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Team Building at Body & Soul

On August 29th, 2013, the Body & Soul staff participated in a day of team building exercises. One such exercise asked the staff to categorize themselves into 1 of 4 categories–atomic, buddy, detailed and control.  Continue reading to learn more about who fell under what category, and what that means about their personality!







-likes to be in charge
-usually very goal oriented
-practical and no-nonsense (bottom-line)
*we predict Personal Trainer Marcia would fit here too!







-outgoing and energetic
-likes to be around people
-good relationship builders
-most people like them right away
*Avery and Armin would definitely be ‘buddy’ too!







-very happy with repetitive tasks
-don’t like change
-supportive, caring and thoughtful
-compassionate, patient and good listeners







-very detail oriented
-controlling of themselves and others (so true!)
-sticklers for procedure and protocol
-like jobs clearly defined




Team building was definitely a great way for staff to get to know one another in an interactive, fun and casual setting.

Fit Tip: warm up before your workout

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Warm up to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. Warming up will increase muscle and core temperature as well as blood flow which leads to faster muscle contraction and relaxation, increased muscle strength and power and increased rate of metabolic reactions.

A good warm up should include 5-10 minutes of a low intensity activity that raises your heart rate, ventilation, blood flow, deep muscle temperature and reduces viscosity. Enhance your warm up by including dynamic stretching and progressively increasing the intensity.

What is Overtraining?

Overtraining is caused by excessively challenging our mind and body with physical activity beyond its normal capabilities, without providing it with adequate rest to recover. These excessive stressors on the body can lead to both chronic and acute injuries.

Some signs that you may be overtraining are disturbed mood states (fatigue, depression, irritability and loss of competitive drive), elevated resting pulse and painful muscles, insomnia, loss of appetite and altered immune function. Symptoms vary between individuals. If you think you might be struggling with overtraining, speak with a health professional.

If left untreated, you risk seriously hurting your body.

Studio Closure — Studio Cleaning + Labour Day


It’s that time of year again! Body & Soul will be closed from Monday August 26th to Monday September 2nd for our annual extensive cleaning and mini-renovation. Studio will re-open Tuesday September 3rd at 6am.

You may be getting a week off from training in the studio but we encourage you to maintain an active routine during the week!

We hope you enjoy your week and long weekend–we’ll see you in September!

Body & Soul’s Client-Trainer Relationship


The bond you share with your trainer is indeed a special one. You put your trust in them and depend on their knowledge, experience and determination to help you achieve positive changes in your life. For many people, this relationship–this personal connection–is what motivates them to continue pursuing their health and fitness goals no matter what obstacles they might face on their journey.

We recognize and appreciate this bond. As a result, we strive to provide our clients with a strong and knowledgeable team of Personal Trainers. To ensure Body & Soul’s trainers continue to be the best in the industry, Senior Trainers Juergen Reinhardt and Isabel Verse prepare weekly meetings known as Idea Exchanges. These meetings allow trainers to discuss the latest knowledge on various topics including exercises for particular injuries, proper form and technique, case studies and much more.

Each trainer has a strong passion for the industry and a great desire to learn and excel in their field. Together, with their knowledge and experience, they provide our clients with excellent service. Don’t take our word for it, here’s what clients had to say about Body & Soul’s Personal Trainers:

  • “Trainers are, without exception, very knowledgeable, excellent communicators, and passionate about their work.” –M. Porath
  • “Trainers were professional, empathetic and helpful. I love all of my Body & Soul trainers and appreciate that each trainer is able to pick up where the last one finished.” –A. Corbet
  • “I have trained with half a dozen trainers over the years: each is different, bringing his or her own particular genius to the training; all share in their consummate professionalism, resourcefulness, skill and quality of personal attention and care!” –M. Zola

Motivator. Coach. Teacher. Guide. Supporter. Educator. These are just some of the roles your personal trainer can and will play in your health and fitness journey.