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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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Bikini Season

Bikini season is around the corner.  Or should I say Brazilian Thong Season?  How are you feeling about your body?candice-swanepoel-stills-in-bikini-at-a-beach-in-brazil-2017-12-22-07

The body tends to insulate in cold weather. It gets flabby, pasty. You avoid displaying your body publicly. You don’t go near the beach, pool, hot tub, undermining your enjoyment of life.

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Unless, of course, you’re been coming to Abs Class religiously. In which case you’re significantly better off. You tend towards your optimum. You may still need to darken, tweak your diet to get at those hard-to-get at places.

And as vain as that might be, there’s nothing like it for your confidence.  And your health. So be vain. Join us for Saturday Abs Class.

And Friday Night yoga, Weightlifting Tuesdays.

Ciao, Pietro

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Back For More

It’s amazing the jolt you get from a week of relaxation in the sun. Physically, mentally, in terms of your immune system, you feel like you have almost supernatural endurance.

Provided, of course, you’re coming out a vigorous daily regiment of workout classes and exercise. If you’re a fitness instructor vacations are a time to step off the hamster wheel. And the energy usually reserved for repairing the body floods back into the reserve bank.

You come back stronger. Look at Sidney Crosby’s triumphant return from injury this season. He’s on fire from the rest he was forced to Sidneytake. So much so his team goes a winning streak. One year he won the Stanley Cup due to a timely injury, teeing him up for the playoffs.

Not to suggest I’m Sidney Crosby. Though the similarities are obvious:) All the best developments in my game have come directly following a break in the fray, and returning with a fresh perspective.

Come re-create yourself tonight at Weight-lifting Tuesdays. Don’t forget Friday Night Yoga, you need that. Make the most neglected part of you body the primary focus @ Saturday Abs.

Ciao, Pietro

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Starting Back Up

Classes are back with Abs on Saturday, Sept 14, 10 am.

Abs Class flattens the stomach, strengthens the back. And obliterated love handles and muffin IMG_0537tops. You won’t find a core workout which leaves an imprint like this. It includes the most important exercise on earth, squats.

Weight-lifting Tuesdays re-commences Sept 17, 730 pm. Once again, this class fills a gap I didn’t see anywhere else. Put simply, squats and bench press. And whatever else is required. It’s also an opportunity to get a little personalized training from yours truly.DSC_0469

This yoga class a wonderful way to wind down from your busy week! We don’t try to make yoga into strength training, or a cardio class. We already do all that. Yoga is about slowing down, quieting the mind, and having a pleasurable stretch which fixings so many issues in the body.

We finish all the classes with one of the most delicious, healthiest smoothies you’ve ever had in your life. That alone is worth the price of admission.IMG_0536

Please check-in if you’re coming, or even if you’re not.

Ciao, Pietro (otherwise known as Peter)

 

 

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In Summer, Getting Serious About Diet

Allow the heat and humidity to quell your appetite. The weather itself will help shrink the hunger. Trimming pounds in the summer is easier than winter.

I don’t subscribe to what people say about fruit. Who lump it in with processed sugar.  I believe fruit is a wonderful tool for weight loss. Packed with electrolytes. It digests effortlessly. And it’s the best hydration on earth, better than water.

More importantly, make sure to fast a little every day. Whether you

Just PT till Sept
Just PT till Sept

prefer the evening or morning or mid-day, stretch the period of time you go without food a little. Just like you stretch yourself on the matt, or push yourself to the next level with benchpress or squats.

No more clases till September! Yoga, Abs and Weight Lifting classes are down for the season.

Still open for the business with Personal Training. Ciao, Pietro

 

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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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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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