Posts Tagged "home workout"

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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Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

Listen – I’m going to be very honest. After having some time off – time filled with lethargy, laziness and food comas – getting back in the swing of a routine can feel like pushing a boulder up a very steep hill. Going from elaborate celebratory breakfasts back to oats, flax and berries (although to be honest that sounds pretty great right now) is not always easy. I always tell my clients that we snowball in both directions, yet the unhealthy way is steadfast downhill, and the healthy adjustments are heavier and uphill. This is because, well, sugar and fats are addictive. The industries do it on purpose, right? Most of us know this by now. ...

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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 6: Jump Rope!

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 6: Jump Rope!

The absolute best do-anywhere, heart-pumping fat-blasting and anatomy-respecting cardio? Jump rope! If you haven’t tried this since you were a kid, it’s time to pick the rope back up and give it a whirl. Be patient with yourself, it can take a few tries to get back in the “swing” of it. Start with 30-50 jumps, work your way up to 100 using it in between your strength circuits. Soon enough, you’ll be able to blast out 5-10 minutes at a time. Then, you can simply take a few breaks and use it as an entire cardio workout. The other reason I love it is the body stays pretty straight, so the hip flexors don’t get the same constant...

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