Helpful Hints for Preventing Injury and Maximizing Work-out Safety and Effectiveness

• Hire a Personal Trainer • Warm up before working-out • Stretch lightly before working-out • Use proper form and technique when working-out • Save more rigorous stretching for during/after your work-out (when your muscles are fully warmed-up) • Use proper breathing techniques • Use a “spotter” when weight-lifting • Use collars to secure plates […]

Five Exercises….

Five Exercises that Can Translate Into on Ice Improvements If you are bored of the same old routine or if it is lacking different aspects of fitness that are required when playing a game; try adding one or more of these exercises to your workout to give yourself a new challenge and eventually create a […]

How to Stay Motivated!

• Change your work-out routines regularly • Set short-, medium- and long-term goals • Hire a Personal Trainer • Train with a partner • Take photos of your physical appearance as it progressively improves • Attend a fitness contest • Keep a Work-out/Fitness Progress Journal • Listen to your own music while working-out (iPod/mp3-player)

Benefits of Weight-Training: What Can You Expect?

• You can expect to experience weight-loss and an increase in your metabolism. While aerobic training does burn calories, the effects are short-lived. Weight-training, on the other hand, has a lasting effect and enables you to burn fat at rest (the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn at rest). • You […]

Free Weights vs. Resistance Machines

FREE WEIGHTS ADVANTAGES: Force you to both lift and balance the weight Balancing works larger, primary muscles as well as smaller, secondary muscles Versatility: with one barbell you can work your entire body Greater results achieved because your body has to work harder (vs. resistance machines) to perform exercises DISADVANTAGES Changing the weight has to […]

Common Myths and Misconceptions about Weight-Training

“Women will get big and bulky if they weight-train.” Because women have high estrogen and low testosterone levels, it is very hard for them to develop muscle. Weight-training helps enhance the natural curves of a woman’s body, contributing to the “hour-glass shape” that is so desirable. “I’m not losing weight. I should concentrate on doing […]

Free Weights, Resistance Machines and Cardiovascular Equipment

Fitness 365 is a big place — 17,000 square feet of floor-space — and so can accommodate an extensive range of work-out equipment and weights: Free Weights The term “free” means there are no cables, pulleys or handles connected to the weights. Our selection of barbells and dumbbells is the envy of gyms across the […]

Smaller, More Frequent Meals the Key to Avoiding Weight Gain

In today’s rushed culture, sitting down to eat a meal is becoming a luxury. The majority of the time we’re grabbing a bite on our way out the door, eating in our cars, or while we’re sitting in front of our computers. On top of this, we’re constantly being told what foods to eat, with […]

The buzz over caffeine: It can help your workout

The buzz over caffeine: It can help your workout It’s no longer a banned substance among elite athletes and studies show it really does enhance performance ALEX HUTCHINSON From Friday’s Globe and Mail September 19, 2008 at 2:13 AM EDT Alex Hutchinson draws on the latest research to answer your fitness and workout questions in […]

Rug rats become gym rats

Rug rats become gym rats PATRICK WHITE From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM EDT Most days, the parking lot outside the Twist Conditioning gym in North Vancouver is the sports equivalent of a Hollywood red carpet. Over the years, the gym’s namesake has trained the likes of hockey stars Mark […]

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