Changes in Fitness Over The Last 18 Years

26232331_10155944697862456_7554832138060745684_oWe are celebrating our 18th Anniversary at Northwest Personal Training and Drew Carney from the KGW Early Morning Show recently did a segment with us to discuss what has changed over the last 18 years since we opened our doors. Here’s the highlights from that segment:

Dynamic Warm-up

It used to be common practice to perform static stretching before all exercise. Now we have learned it’s not a great idea to stretch prior to working out when the tissue is not properly warmed up. Instead we have learned the importance of a dynamic warmup – the body doesn’t go well from 0-60 so you need to warm the muscles and connective tissue, lubricate the joints and prepare the energy systems for the intense activity. So instead of holding a stretch for a sustained period of time, instead we will mimic the movements we will perform during the activity but at a lower intensity, low impact, low load, low speed before we gradually increase the intensity, load, impact and speed. Read the rest of Changes in Fitness Over The Last 18 Years

Rethink How You Approach New Years Resolutions

Last week, we discussed the 4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness. There is one more thing that is critical to achieving any goal that you set and that’s making sure your Mind is Right. Many people start January with solid and positive intentions and resolutions but shortly after, sabotage their own efforts without even realizing. Everyone knows how important exercising and eating healthy is to overall health, and yet a very small percentage of people do it so where’s the disconnect? The reality is that many people consistently talk themselves out of doing something that they know they should do because there will be a challenge of some sort involved. It will require them to step out of their comfort zone, to work hard or do something they aren’t good at. The result is that tiny voice that exists in all of us that can sideline our efforts.

Remember that if you want to change your body, you have to change your mind. If you can reset your thoughts, you can transform your life.

So the next time you hear that little voice inside your head saying “If I miss this workout, it’s no big deal”, “I can always start tomorrow”, “I don’t feel like doing it – I’d rather just sit here and watch TV”, or “This one piece of cheese cake is not going to make that much of a difference”, stop your thoughts and try rephrasing them. Whenever you find yourself succumbing to negative self-talk that will take you away from achieving your goals, try this type of positive self-talk instead. Do whatever you can to convince yourself to just do what you know you need to do! Read the rest of Rethink How You Approach New Years Resolutions

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4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It is January 1st and human nature has many of us resolving to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we’ll decide to start an exercise program, start eating better, quit smoking or lose a substantial amount of weight. Regardless of the goal, have you ever wondered why most people set the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year?  That’s because by March 1st, 80% of people have thrown in the towel on their original ambitions. With that kind of failure rate, I’m convinced that it’s not a problem with the person but rather the process. Most people set themselves up for failure before the clock even strikes midnight because they attempt to do too much too quickly. They don’t do any planning and they have no idea how to monitor their progress. When it comes to health and fitness, your chances for success will improve dramatically if you approach things differently. Read the rest of 4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness

Christmas Thanks

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

During the Christmas season of giving, it’s nice to sit back and contemplate what we are grateful for. It’s a positive action to make a list of the people we love and appreciate and the things we couldn’t imagine living without. So in this spirit, here is a list of things you can be thankful for, from a fitness perspective. Read the rest of Christmas Thanks

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10 Mindful Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Holidays

Most of us look forward to the holiday season and yet, many people also report higher levels of stress throughout the festivities…the endless responsibilities from getting your cards out, decorating the house inside and out, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and attending every social party and get-together can add a lot of pressure to someone’s life! Whether or not you buy into the holiday season, we all probably experience some level of stress at this time of year.

Here’s how to ensure the holidays don’t get you down:

Sweat it Out

When the holidays get busy, workouts are often the first thing to go. But exercise is the best de-stressor at any time of year and this still holds true during the holidays. Even if you have to reduce the frequency and duration of your workouts, something is better than nothing. This will keep your energy levels up and you won’t feel like you’ve got to start all over in the New Year.  A quick workout is all you’ll need to help make you feel better when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with everything you’ve got to get done. The endorphins that are released during the workout will give you the energy to tackle errands with a more positive attitude.

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Gifts For Your Fit Friends

People who exercise regularly are the easiest to buy for because there is always some type of new gadget or the latest and greatest workout gear that they need. Plus even if they already have it, sometimes they get used so much and/or get so stinky, that they will need to upgrade.

Here’s a list of the Top 15 ideas that any fitness fanatic would appreciate:

 

  • Wearable Activity Tracking Device – If there’s one thing an athlete is obsessed with, it’s tracking their workouts. Depending on your budget, you might go for an entry level FitBit, an Apple Watch, a Polar Monitor or a Garmin. Be sure to fully understand what your fitness enthusiast currently uses or values. If they are already using an Apple Watch, they probably wouldn’t use a FitBit. One thing an athlete understands is that if you don’t track the workout and post it to Facebook, it’s almost like it didn’t happen!

