Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me This wasn’t true in the school yard, and it’s not true now.…
How to start training if you have a history of injuries
We enjoy training pretty much everyone at Custom Strength, but if you were to ask what our specialty is, I’d probably say it’s training people…
I’m writing a book
You read it here first. I’m writing a book. The book is about training around injuries. So really, it’s pretty much sharing what me and…
Lockdowns serve up bitter lemons but also some lemonade
Arguably small business owners and those who work in the service industry have been dealt a tougher blow than most during this pandemic. I think…
Re-opening the gym
The Government of Ontario has announced a plan for businesses and services to start re-opening after being forced to close since mid-March. Gyms are not…
Can you exercise if you have an injury?
We know exercise is good for us and that we should all do it. But whatif we have an injury? It turns out that more…
MY FAVOURITE TRAINING TOOLS #10: The Sled
I love the sled because it’s a great option to strengthen the legs for people who have knee issues. Squats and lunges and split squats and step-ups are all great exercises for strengthening the legs, but in the presence of a knee issue, sometimes there is pain associated with those exercises.
The fitness industry is failing regular people
Look at any advertising for gyms and personal training and the message is that you need to either have or be working toward ripped abs. This message is usually supported with photos or videos of shirtless young people showing off their six pack abs. This, despite the reality that most people will never have a six pack. And probably never wanted one.
The best abdominal exercise for people who arch their backs a lot
Now here’s the interesting thing about dead bugs: They are incredibly hard for people who tend to arch their backs, and they’re pretty easy for people who don’t. The difference in difficulty that this exercises poses between two people of similar strength and fitness level but differences in their typical back posture is astounding.
You don’t have to workout 3 or 4 times per week
I know some trainers who won’t work with a client unless they’re willing to train with them at least three times per week, and I’ve had other trainers tell me that working out once per week is a waste of time.
Here are some comments I’ve received from clients who work out once per week: