Here’s how to start working out again after a break

Here’s a little secret of mine about being a personal trainer: Despite fitness being at the centre of my world, I’m a fairly unimpressive physical specimen. I’m not particularly strong, not exceptionally fast, not genetically gifted in any way. In fact, I’m not even that hard of a worker in the gym. One thing I … Read more

Changing up your fitness routine can help revive that faded passion

Chris Lavoie works out with weights while his partner Elise Sanderson does squats during a fitness class at the 416 Fitness Club on Feb. 2.Fred Lum/the Globe and Mail It’s been said familiarity breeds contempt. I’m not sure this is entirely true, but in the gym, where repetition is the rule of law, this adage … Read more

How to get the most out of your workouts if you don’t have a trainer

Rather than waste your time and energy on useless exercises and training fads, learn how to structure your own workouts for maximum efficiency.Cameron Prins/iStockPhoto / Getty Images A big part of being a personal trainer is making decisions – which exercises, how many sets, how many reps and in what particular order – so my … Read more

Stretching has legitimate benefits – they’re just not the ones you assume

Stretching may be more key to recovery than performance, personal trainer Paul Landini writes.Cat London For me one of the major take-aways of the COVID-19 pandemic is that reaching a consensus among industry professionals is about as easy as climbing the CN Tower blindfolded and with one hand tied behind your back. Nowadays even basic … Read more

Forget the slogans and be sensible when resistance training

“No pain, no gain.” “Go hard or go home.” “Train insane or remain the same.” The number of stupid clichés in the fitness world is almost endless. While their intent is to inspire, I’ve yet to meet a single soul who felt uplifted or encouraged by these baseless platitudes. Instead, what happens is the exact … Read more