Training

For A Healthier Lifestyle, Make (And Own) Your Priorities

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You need to become conscious of how often you mindlessly say you are "too busy" to make healthy choices. Then take a moment to ask yourself what is really going on. You may be busy, but are you really too busy?

10 Tips To Help Train For An Ironman

Melissa Jovanoski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Melissa Jovanoski

Preparing and completing an Ironman is one the greatest physical challenges any human can endure -- but one of the most rewarding. So that's why we talked to Toronto native Lynn Tougas, who has competed in several to date. If you're planning to compete, check out her 10 tips for success!

Iron And Earth: Oilsands Workers Call For Training In Renewable Energy

David Dodge | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Lliam Hildebrand is first and foremost a boilermaker. On his last oilsands project in northern Alberta, a colleague said to him over lunch, "Man, oil prices are still dropping. They're going to go below $30 soon, and if we don't start diversifying our jobs into renewables, our union is screwed."

Bad Fitness Advice Isn't The Problem, You Are

Lee Boyce | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

People actively search for a second opinion or at least do their homework on the guy they're about to hire to do their accounting, their surgery or their drywall. Strangely, in the fitness world, all it takes is a six pack and a grin to make consumers reach for their pocketbooks to buy the new AbCrusher off a TV infomercial.

3 Things You Need To Know About Generation Z

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?

How To Receive Feedback That Empowers You At Work

Judy Mann | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Wherever it comes from, whomever it comes from, we have to believe that the feedback is coming from a good place to help us be the best that we can be. Even in times of challenging, difficult-to-hear feedback, there are messages that need to be heard and understood.

5 Ways To Help Employees Develop Skills For The Future

Tom Turpin | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As technology, culture and social norms are all changing rapidly, employers need talent that can combine technical know-how with general capabilities, or soft skills. As such, hiring managers are now looking for more than IQ and EQ in prospective employees.

Can't Work Out? Here's What You Can Do At The Office

Lee Boyce | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

If you're a workaholic, chances are you don't have the opportunity to work out as much as you'd like to. Throw in a family at home and minimal energy on the weekends, and the result is usually chronic pain, insufficient and unstable sleeping patterns, and no real escape from the cycle, day in and day out.

What I Learned From Working Out Like A Fitness Model

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

What are we doing to ourselves? When it comes to health promotion, why do we insist on beating ourselves up about appearance? It has nothing to do with health, and we make it the foundation of everything we do that is health related.

Higher Education Must Put More Emphasis On Career Success

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

There's no mistaking the priority among parents, students and the public these days when it comes to post-secondary education. First and foremost, they want the post-secondary programs to lead to rewarding careers.

Parties Must Address Youth Unemployment

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

Certainly the economy is a dominant issue in the election. Along with the debates about balanced budgets and new spending, the parties are promising to bring in measures to create new jobs. But one of the biggest challenges -- youth unemployment -- deserves much greater attention.

We Must Set Concrete Targets for Global Youth Employment

Adam Moscoe | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Adam Moscoe

The 1.8 billion young people on our planet have the potential to not only enlarge the global economy, but also to mainstream sustainable growth. G20 governments must work to empower youth to build skills and achieve mastery such that their labour will be fulfilling and will add value to their communities.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Gym Session

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

You should feel tired by the end. You should be breathing hard and a sit down rest should seem like the best idea ever. You shouldn't have enough energy left to add another 15 minutes of exercise. Your clothes should need to be washed because they smell like a gym locker.

The Truth About Finding Time for Fitness

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

Have you ever told yourself, "If I can just get through the next day/week/month/year, things will calm down and I'll be less busy?" Trust me on this -- you're never going to find time for a fitness program. If you want time, you have to make it, then take it.

6 Ways Your Workouts Are Aging You Faster

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

You can definitely combat the aging process by way of exercise. Proper exercise. If you're not paying attention to your body's balance, biology, and safety, you may be moving towards an injured, decrepit, and immobile body faster than you can say "nip tuck."

Don't Be a Slave to Technology, Unplug and Get Happy

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

Rather than free us from the drudgery of work, technology has made us slaves to our phones and laptops. It has taken the entry of the most technologically savvy generation in history to realize that fact and, hopefully, to change it.

Make Sure 21st Century Leadership Is Human

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Employees are expected to perform -- no doubt about that. But how well do leaders make use of their competencies and behavior to create the ideal circumstances and fertile ground for optimal performance?

Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

Canada's Foreign Worker Program Has a Trust Problem

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Employers are not "hooked" on temporary foreign workers because they provide critical skills on an emergency basis (as the program was intended) but because they work hard (and presumably for cheap). So who's to blame? It's time for management to look in the mirror. For the last 50 years organizations have invested in just about anything except their employees, who are increasingly treated as replaceable widgets. The federal government is also complicit. Why should employers bother to train, motivate and engage their workers when they can simply replace them with foreign "temporary" workers?

Why the Afghanistan Mission Was Worth It

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I have seen firsthand the incredible transformations that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past decade. Wherever your views stand on Canada's participation in NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the available evidence shows that without a doubt, life for most Afghans is dramatically better today than it was under Taliban rule

Canada Should Keep Training Military in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

At the end of March, Canadian military personnel will leave Afghanistan. That is too soon. As the second largest contributing nation to the training mission after the U.S., Canada's contributions to this capacity development are too valuable to withdraw this close to the finish line. Canada should renew its training mission for another term, and continue contributing to the Afghan mission in an area in which it clearly excels. Canada should stay, and continue to add value to the effort of training and educating Afghan soldiers and police. We have given too much and come too far to walk out this close to the finish line, and with so much progress at stake.

Companies Need Better Leaders

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Leading people is often seen as a side activity and taken for granted with some people being more talented than others, which is unfortunately still a widespread opinion in many organizations. Indeed, there are huge differences in the quality of leadership. But why is that?

Are We Taking "Motivational" Fitness Too Far?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Push yourself in the weight room. If you want results, you have to. No argument there. But where do we draw the line? I can't say I'm eager to see the results of pushing far beyond typical thresholds on someone's body.

Do Personal Trainers Need College Degrees?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Lack of degrees or certain certifications sometimes can bar very competent individuals from receiving promotions or raises, regardless of how many years of experience and industry-specific accomplishments they may have achieved. It's not about the certs or degrees, but about the experience and practical application of foundations of personal training as they're found specific to each client on a case by case basis.

Don't Be Fooled By the Instagram Personal Trainer

Lee Boyce | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

As unregulated an industry as personal training is, the world of social media has made things even more...interesting. This public eye-candy "showcase," as it were, is only popularizing the cosmetic superficiality of exercise and fitness training.