Group and One-on-one Training Information – Traffic Light System

Group Training Sessions:

Unleashed sessions under the upcoming Traffic Light system will be run a little differently to previously (pre-Delta). I have decided to run a hybrid system, combining both in-person and remote Zoom session options to cater for all. I know some of you will be keen to get back in and train in-person, however others may choose to continue to train remotely/from home and I want everyone to continue to be fit and fantastic!

To achieve this hybrid system, I will be running sessions out of the Terry Jarvis Centre (TJC) via Zoom.

If you wish to attend via Zoom, you just need to click on the Zoom meeting link below to join from the comfort of your own surroundings, similar to during the Levels system. The passcode required will be text to you upon request (both the meeting ID number and passcode will be the same for all sessions going forward) 

If you wish to attend in-person, you will arrive at the TJC prior to 6.05am, setting yourself up at least 1 metre distance from each other, ready to start promptly at 6.10am. You can then participate in-person, whilst I run the session, also focusing on delivery to online Zoom participants.

If you are planning to come to the TJC in-person, there are some rules that you must follow:

  • To enter the TJC you must be double vaxxed and have a current Vaccine Pass. To help facilitate this you can take a screen shot of your Vaccine Pass and send to me via text to 021865478 or email to Alternatively I can check your Vaccine Pass at the door using the Covid Verifier scanner.
  • Before you enter, please scan the QR code by the entrance. There will also be a manual sheet available if you don’t bring your phone, however scanning-in is preferable.
  • Wear a mask as you enter the facility and until such time as we begin the session. Once we begin the session, you can remove your mask to exercise.
  • Bring a towel and a filled water bottle with you.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available to use upon entry and exit from the facility.
  • Please keep at least a 1 metre distance from others inside the facility at all times.
  • Ensure you put your mask on before leaving the facility.
  • No getting a touch!

One-on-One Training Sessions:

Within the upcoming Traffic Light system, I will be running both in-person training sessions at my usual place of work – the Olympic Gym in Newmarket, but will also continue with remote one-on-one sessions via Zoom – the option is yours!

If you choose to come into the gym, there are additional conditions in place compared to the previously used Levels system. I have summarised the main points below, however if you would like to view the detailed framework issued by Exercise New Zealand, please follow this link and click on NEW Framework – Traffic Light System

  • To enter the facility you must be double vaxxed and have a current Vaccine Pass. To help facilitate this you can take a screen shot of your Vaccine Pass and email to Your pass will then be linked to your membership card, so when you swipe your card upon entry it will show on the computer system that you have a current Vaccine Pass. Alternatively the front desk reception staff will check your Vaccine Pass at the door using the Covid Verifier scanner.
  • You must wear a mask to enter the Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre.
  • Upon entry you must scan the QR code and swipe your membership card.
  • You must leave your mask on as you traverse through the facility i.e. moving through changing rooms, walking across the bridge, walking around poolside, etc.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser upon entry and as you exit the gym.
  • Please follow all signage information and abide by any instructions from gym staff.
  • You can remove your mask once you begin your exercise session.
  • As all water fountains will be out-of-use, you must bring your own bottle with you – already filled.
  • You must bring with you and use a towel during your exercise session.
  • Please keep at least 1 metre distance from others within the gym.
  • All equipment must be wiped down both prior to and on completion of any exercises.
  • As your trainer, I am required to wear a mask at all times during our session. This allows me to be closer than 1 metre to you when we are training.

I understand that this situation is unusual, but please be patient and stick to the rules.

I look forward to catching up with you within the Traffic Light system – via Zoom or in person… to help you to continue to be fit and fantastic in preparation for the holiday season!

What are your current fitness goals?

Have you thought about your current fitness goals lately or simply need to reassess them?

If you need help, I’m available to get you on the right track – Contact me today on 021 865 478 or email

Can’t get to me to train one-on-one?

ONLINE Training means you get all my knowledge, expertise and motivation without even having to see me face to face.

Whether you would like to train from home or maybe have current gym membership, but want to maximise your time, then online training could be perfect for you.


Unleashed Sessions – Update Monday 24th August

Hey there Team,

After the latest update from the Government, plus other factors, I would like to let you know how I’m planning to proceed over the coming two weeks.

Wednesday 26th August:

7.00am – Zoom session as current.

Friday 28th August & Monday 31st August:

I am heading into surgery on Thursday (27th August) to repair 2 x hernias I currently have. Although not major, it will put me out of action for a few days. With this in mind I have prerecorded 2 x Unleashed sessions on Zoom, one to cover Friday 28th August and the other to cover Monday 31st August. I will be texting the links to Friday’s session on Thursday, and the link to Monday’s session will be sent on Sunday. These links will be available for 48 hours. Along with these links you will require a password to access the recordings. To receive the password you will need to text me back saying you will be using the recorded session, after I text each link. This lets me know who has decided to take me up on the offer and I can then charge you accordingly. I hope that makes sense.

