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Establishing SMART goals

  • Specific: ambiguous goals like improving strength leave you to wonder what “strength” means (i.e. upper vs lower body, overall, etc.).
  • Measurable: at what point can you determine the goal has been achieved?
  • Attainable: consider your lifestyle and ability to commit effort to a goal – is this genuinely one you believe you can reach?
  • Relevant: is this something you actually want or something you believe others expect of you?
  • Timely: giving yourself a deadline will help you plan out how best to proceed. For instance, given a specific deadline, will you need to exercise 1-2 times each week or will you need to do more?

An example of a SMART goal might be to lose 10 pounds before the New Year. It’s specific in what you want to achieve and when. Additionally, with six months to go, it may be attainable if you’re willing to put in the work!

Avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket

If you apply this concept to your health and fitness, it means you should avoid concentrating all of your efforts on one component of health and fitness, i.e. diet vs. exercise or cardio training vs. resistance training. While focusing on one component in the hopes of achieving a certain goal – i.e. diet instead of exercise in the hopes of losing weight – may be easier and may actually appear to work for a time, it is not the answer to long-term health and fitness as it isn’t sustainable. Why not? Consider concentrating exclusively on your diet (what you eat, how much, etc.) and don’t do any (or very little) physical activity. While you may lose some weight, you will not see an increase in muscle definition (toning), which is often associated with a positive perspective of one’s body (self-esteem). Additionally, your body will not gain the benefits of physical activity that it requires as you age (i.e. improved bone density). Conversely, if you focus only on exercise, then you delay or hinder your ability to lose weight as weight loss requires a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat).

When it comes to your goals, we highly urge you to speak with your Personal Trainer. Not only can they help you establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals but they can help you achieve them through personalized exercise programs and guidance.

Looking to purchase fitness equipment?

As the nights get colder, darker, and wetter, many people may find themselves looking to invest in some fitness equipment to use at home. Before you do, Body & Soul Personal Trainer Luke (“Coach Luke”) has some things for you to consider before potentially spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment.

1) Don’t get upsold!
2) Figure out your goal time frame.
3) Do your research.
4) Can/will you use it?

Home equipment can be a great opportunity to supplement your in-studio training! Watch Body & Soul Personal Trainer “Coach Luke” break it down on our Instagram.

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Staff Spotlight – Meet Personal Trainer Laura “LC” Claridad

Laura Claridad (Certifications: B. Kin | CPT-ACE) 

Laura has a diploma in Sports Science from Douglas College, a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and an Athletic Therapy certificate from Mount Royal University. She is an ACE certified Personal Trainer with a functional and orthopaedic exercise specialist certification. She has worked with elite and varsity athletes of various sports disciplines as an athletic trainer and student therapist.

Laura’s goal for every client is to enable them to do what they love by building a body that is resilient to withstand or go beyond the physical demands of their activities. Her clients can expect each session to cater to their specific functional abilities, needs and goals.

Fun Fact: Laura competed nationally and internationally as a hip-hop dancer, so if you don’t see her on the gym floor, you’ll likely find her on the dance floor.