Happy New Year! This is traditionally one of the busiest months for gyms. Every January, hordes of people emerge from their cozy, eggnog-laced, chocolate-soaked, couch-shaped stupor, put on neglected workout gear and sign up for a membership. They come thinking they’ve gotta suffer to get fit; some have wildly unrealistic exercise goals (like one gentleman in my class who asked me to help him lose 26 lbs in four days!). They… Read More »How Not To Fall Off The Exercise Wagon: 5 Stick-to-it Tricks Hint: Make It Fun!
If you’re over 50 and don’t practice full body resistance training exercises at least twice per week, you need to start. Now. Here’s why. When we’re around 30, the untrained body starts to lose muscle mass. This process – medically known as sarcopenia – continues as you age: make it to 70 and you’ll have lost around 25% of your strength. If you’re lucky enough to hang on until 90, nearly half of… Read More »Over 50? 6 Reasons You Need To Start Lifting Weights NOW! Already Lifting? Read This Anyway
This is Teresa Muñoz. Teresa and I first connected on Facebook, when she commented on a post I wrote on another inspiring person, Germana Viani. Motivated by Germana’s story and vivacious health, Teresa – who hadn’t exercised regularly for many years – began attending my Body Sculpt classes at Spartacus Gym. One class per week turned into two, and then three. Now, just 5 months since her first visit, Teresa… Read More »Inspiring People: Teresa Maria Muñoz
There’s no denying the pleasure of a cold beer after a long hot hike or bike ride. One of my favourite summertime indulgences is a chilled glass of white wine on a Vancouver patio. But how does that craft lager or Pinot Gris impact your workouts? The answer isn’t simple: factors like gender, genetics, body mass and amount consumed will vary results from person to person. In a nutshell, booze can… Read More »How Alcohol Affects Your Workouts
6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you're already doing resistance training, or you're pondering whether to take the plunge
Want to be stronger, leaner, sexier? How about better looking? More confident and less stressed out? How’d you like to live longer too? You can, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny. How? Lift weights. Starting in your 30s, your body starts to lose muscle mass. This process – medically known as sarcopenia – continues as you get older: live to age 70 and you’ll have lost around 25% of your strength. If… Read More »6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you’re already doing resistance training, or you’re pondering whether to take the plunge
From Gym Newbies To Seasoned Fitness Buffs: Why Everyone Needs Perfect Posture Start Here For A Safer And More Effective Workout
I recently met with a new client for his first session. His goal is to become stronger and reduce his back pain. When I explained that we’d be spending most of our first session establishing perfect posture and alignment, breathing patterns and core muscle activation he was dismayed. “I was really excited to start lifting weights,” he said. “What does my posture have to do with my workout?” Short answer:… Read More »From Gym Newbies To Seasoned Fitness Buffs: Why Everyone Needs Perfect Posture Start Here For A Safer And More Effective Workout
There’s nothing more rejuvenating than taking a well-deserved vacation. But going on a holiday shouldn’t mean leaving your healthy lifestyle at home. In fact, taking a break from your healthy habits can seriously hijack the fitness goals you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Vacationing doesn’t have to equal weight gain. Believe it or not, by trying these five simple travel health tips, you might even find the scale tipping in your favour… Read More »Five Simple Travel Health Tips How To Go On Vacation And Not Leave Your Health At Home
Fitness trends seem to change as fast as the weather. Some crazes are just too ridiculous to stand the test of time (check out those inflatable shorts!) while others top the list year after year. With oodles of scientifically proven benefits, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the current golden child of the fitness world. With HIIT, you alternate short periods of fast, very intense exercise with intervals of lower-intensity recovery periods (for example,… Read More »Burn Fat, Save Time. 7 Reasons You Need To Start Doing HIIT Now! High Intensity Interval Training
The Muscles You Didn’t Know You Had – Until They No Longer Work You might not think about your pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) when you’re working out, but perhaps you should. For both men and women, a strong pelvic floor reduces the risk of incontinence, improves core strength and stability, and can even increase sexual satisfaction. Located at the base of your core cylinder, your PFMs act like a hammock or… Read More »Why You Need To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Stronger Core, Flatter Stomach, Better Sex
Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Are you a fitness newbie and a bit uncertain about how to do exercises correctly? Or maybe you’re a regular gym junkie who’s ready for precision instruction on your form. Whatever your skill level, you’ve come to the right place! On my new Free “How-To” Exercise Videos page you’ll find short videos on fundamental exercises you’ll need in group fitness sessions or solo gym workouts. The videos… Read More »Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Exercise Fundamentals Made Easy. And Free!