Strength · Health · Balance

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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Recipe: Bacon sautéed kale with shrimp & roasted cauliflower

Wow that’s a mouthful.. oh and I’d like to add LOTS of garlic, and mushrooms to that title!

If you’re looking for a nutrition powerhouse of a meal then look no further. On top of it, this recipe is so incredibly tasty! It’s loaded with veggies (who knew kale could ever taste this good!) and protein with the right balance of fat to create a well rounded meal- perfect as a post-workout lunch or dinner! I used to always add pasta to this dish but after making it without I realized how delicious it is on it’s own. There are tons of textures, flavours and richness that you don’t even need the pasta. But if you’d like to stretch this dish out and perhaps serve to a few more guests it goes great with tagliatelle or wide egg noodles as they hold up well against all the ingredients.

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Workout: 3 Exercise / 20 Minute Circuit

Squat Press poseSometimes the simplest workouts are the toughest and most efficient. That’s exactly what you’re getting from this one. With just these 3 exercises, you are ultimately working your whole body from head to toe!

The key with this kind of workout is to choose 3 exercises that complement each other well and that target a bunch of different muscle groups synergistically. Also, it’s a good idea to match 2 challenging compound exercises (in this case squat press and half burpee) with 1 lower impact single joint exercise (tricep extension) which will help balance out the work load by giving your larger muscle groups a chance to recover slightly while you’re still working and keeping your heart rate up. The key is to make the workout challenging yet sustainable throughout.

All you need is 1 challenging dumbbell (10-20 lb) and a timer. Also, this workout is not long to complete – about 20 minutes. But it’s the most efficient 20 minutes you’ll get out of a workout. So in other words- nothing to lose, and no excuses!
Scroll over each exercise for videos of proper execution of movements.

  1. Squat + Dumbbell Overhead Press
  2. Overhead Tricep Extension
  3. Half Burpee

 

Instructions:

  • Round 1 introduces the 3 exercises, for proper form. So take your time to complete each rep and use the break between exercises.
  • Rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 are geared towards completing as many reps as you can in the 45 seconds with no breaks between exercises, culminating with the last and toughest round where all 3 exercises are performed back to back. This will definitely get your heart and all muscles pumping!
  • After each round take just enough break (max 30 sec) to grab a sip of water and towel off the sweat!
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Workout: Legs & Abs Superset Circuit

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Working the lower body and core muscles together in the same workout is a great way to maximize your exercise time and return. Why? Because both of these muscle groups complement each other very well. You absolutely need to fire your abs when completing any proper squat, lunge or deadlift variation- our main lower body compound exercises. I find when I superset a leg circuit with an abdominal circuit it forces me to focus extra hard on keeping my core engaged not only on the ab portion, but especially on the lower body exercises, and as a result, getting a lot more return from my workout. Give this circuit style workout at try, at home or in the gym. It does call for a few sets of dumbbells (DBs), but if you only have 1 set, don’t worry just use it. Most of these exercises can even be done just using your body weight. I’ve conveniently attached links to video demos for certain exercises that may be slightly more complex.

If you have any further questions regarding this workout or any other workouts on my site please don’t hesitate to contact me! I always look forward to hearing form you. Also, follow me on Twitter or Facebook for more useful exercise/nutrition posts.
Ok enough talking.. now go get yourself moving and fit!

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