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Why you should consider training with multiple trainers

It’s not uncommon for people to 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 even availability. We recognize that the bond formed between a client and their trainer is a special one; however, we also believe that training with more than one trainer can have substantial benefits.

Working out with with multiple trainers keeps training fun, fresh and interesting. While many trainers have similar credentials, most tend to 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. Most of Body & Soul’s trainers have fixed schedules and so if your schedule changes then they may no longer be able to train you (they are in school, working elsewhere or already have a client committed to that time slot). 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 enjoy working with. In the event that they are away, you could of course wait for them to return; however, depending on the time frame, you actually 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.

Fitness Tip: chest press

This exercise is an example of a compound movement, which means it works multiple muscle groups at the same time. The primary muscle this exercise targets is the pec major, and the secondary muscles are deltoids and triceps. This is a great exercise for building upper body strength.

The chest press exercise can be done either with a barbell or dumbbells. The movement for both is the same, although there is more stability required with the dumbbells. Today Anthony will demonstrate the dumbbell chest press.

Tip: If you really want to focus on your pec muscles, follow-up with a dumbbell chest fly after this exercise. Supersets for the win!* The dumbbell chest fly will focus on your outer pec muscles and the two exercises together will really give your chest a good workout! *Supersets involve moving quickly from one exercise to a separate exercise without taking a break for rest in between the two exercises.

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Are you seeing the results you want?

While there are many reasons why someone may struggle with their progress (e.g. nutrition, illness, fatigue, etc.), one common reason is the intensity at which someone decides they need exercise to meet their goal(s).

Different outcomes such as strength, flexibility, cardio and aesthetics require different methods to achieve success. Positive changes in our body result from an adaptation to a stressor or improved efficiency to cope with a given stress. The stressors we must provide our body come in different forms, such as elevating the heart rate, increasing the ROM, increasing the load (weight) we move, or providing a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat).

The challenge for many people comes with the reluctance to endure the discomfort or pain associated with pushing the limits of these stressors. However, only when we push beyond our current levels will the body positively adapt and allow us to reach our fitness goals.

Introducing instability

Watching a fellow gym-goer perform push-ups on a bosu ball or wobble board can be both exciting and intimidating. Before you incorporate “instability” as a means of increasing intensity, you need to make sure you are first able to complete the exercise on a stable surface with proper form and technique – it helps to have a fitness professional present to remind you to drop your hips or bring your head up if needed to ensure proper form is maintained.

You should only consider incorporating instability when you can demonstrate the ability to stabilize the parts of the body the exercise will most challenge. Please talk to your trainer for more information.

Fitness File – November Issue

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

  • exercise and arthritis
  • fitness tip: the overload principle
  • nutrition tip: anti-inflammatory foods
  • club news: studio closure reminder, new staff member, holiday charity and reassessments
  • staff spotlight: Anthony McLoughlin (Personal Trainer)
  • Q&A: how can laser therapy help my injury?

Check it out here.