May 25

Workout Wednesday #3 HIIT For Runners

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If you missed my first 2 post’s on HIIT, and why it is so important for runners, I would recommend reading them first before proceeding with this workout to get  better understanding of the how/why to my methods for the workouts.  Both posts can be found here and here. This will be part 3( or week 3) of 5. Intensity goes up a bit, and we start to work with lateral (side to side) movements. The process will be the same as in part 1 and 2, as it will be for the following 2 workouts to come in the series.   Why work lateral when you run forwards? When I train runners, the first thing I always find out is that most of them are not training any other motions then moving forwards. This is not a good thing! When the body becomes used to doing one thing over and over, it can easily adapt to the movement which means it will not be functioning at peak performance. Injury Prevention is also a big reason. In fact, the largest connecting tissue in the body runs right down the side of your leg (Iliotibial Band or ITB ). It’s job is to hold your thigh muscles […]
May 15

Monday Motivation 6

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For this weeks take on Monday Motivation, I want to add 2 key components I feel are some of the most important items that should be the base of any fitness aspiration. Log 3 consecutive days of meals. If you are just starting out, the point of a new “routine” in the first place is to make changes from what wasn’t working to something that hopefully will. As I have come to determine , most of my clients have no idea how many calories they are actually taking in. Since weight loss or muscle gain in its easiest form is calories in and calories out, it really is a game of the numbers. Once you have everything logged, use a nutrition app such as  MyFitnessPal or the US govt site ChooseMyPlate to calculate your daily calories . The results may suprise you and may just hide the key to shedding the pounds. Log 3 workouts or runs.  In part 2 of my “Top Ten Tips for Getting Back In Shape” series, I talked about the importance of planning. Knowing what you are going to do in the gym(or wherever you exercise) helps keep you on task and helps you get in and out more efficiently. Another thing I noticed […]
May 02

Monday Motivation #5

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So, how did we do last week? Were you able to try some yoga?   If you weren’t able to, that’s OK. No better time to start than the present. As always, we will introduce new tips to help motivate you into bigger change every single Monday. This week’s Monday Motivation is a bit of a selfish one for me. Today marks the release of my new podcast series titled the “Fitness Vida Podcast“. I invite everyone to tune in and listen to Weekly fitness tips, industry interviews with Top prefessionals in the health and fitness industry, and listener questions answered by me, the Personal Trainer. No topic is off limits. All questions are relevant. If I do not have an answer, odds are I know someone that does.  With each episode clocking in at less then 30 minutes, it will be the perfect addition toyour pre gym ritual! Listen the the first episode HERE If you like what you hear, please subscribe and share the love !  *Studies have shown that people who make small and gradual change over time have a much higher percentage of success then those that try to make drastic changes all at once. Even if you try 1 change/week […]
Apr 25

Monday Motivation #4

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So, how did we do last week? We’re you able to try and get your plank time above 45 seconds?   If you weren’t able to, that’s OK. No better time to start then the present. As always, we will introduce new tips to help motivate you into bigger change every single Monday. This week again is all about expanding on our current Routine.  Yoga has been a sacred practice for many centuries, but over the past decade has seen a huge explosion in North America. If you haven’t tried it yet, no better time. Get on Google and find a class. If you are out in the stix, or just simply don’t have the time, here is a great FREE intro class you can do right from your living room. Since we are big on posture, this class will focus on stretching the hamstrings(a major culprit in low back pain) and opening up the hips. Total time: 33 minutes. Also this week we are going to try to start an “Accountability Log” (or exercise journal). Since change is slow and methodical when loosing(or gaining weight) the correct and healthy way, this will help make sure that the things that need […]
Apr 20

Our Top Ten Tips for Getting Back In Shape…Tip 4

by Personal Trainer in Blog, Exercise, Food, Inspiration 0 comments tags: diet, exercise, fitness, get back in shape, health, healthy food, nutrition, training, workout
With all the exercise planned out for your new workout routine, the next thing we want to do is look at how you should be eating. This is where most of the confusion comes in. With so many “diets” out there, how does one know which one will be best for them? Lets start with the fundamentals that should be kept in mind no matter what “diet” we choose to follow. Tip #4 – Basic Nutrition Since this is a touchy subject with many communities involved in the Health and Fitness industry, I thought it would be best to talk basics, rather than specifics. The first thing I feel is most important to figuring out how much we should eat , is figuring out what our RMR (or resting metabolic rate) is. If you are not familiar with this term, it represents how many calories your body needs to fuel itself just to operate in a 24hr period, and accounts for about 70% of  a persons total daily energy expenditure before any physical activity.     to read more on RMR vs BMR, and how to find out your magic number, click here .   Once you figure out your RMR, you have to figure […]
Apr 11

