Don’t Limit Your Results

Many years ago when I got started as a fitness coach I made a huge mistake. Now it wasn’t anything related to technique where somebody got hurt. And it wasn’t an inappropriate comment or action that I made. Instead it was more of a case of something I didn’t do.

Set Your Mind for Success

Recently I was making my way through the interior of BC giving presentations at conferences and corporate functions. And there was a message that came through with all the presentations which  only seemed appropriate to include here as well.

Amazing Results for Darlene Sunderland

Hey! How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well as I’ve got a great success story to share with you. This story is about Darlene Sunderland and she has realized some amazing results over the last bit with her training.

3 Ways to Have More Fitness Support

Remember back when you were in school? Maybe you’re still in school and this is very familiar. But for those of us that aren’t going to school anymore we’ll have particular memories.

Has Your Fitness Training Plateaued? 5 Tips to Try

So how’s it going with your training?

Are you dropping 5-10 lbs every month?

Or have you increased your deadlift 10 lbs every month for a while now?

Is your joint function and mobility getting better every month?

3 Conditions for Every Workout

So we’re into the second half of 2011. We’ve celebrated all the North American independence days and summer is in full swing.

Are you where you want to be?

Have you lost 1/2 the weight you wanted to this year?

Or are you half way to your strength goal?

How’s the rehab on that injury coming along?

 

2 Fixes to Getting the Fitness Results You Want

Do you know the following people?

The ones who complain about nutrition and exercise not working for them. That they have tried everything under the sun when it comes to workout routines or dietary changes. But for whatever reason they don’t get results.

And they’ll state emphatically it has nothing to do with their approach or their dedication. They are just different.

You know the type of people I’m talking about?

5 Benefits of Eating Beans & Lentils

How was your weekend? We had a great one out here in the Okanagan Valley. Some beautiful weather combined with a birthday bbq, a Canucks playoff game and lots of work getting the facility ready.

Regarding the facility…you’re going to love it! It’s a great open space, centrally located with some fun and interesting training equipment. We will have a full line of competition kettlebells (up to 48 kg!) and more squat racks and platforms that anywhere in town. Kind of makes me laugh when you think our training facility will be ahead of all the big-box gyms on day 1 in this area.

But anyways, that’s not what I wanted to share with you today. Instead I wanted to talk a little about time and results.

Two things that we always wish we had more of. Not many people I know or work with go around saying ‘I just have so much free time’. Instead they are always looking for ways to be more efficient, get more done and enjoy life.

Going hand in hand with having more time is the goal of seeking better results. If we are pressed for time we know that can’t afford to waste time on anything. We have to have  a system in place that allows us the opportunity to apply the best information in the best way possible.

And sometimes we need to find ways to steal some time here and there.

Because finding an extra 30 minutes during your day could be the difference between getting a workout and not.

It could be the difference between moving you closer to your goal or not.

Think about all the meals you have to plan out, shop for, prepare and then eat during week.

Then throw in multiple family members, food preferences, travel and varying schedules and it can sometimes seem like too much.

So I love it when there is something that makes everything a little easier for us. Something that buys us a little time. And moves us closer to our goal.

This something is eating peas and lentils.

What? How is eating a particular food supposed to save me time? How will this help realizing my goal more of a reality.

Here’s how.

Part of the preparation for many beans and lentils is to soak them. And the nice thing about soaking these foods is that it doesn’t require heat or your attention.

So you can simply fill a pot with them and sleep on it. The next day you can drain the water and use the beans and lentils for a variety of recipes and uses from soups, to chilis or as a side with with your rice and protein.

Additional benefits

Besides being easy to prep beans and lentils are great because:

Benefit #1 – They are a good source of protein.

Benefit #2 – They are high in fibre.

Benefit #3 – They are low in sugar, cholesterol and sodium.

Benefit #4 – They are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and a couple of the B vitamins.

Benefit #5 – The water taken up during soaking reduces the energy density, meaning fewer calories are consumed.

Add to all these benefits the fact that beans and lentils are relatively inexpensive and store well and you’ve got a great food to add to your shopping list.

If you’re not already in the habit of eating beans & lentils give them a try. And if you are let me know what your favourite way of eating them is.

Your coach,

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

Great Group Fitness Training Offer!

Sometimes I wonder how the big box commercial gyms stay in business?

What I mean by that is their focus doesn’t seem to be about getting you results. Which is what it should be, don’t you think?

I mean I’m sure there are some interesting people you see when you go workout. And they have some neat machines. And you can watch your favourite talk show will riding the bike.

It’s all very convenient and comfortable.

But is it about getting you results? The best results? In the shortest amount of time possible?

The sad truth is that it probably isn’t.

Why do I say this?

Because most gyms have owners or managers that don’t work out themselves. They don’t outfit their gyms in a way that provides the best opportunity for you to:

* rehab your painful knee you hurt in college

* improve your performance in your golf game

* lose the 3-5 lbs a year that has slowly been creeping up over the years

Don’t believe me?

Answer the following.

Do any of the management or owners at your gym know where you are at with your training? Do they know what your goals are? Do they know what is working for you and what isn’t?

Probably not. So how are they going to help you get to your goal in the safest, most efficient way possible?

