Making your Passion your Paycheck: Grad Spotlight

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"My name is Gerry Vinluan, Personal Trainer at Steve Nash Fitness World on Howe and Davie. I was involved in a variety of sports growing up and most of my adult years. Whether it was in various Martial Arts disciplines; Highschool Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Track & Field; Dragon Boating or playing hockey with friends...I was [...]

Assertiveness: The art of communicating what you need

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Habits|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You may be wondering what exactly is Assertiveness and why does it matter? Assertiveness is a form of communication alongside aggressive and passive. Each style has different characteristics to differentiate them. For example, Assertiveness is only being able to express your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions without violating the rights of others. On the other hand, [...]

Things You Should Never Forget To Do Before & After A Workout

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: Habits|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The exercises you do during your time at the gym are very important and are going to be the exercises responsible for getting you to your goal. That much is certain! However, what you do before and after your workouts are going to determine how quickly you get to your goal, and how comfortable it will [...]

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Caradiovasular Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cardiovascular disease kills over 17.5 million people each year – that’s almost half of all deaths (minus communicable diseases). On the flip side, cardiovascular health is one of the best predictors of longevity! So heart health is a big deal and I’m going to share a couple of really important facts to help you prioritize your [...]

Should You Workout While Sick?

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Habits|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  You start enjoying your new exercise routine and without any signs come a cold or flu. What you should do? Skip the gym? Go to the gym with no energy and the risk of injury? […]

What it Means to be a Life Changer

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Professional Development & Client Interaction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Darlene is in her 70’s and she had gotten used to her routine and lifestyle, so any type of change would prove challenging."   Trainers are a lot like Super Heroes. Some of us have super speed, some have super strength, and some have seemingly impossible ranges of flexibility. Whatever our super power may be, we [...]

What to Eat & Why

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Canada’s New 2019 Food Guide             Canada’s Food Guide has evolved through the years.  And boy were we due for an update!  When I was a new trainer, I struggled with the fact that our scope of practice limited our conversations with clients to this government guide.  I mean who, pursuing weight loss, was going to [...]

Passion to Purpose: Grad Spotlight

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"I will forever be grateful for everything BCPTI has taught me" I had always been active primarily through dance for 9 years and it wasn't until exactly 10 years ago that I tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my knee, through cheer-leading that my world changed. Learning how to walk again for 3 months after [...]

The Perfect Cueing Formula

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Professional Development & Client Interaction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As a former club manager one of the things that was always really obvious to me when interviewing a trainer was that a more experienced trainer had a good cueing vocabulary and often repeated useful cues across different exercises (i.e.. core, posture, breathing and motivation,) but a new trainer tended to have a hard time finding [...]

Assessments to Kick off Your 2019 Fitness Journey

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Professional Development & Client Interaction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When we teach our PTA Global Personal Trainer Certification, one of the tools we want to arm our students with is different types of fitness assessments.  These can empower trainers and their clients to know what exists, how it scores against human standards, where to focus efforts and set appropriate goals and how to drive programming.  [...]

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