed to be state of the art and to be able to offer services (particularly in the areas of Cardiac Rehabilitation and knee replacement rehab) not available anywhere else on the Central Coast. iFitness Exercise Physiology has been able to not only achieve this goal for cardiac and knee patients but is also the only place on the Central Coast to offer Metabolic and VO2 fitness testing as well as a range of other high quality health services to suit people from all stages of life.
In the past, Central Coast residents have often traveled to Sydney for the best health care, James has patients that travel from Sydney and as far North as Raymond Terace to see him, and is convinced that iFitness is able to offer services to a standard that will see more and more people from Sydney and Newcastle travelling to the Coast to get the best care!
As the old saying goes, you can’t change what you can’t measure, problem is that when it comes to the body, it can be very difficult and expensive to measure certain aspects of health. Therefore, most health professionals will use estimates or indirect measures to base treatment on. At iFitness, we know that your unique and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Therefore we are not content to just guess with your health and that is why we have invested over $100,000 in acquiring the latest medical devices to measure how your body works so that you get a truly individualised solution
If you have an ECG done, most of the time you are wired up and then connected by about 1.5-2m of cable to a computer which measures your heart and allows you enough movement to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. Problem is that your movement outside of this is fairly limited and the weight and movement of the wires can result in messy readings which make it hard to properly see how your heart is responding. At iFitness, we have a state of the art wireless ECG system which means that chest electrodes are wired to a wearable belt which houses a transmitter which then sends the data to the computer. The result is that you get a cleaner signal and you are free to move about normally up to around 20m from the computer! this means that we are able to look at your heart not just during bike or treadmill exercise but also during strengthening work, we can re-create household tasks, walking up and down stairs etc. it would even be possible to measure it during certain sports. This results if a greater depth of information and better exercise prescription targets. It also leaves no doubt for you about what your heart is capable of after a cardiac event! Many hospitals and universities do not have access to this type of ECG device.
Just like ECG measures electrical activity in the heart, EMG measures electrical activity in muscle. More often than not, IF health care providers have access to EMG devices they usually only look at one or maybe two muscles at a time and are attached to a hand held device by cable. This is fine for some things but id does not allow for adequate measure during activity and movement. At iFitness, we have the latest wireless EMG system from one of the best biomechanical analysis companies in the world, Noraxon. This allows us to wirelessly monitor muscle activation in real time during general movement and during exercise and sport. This system allows us to measure what muscles are working, when they are working and how hard they are working and even lets us test exercises to make sure that what we are trying to work is actually working or if there is a more effective solution. This is very helpful when prescribing exercise for musculoskeletal conditions and sport conditioning and ensures you are getting the maximum benefit! These systems are normally reserved only for high end university analysis.
Ever wonder if your metabolism is slow? ever wondered if all the work you are doing in the gym is actually making a difference to your fitness levels? iFitness is one of the only facilities on the Central Coast to be able to measure and test both of these! A metabolic cart measures expired oxygen and carbon dioxide during either rest of exercise. This data can measure how fast your metabolism is working, how aerobically fit you are (the more oxygen you use during exercise, the more efficient your body is and the less stress your cardiovascular system is under), as well as how many calories you burn during exercise! This has significant benefits for gym goers, people wanting to lose weight, people wanting to improve their fitness, those looking to get into emergency service roles or jobs that require minimum fitness levels and those wanting to train for sporting events.
reACT eccentric leg/hip/core trainer:
Muscles can either contract and get shorter (concentric), stay the same length (Isometric) or get longer (Eccentric). Eccentric training has massive benefits for increasing muscle size and strength, preventing injury and improving balance and co-ordination (to name a few). In addition to this, with the right guidance, eccentric training has been shown to be very effective in the rehabilitation after knee injuries and surgeries such as ACL tears, knee reconstructions and knee replacements as well as tendinitis injuries. This is because the force generated by the muscle during lengthening contraction is significantly higher than concentric or isometric. This type of training is very difficult to do through traditional forms of training. The reACT facilitates this however in a safe, controllable and measurable way. As eccentric training also has a lower cardiac load than other training, it is also very helpful for those with diminished functional capacity as seen in many patients with COPD and heart failure. For a more in-depth explanation about the benefits of eccentric training and the reACT click HERE