Monitor Your HEART!

At Northwest Personal Training, we have recently implemented a new system called Fit-Metrix which tracks our clients’ heart rate during workouts, time in each training zones, calories burned and more. As trainers, it allows us to immediately adjust workout intensity based on our clients’ goals and their body’s response to the exercise. It also allows us to reward points to clients based on workout consistency and intensity. We can even use Fit-Metrix to host challenges where clients compete to see who can get the most points during a specific time frame. It has been extremely motivating and will translate to better results!

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Train to Run APPLETREE – Week 6

The Old Apple Tree.jpgIt’s Race Week! Time flies when you’re having fun! You will experience a lot of adrenaline and feed off the energy of others at the race but continue to listen to your body and know that you’ve done the work to get you to the finish line.

If you haven’t registered yet, hurry so you can get a Finisher’s Tshirt. Remember Kids 17 and under race the 5K for free and use code “COLUMBIAN” to get 10% off.

If you don’t feel quite ready yet, volunteer for the weekend and be inspired by all the people doing the race with various fitness levels, age, body shapes and sizes. It is so motivating! Email volunteer@whyracingevents.com if you want to help out!

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Train to Run APPLETREE – Week 5

Beautiful Evening on Columbia WayWe have 2 weeks left to get you to the finish line. Remember that half the battle is your mindset. So get your mind straight and believe that you can get to the finish line and I’ll see you at the finish line to place your medal around your neck!

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Train to Run APPLETREE – Week 4

Are you feeling stronger? The program probably doesn’t feel easier because as you’re getting more fit, I’m making the program harder as you progress. We are three weeks in and ready to advance the program to get you to the finish line of the APPLETREE Sunset 5K or Half Marathon. Remember to listen to your body and progress more slowly if needed!

Remember to get signed up as soon as possible so then you’re committed! The Inaugural APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K on Saturday and Sunday September 15th & 16th is going to be epic. The start/finish line will be on Officer’s Row in front of the historical Grant House with a “Run through History” theme and runners and walkers will travel through the Fort, past the Pearson Museum and Airport, past the oldest Apple Tree on the Pacific Coast, along the water front and through downtown past the Columbian newspaper which is one of the oldest locally, family-owned newspapers in the country operating since 1890. Since Kids 17 and under can register for the 5K for FREE and with a distance for everyone in the family, we want to provide training guidelines and a program to make sure everyone is ready for race day! People from all over the country will be using the APPLETREE Marathon to quality for the Boston Marathon and we want to come together as a community and be part of this historical event and highlight how amazing Vancouver is! Not everyone can do a Marathon, but we can all do a 5K!

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Train to Run APPLETREE – Week 3

We are two weeks in and ready to progress towards the finish line of the APPLETREE Sunset 5K/10K or Half Marathon. Remember, for those new to running, if you need to progress more slowly, that’s okay. You know your body better than anyone so if you need to adjust the programming to fit how your body is feeling, be sure to listen to your body.

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Train to Run APPLETREE: Week 2

Hopefully, you’ve survived week one of the APPLETREE Training program and are now ready to progress. For those new to running, fifteen seconds of running at a time isn’t too bad, but as we increase this week, if you need to back off a bit that’s ok too. You could make the increase for as long as you can and then drop back to 15 seconds of running and 45 seconds of walking for the remainder of the 30 minutes. That’s true for the additional two programs – remember that you all know your body better than anyone so if you need to adjust the programming to fit how your body is feeling, be sure to do that.

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Train to Run APPLETREE

Vancouver is hosting the Inaugural APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K/10K on Saturday and Sunday September 15th & 16th with a “Run through History” theme and the Columbian newspaper is the Media sponsor for this event. The start/finish line will be on Officer’s Row in front of the historical Grant House and will travel through the Fort, past the Pearson Museum and Airport, past the oldest Apple Tree on the Pacific Coast, along the water front and through downtown past the Columbian newspaper which is one of the oldest locally, family-owned newspapers in the country operating since 1890. Since Kids 17 and under can register for the 5K for FREE and with a distance for everyone in the family, we want to provide training guidelines and a program to make sure everyone is ready for race day!

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Cross-Train Your Way to Your BEST Self

Last weekend I participated in a Paddleboard Triathlon, something I’ve never done before. We started racing on Paddleboards, then transitioned to a bike and finished with a run. It was an incredible full body workout incorporating lower body, upper body, core and balance. It reminded me of how important it is to cross-train.

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Summer Nutrition

Summers can be so busy with vacations, travel, sports’ clinics and camps, camping, and more. This makes it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan.

Here’s some ideas for summers on the go:

Try these balanced, quick breakfast options:

  • Fruit, fruit, fruit – that’s the beauty of summer. Everything is in season and it tastes great.  As soon as you get home from grocery shopping, cut up watermelon, mango and pineapple so it’s ready to go.  Wash your strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines so you can grab and go. Make it your staple and add to it to get all your macronutrients in. For example, a banana with almond butter, apples and peanut butter, pineapple and cottage cheese…
  • Yogurt with some granola and fruit (dried or fresh)
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich
  • Fruit/Veggie smoothie
  • Hard-boiled eggs – have them pre-cooked and ready to go
  • Sweet potato and spinach hash – precooked and ready to go
  • Turkey meat and veggies – precooked and ready to go

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Use The Outdoors to Calm Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Feeling stressed out is common to most people. Many of us spend our days running from appointment to appointment, trying to meet deadlines and tackle never-ending to-do lists. We are all craving a sense of calm and peace and more people are starting to practice yoga, tai chai and other forms of meditative exercise to help manage their ever increasing stress level.

Meditation and mindful exercise have been credited with reducing stress and helping to manage anger and depression, improving muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, enhancing cardiovascular health, increasing self-awareness, self-efficacy and personal empowerment, decreasing pain, reducing blood pressure, improving lipid profile, improving bone mineral density, improving pulmonary function and more…” That’s a long list of benefits!

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