Body & Soul August 2015 Newsletter

debunking fitness myths

When it comes to the fitness industry there is no shortage of misleading information. In an attempt to set the record straight, Body & Soul tackles some of the more common industry myths here: Read more...

fitness tip: squats 101

Squats are a great total lower body workout. Follow these simple tips to ensure your squats are safe, effective and challenging:

  • Keep your knees over your toes (not beyond them).
  • Keep your back straight with your head in a neutral position and your shoulder blades drawn down your back.
  • When done correctly, squatting below parallel can actually enhance your knee stability. Stopping above parallel actually produces higher shearing forces on your knees.

Talk to your trainer about how squats can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Rebekah Litke is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

nutrition tip: the importance of calcium and vitamin D

Did you know that when your body doesn't get enough calcium it can actually steal calcium from your bones in an effort to assist in various metabolic functions? While bone loss is typically an inevitable part of getting older, certain conditions and health issues resulting from bone loss, like osteoporosis, can be avoided by staying active (weight bearing exercises) and ensuring you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D. The Mayo Clinic provides a great deal of information on calcium-rich foods as well as the importance of avoiding a vitamin D deficiency.

club news

Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Saturday September 5th to Monday September 7th for Labour Day weekend. The studio will re-open Tuesday September 8th at 6am. We hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

Did you know? Most extended health plans offer coverage for services provided by Registered Massage Therapists - we encourage you to review your plan to see if you are covered. Learn more about our massage therapist, Michael Sokalski.

Congratulations are in Order: Congratulations to Front Desk Supervisor, Laura Howren, and her husband on their recent nuptials! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, love and joy. We also want to congratulate Front Desk Supervisor, Caitlin Taylor, who recently accepted a marriage proposal from her long-time boyfriend!

Refer & Receive: Refer a new client who purchases a personal training package and receive a free session! Available for all clients with an open personal training package. Questions? Speak with a front desk staff member.

Rebekah Litke

Personal Trainer

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our training team, Personal Trainer Rebekah Litke. Rebekah has a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC with a concentration in Biology and Human Kinetics/Kinesiology. Read more...


trainer's corner

Q: What are anabolic and catabolic states and how are they related?

A: Your metabolism can be more correctly described as anabolism/catabolism.

Anabolism builds things (e.g. proteins out of amino acids) and consumes energy. This process is how the body builds muscle, bone mass and overall growth. The most commonly known anabolic hormones include human growth hormones, testosterone, estrogen and insulin.

Catabolism breaks things down (e.g. complex carbohydrates into simple carbohydrates) and gives out energy. This process is how the body creates energy for physical activity and anabolism within the body. The most commonly known catabolic hormones include cortisol, glucagon and adrenalin.

Heather Williams is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul



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