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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.

These are some snapshots taken from my new workplace – my first in Toronto, as a Personal Trainer. The gym is not as big as its counterpart branches which have pools, courts, and other facilities, but it’s big enough to compete against big gyms in Toronto. Time has been passing by so quickly and it’s
already 3 months since I started here. It wasn’t easy opening up different time slots to accommodate clients and establish a good client base, but I’ve been blessed to have regular clients coming just after a week since I started.

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New equipment ready to burn your calories.

The gym has great equipment and facilities in comparison to its smaller competitors, but it can improve on adding some tools like ankle weights, resistance bands, battle ropes, and sand bags.

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The above photo shows the small Personal Training area where “special equipment” can be found and used. And by the way, this is where sessions with trainers are usually done. (This is how new members are usually introduced to this area..the emphasis is on the Personal Training AREA and not on the Personal Trainers).

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This is the free weights area where the big boys are, and where things get messy most of the time. I don’t get how people can stack up 360lb plates on the leg press machine, do 4 “mini-reps” (composed of mini movements, with minimal leg flexion and extension) of 1 set, but then they leave the stacked up plates on the machine after using them. Dumbells are also supposedly arranged by weight, starting from pairs of 5 lbs, increasing by 2.5lbs up to 100lbs. I don’t know if anyone does 100lb bicep curls (and why..) but those 100lb dumbbells end up on the 10lb rack, and everything in between gets messed up.
For a couple of Saturdays when I started a big, strong lady member asked me to help her return the dumbbells to their rightful places (the racks have labels for each weight). She just can’t stand the unreasonable, dumb disarray with the dumbbells.

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Overall, it’s a good gym to work out and to work. But for now my schedule gets stacked with 25 minute sessions so it’s mostly work for me – I only get to work out if clients cancel at the last minute, or if I need to do a demo for exercises.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Ricardo Mazalan/AP

Ricardo Mazalan/AP

You might be recovering from a soccer hangover Monday following what may have been the greatest World Cup from start to finish, but just because play has ceased in Brazil doesn’t mean that you have to wait another four years to see world-class games. The United States men’s national team received tremendous support from a fervent fanbase at home and abroad, Americans filled up football stadiums for watch parties, and television ratings were at a record high.

Luckily for soccer fans, whether you’re new to the game or a lifelong supporter, the sport has no real offseason. Many European club teams are beginning preseason tours this week. If you’re looking to dive into the sport, there are a multitude of options, starting with the biggest league currently in season: Major League Soccer.

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Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

The MLS season started in March, but the regular season…

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Originally posted on For The Win:

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Themba Hadebe/AP

It was only a group stage game, but Ghana-Germany quickly became one of the most memorable games in recent World Cup history Saturday. With the Group of Death still wide open and all four teams still vying for a spot in the knockout rounds, Germany and Ghana each earned a point after a classic second half that included four goals.

Javier Soriano/Getty Images

Javier Soriano/Getty Images

Mario Götze scored the game’s opening goal in the 51st minute. Thomas Müller sent in a perfect cross that Götze headed downward onto his knee. Luckily for Götze, the ball bounced directly in front of him, and past Fatawu Dauda.

It only took Ghana three minutes to find an answer. Christian Atsu swung a cross into the German penalty area, and Andre Ayew hit a powerful header to the far post.

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Asamoah Gyan, the man who knocked the United States out of the World Cup in 2010, gave Ghana…

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