Posts Tagged "core"

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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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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Saghi: MOTIVATION! Flying High, Stronger Than Ever

Saghi: MOTIVATION! Flying High, Stronger Than Ever

Things have kicked up a notch this week! I have taken my inner motivation to the next level and have been 100% focused. I have continued to eat clean since last week. I have chia seed chocolate pudding in the fridge for days when I crave sweets, and I have stocked up on tons of greens and produce. I add them wherever I can! I am happiest when each meal includes at least 50% veggies and greens. (Jess says: YES woman!) Workouts have been intense! Jess has had me do a lot on the Bosu this week. It’s a great way to strengthen my core and, according to her, my core and balance have significantly improved. The workouts have been hard, but Jess pushes me and knows my limit...

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Strength Training Tips

Whether you are doing heavy lifting, body weight exercises, bootcamp-style or mat work, there are a few very important things to remember for your resistance training practice. Some of you may know this and forget, so I figured it’s time for a little cheat-sheet reminder! 1) If you are doing something that involves moving the limbs – squats, push-ups, rows, lateral raises, lunges… anything at all – never lock your joints. If you are repeatedly “locking out” your elbows in an overhead press with every repetition, the load is transferring from the anterior delts to the elbow joints. In a squat, if you are letting your knees “lock...

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Saghi: Focus on Form

Saghi: Focus on Form

“Core, core, core, think core, Saghi!” I must have heard this every single session I have had with Jess this past week. We’re working on my balance and building a stronger core. You must be wondering how we’re doing this – how does doing a plank on a bosu and stability ball sound? It sounded absurd to me, and thought Jess had lost her mind in wanting me to do this. The first time was difficult, I felt discouraged as I wobbled continuously. But it got a little better each time after that. Jess always says that it gets easier after the first set, and she’s right. It really does. She kicked my ass on Wednesday night. Resting in between...

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