We say it often, and it's true: you can have a great workout just about anywhere. But if you've got a pool (or other body of water) at your disposal, as some of us do at this time of year, well, your workout options - and their fun factor - just multiplied. Water workouts are NOT just for the senior set - anyone can reap serious benefits. Here's how.
Last Wednesday morning, Regional Manager Jess was hit by a car while riding her bike to see a client. She has a broken tailbone but is, thankfully, on the mend - thanks to the fact that she was wearing a helmet (the police officer on scene told me that if she hadn't been, the outcome would have been very different).
And on a much less-serious note, after spending the day and evening at the hospital with Jess on Wednesday, I (Poul) was down and out for 48 hours with the stomach flu.
It got me thinking about those weeks we all have where things go off the rails - including exercise plans. It can be frustrating when things like injuries and illness gets in the way of your fitness goals, but it happens to the best of us, and it's important to be gentle with yourself when it does. So that's what we're trying to do over here.
Here are some tips if you find yourself recovering from an accident or injury like Jess (or down-and-out with a nasty bug like yours truly).
As we always say, personal training isn't just for fitness models and bodybuilders. The vast majority of our clients are normal people looking to live their best and healthiest life. Recently, we've started capturing and sharing our clients' little (and some not-so-little) victories. We find it hugely motivating to track and celebrate these changes - and we hope you do too :)
I have always had a major issue with the show Biggest Loser. This article surfaced a few weeks ago, outlining exactly the reasons why. It is well worth the read.
The obese contestants on this show need the exact opposite of what they’re getting in order to succeed long term.
Proper form is so important when exercising - not only to ensure you're maximizing the benefit of your workout but also to prevent injury.
In this short (2.5 minute) video, Nielsen Fitness owner Poul Nielsen outlines three of the most common workout mistakes, why they're harmful, and how to avoid them.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!