All posts tagged: #UnderArmourWomen

Investing In Yourself

Benjamin Franklin said, “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.” I want to ask you all how important your lives are? More specifically how important the quality of your life will be in the future and what you’re willing to do now to make it a more comfortable (and simply better) place tomorrow? With 2015 coming to a close, I’ve already finished my 2016 goals. The great news is, I accomplished just about everything I set out to do this year (aside from missing the National Women’s Show which might have been over ambitious on my part as a new mommy lol). With 2016 just around the corner and my goals so much bigger than this year’s, I’m realistic and mature enough to admit that I know exactly what I don’t know so over the last few months I’ve put together a team to help contribute to the greater improvement of my life (both personally and professionally). Creating a team around me to help me grow past my own …

Don’t limit yourself…

Don’t limit yourself with the infinite opportunities that are out there to be the best version of you possible! It’s out there but we have to actively seek it out. – If your habits/behaviours are holding you back, change them – If your schedule constantly doesn’t allow you to better yourself, plan and get organized (we only have 1 life to live…live it with purpose and happiness) – If the people around you are negative, find new people to hang around with – If the people you go to eat with constantly sabotage your diet, find new people to dine with Do NOT stay in your comfort zone if your life is cascading out of control and you’re not able to accomplish your goals because it’s far more dangerous to do that (and live like that) than to look for solutions to your problems. There are also an infinite amount of people that have the same fitness, weight loss, or health goals as you do. Find them! The best decision I ever made for myself …

Hire A Trainer…at least once in your life

As a Trainer, I can get lost in my own schedule of managing my clients which can result in subpar intensity levels for my own workouts (even with a massive home gym in my basement). As a new Mommy, my duties at home (coupled with managing my business) has had me feeling overwhelmed at times too so working with another Trainer allows me to mentally shut down, let go of all my stresses for an hour, gives me another set of eyes to assess my own physique/tempo/form/intensity levels, and helps me push far beyond my comfort zone. Last Friday I visited SWAT (Synergy Wellness Attitude Training) to do some conditioning work with my good friend Kyle Ardill and, boy oh boy, am I still feeling the effects of that session today. Even better, it was so therapeutic just to let go and give control of my training to someone else (even as a Trainer myself). Don’t let giving up control be difficult especially if you’re working with a professional. Personally it’s been years since I’ve …

A Lesson Learned From Time Spent In The Gym…

If there’s one thing I learned in the Fitness Industry (both from personal experience and my peers) is to always see the time spent at the gym as an opportunity to inspire others and also raise the intensity of other people’s workouts around you. Of course you might have some in your circles purposely trying to derail you or talk you out of your goals (by the way you really should be limiting, or downright eliminating, time spent with these types of people) but be confident in knowing that deep down these people secretly wish they can do what you are trying to do. You are in the right! They are not. By bringing your absolute best into the gym, on a consistent basis, you’ll also bring out the best of the people around you. ‪

Plan, plan, plan when it comes to Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges that new mommies have with #Postpartum weight loss is where to start. It’s so easy to let the hectic lifestyle of being a parent overwhelm us and eating habits get thrown out the door…even completely lost for that matter. When I begin work with a client, the best course of action is obviously the one that works best for them (we all have different lifestyles and responsibilities) but before being able to figure that out in detail we must begin to accurately track nutrition and workouts. This is likely my first recommendation to anyone starting on their weight loss journey and even progressing along with their fitness goals! As a new Mommy myself, I’m still learning how to balance my schedule and workload while being attentive to my growing 8 month old Baby Boy so knowing exactly what I’m eating in advance (and exactly how much) allows me to keep adequately fuelled and also on track with my fitness goals. My Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fats, and Vitamin/Mineral intake is all …

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

One of the biggest obstacles a person might face when trying to lose weight is peer pressure from friends/family to eat off plan or even skip assigned workouts. While I certainly encourage an off plan meal in the week for flexibility purposes while dieting and even working particular foods into your plan, the bottom line is a strategy must be adhered to for the long term if one is to achieve a particular goal so if you don’t have social support (most of us won’t by the way) then be confident in your choices by taking charge as a leader because people will eventually respect your decisions even if it seems at first that they don’t. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to work with a client who overcomes these obstacles eventually growing into a person that now offers advice and support to others simply because they now ‪#‎LeadByExample‬ rather than just “following the crowd”. Taking charge of your health is admirable and never forget that YOU are the one making the right choices, not …

Mommy Bum

Postural assessment is something that I perform with all of my mommy clients because it’s almost always overlooked especially with weight loss likely being everyones primary concern. I would argue that postural correction for a new mommy will even make you look a few pounds lighter and also feel much better – so pay attention! One of the most common postural imbalances I see with new mommies that are carrying their babies is the #PosteriorTilt which is a postural deviation where your pelvis is tilted backward causing your lower spine to decrease its natural extension. This causes the upper spine and shoulder girdle to round forward to maintain centre of gravity, causing our bums to appear flat and droopy along with our tummies to appear bigger than it should because we’re pushing outwards – not a good look at all! The side effects of this postural imbalance include weak #hips, weak #quadriceps, tight #hamstrings, possible #sciatica, weakened abdominal muscles, tightness in the lower back and neck, along with tight chest muscles. So why does this happen? Obviously carrying a newborn for hours on end …