Statistics say that the average gym membership costs around $60 (although I’m certain that number is higher here in Toronto) and that 67% of people with gym memberships never use them. Many of our clients come to us after trying out a commercial gym and deciding it wasn't for them. The most common reasons why include...
People often go great guns when they start exercising (solo, anyways). But then life gets in the way and they fall off the wagon and their fitness level slowly begins to decline.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. It’s much easier to stay fit than it is to get fit. Once you’ve built up your fitness, it is possible to maintain your fitness in as little as five minutes a day.
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.
Well Toronto. This is the LAST week of school for most children which means that summer vacation is around the corner. For many people, summer is an easy time to fall of the fitness/wellness wagon due to many factors (kids home, vacation, BBQs and beer, just to name a few).
Here are our tips to make sure you stay on track this summer.
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 :)
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.
There are so many benefits to working out with a Nielsen Fitness personal trainer, one of which a client of ours has illustrated perfectly for us: portability. The two photos below were taken by a dedicated client of ours – the first while he was on vacation in Italy last month, and the second just this past weekend in Ireland.
Proof positive that it’s possible to keep up with health and fitness goals while traveling, and that you don’t need a gym or any bulky equipment to have an effective and fun workout!
PS: This client is using one of our favourite pieces of equipment: a TRX, which is an excellent tool for more advanced movements and strength building.
The wall-sit is a static contraction exercise, and an excellent way to target the thighs. It is easy and can be done just about anywhere by following the simple instructions below.
A quick word of warning though – do not attempt this exercise if you have high blood pressure and, as always, please consult your physician if you're starting an exercise program for the first time.
Are you getting enough exercise each day? Statistics Canada reports that 30 minutes of moderate intensity most days will reduce the risk of chronic diseases, while 60 minutes can prevent weight gain.
But we all know it can be hard to find time in our already busy schedules. If you absolutely can’t fit in that workout, get creative and incorporate movement into your normal routine. Here are six easy things you can do throughout your day.
If you sit at a desk all day, it is incredibly important that you stretch regularly. Here is a handout of easy office stretches we give our clients. Print it out and take it with you to work - you won't regret it!
Click here to take a look, and let me know what you think.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 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!