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. Learn More
In essence, with circuit training, the benefits are twofold. First off, you can be way more creative with your workouts, since circuit training is all about mixing and matching various exercises that target all sorts of different muscles at once; as opposed to targeting one muscle group at a time like more traditional strength training. This format takes the monotony out of your workout since the options are endless (I will give you some sample workouts to try below). The second, and most important benefit of circuit training- is its positive effect on your body. As a result of exposing your body to a new different workout each time around, you prevent the “plateau” effect. A fitness plateau is when our body stops changing and improving as it gets used to the same workout and starts to figure out how to prevent change. Remember your body is designed to want to stay the same. It resists change. This is a survival instinct built in us from the beginning of time. The body fights to adapt to whatever state it can figure out and get used to. This is a good thing if you’re stuck in a desperate survival situation, but a bad thing when it comes to fitness gains. In this case, you want those changes, you want to get stronger, or lean out, whatever your goals are. For this reason keeping the body guessing is a good thing in order to reach those gains.
A good example of a routine like this is completing 30 seconds of 4 or 5 exercises back to back, going through the circuit for a set number of rounds, say maybe 4. Start with jumping jacks, then pushups, air squats, burpees and finish with dumbbell shoulder press. That’s just an idea but you get the point. You can be creative and the possibilities are endless. So go ahead and try this circuit or make out your own. But most importantly.. go get yourself moving!
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I am a true believer in getting the best bang for your buck… and when it comes to getting the most out of a single workout, nothing covers as many fitness components quite like a well executed bootcamp workout. This is personally my favourite type of class to teach, as well as take for myself! The format allows each participant to work at their own level to reach their own personal goals – wether it be weight loss, muscle and core strength, or an overall full body workout – all while having the support and energy from the other people in the class. A strong camraderie forms amongst the participants.
You read right.. you will complete 100 repetitions of each exercise in this circuit
Looking for a new full body challenge? Give this one a try. What makes it so special is that it is all goal oriented. By the end you’ll have completed 100 repetitions of each exercise.. Now that’s quite the ambitious goal; yet so rewarding at the end!
I do this kind of workout with my bootcampers and PT clients once in a while and they always get a kick out of it. What’s more gratifying than knowing you just completed 100 reps of a certain exercise? How about completing 100 reps of 4 different exercises, all in the same workout. That’s right! Yes, my clients may curse me as I explain their challenge ahead, yet all this is forgotten afterward when they are re-energized and high fiving after realizing what they just achieved. The key with this kind of format, is to choose exercises that target different muscle groups at once in order not to fatique one particular muscle to failure before being able to complete all the reps, since we have 100 of them to do after all!
This is the exact workout I did with a group of mine recently. Afterward, I got a few asking me to send them the workout so they could try it on their own. So I decided just to post it for all of you to try! Remember this is a tough one, but you feel so amazing after you’re done! Give it a try and let me know how it went. Feel free to post any comments/questions on my Facebook or Twitter pages. Or contact me directly Continue reading →
Get a head start on your summer routine with these simple changes you can start today..
The acronym ‘WEB’ I came up with below stands for the 3 most important points I cover right off the bat with my nutritional clients. Are you drinking enough water and at the right times? Secondly, when, what, and how much do you eat throughout the day. For this point, recording everything in a food journal is so beneficial since we often forget (or selectively forget as I call it) certain foods we eat, which in turn can be a huge determinant factor of our overall health and level of energy. And finally, breakfast is THE key meal I try to engrain in people as being what starts your internal engine for the rest of the day. The right breakfast sets you up for success both physically and mentally! The wrong one, or no breakfast for that matter, is the first step toward energy crashes and/or unhealthy food choices for the rest of the day.
To make things a little simpler and less daunting, I wrote up this list of 10 tips you can apply today which will make a huge difference in your quality of living from now on! You may notice that you already practice some of these habits daily. Feel free to print out the list, put it on your fridge as a reminder, or even share with loved ones who you are trying to encourage to get healthier!
My answer in short, is BOTH. But lets delve into WHY!
First off let me start by addressing this very common mentality people still have of needing to separate cardio exercise from weight training. This way of thinking is out-dated and just plain false. Many of us are still influenced by this old-school mindset which falsely labels and separates 2 “types” of exercising at extreme ends of the spectrum- Either you weight lift to bulk up like a bodybuilder OR you do an hour of steady state aerobic exercise to lean out like a marathon runner. Continue reading →