Having “6 pack abs” is like the gold star of fitness training. Movies, fitness magazines, and clothing advertisements put pressure on us to reach for this seemingly unattainable goal. This used to be more so for men, but it blows my mind how many women are looking for the washboard look now. So many people walk into our studio wanting to do focus on “core” exercises so that they can look cut. We’ve become ab addicts. Read More
Every year we put on some promotions for the holiday season. Because there’s nothing like receiving a gift that requires you to sweat your butt off! Right?
Actually it’s become more and more popular and it is inspiring to see that more people seem focused on giving gifts of experiences, charity, or health betterment and less so on material goods. In fact, this has inspired us to do the same! We will still be offering discounted prices on our training but we are also going to give 10% of all profits made from new clients to the Montreal Children’s hospital. Read More
There is some evidence that Carrageenan, an ingredient often found in store bought almond milk, as well as other processed foods, laxatives, medications and even certain toothpastes may produce an inflammatory response in the intestines. Some researchers even report it as a possible carcinogen.
As of yet the majority of the research has been limited to animal studies. But a review of these studies raises major concerns of the potentially harm this common food additive can have. It is important to note that the effects differ significantly between species but that some of these harmful effects include intestinal inflammation, lesions, ulcerations and malignant tumors. Read More
I’m writing this post at the request of some of my clients. The hard truth is that most women will have to live with the appearance of cellulite. Its up to us to change our views on how we see it and try to stop judging people for having something that is quite simply, inevitable. That said, having a lot of cellulite can be a sign of imbalances within our bodies and this is a post on how to deal with it. Read More
What made Bruce Lee famous was his flare, but what made him a legend in the martial arts world was his analytical mind. The allure of many martial arts is the mystery; the idea of being passed along secrets from a traceable lineage of martial artists. This secretive practice of older generations of martial artists has acted like a very long game of broken telephone, allowing for loss of information and dilution of some of the practices. Very little history has been recorded of the hundreds of years of the study of movement we call martial arts. Lucky for us, some of the masters decided to write down the theories and describe the movements of their systems to help all martial artists understand the mechanics of fighting. The Five Ways of Attack, is Bruce Lee’s concise summary of how to initiate a strike. Read More
There is no such thing as human Draino, no juice or infused water that cleans our insides, gobbling up all impurities and making us new again. Read More
Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi researches a phenomenon he has coined as “flow”. Flow is a state of performance, where the persons entire being is focused and energized, experiencing pure joy and actualization within the movement or a task. Flow is often harnessed by people who are performing activities that have clear goals and an evolving but reasonable rate of challenge. Mountain climbers, surfers, chess players are amongst those who report feelings of flow. They all have clear cut goals – reaching the peak, catching the wave and winning the game. By choosing the right mountain, wave and chess opponent, they know that the level of intensity is reasonable but still challenging, requiring complete focus and yet keeping the goal attainable. How do we do this with exercise and with a goal for weight loss? We change our focus by changing our goal. Read More
Russian Olympic weight lifter David Rigert spent his career breaking Olympic records, 68 of them in total. His competing weight was between 200-220 lbs, with 4% body fat. This may seem like a particularly low body fat percentage for this sport, and it is, but not much lower than the average for the soviet national team. Its not that low body fat percentage was a goal for these guys, it was simply a training effect from strength and power lifting. We can learn from this Read More
The amount of people moving towards a plant based diet has skyrocketed in the last few years. Great news for animals (hopefully…in the long run) the environment (somewhat) and for your well being (um….it depends).
For 3 years I did 6 months on and then 6 months off of a vegan diet. Before my first 6 months I did about 3 months worth of research, because like any eating regimen, there is a right way and a wrong way. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you are healthy…nor does it mean you are saving the planet or saving the lives of animals. Veggie burgers are not the panacea to all the worlds problems. But yes, its a start. The good news is that a well thought out plant based diet may be the solution to many of your health problems. Read More