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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

The beauty of bands

Resistance bands are an incredibly versatile (and inexpensive) piece of equipment as they can be used in conjunction with several standard exercises, may be used to compliment your stretches and don’t require much space to store! Some exercises that work well with resistance bands include: bent-over rows, standing chest presses and standing bicep curls.

Join us in hopping on the ‘band’ wagon!

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.

 

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