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Reader feedback on fasting

- June 14th, 2013

Just wanted to share a thoughtful reader response regarding a recent Keeping Fit column that touches on fasting. In the column, I quote Jillian Michaels (from an exclusive interview with yours truly) explaining why fasting and cleansing aren’t good ideas. Here’s the reader’s response …

Hi Cary,

I enjoy reading your fitness column and use it to add to my awareness in this field. I’m also a PTS with CanFitPro as well as a senior fitness instructor with the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (a research centre of Western University).

I found myself disagreeing with Jillian’s statement about fasting, not in principle — because fasting past a set length of time will indeed activate the “starvation response” of conserving energy (stored as fat) — but in nuance. I’m referring to what has become known as “intermittent fasting.” The pioneer in this field is Brad Pilon (based in Toronto I believe), who has demonstrated that fasting for 24 (and even as long as 72) hours does not trigger the “starvation response” when combined with resistance training and high intensity training. As one who has experimented with this numerous times, I have been surprised to discover the body’s capacity to deliver high energy in the absence of caloric intake (I’ve never gone longer than 24 hours). Because muscle sugar is quickly depleted without the usual ready supply of carbs, the liver is forced to convert fat to sugar to meet the demands you are placing on the body. And because you are requiring muscle activation (again, over a limited time), you don’t experience the muscle wasting that accompanies many “fad diets.”

Anyway, Brad Pilon does a much better job of explaining the science behind intermittent fasting (which has various other benefits besides fat loss). If you haven’t already looked into his work, you can find it here:

http://bradpilon.com/

http://www.eatstopeat.com/?utm_expid=7760520-14

Cheers,

Steve Males

Interesting. I’m curious to know what others think, especially as the fasting trend picks up steam.

 

Celebrate summer with free day of yoga at Om T.O.

- May 28th, 2013
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Upward dog (Photo credit: Patrick Kerney)

Yogis in the Toronto area won’t want to miss this …

Yogis unite for inaugural Om T.O. in Toronto’s  Distillery District

Participants celebrate summer solstice with a full day of continuous outdoor yoga inspired by Mind Over Madness in Times Square

OmTOTORONTO  Yoga enthusiasts from across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will celebrate the longest day of the year with Om T.O., a full day of free outdoor yoga in celebration of the summer solstice. Taking place on Friday, June 21 in the historic Distillery District, people of all skill levels are invited to take part in any or all of the 11 specially themed outdoor yoga classes taught by some of the most sought-after instructors from the top yoga studios in the city. The 40-minute classes will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Everybody, at any skill level, is welcome to participate, for free, as long as they bring their own mat. For a small donation on the day of the event ($10 suggested contribution, or P.W.Y.C.), participants can rent yoga mats on-site. For those who wish to make a larger pledge, corporate teams, families, groups and individuals can reserve a mat in advance: $300 for the morning (five classes from 10 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.), $400 for the afternoon (six classes from 1:35 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or $600 for the whole day (11 classes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Teams who reserve their mat for the whole day are able to keep it; other mats will be raffled off to attendees. Mats are donated by Lululemon Stores in the GTA. All proceeds will go to Colon Cancer Canada.

Originally, the inception of Om T.O. was inspired by Mind Over Madness, an event where thousands of people come to practice yoga in New York City’s Times Square on June 21,” said Casey Soer, owner of Spynga Inc., one of the participating studios and co-creator of Om T.O. “Our mission was to bring this gift of practicing yoga in an urban setting to the Distillery District in Toronto, in honour of a day that reminds us to unite and restore within our diverse yoga community.

Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body and strength, and a celebration of creative expression. Om T.O. was created to bring all walks of life together with Toronto’s best yoga teachers to celebrate the longest day of the year through yoga, a practice that combines these elements.

It was a personal decision on my part to include Colon Cancer Canada as the charity partner for Om T.O,” said Jamie Bussin, founder and publisher of Tonic Magazine and co-creator of Om T.O. “Before becoming the publisher of Tonic, I worked alongside my father as a commercial litigation lawyer. After he suffered through many illnesses including colon cancer, my father told me to fix my poor health before it was too late. It was then that I decided to become fit; I lost over 50 pounds, changed my lifestyle and started the magazine, through which I support Colon Cancer Canada in memory and in honour of my father.

To reserve a mat in advance or to make a donation to Colon Cancer Canada please visit the Om T.O. website. For a full schedule of classes please visit http://www.omto.ca/schedule.pdf.

In addition to gift bags filled with samples and valuable coupons, attendees will receive free beverages and will have the opportunity to peruse on-site vendors offering a variety of goods reflecting the yoga lifestyle. A selection of participating vendors include: Studio 2 Yoga, Eve’s Leaves, Rosedale Wellness Centre, Yogaga and MWL Jewelry.

