Body & Soul June 2014 Newsletter

summer in the city

As we welcome summer back to Vancouver, we also welcome back the amazing variety of summer activities our great city has to offer, especially those related to health and fitness.

Some great fitness activities to consider are tennis, golfing, jogging, gardening, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. Each of these activities provides specific health and fitness benefits, using specific/different parts of your body. No matter your age or level of fitness, there’s something for everyone! Talk to your personal trainer to determine which summer sports and activities will help you best achieve your personal health and fitness goals.

Another great summer activity is visiting one of the city’s amazing Farmers Markets. Visit for a listing of when and where they are happening in Vancouver this summer. We encourage you to eat local and eat fresh this summer!

our summer special is back!

Our always popular summer special is back! From June 16th to August 9th, purchase the following training packages at reduced rates:

  • Personal Training: 10 sessions for $650
  • Partner Training: 10 sessions for $975
  • Small Group Training: 4 sessions (once/week) for $90

Each client may purchase one of each package (personal, partner, small group training). Tax will be added to all prices.

fitness tip: position yourself for success

When weight training, you want to be particularly aware of your posture. Keeping your head, ribcage, and pelvis in the proper position (with your core tight) will improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Keeping this position may require you to lower the loads (decrease weight) on each of your exercises. If you are unable to find this proper position, talk to your trainer. You may need additional mobility or flexibility training.

Patrick Minassian is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul.

nutrition tip: morning smoothies

Did you know liquids are easier to digest than solids? A nutrient-packed smoothie is a great way to kick off your day. Start with your favourite combination of fruits, vegetables, juices and milks and add supplements depending on your goals. Keep in mind that milkshakes are not the same as smoothies — they are typically cream and milk-based with limited natural ingredients, whereas smoothies consist primarily of fruits and/or vegetables. Many of our staff love to indulge in morning smoothies — ask us about our favourite recipes!

club news

New Staff Members: We’re pleased to welcome Brandon Santo to our Personal Training Team and Dainis Viskers, Registered Massage Therapist, to our Wellness Team.

Reassess Your Health: The summer is a great time to book a reassessment and review your progress. Clients with an open personal or partner training package have a chance to see how far they've come by booking a complimentary reassessment.

Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Tuesday July 1st for Canada Day. Studio will re-open Wednesday July 2nd at 6am. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Canada Day!

Cardio Package: For $25 a month Body & Soul clients can now use the cardio equipment outside of their scheduled sessions. Conditions apply and tax will be added. Speak with our front desk to sign up.

Patrick Minassian

Personal Trainer

Patrick is a graduate of the Kinesiology program at Fresno Pacific University. With over 10 years of industry experience, Patrick has earned various certifications from professional organizations in personal training.

As someone who lives and breathes health and fitness, Patrick’s philosophy on personal training is dictated by the goals of his clients. He has extensive experience building exercise programs for athletes, the general population, and those with previous or existing injuries. Patrick also has experience in Bodybuilding & Fitness/Figure Model coaching.


trainer's corner

Q: Are lower abdominal exercises the answer to washboard abs?

A: In order to practice lower abdominal workouts safely and effectively, the lower back must be strengthened first. Muscles in the lower back support the spine and strengthen the stabilizer muscles. Some of those muscle groups make up the “core”. The core is what connects our lower body with our upper body. Workouts such as bicycle crunches, leg drops, back extensions, hanging leg lifts, and the “superman” are a few examples of exercises that will help develop washboard abs. Talk to your trainer to find the best exercises for you.

William Reed is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul



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