Monday Motivation #2

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So, how did we do last week? We’re you able to add at least one of our new health/fitness  tips to your current lifestyle?   If you weren’t able to, that’s ok. No better time to start then the present. This week is all about getting the ball rolling. Maybe you have been working out and not seeing any progress? Maybe you are just thinking about starting a fitness routine? Either way, as we try every week, pick a new habit from the list and give it a go. *Studies have shown that people who make small and gradual change over time have a much higher percentage of success then those that try to make drastic changes all at once. Even if you try 1 change/week and stick with it, big things will start to happen.
Apr 04

Monday Motivation #1

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Let’s face it. Life is hard, very hard. Just simply keeping up every day can be a huge task. From the outside, if you are not currently living a healthy and fit lifestyle, the whole thought of it can seem so overwhelming. Working with people trying to change their lives has taught me one thing for certain : CHANGE IS HARD, but its much easier to do with a helping hand and some great tips. Today marks the first post of our new series titled “Monday Motivation“. As the name implies, each and every Monday we will add a few quick, healthy tips to add to your weekly routine.  Studies have shown that people who make small and gradual change over time have a much higher percentage of success then those that try to make drastic changes all at once. Even if you try 1 change/week and stick with it, big things will start to happen.
Mar 28

Fitness Tips for Desk Job Employees

by Personal Trainer in Blog, Exercise, Inspiration 2 comments tags: exercise, fitness, health, movement, stretch, tips, workout
You: Office worker sitting behind a computer all day long. Do you feel like it is just taking its toll on you? Well, it could possibly be killing you.   According to a recent study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine “The public health burden of prolonged sitting is real. Accounting for 3.8% of all-cause mortality in this study, sitting is shortening the lives of people across the world. The present findings support the importance of promoting active lifestyles (more physical activity and less sitting) as an important aspect for premature mortality prevention worldwide, and therefore the need for global action to reduce this risk factor.”   What does that mean for you if you work 8 hours a day at a desk? You have to counteract all that desk time during the day and make sure you move around a stretch every few hours. Reducing sitting time by as much as possible every day should be priority #1. You may also feel the sudden jolt of energy that comes over you soon after you get that blood flowing through the body again post movement.   We have come up with a short list of tips to help you get up […]
Jun 10

Benefits of Adding Balance Training to Your Workout

by Personal Trainer in Exercise, Inspiration 0 comments tags: balance, core, exercise, get back in shape, health, home workout, tips, training
Lets be realistic about this topic.  Although balance training for athletes is (or should be) common practice, not too many general fitness programs recommend elements of balance training to the greater exercising public. When I say general fitness, I’m not talking about Yoga. Many Yoga practices center around your core and balance. However, lets keep the topic to general fitness training for this post. Maybe the reality is that training for balance just doesn’t seem sexy. It won’t give you huge guns. It won’t blast out your chest, and it definitely won’t help you lose 30 lbs. So why would one want to train for balance then? Although the benefits may not seem very clear, training for balance can affect your life in many positive ways. First and foremost, it allows all of your muscles to act together as one the way they were meant to be. It can also help you from beating yourself senseless on every table, chair or ledge you walk by as poor balance can be a major cause of clumsiness. Lets also not forget the boost balance training can lend to your favorite weekend warrior activity of choice. Since poor balance can lead to muscle imbalances(where stronger muscles overcompensate for weaker […]
May 28

Workout at Home or Gym?

by Personal Trainer in Blog, Exercise, Inspiration 0 comments tags: exercise, fitness, Fitness Vida, get back in shape, gym, health, home workout, tips
If you are new or getting back into fitness training, where you are going to be working out could be one of the most influential decisions you have to make when plotting your fitness plan. Without sounding dramatic, it could make or break your whole plan if you don’t choose wisely. Say for instance you don’t properly weigh the pros and cons , and you rush into buying a gym membership. Your first week goes by, you workout there, and you realise how crowded it is, and you are instantly not feeling the vibe. You stop going and don’t even finish your first month. Now you are locked in to that dreaded “CONTRACT” at a place that you can’t stand going to. Conversely, lets say you decide that you are going to workout at home. You go all in and buy the Yoga Mat, Yoga Ball, a few Kettlebells etc. First week goes by, and you are rocking with four workouts on the books! Second week comes,and you are a little tired from work and the addition of this new exercise thing you have been trying so vigilantly to do 3-4x a week. Then, tired as heck after a long day at work in your third […]