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Christie To Go! 30 Minute Hard Core Workout Level 2 Downloadable Audio Class

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Ready to take your core training to the next level? Hard Core Workout Level 2 is ready — are you? Click here to download! If you’re ready for even more of a challenge than my first Hard Core workout, this intense, 30 minute audio class is for you. No equipment required; just a mat and the willingness to work hard! Previous core training / Pilates experience is recommended (check out this Level 1… Read More »Christie To Go! 30 Minute Hard Core Workout Level 2 Downloadable Audio Class

Christie To Go! 20 Minute Hard Core Workout Downloadable Audio Class

Grab a mat and prepare to feel the burn! Thanks to everyone who’s requested this challenging, 20 minute hard core workout. It’s a short but intense, core-strengthening audio class you can download to iTunes or another computer audio program, or to your smartphone. Best for those of you with Pilates experience. Click here to go to the download page.

Go Play Outside! The Awesomeness of Outdoor Exercise

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I love gyms. I love the variety of equipment, the communal workout atmosphere, the predictable and familiar environment. Gyms are also guaranteed to get you hot and sweaty when it’s 4 degrees and raining on a dark January night.

But lately, I’ve been taking my clients – and myself – outside to exercise.

Even a 5-minute walk outside can improve your mood and self-esteem

Some of the great things about outdoor workouts are obvious: being in the sun on a nice day; breathing the fresh air. But research suggests people who exercise outside have more energy and positive feelings, feel more revitalized, and have less depression, anger and stress. We tend to exercise longer and harder when we’re outside as well.

Head for a park, a trail in the forest, the beach. Even a small green space with a park bench will do. Step ups, push ups and tricep dips can all be done with a stable chair, bench or step. Playgrounds offer lots of fun ways to get fit while feeling like a kid again! Ask your trainer to take part or all of your workout outside, or join an outdoor boot camp class.

Each spring as the weather gets warmer, I look forward to training my clients in the park near Spartacus Gym. Partner exercises are especially fun as they infuse a sense of play into what can sometimes be a pretty gruelling workout.

Here are some outdoor exercises you can do with a weighted ball, but a single hand weight would work too.Read More »Go Play Outside! The Awesomeness of Outdoor Exercise

Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights - Just Lift

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When I was in my early 20s, my friend Jodi announced she was beginning a weight training program. At first I was skeptical. I’d never met any women who lifted weights and I assumed it would make you look bulgy and unfeminine, like the Incredible Hulk. But after a few months, rather than bulking out in all the wrong places, Jodi was looking strong, toned and still very feminine. Intrigued, I joined my first gym and learned how to use the machines, and I’ve been hooked on resistance training since.

Trust me, I’ve been lifting weights for 20 years, and I’ve never once been mistaken for a man.

The benefits of strength training go far beyond aesthetic appeal. The CDC recommends two to three sessions per week for men and women of all ages, to strengthen bones, prevent falls, maintain a healthy body weight, improve sleep, relieve arthritic pain and control diabetes.

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So once you’ve made the choice to add resistance training to your workout, where should you begin? Heavy weights or light? The simple answer is, it depends. What are your fitness goals? Do you have experience with strength training? Are you working with any injuries?Read More »Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights – Just Lift

Yoga or Pilates: Which is Better? Spoiler Alert: Both!

As a personal trainer who teaches and practices both Pilates and Yoga, I am often asked which is better. My answer: both disciplines can have amazing effects on your body and mind, although the benefits differ. Yoga Yoga is well-known for its relaxing, meditative stress-busting effects. Practicing regularly can increase your flexibility, balance and strength, and some types such as Vinyasa or Power can even have a cardiovascular benefit. Sun… Read More »Yoga or Pilates: Which is Better? Spoiler Alert: Both!

“I Want A Six-Pack!” Who among us (myself included) hasn't craved that magazine-cover beach body?

When I ask clients about their long term fitness goals, defined, washboard abs – the six-pack – often makes it onto the list. christie_absWho among us (myself included) hasn’t craved that magazine cover beach body?

Take my client Jen for example. Jen is fit and athletic, and determined enough to schedule regular gym workouts into her busy week. I meet with Jen every few months to re-evaluate her targets and adjust her fitness routine accordingly. Like so many of us, Jen would love to have a ripped stomach. But although she is noticing an increase in her muscular strength and visible tone, the six-pack remains elusive.

So what’s the best way for us to achieve that toned, trim tummy?

Read More »“I Want A Six-Pack!” Who among us (myself included) hasn’t craved that magazine-cover beach body?

Should I keep my core engaged all the time? Fitness Question of the Week

Do you have a question about your fitness routine? Is there an exercise you just don’t “get”? Or maybe you’re curious about the benefits of one workout versus another. Every week I’ll post a question submitted by a reader, and answer it right here.  If your question is chosen as Fitness Question of the Week, your name will be entered into a monthly prize draw!  So if you’ve got something to… Read More »Should I keep my core engaged all the time? Fitness Question of the Week

My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All

You don’t need tons of props and equipment to get fit. man_greenSimple exercises using only your body weight can help you achieve strength gains, boost your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen you bones. Plus, you can do them anywhere – at home, on the beach, maybe even in the office!

Here are my 3 fave bodyweight training exercises and tips on how to do them properly.Read More »My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All