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It’s hard to believe I have been working towards a full-time career in the fitness training industry for nearly six years. When I embarked upon this journey and began my BC Parks and Recreation Fitness Training certification in Nelson in 2007, I immediately applied to the local recreation center and got hired on part-time. It was then I knew I wanted to pursue Personal Training as a career and was willing to do what it took to get there.

The past five years running my own fitness training business part-time and working in the organic food, vitamin and supplements industry has been great but I started to feel a pull towards my real passion for fitness so started looking at my options. With the completion of my Personal Training Certification at Infofit Educators in 2010 and graduation from Douglas College’s Sport Science program in 2012, I knew what I wanted to accomplish and set out to find the right fit.

steve nash personal trainerI am thrilled to announce that I am now working as a Personal Trainer at Steve Nash Fitness World in North Vancouver! It’s an amazing facility with a ton of equipment, a pool, sauna and many very skilled fitness trainers. I feel like a human sponge at the moment. There is so much to learn not only with policies, procedures, fitness programs and paperwork but also how to best serve the new clients I have been assigned to working with.

Past clients have described me as enthusiastic, a positive influence on their lives and someone who is always willing to go the extra mile to exceed my clients’ expectations. If you’re in the market for a Personal Trainer please stop by the club and ask for me as I am accepting new clients! I specialize in helping those new to weight training feel more confident in the gym setting, those looking to lose weight or gain muscle, and people looking for a fresh workout program.

I look forward to seeing you in the club!

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I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching a six-week outdoor circuit training class this Fall!

I will be leading the class in a holistic approach to health and fitness- the foundation for my business, Elemental Fitness Vancouver. This means we will focus on all aspects of healthy living: exercise, fresh water, good nutrition, and relaxation.

Every session will include:

  • a 5 minute warm-up,
  • 45 minutes of moderate cardio and strength training,
  • 10 minutes of cool-down stretches while discussing a health and nutrition topic.

This class is targeted for people with a beginner to intermediate fitness level. I hope that participants will leave each class feeling energized and motivated to take charge of their health and overall well being.

Please email me if you are interested in taking this class, to reserve a spot and for the specific location in the park. Thank you!

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Stretching: The Basics

Stretching should be included as part of any exercise regime.  Stretching improves flexibility, reduces our risk for injury and lower back pain, enhances sports performance and allows the body to move with greater ease through daily activities.  Our muscles can be thought of as elastic bands, that move through both concentric and eccentric contractions.  A concentric contraction is the phase that muscles go through resulting in shortening of the muscle, where as eccentric contractions result in muscle lengthening.

When lifting a heavy load the muscle contracts, tightens and essentially shortens in length.  The reverse happens when we relax or extend our muscles.  When we exercise our muscles are often in the contraction phase to perform required movements.  Without proper stretching the muscle fibers would remain tight and at greater risk for injury.

You can see now why stretching is so important, especially before and after exercising.  Whether it be to “limber-up” for a sporting event or physical day at the office, or stretch out after vigorous activity, our muscles require ongoing manipulation to stay in good condition.  Stretching should always be performed with control, no bouncing and each movement held for 15-30 seconds.  This is the amount of time it takes the brain to signal the muscle to relax and will provide the most benefit.  There are many ways to stretch the body including dynamic movements (stretches while moving), static movements (stretching in a fixed pose) as well as yoga and Pilates.  Try incorporating stretching into your daily life and feel the difference it makes!

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