We can have long term fitness goals, but what gets us there are the small goals that we set for each workout. Our WIN Trainer, Scott Paul, talks about how to set goals for your workouts so that you can achieve progress in your fitness.Read More
Are you getting the most out of your workout? If you’re still focusing on working one muscle group at a time you may be missing out on the big potential your work out time is allowing you. Check out our WIN Personal Trainer, Scott Paul’s latest blog post where he shares his top three most must do’s to get the most out of your fitness.Read More
Gone are the days of doing endless sit-ups and crunches to get a better core. Our Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, helps others strengthen and tone their core without ever having them do a crunch or a sit up. In his article he explains why and lists some of the many other effective core strengthening options.Read More
Keeping your body strong is essential at every age! Strength enables us to have the independence, ability and agility to confidently preform everyday tasks. Improving on strength also helps those who are athletic get faster and better performance. Our WIN Health Solutions Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, knows that strength is key. Read more about how this applies to everyone.Read More
If you feel like it's time to get your weight on track, or lose a few pounds or inches, it's important to eat smarter and exercise often. A very common theme in today’s sedentary society is that many people sit at desks all day, only to then go home, and sit on the couch to watch TV and unwind.
Eating smarter and exercising often... The two go hand in hand!
First I'll briefly review nutrition. I’m just going to talk about nutrition when it comes to weight loss. I’m not going to get into macros, micros, essential and non-essential. I’m going to talk calories. For some people to lose weight, calories in need to be less than calories out. In special situations this strategy may need to be individualized for a person, but for many people it's really that simple. If everyday you burned 2000 calories (from your resting metabolism, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, daily exercise and more), but you took in 3000 calories through your food choices, I would say it’s near impossible to lose any weight.
Next is exercise. We all need to exercise. Gone are the days of walking a few kilometres to and from school, loading a few hundred bails of hay or chopping wood so you can have a fire to cook dinner. We need to maximize the time spent in a gym or working out at home. Use as many muscles as possible. And use the big muscles. You will burn a lot more calories doing a Turkish Get-Up or a burpee than you would doing a seated bicep curl. And if you don’t know what a Turkish Get-Up or a burpee are, come train with me and I’ll be happy to show you!!
To recap, in order to lose some weight, be physically active and eat right. Use big muscles and many muscles when working out. Limit calorie dense foods. Eat more vegetables. And try to get an idea of how many calories you’re taking in so you can have a good understanding of portion control. By putting the time and effort in, and these pieces together, you’ll be set!
Our WIN Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, works step by step, day by day and week by week to get people to reach their fitness goals. And with Scott, the sky is the limit. Especially when you can jump that high! And he can get you there!!
Check out a recent session where Scott captured super high box jumps with one of his long time clients. With consistency, effort, patience and devotion to your fitness goals, your body will be stronger, faster and healthier.
By WIN Contributor: Scott Paul, BSM, MSc (Candidate), Personal Trainer
I titled this “Anatomy of a Workout”, but it should be titled “Anatomy of YOUR Workout”. I get asked certain questions about my approach quite a bit…even as early as just last week. The question is: how do you think of all the exercises and do you have a plan or program to follow?
First, every client is different, has different needs and is capable of different things. I can’t follow the same approach for a 65 year old person suffering chronic shoulder pain as I do for a 19 year old hockey player looking for foot speed and core strength. And second, there are many things that contribute to what you can do (or can’t do) that day. That is why, yes, I do have certain guidelines that I follow, but no, I don’t’ have specific exercises to do that day. My work with each client is truly individualized.
The Bones Of A Workout
Here is the usual order I go by, whether it is a stability day, a strength/endurance day or a power day. Sets and reps can change and the exercises can be interchanged. This is the general guideline:
- Warm-up (general/dynamic)
- Core (anterior, posterior, transverse)
- Lower body
- Upper body
The Arms, Legs & Heart Of The Workout
My clients at WIN often see me bring out the agility ladder to start. It’s one of my favourite exercises to bring into a workout. It gets their co-ordination going and their heart rate up. Then, we shift to dynamic stretching. Walking lunges, twisting lunges, side lunges, Frankenstein walks, etc. These are great exercises to prepare the body for what’s in store.
The Core Of The Workout
Next, we move onto the core. I find this, sometimes, to be an extension of the warm-up. I try to hit the three main areas: the anterior (front), the posterior (back) and the transverse (rotational). Some clients need more attention and focus toward one area more than others, but in general, hitting all three planes is a great way to improve core strength.
The Muscle of the Workout
And lastly I hit them with the upper and lower body exercises. This is where they can see push-ups, squats, rows or any variation of them…plus a multitude of other exercises. I often like to work unilateral (one side at a time) to alleviate single side dominance, but that is another topic of discussion.
Workout Anatomy Leads To Fun Always
See, there is a method to my madness. Exercises change, intensity can change, weight can change and the rest period can also change. This provides a dynamic and effective whole body approach to fitness. No matter what your fitness background, when I use this format, and draw from my exercise knowledge base, I provide guidance that is effective and increases the fun factor.