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I recently went to visit Montreal and had a chance to check out a gym that a friend of mine works out of. Really cool place that pretty much has everything you need for a well rounded workout, as well as for MMA/martial arts strength and conditioning. Check out “R Gym” on their facebook page, and if you’re in the city you can always visit the facility.

I used the opportunity to film a quick series of “self-study” vids, just to get an idea of how I’m performing some of my exercises. I’ve found that the last while I’ve focused a lot more on weight training, so its important that I make sure that I give myself as strong a critique as I would for any of my own clients/patients. If I’m not willing to fix my own faults, then it’s much more difficult to convince another person of his own.

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Seeing that we narrowly missed the apocalypse (2012 jokes anyone?), I feel it best to send well wishes to all my readers. Remember to stay active and move this season and into the new year. For all the new years resolution-ers, make sure to  create realistic goals, and to start planning ahead of time. Remember to keep your health at the front of your mind when eating holiday foods, but a slice of apple pie or a glass of egg nog wont do you harm.

Safety and blessings to you this Christmas and into the New Year!



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A sample of what I would eat for a (pseudo) paleo meal.

For the past several months I’ve been heavily contemplating a change in diet. I’ve seen how my changes in physical activity have been able to benefit me in doing parkour or bboying. I knew for a fact that if I’d changed my eating patterns that I’d only see greater improvement in how I move and how I live in my daily life. As a Personal Trainer and, now a current student of Athletic Therapy, I’ve always paid more attention to a person’s biomechanics in order for them to be healthy. Nutrition is just as important as physical activity in determining the health of an individual. As living beings we are designed to move, so it’s only natural that it’s incorporated in our everyday lives (think about the time spent walking, carrying groceries, playing with kids, etc). However the way we eat has changed over the years. We’re never really sure if what we’re eating is real or synthetic, processed or completely natural, clean or infested with toxins and chemicals. In addition, the proportions of different food types have changed over the years so that not-so-ideal foods have become predominant in our stores and on our dinner plates. Food is our primary fuel source. We ingest it and it becomes a part of physiological make-up. It’s somewhat scary to think about the fact that unless we supervise the growth of our own food, we can never be 100% about what we’re putting into ourselves. We can’t be sure about the extent to which the things we’re eating can positively or negatively influence our body.

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Photo by R. Nelson. Retrieved from http://gettyimages.ca

A loud, pulsing screech forces you to open your eyes. You turn slowly to see red-lit numbers flashing, the loud sound continuing to blaze into your ears. Your arm feels heavy as you reach over and press the button on top of the clock. You breathe deeply at the relief of silence.

7 am, Monday. It’s time to start the day. It’s time to start the week. You get up out of bed, brush your teeth, eat breakfast and rush out to work hoping that the traffic isn’t as bad as it was last week.

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My Training Tools Today

Time hasn’t been my best friend lately. Unfortunately it keeps me restricted from being able to get as much work done towards my fitness and health as I’d like to commit. Either way, it’s no excuse to have absolutely no activity, so I decided to do a quick workout today using the above tools. Don’t let supposed restrictions hold you back from doing whats good for you. Remember that no matter how hard you work, someone is out there working just as hard or even harder than you. But also be aware of pushing too far past your limits. Know when to listen to your body: it will either tell you a lie (I won’t do push ups today, I don’t feel like sweating) or will tell you the truth (geez, I haven’t eaten for 12 hours, and only slept for 3. Maybe I should get some nutrients and rest in my system before training for 2.5 hours nonstop). Click To See The Workout

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Anton Krupicka - Well known American ultramarathon runner.

Continuing from the last rant I posted, I have a few other rebuttals and discussion points with regards to running and doing other training methods.

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It’s too often that I come across someone asking the above question. Women will address concerns of getting too bulky, but the great need at being toned and defined. Others will just love running so much that the thought alone of doing anything else is a waste of time that would be better spent… running. “My legs will be strong enough from running!” They often chime, but what about the rest of their body? Even at that, is all that running really enough to build true strength in the legs? Is it giving the proper training distribution and muscle balance needed in order to really keep not just the lower body, but the entire body healthy? Click To Continue Reading

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