Yoga Sweats

Adam –
So it’s Day 18 of the Challenge, Michelle and I have already got our workout in this morning at 6am with some of our amazing group training clients, and I am sitting here on a Friday afternoon procrastinating on my To-Do List and waiting for the 430pm group training class to begin. The first thing I want to talk about today is Yoga (I know not very “manly” but come on guys lets be serious – if you want fitness results then you need to be strong mentally and physically and trust me yoga is great for that!). I have only really started seeing the benefits of Yoga over the past month – when I actually started doing it on a consistent basis (once per week) and focusing on the benefits of the workout! Should I do it more, and would I see more benefits if I did? Yes, but my schedule does not allow me to attend more than one or max two classes per week!

So Yoga! What is it? Stretching? Relaxation? Meditation? ……

Ya sure, it is all of those things but what does it do???

Here is what is does and what it has done for me:
1. Increased range of motion & flexibility – stretching helps to elongate muscles & tendons as well as release tension. How has this helped me?? Being an ex-athlete I have my achy joints that is for sure (knees, ankles, and shoulders especially) for years of being used and abused! Doing Yoga once a week has helped me increase my range of motion and decrease the aches in my knees and ankles especially! In laments terms: Yoga restricts the blood flow to your joints for a short period of time and then when you release from the pose, it allows the oxygenated blood to rush through the joint and break down the build up of calcium/scar tissue/etc

2. Body awareness and focus – holding a pose for an extended amount of time helps your become present in the moment. In turn you are more mindful of sensations throughout your body. How has this helped me?? There is nothing more painful/grueling to me then holding some of the yoga poses for an extended period of time!!!! BUT as soon as I admitted to myself that the only reason it is painful is because I haven’t practiced/done it enough I realized the benefits. It takes some serious body awareness and focus to hold a pose for 30seconds or a minute without breaking concentration….if you can do this you can do any workout!!!

3. Breathing – through the control of breath and increased oxygen flow in your body, you are able to relax more and release toxins. How has this helped me?? Well, I wouldn’t say I was the best breather or really am the best breather still today BUT Yoga has helped me understand that holding my breath through an exercise or workout really doesn’t help hahaha. I am the guy who you see doing a squat with the veins popping out of my forehead and neck because I am holding my breath!! By taking just a few Yoga classes I have started to understand how to breath in tense and stressful situations (aka working out and playing sports). Obviously breathing is extremely important for exercise and daily activities and this is because breathing supplies oxygen to your body. Without proper breathing you are limiting your body and your muscles from performing at their full potential. I am going to continue working on my breathing to help me improve my workouts and my overall fitness.

These are the main benefits that I have specifically seen from my experience with the Yoga Classes so far. I know a “Yogi” could definitely tell me many more benefits but I thought this would be some great information for you guys to hear.

At the gym we hold a weekly Yoga session for all of our members to help with the balance of our fitness training program and to help with the overall fitness results that our clients are seeing! On a weekly basis we only have a small number of our members attend our Yoga class and I think the main reasons are because of the misconception in the community, the lack of understanding, and the intimidation…..I hope this helps some of our members and any other fitness enthusiasts that are interested in Yoga!!

I wanted to share a little more about my personal goals for 2013 but it’s almost 4:30pm and I have to run to teach the class but I will make sure I fill you guys in as soon as possible….

14 Days of Sweating

Michelle –
We have gotten through our first two weeks of the challenge and for the most part it hasn’t been too bad. We had our first real challenge on Sunday that tested our ability to keep going. On Sunday we had an event that we had to go to that started at 7am and went throughout the whole day and Adam had a hockey game to coach at night in Hamilton. So the morning was really our only option… We decided to get up at 5:30am and go for a run. When the alarm went off at 5:30, all we could hear was pouring rain on the roof. We contemplated back and forth whether or not we should go but ultimately that time was our only time.

So we layered up, laced up and out we went for a run in the pouring rain! I have never had quite the experience… In five minutes, my feet were soaking wet and the water was just gushing back and forth through my toes. I also had my glasses on and they were fogging up and had rain drops all over them. So I had to take them off and run blind. Luckily I had a partner that guided me through the streets. That is one thing that I would highly recommend for anyone, a workout partner. A workout partner motivates you and helps get you through situations you may not be able to get through alone. Sunday, was an event I probably wouldn’t have done on my own. Having the support of a workout partner makes all the difference.

To get out there that morning was a challenge but a run probably neither of us will forget.

January 1st – Day 1 (Box Jumps)

January 1st – Day 1 of our 365 days of sweat!!

Three Year Retrospective

Adam –
I cannot believe it has been almost three years since I started working with others to improve their Fitness, Athletics, and Health goals! In the three years I have created so many great relationships with all of my clients. Some young, old, athletic, fit, and of course always looking for a trainer and coach to push them to achieve their goals! I truly love working with others and helping them work through the struggles and triumphs along the way to their end goal!

Over these three years, I guess you could say I have done just enough to stay in shape and fit but, I truly have not pushed myself in this time. When Michelle and I were discussing the “365 Challenge” it gave me that feeling that I felt in the gym or on the ice, that feeling of excitement and nervous energy which we all strive for! As we start our journey in 2013 I am excited to test my mind and body to achieve new goals and strive for new achievements!

I am looking forward to the battle ahead! The highs, the lows, the struggles, the triumphs and of course the victory at the end of it all! Let’s make 2013 a year where we all push each other to be faster, stronger, fitter, smarter, and healthier than we have been before!

New Years Resolution

Michelle –
I have never been a fan of New Years Resolutions. Many people have these great ideas/goals and they never see them through. A lot of talk and no action. If you know me, I would always say something like “why wait until January 1, change today.” 🙂

But this year seems a little different because I actually feel like I have something I am really passionate about working towards. Don’t get me wrong, I am always passionate about many things, but this is bigger. I want to be the best I can be for my body.

I am pumped to start this journey today and see where the year takes me physically, emotionally and mentally. I am looking forward to the roller coaster and want to share it with all of you. All of our members at LP have inspired me to be better, to be the person I truly want to be. Thank you for all of your motivation and hard work and let’s achieve great things together!

365 Days of Sweat Challenge

Over the last 4 months of having our gym open, we have been challenged in many ways.  Many of these challenges have been business related and we have been working to get everything up and running with late nights and early mornings.  In the midst of being busy, we have not always put our health first.  We have been working out often but sometimes the needs of others and the success of the business have come first and our needs have come second, or third, or fourth…

Throughout these past 4 months we have seen tremendous commitment and perseverance from many of our members. It is inspiring and exciting on a daily basis to see people step outside of their comfort zone for the betterment of their health and to become the person they have always wanted to be.  These challenges to overcome are not easy and as personal trainers we love that people “put up with us” on a daily basis to work towards meeting their goals.

These people have inspired us to challenge ourselves and become the people we want to be.  The owners at LP (Adam & Michelle) have decided to take on an extreme challenge for 2013.  Inspired by Betsy Fry (former lululemon  educator), we have decided to SWEAT FOR 365 DAYS straight! Join us as we travel through the next year of constant sweating.  We will keep you updated here with our struggles, excitement, challenges and determination that will be our next year!