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Are You Happy with Your Body

Are you happy and content with your body

How would it make you feel if you were happy with your body? Between about 28 and 35 I was lean and ripped. I had six-pack abdominals without even flexing. People would come up to me and ask if I could train them, even before I got into personal training, because I was in such […]

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Is CrossFit Good or Bad for You?

Is CrossFit Good or Bad for You

You’ve seen the commercials for Reebok or Nike glorifying CrossFit. The athletes in the commercial are working hard, pushing themselves to the limit, sweat is dripping off their brow, and they have a look so intense their brows have become etched with the strain and struggle of pushing themselves to the limit. The music is pumping! […]

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The Best Number of Sets and Reps for Your Workout

The Best Number of Sets and Reps for your workout

There is no right or wrong answer for how many sets and reps you should perform in a strength training program. Whatever protocol you decide to use should be based on your unique goals and physical abilities. Program design, which is also called periodization, is simply a plan that should cover the number and types […]

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Learning a New Skill Takes Practice

Learning a New Skill Takes Practice

A while ago I was working with one of my clients on technique adjustments for the deadlift, including kinesthetic awareness cues to help him better master the movement. As he was working through repetitions I could see he was a little frustrated, but he wasn’t upset. He has an analytical personality and he needs to “intellectually” understand […]

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Do You Have a Big Enough Reason to Exercise?

add exercise to your calendar

The other day I sent a message to one of my clients who sees me every two weeks for a single session. I was checking in to see if he wanted to workout and offered him three times over three days. Here was our exchange: Steve: I have to pass this week, sorry. Me: No […]

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The Better Way to Squat

When did you first learn to squat? Do you remember your first visit to the gym? Did you follow instructions from a fitness magazine or a personal trainer? Well guess what? You don’t know squat, Jack! The truth is that you didn’t learn how to squat from a personal trainer, a YouTube video, or a […]

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How to Defeat Analysis Paralysis — At the Gym and in Life

One early Saturday morning I went into the club where I train my clients and had an interesting conversation with someone I’ve worked with at the gym. I asked Jena how her deadlifting was coming along, since I had taught her this lift a month earlier. She said it wasn’t going that well so I asked […]

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Sweat Your Tabata Ass Off!

Woke up feeling refreshed this morning. I took my dog, Buster, out for a short walk and to get a double espresso from one of my favourite coffee shops in the neighbourhood, Jet Fuel. We’ve been experiencing a ‘humidity-wave’ in Toronto this year, and on Monday the single largest rain fall in Toronto’s history caused major […]

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