A Sweet Struggle

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For some of you who grew up in the 80's, do you remember the days of the yellowy spongy goodness of a cream filled twinkie? What about the hard crust chocolatey shell of the wagon wheel and of course, one of my childhood favourites, a sugar crust top and an apple and raspberry filled pastry, with a very short and unique name, the Creme and Apple Raspberry Passion Flakie...mmmmmm. I know these sugar bombs are still around but most people that I have come across don't seem to be picking up too many boxes of these treats. This article isn't to debate the good and bad of sugar I'll save that for another post. (Although many health studies have concluded it's the #1 leading cause of obesity). Many of you have expressed the difficulties of eliminating sugar from your daily diet. I love...

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Simplifying Fitness

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Why did I decide on "simplifying fitness"? Wow, 12 years in the health and fitness industry and I'm still going strong. I have acquired an abundance of fitness knowledge, exercise skills, professional confidence and "ego jargon". I listened, learned and adapted. My early years as a personal trainer was all about learning "cool" exercises to get people results. They were fancy exercises like the double body ball plankand bosu pushup burpees. I gravitated to other "cool" and very useful pieces of equipment like the TRX and kettebells that I still use today. I also started memorising big technical terms for muscle groups and the functionality of each linked muscle. And I would use this to impress my co-workers, potential clients and my boss. I still use all my knowledge from the past but I have changed and now I get to...

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Cliff’s Journey – Rolling his way to pain relief!

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A few years ago when Cliff did his initial assessment with me, the first thing he desperately wanted was to wake up without back pains. If anyone out there is living with any kind of daily nagging aches, you know exactly how Cliff was feeling. The main point I stressed was stretching. Many times aches and dull pains are caused by tightness of muscles from our regular daily routines. So you may be asking, what is rolling and how does rolling help with pain relief? Rolling is exactly what it sounds like, using rounded objects (foam roller, rolling pins, tennis balls, golf balls, etc.) to roll along fascia lines to break down adhesions. Another way to put it is, finding the really tight knots in your body and putting pressure on those trigger points. Similar to the experience of a...

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Fitness Vacation with Eat Play Love Fitness

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Sun, rain, wind, calm waters, you can find every weather condition on the same day on the Sunshine coast. I have never had the pleasure of experiencing this natural piece of beauty and was invited to come along a fitness vacation. Simone Lovell, owner of Eat Play Love Fitness, books 5 star fitness vacations not only along the Sunshine Coast but throughout British Columbia. This time we were at Pender Harbour at the Painted Boat. Each day was packed with activities and meals structured to maximize the most out of each vacationer. Simone had certified personal trainers, myself and Martin who trains over at Target Fitness, to help instruct and keep everyone motivated. From cardio bootcamp circuits and challenging hikes to myofascial release and hot tub soaking. Each participant was educated and fully exhausted at the end of the day....

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Work Life…the cycle

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If your work day consists of mainly one position, sitting, this is for you. Some of you may not know, that I use to be one of those individuals. The day would consist of waking up, driving to work, grabbing a coffee and plopping my butt down in a comfy chair infront of a computer screen. Probably exactly what you're doing right now. Then the rest of my day would consist of getting up a couple of times in the morning to go to a meeting where I would sit again. A lot of times, lunch wasn't even on my radar and right around 3pm, my brain and body was telling me it was nap time. The last two hours of work just dragged and dragged. If this is you, then keep on reading. After years and years of repetitiveness,...

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8000 Calorie Burger…wow

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I recently had a friend send me a youtube clip.  I honestly wasn't suprised after viewing it.  The funny thing is, people know better, but yet, a place like this exists for a reason.   However, I'm pretty sure most individuals who go to his joint probably aren't regulars and probably don't order the "Quad" burger.  Take a look at the youtube video YouTube. Imagine trying to burn 8000 calories during one workout.  If an average person person burns 1000 calories hiking the Grouse Grind, that would make this a very very long day.  For most of us who don't consume 8000 calories in one sitting and are still encountering obstacles to shed the excess fat, we have some very easy solutions. They are found in our new eBook, 12 Keys to Fat Loss, a simple guide to weight reduction....

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Slippin’ Slide…

...no, I'm not talking about all the rain coming down in Vancouver today but all the new fresh ice being put in to the rinks. Yes, the time has arrived, time to dust off those skates and head out to the arenas. It's a terrific activity for not only you but friends and family.  It's great for cardio, balance, speed, power and agility. All fundamentals which Stayfitanywhere embrace.  If you've never skated before, there are many ways to get started, through on ice skating lessons to off ice balance and strength training.  I wish I could skate like a professional hockey player, so I spend some time a couple times a week, strap on my skates, head to the westend rink and practice practice practice.  I'm sure you've all watched a hockey game and probably even follow your favourite hockey team...

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Staying Fit Anywhere

It has been an awesome busy week and I have had a great time training clients, athletes and myself!  All of the training took place at a number of different locations throughout the lower mainland and following are the locations and a little information about what happened at each spot. ·         King Ed Village – In an apartment buildings gym I took my client and her 1 year old daughter through a workout ·         Kitsilano Beach Basketball Courts – Trained Rob D in preparation for the Half Ironman Triathlon in Cancun, as well as a quick 30minute butt kicking, and a partner Kettlebell session ·         Target Fitness – Trained lots of clients 1 on 1 and partner sessions... and had a wicked pushup/pullup/skipping workout myself ·         Granville Island Apartment – Trained a couple in their Racquetball court (Agility Ladder and...

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Keep Steppin’

well, i just go back from a quick visit to Ontario.  And although I didn't hit a gym I did manage to keep moving the majority of the time.  Something as simple as going for a walk with my little nephew.  So this brings me to what I did last year with my clients.  I had a walking pedometer challenge.  It kept people motivated and helped them stay active any way they can no matter where they were.  There were people who left for Paris, France and had their pedometers with them.  Now that's dedication. In the end, I found people were involved in a bit more physical activity.  So we've decided to run it for August.  I'll be adding a pedometer challenge site with all the info on our website in the upcoming weeks.  In the mean time if...

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Better Living Expo ’09

I attended the Better Living Expo this past weekend at the new convention center.  I've never been to one so really didn't know what to expect.  There were tons of vendors and it included everything from oragnic clothing to orgranic pet snacks to organice alcoholic beverages. Or course, I stayed away from the latter... :) As I was wandering around, I was amazed on how sustainable living has exploded.  Everything was about reducing waste, eating less engineered food, protecting our enviroment and healthy living.  As I started chatting with other vendors about their service and products they started to ask what I did.  So I explained to them the Stayfitanywhere vision.  About creating fitness solutions and using online training technologies to keep our own bodies sustainable.  It was about using less but making a huge impact in our quality of life. ...

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