Posts Tagged "Abs"

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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New Video: Hopping Plank

New Video: Hopping Plank

Bet you’ve never done a hopping plank before! Tried this out in the gym today, and it was an awesome full body and mostly CORE workout! Try it out yourself, but make sure you don’t have any lower back issues before you attempt it. You must already be able to hold a regular plank for at least 60 seconds, and no swooping in the low back.

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Top 10 Myths in Health and Fitness

Top 10 Myths in Health and Fitness

1. Carbs are bad. Don’t you dare. The body needs carbs. Be careful about eating too many empty and starchy carbohydrates like wheat (bread, cereals, cookies, pizza) and opt instead for more complex ones (brown rice, legumes like beans and chick peas, oatmeal). Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates too and very good for us – but stick to 2-3 fruits/day to ward off sugar cravings. 2. Cardio is best for fat loss. Nope. Cardio is great for the heart. Fat loss comes from a well-conditioned metabolism – so building lean muscle tissue and eating frequent, clean and balanced meals are king. Do your strength building in a cardio-blasting circuit and...

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Ryan: My Fourth Week with Manning

Ryan: My Fourth Week with Manning

More photos at the bottom. Two solid training sessions with Jessica in the gym last week. At first I was feeling like I had improved so well, because I wasn’t drenched in sweat like usual! But sure enough, we cranked up the intensity and the sweat started flowing almost immediately. Haha – so much for that! To say Jessica is observant of your body while you are working out is an understatement – she is damn well in tune with it. She says she listens to the body over the person’s voice, and she is not going to let you get away with half-assing it. Works great for me! You can’t fault this system – my shoulder continues to feel stronger...

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