Gorgeous Flexible Calves

Calves are easily forgotten. They’re behind you. And down low.

Chances are they’re tight, extremely so. If you run,  spin, if you have lower back pain or plantar fasciitis, your poor suffering calves may be the source of the problem.

calve stretchHere’s a simple but effective way to stretch them. Lean forward and place your hands against the wall like you’re pushing a huge boulder up a hill. Your heels should be down and the back of your legs straight as seen in the picture.  Use your body weight and arm strength to intensify the stretch.

 

Be sure to hold for a lengthy period of time, say 3-to-5 minutes. And bring modifications into the stretch, by switching to one foot at a time, and raising and moving the knee laterally to include all sides of the calves.

Plantar fasciitis is almost a right-of-passage to anyone over 50. Stretch your calves! Get some half-decent Orthopedics. Drop running in favour biking, skating, where your foot is support by a rigid boot.

Back when I was training at a gym, I was given all the older people. Because I was the oldest trainer, no doubt. Now that I work out of my studio a substantial proportion of my clients are in their 60’s, 70’s, and above. As well as every other age.

The oldest person I trained was 102. He lived to 107. Not saying he survived that long because of me but I seem to have a knack for keeping people alive. I trained someone in his mid-90s  and kept him going for a long long time. He eventually succumbed mentally, and couldn’t remember his appointments anymore.

Training the elderly requires a unique skill set.  It’s a neglected area in most personal training certifications. The best way to learn is personal experience, of course:)

Yoga is on this Friday. As are all the classes.

Ciao, Petro

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Loving What I Do

I get people in shape for a living. Knees, hips, lower back, cardiovascular system, disease prevention, I fix the body proactively. And help with injury recovery.
 
Do both medical and holistic. But putting in a tangible effort is necessary. And perhaps the most important ingredient of all, for many. I get you off your butt. I put the power back in your hands. I may even give you your best chance at quality of life, and longevity.

 
A side effect of teaching fitness classes for a living is getting in the best shape of my life, at 60. Strength, endurance, flexibility, even your waistline, can actually improve as you get older. Balancing imbalances are certainly doable. No, you can’t live forever. But many of the degenerative processes of aging can be reversed to a remarkable extent.
 
Don’t blame your issues on that 20-year-old accident. Whatgault.peter are you doing about it now? If the answer is nothing, blame yourself. Friday Night Yoga does wonders to eliminate stiffness in the spine and elsewhere, temporarily and even in the long run.
 
My approach is to lure you in with long lingering restorative postures before innovative bouncing postures, active martial arts stretches that incorporate movement, and other surprises. I always introduce something new with my signature maneuvres.
 
Experience the power of squats done properly, and upper body exercises, on Weight Lifting Tuesdays. And make your core a priority by coming to Saturday Abs.
 
Ian instructing at Friday Night Yoga this week.
 
Ciao, Pietro
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The Healing Balm

The Healing Balm

For the healing blood flow, arthritic relief, balm to sundry aches and pains, meditative relaxation. For good conversation, or the sensual intimacy of it. The hot tub is one of a few things I really really like about winter.

How can anyone survive without it? Though contraindicated for anyone with high blood pressure or compromised heart health. Regular soaking dramatically alleviates muscles stiffness. Along with a couple of quick stretching routines and one hour-long yoga class a week, I guarantee, many signs of aging will simply disappear.

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Challenging your body on a daily basis, can help extend life exponentially. Squatting twice a week profoundly boosts testosterone, and that’s good for any gender. All that tightness evaporates immediately upon stepping into a hot tub.

Be flexible, strong. Have great stamina… and yes, the party is coming.

Weight-lifting Tuesdays tonight. Friday Night Yoga with Ian. And Saturday Abs.Ciao, my alter-ego, Pietro

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Consistency

Finding ways to make yourself consistent is first and foremost. For bolstering health, and transforming your body, consistency is the most crucial ingredient.

Achieving consistency is unique to you.  The regularity of classes may work, especially if you enjoy the company. You may work out harder with others and do stuff you just wouldn’t do on your own.

Or acquiring the services of a personal trainer. The fact you have an appointment is motivation enough for some. A professional will safely deliver proper form for your specific physical priorities and level of fitness and dramatically accelerate your progress.

Teaching the class requires consistency. Sleeping in or premature happy hour to alleviate stress isn’t an option when you’re the one leading the charge. I teach what my body most needs to learn, and my body has a lot in common with others. 

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Flakiness creates mediocrity, not exceptional results. If you want core strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular definition, chiseled gluts, toned tris, ripped, jacked, all that good stuff, be consistent.

No Weight-lifting Class this Tuesday. Friday Night Yoga is on with Ian. And Saturday Abs!

Ciao, Pietro

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Boosting The Immunity Via The Throat

First the tickle in the back of the throat, then the cough. If this is your tendency for getting sick try the following routine proactively. Or even after the congestion has gone into your lungs.

Or if you have a cough that’s becoming chronic. Derail bronchitis this way. Start by slicing up a single clove of garlic. Chew the slices slowly at the back to release the heat, and allow the antibacterial juices to coat your throat below the gurgle line.

Spice royalty-free stock photoYou have to be patient or it will burn too much. Garlic has anti-cancer properties galore and does a number on viruses and bacteria. I’m not a doctor but chewing raw garlic has been effective for me, no drugs needed.

