Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 2

Cont. from part 1 Exercise can increase energy and help make you wildly healthy and strong, but only if you have energy to exercise intelligently for your needs, and have focus and attention to put towards it. Mental energy costs. Paying attention to a new habit, new exercises, new plans, new goals, an addition to your schedule, new gym……….all of that costs energy. Mental … [Read more...]

A woman can never be as strong as a man could be; physical safety starts with physical strength

Read the title carefully. This is not a post about whether there exists a woman that "could" beat a man, in some way. Of course there is. A big woman, a small man.... but even then, research is not in her favor. This post is strictly a discussion of the inequalities apparent when discussing differences in physical strength between men and women.  I do not aim to discuss … [Read more...]

How do you measure your fitness?

I've always been someone who has appeared "fit". I have never been overweight, I have muscle tone (more now, than before), and have engaged in "working out" for many years. Everything from exercise videos to powerlifting. I started working out “formally” 16 years now, doing Cindy Crawford and Kathy Smith exercise videos before walking to school. Yet, at times, while still … [Read more...]

Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Three things you should do for yourself in every training session, no matter what kind.

Here are three things I do with every client, every session, that are simple and have a firm scientific basis for implementation. That means you can do them right away, and improve training immediately. These aren't contestable facts, so no research links are included, but if you would like to learn more for yourself, you can follow your curiosity. I encourage you … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto #3 – “Muscle doesn’t care about transfer (to sport), movement does.”

Last recap of the University of Toronto Strength and Conditioning Summit, and this quote was from Chris McCleod from The English Institute of Sport. Before I share some notes, I have to give an acknowledgement to Jennifer Sygo, and her presentation "Evaluating Nutrition Trends:  Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Diets and their Role in Sport Performance" which was stuffed … [Read more...]

Effects of the menstrual cycle on training and cravings

I've read so many articles on training and dieting and the menstrual cycle, that I have an entire corridor in my brain, stuffed with the information. But that's fairly irrelevant beyond knowing the actual facts of the menstrual cycle, and the impacts of particular hormones at certain times. Anyone can look that up in a textbook. So I am not going to quote journal articles here, … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #1 Notes: “The best training is the one that works.”

This past weekend, I attended one day of the University of Toronto's Strength and Conditioning Summit. I would have liked to go both days, but kids really only last one day on their own watching TV, and fending for their own meals from the fridge, before the trend in attitude and boredom really goes downhill, so one it was. I attended this conference last year as well, and … [Read more...]

What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]

Fixing technique in real time; Susan Chiu

Note: All recommendations were specifically for Susan. Each one had a reason, and might not be applicable to others.  I ONLY addressed anything she needed to work on, NOT every possible tip for technique. All pics are Left>before Right>after. Big thanks to Susan for allowing me to post this.  Name: Susan Chiu Age: 20 Height: 5'6 Weight: 115-120 Date: … [Read more...]