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Turning The Corner With Therapeutic Back Exercises

Richard’s stoicism and uncomplaining nature belies a persistent back condition that has trouble him for 18 whole years. Everything decision we make is informed by the state his spine and lower lumbar. For either his primary, secondary, or tertiary muscles.

As a client, Richard is relatively new. But not as a friend. It’s better to deliver results than lofty promises, or create false hope. However, the best thing for post-injury arthritis, or arthritis in general, is the proper exercise. Exercise is the miracle drug. Along with muscle-heating cream, hot tub, butt-warmer in the car, passive therapies such as message  or chiropractic adjustment, whatever else.

The passive therapies only matter if you do the active therapies, I say. Dramatic improvements are attainable. Some of you reading this, clients of mine, have seen dramatic improvement in overcoming back, knee, hip problems, especially after surgery. These powerful transformations are a re-learning process for tendons and bones.

Richard is already finding an improvement in his mobility, at least for the day of his workout if not beyond. He is a morning-person. I train him first thing because that’s what works best for him and his particular malady. We adapt therapeutic back exercises to fit Richard’s unique needs, and those exercises morph again in response to the evolution his body is undergoing

Every hour, timed with precision, conscientious hard-work  IMG_9435professionals like Richard should lie down on the floor for a “quickie” yogic stretching routine. And more importantly, an entire hour workout focused on your priorities, weaknesses, ailments, areas of neglect. And on your strengths too. Don’t let a bad back deprive you of beautifully defined legs, for example. And the benefit of being sturdy on your feet.

The first step to fixing whatever it is, is getting your butt over here.

Cao, Pietro

 

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Waiting For The Signs

Tanya is back to personal training after the lock-down. She’s been keeping up with cardio and stretching, but the missing link is resistance training.

Nothing more effective for sculpting the body than weight-lifting. The impact is felt immediately. Results are dramatic, tangible, and clearly visible. You can focus on your weaknesses and hit those targeted areas. You know where those places are, if you are a woman or a personal trainer who has spent a big chunk of his life training women.
Tanya is no newbie. She’s dedicated to her workout. And knows more about what she needs and doesn’t need than most. She’s been training with me and coming to my classes for about, let’s see,14 years I’d say.
tanya blog picI started training her at a neighbourhood gym way back in the day. Only to discover she just bought a house just down the street from the house I just bought. It was meant to be. She’s been supportive of me from the beginning. And I appreciate it.
Over the years it’s naturally evolved that my regulars have become close friends. I’m truly blessed to work with and for people I really really like. Who I enjoy talking to and hanging with even outside the studio.   
Personal Training isn’t just about good company. It’s about perfecting form to minimize risk of injury and maximize effectiveness. Doing squats in a way that protects a vulnerable back. Barbel curls and bench press and especially squats gives you a heart strength you don’t get from cardio. Enjoying doing it is half the battle. 
Classes, like the world itself, are hanging in limbo right now. But that will change sooner than you think, in my opinion, Much sooner. So don’t be surprised, be ready. I’m waiting for the signs. In the meantime, try Personal training. I’ll wear my mask.
Ciao, Pietro
 
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Personalizing Personal Training

Personalizing Personal Training
Personalizing Personal Training
Just the presence of an objective eye makes all the difference. Don’t waste your time; fast-track results. And enjoy doing it. Take the stagnation, futility and boredom out of your workout.
 
Nothing feels more rewarding than boosting your health. And enhancing your physical appearance and even your sex appeal in the process. Your personal trainer provides what is needed, fills in the gaps. Discipline, structure, motivation, encouragement, safety, creative problem solving, injury rehabilitation, strategies to promote cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, and vitality… These are the elements of Personal Training.   
 
Personal training is safer than classes. I wear a mask (you don’t have to). I’m committed to getting tested every other week (I have to for my mother anyways). Weights, etcetera, are vigorously sanitized between clients. 
 
Personal Training is back in September. Classes commence mid-September. An announcement is forthcoming.
 
Ciao,
Señor Pietro
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Battling Complacency

We’re going to hold off on the Workout At The Park. Let’s keep it at home for now.

Find ways to give yourself the optimum amount, and optimum diversity, of exercise. Whatever way you can manage to do it, whatever works for you, Classes are one. Hockey night, bonding with your grandson on the golf course, charity bike-rides with friends.

Squating With Jackfruit
Squating With Jackfruit
Being active in life is one way. But that alone won’t get you there. To a place of unwinding the biological time clock, defying the aging process. The body is capable of miraculous regeneration, I believe. You’ve seen this in people who maintain a profession-athlete level of fitness throughout their life. You look at them and think, holy cow how is that even possible! 
My job is to remind you it is possible. It’s absolutely possible. Another aspect to increasing longevity and quality of life, in my opinion, is being empty for an extended period of time during the day or night. This emptiness of the bowels, the stomach, the entire alimentary canal, is the secret sauce. Some call it Intermittent Fasting.    
See you tonight for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm, on Facebook Live. And Saturday Abs Class.
Hasta luego!
Pietro
 
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The New Normal

Online Lock-down Classes
Online Lock-down Classes

Come join us for Friday Night Yoga with Dulce the cat. On Facebook Live at 730 pm. And again the next morning for the Battle of the Bulge, Saturday Abs Class, 10 am. Fix you back, decimate your muffin top.

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My Beautiful Friends

Come join us on Facebook Live tonight for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. And  tomorrow for Saturday Abs Class, 10 am. 

I integrate targeted stretching into my yoga classes. Without diminishing the meditative perspective.

Due to age and body type, perhaps, I require a concentrated effort on the spine, hips, hamstrings, knees, groin, etc.. I lure you in. You’re mood shifts. And together we apply that calm focused awareness into  areas of stubborn resistance.

Yoga is a ritual for getting out of your head. You may come for the de-stressing more than joint flexibility. At a time like this, stuck indoors, rituals for detaching from your thoughts are vital.Image (2)

Exercise is meditation. If you’re moving without awareness you’re really just going through the motions.

Getting stiff? Come to Facebook Live for Friday Night Yoga, 730 pm. Getting big in the belly even though you couldn’t possibly be pregnant? Come to Saturday Abs Class, 10 am.

Yes, my router finally came. The wifi is better than ever.

Ciao, Pietro

 

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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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Classes Going Online

Yes, yes, I hear yah. Classes are going online.

As of this Saturday, March 28th @ 10 am EST Live on Facebook. Abs Class is free… So if you haven’t already set up your at-home workout space now’s the time. A laptop connected to your TV would be ideal. Or just a computer position on the floor so you can see it from the your mat. Or prop up an IPad.
 Equipment-wise only a mat is required. If you have a dumbbell keep it handy but its not necessary. Abs Class usually includes 3 sets of squats but instead we’ll be doing Isometric Lunges. The smoothie afterwards is up to you.
 
And we will battle the bulge. All that comfort food is starting to show. Time to do something about it.
 
Any questions don’t hesitate to ask. 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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