Avoiding Plateuas – 4 ways to Change up your Workouts

Do you follow the same gym routine every week?  If so, you may very well be maintaining your current physical fitness, but most likely you will not be experiencing any positive gains. The body needs to experience new or additional training stress to force it to positively adapt. In fitness industry lingo, we refer to this as periodization or “the manipulation of training stress over a period to produce a…

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Sit all Day? Two Exercises to Help your Butt!

As a personal trainer, I often see clients that are unable to maximally activate and engage their glute muscles (i.e. gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus).  The glute maximus’, due to its large size and position, allows humans to stand upright and maintain an erect posture.  Besides walking, it is involved in a number of sports, from running to weight-lifting and is used in numerous exercises, such as squats, kettlebell swings,…

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Fascia – the missing link to understand movement

The recent discovery and greater understanding of the micro-structure and possible functions of the interstitium has been getting a lot of medical media buzz recently.  It has even been called a “new” organ, the largest one in the body, representing the connective tissue such as the fascia around and between muscles, and indeed, everywhere else.  For me, this represents a very practical missing link in my education which is now…

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Are you in a fitness slump? 4 things to help

Many people who want to start getting more active feel overwhelmed by the idea because they do not feel they have enough time, do not know where to start, or have really high expectations for themselves. Unfortunately, this often results in their good intentions never materializing into any action or changed behaviour. I always encourage people to take it slow at first and to remember that something is better than…

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Bird dog – another core engagement exercise you NEED to do!

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  Last newsletter, I provided a core exercise (stability ball deadbug) that I think ‘everyone should be doing.’ This time around, I am once again showcasing a core engagement exercise that is incorporate into all of my client’s programming: the bird dog.  Whether they are high-performance athletes, or someone who is sedentary and spends most of their day sitting at a desk, this exercise will help create core stability, which…

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The Stability Ball Deadbug – one core exercise everyone should be doing!

Stability Ball Deadbug Everyone, from the sedentary desk worker to the competitive athlete need core stability, whether for correct posture and general back health or to optimize athletic performance.  This exercise requires you to target the deep core musculature to maintain a neutral spine throughout the movement and builds core endurance – both integral to good posture throughout the day and generating power from the legs and arms in sport….

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Back Mechanic: yoga and stretching can make back pain worse some times

As you would expect, we serve many people at our clinic with lower back pain.  Many come with a history of sitting too much and not getting enough exercise.   But ironically, just as many, maybe even more, despite or because of extensive and consistent strength training and/or stretching, complain of low back pain and intolerance to sitting. Why is this? There can be many reasons. Here is one typical problem…

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The Caveman Workout: Prowl like a Cheetah?

The Acupuncture Turning Point collaborates with Nicole and Len, owners of Breathe Fitness, to help our clients be at their best. Go to the Breathe Fitness website to find out more… by Nicole Lark BHK, PTS, TSCC-3   In A.J. Jacobs third New York Times bestsellers novel “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection,” he dedicates more than a year of his life to become as healthy…

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Captive for 9 ½ Months

The Acupuncture Turning Point collaborates with Nicole and Len, owners of Breathe Fitness, to help our clients be at their best. Go to the Breathe Fitness website to find out more… by Nicole Lark BHK, PTS, TSCC-3 Do I or don’t I want to have a child? It is a question I have asked myself many times — depending on the day it can be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Being a…

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High Intensity Interval Training (HITT): Is it right for you?

The Acupuncture Turning Point collaborates with Nicole and Len, owners of Breathe Fitness, to help our clients be at their best. Go to the Breathe Fitness website to find out more… by Nicole Lark BHK, PTS, TSCC-3 You may have heard or read about one of the recent trends in the ever-evolving fitness industry: High Intensity Interval Training (HITT).  HITT workouts are often shorter in duration (e.g. 25 to 30…

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