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Improving cardio without running

For many people the term ‘cardio’ tends to elicit the thought of someone running; however, there are many ways in which you can improve your cardiovascular fitness that doesn’t involve running. For instance, kickboxing is an incredible activity that helps boost your cardio; additionally, you may want to consider rowing, skipping, cycling, circuit training and – everyone’s favourite – burpees! 

It’s important to have a well trained cardiovascular system as it can ensure that your active tissue meets its metabolic demand, and can help clear metabolic waste at a faster pace to allow you to perform and recover better during, and after, your strength training workouts.

What motviates you?

For many people, finding motivation can be a challenge. It all begins with a decision to make a change and it’s up to us to decide how we want to tackle it. If your goal is to eat healthier each day or to exercise more frequently, for instance, find what triggers that motivation to reach your goal. Maybe it’s to be a role model for your kids? Maybe it’s a recommendation from your doctor? Or maybe it’s to look and feel great for your next vacation or an upcoming event. Choosing to make a change in your lifestyle can sometimes be difficult to wrap your head around and it may result in failure from lack of commitment.

Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who have similar healthy lifestyle choices is a great way to stay motivated. At times, we may forget why we’re making the change and may lose track of our goals, but having someone around to challenge you and maintain your commitment can provide continuing motivation.

At Body & Soul, we strive to make every one of your visits challenging, exciting, and fun. But most importantly, we want you to feel motivated each time you walk into our studio.

Eccentric training

Eccentric training takes place when a muscle is under tension while it is lengthening. For instance, the eccentric phase of a bicep curl is when you are lowering the weight (in a controlled manner).

The greatest benefit of eccentric exercise training is the ability to produce the greatest magnitude of force with the least amount of effort. Since we are able to produce much greater force eccentrically, we can stress our muscles much more to stimulate muscle growth, and increase strength gains much more efficiently than concentric exercises (i.e. the lifting phase of a bicep curl).

Eccentric training is great for rehabilitation as strengthening the muscle eccentrically will help prevent injury. When done properly, eccentric exercise is great for older adults as it generates a lot of force with minimal energy. This can help with bone density and muscle mass.

How can we help you?

Are you, or is someone you know, looking for a personal trainer?  Are you under the impression that most personal trainers embody drill sergeants? Have no fear; Body & Soul Consultations are here! Come down and see the studio, meet the staff and sit down with one of our personal trainers for a 30-minute consultation and learn how we can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

During one of our consultations, you can expect to:

– find out how we can help you achieve these goals through personalized training programs
– discuss your past fitness experience
– identify your training style preference
– identify what motivates you and what causes you stress

Why should I have a consultation?

We recognize that choosing a fitness studio can be a big commitment and we want you to be confident in your choice. Taking the time to talk to a trainer and develop a strong, trusting relationship is critical in achieving your goals. Learn about our studio, meet our trainers and find out how we can help you on your road to optimal health.

If you know someone that would benefit from a consultation or if you haven’t trained in a while and want to talk to one of our personal trainers, call us and book a consultation today!

Eating before a workout

It’s important to think of your body as a machine. In order to function, it needs fuel. This is especially important after a night of fasting or a long break since your last meal. Without proper fuel your body is unable to perform at its optimal level and you will typically lose some of the training benefits you might otherwise gain, not to mention you might feel light-headed and nauseous.

If you are in a hurry, taking in some easily digestible food or drink – like a banana, peanut butter bagel or smoothie – can make all the difference between a productive session and a fatigue-filled session.