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‘Social’ Distance Training Exercise online together [on your own at home] We are currently experiencing history in the making.  As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a hold on a global scale, here in Canada, we’re experiencing unprecedented measures taken by the federal, provincial and municipal governments to help mitigate (or, at least, slow down) the spread[…]

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Don’t Worry About the Outcome! While studying for my Human Kinetics undergraduate degree, I was taught and encouraged to implement the SMART protocol when setting short, medium, and long-term goals for my academic and athletic endeavours.  Today, the SMART acronym has various versions, but often stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.  In the[…]

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The SAID Principle There is something to be said about the SAID principle, which stands for specific adaptations to imposed demands.  Essentially, the principle states that the type of demand placed on the body dictates the type of adaptation that will occur (Haff & Triplett, 2016).  For example, if you are a runner and consistently[…]

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How do you warm-up? When somebody says “I’m going to go and warm-up” at the start of a workout or before a competition or race, we often conjure up an image of someone lightly jogging on the treadmill, performing some static stretches (i.e. referred to as the ‘general warm-up’ portion), and then possibly incorporating some[…]

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Coach vs. Trainer: Is there a difference?   There is an on-going discussion in the personal training and strength and conditioning industry regarding the difference between a (personal) ‘trainer’ and a (strength and conditioning) ‘coach’.  The general basis of the argument is that ‘trainers’ tell or dictate to their clients what to do, while a[…]

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Motivation Running up Stairs

Why are some people more likely than others to go to the gym after work, rise early to fit in their daily exercise, or more prone to making healthier decisions such as packing their own lunch? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question as there are multiple variables affecting each individual’s attitudes and[…]

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Pre Post Natal Women Training

Historically, pregnant women often avoided exercise as a result of unfounded fears that the increased exertion might result in harm to the fetus or mother. It was not until the early 1980s that research around pregnancy and exercise really picked up. The need for guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period were being[…]

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