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The Importance of Outdoor Play

By Kevin Hirose – BHK, CSCS

Summer is in full swing and what are your kids doing? Or if you do not have kids then what are your nieces and nephews or the neighbourhood kids doing? Are they playing video games or watching TV inside the house or playing outside? If they spend most of their day in front of an electronic screen, then it is time to change their habits now.

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How Much Alcohol is Okay?

Alcohol is a regular part of peoples’ lives not just in North America but in many parts of the world.  But a few questions that many of you are probably asking are, “Should I quit drinking?” or “How much alcohol is acceptable/healthy?”. It may not be as simple as black and white or good vs bad.  This article by Precision Nutrition is quite long so if you are looking for strategies to figure out what is best for you, you will find them at the end of the article.  But I recommend you do at least a quick scan of the whole article since there is much useful information.

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Introducing the New Assistant Coach

By Kevin Hirose – BHK, CSCS

Until now, it has always been just Victor and I coaching at Apex the Gym (Apex Strength & Conditioning Inc).  But we knew at some point we would have to hire staff, especially when we became busier and needed someone to cover vacations and such.  Enter Karen Tam…

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EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!

Here is a very infographic from Precision Nutrition on ways to help prepare your veggies to make them easier to eat and even tasty!  Precision Nutrition is an excellent source of nutrition information for the average person and a great resource for trainers/coaches on their clients’ basic nutritional component, which is sometimes overlooked.

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Tough Mudder Whistler 2017

Tough Mudder Whistler is in exactly 2 months – Here is a link to the Tough Mudder website for more information and registration and a link to a previous blog entry about Tough Mudder.

https://toughmudder.com/events/2017-whistler

Tough Mudder

 

Blog Series – Train Like an Athlete? “Varying Training Intensity”

By Kevin Hirose – BHK, CSCS

Training requires a minimal intensity (for the particular individual) in order to reap any benefits or gains.  This means that the body and/or nervous system must be overloaded or pushed beyond a certain point for adaptation to occur.  This goes back to the whole “recovery/regeneration” entry a while back, which stated that after a workout or exercise stimulus the human movement system requires recovery in order to see those adaptations.  However, taking a step back, the body must Read More

How to Deal with New Year’s Resolutions

By Kevin Hirose – BHK, CSCS

First of all, Happy New Year!  Allow me to begin the year by discussing New Year’s Resolutions.  For most people, it is a time to change bad habits and begin or increase good ones but the problem is that most people are not specific enough in their path to follow that change.  They do not set specific enough

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Don’t Beat Yourself up Over the Holidays

By Kevin Hirose – BHK, CSCS

I’m going to keep this brief and to the point.  December is a busy month: the shopping, the planning, the dinners, the parties, etc.  So inevitably your workouts and training may suffer or even become non-existent because of the lack of time and energy.  Some people actually feel guilty and become stressed when they cannot exercise as much as they normally do.  My advice is don’t beat yourself up over it; it’s not worth it!

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Blog Series – Train Like an Athlete? “Injury Prevention via Proper Warm-up”

By Kevin Hirose – BKin, CSCS

INJURY PREVENTION Via Proper Training Preparation (warm-up)

Injury prevention is an ambiguous term. What does it mean exactly?  It often depends on who you ask. One person may say proper movement mechanics. Another would say doing “corrective exercise” does it. And another may say something like “avoid the activities or movements that increase risk of injury”. Anyway, my take on the subject is that it is a combination of many things but what you need to understand is that some injuries cannot be prevented no matter is done in training and in competition; it is part of the game. The key is to decrease the likelihood and the severity of injury.

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Blog Series – Train Like an Athlete? “Be Realistic and Rotate”

By Kevin Hirose – BKin, CSCS

Set Realistic Training Goals and Rotate Them Periodically

Firstly, choose clear and specific fitness and/or performance goals, if possible.  If you are not training for anything specific such as a sporting event or physical challenge it can be a bit tricky to figure out.  If you are unsure of which goal or goals to target, attain the help of a qualified health professional such as strength coach or personal trainer if they are more fitness and performance-based goals or a physician if they more health-related goals to help you determine them.

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