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Activate your core!

Your “core”, as it is called in general terms, 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.

A weak core can lead to lower back pain, injury and may even negatively affect your posture. 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. There are many exercises you can perform to help improve your core strength, including: dead bugs, planks and the Pallof press; however, we urge you to speak with your trainer first to ensure you activate your core properly for these exercises.

To learn how to properly activate your core we urge you to speak with your trainer so that they can walk you through the steps in person.

 

Tips for overcoming challenges relating to your health and fitness

More than ever before, we are all facing new and stressful challenges in our lives. For many of us, the pandemic has turned our lives upside down. While we cannot control every aspect of our lives right now, we can take back control over our fitness.

Following are three tips to help you persevere and overcome obstacles on your health and fitness journey:

  1. Adopt positive self-talk. Self-deprecating talk is disturbingly common, particularly as people compare themselves to other people – a phenomenon more common now that we are all so widely “connected” through social media platforms. Taking the time to reassure yourself and convince yourself of your worth can make a huge difference in helping you achieve your goals.
  2. Establish realistic goals. If your goals aren’t attainable – whether due to your lifestyle or because the goals themselves are unrealistic – what’s the point? You will ultimately become stuck, sad, or angry and may ultimately give up.
  3. Make a plan. It’s great that you want to achieve certain goals but how and when will you achieve them? Without a detailed plan (what, how and by when), you can’t effectively measure and note progress made.

Please remember that support services are available to help you – don’t ignore your mental health.

 

Training with multiple trainers

Most clients form a strong bond with a single trainer or a select few. Often this is the result of a combination of factors including: personality, training style and availability. We recognize that the bond formed between a client and their trainer is a special one, but we also believe that training with a single trainer can have drawbacks.

If you only train with one trainer, you may eventually tire of their training style and technique. Of course, this may not happen with you and your trainer, but it’s important to note that training with multiple trainers keeps training fun, fresh and interesting. While many trainers have similar credentials, most differ in personality, training style and often in specialty and focus. Changing things up now and then will allow for a more diverse training program.

Additionally, working with other trainers allows for flexibility in your training schedule. Many of Body & Soul’s trainers have fixed schedules; if your schedule changes they may not be able to accommodate your new availability. Also, in the event that your trainer is away, sick or injured, you won’t miss out on training in their absence as you have other trainers you like to train with. In the event that they are away, you could of course wait for them to return; however, depending on the timeframe, you would risk losing some of your health and fitness gains.

Ultimately, you may be content with just one trainer, but in the event that you want to try a new trainer please be assured that our trainers take the utmost care in preparing for new clients by reviewing your training history and speaking with your other trainer(s) about your needs, limitations, goals, etc.

Happy training!

Fitness File – March

fitness files

The March issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:

  • skin health
  • fitness tip: plank rows
  • nutrition tip: frozen or fresh?
  • COVID-19 studio update(s): face brackets
  • club news: studio closure, consultations, and waitlist
  • staff spotlight: Juergen Reinhardt (Head Trainer)
  • Physio’s corner: why is it important to continue exercising as I age?

Check it out here.

Virtual & Outdoor Training are here to stay!

We cannot imagine why we wouldn’t continue to offer our popular Outdoor and Virtual Training packages even when the pandemic becomes a distant memory!

Clients are absolutely raving about these alternative options to in-studio training – so yes, they are here to stay!

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