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What makes this blog different from all the other fitness / strength and conditioning blogs out there?

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex… It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

Albert Einstein

I love that quote – and it inspires me to put out all of my content. Burning fat, building muscle and feeling better is really quite simple. It shouldn’t be the complex, confusing and often contradicting science it is made out to be.

I always believe in the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple, you Sexy beast)

It really is quite simple. I never said it is going to be easy, but the principles to achieve your goals are in fact very simple.

I became sick to death of so many gurus quoting complex studies, training programs and science jargon to get their message across. So many of them had the same ole information just regurgitated in their own words.

After working with hundreds of clients from the professional down to the junior high level, I feel that I have a ton of information to share that can help take your training to the next level and transform you athletically, mentally, and physically.

I have literally tried EVERY diet and workout program there is. Low carb… high carb… High fat… High reps… Long cardio. You name it, I’ve tried it.

What worked best was getting back to the basics – the exercises that worked, and the nutrition principles that are proven, is what i use for my own training and for the hundreds of clients I deal with every week in my facility.

What’s your favorite workout?

I would have to say strength training. I love the challenge, and I love getting new PB’s when I train. My favourite workout would definitely include a dead lift and pull-up variation, and of course it would have to have some bench pressing in there to satisfy the meat-head in me 😉

Second to that, I love getting outdoors. Whether it’s surfing here on the Gold Coast, outdoor sprints or hiking in the outdoors, I really enjoy the fresh air.

What’s your favorite healthy meal?

This meal is so good, it doesn’t even feel like it’s healthy and I would never tire of it. It would start with my home made coffee (Not a meal I know, but I do love my coffee) from my Aeropress.

Then, I’d cook a massive grass-fed steak on my BBQ with some prawns, and a huge fresh salad. Dessert would be either a gluten-free brownie, or some fresh organic berries.

What’s your favourite cheat meal?

It would have to be ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s or a massive Cold Rock concoction.

Any vices?

I love a good whiskey. I really like Highland Park 18 year. And coffee. Oh and chocolate. Those would be my main three.

What does your daily schedule look like?

I am an early riser, getting up between 4-5am most days of the week. For me, it’s the most productive time of the day. If I don’t have clients early, I would spend the first hour or more stretching, writing for my blog, or working on my main priority for the day. I always try to be productive before 7am, so that if my day is flat out and I get nothing else done, it’s still a successful day.

I like to train at least 4 days a week, but typically 5 or more. I find my body responds best to 3-4 gym sessions, a few conditioning sessions and hopefully I get to surf on the weekend.

Sleep is something I struggle with. Despite always recommending 8 hours of quality sleep to my clients, I generally only get 5 or 6. I do make sure they are quality hours, and I don’t have caffeine after lunch so I can sleep better.

For the rest of the day, I would be writing articles or reading to expand my knowledge. I am am massive book nerd, and try to read 1 book per week.

In my down time, I spend as much of it as possible relaxing with my wife and getting ready for the arrival of our twins, who will join us in May this year.


It was in high school that Pete decided to dedicate him self to becoming fitter, stronger and leaner.

Pete was “skinny-fat” for all of his life, until he learnt how to correctly train and eat. In the five years since leaving high school, Pete packed on over 15KG’s of solid muscle and transformed his own body.

From then on Pete was hooked to gaining strength in the gym. He loved the challenge of continual improvement, or Kaizen as it is known, and this carried over to other facets of his life, including career and relationship.

Pete studied to become a personal trainer in 2003. His clientele ranged from professional athletes to junior high athletes; from military personnel and weekend warriors to everyday people who are simply determined to improve themselves – to become leaner, stronger and healthier.

It’s Pete’s unique personality and ability to communicate his message that keeps people coming for more – a combination of giving blunt advice, with humour and genuine care.

Pete opened Priority 1 Gym November 2009. It was located in a tiny studio and had zero clients and barely any equipment, but grew through his determination and passion to create the best and most successful transformation facility not just on the Gold Coast, but in Australia.

In February 2011, Pete moved P1 Gym into a new, bigger facility and with the help of his team now performs over 200 sessions each week.

If you’ve read this far, then thanks again and look forward to going on this journey with you.

Committed to your success,




Pete Tansley