Depending on your goal, there are several ways to track and see progress, such as the bathroom scale or mirror, the waistband of your favourite jeans, etc. For some people, these methods provide enough motivation to get active and stay fit – but for many people, there is a need to see specific changes and better understand their current level of health and fitness. For these people, we recommend a comprehensive assessment, specifically, a Body & Soul Reassessment.
As a Personal or Partner Training client at Body & Soul, you began your journey after completing a comprehensive assessment based on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness, level of balance, strength, and flexibility, calculation of body composition and measure of blood pressure and heart rate. Clients with an open Personal or Partner training package have a chance to see how far they’ve come by booking a complimentary reassessment. Your reassessment will show areas you have excelled in, as well as where you can still improve. In addition, you will receive a printed report showing your progress. You can then speak with your trainer to better understand your results, set new goals and receive a revised training program suited to your ‘new’ level of fitness. In addition, you can also add a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to your reassessment for only $40. FMS is not for individuals with acute injuries, please speak with your trainer and see if you qualify.
Not currently a client at Body & Soul, but interested in booking a health assessment with one of our trainers? Call us at 604-224-BODY (2639) for more information!
Studio Closure: BC celebrates its second Family Day this year! Body & Soul will be closed Monday February 10th and will re-open Tuesday February 11th at 6am. We hope you have an amazing long weekend – be sure to make great memories with your family!
Testimonials and Reviews: We would like to thank all those who have provided us with positive testimonials and reviews over the years. Your kind words continue to motivate us to be the best health and fitness studio on Vancouver’s West Side! If you would like to provide us with a testimonial for the website, please speak with your trainer or email email@example.com.
Run, row or cycle!: Last month we introduced a new cardio package. For $25 a month, Body & Soul clients can use studio cardio equipment whenever they want! Speak with our front desk if you have any questions.
Refer and Receive!: Refer a new client who purchases a one-on-one or small group personal training package and receive a free session! ~Available for all clients with an open personal training package~ Questions? Speak with our front desk.
As a child, did you ever walk along the edge of a sidewalk, or have a single-leg balance competition with a friend? These are examples of balance training, and it’s never too early or too late to work on it. Often overlooked, balance is a vital part of one’s fitness training. Balance is involved in almost everything you do, whether it be body exercises, weight training, household chores, sports, etc. Rather than waiting until you notice your balance deteriorating, work on it today! Practice in different pairs of shoes, without shoes, or even try with your eyes closed!
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. It is a disorder that typically affects older adults, with incidences increasing with age and is 2-3 times more prevalent in women than in men.
Can you exercise with osteoporosis? Short answer, yes. As we age, we begin losing bone density which eventually can lead to osteoporosis. This is why it is so important to continue to exercise and help maintain bone strength and density.
The best exercises to help maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis are ones that are dynamic and weight bearing physical activities. Our body needs to move to exercise, this movement is created by our muscles, so when our muscles contract, they pull on our bones which allows us to move. This pulling on the bone, by our muscles, is what helps maintain bone health and density. Therefore, any strength training, or resistance training can help! Exercises such as walking, running, or plyometrics are great for bone health (depending on your fitness level). The pounding of our body weight against the ground promotes the increase in bone density.
It can be hard to leave yummy holiday meals behind, particularly if your fridge and freezer are stocked with leftovers. Holiday snacks and meals, while delicious and rich in flavour, should not influence too many future recipes as they will make it more difficult for you to get back on track. Now is a good time to get back to high quality nutritious meals and snacks. Some simple tips: 1) switch white rice with brown rice, 2) select fat-free or low-fat dairy products, 3) try lean meats and skinless poultry and 4) snack on fruits and vegetables.