The Queen Mother

Mom, can I say your age in my next blog? I requested tentatively.

Don’t you dare! she warned, pointing her finger at me.

At this stage in life who cares, I argued. What does it really matter? You’ll

My Mom This Past Weekend On Her Pedal Bike
My Mom This Past Weekend On Her Pedal Bike

be an inspiration.

Why should I announce my age just so you can sell personal training?

…Mom, are you ever going to become one of those sweet little old ladies?

Never!

So I can’t actually say her age but do the math. I’m of the original Astra Zeneca demographic, the youngest of three, throw in a decade or two, and you’ve just about got it. My mother gives the Queen of England a run for her money.

I started training my mother long before the occupation “personal trainer” existed. She’s always been vigilant in the application of my workout programs. Lately she’s been getting great benefit from chair-yoga but missing the cardiovascular component. The beauty of this practical little space-saving peddle-gizmo is she doesn’t have to leave the house.

Before opening STUDIO 2388 I trained out of gyms. I was always given the older clients as well as men and women of every age category. Probably because I was the oldest trainer. Most of the young jockish trainers exhibited a monistic style likely to kill anyone over 50. Or piss them off. My skill-set was more diversified. And I was aware through experience how delicate the elderly can be, and how you must be super-careful spotting them.

There was a nursing home above the gym. I trained one client to 96 years old. He told me I was the only thing keeping him going. Eventually his dementia got the better of him and he couldn’t remember his appointments. And, believe it or not, I trained someone with a very cogent mind to the ripe old age of 104. He told me he loved his workouts. And wished he discovered working out 60 years ago.

This niche I’m particularly qualified to talk about. I’ve gotten innumerable people off high blood-pressure pills, cholesterol pills, rehabilitated many many knees and hips and spines, kept people alive and, in many cases, dramatically improved the quality of their lives. As long  the mind remains clear the body is capable of regenerating itself to a remarkable extent.

IMG-1104Eating well, and that hour workout almost every morning, is a life-long habit very few of her fellow seniors share. The results speak for themself. The older we get the more vital our physical activities are for decelerating aging. Adapt but don’t ever stop.  Even in hard-times my mother loves life. She makes good decisions when it’s icy, touch wood, patting down a pathway with her boots and tossing out the salt. 

If you’re old, young, or in the middle, let me know when you feel comfortable starting back up again. Let’s enjoy the process. I’ve been vaccinated. I have my mask at the ready. I’m a lean mean cleaning machine. 

Ciao, Pietro

 

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YOU’RE FAT!!!

That’s right, I said it. You heard me. Don’t kid yourself. While Covid is devastating the obese you’ve been packing on the pounds. Now’s the time to do something about it.fat belly

Some count calories. Some go back to a diet that worked in the past, and tweak it. Others may find themself drawn to a tailor-made dietary program.

The best dieting option will attract you. You have to want to do it. You know when you see it, if you’re looking. Here’s mine. l love this method of accelerating my internal engine because it enhances my enjoyment of life rather than diminishing it. It’s incredibly effective for weight-loss. And profoundly bolstering to your general health.

My approach is based on momentum. Which means you have to do at least as well as you did yesterday. You can do better if you feel like it, and eventually you definitely will feel like it. Just as you do with your workout, you have to commit to the discipline of a minimum requirement.intermittent fasting

You postpone breakfast until noon, for starters. And cap your eating at 7 pm.  I like to start with a 7 hour eating window, for me. That’s leaves a 17 hour fast, transitioning at your own pace to 18 hours. You might want to do a little more or less. You’ll never loose weight if you’re always eating copiously before bed.

You get a cheat night.  A few glasses of wine, perhaps,  followed by an amazing late night snack. But you make up for it the next day. And  since you only get to do this once, maybe twice:) a week, you make sure it’s worth every calorie. I’m not suggesting Kraft Dinner here. You make something delicious that’s not fattening at all. And savour every sip of your favourite imbibement on an empty stomach.

Your morning coffee is sacrosanct. But it’s the only spec of food that crosses your lips until noon.  You may find yourself standing in the kitchen staring at the clock, waiting until the minute hand strikes 12… then is the time to make wise decisions.

Break the fast by going light. Like a smoothie or healthy-type cereal. The best time to workout is at your hungriest, remember, to capitalize on your body’s production of Human Growth Hormone. Your main well-balanced meal of the day is around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, ideally, depending on your schedule. Another smaller meal before the 7 pm cutoff, perhaps.

You become aware throughout the day you’re in calorie-burning mode.  Whenever that happens embrace these bouts and navigate them by slowing them down and speeding them up according to your needs, and achieve true mastery  over your body fat composition. And even, I believe, enhancing longevity by tapping into the life-prolonging mysteries of fasting without the risks.

This is not for everyone. Often people think they can’t do it when in fact they can. I’m a big believer in upping the percentage of raw food during the eating period, especially fruit. And simply getting my head around the idea of going hungry now and then. In fact revelling in the sensation instead of fearing it and avoiding it. Until hunger doesn’t even really feel like hunger any more.

