Corporate Wellness

What is your employee wellness strategy?


The necessity for health and wellness in the workplace is now well documented. In Dr. Roger Sahoury book “The Gladiator’s Guide to Corporate Health and Wealth” Sahoury stated that companies who strategically manage wellness see: 60% greater retention of employees, 200% more revenue per employee, and 38% increased employee engagement. Now that is massive! If that is not enough incentive to establish a wellness program, nothing will be.

With these new found benefits it is no surprise that there has been a significant growth in companies abroad offering corporate wellness programs. In the United States 70% of employers now offer corporate wellness, up from 58% in 2008. However, within New Zealand there is no direct local statistics, as NZ has been a slow adaptor to this movement. However, the estimated cost of absenteeism and presentisms (working while sick) which equates to $1500/person/year (Southern Cross and Statistics NZ).

Providing employees with Health Care is a great start but it is not enough. Organisations are no longer relying on the employees to be proactive of their health, organisations are now taking responsibility and are facilitating in-house wellness programs. These programs have become a fundamental feature in many major organizations, most notably Google, which offers employees on-site physicians and nurses, nutritious food options, nap pods, mindfulness program, and complementary fitness centers, among other perks.


Return on Investment

Corporate wellness is preemptive measure, it costs money to establish but long term it pays for itself several times over. The best analogy is instead of having the ambulance down the bottom of the cliff, waiting for the inevitable, act now and prevent/minimise the occurrence in the first place. Not only is it preemptive, it will take your business to a new level. With happy energetic staff, no task will be too big.

Several studies within the United States have identified for every $1 spent on an employee wellness the ROI (Return on investment) is on average between $1.50 – $3.80!

Johnson & Johnson another leader in corporate wellness, invests in their employees’ and have strategically designed a program that caters to physical, mental, and social health.  The leaders at Johnson & Johnson estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company over $250 million on health care costs over the past decade. Receiving a ROI of $2.71 for every $1 spent between 2002-2008.


Where to Start

Create an environment that breeds healthy and happy employees that are mission based instead of job based. A healthy body and a healthy mind inspires a positive work ethic. Your employees will think more clearly and will be able to problem solve easier than if they are bogged down by sickness.

Every companies needs will vary but every effective wellness program should be well rounded and incorporate physical, mental, and social health. Clarity and consistency are key when it comes to corporate wellness. Any confusion will only cripple the program.


Need Help Establishing a Wellness Program?

Please Contact:

Luke (Health & Performance Specialist)

[email protected]

Pre-Season Training: Are you Prepared?

It is hard to believe we are already heading towards March. With the winter sports season rapidly approaching, what are you doing to prepare yourself for the forthcoming season?

The biggest concern to every athlete  is injury, yet it is prevalent across all sports. In fact, according to ACC injury rates are increasing year by year!


  • 471,980 claims where related to sports and recreation injuries in 2014/2015
  • Claims in the Waikato increased by approximately 1000 more than in 2013/2014
  • Injuries to the knees where most common followed by ankles, shoulders (including clavicle and blade), and lower back.

Injury is often a result of deviations in movement. These deviations can be detected through a variety of different methods, the simplest and most cost effective being a movement screen. There is numerous movement screens the are easily assessable, we have found the most effective to be Grey Cook’s Functional Movement Screening (FMS). The FMS can help identify compensatory movement patterns that are indicative of increased risk of injury.


One of the seven tests within the FMS, the Overhead Squat, as it is a useful functional screening tool that can highlight motor – control problems and mobility restrictions. Research on the FMS is beginning to show that an individual who scores poorly on the Overhead Squat test has an increased risk of injury. This position combines a deep squat with an overhead press and identifies bilateral symmetrical mobility of the hips, knees and ankles as well as the shoulders. Mobility of the thoracic spine is also highlighted within the test.

How to Test: 

You will need a PVC pipe or a dowel to administer the test as well as a 2 x 6 piece of timber. The test is as follows:

  • Stand tall with your toes pointing forwards and feet shoulder – width apart.
  • Place the dowel on top of your head so your elbows and shoulders are at 90 degrees angle.
  • Press the dowel directly overhead.
  • While maintaining an upright torso, descend down into a squat as deeply as you can comfortably go and hold for a count of one.

Try this test with a partner and have them film you from the front and side. This will help you in analysing the movement.

Common Implications & Deviations:

  • If the foot collapses and your heels rise in the assessment, ankle mobility restriction will be present. This could be in the joint itself or tightness in the tissues of the lower extremities like the gastrocnemius, soleus and the anterior tibialis.
  • If the knees should deviate either in internal or external rotation then we can assume this to be a symptom of both hip mobility and hip instability. This could indicate weak/inhibited gluteus medius/maximus, and a tight adductor complex.
  • If the lower back were to hyperextend or excessively arch in the test, we can identify a lumbar stability issue in being a weak inner and outer core. This could further suggest to us the individual may have a tight iliopsoas or other flexors of the hip. Other possible explanations in the deviation would be poor thoracic spine mobility, which indicates tight latissimus dorsi, pectoralis major and minor.


