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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.
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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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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.

Do you let your day run you, or do you run your day?

It’s your choice.




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The T-bar is typically used as a rowing exercise to work the rhomboids, trapezius, and lats muscles. It can easily be substituted by a barbell or dumb bell row since using the T-bar may feel a little absurd (imagine pulling 50 kg of weight to your crotch).

However, creativity and functional movements can be applied to this gym-corner equipment to give you a good core workout that can be definitely challenging.

Watch the video below to see how to do a clean and press using the T-bar.

 

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Jillian Michaels is one of the toughest trainers of the Biggest Loser in the U.S. As a trainer, she uses a combination of Strength Training techniques with kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and Plyometrics. She is certified under NESTA and AFAA, certified in Kettle bell exercises, and holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the AFPA which means that she can definitely kick the fat out of your butt (and belly)!

When Jillian Michaels says “you can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days” by doing her 20-minute-a-day workout, believe her. There’s a reason her 30 Day Shred workout has become a national hit: it works. But if you have watched The Biggest Loser and saw how Jillian works out with her client, you know it’s not necessarily going to be easy.

The 30 Day Shred features three 20-minute workouts, each of which features, in rapid succession, short bursts of strength, cardio, and abs, and a cool-down. Sound easy? Think again. Even the beginner-level workout will have users’ heart rates up. Michaels allows no resting between each short burst of exercise, which is part of why the results happen so quickly. The transitions between strength, which can feature classic moves like push-ups or reps with small weights, and cardio, and then between cardio and abs, are a mere second or two. But that pacing helps guarantee the results that Michaels touts. “This helps you burn more fat and more calories, and gets you toned that much faster,” Michaels exhorts as she zips through the exercises. There are a few modified moves for true beginners, but even for them, Michaels doesn’t cut much slack; everyone has to do real jumping jacks, and a lot of them. “I have 400-pound people who can do jumping jacks,” Michaels says “and if they can do it, you can do it!” The only thing you need to jump into the 30 Day Shred is a set of small hand weights, and, if you have a hard floor, a mat for the floor moves. Otherwise, commit 20 minutes a day for a month, and get that lean, shredded body you’ve always wanted.

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Get the Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred here.

 

Check out other videos by Jillian Michaels:

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Jillian Michaels for Beginners:
Frontside – Amazing Abs,
Toned Arms and Lean Legs!
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack Jillian Michaels One Week Shred Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

More Videos by Jillian Michaels Here.

Today marks the two weeks I’m finally employed as a Personal Trainer at a prime gym in Toronto. As a starter, I am still trying to establish a client base so I have to devote more of my time to meet clients and have them booked. Hopefully as weeks pass, I’d be able to have a saner and more regular schedule. It’s hard to find time to write for now, but I will try to do it more often as I adjust to my schedule.

As a personal trainer, I prefer dynamic and functional exercises more than using weight machines like as a runner, I prefer running outside than on the treadmill. Machines have their value-  beginners benefit from them as they learn how to activate their muscles; body builders can use them to supplement their sets and work their muscles to exhaustion; the elderly rely on them for additional support and stability while they pursue their fitness goals. However, if you are someone who trains in the gym to be stronger, improve your performance, increase muscle mass, or lose fat mass, you wouldn’t want to restrict yourself to those limited weight machines. You burn more calories if you do exercises in an athletic stance compared to doing exercises sitting down on a machine. Your core gets activated because you have to engage not just the agonist muscles, but also the antagonist and synergist muscles when you use free weights. One of the best free weights available are the kettle bells. Today kettle bells come in different shapes and sizes, and advanced ones are easily weight-adjustable but you can always rely on a traditional kettle bell. Start to learn the basic primal movements with a light kettle bell (usually 10 lbs) and build up to improve your balance, coordination, and power.

