The Heart & Stroke Foundation has several great and healthy recipes online; we recommend the delicious double chocolate brownies — yum! To all of our wonderful staff, clients and friends, we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!
Welcome Back!: Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break filled with laughter and good memories. We’re excited to be back in the studio and hope to see you soon!
New Cardio Package: For $25 a month you can now use Body & Soul’s cardio equipment whenever you want! Run on the treadmill, row on the rower or cycle on the bike. Conditions apply and tax will be added. Speak with our front desk if you have any questions.
Don’t Forget: As a Body & Soul client, you get several perks: 1) with an open package you can book a free reassessment, 2) receive a complimentary session when you refer friends and family to Body & Soul and 3) finish your sessions with a nice shower (complete with hair and body products) and brew a cup of coffee or tea before leaving for the day. Speak with our front desk staff for more information about these perks.
New Staff: With Caitlin starting as a personal trainer this month, we had to find someone to take over her morning shifts — introducing Front Desk Supervisor Rikka. Welcome to Body & Soul Rikka!
Body & Soul tackles fitness fears
Many people have reservations about going to a gym / fitness studio because of some common “fears” about gyms. Following are three of the most common gym fears that you don’t have to worry about at Body & Soul.
Feeling Stupid: Looking at most Functional Trainers, you expect them to transform and attack the city, but really they are a multi-purpose piece of equipment used for strength training. Without watching someone use this piece of equipment or being taught, how could you know how to use it properly (safely and most effectively)? If there is one thing Body & Soul trainers are known for, it’s their knowledge. Our trainers love demonstrating exercises and explaining how ‘things’ work, whether it be fitness equipment or the science behind muscle regeneration.
Being Isolated: Some people are afraid to join a fitness studio in fear of feeling like the ‘new kid’ — have no fear, our front desk staff are always more than happy to help you, whether it be setting you up on cardio equipment for your warm-up or taking you through a walkthrough of the studio to ensure you know where everything is. Also, many of our clients have formed friendships with one another after chatting in the changeroom or spending time on the cardio equipment together. You won’t be ‘new’ for long!
Body Image: Perhaps one of the biggest fears people have is that they think they should already be ‘fit’ before joining a studio. While many of our clients continue with us after reaching their goals, whether to maintain their fitness or pursue new goals, most of them started their journey wanting to ‘get fit’ as seen in goals such as increase strength, general fitness, improve flexibility, lose weight, etc. Most clients start their journey with us with the intention of increasing their level of fitness and they stay with us to maintain it!
Body & Soul is a great place to start your journey to optimal health.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Body & Soul!
Our studio will be closed starting Sunday December 22, 2013 and will reopen January 6, 2014 at 6am.
Stay active over the break with our Healthy Holidays home workout.
As the core has a weight-bearing function for your lower back, when the core is weak, you are more likely to experience back pain and back problems. Training your core improves your core stabilizers which act to support muscle action by providing a rigid base of support for movement. With a strong core, your back is better able to manage long days spent sitting (at your desk, in your car or on a plane).
Core stability is provided by muscles in the torso that connect the spine, rib cage and pelvis. When standing, the pelvis and lumbar spine are oriented for maximal stability. The goal of training your core is to maintain this ‘neutral spine’ orientation throughout dynamic movement. Stabilizing exercises are ones that groove motor patterns and ensure a stable spine during activity.
To improve your core, focus on progressive exercise that emphasizes muscle contraction with the spine in a neutral position. The spine’s posture determines the interplay between ligament and muscle forces.