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
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
Thickening with age isn’t inevitable. However you get your cardio, though tennis or hockey, or even Abs Class, isn’t going to completely undo this tendency. You have to get a handle on your diet. And when you lose the handle. You have to find it again.
I believe the body needs to be empty from top to bottom for an extended period every day. The entire length of the alimentary canal. Nothing in the stomach or bowel. It gives your organs an opportunity to shrink back to normalcy, undoing years and eventually decades of being stretched and over-taxed.
This is powerful information if you ask me. It unlocks the wisdom of the ages. It expands life expectancy. You feel good in your bathing suit again. Your body wants to do it once it starts. Every day you struggle with this a little bit. Just like you struggle on the bike, matt, bench.
And if you do, you’ll get the body you’ve always dreamt of. And more years to enjoy it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching yoga has had the unintended consequence of enriching all of my other classes. Spin, Abs, Weight-lifting. And it has enhanced my personal training, too. It’s taken everything to a whole new level.
The reason? Not only does it give you more tools in your exercise toolkit, but it brings out a more conscious meditative perspective to any and all workouts. And grounds you and brings you back to reality, your breath.
The penchant for restorative poses and extended strategic stretches is calming to the nervous system. Or should be. Yes, your hips, hamstrings, lower back, primary and secondary muscles, regaining and retaining youthful pliability.
I leave the subtle muscle groups to Ian:) He could charm the birds from the trees. Come bask in the glow of his warmth tonight, and benefit from the breadth and depth of his knowledge of yoga in all its genres and manifestations.
Last week of classes before our vacation. Congratulations, my dear friends and neighbours, you’ve got a whole week off. Do something, will you, a plank a day, pigeon, touch your toes… next class after this weekend is Weight-lifting Tuesday on April 9.
You probably noticed this hunky guy in the front row at Abs Class.
One of the initial recruits from Spin Class at Systems Fitness, Owen has always been supportive of what we do here at Studio 2388. Even trudging through the snow on blisteringly cold nights for Weight-lifting Tuesdays. After a long days work. That’s right, he often walks all the way from the Queensway.
We respect his dedication. And appreciate his good-natured companionship. He’s one of the few who keeps pace every step of the way. Even those nasty modifications to the plank, making an already painful situation even more agonizing. He’s learned to love that sweet agony. And makes abs work a priority along with cardio, strength training, and stretching when he can and has to.
Owen, leg-and-glut dominate through genetics, has begun to develop a powerful upper body to go with the lower. The two of us are neck-and-neck on the squat rack. Doing squats alone is not ideal. It’s safer, and certainly more fun, under the encouragement and watchful eye of a spotter. That friendship becomes part of the reason you get there.
If alone be conservative, and drop weight in favour of more reps. Know your limit, and stay well within it. It happens, knees buckle. You can lurch forward or back. Better just to do other things until you have that person to back you up. Taking precautions is why I’ve had remarkably few injuries in my classes over the years and decades, touch wood. And the injuries have been just the normal minor pulls and strains you recover from quickly.
Owen lives with his wife, Vicky, and his two beautiful kids. He coaches his ten-year-old son’s hockey at George Bell, conveniently. And his daughter, Sydney, 12, with her natural athletism, has even joined his father for Abs Class on occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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 epiphany 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 put 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:)
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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