Category Archives: Globe & Mail

The Globe and Mail: How to transition from the treadmill to running outside

Do you always run on a treadmill? Are you thinking about running outside and / or training for a fall race? Races don’t typically occur on a treadmill….so make sure to do some running outside in preparation! READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Aerial yoga is a fun and novel workout, but it has the potential for injury

These Toronto aerial-yoga joints mix things up with body-suspending ‘silks,’ but it will only be fun if you survive injury-free. READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Making land-based training a friend to water-based athletes

Mastering a sport – the formation of athletic flow – requires practice. The brain needs to adapt to specific motions, environments and skills inherent to the activity. READ NOW

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The Globe and Mail—Sweat Test: Martial arts-based workouts require investing your time and body

If becoming a sweaty mess by kneeing, punching and kicking (barefoot) is your idea of a good time, there are innumerable martial arts-based workouts to try. READ MORE

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Globe and Mail: Sweat Test – Outdoor boot camps are fun, but may not be the ideal workout

If training outside sounds appealing, you are in luck – outdoor boot camps are a summer staple. Watch for flyers around your neighbourhood or Google events in local parks. I ran, jumped, squatted and – of course – worked up … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: This summer, get in shape before getting back in the game

With the warmer weather, we are tempted to jump back into summer ball sports – basketball, soccer, softball etc. It’s great to get back outside, but too often we dive in with inappropriate vigour and intensity. We dangerously base what … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Effective stretching is key to your workout success

Too often, individuals are given the advice, “Don’t forget to stretch” – as if stretching is both a monolithic category of movement and uniformly positive. Both assumptions are overly simplistic and potentially dangerous. READ NOW

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The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Aquafit may be a low-impact exercise, but it’s far from relaxed

Read more to find out if Aquafit is for YOU! Remember….try everything till you find a workout that works!! Yes….movement is a non-negotiable…..but the way you move is up to you! READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Pilates a great workout for your mind and body

Do you want to de-stress and improve your balance, core strength, functional fitness and mobility? Pilates might be for you. A review of a Pilates mat class is long overdue; it is hard to find a facility that doesn’t offer … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Ditch this outdated upper-body exercise in 2017

Just because an exercise is an “oldie” does not automatically mean it is a “goodie” 🙂 The new year is commonly a time of renewed – if often briefly – dedication to fitness. The gym floor becomes inundated with members … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: A key fitness component often overlooked: balance

A well-rounded fitness routine typically includes three main pillars: cardio (walking, biking, etc.), strength (using machines, dumbbells, bands, etc.) and flexibility (stretching, yoga, etc.) Balance should be considered the fourth pillar – a “non-negotiable” component of every regimen.  READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Hot yoga has health benefits, but it’s not for everyone

Hot Yoga is NOT my “exercise bliss”….but maybe it is yours?? If you want to improve your flexibility and can tolerate heat – and you’re not pregnant and don’t have high blood pressure, a heart condition, osteoporosis or a disc issue … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: CrossFit is intense, competitive, demanding and not for every ‘body’

Boredom is the kiss of death when it comes to exercise! Need some fitness motivation? Try a new workout 🙂 Maybe CrossFit is your exercise bliss! Yay for fitness fun!! READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Going away for the holidays doesn’t have to mean missing your workout

Being away from home and not having equipment is not a reason – at least not a good one – to skip your workout. An effective training session is always possible. You just need motivation and a strategically packed suitcase. … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: A gear guide for exercising at home

For long-term health success you need to find a workout that is both convenient and enjoyable (or at least palatable) so that you will do it consistently. READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Four tips for helping a loved one make healthier choices

I am really proud of my recent Health Advisor column. One of my favourite quotes had to be cut for space….originally the column included the following – “As Dr. Fordyce, a seminal thinker in cognitive behavioural theory, pain management and … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail: SWEAT TEST—Intense, frenetic Lagree classes: ‘Fast results’ or fast injuries?

A big “thank you” to my dad and sister for sweating through a Lagree fitness class with me! Loved that I got to workout, research a column, AND have awesome family time! Win / Win? Win !! READ MORE

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Globe and Mail: Gravity machine mixes weight training and Pilates for full-body workout

The Gravity machine is like a cousin to the Pilates Reformer. Like the Reformer, the Gravity machine consists of a moving platform (which you can kneel on or lie on face up, sideways or face down) sandwiched between a foot … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Kettlebell-only workouts offer intense full-body challenge

I love that trying a kettlebell class is part of my job and that I have a friend who is willing to sweat through a workout with me! Thank you Bang fitness for having us, and thank you Em for … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Five reasons to never do crunches again

Ditch crunches..try some planks instead!! Loved filming this recent series of videos in my studio!! Crunches are a staple of abdominal workouts, but do the results match the reputation? Personal trainer Kathleen Trotter is here to dispel the crunches myth … Continue reading

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