Here is a great video that shows lots of amazing things you can do with a kettle bell:

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hrMeasuring your Heart Rate is the most reliable and easiest way to indicate the intensity of your workout. Your heart rate shows how hard your heart is working during exercise and training – how fast it pumps out and delivers oxygenated blood and nutrients to the working muscles. By determining the intensity of your workouts, you can exercise safely and effectively by staying in the right range of intensity for your fitness level and exercise goals. Each person has a specific target heart rate to reach when they work out. This lets you know if you are training hard enough, or if you are behind your target fitness goal. You can check out the target heart rates from the American Heart Association based on your age by clicking here. 

How to measure Heart Rate.
Measuring your heart rate is very simple as long as you have use of a timer or a watch and you know how to get your pulse. You can use your index finger and middle finger as your tools to feel your pulse. Place your fingers either over your carotid artery or radial artery. Count the number of pulse your heart makes for 15 seconds, with the first beat counting as zero. This will be your heart rate.

An easier and more accurate way to measure your heart rate and know the intensity of your work out is by using a Heart Rate monitor. These devices are considerably affordable and good investments if you are serious about your fitness goals. Some people who have medical conditions are advised to use a Heart Rate monitor when working out to know if the intensity of their exercise is still safe for them. For someone who is serious in pursuing fitness goals, the Heart Rate monitor is a vital tool to quickly and accurately measure heart rate and determine if the intensity is within the desired goal. Most of these fitness gadgets can be customized to match your fitness level and age, and some even feature beeps and alerts to ‘coach’ you and let you know how you are doing.

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The following are some of the most common brands of Heart Rate monitors that you can consider to buy if you are serious about getting fit. You can get them from Amazon for free shipping and at a relatively lower price compared to the market. Click on the photo to see reviews about the featured model, or click on the links to see other models and gadgets, and order from Amazon.

Pyle Sports Heart Rate Monitor
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Pyle offers the most affordable yet reliable heart rate monitors in the market. If you are not sure about getting extra gears and gadgets for your workouts but wants to start getting serious in your fitness goals, you can start out with the Pyle sports Heart Rate monitor. It accurately measures your heart rate and will help you determine if you’re in the right exercise intensity range. Pyle sports heart rate monitors comes with a strap that you can easily attach comfortably. It features a simple screen interface and easy to use controls. Pyle sports heart rate monitor comes in different colors and may be the gadget of choice if you want to bring your style to your workout. A Pyle sports heart rate monitor costs from USD $30.00 to $60.00 depending on extra features such as bluetooth connectivity, USB, and walking/running sensors.

Click here to see more color choices and models of the Pyle Sports Heart Rate monitor 

Timex Heart Rate Monitor
Timex heart rateTimex is a well known brand for watches and other gadgets that has been proven to be reliable and accurate. It offers a wider variety of choices and features, and is relatively affordable for its quality and capabilities. Serious fitness enthusiasts and athletes have been relying on Timex watches for accurate recording and analysis of their workouts and training. Timex Heart Rate monitors have been used by runners, marathoners, swimmers, triathletes, cyclists, and people who are serious with their training. If you want to take a step further with your training, invest with a Timex Heart Rate monitor. Compared to the Pyle Sports Heart Rate monitor, Timex does not only measure your heart rate but it allows you to determine your training zone range and your target heart rate. Timex heart rate monitors is more capable and versatile, and is the gadget of choice for the serious fitness enthusiast and athlete.

Click here to see more Timex Heart Rate Monitor watches.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor
polar hrPolar gadgets and devices have been proven to deliver quality and accurate results over the years, and may be one of the most competitive brands there is. Polar Heart Rate monitors have reliable functionality and features a friendly advanced interface. Polar Heart Rate monitors undoubtedly looks more sophisticated and its sleek design gives it an advantage over other choices. Polar offers high-quality technology with stylish designs so you can train with your favorite colors and mix and match your watch with your chest straps. Polar Heart Rate monitors are fun and engaging training companions with excellent user-interface and accurate recording. They can be easily connected to your smartphone and you can upload and access your data with ease. This is the best choice for people who are serious about details in their training and people who wants to compete with style.

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Are you serious about your workouts?

Are you planning to take the next step in your training?
Let me know in the comments what you think about using Heart Rate monitors or what your experiences are in using these gadgets.