Wednesday 2nd September & Friday 4th September:

These two days are a grey area as far as I’m concerned. We will be in Level 2 but there will be a restriction of 10 people at mass gatherings. I’m unsure at this stage if that will applicable to the Terry Jarvis Centre.

If it is applicable, we have two choices:

  1. Proceed as we did last time when we went from Level 3 to Level 2, where we ran 30 minute sessions inside the centre, one beginning at 5.55am and the other beginning at 6.30am.
  2. Continue with 45 minute Zoom sessions as we are currently running.

I have asked for more clarity from the centre management and will hopefully have more information to share shortly.

I would like you to have a little think as to which option may suit best if we have to limit numbers in the facility.

Thanks for your time and patience during this testing time.



10 Week Transformation 2020

Hey there Team,

Welcome to the 10 Week Transformation

Beginning on Monday 21st September and running until Sunday 29th November, the 10 Week Transformation will motivate you to get in your best shape for summer. Whether it’s losing body fat, or gaining muscle or a combination of both, we will work together to get you there.

On Saturday 19th September, I will have available, 20 minute time slots at the gym, to record your current body statistics. We will re-do these around Saturday 24th October, and then again at the end of the 10 weeks.

My fee for this and other motivational/instructional information across the 10 weeks is $50.

Nikki Martin, a great friend and colleague of mine, is a registered nutritionist and will be taking bookings to assist you with the food side of things. This will include an initial 45 minute consultation sometime in the first week (from this she will build your nutrition plan), then a 15 minute follow up consultation around the 5 week mark.

Her fee for this is $100 (if you have the applicable Southern Cross policy, you may be able to claim this).

I encourage you to see Nikki. I know you may think “I’ve heard it all before” however she will offer further insight and support to help you achieve your goals. Your eating is a major factor in any body transformation success.

You will need to book with her direct for the consultations. Her contact phone number is 021-286-4292, her email is

If this whole 10 Week Transformation sounds like you, please contact me directly by return text and I’ll keep you updated with more details as we get closer to kickin’ it off.

That’s all for now.

Kindest regards,

Dave 021-865-478

Unleashed Sessions at Covid-19 Level 2

I am pleased to advise that the Terry Jarvis Centre will be open for use from Monday 18 May 2020. Please note that there are strict guidelines that we must adhere to while in Level 2.

  1. Limited Numbers – At this stage we can only have 10 people (including myself) using the Terry Jarvis Centre at any one time.


  1. Contact Tracing – The TJC has supplied me with a spreadsheet to keep details of who, when, etc. are using the TJC. I plan to fill these out in advance.


  1. Split Sessions – As I can only accommodate limited numbers in the TJC, I have decided to split Unleashed into 2 x 30 minute sessions. Group One will train from 6.00am to 6.30am, and Group Two will train from 6.30am to 7.00am.


  1. Group One – As we will need to start at 6.00am on the dot, I require Group One to be in the TJC before 6.00am. I will be closing the entry door at 6.00am, so if you are running late you will miss the session. Slightly before 6.30am I will conclude the first session and I expect you to leave immediately to ensure I can get the next group in on time. If you need to chat, please do it outside in the carpark, ensuring physical distancing requirements.


  1. Group Two – I will open the main door at just before 6.30am to let Group One out. Please do not enter until everyone has left and I have ushered you in. As time is of the essence, please be ready to come inside. As there may be another group using the TJC at 7.00am, we will all need to leave promptly at the end of the session.


  1. Physical Distancing – Please be aware of the physical distancing requirement of 2 metres. This includes the turf area and TJC upstairs mezzanine.


  1. Drinking water – Please do not use the TJC glasses / cups for drinking. They are not wanting cups to be shared – please ensure you have your own filled water bottle for each session.


  1. Toilets – The upstairs toilets will be open – please ensure you continue to use excellent hygiene standards.


  1. Sanitisers – There will be sanitisers available and I ask that you use these when you enter and leave the TJC premises. It would be worthwhile for you to consider having your own sanitiser for your personal use.



I understand that this is a very unusual situation for us all, please don’t get agitated, just breathe and relax.

Please remember that for now, we need to be very aware of adhering to these protocols. If we fail to meet requirements, the Terry Jarvis Centre will not be allowed to continue to operate, and that will of course mean that Unleashed would stop as well. Hopefully after we move to Level 1 there will be less restrictions and we will be back to a more ‘normal’ situation.

Thank you for your understanding.

