Exercise

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04 Jul: Ab Exercises Don’t Give You Abs

I am asked all of the time how people can get better, flatter, and more visible abs. It’s the #1 area people want to improve. Go into any gym and you’ll see thousands of crunches, situps, ab machine whatevers, and so on. Do those people have visible abs? Usually not. Abs classes are prevalent in almost any commercial gym, and members flock in search of the six pack that will never be. You see, getting abs comes from OVERALL reduction in body fat. You already have abs – you just need to lose the fat on top of them to see them! While fun, ab specific classes are a farce…no matter how much it burns. So then how do you get great abs? Here are the secrets:

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14 Mar: WORKOUT SMARTER NOT HARDER

No doubt you’ve heard this phrase before because it’s relevant and powerful in every area of life: “Work smarter not harder.” You wouldn’t want to work more hours for the same amount of money, so why would you workout longer in a way that produces a lesser result? I’ve seen it over and over again in a gym: the cardio machine people head to their machine of choice for 45 minutes to an hour. The upper body people (usually guys) do their same curls and bench press routine. Yogis go to yoga. All of this is fine, no judgement here. But if the goal is a combination of health, a lean body, confidence, stamina, strength, and flexibility, there’s a better and more efficient way. Traditional workouts tend to take 60-90 minutes to get through all parts of a circuit including cardio or something like a yoga class. I believe ALL…

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20 Feb: Planks: Why The Holdup?

We’ve all seen them in our programs, and more likely than not if you’ve done a workout at Movimento you have done more than your fair share of planks! From rehabbing an old back injury to training for a marathon or even firming up that stomach, planks have come to be a staple in the modern fitness routine. But, why is this? What makes the plank so special and commonplace, both for beginners and long time gym goers? What does a plank do for us anyway? It is these questions and more that we seek to explore!

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02 Feb: Why muscle is awesome (things you may not know!)

There was a time when cardio was all the rage. It was the center of the fitness industry for decades, but oh how times have changed! Today, muscle is coveted. And fairly recently, for the first time, women are striving for the athletic, muscular look of an athlete over being thin. And you know what? This is awesome! Not just because it shows how we are evolving, but because there are tremendous benefits to carrying more muscle mass (and less body fat). You see…life has changed A LOT in the last century. Day to day life once involved physical labor, which is great for building and maintaining muscle. But because the world doesn’t work that way anymore, it’s very easy for humans to be low on muscle mass and high in body fat. This not only affects our appearance but can have a HUGE effect on our health, vitality, and…

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30 Jan: Exercise and Arthritis: What you Need to Know

Chances are that in some way or another you are either related to (or personally know/have heard) of someone who is affected by arthritis in some degree. Indeed, in Canada this debilitating disease affects millions of people, most notably as they age and move into retirement. For some, it strikes even earlier. But what is arthritis exactly? And how does exercise benefit those who have it, and likely delay its early onset? It is these questions and more that we seek to look at in today’s blog!

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25 Jan: Pleasure in the Process

There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.

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19 Jan: All About Stretching!

Everywhere you look there are active Movimento members doing  strength routines, cardio routines, and exercising at home as well! We love keeping active, but do you ever have days where your joints hurt, your muscle soreness just won’t go away or that old back injury seems to be creeping up again? Are we missing something?

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20 Dec: Understanding Muscle Soreness and Recovery

We have all felt the ill effects of severe muscle soreness after a bout of exercise in the couple days that followed the workout, whether that’s not being able to lift our arms above our head or struggling to walk up the stairs because the quads are screaming. This muscle soreness we all experience is termed delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which usually appears 12-48 hours following the bout of exercise. There are a few different theories that can explain the cause of DOMS but the leading one is the result of skeletal muscle damage. This suggests that throughout the course of a workout, tears in our muscle fibers are occurring as we perform each exercise throughout the workout. For example, during a squat, the large volume of muscle fibers in the quads, glutes and hamstrings are tearing as we perform each rep of the exercise. This gives us that…

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19 Dec: Finding Time During the Holidays

Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and with that comes lots of time spent with family and friends we may have not seen in a while, many food temptations and lots of downtime and relaxation. A combination of these things, along with most gyms being closed for a few days, can give us all an excuse not to exercise and stay active during the holidays and stagnate all that progress we have made in transforming our health and well being throughout the past year.