About OM T.O:

Om T.O. celebrates the summer solstice with a full day of continuous outdoor yoga classes led by the most dynamic and popular instructors from the top studios in Toronto. Hundreds of yogis from across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are invited to partake in this free, one-of-a-kind yoga experience and practice featuring unique themed classes, in a beautiful and historic outdoor venue. For more information, please visit omto.ca.

Participating studios include:

889 Yoga and Wellness Spa

Bikram Yoga Centre & Wellness Clinic

Chopra Yoga Center

Downward Dog Yoga Centre

Moksha Yoga North York

Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre

Roots Yoga

Spynga Yoga and Cycling Studio

The Yoga Sanctuary

Village Yoga Studio and Healing Therapies

Yogavita

Sponsors include: Tonic Magazine, Car 2 Go, A. Vogel, canfitpro, Rise Kombucha, and BioCore Food Science.

Website: www.omto.ca

Hashtag: #omto

About Colon Cancer Canada:


Colon Cancer Canada is a national organization dedicated to saving lives through increasing public awareness of colorectal cancer and access to screening, funding research initiatives and providing colorectal cancer patient support. For more information, please visit coloncancercanada.ca.

Top 10 Canadian fitness trends for 2013

- December 19th, 2012

2013

Wondering what’s going to be trending in fitness in 2013?

Well, you’re in luck because the good folks at GoodLife Fitness have polled their partners and fitness industry colleagues to compile the coming year’s top fitness trends.

Drum roll, please …

Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends for 2013

Small-group training, express workouts and demographic-specific fitness expected to be favourites this year

LONDON, Ont. — Population-specific training programs, express workouts and ‘functional fitness’ will enable Canadians to make 2013 their fittest year ever.

Thirty of Canada’s leading fitness experts weighed-in on the second annual, GoodLife Fitness Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends for the New Year.

Experts with almost 450 years of combined experience in the fitness industry and backgrounds in physiotherapy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, health promotion, fitness and information technology, fitness facilities and equipment, report on what they see as the trends in health and fitness for the upcoming year.

“As the fitness, health and wellness industry grows and fitness experts become more knowledgeable and experienced, we’re able to make recommendations about the most effective and cutting-edge ways to achieve your health, wellness and fitness goals,” said David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Founder & CEO. “With our diverse knowledge and expertise and our long-standing leadership in the fitness industry, GoodLife has an inside peek into what fitness trends are helping Canadians live the healthiest lives.”

Small Group Training in the form of a coach/personal trainer leading a group of participants ranked number one overall in fitness trends for the second year in a row as the added benefits of group camaraderie, affordability, and access to a knowledgeable Fitness Professional translates into helping more Canadians achieve their goals.

Express workouts made significant gains going from the number 10 spot in 2012, to the number five trend for 2013. The experts agree that the fast-paced lives of Canadians mean that fitness programs must also be efficient and effective to help consumers stay active and healthy.

Demographic-specific programming moves up one spot from last year as specialized programs and unique collaborations between the fitness industry and traditional healthcare professionals seek to help large portions of the Canadian population improve their quality of life while striving to reduce illness and chronic diseases.

“By helping people be healthy and fit, fitness clubs like GoodLife play an integral role in the healthcare system,” said Patch. “The fitness industry works to enhance Canadians’ health status, helping to prevent illness and disease, while also making people stronger and more resilient when facing and recovering from injury, illness and disease. We are committed to working closely with our partners in the traditional healthcare system from hospitals to rehabilitation facilities to general practitioners in the community to create a sustainable and powerful continuum of care for Canadians.”

Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends predicted for 2013:  

1.  Small Group Training. Many Canadians continue to seek economical ways to get a great workout while still enjoying the guidance and knowledge of a Fitness Professional.  Exercising in small groups of three to 12, with a certified coach, personal trainer, or small group training instructor is the way to make this happen and provides an added mix of comfort and extra motivation as they are inspired by other participants’ enthusiasm and achievements. Examples: CrossFit, MYBootcamp and TRX® Suspension Training.

2.  Demographic-specific programming. Fitness professionals are continuing to recognize the need and potential of targeting programs and training routines toward specific populations of Canadians. Older adult programming, child and youth programming like GoodLife’s free Teen Fitness program, sport-specific training, rehabilitation and cardiovascular health programs like GoodLife Fitness’ collaboration with the Peter Munk Cardiac Care Centre, are allowing more Canadians the opportunity to benefit from an active life.

3.  Zumba, SH’BAM™ and Dance-focused Group Exercise Classes. Taking the ‘work’ out of ‘workout’ is exactly what attracts millions of participants world-wide (Canadians included) to dance-focused group exercise classes. The continued popularity of classes like ZUMBA FITNESS® and Les Mills SH’BAM™ and BODYJAM™, is predicted because they provide an excellent cardio workout, high calorie burning, while increasing self-esteem and releasing stress, in a fun, inviting, and social atmosphere.