Fasting, however intermittently, detoxes the body, lowers blood pressure, balances blood sugars. It alleviates sluggishness. The results in terms of weight-loss are almost instantaneous, if you’re doing it right. Dramatic weight-loss through dieting alone is dangerous, in my opinion. It must be combined with a sensible and effective exercise program.

Don’t be a statistic: suffering through a massive loss of weight only to drop dead of a heart attack. Do both.

Ciao, Pietro

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I Want YOU

I Want YOU

Don’t be afraid. I know you’ve been slacking off? You’re forgiven. All that matters now is what you do going forward. A whole new routine if you desire. Once again, or perhaps for the first time, recreate yourself.

I’m just a catalyst. I propel you toward looking better, feeling better, moving better. I cast you into a younger, stronger, more flexible

Lorenzo at 16
Lorenzo at 16

version of yourself. It’s the best chance you’ve got to survive if you think about it, as immodest as that sounds.

With regular consistent exercise comes other good habits. Try my Immunity Building Supplement Regiment. Nothing is forever, remember. You do this for a period of time, say 6 weeks to 3 months, and then do something else.

Here’s my recipe. And rationale.

1) A table spoon of olive oil, twice a day. Or fish oil,  Omega-3 oil, coconut oil. I’m using olive oil because I happen to have a copious supply of incredible olive oil directly from Pretina, Greece, at the moment.

Just like a car engine the human body needs oil. Especially in the winter to moisturized yourself from the inside out. Great for the joints, arthritis and heart. Lubricate the alimentary canal from top to bottom.  Combined with fiber for the constipation-inclined, it’s poetry in motion.

2) 1000 mg of Vitamin “C” a day, preferably the absorbable kind. I like to do enough to turn my urine luminous, and then back off. Every time I’m feeling rundown I do this. The results are tangible. If I really want to get serious I chomp on raw garlic and ginger ritualistically.

3) Tumeric in capsules for brain health. Because of the tumeric in curry, India has remarkably little dementia. The brain is the most important survival tool we have, try not to loose it.

4) Quercetin in capsules. This was recommended as prophylactic against Covid. I can’t say with scientific certainty but my families has been using it and nobody has gotten sick. You might want to look it up.

I’m a big believer in a supplement regime. Get creative in filling your nutritional gaps. If at all possible, if in commutable range, come see me. And commence the most important work you can do.

The lock-down is over on Feb 22. Get off the couch! Ciao, Pietro

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Turning The Corner With Therapeutic Back Exercises

Richard’s stoicism and uncomplaining nature belies a persistent back condition that has trouble him for 18 whole years. Everything decision we make is informed by the state his spine and lower lumbar. For either his primary, secondary, or tertiary muscles.

As a client, Richard is relatively new. But not as a friend. It’s better to deliver results than lofty promises, or create false hope. However, the best thing for post-injury arthritis, or arthritis in general, is the proper exercise. Exercise is the miracle drug. Along with muscle-heating cream, hot tub, butt-warmer in the car, passive therapies such as message  or chiropractic adjustment, whatever else.

The passive therapies only matter if you do the active therapies, I say. Dramatic improvements are attainable. Some of you reading this, clients of mine, have seen dramatic improvement in overcoming back, knee, hip problems, especially after surgery. These powerful transformations are a re-learning process for tendons and bones.

Richard is already finding an improvement in his mobility, at least for the day of his workout if not beyond. He is a morning-person. I train him first thing because that’s what works best for him and his particular malady. We adapt therapeutic back exercises to fit Richard’s unique needs, and those exercises morph again in response to the evolution his body is undergoing

Every hour, timed with precision, conscientious hard-work  IMG_9435professionals like Richard should lie down on the floor for a “quickie” yogic stretching routine. And more importantly, an entire hour workout focused on your priorities, weaknesses, ailments, areas of neglect. And on your strengths too. Don’t let a bad back deprive you of beautifully defined legs, for example. And the benefit of being sturdy on your feet.

The first step to fixing whatever it is, is getting your butt over here.

Cao, Pietro

 

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Waiting For The Signs

Tanya is back to personal training after the lock-down. She’s been keeping up with cardio and stretching, but the missing link is resistance training.

