Steven has been training with me on my Online Fitness Coaching program for 8 months now and has improved a lot since we started! He initially wants to lose body fat and gain more muscle mass but upon achieving that goal, he now trains for athleticism and overall fitness. I give him a three to four workout day routine each week that he does in his own pace and time. When he started the Online Fitness Coaching, the routine included a cardio guide, the strengthening or resistance exercises, and some home core workouts. The routine keeps changing and adapting to his progress and now his workout even includes Agility Drills! You see, progress is not only measured by how many pounds you lost, or how much more weight you can lift, but also on how many other stuff you can do — and that is Fitness.

My Online Fitness Coaching program provided Steven some serious guidance through periodized training programs that elite athletes follow, but customized to his fitness level, abilities, and schedule.

“My trainer, Billy, is an amazing motivator and always challenges me to push my boundaries and strive for excellence bringing  me to new heights. Billy quickly identified my strengths and my weaknesses and showed me how i could improve and regain my health. Billy has designed a training program that has made it possible to achieve my goals and consistently pushes me to prove to myself that I can exceed my expectations.

He tailors my workouts to my individual goals and needs. Although the workouts can be tough, Billy makes them fun and gets me excited, I dropped from 180lb of mostly  fat to 165lb of mostly muscle.

With Billy’s Online Fitness Coaching I have been able to reclaim my life in terms of my health, and all on my own schedule. Thanks for making my workouts fun and keeping me on track!!”

– Steven, a Successful Online Fitness Coaching Client.

Watch Steven do perfect squats even after finishing 20 minutes of Agility Ladder Drills:

My wife and I have been looking for a short but fun get away this summer. We just came from Niagara-on-the-Lake last Thursday, rested at home for a day, and took a 3-hour road trip to Tobermory and Collingwood last weekend. This time we are hoping for a Fitness filled adventure!

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Since we didn’t want to drive for four hours, we joined a bus tour under ShengNuo tours. The tour guide translated his script to both English and Chinese at the start but for the most part of the trip, everything was in Chinese. That was fine for us as long as we get in our destinations! He also gave us some flyers that we told us to review so we don’t miss out.

Flowerpot Island

We went to ride the Glass Bottom Boat Cruise to Flowerpot Island on our first day after a long 3-hour ride. On the way to the island we spent around 15 minutes at a shipwreck. The boat had a small section where you can see the Lake floor through the bottom of the ship — don’t expect the whole boat to have a glass bottom!



We arrived at the Flowerpot island with just enough time to hike the trail (about 25 minutes one way to the lighthouse), take pictures, hangout and enjoy the scenery. The island was named after two limestone rock formations that is shaped like flower pots. Get your selfie sticks ready for the awesome view!

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The trail at Flowerpot Island was fairly easy and it’s something the whole family can enjoy. Both kids and even the elderly can follow the trail up to the lighthouse. There are some areas which are very rocky and some requires climbing up a rock, but there are lots of friendlier shortcuts. If you’re planning to wade in the water make sure you bring a pair of swim shoes as the smooth rocks on the floor of the Lake can be very slippery. It was also breezy cold when we went (at around 23C) and we only saw a few people who dared to swim. Before approaching the lighthouse, there is a cave that can be climbed easily through steep wooden stairs. You’ll get rewarded by a majestic view of the green canopy over the island that merges with the fresh blue lake.



We spent a few hours in the island before taking the jet boat back to the port, so we went to our 3 other destinations the day after.

Inglis Falls at Owen Sounds

We first visited the Inglis Falls – we thought our tour guide made a mistake because we knew it was the Owen Sounds Falls, but he was right! It was named after the Inglis family who owned a factory in the area. There was not so much to see apart from the Falls and we spent only 15 minutes in that location. There is a 10km river trail available that we didn’t go through because it was not in our itinerary. Also there’s a lot of big mosquitoes in this area because of the stagnant river water near the dam so be prepared especially if you go there with kids.

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Georgian Bay Trail

Next stop was the Georgian Bay trail. This is another spot that you might not want to miss at the Bruce Peninsula. It’s included in UNESCO’s list of nature reserves which means that you’ll see nature’s pure beauty and wonder. Get your cameras ready for this one!