Then, skin a thumb-sized piece of ginger. Bite off little chunks, and do the same as you did with the garlic. Ginger burns too but not as much as the garlic. The ginger cleanses the palate, freshens the breath, fixes stomach issues. And just plan works for eliminating coughs.

Later in the day take 1000 mg vitamin C. Let it melt at the back of your throat as well, coating the area below the gurgle line. Before bed, I take orally ingestable peppermint oil to soothe the throat and reduce mucus.

Try this for a week or so every once in a while. You may just get through the winter without coming down with flu.

Don’t forget Friday Night Yoga, Saturday Abs Class and Weight Lifting Tuesdays.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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Getting Fitter As You Get Older

In retirement, especially, health takes precedence over financial concerns, the kids. All that takes a back seat to staying alive, and enjoying family and friends.

No excuse for not dropping those extra pounds, fixing your lower lumbar issues, your joints, bolstering those scrawny legs and butt. If you don’t start earlier on, it may be difficult to shift habits later.Image result for pic of old and fit

What strategies counterbalance unfavourable genetic tendencies? What areas of your body would benefit most from a more concerted effort? Cardiovascular, digestive, sinuses, throat. Why not get rid of that nagging cough, or do something about that compromised immune system?

Holistically, it’s better to get a personal trainer with some miles on him or her. Someone with a broader spectrum of life’s phases. Who has seen all the injuries, all the operations and their recoveries?  With real experience in all the genres of fitness and survival maintenance.Image result for pic of old and fit

Someone with expertise in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, rehabilitating injuries. Getting ahead of whatever issues exist. You may have more power to affect the outcome of your life than you ever thought possible.

Abs Class is on this long weekend. No Yoga though.

Ciao, Pietro

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Learning A Useful Tool

Curling, arching, twisting should be done almost daily, or at least whenever that all-too-familiar stiffness creeps into the spine.

The other areas of primary focus are hamstrings, groin and hips. And calves. You may work on these issues while standing at your computer, or waiting for the subway.stretch

Daily stretches rarely last more than 5 minutes. They are superficial but take the edge off. One full yoga class a week is required to make any real progress. Then those quickies on the road take on a real significance.

Yoga isn’t just about limber joins. It’s about calming the nervous system. You learn a tool for unwinding anxiety. You learn to breathe, meditation. You step back from the assertive pursuits of life, and experience acceptance and receptivity.

Yoga is a healing art. And a science. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure.

Ciao, Pietro

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Unstuck In Your Ways

Know your numbers. On the next blood test make sure you call your doctor to get the numbers for your liver, kidneys, PSA, cholesterol, etc. Keep on eye on your blood pressure. Your lungs, sinuses.

So you know what to work on.  Information is power. But knowing your weaknesses is of no value if you lack the ability to change. Adaptability requires you to quit this or that. Or pick up certain routines.

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The perfect bowel movement is green, I say. I like to do a round of liquid chlorophyll once in a while, a month or so of daily caps of Vital Greens gives my immunity system a boost. That alkaline infusion gets rid of acidity in the alimentary canal.

Get rid of your itchy throat too by knawing on raw ginger until your throats heat up. Do it for a few days, it works. I’m also taking the expensive orally ingestible Frankincense oil. I’ll let you know it how goes…

Weight-lifting Tuesday tonight! Ian this Friday for yoga!

Ciao, Pietro

 

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The Original Sin

Become aware of the insidiousness of sugar. It’s everywhere, almost unavoidable. If your immunity system is lagging,  try systematically cutting back on your sugar intake.

Sugar is in your morning coffee, most commercial yoghurts,  peanut butter, carton juices, alcohol turns to sugar in your body, not to mention pastries, sauces, pop has crazy amounts, anything processed.sugar-health-risk

Sugar is food for cancer. It really boosts cholesterol, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease. A perfectly balanced workout routine,  combined with restful sleep, forgives a lot of sins.  Make sure sugar isn’t lurking in the shadows behind you.

Discipline is powerful. The ability to alter habits and lifestyle regardless of age is the best weapon you got. The discipline of working out infiltrates every aspect of life. Take aim at sugar.

Don’t forget the discipline of Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. And Saturday Morning Abs.

Ciao, Pietro

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Coming Back to Battling The Bulge

Don’t get flabby. Abs Class is back Saturday, Sept 8 @ 10 am.

Make your workout the highlight of your day. Because it is, in fact, the most important thing you do, for you. All other activities pail in significant to facilitating your health. So make it the priority it deserves to be.muffin top

Come back to battling the bulge. It gets a little easier ever time you do. And results come quicker. The profound benefits of kneading the underbelly organs are underappreciated. Love Handles and Muffin Tops are surgically removed.

20 minutes of concentrated effort is applied to the upper and lower back during this class. Do this, plus yoga, which starts back up on Friday, Sept 14 @ 7:30 pm. I guarantee you’ll have the best back you’ve ever had.

nice absTo protect your back just shave off a little depth on your Deep Squats. Make your squat a little less deep, if your back is a concern. Because the tendency is to lean forward at the bottom end of the squat. And that puts your back in jeopardy.

Squats are another thing we do in Abs Class. Massively beneficial. You won’t find a class like this anywhere.

Weight-lifting Tuesdays starts on the 18th.

Your good old trainer, at it again. Ciao, Pietro

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