Workout

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Let's be honest, some days it's hard just getting out of bed, let alone hauling a** to the gym for a workout. So I crafted a workout routine we can all do from the comforts of bed. That's right, an exercise series that openly welcomes eye boogers, pyjamas, night guards and bed head.

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

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.

Want to Stay Active? Get Out of Body Debt

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

It is no wonder that so many of us consistently feel slightly stiff, achy or tight. We all have used up our "body credit" and gone into "debt." When you push your body, and you don't recover at an appropriate rate, you go into "body debt." Debt causes you to grow increasingly stiff, sore, achy, tired, cranky and generally run down.

Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can't (and shouldn't) always take first priority. That said, I think what the quote highlights is how people sometimes use "lack of time" as a dismissive catch all for abandoning their health goals.

Five Cardio Workouts to Make You Sweat

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

If you are asking why you should be doing cardio again then think of increasing your endurance so that when walk up a set of stairs in your high heels, you won't be out of breath. Also, if you want to get lean, cardio is a MUST. So here are five options for you!

Don't Worry About That Box of Cookies You Just Ate

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Vesna Dodevska

You start your day right. Wake up. Shower. Make up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Arrive at work. Work. Do a lunch workout. Then Lunch. Feel great s...

Please Don't Workout To These Songs

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Music

There are two ways in which it makes sense to work as a music journalist and a fitness instructor at the same time: 1. The hours can sometimes com...

My Workout of the Week: Total Body

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

The workout is simple, it's total body, it will get the blood flowing and will give you the resistance you need to build muscle, and add bone density. It's a great workout, it's not the only one out there. Other trainers will have their two cents based on what they like to do.

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.

Starting Right Now, Change the Way You Treat Your Body

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Work with a personal trainer, tell them what you want to accomplish, then make the time meaningful and fun. Doing this will mean you will probably have the joy of making a different New Year Resolution next year. For this upcoming year, and starting right now, do the following.

If the Couch Is Winning Out Over Exercise, Consider This

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Have you ever planned to workout before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. But about six months ago I decided this cycle of "skipping and then feeling annoyed" was ridiculous.

Know Your Limits: Setting Fitness Expectations

Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Living

In the movies, an average Joe can turn into a ripped body builder after only a few brief scenes of them slugging a punching bag. In reality, getting i...

The 5 Most Annoying People at the Gym

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

As Halloween and the holidays fast approach, the urge to indulge in candy. For that reason, many people wind up doing extra shifts at the gym. But there are annoying people at that gym and we all spot them. They are so common that it's likely you easily recognize the following five fitness fiascos from your local health club.

Five Reasons Not to Skip Your Workout

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

With Summer officially hear you may decide to ramp up your workouts. However, many of the reasons to keep moving have nothing to do with the scale. Here are five benefits you won't want to miss out on.

5 Ways to Beat the Fitness Blahs and Breathe Adventure into Your Workout

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Keep trying different workout adventures until you find something you like. If I had been discouraged by the instructor I hated, I would never have gone back and found the teacher and class I loved. Remember, the more multifaceted your reasons for exercising are, the more successful you will be.

How to Fuel Yourself Before, During and After a Workout

Theresa Albert | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

I know how crucial it is to support any exercise regime with the right food, and the older you get, the more important it is. Filling your tank well and ensuring that your exercise is actually doing you more good than harm can't be stressed enough.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #12, Balance Ball

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

I registered for the balance ball hour and maybe only because I once saw a picture of Carrie Bradshaw doing it in heels. Balance Ball classes get you working out to fast-paced music and with an assortment of differently sized and weighted balls.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #11, Kickboxing & Muay Thai

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

After taking a month off from writing this column (Woohoo! No working out!) I decided to come back swinging...literally. Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai Academy was where I had to go if I wanted to take this challenge seriously. High-ranking cool dudes from Georges St-Pierre to Michael Pitt have stopped by this studio and that alone is enough to get me in it.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #10, Tae Bo DVD

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

One of the most popular forms of fitness these days is the one you can do at home, in your living room with your dog watching and judging. Oh the judging. How could I begin to talk about fads and trends in fitness without subjecting myself to the creepy world of workout DVDs?

Getting Off the Couch and in Workout Mode

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Someone once told me that the hardest steps to take in life are from the sofa to the front door. So, if you would typically rather veg in front of the TV instead of exercising, know that you are not alone. Know that once you start exercising, it is easier to continue. Try these tricks to get you motivated.

How to Find Your Inner Athlete

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I know that becoming more athletic was part of how I managed to grow out of the unhealthy, unfit and unhappy teenage version of myself. I see this same pattern in many of my clients. The ones who have managed to make long-term lifestyle changes have all, in one way or another, found their "inner athlete." Here are some tips to finding your inner athlete.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #3, Aerial Fitness

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

When I first heard about the Aerial Strength class offered by Brass Vixens on Queen West, I have to admit, I pictured something totally different. Buoyed by the website's proclamation that aerial would "relieve tension and back pressure, improve digestion and posture and stimulate cleansing and body renewal" all while swaying in a hammock, I signed up!

The Workout Diaries: Fad #2, Spinning

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

My second workout fad test! This week I decided to sign up for a spin class at Quad on King Street West. The lucky girl that I am, the class I wandered into happened to be high intensity with Marc. In addition to spinning like we're on a flat road, we'd also be climbing three hills. Fabulous. I explained to the instructor that I was new to the regime and he promised to let me take it easy. And then gently let me know that I had set up my handle bars backwards. Great start.

The Workout Diaries: Fad #1, Hot Yoga

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

Working out: my mortal enemy. I've never been one for strenuous activities. But I've gotten to a point where this is about being able to climb a flight of stairs without ending up winded. I've decided to not only catch up with the trendy sweaty regimens but to try them all out one by one and decide what works for me. First up on my fitness calendar was hot yoga.