There are a lot of trail options available but since we have one more destination (and we have a few seniors with us), we took the shortest route. It took an easy 40 minute hike to reach the Georgian Bay and a few more minutes with some rocky climbs, you’ll reach the Grotto. The Grotto is another rock formation shaped like a cave from years of erosion. Stretch your tired back, legs, and feet while you enjoy nature’s wonder. It is highly recommended to check this place out!

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Scenic Caves Adventure Resort

Last stop, but definitely not the least! We went to Scenic Caves Adventure resort. It’s a big compound that encloses a nature trail and mountain hike featuring the Caves, a panoramic view of the bay from the longest suspension bridge, an adventure play area for kids, and a lot more! This was the longest and may be the hardest trail of our weekend. It involves a lot of steep climbs and a few slippery rocks. You’ll surely feel your Heart Rate go up a dozen notch! (Need a Heart Rate Monitor when you workout?) You’ll be rewarded with an awesome experience so get ready to hike!

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All in all, my Fitbit Charge registered 16,905 steps. Scenic Caves is still designed to be enjoyed by the family and there are stairs and occasional rail handles. If you have any heart conditions this might not be for you as the steep climb could really boost your heart rate. Elderly people who have difficulty walking can stay in the Souvenir Shop or by the man-made lake.

After a two long days of hiking, we just felt like getting a massage to release those tightened trigger points in our sore muscles. And guess what, we found this gem from the Scenic Caves!


It’s the Relaxus Harmony Roller — an innovative tool for self myofascial release for your neck pain, tight shoulders, sore legs and back. It’s easier to use on smaller areas of your body like your neck and shoulders and is more portable than the foam roller.

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Going to the Flowerpot Island, Georgian Bay, and Scenic Caves was absolutely worth it and a must try if you’re looking for a family friendly adventure!


You spent hours and hours in the gym doing your Chest Exercises. You commemorate Mondays as “International Chest Day” with your Gym Bros. You’ve tried all variations of the Bench Press on all angles of Incline and Decline, different variations of the Push-Up, and done all the exercises you researched from YouTube, yet you still can’t seem to make progress.

What keeps you from building that strong and massive Chest so that you can proudly wear your Superman shirt?


You might think that to build a stronger and massive chest, you need to do more chest exercises. That simply follows logic, and it’s correct. But what keeps you from building a stronger and massive chest is the same thing! Doing Chest and Arms three times a week in your exercise program will not help you build a massive chest, but it will only lead to plateau and even overuse injury in the long term.


Here’s the secret to building a massive Chest and Stronger Bench Press:
If you want to improve your PUSH, you have to work on your PULL.

Gym bros logic think that because you cannot see your back in the mirror, it does not exist. You want to build muscle mass that will make you look good, and since you can’t see your back, it’s useless! Right??


Working on your PULL will actually enhance your PUSH. Strengthening the shoulder stabilizers (Rotator Cuff muscles) and activating the posterior scapular region (mainly the Trapezius and Rhomboids muscle) for the Upper Back increases reciprocal inhibition and dynamic stability. The more stable your shoulders are, the more efficient your Bench Press will be! And of course with more efficient Bench Press you can lift heavier weights and build massive Pectoral muscles.

The “Strength Doc” recommended a Push to Pull ratio of 2:1 for healthy shoulders. On a daily basis, we’re underworking the back muscles by sitting slouched on our office desks and obsessive handheld technology use. Having this slouched posture keeps the Pectoral muscles on a contracted state and ‘hides’ them from full view. Strengthening your Upper Back improves your POSTURE which helps you flaunt your Pectoral muscles that you’re working hard on.

If you really want to improve your Bench Press, build a massive chest,  and look good overall, working your Back is the secret!


Here are other great ways to improve your Bench Press and build a strong and massive Chest:

• Give your chest proper rest and recovery time. Getting a massive pectoral muscle doesn’t come from blasting your chest five times a week. Give each muscle group you work on – including the chest muscles – one to two days of rest in between workouts. Remember: No Recovery, No Improvement!

Stabilize your shoulders. A powerful push comes from a strong foundation for your arms from your shoulders and core. The more stable that foundation is, the more you’ll be able to bench press. Learn how to stabilize your shoulders here.

Improve your form. The bench press is simple: unrack the bar, drop and push – repeat ‘x’ number of times, then rack the bar. However, this simplified mentality might be what’s holding you back. Like what I mentioned previously, even your shoulder placement affects your Bench Press. Is your grip correct? How wide or narrow should your hands be? Where should you bend your elbows? Do you keep your spine flat? Do you keep your feet down? Get the right answers for these questions from a certified Personal Trainer to get faster results.

