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Trusted Saskatoon Gym -Fitness Test of DEATH- The Trusted Challenge Part 2

A local gym  challenged Sara Wheelwright the Trusted Directories founder to work with them to achieve her personal fitness goals, which she accepted. Sara will be working with a Personal training expert for the next 3 months and sharing her experience ( the good and the bad ) each week as she goes though the pain and hopefully comes out the other side fitter, healthier and happier!

Here is her 2nd installment  be sure to follow along on her journey for the next 3 months ( read them all here )  ..maybe it will inspire you to take the first step on your journey t

So, after finding out that 33.8% (or just over 1/3) of my body weight is made up of FAT in the Personal assesment interview the next part was to find out how fit I am ...and Tim told me that he has made up his own fitness test to evaluate just that! 

The reason for the Fitness Test is so Tim can see my endurance level ( Stamina) , all over body Strength  and my Flexibility-

The TRIO of Strength , Stamina and Flexibility are the components that you need to work on to achieve a good level of overall fitness- all 3 need to be worked on to look and be your best!  

The fitness test allows any personal trainer) to do a few things and he explained them to me:

A- Record where my  starting point is on day 1 of the challenge .. so even if I am not seeing a difference on the scales - he can show me areas I have improved upon from day 1.

B- To work out where my strengths and more importantly , my weaknesses lie , so he can tailor a program specific to my needs.

C- As I have to do the fitness test every 6 weeks he can continually monitor and tweak the program in response to achieve the best results.

I was NOT looking forward to this as I knew it was going to be tough ...I was told me not many people finished the test in the 40mins allowed, but I convinced myself that I would do what I had to do to get through it , after all it was just 40 minutes...how hard could it be? 

 

THE FIT TEST 

See for yourself how I did ...it didn't look that hard when Tim showed me the moves first...

After just 15 minutes into the Fit test, about a 1/4 of the way through I had to stop as I felt weird, dizzy and lightheaded, I sat down, drank water and tried to gather myself but I was seeing stars.  Tim was great and halted the test, he said he found out what he needed to know from my reaction and how I had perfomed in the test so far.

He also shared that he had past clients puke after the 40mins, but that most people couldn't do it on their first attempt ..it wasn't created to be easily do-able! PHEW..I felt a little better about my pathetic performance! 

Then he asked me how much I had eaten that day...

Thing is, I don't ever feel hungry first thing in the morning , so I skip breakfast most days and just have a coffee- that day I had only eaten a small bowl of soup and a garden salad for lunch at 12.30pm , I hadn't drank much water and the reason I nearly passed out was because I hadn't eaten more than 400 calories all day and then attempted an intensive workout at 3pm after doing virtually nothing physical for 18 months -oh and I am not the young and fit 25 year old that could have gotten away with that 13 years ago... what an idiot I am !  

Tim told me I have to commit to changing how I eat ....

Based on my gender and height I need a minimum of 1400 calories / day  spread out evenly throughout the day - (every 2 to 4 hours)

I MUST eat breakfast ( a protein shake at least) within 30 mins of getting up.

The days I train I need to eat 3-400 calories more than my case calories of 1400 - or I am losing muscle along with the fat...

Muscle = TONE ....and everyone looks and feels better TONED rather than stick thin.    

In the image below the healthy and toned woman on the left is what I aspire to be ..not the waif  girl on the right.

The fitness test happened on Friday and I woke up sat am feeling quite sore,  on Monday I still ached all over ( especially my abs and my butt - darn  sit ups and squats! ) and I wasn't looking forward to my 1st actual personal training session at 2pm that afternoon!

Health & Fitness a Trusted Saskatoon Gym -Personal Training Life Style Assessment - The Trusted Challenge Part 1

 

Here is her first installment and 1st VLOGS- be sure to follow along on her journey for the next 3 months  ..maybe it will inspire you to take the first step on your journey to a healthier fitter you!

 

 

The Trusted Challenge- Saras Journey -Part 1 

18 months ago I made the huge decision to risk everything and start my own business, lots of people thought I was crazy to leave a 'safe career'  to do this, especially as a single Mum with 3 small kids, some even told me i couldn't do it...one thing I knew was that it wasn't going to be easy , and to make a success of it I would have to sacrifice lots in my life and work harder and with more intensity than I ever had before.

This meant that other things that I deemed ' less important'  like working out, going to the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle were really put on hold till I felt I could give them my time and attention again. I now know that this was a mistake , and when I was challenged me to work  to get fit and healthy , I knew that I had to accept for my family , myself and my businesss..as all have been negatively affected by my sedentary ( working 70 hour weeks and sat tapping away on  the computer for 40+ of those hours) and somewhat unhealthy lifestyle ( too much wine and restaurant food)  for the last year and a half!