Nothing more effective for sculpting the body than weight-lifting. The impact is felt immediately. Results are dramatic, tangible, and clearly visible. You can focus on your weaknesses and hit those targeted areas. You know where those places are, if you are a woman or a personal trainer who has spent a big chunk of his life training women.
Tanya is no newbie. She’s dedicated to her workout. And knows more about what she needs and doesn’t need than most. She’s been training with me and coming to my classes for about, let’s see,14 years I’d say.
tanya blog picI started training her at a neighbourhood gym way back in the day. Only to discover she just bought a house just down the street from the house I just bought. It was meant to be. She’s been supportive of me from the beginning. And I appreciate it.
Over the years it’s naturally evolved that my regulars have become close friends. I’m truly blessed to work with and for people I really really like. Who I enjoy talking to and hanging with even outside the studio.   
Personal Training isn’t just about good company. It’s about perfecting form to minimize risk of injury and maximize effectiveness. Doing squats in a way that protects a vulnerable back. Barbel curls and bench press and especially squats gives you a heart strength you don’t get from cardio. Enjoying doing it is half the battle. 
Classes, like the world itself, are hanging in limbo right now. But that will change sooner than you think, in my opinion, Much sooner. So don’t be surprised, be ready. I’m waiting for the signs. In the meantime, try Personal training. I’ll wear my mask.
Ciao, Pietro
 
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Personalizing Personal Training

Personalizing Personal Training
Personalizing Personal Training
Just the presence of an objective eye makes all the difference. Don’t waste your time; fast-track results. And enjoy doing it. Take the stagnation, futility and boredom out of your workout.
 
Nothing feels more rewarding than boosting your health. And enhancing your physical appearance and even your sex appeal in the process. Your personal trainer provides what is needed, fills in the gaps. Discipline, structure, motivation, encouragement, safety, creative problem solving, injury rehabilitation, strategies to promote cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, and vitality… These are the elements of Personal Training.   
 
Personal training is safer than classes. I wear a mask (you don’t have to). I’m committed to getting tested every other week (I have to for my mother anyways). Weights, etcetera, are vigorously sanitized between clients. 
 
Personal Training is back in September. Classes commence mid-September. An announcement is forthcoming.
 
Ciao,
Señor Pietro
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Battling Complacency

We’re going to hold off on the Workout At The Park. Let’s keep it at home for now.

Find ways to give yourself the optimum amount, and optimum diversity, of exercise. Whatever way you can manage to do it, whatever works for you, Classes are one. Hockey night, bonding with your grandson on the golf course, charity bike-rides with friends.

Squating With Jackfruit
Squating With Jackfruit
Being active in life is one way. But that alone won’t get you there. To a place of unwinding the biological time clock, defying the aging process. The body is capable of miraculous regeneration, I believe. You’ve seen this in people who maintain a profession-athlete level of fitness throughout their life. You look at them and think, holy cow how is that even possible! 
My job is to remind you it is possible. It’s absolutely possible. Another aspect to increasing longevity and quality of life, in my opinion, is being empty for an extended period of time during the day or night. This emptiness of the bowels, the stomach, the entire alimentary canal, is the secret sauce. Some call it Intermittent Fasting.    
See you tonight for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm, on Facebook Live. And Saturday Abs Class.
Hasta luego!
Pietro
 
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The New Normal

Online Lock-down Classes
Online Lock-down Classes

Come join us for Friday Night Yoga with Dulce the cat. On Facebook Live at 730 pm. And again the next morning for the Battle of the Bulge, Saturday Abs Class, 10 am. Fix you back, decimate your muffin top.

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My Beautiful Friends

Come join us on Facebook Live tonight for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. And  tomorrow for Saturday Abs Class, 10 am. 

I integrate targeted stretching into my yoga classes. Without diminishing the meditative perspective.

Due to age and body type, perhaps, I require a concentrated effort on the spine, hips, hamstrings, knees, groin, etc.. I lure you in. You’re mood shifts. And together we apply that calm focused awareness into  areas of stubborn resistance.

Yoga is a ritual for getting out of your head. You may come for the de-stressing more than joint flexibility. At a time like this, stuck indoors, rituals for detaching from your thoughts are vital.Image (2)

Exercise is meditation. If you’re moving without awareness you’re really just going through the motions.

Getting stiff? Come to Facebook Live for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. Getting big in the belly even though you couldn’t possibly be pregnant? Come to Saturday Abs Class, 10 am.

Yes, my router finally came. The wifi is better than ever.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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The Seductive Allure

Of yoga.

Come join us online at Facebook Live for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. To get there just search my name, Peter Gault. And Saturday Abs Class, 10 am. No charge.

These two classes are the perfect foil. They represent opposites. Yoga is primarily based on the pleasure principle. Those long extended poses can go from pleasure to pain and back again. Or vise versa.

I like to set the stage.Clean, diffuse with lavender, lower the lights. This is the time to forget the debate.  Yoga isn’t about thinking. Anybody can do that. It about releasing judgement, and fostering awareness of your body and beyond.

And you get a deep medicinal stretch. You curl, arch, twist the spine. You open the hips, groin, knees. You create space in the joints. And you do all this by utilizing gravity, and exerting yourself as little as possible.

In Abs Class, I  beat you up, strategically. Don’t expect to be able to do it perfectly your first try. Be patient, make smart decisions. Cheat when you have to. This is something you have to work up to. It will happen. Suddenly, you’ll be able to do the whole thing impeccably.

See you Friday Night. And Saturday morning. Love your neighbour, from a distance:)

Ciao, Pietro

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