Fitness advice from top local trainers!
Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 am
Our community is enriched with a diverse group of inspirational, educational and powerful personal trainers, group fitness/cross-fit instructors and a wide variety of coaches who all together have made a healthy and positive impact on the well-being of our community! As a personal trainer in the industry for the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know many of the highly educated, passionate, inspirational and motivating personal trainers that call Kelowna home! I feel so grateful to live in a community that puts such a high emphasis on health and well-being and draws in so many powerful fitness professionals that make such a difference in their client’s lives!
I have spent the past few years writing this column in hopes of educating readers on the simplistic steps for achieving a well-balanced, motivated and successful path to life-long health and fitness success! In my years of writing and training clients, I get to do what every other trainer loves to do… educate others! I am able to share my knowledge when answering the wide variety of daily questions I get ranging everywhere from nutrition, training techniques, injuries, exercise break downs and much more! Scrolling back through my columns you will notice that every aspect of fitness, nutrition, goals, mind-body connection, hydration and so many more topics have been written about! However, today I write to share the advice of other trainers in our community in hopes that another trainers' viewpoints may just make a difference to you and your needs!
I had the opportunity to get to know two specific trainers with whom I absolutely respect and value for their vast knowledge, outstanding training ethics and high energy! I knew they would be perfect to have share their top pieces of advice that they use personally for themselves and their clients… and now for you, the readers! Whether you are a beginner looking for any piece of advice that may just make the process seem easier, or and advanced exerciser who needs some information and inspiration, check out what these top trainers want you to learn!
Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Cross Fit Instructor
My specialties include strength and conditioning, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, mobility, nutrition, and Cross Fit. Although I am a Cross Fit coach, I am a Kinesiologist and trainer as well. I believe Cross Fit is great, but also have a wide skill set outside of the typical Cross Fit style training. I understand the demand for certain athletes are more specific than for our ‘generalists’ (those who do many physical endeavours but don’t necessarily specialize in a single one) and require precise programming and training.
The clients I have trained in the past include; the Junior Canadian Gymnastics Team, collegiate rugby players, collegiate basketball players, OHL/professional hockey player, MMA fighters, competitive Cross Fit athletes, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, military personnel and general fitness enthusiasts. I am a very positive, energetic, and enthusiastic person who enjoys training and seeking optimal performance in my clients.
- Emphasize form and technique over weight or reps! Proper execution of an exercise will produce far greater results and promote a safe and healthy body. It is a good idea to work with a qualified trainer, especially if you are new to exercise.
- Eat the right stuff - before, after, and all the time! It might take some tinkering and research to find out with works best for you, but food will make a significant difference in your results, recovery, and overall well-being.
- Do your mobility work! Don't expect to get strong through a certain range of motion if you have trouble moving through that range of motion. Squats, deadlifts, Olympic lifts are all fantastic exercises, however they require a great deal of mobility and core strength.
Owner, Director of Strength and Conditioning
Crash Conditioning BC, Shawn Stead Strength and Conditioning Inc.
Shawn’s education focused on the performance enhancement of athletes and has volunteered many hours with different university level athletic programs in both athletic therapy and strength and conditioning. His time spent with the US ski teams sport science division has allowed him to gain the practical knowledge and experience in the design and evaluation of yearly scientific testing and training programs for Olympic level athletes. Shawn has developed, consulted, coached and managed programs and organizations such as the Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Hockey Alberta, University of Lethbridge athletics/ high performance and other sporting organizations in Western Canada.
What to look for in a coach: It comes down to being present as a coach, watching your athletes daily, and monitoring their development. This may sound obvious but it’s the cold truth. Create a common sense program and rational implementation. When you have a solid methodology/philosophy that is proven and provides balance, then you can start pushing boundaries and challenge your clientele because they are ready for it... “Thank you DE.”
What I invest in: I'm active and want to be able to perform at the highest level I possibly can day to day. Hence I'm not afraid to spend good dollars of things that make the quality of my life better. Everyday we're talking about the type of pillow and sheets I have, the equipment I run, the meat I eat, the water I drink, the shoes I wear, the coffee I drink. I do the research and if I can't afford it, I wait until I can! If it’s going to make me feel better and allow the machine to run a little more efficiently - I'm in!
You want results: Consistency and Patience is the foundation for work, don't take short cuts! It's only pride and your ego so you should be able to handle things when it goes off the rails a bit.
Knowledge is power! Don’t forget to take the time every day to apply any new and beneficial information you have learned from Jesse and Shawn! Knowing what to do is just a small portion of the battle…. applying and maintaining focus, awareness and application is the key to success!
If you have any comments, questions or training inquiries, contact Kasie directly at [email protected] or 250-859-2431.
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