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Core activation is important

Your core is the key to optimal performance, stability, and posture. It is the foundation for all movements of the body, and also functions as a biological lifting belt and brace.

Being able to activate your core will improve your posture by keeping your spine in alignment. It will also improve your ability to balance and perform complex movement patterns. Trying to perform technical and/or compound exercises without first activating your core is the easiest way to get injured at the gym, especially as you increase the weight being lifted.

If you’re not sure how to properly activate your core, or if you have questions relating to core activation, speak with your personal trainer. They may give you simple core activation exercises that you can do at home or at work.

Added sugar

If you took the time to read the labels of food in your house, you may be surprised by the number of foods which contain added sugar. Unfortunately, few people seem to understand how much added sugar they are – as a result – consuming. Did you know, for instance, that added sugars might show up as “syrups” or variations of words ending in “ose” like fructose on the label?

While added sugar in small quantities may not be an issue, it’s important to keep in mind that it is digested immediately and can boost your blood sugar levels rapidly.1

Push and pull

You may have heard your trainer talk about push or pull exercises. When using the push/pull approach, you would focus on “pull” exercises one day and “push” exercises the next day.

Pull exercises focus on muscle groups that contract as the weight is pulled toward the body and lengthens as the weight is extended away from the body (i.e. chin-ups). Conversely, push exercises focus on muscle groups in which muscle tissue contracts when the weight is pushed away from the body and lengthens as the weight is returned back towards the body (i.e. chest presses).

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Milestone: One Year of COVID-19

It is hard to believe that it has been a full year since we made the decision to close the Body & Soul studio due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many – if not all – of us, and not a day goes by that we are not reminded of the struggles and sacrifices we have faced as individuals and as a community. However, while we are still not out of the woods, we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The decisions we have made – and continue to make – prioritize the health and safety of our staff and clients. We continue to receive overwhelming positive feedback and appreciation from clients for our efforts, but we cannot stress enough that you – our clients – are the reason we have persisted when many have not. Many small businesses have suffered irrevocably during this time, but with your feedback, suggestions, and continued support, we continue to be motivated to do better and to strive for more.

Over the course of the year, we have implemented, revised, and enhanced various protocols and policies to continue to ensure a safe training environment for all. And while we cannot say when these protocols will be eased, we can assure you that it will only be done when the provincial government has deemed it appropriate, and only when we feel that staff and clients are ready.

Thank you for sticking by us, but more importantly, thank you for believing in us.

Photo credit: Alexander Mainwaring

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What do you want from your training?

When looking for a personal trainer or studio, it is important to identify what you want out of your training. For instance, do you want to be pushed hard? Are you willing to sweat? There are no simple answers to these questions of course as they will depend on your individual goals, needs, expectations and availability; however, it can help you narrow down your list.

At Body & Soul, our trainers complete personal profiles which summarize their experience, education, interests and, in some cases, include information on the different ‘type’ of clients they have strong experience working with such as seniors, athletes and clients recovering from injuries or health conditions.

Still not sure personal training is right for you? Call us to book a 30-minute consultation for an opportunity to sit down with one of our personal trainers to discuss your needs and goals! 604-224-2639

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