Body & Soul October 2013 Newsletter

find out how we can help you achieve YOUR goals

Are you, or is someone you know, interested in personal training? Are you one of the many Canadians who has never stepped foot in a fitness studio? Are you under the impression that most personal trainers embody drill sergeants? Have no fear; Body & Soul Consultations are here! Come down and see the studio, meet the staff and sit down with one of our personal trainers for a complimentary consultation and learn how we can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

During one of our 60-minute consultations, you can expect to:

- develop health and fitness goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely
- find out how we can help you achieve these goals through personalized training programs
- discuss your past fitness experience
- identify your training style preference
- identify what motivates you and what causes you stress

Why should I have a consultation?

We recognize that choosing a fitness studio can be a big commitment and we want you to be confident in your choice. Taking the time to talk to a trainer and develop a strong, trusting relationship is critical in achieving your goals. Learn about our studio, meet our trainers and find out how we can help you on your road to optimal health.

If you know someone that would benefit from a consultation or if you haven't trained in a while, call us and book a consultation today!

fitness tip: get moving and improve your health

The relationship between physical activity and its physiological benefits is a dose response relationship, which means that the more physical activity you do (kcal/week) the greater the percentage of potential improvements. The greatest increase in health benefits are experienced at lower volumes of physical activity and gradually increase with more volume of physical activity. However, once a certain point of volume is exceeded, in regards to physical activity, the increase in health improvements is minimal. These health improvements can be seen in triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and body composition, high density lipoproteins (HDL or good fats). It doesn't take much work to significantly improve your health, so get moving!

Huan Pham is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

nutrition tip: boost your immunity

With kids back in school germs are flying and as the weather chills the last thing you want to do is battle a cold. In order to prevent and fight infection, your body needs an army of immunity boosting foods and nutrients. Probiotics are a great way to help boost your immunity by ensuring a balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. Many yogurts, and some other products, contain probiotics. Other nutrients experts believe have infection-fighting properties include garlic, ginseng and aloe vera (studies are being done to better understand the role of these nutrients). As always, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and always get a good night of sleep!

club news

Halloween: Join us Thursday October 31st as staff members celebrate Halloween! See in studio for this year's costume theme.

Nutrition: 75% of our clients identify weight loss as their primary health and fitness goal. We recognize that nutrition is a very important component of one's weight loss journey. Body & Soul now works with Eating for Energy (as seen on the Global Noon News Hour) to ensure clients seeking nutrition counselling and guidance receive the best care. For more information, call us.

Fitbit: Track your steps and distance with Fitbit Flex. Body & Soul has a limited supply in stock. Call us for more information.

Thanksgiving Day: Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 14th for Thanksgiving. Studio will re-open Tuesday October 15th at 6am. We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Thank you: We hope you enjoyed our 5th Open House event because we sure had a blast! Thank you to all who came down on September 21st. If there is something you would like to see in future events, please don't hesitate to let us know! Congratulations to Debra C. who won 10 personal training sessions.

Huan Pham

Personal Trainer

Huan is a Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer and has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (UBC). He also has diplomas in sport science and human kinetics exercise science. He is an accomplished athlete having played varsity volleyball for 5 years and obtaining his black belt in Taekwondo.

Huan's interest and approach to training is focused on performance. He likes to teach people how to use their bodies optimally and efficiently so that they are able to accomplish a wide range of things - from executing everyday tasks with ease to improving sport performance.


trainer's corner

Q: What is VO2 Max and why is it important?

A: VO2 max is the highest rate of O2 use that can be achieved at maximal exertion; in other words, the maximum amount of O2 that your body can extract or utilize.

For the general population, VO2 max will predict general performance for endurance activity. After the age of 30, if activity level stays constant, VO2 max will decrease about 1% per year regardless of fitness level. It's important to note that elderly people require a VO2 max of around 20 ml/Kg to remain independent. A well structured program can bring most people to this level of fitness within three months, while a six month well structured and individualized program can increase VO2 max by about 20%.

To improve your VO2 max, you need to do cardiovascular training to improve Stroke Volume (the volume of blood pumped from the heart each beat) and to improve your muscles ability to extract and utilize the oxygen they receive.

Armin Ghayyur is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul.



Congratulations to last issue's contest winner Earl Zimmer who won a 65 minute Registered Massage Therapy session.

Check out our December issue for the next newsletter contest.