Improve Your Marathon Performance At The Gym

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: HIIT & Specialized Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Wait, I'm supposed to do more than just running?" is a question I'm often asked by clients wanting to improve their running performance. That is correct! Running should be supplemented with strength training. Strengthening your muscles and connective tissue will help prevent injuries, it improves power and proprioceptive awareness (your body mind connection) and additionally [...]

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 [...]

All About Hips

By | March 12th, 2019|Categories: Mobility & Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you know that your hips are the second most mobile joint in your body, after your shoulders? They are a really important gateway to movement and carry the load of your upper body allowing for almost all lower body movements. So, what’s a day in the life your hips look like? Do you sleep mostly on one [...]

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 [...]

Feet First: Why Functional Training Starts From the Ground Up

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Mobility & Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"As a coach and trainer for close to 20 years now, I’ve seen how we exercise evolve dramatically!" When I first started helping people learn to workout, I spent the first 3-8 sessions showing my clients how to use the circuit machines––one machine per muscle group, 8-15 machines for a total body workout. The rationale was [...]

Traits of a Great Trainer: Empathy

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Instructor Spotlight, Motivation, Professional Development & Client Interaction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What is empathy? There’s a story about a trainer, Drew Manning, who purposely gained, and then lost, 70 pounds.1 He claimed he did this because, as a lifelong fitness junkie, he had a hard time understanding what some of his clients were experiencing.  So he quit working out and started eating junk food.  After gaining the [...]

Grad Spotlight: Sarah Boyes

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Student Spotlights|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Born and raised in Vancouver BC I am a true Vancouverite! At a young age I was a competitive gymnast, dancer, swimmer and performer. Being young, active and not having much knowledge of nutrition I really ate whatever I pleased. I am also half Filipino which means I was surrounded by the most delicious foods imaginable. [...]

Friends don’t let friends skip leg day

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Loaded Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are many individuals that train to gain however there is a significant amount of those who only train one area of the body.  For most of us we like to train what we are good at or what we perceive to be best for our bodies. This however can lead to hazardous implications. Not only [...]

Understanding Common Fitness and Nutrition Tips

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: HIIT & Specialized Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the challenges that we have in the fitness and nutrition field is the myriad of conflicting information. Today, we wanted to spend some time breaking down some common advice that is perpetuated through social media, people in the field, the media as a whole or just from those around us. Instead of just telling [...]

The Benefits of Kettlebell Training

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: HIIT & Specialized Training, Loaded Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Traditionally most strength, power and endurance work is usually met with performing weightlifting or powerlifting exercises, such as bench press, deadlifts and squats. As health professionals we have all integrated these exercises at some point or another into our clients/patients workout regime. However, at times lack of equipment, time for teaching technique and confidence of the [...]

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