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Undiminished Functionality

The physical diminishment of aging is true if you believe it. People get the idea they should exercise less as they age, and these misconceptions become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

 Bodies become frail, rigid. Bellies balloon, muscles atrophy. The inevitable fall, and loss of mobility. These are the dismal consequences of neglecting the daily challenges the body requires for optimal functionality… for being a lazy-ass, in other words.
getting fitter with age
getting fitter with age
If you’re retired, no excuse. If you haven’t nurtured the habit of daily exercise, or whatever it is you think you’re doing is basically useless, or dangerous, it’s never too late to start doing the right things. If you’re rusty. Lost momentum. Need a kick start. Or a whole new approach.
Know your weaknesses. It’s always a good place to start. This is an adventure. You’ll mine the richest rewards. And know your strengths. Play offense too. Why not put a shine on your attributes?
A heart you can have confidence in. Uncomplaining joints. A clear head and a positive attitude.
You find yourself getting in better shape as you age.
Ciao, Pietro
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The Slow-walk

This is a yogic exercise. Walk as slow as you can. And then slow down even further. That’s the Jamaican slow-walk.

The objective is not to get from point A to B. But to luxuriate in the pure bliss of the movement itself. We lose sight of the big picture in our obsessive goal-orientated-ness. And the journey of life hurtles by so fast we don’t even get the chance to really appreciate it, which is tragic.

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Try this experiment, The Slow-walk. See how long you can sustain The Slow-walk. Five minutes? Fifteen seconds before you find yourself racing again? Incorporate The Slow-walk into everyday life.

Spin is about the cardiovascular benefits of speeding up. Yoga is about calming the nervous system by slowing down. Weight-lifting is about stability and power. Abs is sexy. And sure alleviates congestion in the organs.

The combination gives you supernatural powers.

See you in class! Pietro 

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Empowerment

The gluts are your money-maker. Not your intellect. Sorry to say.

Sometimes I like to joke with my wife, I married you for your butt. I’m a butt-man. Butts are my business. I’m a butt-expert. I can create the perfect butt with my personal training skills. And results come almost immediately.

But vanity isn’t the most important reason for doing squats. Nor the surge to your libido. The secret weapon to fixing lower back issues permanently, in my opinion, is the gluts. The lower body stabilizes, ensures your mobility into old age.

Maritere Doing Squats
Maritere Doing Squats

Not, however, without doing some form of yoga. As you strengthen, you have to do the stretching component. Do not gamble with this forever because sooner or later you will develop a chronic injury!

In yoga you practice de-stressing techniques while holding postures. And for many, if not most of the people who consistently show up for yoga it’s the process of calming the nervous that they keep coming back for. That’s what most of us, with our busy urban lives, really need.

Ian Tuning Up
Ian Tuning Up

Here at Studio 2388,  the atmosphere facilitates that experience. Which includes infrared heat, and a smoothie which is perhaps the healthiest thing you can put in your body, and everyone agrees is delicious.

Ian is teaching Friday Night Yoga. He will be back from his Yoga Retreat in the Dominican Republic. Come say hi. Relax, have an exquisite stretch.

Don’t forget The Free Spin at Generator this Monday, March 4, at 530 pm. My debut for a regular class going forward. No charge for mi amigos. Email me back to sign up.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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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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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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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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