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Fall is upon us and what better time to start to start getting outside for a run? It isn't too hot and it isn't too cold, yet no matter what time of year there are always good tips to adhere to. Outdoor runs can be a bit more challenging than running indoors on a treadmill.
At one time or another, all of us have fallen off of the proverbial ‘horse’ in terms of our health and fitness goals. It can take a considerable amount of discipline and dedication to stick to a nutrition plan or training program.
The gluten free diet is one of the most popular diets out there right now. It's main purpose is to help treat people with celiacs disease (such as myself) and anyone else who may have an issue with gluten and it has become much bigger in the last 20 years.
Short on time and don’t have a gym? Don’t worry, we have you covered. You don’t need a gym for this workout and it’s great if you are on the road or at home and can’t make it in to a gym. This workout targets the whole body and can be done in under 30 minutes!
Hypertrophy or as it’s more commonly known ‘’bodybuilding’’ is one of the most frequently done styles of training. It’s popular, it’s fun, and easy to do. Sometimes people want to change their body composition or add a bit of lean muscle to their frame.
So for this one I wanted to try a different approach and have it as more of a blurb so to speak. I I decided to ask my close friend and client Steven Hamagami about why he loves mud runs and maximal strength training and this is what he had to say.
Cardio, the one dynamic activity everyone loves to hate on. Why? Because on average it can conjure up images of using a cardio machine doing slow long distance while staring at a wall and blanking out so badly that you aren't sure what year it is.
Stretching is something I've noticed is either a priority for some and an after thought for others. I've seen people do 30 minutes of stretching, yoga, or whatever they choose to do and then I've talked to others who tell me they can't spare a few minutes to stretch for, well, reasons.
During this time of year we tend to set ourselves up for failure with our New Year’s resolution. Though many of you may not think that your resolutions are anything spectacular, the reality is, most of you are making ridiculously outrageous goals, and most of you will fail.
Much like tools, shoes are built for specific purposes and this is a point that is really important when it comes to your fitness and athletic training goals. You wouldn’t think twice about wearing your stilettos to weightlift so why would you wear a set of Converse hi-tops to do a marathon?
When you walk into a gym to go do your workout you may not be thinking about mental health. In fact most people might not even give it a second thought when lifting, running, texting on the bench, or having their music blaring at unhealthy levels.
Sometimes you need that extra little bit of energy to get you going before you get off into some intense exercise work. Here's a recipe for some easy to make no-bake energy bites that will get your gears going.
One of my favorite styles of training out of all the ones I know has to be maximum strength training. It’s a lot of fun, you lift heavy weights (with proper form!), and you can see some big strength increases from it in less than 5 training sessions. How you might ask?
I’m sure most of you have heard of the supplement Creatine. Have you ever wondered what the substance is, what it does, or even considered using it? Fortunately there’s a fair amount of research done on creatine, and creatine supplementation.
When you think of people you look up to what comes to mind? Your parents? The emergency services person who helped you out of a mess? A literary character? No matter who it is and what age you remember them at everyone was always able to move quite well.
Have you ever ridden a bike? I'm sure 99% of anyone reading this has ridden a bike, which brings up a question I have for the reader. What drew you to riding a bike? Was it your parents forcing you as a child to sit upon a bike with the training wheels and ride with them wherever they pleased?
Growing up, I've had the good fortune of not really being affected by cancer or been around people that have been affected by cancer. For the longest time, cancer, to me, was just another disease that we've been learning about through school, and through the media.
You may have to rethink that plan with this fad diet! Even though there are lots of claims out there about how much healthier gluten-free diets are, and how toxic or calorie densed gluten is, are they really true? Well here are the facts to set you straight:
Being a personal fitness trainer means you’re involved in the health industry, being in the health industry means you’re asked a LOT of questions ranging from almost anything you can think of. One topic I get asked about all the time is dieting and my opinion on diets.
Have you ever seen fight club? It’s a great movie although a little weird. I’ll try not to spoil much (although it’s kind of irrelevant since it came out in 1999) but there is a scene where one of the main characters explains the rules of fight club.
You ever remember being told in gym class in high school that more is good? Or say you were on the football team and they ran you ragged saying practice makes perfect? Sure they might have had a point, after all you can’t throw a football once and say you play in the CFL.
I have been going to the gym for the last eleven years of my life. In that time I have seen many types of people ranging from high school kids looking to learn about fitness to serious athletes training for their next competition.
Being in school for Personal Fitness Training I get asked A LOT of questions by friends and family.
You are shopping for groceries but there are just so many different brands of the same things! Just how do you decide which one is better and healthier? Do you pick the more expensive one, choose a famous brand over a no name brand, or grab what your mom used to buy?
Keep Moving Forward (Use Unfortunate Incidents, Mistakes, and Pain to Your Advantage)
How Do I Get a Thigh Gap? is a question I hear pretty often as a fitness professional. Well I’m going to start off with something which a lot of you probably don’t want to hear. For a portion of you it will be impossible to obtain a thigh gap.
In the last blog, I discussed why sleep was so important for normal function, as well as the consequences of sleep deprivation. Now that the importance of proper rest has been hammered home, we will look at sleep quantity, sleep quality, and tips to improve your sleep.
It's that time of the year again. When the clock strikes midnight all the bad things we done and last year's failed attempts get flushed away and we all start anew again...or so we hope. It's been statistically proven that most people who set goals around this time of the year fail.
Over the past few years of being a personal fitness trainer I've seen both good and bad trainers in action. This entry is based entirely on my perspective of the fitness industry as it stands and qualities found in good and bad trainers.
Dieting always seems like a logical way to loose weight and it makes a lot of sense: "if I don't eat, I won't get fat." This reasoning is true, but not without a cost. It sets you up for a bigger downfall than your gains, and you can end up packing on more pounds later on in life.
Our Attitude Toward Sleep
Last week we started our first Karma Bootcamp of the summer with the goal of this free bootcamp was to raise food for Edmonton's Food Bank. The event was a blast for a warm Saturday morning with a bunch of lovely participants joining in on the fun.
Hi Everyone! We're doing a free demo day Saturday June 28th at Hawrelak park from 10AM till 1PM. Come to the park and look for our Signs! Stay for the free advice and workout tips and get a feel for what personal training is all about.
Our trainers and friends are going to be running in tonight's Underwear Affair Run to Uncover the Cure. Over the years of training we've had our fair share of encounters with clients, family and friends who have had encountered the disease or are currently fighting through it.
If you go to a commercial gym and you ask the average member “what they are working on today,” the chances are high that they will name a specific body part that they’ve chosen for that workout.
One question I get asked regularly by my clients is, “Should I supplement my diet with protein?” From my experience and education as a personal trainer I can’t give a direct answer as to whether or not people should be taking protein as supplement.