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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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How To Make Positive, Lasting Changes This Year… and why we should scratch the word “resolution”

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The New Year is now officially upon us. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most, you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness….somewhere in the realm of eating healthier, exercising more, and losing weight.

While resolutions are well intentioned, unfortunately most people fail at keeping them. With all the hype surrounding these promises, it’s easy to get caught up in them without really taking them seriously.

As a fitness/nutrition professional I see clients who have the best intentions of achieving these goals, and they will start out roaring like a lion out of the gate. Completely changing all their habits (which I think is the first problem), but then get discouraged after a few weeks as they do not see immediate results, only to eventually give in the towel feeling defeated. Something gets lost between great intention, initial action and sustained behavior.

So what is the secret to successful resolutions?  What makes that small percentage of people (studies show under 20%) achieve and stick to their desired change? After all, we have all heard stories of people making some pretty extraordinary changes to their lives which started from a New Year’s resolution. Which is why I have reached out to good friend and amazing Life Coach Melissa Penton to help fill in the important gaps on making and sustaining huge life changes.. She offers some great, useful advice below…
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2015 Kickstart Bootcamp and Nutrition Morning Program **Reduced rates end Dec 31st

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Hi Toronto Fit Friends,

I don’t know about you but I am fired up for the new year! I am especially fired up for the Just Get Fit/Buns Of Steel Bootcamp team which will be collaborating for our 2015 Kickstart morning program. This will be a full body health revamp so get ready! Register here to get yourself fitter in the new year

We’ve had dedicated groups of people join us for our previous programs and have seen great results, but we are especially excited about this one as we’ll be able to monitor your progress through nutrition guidance and body measurements (if you choose) throughout, along with some kick ass bootcamp classes.

Note- Early bird registration prices close Dec 31st so don’t delay signing up

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 in the new year, Justine :)

Info And Registration For Bootcamp

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!