Pre-strength training warm-up | favourite warm-up exercises

favourite warm-up exercises

We all know how important it is to start each and every workout with a proper warm up. Yet many of us, myself included, often rush through, excited to get to the fun part before we've really prepared our bodies for the work to come. Goals of … {keep reading...}

Tips to break through strength training plateaus

strength training plateaus

We've all been there before. Despite training regularly, giving yourself adequate rest and recovery and following a sensible nutrition plan, we stop making gains in the gym. Identical weight on our shoulder press for weeks at a time. Can't … {keep reading...}

How much sugar is too much?

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Whenever I start with a new client who's primary goal is fat loss, I ask her to food journal. To write down everything she eats and drinks for a minimum of five days (but preferably for two complete weeks). During this time, I suggest that she … {keep reading...}

My summer fitness reading list

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When I was a child, one of the things I most loved about summer holidays was having time to catch up on my reading. Every June, as the school year came to a close, I made a list of books that I planned on reading over the summer. My public … {keep reading...}

Peaceful coexistence at the gym: when older and younger work out together

peaceful gym coexistence

It's that time of the year again. School is out, the summer gym rush is on and the demographic at the gym where I work and train changes dramatically. As in the median age of the daytime gym-goer drops by at least fifteen years. While I'm … {keep reading...}

5 tips for reducing summertime fitness stress

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While I'm thrilled that the good weather is here and summer holidays are right around the corner (closer than expected if our teachers do indeed go to a full scale walkout...), I'd be lying if I didn't admit to some anxiety over the upcoming change … {keep reading...}

Gifts fitness has given me | a birthday gratitude post

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Tomorrow is my birthday. You can bet I'll be having cake! Forty-seven years of age. Where did the time go? I haven't asked any fitness friends to gift me a birthday workout. I felt those burpees for a week, Dai! I don't want any … {keep reading...}

Five steps to a successful ‘pantry raid’ | tips for healthy eating

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Have you recently made a commitment to cleaning up your diet? Focusing on better nutrition to improve your health, gain energy and lose a few pounds? Eating to fuel your body rather than combat stress, fatigue and frustration? Happy to have set … {keep reading...}

Easy ways to add balance training to your workouts

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Many of my clients groan when we get to the balance training portion of their workout. #154775105 / gettyimages.com Balance training is more than simply a party trick. It's one of the key elements of a well-rounded program, helping you to … {keep reading...}