Keeping up with your training can be difficult if you work a regular 8-hour job that you need to juggle in your schedule with other important stuff like family, kids, house chores, the dog, and your favourite TV show. It takes dedication, commitment, and lots of guts to put “Exercise” in your top priority list…and it’s even harder if you think your Personal Trainer is trying to kill you!

The best of us don’t just survive in difficult circumstances (yes, including the torturous training), but succeed and continue growing until we reach our goal.

The Best-Fitness-Client(s)-of-2014 award goes to Danny and Connie who are such people.

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Danny starts work early in the morning and ends late with his split shift. He usually has only a few minutes left to change from his work clothes to his gym clothes. Connie is working a regular 8-hour job that requires a lot of patience. Like for most of us, it’s not easy for the couple to get motivated to go to the gym for another hour of exhausting training after a long, stressful and tiring day.

But they made the decision.

And they are doing quite a great job coming to the gym 3 to 4 times a week! Danny and Connie has been consistently doing their strength training, circuit workouts, cardio routines, and mat core exercises (which they honestly abhor) since they started to train with me in May this year. It has been a great 6 months training with them and every month they just keep reaching their goals!

Great job! Keep it up!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a 'nicer' Trainer!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a ‘nicer’ Trainer!

 

Connie Killing the Kettlebells!

Connie Killing the Kettlebells!

 

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Winter is definitely on its way back again! Icy rain will fall. Cold winds will blow. It will be harder and harder to run and train outside. Roads will be filled with snow and ice. But training is not about having the perfect conditions outside. Training is about the condition inside of you – how much perseverance, commitment and determination you have.

If you wait for ‘perfect’ conditions, which sometimes do not really come, you will never get anything done.

Just do it.






We had our 3rd Trainers meeting today in the gym and as usual, our Fitness Director had another gimmick to make the meeting interesting and reward his trainers in simple ways. I won a Starbucks gift card on our first meeting for being the first one to submit a document he asked us to do. I waited for the right moment before using my Starbucks card and in the first week of November, Starbucks offered a Buy-One-Get-One deal! It was my first ever Starbucks coffee that I purchased by myself.

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Anyway, for this meeting we were asked to guess the number of M&M’s inside a jar he got from the dollar store. Maybe that’s his way of making us think about something – anything – during the meeting.

At the end of all the discussion, he asked each one of the trainers what our guess is.  One guessed as low as 260 and another guessed as high as 540. The correct answer apparently was 436.

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My guess was 450.

The victory was not in winning the jar of M&M’s, which most probably I won’t be enjoying, but it lies in being able to harness that long lost mathematical skill that I learned somewhere in high school. Yes kid, those weird math problems will have their practical application someday.

Lesson:
If I am your trainer, you can’t argue with me that I don’t count the reps correctly! :p

#LifeofaPersonalTrainer #nerdmode #mathskillz

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Meet “Pat,” though her head is flourishing with grey hair, she’s still active and robust in relative physique. She comes to the gym to train with me twice a week on top of her daily physical activities such as walking, Gardening, and singing (she keeps convincing me it’s a physical activity since you work the diaphragm, and not a lot of people know how to properly do that).

This month, she just turned 75 years old and is still continuing to train regularly. She had a surgery on her right hip, right shoulder, and heart but I’ve trained with her long enough to convince me of her favourite motto “all the parts that I have still works!” Pat trained with another trainer before but stopped for a bit while waiting for the new gym in her area to open. I started training training with her in the first half of this year and I’m just amazed with her energy and strength! I have trained other elderly clients in the before but Pat is the strongest of them all! She’s actually looking for a ‘competitor‘ – a fellow senior citizen who goes frequently in the gym and lifts as much as she does. So far, I’ve found none!

Her hobby is Gardening and it keeps her busy until the snow falls so we make sure that her lower body and low back strength and flexibility is maintained.

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With proper exercise programming and modifications, the elderly can still workout as much as anybody else. If you are included in this population or if know somebody who might benefit from exercise (like your grandpa or grandma), it’s not too late to start! It’s my passion to help people achieve their goals. Send me an email to apply for Fitness Coaching and see if the program fits you! Start training if you’re a ‘senior‘ and wants to be ‘superior!’

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If you like to read more on exercise programming for the elderly, here’s another article:
Exercises for the Elderly.

And here’s a 74 year old man (during the time photo was taken) doing an OAEL.
Professor Fred Samson, (1918-2004)

We all know that regular and consistent exercise is beneficial to everyone. We can never run out of great reasons to exercise! However for most people in this busy society we live in today, exercise still falls below the top 10 priorities in our “to-do” list.

I mentioned in a previous article how the FITT principle determines the outcome of any exercise or training regimen. Simply put, the FITT Principle states that exercise has to be FREQUENT with the appropriate INTENSITY to achieve specific goals, which determines how much TIME will be spent and what TYPE of exercises has to be done. For example, a low-intensity workout consisting of movements such as walking or swimming, has to be done for a little longer period (at least 30 minutes) to achieve cardiovascular (heart and lung) endurance for 3 to 5 times a week.

Some research today on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) indicates that training at a high intensity for less than 10 minutes a day at 3 times a week can achieve sufficient health gains. However in my opinion, I don’t think that the proposed 10 minute (or less) HIIT workout is a good recommendation for everyone. The principle of Individuality should be applied and take into consideration the fitness level of an individual before undertaking any HIIT program. It also boils down to each individuals exercise preferences and goals. For example, an adventurous  person who aims to improve cardiovascular and even muscular endurance and wants to be fit so that she can last on long-duration activities such as running, swimming, or hiking will benefit more from low-intensity endurance training. On the other hand, a busy office person who has been going to the gym and is used to being on-the-go can benefit enough from HIIT, if her goal is only to maintain her fitness level and squeeze in an exercise routine to her busy schedule.

In any case, regular exercise results in a myriad of benefits that not only helps us prevent chronic disease, but improves our quality of life. Exercise will not only make us live longer, but enjoy life better.

If you are not thoroughly convinced, here’s a simple infographic from the PTDC - a great resource for Personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts – showing 101 reasons to exercise.

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101 Reasons to Exercise.

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http://www.yellowpages.ca/tips/pilates-are-getting-people-into-tip-top-shape/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral

Leg Day

Posted: July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I’m on this machine today for my legs because I’m too lazy to squat (and to lunge). 3 clients cancelled for this morning so I suddenly have time to work out (and write this short post during rest periods). Maybe it’s not plain laziness, but because I’m feeling some chronic fatigue from waking up early, commuting for a total of 160minutes per day including 4km walks, and going home late to meet clients for Personal Training. Resistance machines have their value, but I usually let clients do multiple-joint and free weight exercises which are more functional. Beginners can start with weight machines until they develop a foundational muscular strength, muscular endurance, and neuromuscular control. Clients who want to build muscle also benefit from weight machines because it provides that “isolation” for a specific joint so they can focus working a muscle or muscle group. But for now I’ll stick with weight machines because having time to work out is starting to be a luxury and I’m too lazy to stack and tidy up plates.