The biggest attraction to me was working with a personal trainer ( I have never done this before) ...this meant that I HAD TO SUCCEED and take it seriously, or I would let them down. Having a stranger invest their time and energy into helping me achieve my goals means I will not skip training or cheat ...I accepted the challenge immediately and I will share my journey in regular blogs and VLOGs so you can see whats involved when you work with a  Personal Trainer. I  expect this to be really hard..but I commit to give it my best shot , so wish me luck!  

The first 2 VLOGS below are what happend in my first Meeting with my Personal Trainer ( and perhaps my nemesis !)   

VLOG 1 is the Lifestyle Consultation and Assessment meeting - ( how unhealthy am I ?) and VLOG 2 is the dreaded Weigh in and BMI results ( how much of me is FAT) .....and yes I do share all the numbers...eeeeeek!

 

 

So there we have it 20+ lbs to go and 3 months to do it in, be sure to read the next blog as you see me tackle Tims dreaded Fitness Challenge - which had quite the dramatic and unexpected ending! 

Stay Trusted my friends!

Sara

 

 

 

FITNESS FOCUS Trusted SASKATOON FITNESS & SASKATOON GYM Experts have a TRUSTED TIP on

At Fitness Focus, the goal is to offer a fitness center with a welcoming; fun; and safe environment that all ages can enjoy. They are a forerunner in the fitness industry in Saskatoon . With the ever changing fitness demands of new and improved classes, training; and nutrition. They are your TRUSTED SASKATOON FITNESS EXPERTS!  

This Fitness Focus Trusted Tip is about GYM memberships..

Starting a gym membership can be exciting but also intimidating. Here are some Trusted Tips on taking that first step and finding the right gym for you

• Whether you have tried a fitness regimen before or you’re starting at the gym for the very first time, before you choose a fitness centre, you have to start with a goal. Without a goal you’ll have nothing to work towards, making the effort you put in seem like a total waste. Make your goal reasonable, attainable and specific; and make sure you know the route to attaining it.

• It’s important to find a gym with an atmosphere that suits you. If you’re not comfortable in the gym, you won’t enjoy your experience, and then it won’t be long until you start to abandon your routine and your goals. See if the gym will offer you a trial pass or “test drive” that gives you enough time to feel it out and see if it’s the right fit for you.

• Pay attention to the not-so-obvious amenities when you’re looking into a new club. Big windows for natural light, what kind of music they play, and cleanliness of the facility including: washrooms and training area, a wide variety of equipment and knowledgeable staff. Sometimes it’s these subtleties you might not have noticed at first but they can be the difference that makes it a club you want to make your home for years to come.

• Convenience! Is the club close to your house or work? If your gym is not easy too get to, you might not use it as much as you had planned. A gym within a stone’s throw of your home can be great, but also consider one that’s close to your workplace. This gives the option to get your workout in during your lunchtime or to avoid the traffic on the commute home after work.

• Once you have made your decision to join, make sure you read your membership agreement form. There are a lot of standard points on a membership form but many disclosures can change from gym to gym. First, pay attention to membership cancellation policies, sometimes these can be very strict which might not be a problem if you plan to be there for a few years. Watch out for unexpected annual fees; these should be explained in your membership. Ask if there is a membership freeze option and the cost of it. This allows you to suspend payments of your membership in the event you can’t use it due to injury or inability to make use of your membership for a short period.

Print a Free 2-Week Trial Membership for you and your friends. If you're looking for a gym in Saskatoon and have never tried Fitness Focus, this pass is for you to come experience the great atmosphere, people and all the major ammenities Fitness Focus offers. For 2 weeks you will have access to The Weight Room, Cardio Theatre, All Group Fitness Classes, Unlimited Tanning, Free Towel Service, Free Lockers and more... click HERE to print yours

Find Fitness Focus Health & Athletic Centre at 1250 Ontario Avenue, or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon Fitness & Gyms Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence. They are YOUR Trusted experts right here in Saskatoon!

 

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Fitness Focus a Trusted Saskatoon Fitness & Gym Expert have a TRUSTED TIP on Designing your own Program

At Fitness Focus, the goal is to offer a fitness center with a welcoming; fun; and safe environment that all ages can enjoy. They are a forerunner in the fitness industry in Saskatoon . With the ever changing fitness demands of new and improved classes, training; and nutrition.

This Fitness Focus Trusted Tip is about Designing Your Own Program

There is no substitue for a professionally desgned program for the gym. But if you consider yourself experienced in the gym and insist on planning your own training routine, make sure to keep your program well rounded but specific towards whatever goals you might have laid out for yourself.

Here are some of the main components to designing your program and deciding how to spend your time in the gym:

One: Cardiovascular training should be well balanced with some high intensity and some low-moderate intensity. Just like your resistance training, your body will adapt to stress if the same stress is applied consistently so it is important to diversify your cardio. Use incline and speed intervals to keep your body guessing.

