All posts tagged: #IWillWhatIWant

STRONG LIKE MOMMY – The Push-Up

One of the most important exercises that I have all of my female clients work on is the Push Up. While it’s primary purpose is to build up the chest muscles, there is so much more value in mastering this movement as it is a key exercise in overall upper body development in helping create the illusion of a smaller waist and more fit looking physique. More importantly, mastering the Push Up increases overall strength (chest, shoulders, triceps, and core). It even indirectly helps with back development in a full body exercise strategy as an antagonistic movement to pulling. The Push Up is also extremely effective at engaging the muscles that help move your shoulder blades (i.e. your Serratus Anterior) and because these muscles are so small, neglecting it will increase the chances of injury through shoulder impingement which is extremely painful because the muscle tendon becomes entrapped in the shoulder joint causing the shoulder blades to tilt forward and down (i.e. you’re looking slumped over). I can’t help but insist enough that Push Ups …

“Eating Whole for Optimum Living”

We live in a society where creative marketing dominates our every day choices in life. From our fashion, to our interests and hobbies, all the way to our food choices, we are constantly bombarded with limitless options and fancy advertising campaigns. With regards to food, mankind’s progression in manipulating chemicals, processing flavors, and harvesting preservatives has steered us away from what our body really desires – good old fashioned whole food eating. In fact, as our mastery in science grows we get further and further away from the essential nutrients that our bodies really require. Unnecessary weight gain, deteriorated health, and elevated stress has never been so rampant as it is today and the most simple solution to combat these ailments are eating the right nutrients from quality foods. As a Diet Coach, many of my clients suffer from unwanted weight gain year in and year out without even knowing the reason why? Often their response is, “But I eat healthy all the time…”. Unfortunately when I dissect their eating patterns and habits this usually …

EXERCISE AND PREGNANCY

Whether it is from a friend or family member, I’m sure we’ve all heard the same thing before – to stop exercising and lifting weights because it is dangerous for a new Mommy and also dangerous for baby. Just to be clear, this is baloney. Of course we should always consult our doctor beforehand but if our focus is having a healthy pregnancy then there is no reason why we can’t exercise and lift weights. In fact there is enough research out there that shows Fit Mommies are in labour shorter, have less chance of preterm labour, have fewer complications, and much briefer hospital stays. A STRONG MOMMY also has more daily energy and a better sense of well being, much faster Post-Partum recovery, less discomfort in the pelvic area and back due to much better conditioned muscles, are less likely to have varicose veins due to better circulation, has less risk of excessive weight gain that can result in permanent stretch marks, and (very important to most) a quicker return to their pre-pregnancy weight. …

When it comes to Fat Loss, keep it simple…

When it comes to fat loss, the mental approach is just as important as the physical one because having your thoughts, your mind, and your overall being SIMPLY aligned with your goals is vital to not only GET into shape but to also continuously STAY in shape. I have clients who work with me that are knowledgeable in the world of nutrition and also the science of training. Some are also familiar with different diets and dieting strategies. Many have also studied the works of countless Diet Coaches, Strength Specialists, Fitness Gurus, and Renowned Nutritionists. While some of this information is wonderful to know, because most professionals in the field have different approaches in achieving fat loss, it really won’t amount to much in one’s personal journey unless they are willing to commit their OWN MIND to their OWN GOALS. Too much information can also become an obstacle because of continuous second guessing. More often than not I find a client with a “lack of knowledge and a simple eagerness to change” a much better …