4.  Educated and experienced Fitness Professionals. Fitness Professionals are continuously specializing and expanding the services and programs they provide. Illustrating this growth, canfitpro states that certified membership has grown 25% since 2010, It is becoming increasingly important for consumers to choose a fitness professional that is certified through internationally recognized organizations like canfitpro. In 2012, canfitpro launched Repscanada, the Canadian Register of Exercise and Fitness Professionals, an inclusive, ground breaking, on-line resource that will increase the integrity of the fitness profession by providing consumers and employers the ability to understand and identify a registered Fitness Professionals’ credentials.

5.  Express or ‘In and Out’ Workouts.  Life is busy and fast-paced for most Canadians. People are looking for an effective workout that fits their lifestyle. Many group exercise classes, like CXWORX and Jillian Michaels’ BODY SHRED, and strength training circuits provide 30 minute express-style options which not only help you achieve your health and wellness goals, but are also great for the beginner exerciser. GoodLife Fitness suggests you try the Fit Fix Circuit two to three times per week to get a full body strength training workout that takes only 20 to 30 minutes each time.

6.  Functional Fitness and CORE Training. Functional Fitness and CORE training is all about exercising using movements that prepare you for the activities of life in Canada. Whether it’s carrying groceries, shoveling snow or playing with your kids, the Experts agree that Canadians continue to recognize the value of functional fitness and core strength for preventing injury and illness. Newbody Muscle is a Group Exercise class that combines the best of functional strength moves to help build muscle strength, shape and stamina and train the body for performing life’s daily activities with ease.

7.  Hot Yoga and more accessible Yoga. Hot Yoga continues to be a key trend for exercisers who are looking for the mind-body-spirit benefits of activity and enjoy the health benefits of the heated studios. With programming like YogaFit® and YogaFit® Sweat, Yoga’s accessibility continues to expand to more Canadians.

8. Weight Management/Lifestyle Coaching. As multiple studies indicate, (including IHRSA), weight-loss and/or weight management continues to be one of the most popular reasons people exercise. The role of the fitness professional has evolved to include lifestyle coaching, nutrition counselling and stress management. Each component contributes to the overall success rate of Canadians in achieving health and fitness goals. Allied health services like massage therapy and chiropractic care are also emerging to complement the programs and services provided by fitness clubs, personal trainers and group exercise instructors.

9. Corporate Wellness Programs. Workplaces are making an increased investment in employee health and wellness and understanding the intrinsic benefit to their bottom line. Companies are also being recognized by their employees and leaders in the health, fitness and wellness industry for making this investment. The GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Summit and Award Program is a national series of events designed to empower Canadian organizations to excel in fitness, health and workplace wellness. With a healthy and active workforce, Canadian organizations will be able to increase productivity and morale while reducing financial losses associated with unhealthy employees and poor work related practices.

10. Influence of Technology. The ever-evolving technology of the fitness industry is emerging as a major factor in helping Canadians achieve their health and wellness goals. Tools like the adidas micoach, provide users with a personalized tracking and coaching device that monitors their progress. Equipment manufacturers like Precor and Life Fitness also recognize the consumer demand and have begun adding smart-phone and app integration capabilities, allowing users to have a more personalized and monitored experience on the elliptical, stationary bike, stepper or treadmill. The influence of technology also benefits Fitness Professionals as technology platforms like Wexer which represents a 21st century outreach for those who want to get in shape and need the flexibility, efficiency and motivational tools that only a digital platform can provide.

For more information on fitness trends, visit www.goodlifefitness.com.

No ‘snake oil’ with ViPR

- December 18th, 2012

ViPR

I first became acquainted with ViPR back in the fall of 2011 at a Canfitpro conference in Vancouver, where Twist Sport Conditioning was hosting a hands-on training course.

These weighted rubber cylinders, I soon found out, don’t just have a kick-ass name that conjures up cool images of venomous snakes or a sleek V10 sports car. They also provide a kick-ass functional workout.

As one fitness magazine put it, there’s “no snake oil here.” Indeed, this training tool isn’t a passing fad. Methinks its future is ironclad.

Earlier this month, I came across the following video that showcases ViPR’s seemingly infinite possibilities. Enjoy …

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Become a fitness trainer

- August 1st, 2012

Fitness certificationSo you wanna get certified in fitness?

Well, there’s no shortage of options.

To help you navigate the dizzying industry, I’ve put together a list (in no particular order) of established Canadian fitness councils and associations that offer certification.

Did I miss any?

Provincial

• Ontario Fitness Council OFC

• Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFCLA)

• B.C. Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA)

• Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC)

• Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA)

• Fitness New Brunswick (NBCFAL)

• Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA)

• Island Fitness Council (Prince Edward Island)

National

• The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

• CanFitPro

• Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES)

Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN)

• YMCA

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