Online Training Session Options

Online Training Session Options

Below are the 3 options I currently have available for clients (current and new). Let me know what would work best for your situation.

  1. App-based General Bodyweight Home Training sessions: Using the Trainerize app, I will put together 3 x general bodyweight training sessions each week for you to do. No equipment will be necessary. $45 per week via Internet Banking.
  2. App-based Personalised Home Training sessions: Using the Trainerize app, I will put together 2 x personalised bodyweight or equipment based training sessions each week for you to do. You will need to advise of what equipment you have. $90 per week via Internet Banking.
  3. Skype/Facebook Messenger/Zoom One-on-One Home Training sessions: Using any of these methods I will video train you remotely in real-time. It could be with or without equipment as long as you have space. This could be 1, 2 or 3 x per week. $90 per session via Internet Banking.

If you’re keen to take me up on one of these options, please text me on 021-865-478 or give me a call.

Yours in fitness,




Hi there everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this.

The situation with the Covid-19 outbreak is a fast moving and challenging time for us all. I have a couple of things to chat to you about.

1) At this time it is of utmost importance you take care of yourself and those around you. Maintaining a regular exercise program and staying healthy is of paramount importance. Make sure you eat well, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of sleep, all things to help promote a strong immune system.

2) Please be aware at all times of your personal hygiene, always bringing a towel with you when you train, wash hands before and after any exercise sessions, and for the time being forego any ‘high fives’, handshakes and ‘getting a touch’. Please be mindful of close contact with those around you.

3) As far as my hygiene is concerned, I am taking care to wash my hands or use hand sanitiser as much as possible throughout the day and always between clients/sessions. If you train with me at the Olympic gym, be assured they are using high grade cleaning products to wipe down all equipment as often as practical. If I don’t stand as close as usual, do not be offended.

4) At this stage all personal training and group sessions will remain, however I may need to reevaluate this going forward. I will give you as much notice as possible of any changes to this situation.

5) Try to remain calm as we all navigate this unprecedented time ahead. Do whatever you need to do to give yourself comfort, and remember, we will all get through this.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Dave Margison

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Are you getting enough Magnesium in your diet?

Magnesium is vital for your body to function properly.

Recommended daily intake:

  • From 1 to 3 years of age: 80 mg a day
  • From 4 to 8 years: 130 mg a day
  • from 9 to 13 years: 240 mg a day

From 14 years, the requirements are different for men and women.

  • Males aged 14 to 18 years: 410 mg a day
  • Males aged 19 years and over: 400 to 420 mg a day
  • Females aged 14 to 18 years: 360 mg a day
  • Females aged 19 years and over: 310 to 320 mg a day
  • During pregnancy: 350 to 400 mg a day
  • During breast feeding: 310 to 360 mg a day


The best sources of magnesium are nuts and seeds, dark green vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Magnesium is also added to some breakfast cereals and other fortified foods.

Here are some good sources of magnesium:

  • Sunflower seeds, dry roasted, 1 cup: 512 mg
  • Almonds, dry-roasted, 1 cup: 420 mg
  • Sesame seeds, roasted whole, 1 ounce: 101 mg
  • Spinach, boiled, 1 cup: 78 mg
  • Cashews, dry-roasted, 1 ounce: 74 mg
  • Shredded wheat cereal, two large biscuits: 61 mg
  • Soymilk, plain, 1 cup: 61 mg
  • Black beans, cooked, 1 cup: 120 mg
  • Oatmeal, cooked, 1 cup: 58 mg
  • Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 51 mg
  • Edamame, shelled, cooked, 1 cup: 100 mg
  • Peanut butter, smooth, 2 tablespoons: 49 mg
  • Shrimp, raw, 4 ounces: 48 mg
  • Black-eyed peas, cooked, 1 cup: 92 mg
  • Brown rice, cooked, 1 cup: 84 mg
  • Kidney beans, canned, 1 cup: 70 mg
  • Cow’s milk, whole, 1 cup: 33 mg
  • Banana, one medium: 33 mg
  • Bread, whole-wheat, one slice: 23 mg

Magnesium is lost as wheat is refined, so it is best to choose cereals and bread products made with whole grains. Most common fruits, meat, and fish, are low in magnesium.


An overdose of magnesium through dietary sources is unlikely, because any excess magnesium that is consumed in food will be eliminated in the urine.

However, a high intake of magnesium from supplements can lead to gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, nausea, and cramping.

Very large doses can cause kidney problems, low blood pressure, urine retention, nausea and vomiting, depression and lethargy, a loss of central nervous system control, cardiac arrest, and possibly death.

Anyone with a kidney disorder should not take magnesium supplements, unless their doctor advises it.

Magnesium supplementation may also give rise to some drug interactions.