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12 Days of FITNESS

Workouts tend to take a back seat during the holidays. Last week, I provided you a 31 day challenge to help keep you on track during this busy season. Today, I want to provide you a simple, at-home workout using nothing but your bodyweight that you can do anywhere, anytime. It will help keep your fitness in check, the typical holiday weight gain at bay and your spirits high during a typically stressful time of year.

You can do this workout in a variety of different ways:

  1. Do each exercise listed below for 1 minute for a 12 minute workout. Do this 2-3x/week
  2. Do each exercise listed below for 1 minute whenever you can giving yourself a number of 1 minute, mini, energy boosts throughout the day. It may take you all day to get your 12 minute workout in, but you’ll feel great knowing you got it done. Sometimes during the holidays, a minute is all you can spare!
  3. Or if you’re feeling super energetic, perform this workout just like the 12 Days of Christmas. The first time around, you do a 30 second plank. The 2nd time around, you do 2 Burpees and a 30 second plank. The 3rd time around, you do 3 Forward Hops, 2 Burpees and a 30 second plank. Continue until you’ve completed all 12 days of Fitness!

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Maintain Your Health This Holiday Season

We are now deep into the holiday season and most of you are going to struggle to try and fit in your workouts on top of all the parties and shopping and other commitments. Most gyms become ghost towns in December as people fall off the wagon fully intending to get back on track for New Years Resolutions. But there’s no reason you have to allow the holidays to alter your commitment to your health and fitness. Every December we host a challenge for our clients that keeps them on track. In fact, December can be our busiest month at the studio.

So I’m going to share the details of the challenge with you and encourage you to adopt something similar.

Get yourself a calendar or workbook and log each of the following for 31 days.

Purpose: Consistency

  • Workout 80% of 31 days – That means you commit to working out 25 days for 20 min. minimum of any form of exercise over the 31 days. You don’t have to workout at a gym– anything counts! If you don’t exercise 25 days, that’s okay. You’ll still obtain wonderful benefits!

Purpose: Eat Like a Champion, Feel Like a Champion

  • Drink 8 glasses of water every day
  • Eat 5 smaller meals/snacks every day (about 3 hours apart)
  • Have 4 pieces of fruit/vegetables everyday (1 serving = 1 cup or small fruit)

Purpose: Manage Your Stress – Enjoy the Holidays, Don’t Dread Them!

  • Sleep an average of 7 hours every night (at least be in bed for 7 hours even if you’re reading or just relaxing)
  • Spend 60 seconds every day just focusing on deep breathing.

Purpose: Variety

  • Take a Group Fitness Class or new fitness activity you’ve never tried before or have a trainer design a new program for you.

Purpose: Inspire Someone – Be a Catalyst for Change

  • Invite someone to do this challenge with you. Invite someone to workout or do an activity with you.

31 days is all I’m asking! I’m confident though that after this challenge, you’ll start to look and feel so great that you’ll continue and this will just be the start to a lifelong journey of improved health and fitness!

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Cover Clover Run 2016Join us for the…..COUVE CLOVER RUN – 3, 7 & 10 MILES – March 25th, 2018
Celebrate in your festive green while running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles along an extremely fast and scenic course to support local charities! We will make you earn your post-event party but it will be off the charts hosted by Main Event and other downtown Vancouver Pubs & Breweries.

 

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Time To Get FIT For The SNOW

If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, you’re probably starting to get excited by the amount of snow accumulating in the mountains. But that first day back is a real killer and the day after is even worse if you don’t adequately prepare yourself for the physical demands of winter sports. Since most snow sports are so fun, many people forget that they are intense physical activities requiring a certain degree of physical fitness musculo-skeletal strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, power, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility.  All the twisting, jumping, and bashing through the bumps can lead to really sore muscles and injuries if your body isn’t ready for it – besides if you’re not fit, you may risk an embarrassing performance! Extreme muscle soreness is caused by a combination of two things: performing an activity you’ve never done before or haven’t done for a while and also the intensity of an activity so that the more intense, the more likely you’ll be stiff. When you combine the two variables, that is you go out hard your first day out, you’re asking for trouble.

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‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!

Is High Intensity Training the way to go? Or is Long, Slow Distance Training better? What cardio exercise brings the best results – is it cycling, rowing, running or something else? What muscle conditioning workouts enhance overall fitness best – is it Bootcamp classes, Barre, Yoga, Pilates or traditional weight training?

If someone decides to get fit and commit to an exercise program, there are a ton of options. It can feel like a kid in a candy store so to speak. But there’s only so much time in a week so how do you choose? Here’s some guidelines to help you design a good, solid weekly program that enhances your overall health and achieves optimal fitness. Read the rest of ‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!