Personal Training Vancouver

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Don’t Forget Your Trainer This Summer: Running, biking, hiking, tennis, gardening… so many summer activities, so little summer time! At this time of year it’s tempting to stop coming to the gym. Personal Trainer Jessi Schlegel explains why working out with your trainer over the summer is important for both your summertime and wintertime activities.
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Summer Special: Body & Soul’s Summer Training Special is back by popular demand. Available for purchase starting July 1st.
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Fruit Lassi: Yum! We’ve got a recipe for Fruit Lassi. This healthy and tasty drink is a satisfying snack on a hot summer day.
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In every issue

Fitness Tip: Train your Core, Strengthen your Back
by Personal Trainer Isabel Verse
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Nutrition Tip: More than Calcium is Needed for Strong Bones
by Nutritionist Brittany Eidsness
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Club News: Happy Anniversary, Welcome New Team Members, Congratulations New Grads, Endurance Results, Cycling Season, Go Team, New Arrival
by Co-owner Marla Brillinger
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Trainer’s Corner: Why Does my Trainer Yell?
by Co-owner and Personal Trainer Marla Brillinger
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Don’t Forget Your Trainer This Summer

For most people in Vancouver, the change of seasons also brings a change in lifestyle. More sun and great weather lead to participation in more outdoor activities like running, biking, hiking and even gardening. However, just because you’ve increased your summer activities, it doesn’t mean you should stop seeing your trainer!

Working out with your trainer can help you prepare your body for new activities and prevent sore muscles and injuries. If you haven’t been on a bike in a long time, for example, the first ride might be hard on your body because your system is not used to the strange movements. Your trainer can introduce special exercises a few weeks before you start biking to prepare your body for the new movements. By working out the specific muscles you need for your new activities before you engage in them, you are much less likely to get hurt or injured.

Working out with your trainer during the summer is also important to prepare for upcoming winter activities, like skiing, snowboarding, and hockey. In fact, most athletes have a year round program which gives them the opportunity to train sports-specifically to achieve better results. The summer is usually the regeneration phase and a great time to work on basic skills like cardio, balance and core stability. Your trainer will design a training program tailored to your specific winter activities and goals.

So don’t give up on your trainer this summer! Make sure to tell him or her about all of the activities you have planned for the summer and also the activities you plan to do this winter. This will allow you to work in exercises to prepare and better your body for the sports and activities you’re doing now and those that you’ll being doing in the upcoming months. And if getting outdoors during the summer is important to you – remember you can always ask your trainer to take your workout outside so you can enjoy the sunshine!


Summer Special

Back this summer by popular demand. The Body & Soul Summer Training Special includes 10 Personal Training sessions for $595 + tax and is available for purchase from July 1 to August 15, 2010. You can also purchase the special for friends and family in the form of a gift certificate. Ask the front desk for details.


Recipe: Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi is a traditional Indian/Pakistani yogurt-based drink that is quickly gaining popularity in North America. It’s healthy and tasty and is the perfect cooler on a hot summer day. Use unsweetened fruit juice or pulp to avoid sugar. This recipe makes 4 glasses of Lassi. (Use the glass you will serve the Lassi in to measure the ingredients.)


  • 2 glasses yogurt
  • 1 glass milk
  • 1 glass crushed ice
  • 1 glass ripe mango pieces, fruit juice or pulp

Put all ingredients in blender and blend. Add banana or other fruits to make it even tastier!


Fitness Tip: Train Your Core, Strengthen your Back

There are more reasons to train your core than just trying to obtain that elusive 6-pack! 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. 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). It is also better prepared for activities that require a well supported spine, such as heavy lifting, hiking with a pack, or carrying a child. As a bonus, a strong core also improves posture and gives you a toned tummy.


Nutrition Tip: More than Calcium is Needed for Strong Bones

To make our bones strong, our bodies need more than just calcium – we need a combination of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium and Vitamins A, C and D. Although milk is most commonly associated with bone health because of its high calcium content, there are many other foods that offer just as much calcium ounce for ounce but also contain other vitamins and minerals that help build and maintain strong bones. Try adding cauliflower, parsley, kale, almonds, chickpeas, navy beans, bok choy and whole grains to your diet. These foods will contribute to the health of your bones by providing a healthy blend of essential vitamins and minerals.


Club News

Happy Anniversary: This month Senior Trainer and Rehab Specialist, Juergen Reinhardt celebrates 5 years of faithful service at Body & Soul.

Welcome New Team Members: Body & Soul is pleased to welcome new Personal Trainer Jenn Leski.

New Grads: Congratulations to trainers Brendin and Carolyn for graduating from UBC with their degrees in Human Kinetics. A special mention/congratulations to Brendin on his acceptance into the UBC masters program in physiotherapy starting this fall.

Half-Marathons, Marathons and Triathlons: The Body & Soul team is out in force this summer competing in a number of endurance events across the province. Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Case for his 16th place finish at the Vancouver International Marathon in a blistering time of 2:42:10. Trainer Dave Chiu and co-owner Marla Brillinger participated in the Vancouver Half Marathon last month, while Marla also began her triathlon season with a top 15 age-group placing in the North Shore Spring triathlon.

Cycling Season: Dave Gillam is already halfway through his cycling race season. He embarked on the season with two solid races in the US, and has since completed various races throughout the Pacific Northwest. Highlights have been a 16th place finish at the hilly and always challenging Race the Ridge Road Race and the opportunity to see if spandex can withstand sliding across the road at 50 km/h (answer: it can't and won't).

Go Team: The Body & Soul baseball team continues on their path to victory with a 4-1 record.

New Arrival: Congratulations to past trainer Yves Leduc and his wife Patricia on the arrival of their baby girl Emmanuelle.

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Profile: Isabel Verse


Isabel Verse
Personal Trainer

Isabel was born in Canada but grew up in Germany. In the fall of 2009 she moved to Canada to “finally get to know” the country of her birth. With a Masters degree in Fitness and Business, specialized training in rehabilitation, nutrition, and health psychology, and broad experience working as a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, she was quickly hired by Body & Soul.

Specializing in providing a holistic approach to personal training, Isabel combines her knowledge of fitness, nutrition and health psychology to provide her Personal Training clients with the tools they need to make complete health and lifestyle changes. In addition to Personal Training, Isabel is also available for one-on-one Pilates sessions (see the front desk for more information), which she encourages everyone to try.

Like most of the staff at Body & Soul, Isabel has a passion for sport and activity, including martial arts, inline-skating, hiking, mountain biking, and swimming. She looks forward to doing many of these activities in the “paradise-like” Vancouver outdoors this summer.


Trainer’s Corner

Why Do Trainers Sometimes Yell?

Not all trainers come across as drill sergeants. The good ones use this tool only when necessary – when it will benefit and motivate their clients. A good trainer will mirror the personality and training style required by their client. Some clients are motivated by an aggressive and loud style while others do better with a softer approach. Sometimes a mix of the two is beneficial. Regardless of the approach, a client should never feel berated by their trainer but rather, leave a session feeling encouraged, motivated, and educated.
- Marla Brillinger, Co-owner and Certified Personal Trainer

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Body & Soul
3785 West 10th Ave
Vancouver BC
604.224.2639 ext. 1