Posts Tagged "strength training"

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: Reflecting on Passing the Hump

Saghi: Reflecting on Passing the Hump

Last weekend my fiancé Noah (also Jess’ client) and I were sitting around planning our meals for the week as we started remembering our “pre-Jess” days. We recalled the day that we went for a jog from our condo to the Harbourfront – I could not go longer than 10 minutes without feeling out of breath and extremely sore. That was the most activity I had experienced in a very long time so it was very difficult for me to keep up. Even doing triceps dips, I remember Jess having me do only 5, and now I can do 25. It’s amazing how patience, effort, and consistency lead to change. It’s the initial hump that you just have to get over and once...

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Ryan: My Stomach Hates Fast Food Now

Ryan: My Stomach Hates Fast Food Now

Hey ya’ll, Relatively uneventful week/weekend. (Jessica says: Ryan, with you, uneventful tends to be a good thing.) I did however fall victim to a new burger joint opening up near my office. This burger joint has incredible choices, few of them are healthy. I stuffed myself with a burger covered in ranch sauce (ranch sauce, Ryan?!), cheese, onion rings etc. for lunch, and felt sick until I went to bed (like 12 hours later). It is nice to see that my body isn’t as used to handling that garbage as it once was. Back when I was 230lbs I wouldn’t have had any trouble with a meal like that. Work out wise I kept it simple this week: strength work outs, running, and yoga!...

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Saghi: I Used to Say No To Tight Dresses…

Saghi: I Used to Say No To Tight Dresses…

For the past 2 years, I have dreaded getting dressed for parties or events. I always found myself buying something new because whatever I had in the closet didn’t fit me the way it did when I first bought it. I refused to buy fitted dresses because of the way my midsection and sides would look in them. This year things were different. My mom had purchased this dress for me and told me to try it on; it was one of those fitted dresses I never thought would look good on me. I put it on and immediately felt great in it! I went to a family Christmas party and everyone had recognized the difference in my shape, it’s so motivating when others see the difference! Over...

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Top 10 Form Mistakes in Strength Training

Top 10 Form Mistakes in Strength Training

Well, the title is self-explanatory. I plan to address these issues in videos, demo-ing both the incorrect and the correct version of each exercise. It must wait until we are done house-breaking our new little man pictured below – as you can imagine, it is tough to film videos with two dogs running around the house! In the meantime, remember NOT to do the following things for these popular exercises. 1. Lunge: Slanting forward. When the front knee passes the toes, the load hits that joint, rather than when you press the heel in and recruit more of the glute. The legs should always be bent in two 90 degree angles. The torso needs to be straight and not bent...

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