A: Increasing the weight on your exercises is a great way to bump up the intensity in your workouts. Being able to handle a greater amount of weight also provides immediate feedback that you are getting stronger. One way to see if you can increase the weight you are lifting on an exercise is by safely performing two extra repetitions than your goal for two consecutive workouts. Always make sure your form is good before you add weight to minimize your risk for injury, and that you are feeling the right muscles being targeted.
Written by: Patrick Minassian, Personal Trainer at Body & Soul Health and Fitness
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday, May 19th for the Victoria Day long weekend. Studio will remain open on Saturday, May 17th. For those traveling, we wish you a wonderful and safe long weekend.
New Staff Members: Body & Soul is pleased to welcome Megan Valin to the Front Desk team and Brandon Santo to the Personal Training team.
*Personal Trainer, Isabel Verse, is currently on a six-month leave of absence where she will be backpacking through Nepal and standing as a bridesmaid at a wedding in Brazil. Safe travels and have a great summer, Isabel!
Continuous Learning: Dr. Case will resume his training lectures for our Personal Trainers in May. His combination of medical knowledge, injury prevention, and training experience, allows him to see all sides of Body & Soul: the trainers, the medical expert and most of all, the client’s.
What is motivation? What does motivation mean to you? Is there such thing as motivation or is it just a form of procrastination?
We all seek motivation in our own way. Some of us are self-motivated, some of us are motivated by others, and some may even believe that motivation keeps us from actually doing the task we want to do instead of just doing it. Whatever the case may be, motivation can be challenging. 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, find what triggers that motivation to reach your goal. Maybe it’s to be a role model for your children? Maybe it’s a recommendation from your doctor? Or maybe it’s to look and feel great for your next vacation. 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.
Most extended health plans offer coverage for services provided by Registered Massage Therapists. We encourage you to review your plan to see if you are covered.
Learn more about our Therapists, David Hubenig and Marcia Moncur.
Injuries are often an unavoidable part of life and can be a common occurrence in physical activity – whether it be from improper use of equipment or an accident. There are several ways to prevent injury:
1) Warm up for at least 10 minutes (the older and more athletic you are, the more time you should spend on warming up).
2) Wear shoes that are designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity.
3) Focus and pay attention to your body’s movements, particularly the form and technique in which you perform your exercises. Distractions can lead to uncontrolled and unplanned movements, which often lead to injury.
Talk to your trainer about how you can prevent injuries when exercising outside of the studio.