Get a well-designed program for your Chest exercises. Stop listening to the meat heads in the gym and start training seriously! There is a Training Principle called the Principle of Individuality which states that each individual has their own response and adaptation to any training program. This simply means that what might have worked for that meat head will not necessarily work for you. So if you want real progress, then stop following random advices from people you see in the gym.

If you want to achieve the best results, then follow the best program! Get your customized program by clicking here.

How do you treat sore muscles after a workout?theraband

After doing a strenuous physical activity, it is normal to feel sore one or two days after, especially if you did something that your body is not used to doing. This is referred to as DOMS which stands for Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. DOMS occur 24 to 48 hours after your workout.

Your muscle fibers get stressed during your workout and small microscopic tears occur in muscle fibers which results in Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. The mild muscle strain injury creates microscopic damage to the muscle fibers. Scientists say that this damage plus the inflammation that comes with these tears, causes the pain. Take note that these microscopic tears does not mean that you should stop exercising. On the other hand, getting DOMS is also not an indication that your workout was effective. You don’t have to feel soreness or pain every time you finish exercising for you to say that they worked.


Why do I feel sore after I work out?
No one is exempt from getting sore after a workout. Beginner exercisers and elite athletes experience DOMS alike. This muscle soreness is simply a symptom of using your muscles and placing stresses on them that are leading to adaptations to make them stronger and better able to perform the task the next time. If you are a new exerciser, don’t worry if you feel sore after a workout. It is normal especially if your body is not familiar with the exercise, and it will go away in a day or two.

How do I prevent muscle soreness? How do I treat DOMS?
The exact reason why and how DOMS occur is not yet known. Several treatments such as ice, rest, massage, heat, and stretching have all been reported as helpful in the process of muscle recovery.

A significant amount of Flexibility is important even to non-athletes.

A significant amount of Flexibility is important even to non-athletes.

Stretching should always be included in a training program. This will keep the muscles from tightening and muscle spasms. Stretching is not only beneficial to treat Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness but more importantly to improve flexibility.

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Take a day or two of Rest while your body recovers from DOMS. If you want to keep exercising, try a different activity or do a lighter intensity.

Most importantly, always do a proper Cool-down after your work out. This will ensure circulation to flush out the waste products in your muscles after your exercise.

Research found that applying Heat to treat muscle soreness helps alleviate muscle soreness. The increase in muscle temperature allows more blood flow to the worked out muscles which brings fresh oxygen and nutrients. Applied heat to your sore muscles also helps get rid of chemical irritants that trigger pain.

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What should I do if I want to work out and I’m still sore?
You can still continue to train even when you feel sore, but don’t expect to set personal records or optimal performance. Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness affects only the muscle groups that you previously worked, so you can work out other muscle groups while the fatigue parts recover.

Simply put, take it easy when you’re feeling sore.

Following a well-planned Training Program is helpful to maximize your workouts, especially on sore days. Having a good exercise program will ensure that you can keep up with your training without further muscle damage and minimize injury.

Read more about DOMS here.

In summary:

  • Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness or DOMS occurs naturally and can be felt by anyone, especially if you do something that your body is not familiar with (ie. Progression in your training program, doing a new physical activity or sport).
  • Make sure that you warm-up before you workout and do a proper cool-down after to ensure blood flow to your muscles.
  • Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness goes away in one or two days but you can do some treatments to alleviate the soreness. Stretch the sore muscle or apply heat on it after you work out.
  • You can still work out even while experiencing DOMS. Work on a different muscle group or cross-train.
  • Be able to differentiate pain from muscle soreness and pain from an injury. DOMS usually goes away after a day or two. Also, the soreness from DOMS should not limit you from doing light to moderate activities.
    Seek medical attention if you feel stinging or persistent pain.

Follow a well-planned Training Program to ensure progress in your workouts while allowing enough recovery for your muscles. This will ensure that you maximize gains and minimize over-training and injury.

I can help you get the best out of your workouts from a Periodized Training Program. For more information or if you would like to contact me, check out my SERVICES page and answer the short form so I could know you a little better. Click HERE to continue to the services page.

