Body & Soul Summer 2012 Newsletter

the weighty truth

At Body & Soul, we know that your bathroom scale alone can't tell you if you are "healthy". Our health is much more complex than just our weight. That's why our health assessments include a number of tests and measurements that evaluate cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, musculoskeletal fitness and more.

That said, the truth is that being overweight can have serious repercussions for your health. Here are just a few statistics that show some of the serious impacts of carrying extra pounds:

  • Excess body fat increases the risk of many cancers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, and cancers of the kidney, pancreas, colon, breast and prostate1
  • Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart failure by 34% and being obese increases your risk by 104%2
  • The risk of developing diabetes increases by 27% for a weight increase of just 5 kg or more3

The good news is that multiple research studies4,5 show that these risks can be reduced substantially by moderate weight loss (5-10% of body weight), regular physical activity and a healthy diet. Are you at a healthy weight? Call us to book a health assessment today to find out.


summer special

Kick start your summer at Body & Soul! The 2012 summer special includes special prices on all personal training related services. Until July 15th, 2012 purchase the following summer special packages:

  • Personal Training – $650 for 10 sessions
  • Partner Training – $975 for 10 sessions
  • Small Group Personal Training – $160 for 4 weeks (2 sessions per week)

Each client may purchase one of each summer special package (personal, partner and small group training). All Summer Special sessions expire Aug 31, 2012. HST will be added to all prices.


fitness tip: lift to lose

Resistance training is often neglected in the journey of weight loss. However, using free weights can help you reach your weight loss goals faster by adding muscle mass and activating already existing muscle fibers. The trick lies in the mitochondria, the "power plants" of the body. The more a person has, the more calories can be burned. To get your power plants going, use a heavier weight for 2 to 3 sets of between 10 and 15 repetitions. You should feel fatigue after the last repetition.

Jessi Schlegel is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul


nutrition tip: variety is the spice of life

We all tend to eat our favorite foods over and over again, but unfortunately even if your favourite foods are healthy they can be too much of a good thing. When we always eat the same foods, our body always gets the same nutrients. To add variety to the nutrients in your diet, try adding a new veggie (summer is a great time for veggies) or grain (have you tried quinoa, amaranth, kamut or millet?). By switching up your foods from time to time, you will be sure to get the minerals and vitamins your body needs to maintain its optimal health.


club news

Small Group Sundays: Do you have a group of friends that you want to start training with? Are you a business owner who wants to get the team active? Are you a group of moms who want to enhance your children's sport skills? We are now providing Sunday sessions for pre-arranged group bookings. Train with your own custom group! Call 604-224-2639 for details.

New Practitioners: We are excited to introduce and welcome Essene Wolf, our new Nutritionist, and Sarah Piper, our new Registered Massage Therapist.

New Staff Members: Body & Soul is pleased to welcome new Personal Trainers Avery Garrett, Armin Ghayyur and Matt Janzen (profiles coming soon). Each has brought a new element of experience and focus to our team.

Continuous Learning: Our trainers are constantly seeking new opportunities to enhance their skills in the dynamic fitness industry. Personal trainers Isabel Verse and Michelle Wong have recently become Menofitness® certified trainers and Juergen Reinhardt is working on his Functional Movement Screen certification.

Community Involvement: The Fitness Industry Council of Canada has welcomed Body & Soul General Manager Brad Noyes and Owner Angela Longstaffe as new council members. Angela has also recently been elected to the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

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Jessi Schlegel

Personal Trainer

Jessi Schlegel is one of the senior members of Body & Soul's personal training team. Educated as both a P.E. teacher and a sports therapist in Germany, Jessi's studies focused on post-injury rehabilitation, pain treatment in sports therapy, and neurology / cardiology fitness. Jessi is licensed to provide personal training following a heart attack. Read more...


trainer's corner

Q: If I'm overweight should my initial workouts focus solely on cardio?

A: Cardiovascular training at the right intensity is a powerful tool for losing weight. However, your training session will be more effective if it also incorporates strength training.

To lose weight you must burn energy. This is done with cardiovascular activity and also with your muscles. Muscles burn energy even when they are at rest and therefore the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn, even when your body is at rest.

Your Body & Soul trainer will incorporate both strength and cardio into your workouts to ensure you get the most effective workout to meet your weight loss goals.

Juergen Reinhart is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul



Win 3 free private Pilates sessions! To enter, forward this newsletter to a friend using the link at top of the newsletter email by July 1. One contest entry is received for each email you forward to.

Congratulations to last issue's contest winner Dianne Trudeau who won a $100 Body & Soul gift certificate.