Free Spin

Get your cardio done! Monday, March 4, 5:30 pm.

Enhance your biking skills and conditioning. Improve your performance on the road with off-road training. Or just have a good time burning calories.

This isn’t your average spin class…  this is an epiphanySPIN1 for both the novice and experienced rider alike. Develop the tools that will catapult your riding prowess, or take a moderate pace through scenic mountainous terrain.

Come join us for a free spin at Generate in Bloor Village. Generate is one block east of Runnymede on the south side of Bloor, on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Tons of windows and light, immaculately clean. No bike graveyard in the corner like some places I know.

Just let me know if you want to come. I’ll GENERATEput your name on a list at the front, to reserve a bike… and let’s dance!

It’s all about the pleasure principle at Friday Night Yoga. And the good-pain principle in Abs, Weight-lifting Class. Don’t forget:)

Ciao, Pietro

 

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Going With Seasonal Fluctuations

January is a month of sobriety for many of us here at Studio 2388, and around the world. One day to go before swilling a tall golden effervescent brew!

Come join me for one after yoga some Friday Night, if you don’t already! For the non-drinkers or people who prefer to go clean in February because there are fewer days in the month, we have plenty of soda water on hand.

By the end of December you’ve had it with eating and drinking. You’re ready for abstinence if only to enjoy your vices again. Give your sadly abused liver some love!

Cutting Up
Cutting Up

Loosing 7 lbs was an unintended consequence of a month off, for me. And a nice boost to the pocketbook. I’m starting to get more vigilant about Intermittent fasting, stepping up towards the minimal goal of 18 hours a day.

Your body begins to crave fasting just as it craves exercise. You absolutely shred fat this way. Fasting is a powerful skill anyone can learn. Eat well, but learn to appreciate the sensation of an empty body.

Fasting, done properly, is ancient wisdom. And the spring is all about Spring Cleaning, inside the body. Everyday completely evacuate the bowels. And stay empty for a while.

Patiently Perfectly Abs
Patiently Perfectly Abs

It’s not for everyone, use common sense. All these disciplines of eating and working out, and the enjoyment of life, are the best chance we got for longevity and quality-of-life.

See you over a smoothie. Don’t forget your yoga, abs, weight-lifting, personal training… Ciao, Pietro

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The Couple’s Workout

George drove by the studio for a while before dropping by and inquiring about personal training and the classes. He decided to do both. The personal training prepared him to do the classes safely and effectively. 

Under the structure, support and encouragement of a personal trainer things start happening almost immediately in the body, if the process is allowed to happen. Change comes quickly, the transformation accellerated. For George, it took less time than most to reduce and soon obliterate his spare tire. And begin filling out in the right places.
    
Witnessing a transformation, at any pace, is a wonderful

Couples Workout
Couples Workout

part of my job. And George is easy to communicate with, and a pleasure to train. His blossoming confidence manifested itself in his well-matched partner, and identical twin, Clare. Together they are doing Couple’s Workout.

  
Good Team-work George Clare Peter
Good Team-work George Clare Peter

Couple’s Workout is a way to make the workout more fun in combination with your significant other. Getting on board together is a power force. Especially if you’re still in the early mushy stages:) Clare’s steady progress firming up is tangible. 

 
The Couple’s Workout reduces cost. As do interspersing the classes, at $7 per class with 10-pack.   
Ian is teaching yoga tonight. Don’t forget to checkin. Ciao, Pietro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your body’s Potential

Weight Lifting Tuesdays is a small enough class for some personalized training. Resistance training is an opportunity to imbue your body with almost supernatural powers. And it doesn’t take long for amazing benefits to accrue.

Your power of movement under duress far exceeds someone of a commensurate age. You begin to discover the miraculous potential of your body.

Weight Lifting Tuesdays
Weight Lifting Tuesdays

You can take a blow like never before. A fall. A sudden jolt. What would once hospitalize you, you hardly feel.

I’ve witnessed this again and again with myself as well as others. The fragility of aging is slowed to a halt, and reversed!

Getting lean and fit and buff looks good, feels good. I’d even go so far as to say you can’t be happy without it. It’ll carry you a long way into old age, and give you a good time along the way.

You may say, hey my top priority is stretching right now, then come to yoga with Ian tonight. You’ll be glad you did! Or maybe you’re rightfully concerned about that ballooning gut. Come to Abs Class this Saturday.

Ciao, Pietro (my alter-ego)

petergault.ca

 

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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

petergault.ca

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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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