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Enhancing Your Suppleness

Long lingering passive poses that meaningfully expand the range of our flexibility, is the strategy for tonight’s Yogic Stretches.16427228_10210293658090711_8184950558979733432_n

Opening up the hips, bringing back youthful pliability to the spine. Dispelling the  rigidity that makes injury inevitable.

Fluidity, mobility is the objective. Not jacking up the heart-rate,  or straining the muscle . All that we can put aside for now.

This is a pleasurable process. And yet deeply healing.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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Having A Cesarean – Breaching The Abs

In local parlance, “having a cesarean” is a reference to The Roll Bar. Or the sensation in your gut the next morning after multiple sets of the exercise seen below.

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The Roll Bar

 

Feels like a lateral incision cross the gut. You think, What the… heck? Who gave me a cesarean in my sleep? How could it be? Aren’t I a maaaan!

You won’t do this workout on your own. Nobody will. You need motivation. You need the support of the collective will. Or better still personal training to get you going safely at your own level.

Round one: 5 reps, hold for 10 seconds at nadar

Round two: 10 reps, hold for 5 secs at nadar

Round three: 30 reps, done quickly without hesitating at the bottom

Ian tonight at yoga. Abs tomorrow at 10 am. Ciao, Pietro

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Mixed Bag

Circuit Training is a one-size-fits all set of exercises, which involves hopping from one station or machine to the next.

It’s a good access point for newbies. And often appeals to people who have been restricted to one discipline. like say spin only, or only yoga. And recognize a need to  expand their repertoire.front of house

Although useful for a period of time the results are superficial.  It’s viable as a precursor to a more impactful personalized workout strategy.

Yoga tonight with Ian. Ciao, PietroIan yoga 1

 

 

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Sculpting Epic Glutes

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Maritere doing BARBELL HIP THRUST, 85-pounder 3 sets x 10 reps

Some seem to think their intellect is what matters. Nothing could be further from the truth. The intellect is pretty much a useless mechanism.

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Voila :)

Vastly more interesting are the glutes. A gorgeous butt, trust me, is  a more persuasive and influential way to win friends and influence people.

And they hold you up! They have a practical application. The glutes are where your thrust comes from, not your intellect. They give you stability, power, security…

So shut up and squat:) Ciao, Pietro

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Boosting Your Immunity

You don’t need supplements in the summer. Just eat well and exercise regularly. But in the winter your immunity system needs extra help.vitamin-d-supplements

Right now I’m taking Omega-3 oil jell-caps.  And Vitamin D drops. Liquid form! And Vitamin C used strategically.  Right now in powder form, mixed in a glass of water. And a Vitamin B shot at my yearly doctor’s appointment.

Friday Yoga with Ian this week. And Saturday Abs. And don’t forget about Weight-lifting Tuesdays.

Ciao, Pietro

 

 

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Getting It Back Saturday

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Survival should be at the top of the list.

Start with getting rid of those extra pounds. Strengthening your heart, fixing your knees and lower back to maintain vital mobility. Improve your overall fitness.

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Sat Abs Roller

Health is the only currency that really matters. All the wealth, all the real estate in the world, means nothing in comparison.  And vanity itself is a beautiful thing if it motivates you to do the right thing.

No classes till this Saturday, the 31st. Come undo those extra pounds with the rest of us. Or email me for personal training and we’ll do it privately.

Ciao, Pietro

 

 

 

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Yes We’re Open To The Bitter End

Cold weather is an assault on the body.

All of your latent weaknesses and foibles come to the fore. Weight-loss or gain, arthritic knee, plantar fasciitis, hemorrhoids, irritable bowl … whatever it is.4ef7bee72252c69cab82d30cdd2f3c60

Finish the year with an honest effort. And during the break reflect on where you want to go with with your body. Take a fresh approach.  Deal with the top priority head-on.

At Panacea Studio, we offer a selection of classes you won’t get anywhere else. Saturday Abs was popular from the start. Who isn’t somewhat concerned about the size of their gut?

Weight-lifting Tuesday is structured around 5 sets of squats done the proper way. And 5 sets of bench press for the upperbody. You won’t find a class like this anywhere.

773946__yoga-cat_pCome linger with us… this Friday at Yogic Stretches. This is about moving slowly, lowering the heart rate, and luxuriating in long lingering stretches that just plan feel-good.  And expanding your limits.

Merry Christmas, Pietro

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Outside The Box

Yogic Stretches slows movement to a crawl, and holds poses longer.  For 3 to 5 minutes as in Yin Yoga.

Thereby pushing and expanding the boundaries of your flexibility, without diminishing the relaxation component. More of what actually works, and feels good, and less redundant activity that gets the hearts pounding.

Less truly is more. After all, it is78027373 the end of a long week, Friday night. If you want to get your heart pounding there are plenty of other classes you can take, like Abs, Weight Lifting, Spin.

Significant improvement in flexibility manifests itself. And a lowering of blood pressure. Yoga is also about teaching your body to literally unwind. And that involves getting the mind in the right place too.

Last week’s theme was thinking “outside the box.” Come see what the theme is this Friday,

Ciao, Pietro

 

 

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Training Your Kids

For 2 months in the summer, I trained my oldest son, Javier. He was 13 at the time.

15181321_10209723128827836_7024859187086272296_nThis was his first year of high school. He joined the weight-lifting club. The teacher instructing the class told everyone not to bench press more than 40 lbs.

Javi told the teacher he could press 85 lbs 10 times. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen, she laughed. None of the kids could even lift the 40 pounder once.

Finally, with a proper spotter, Javi was allowed to show what he could do. Nobody could even believe it. Suddenly, his confidence is growing, as is his reputation. And that bully who was hounding him, has long-since run for cover.

Damn, am I good.15232160_10209723145588255_6761710729819626834_n

In a household that revolves around exercise, he’s going to get a heck of an education on yoga, cardio, abs. The studio is on the main floor, so there’s no escape…

Come check out the environment. See if it inspires you.

Ciao, Pietro

 

 

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Stretching & Strengthening

Injuries are our bodies way of communicating its needs. If we spend all waking hours fixing our house, or working, no wonder our physical issues begin to mount.78027373

 

What good is a perfectly renovated house if we don’t have a properly functioning body to put in it? Getting our priorities straight comes first.

A breakdown in one part body often (almost always) leads to a chain-reaction. For example, a bum right knee causes a limp that hurts the other knee… or a groin-pull leads to a tear in the pelvis, which causes a further 13438979_10208488891212667_2215742238685015285_nproblem on that side of the body.

My job is to show you how to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the injury. This is a delicate art. Often you have to dance around the problem before dealing with it directly. And you have to work on the whole body because everything is connected.

Shoot me an email. Let me know your issues. I can help.

Ciao, Pietro

petergault.ca

 

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