FREE Functional Movement Screen

The first six individuals will receive a FREE Functional Movement Screen with Nathan. First in first served!








Fear Setting

New Year’s Resolutions 
With the new year brings new year’s resolutions. By this time, they may even be starting to feel like a distant memory. In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Let’s not fall into this trap! This year instead of new year’s resolutions replace them with ‘Fear Setting’ (An exercise recently popularized by Tim Ferris)

Fear Setting

Whether it’s starting your own business, asking for a raise, or training for a marathon, the fear of failure can cripple you — if you let it.

To overcome fear, you must first drag your fears out into the open and confront them.

Fear setting is all about embracing your fears! A simple process in which you write down and quantify your fears. What is the worst-case scenario? (often it is not as bad as you think). Once identified work back from that scenario, how can you mitigate these the consequences and then how could you recover from this scenario.

Prior to identifying & mitigating the fear, you should first do a personal analysis of your life. Best way to do this is to apply the Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) The principle states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. I personally love this principle and apply it in my life in many different contexts: Work productivity boaster, Training, nutrition etc.

Follow these 3 steps to fear-setting:

  1. Do an 80/20 analysis:
  • “Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness?”
  • “Which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness?”
  • “Which 20% of sources are consuming 80% of my time?”
  1. Write a to-do and not-to-do list:
  • “Why haven’t I done my most important to-do?”
  • “Why haven’t I stopped doing my most important not-to-do?”
  1. Define your fears clearly (Once identified ask yourself this series of questions):
  • What is the worst-case scenario if I did what I’m considering?
  • What are all the things I could do to minimize that from happening?
  • If the worst-case scenario happened, what steps could I take to minimise repair the damage


“The distance between dreams and reality is called action”

January Newsletter

Welcome 2017!

2017 is going to be a massive year for Taylored Fitness. With so much going on we have decided it is time to establish a monthly newsletter to keep you all up to date. We will aim to keep it short and straight to the point while being packed full of helpful tips and exclusive deals.


Febuary Win Win Referral Special

Refer a friend/family member for starter pack $199 (90min Pre-screen & 2x Individual sessions) and receive a $50 credit per person!!!

Currently we have some exciting things in the pipeline. This includes a whole new look with a re-brand and expansion to a new facility all in the works at the moment. We are currently in the process of nailing down a facility, once secured it will be all go. Aiming tor April-May opening date. Stay tuned!

New Website
We launched our revamped website end of last year. Head over and check it out the new look. 

Weekly Blog Posts

Make sure you check out our weekly blog post, that are released every Monday. You will find them on our website, Facebook & Luke’s LinkedIn page.

Next Mondays post will be around Fear Setting. A new perspective around goal setting.

If there is a topic that you would like us to touch on please let us know =)

Free Endurance Athlete Workshop
Was a success! We had an awesome turnout with amazing weather! With only four days notice for the event we had a massive amount of interest with all spots being filled. The session was based around the importance of mobility and imbalance correction.

Coming Soon: 

5 Week Endurance Athlete Small Group Training:

Who is this for: Triathletes, Runners, Cyclists, Swimmers, Adventure Sport Athletes.

Focus for the sessions:

  • Prehabilation/ rehabilation
  • Mobility
  • Imbalance correction
  • Strengthening
  • Posture
  • Foam Rolling Techniques
  • Running Technique/Efficiency
  • Pre/Post Training Exercises
  • Education

Best of all this doesn’t just prevent injury but will boast your performance!!

When: Starts the week of 13/02/17
Due to popularity, I will be ruining two groups (Max of 10people)

Wednesday 12:10pm-1pm
Friday 6pm-6:50pm

Cost: $15/Week ($75 Total)
With a FREE Lacrosse Ball

Contact Luke for more information.

Practitioners Monthly Highlight: What have we been up to?


Port of Tauranga Half Ironman
As some of you may be aware I have recently taken up triathlon. Early in January I completed my first Half Ironman (Swim: 2km, Bike: 90km, Run: 21km).  I also managed to get selected to represent New Zealand in the Long Distance World Championships in Canada later this year! This was a big moment for me after my long journey of rehabilitation. To keep a long story short Rugby was not nice to me and left me unable to run for 3 years due to injuries (I will touch on this story at a later date).

For those of you that have not meet Nathan yet, he joined the team end of last year. Such an awesome asset to have on the team, with his knowledge and over 8 years experience. (for more infomation see

Here is a bit from Nathan:
The end of 2016 proved to be a highly eventful one for my partner and I. Right before Christmas, after searching for four months we finally secured our first home. The diligence and productivity of my partner and our outstanding surrounding professional team enabled us to have the paperwork done over the Christmas, New Year period, whilst also enjoying some holiday time in Hawkes Bay. The keys were handed over on the evening of February the second, and we had our first dinner there. Knowing this has given us the security and comfort of starting a family with our first one expected the end of May this year. Two very exciting developments in our lives, proving 2017 to be a busy but rewarding year.