Body & Soul January 2014 Newsletter

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. Still not sure? Call us to book a consultation and sit down with one of our trainers to talk about your health and fitness goals and find out how we can help you achieve them.

fitness tip: balance and fall prevention

As a child, did you ever walk along the edge of a sidewalk, or have a single-leg balance competition with a friend? These are examples of balance training, and it's never too early or too late to work on it. Often overlooked, balance is a vital part of one's fitness training. Balance is involved in almost everything you do, whether it be body exercises, weight training, household chores, sports, etc. Rather than waiting until you notice your balance deteriorating, work on it today! Practice in different pairs of shoes, without shoes, or even try with your eyes closed!

Michelle Wong is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

nutrition tip: the holidays are done, get back on track

It can be hard to leave yummy holiday meals behind, particularly if your fridge and freezer are stocked with leftovers. Holiday snacks and meals, while delicious and rich in flavour, should not influence too many future recipes as they will make it more difficult for you to get back on track. Now is a good time to get back to high quality nutritious meals and snacks. Some simple tips: 1) switch white rice with brown rice, 2) select fat-free or low-fat dairy products, 3) try lean meats and skinless poultry and 4) snack on fruits and vegetables.

club news

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 Taylor starting as a personal trainer this month, we had to find someone to take over her morning shifts -- introducing Front Desk Supervisor Rikka Tindle. Welcome to Body & Soul Rikka!

Michelle Wong

Personal Trainer

Michelle has a diploma in Sport Science from Douglas College, is a BCRPA certified Personal Trainer, a certified Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Menofitness certified and has been a BCRPA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2001. She has played competitive tennis, volleyball, and softball.

Michelle's goal is to make exercise fun by sharing her love for fitness one smile and one drop of sweat at a time. She is attentive and prides herself on listening to each client's specific needs and goals, and working to take them to the next level in their fitness.


trainer's corner

Q: Can I exercise with Osteoporosis?

A: Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. It is a disorder that typically affects older adults, with incidences increasing with age and is 2-3 times more prevalent in women than in men.

Can you exercise with osteoporosis? Short answer, yes. As we age, we begin losing bone density which eventually can lead to osteoporosis. This is why it is so important to continue to exercise and help maintain bone strength and density. The best exercises to help maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis are ones that are dynamic and weight bearing physical activities. Our body needs to move to exercise, this movement is created by our muscles, so when our muscles contract, they pull on our bones which allows us to move. This pulling on the bone, by our muscles, is what helps maintain bone health and density. Therefore, any strength training, or resistance training can help! Exercises such as walking, running, or plyometrics are great for bone health (depending on your fitness level). The pounding of our body weight against the ground promotes the increase in bone density.

Armin Ghayyur is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul



Congratulations to last issue's contest winner Chris Greenway who won three Personal Training sessions.

Check out our March issue for the next newsletter contest.