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Statistics say that losing weight and staying fit and healthy always make it to the Top 10 New Year’s Resolution list that people make. However, statistics also say that most people do not adhere to their resolution, or if they do, they find it hard to sustain it for the whole year! You may have been one of those who made this resolution once or twice before but can’t seem to keep it up for the rest of the year.

Setting a goal is good. But goals will only be good on paper unless we take the next steps to do them. How many people do you think know what to do next after writing their new year’s resolution? How can you make sure that you stick to your goal to lose weight, stay healthy, and get fit?

Read “Make your New Year’s Resolution WORK.

After you set your goal for this year to lose weight, stay healthy, and get fit, the next thing that you should do is to get DIRECTION. You don’t just plan to go to a place without looking at the map to know the best route to your destination. The same goes with the goal to lose weight and stay healthy.

Having a training program is the key to get the direction you need to lose weight and stay healthy. With a good training program, you are sure to get the most out of your workouts and that you are not wasting your time.


When you have the proper direction, the next thing you should do is to MEASURE. Your goals should be attainable and measurable. How much weight do you want to lose? Or to better paraphrase the question, how much weight can you lose in a healthy way? On average, it is safe to lose 1.5 to 2 lbs a week with regular exercise that includes strength training and cardio workouts.

Honestly though, weight is only a vague measurement of how fit or healthy you are. Your body weight can be affected by water, muscle mass, bone density, and much more! At 6’2″ Hugh Jackman was 198 lbs when he bulked up for the movie Wolverine. His BMI would be considered ‘overweight’ based on standard values.

What matters more is your body circumference or girth measurement. It is a better indicator for losing subcutaneous fat – the stubborn fat under your skin – than stepping on the weighing scale. When you determine which ones to measure, then you can easily track your progress and know how to keep improving in your training.

Lastly, you need COMMITMENT. This may sound cliche, but again goals are only good on paper unless you commit to doing them. I started to work as a Personal Trainer in a gym in the first quarter of the year.

Many of my clients who I trained signed up for Personal Training thinking that it will help them commit to pursuing their fitness goal. They got the best training program specific to their goals and needs, and I helped them determine how to measure attainable results. But only the committed clients stayed for the rest of the year.  Some were always caught up with their work schedule or other errands always seem to get in the way of training. A few realised after a couple of sessions that they were not ready to commit and sacrifice time and energy.


If you want change to happen, you have to commit everything it takes to get the change you want. In my experience in personal training, there are people who pay big money to the gym for one on one personal training and expect that it will make them commit to their goal. It’s a big mistake and a waste of money.

As a personal trainer I can give you direction; I can motivate you towards your goal; and I can challenge you to push yourself more. What I cannot do is to make you commit to show up every training day and to give your 100% every time.

If you are serious about your fitness goal to lose weight, get healthy, and stay fit, then you just need to motivate yourself to follow these three next steps after writing your goal. Find the direction you need so that you don’t feel lost when you train and so that each training day would be worth it. Get an accurate measurement of your goal and reach for specific, attainable results to keep you motivated. Keep in mind that your goal requires long-term commitment. Don’t be overwhelmed but simply take small steps to develop habits that will help you reach your goal.


Do you think you can commit to your fitness goal to lose weight, get healthy and stay fit? I can help give you direction and support that you need to be successful in your goal. Send me a direct message or check out the SERVICES page.

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92% of people fail in their New Years Resolutions and 38% of all resolutions are weight loss.

Sticking with a program is difficult.

Family gets in the way.
Work gets in the way.
It’s expensive to hire an ongoing trainer. At $50/hr 4x/wk that’s $800/month – yikes!

I’ve dedicated my life to attaining the knowledge to help create great programs and understand the psychological motivators to sticking with it.

To train with me in person is expensive and I don’t have any space right now but I do offer remote online training and, for a limited time, have a couple of spots available.

Some of the many benefits to training with me online are:

It’s much more cost effective.
Don’t have to go into a gym.
Offer stronger accountability and support systems.
You can be anywhere in the World

I’m here to make sure that you don’t become another statistic. I guarantee results if you guarantee adherence. To apply, go to the SERVICES tab.

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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.


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!


If you are a determined, committed, and hardworking person who want to reach your fitness goals, I’d love to work with you! Click on the SERVICES tab to apply for Online Fitness Coaching and see if you’re fit for the program. Talk to you soon!