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I am a certified personal trainer (CSEP & CANFIT-Pro) and nutritional practitioner in your own Greater Toronto Area. I have been practicing both as a self-employed personal trainer on location in clients' homes as well as at various and health and wellness facilities for over 5 years. I also continue to enjoy teaching my group classes including indoor cycling, muscle conditioning and cardio kickboxing.
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Workout: 600 Rep Challenge

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It’s time for another challenge. One of my favourite types of workouts are those with an end goal, that feeling of accomplishment after you’ve exerted that last breath to complete a challenge. An example of this is to give myself or my clients a certain rep goal, (in this case a whopping 600 reps) in order to feel like you’ve conquered the top of a mountain, when maybe you didn’t think you could at the beginning. 

It’s super simple to set up this workout, yet it definitely seems very daunting at the beginning, but trust me, keep with it and you’ll be flying at the end of your workout you’ll be so high on endorphins. I would suggest doing this workout in a group or with a buddy to feed off each others energy and keep each other going and motivated throughout.

The key for this 600 rep challenge is to pick exercises that target large muscle groups in order to get the most strengthening affects as well as get your heart pumping and sweat flowing. It is up to you if you want to target mostly the upper, lower, or, if you’re like me, you want to make it a full body workout. As soon as you throw in lower body compound exercises, you will automatically get your heart rate up higher and quicker since that is where your largest muscles in your body are, leading to increased strength and cardio-vascular benefits. I of course love this incentive, so that’s why I almost always include a squat or lunge type exercise in there! You get the best bang for your buck.
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Best of Oct/Nov 2014 Workout Music Playlist.

Here we go again friends- another workout playlist for you to add to your collection. These are some of my favourite tunes I’ve used these past 2 months in my spin classes and for my own workouts. As usual, you can listen to and download most of these songs on my Sound Cloud page. Now go lace up your runners (or bike cleats) and press play and get that workout done!

Holiday Dish: Goat cheese & Walnut Sweet Potato Canapés

The holidays are upon us.. yes we must admit this fact. And it’s never to early to get ready for holiday entertaining. Simplicity is a key for me when planning a menu for guests, especially if I plan to actually be able to enjoy the evening and food myself.. I would imagine many of you feel the same way I do. So, this is why this recipe is perfect for starting your guests off on a night of deliciousness… Finger foods, canapés! Always a hit.
Check this out though – Sweet potato is used here as the canape base,  instead of the traditional refined toast or crackers. And YES it works great as a healthier, tastier substitution. There is something about the smooth sweet taste which makes this ideal as an appetizer for your next holiday party, or just to impress loved ones at any occasion.

Trust me – IT”S A WINNER!

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5 Tips For Eating Healthy at Home

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As the colder weather and shorter days are setting in, so is our desire to stay in on our couches and hibernate. We also tend to turn to food to comfort us, and usually not the most fresh and nutritious choices, leading to overeating and weight gain during the winter months. That is why planning and preparing ahead is extra important at this time so we can assure we have plenty of healthy options to choose from when hunger strikes!

This day in age, we’re pretty lucky as there are usually tons of local markets at our disposal to help make shopping for fresh and/or organic food that much more convenient. Even our big chain grocery stores now offer more and more healthy items.  But just buying healthy food isn’t enough- how do we implement and sustain good habits from home? Here are 5 ways to to start on the right path, without needing to leave your house.

 

1. Stock your pantry!

A well stocked pantry (or cupboard for those of us with micro-apartments) is the first step to keeping your home healthy. Fill your pantry with easy to use items like canned beans, coconut oil, brown rice pasta and nut butters. If you only keep one thing on hand make it all natural nut butters. Peanut, Almond, Cashew- these high protein spreads make a perfect emergency snack smeared on toast or an apple or thrown in a smoothie.

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Sign up for last 6 weeks of our morning #bootcamp. #Toronto (Few spots left)

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Hello my Toronto Fit Friends,

Our morning bootcamp is going strong heading in to the end of the year. We have such a dedicated group and people are loving it and seeing great results. Soo… The Just Get Fit/ Buns Of Steel Bootcamp collaboration is proud to announce that we’ve decided to open up the last 6 weeks to those of you who didn’t get to join in from the beginning. We have space to fit a few more in our studio and want to help more of you reach your end of year fitness goals!

The 6 week, 12 session program start up this coming Wednesday Nov. 3rd and runs until Friday Dec. 12th. So classes are  2x/week – Wed & Fri 6:30-7:15am.

All the info you need is attached in the link below, including registration. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. We hope to see you in class :)

Info And Registration For 6 week Bootcamp