So what is the solution?

You need to have a system where you are applying the best information to ellicit the best response from your body when you workout.

You need to have the guidance to know when corrective exercise is benefiting you and when it is simply reinforcing poor movement patterns (it’s true…many people have good intentions to fix their bodies and unknowingly apply the information incorrectly).

You need to know that there are better ways of doing things that don’t necessarily have to involve more work and harder work.

Hey! I’ll admit…if there’s an easier way to get things done I’m all for it. I hate spinning my wheels and feeling like I just wasted my time on something.

On the other hand I just love it when I find a new way of doing something that saves me time and gets me to the end result sooner.

And that’s what I want to share you our Group Fitness Training.

What is Group Fitness Training?

These are our specially designed workouts that take you step-by-step from warm-up, through corrective exercise, core stability, strength exercise, energy system development and finishing off with our total recovery and cool down.

But don’t confuse these training sessions with other imitations. With our group training you receive:

* Pre-programmed, Periodized Workouts We build you up slowly over the course of the training (as opposed to winging it and not planning out the program from day 1).

* Specialized Coaching You absolutely need to know the absolute best way to perform a drill or exercise. We understand everyone learns differently and so we use a variety of demos, cues, analogies and hands-on correction to drill the point home.

* Regressions & Progressions You are at a different fitness level from the person training beside you. Why are you doing the exact same drills that they are? We are able to modify almost everything so you don’t feel over or underwhelmed.

* Purposeful Exercise Selection Push ups are a great exercise. But maybe you shouldn’t do them everyday. And you might have issues with your low back, wrists or other joints that necessitates a different approach.

* Results Guaranteed How many big-box gyms guarantee whatever it is you sign up for? I have yet to see one. Why is that? I am so confident in our methods and approach that you cannot help but realize success when you apply them.

* Special Offer! The weather has definitely taken a turn here in Kelowna and it’s a great time to get in some training outdoors. So we’ve put together a great package for you. Choose from 2, 3 or 5 days per week of training from as low as $8 per session!

The details:

dates: June 6- June 30
times: 6 am or 930 am
location: Parkinson Rec Centre fields
investment:
$149 for 2d/week (Tues/Thurs)
$199 for 3d/week (Mon/Wed/Fri)
$249 for 5 d/week (Mon-Fri) best value

Early Registration Bonuses! Register by May 28 to receive these awesome bonuses.

Bonus #1 – Be one of the first to sign up and get the last few days of May included in your June registration at no extra cost.

Bonus #2 – Receive the 14 Day Fat Flush to give you the nutritional support you need during your training.

Bonus #3 – Receive a free Okanagan Peak Performance training shirt.

Bonus #4 – Attend our Saturday group workouts at no extra cost.

Space Limited! In order for us to do the best job possible we put limits on the numbers in each session. Register today to ensure your preferred training time does not get closed out.

To register make an email money transfer or through paypal. Make sure to specify your preferred days and times.

Or call us @ 250-212-2972.

Looking forward to kick starting your health and fitness for the summer.

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

Like a GPS for Your Fitness Training

Quick question…

How many of you like wasting your time?

Or how many of you don’t care about the results you get in life?

For example, do you invest in RRSPs or have a 401k? If so, then it probably matters to you how well your investments are growing and at what rate.

What about if your kids never had to take a test in school? And each year they simply advanced from one grade level to the next simply by showing up each day. Or even if they missed some school.

How would we know what skills they had learned? How would you know what careers would be the best fit for each of them?

This could become a little frustrating and confusing, don’t you think?

While these examples all seem a little rediculous it’s surprising how we can suspend this logic once we walk through the doors of our gym or fitness centre.

It’s as though are brains are zapped by some imaginary force when we walk in and we forget what we think about the value of assessments, testing and progress with everything else we do.

But sadly that’s often the rule rather than the exception.

Most people go to workout but don’t know where they are at in terms of:
* their movement quality
* their strength levels
* their fitness level
* their flexibility

Not to mention their weaknesses, their bilateral (side to side) differences and their ability to recover.

They are doing what for many people is actually the hardest thing about training which is simply to take action and show up.

So then they put in the time and effort. Old injuries flare up and new ones develop. And the gains may be so insignificant that it makes the individual question the whole process.

It’s like forgetting your GPS on a road trip.

I am so dependant on my GPS that I feel useless in a foreign city when I forget to bring it.

I feel like I am going the wrong way. I’m not sure if I’m reading the maps the right way. I know I am spending time and money and am sure I spinning my wheels.

And I’m probably no closer to my end destination.

But as soon as you put my GPS back in hands I:
* know where I am
* know the best way to get there
* know how long it will take
* can manage my resources (times & money) appropriately

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a GPS for your workouts?

Well there is.

And it’s available to you after you perform an assessment.

This assessment will tell you:
* your starting point
* the most effective path for you to take
* any oncoming problems that you’ll want to avoid
* how effective your training is
* how long your trip will take

Because failing to do an assessment can leave you putting in lots of time, money and effort with no indication of where you are going, at what rate you are moving and where you’ll end up.

If you feel like you’d benefit from a kinetic chain assessment send a reply and we can discuss this further.

Chris
okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’