Two: Muscle conditioning needs to focus on exercises for upper body, lower body, core: including abdominals, sides and lower back, as well as full body workouts including circuits. When choosing your specific exercises you must understand the fundamentals; understand what the function of each muscle does to choose proper exercises.

Print a Free 2-Week Trial Membership for you and your friends. If you're looking for a gym in Saskatoon and have never tried Fitness Focus, this pass is for you to come experience the great atmosphere, people and all the major ammenities Fitness Focus offers. For 2 weeks you will have access to The Weight Room, Cardio Theatre, All Group Fitness Classes, Unlimited Tanning, Free Towel Service, Free Lockers and more... click HERE to print yours

Find Fitness Focus Health & Athletic Centre at 1250 Ontario Avenue, or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon Fitness & Gyms Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence. They are YOUR Trusted experts right here in Saskatoon!

 

Fitness Focus a Trusted Saskatoon Fitness & Gym Expert have a TRUSTED TIP on Physical Activity Levels..are you doing enough?

At Fitness Focus, the goal is to offer a fitness center with a welcoming; fun; and safe environment that all ages can enjoy. They are a forerunner in the fitness industry in Saskatoon . With the ever changing fitness demands of new and improved classes, training; and nutrition.

This Fitness Focus Trusted Tip is about Physical Activity Levels

Many Canadians believe they don't have enough time to exercise or eat healthy meals, the Heart and Stroke Foundation says.... A recent poll by The heart and Stroke Foundation reaveals some fairly predictable results about people's levels of physical activity. Read this article below , it might give you a different perspective about how you view your physical activity levels and how productively you spend your time; not necessarily in the gym, but staying physically healthy in general. Canadians have no time for healthy living

CBC News Posted: 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation says that finding time to eat healthily and be physically active is critical for Canadians because heart disease and stroke kills one in three Canadians and is the leading killer of women. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

Many Canadians believe they don't have enough time to exercise or eat healthy meals, the Heart and Stroke Foundation says. The charity commissioned an online survey released recentlythat suggests most Canadians know heart disease and stroke can be fought by making healthy choices. Yet almost half of the survey respondents said they don't have enough time to be active or eat healthier meals. Arul Myles Mylvaganam of Richmond Hill, Ont., was one of the Canadians who felt too busy to cook. The real estate agent used to eat most of his meals in his vehicle, starting with five cups of coffee a day with cream and sugar. Then five years ago, he felt severe pain in his chest and knew he had to get to a hospital. "I told her if you don't bring me now, you won't see me again," Mylvagadam recalled with his voice breaking. "If not for my wife, I don't think I'd be alive today." Heart patient Arul Myles Mylvaganam started eating better after feeling severe chest pain. CBC The survey pointed to a disconnect between what Canadians know they need to do to protect themselves from heart disease and stroke and what they're actually doing, said Dr. Beth Abramson, a cardiologist and a spokesperson with the foundation. Nearly half of respondents in the online survey of 2,160 Canadian adults conducted in October used time as an excuse for being unhealthy: 44% of respondents said they had no time for regular physical activity. 41% said healthy meals take too long to prepare. More than half (51%) said fast food outlets don't have enough healthy choices. And almost a third (31%) said the time they would like to spend being active they instead spend commuting. The Heart and Stroke Foundation says that finding time is critical for Canadians because heart disease and stroke kills one in three Canadians and is the leading killer of women.

The foundation urges less TV The foundation says that Canadians who believe there isn't enough time to live healthy are wrong. While acknowledging the time crunch in people's lives, a foundation news release notes that Statistics Canada has said 29 per cent of Canadians over 20 spend two hours a day or more watching television, and 15 per cent spend at least 1.5 hours a day of their leisure time on computers. P.O.V. Would you give up TV time for exercise?

"We're exercising our brains and our thumbs in today's society, but we need to be exercising our bodies and we need to have that balance in terms of screen time, as they say, and getting out there and being active," Abramson said. Canadians can improve their health and extend their lives by getting 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise weekly, Abramson said, noting that that the exercise can be done in 10-minute increments. The charity said Canadians' ability to afford healthy food is a real problem, however. It argues that government, industry or non-governmental organizations need to help low-income Canadians get access to healthy food choices, make fruits and vegetables more affordable, and provide more stores with healthy food options. The foundation recently launched a new campaign called Make Death Wait that is encouraging people to log one million healthy actions on its website by the end of February 2012. "We can reduce heart disease and stroke by up to 40 per cent by making lifestyle changes," Abramson said. "What seems to be a very small, small intervention in your very busy day can actually have a significant impact in your risk for heart and stroke [disease]." For Mylvaganam, the heart attack was a wake-up call. Since then, he said he makes time to eat better.

Find Fitness Focus Health & Athletic Centre at 1250 Ontario Avenue, or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon Fitness & Gyms Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence. They are YOUR Trusted experts right here in Saskatoon!

 

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