Fitness & Physical Activity

My Answers to Canadian Living Regarding Exercise Duration and Intensity

My Answers to Canadian Living Regarding Exercise Duration and Intensity

Canadian Living magazine recently contacted me with a couple of questions for an article for their blog, which can be found here: 5 Ways to Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart. I want to share with you the entire interview, as many of these tips are useful and helpful to my clients and readers. Enjoy! How long should someone go to the gym for in a day if they are starting out? When just starting out, it’s important that participants don’t take on more than they can handle. It’s better to commit to a reasonable and attainable goal, because the most important thing in the beginning in the interest of keeping it going, is remaining encouraged. 45 minutes is plenty...

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Men and Circuit Training

Men and Circuit Training

I’ve found myself in a few conversations lately with some big, strong guys who are sort of feeling stumped when they’re at the gym. They’ve been doing the same exercises for years and years, and don’t really know how they should be switching it up (many just hate to admit it and ask for help – which is of course why I start digging). So, they hobble around from the lat pulldown machine to the leg press, from the bench to the roman chair, and finally when they run out of ideas they leave the gym feeling certainly more depleted than pumped up. What’s missing? A solid circuit structure. Circuit style training is amazing for you men...

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Confidence and The Core

Confidence and The Core

People might think it sounds kooky, but having a strong core relates directly to one’s confidence level. The core is the power centre – responsible for all of our limb movement. It is the source of our movement, just as confidence is the source of our progressive capabilities in life. So, by strengthening our cores, we strengthen our confidence, and confidence takes care of attaining what we deserve and what we need to be most successful and happy in life. So, is your trunk feeling balanced and strong right now? And are you, then, feeling strong and confident? I like for clients to check in on this. When you properly engage your core, it changes the...

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Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

In honour of January being the month that more people than usual have fitness on their minds, I’d like to round that out with some details of working out that I will hope you remember to apply. Many of you will know these things, but some don’t, and some will have simply forgotten. I know this because when I run into people at social gatherings or when people tell me what they do for their workouts, as they love to do, I have that internal battle of “Do I risk sounding annoying and correcting them so that they aren’t wasting their time in the gym?” Ooh, I hate that circumstance. So I’ll use my platform here, and then when I run...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 19: BOSU!

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 19: BOSU!

Duh! This is my very favourite fitness-related thing. The Bosu is my favourite fitness toy / tool. I use it in so many sessions, because I am a firm (pun intended) believer that stability work, combined with some soft-landing plyometrics, is the fastest way to get a hard body that is endurable from the inside-out. If you have a Bosu, with proper guidance you can do an amazing full-body workout with strictly bodyweight – no dumbbells required. Stability challenges require optimal muscle recruitment, and strengthen those suckers right down to the bone. Read: you will achieve a strong, long-lasting and compact body. Where do you buy it? Again, I recommend Foremost...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 9: Fitness Equipment Store

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 9: Fitness Equipment Store

When I am referring clients to a store to pick up their new equipment (dumbbells, balls, Bosus, jump rope, treadmills etc) there is only one place I tell them to go: Foremost Fitness on Eglinton. In the world of fitness gadgets, it can be hard to know what is going to be an appropriate investment for you. We all know people who’ve thrown money at a product and the it sits in the basement collecting dust! The store is not a massive warehouse overwhelming with a ton of product – it is streamlined, clean and spacious with the most perfect display of merchandise. The staff is always incredibly friendly and helpful, and most of all, their pricing is reasonable....

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