Friday, December 20, 2013

Record Breaking Fitness

I gotta say I love my job. In 2013 I did a lot of coaching in the form of personal training, myofascial assisted stretch, and over 250 individual athletic tests. What I love about athletic testing is that you can help quantify people’s ability, give them feedback about their performance, and then cut them loose to with the knowledge on how to improve, as well as a yard stick to measure by. Cool stuff.

However, today was quite a surprise. In the seven years of Athletic testing at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club, I haven’t seen major records broken like this in both the Men’s and Woman’s categories.

First, with is permission, let me tell you a little something about Chris Waite. Here’s a guy in his early 40’s with young family who trains 3-4 night a week in jujutsu, among skiing, weights, and running. Not only did he lose 5 kg since August 6th, but he added 15% to his aerobic capacity, 10% to his hand grips (128kg combined), and 6 cm to his vertical jump, all while losing 3.5% body fat landing at 14.89%. Wow.

So, I’d like to applaud the fact he now holds the club record for consecutive full push ups at 84. Beating the record set by a 26 year old in 2012 of 83reps. Awesome. Next, I can’t even believe… Chris managed a straight up standing vertical jump of 65cm. Another Club vertical jump record. 5080watts per jump. Well done for Chris on a 168cm frame.

Next, I’d like to give credit to Anahita Mohammadi. Another fitness enthusiast who also cracked the women’s modified push up record completing consecutive 60 reps. She also attained a perfect composite musculoskeletal score, and took many steps forward in her journey to her ultimate fitness goals.

Thanks for the great surprises today. See you next year!

May 2014 be fun filled fitness for all of you.


Friday, December 13, 2013

What is a Workout? ...

  • A Workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion, and three parts self discipline.... It's easy once you get started.

  • A Workout makes you better than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you workout regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

  • A Workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It's the badge of a winner - and a person who has taken control of their destiny.

  • A Workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It's a way of preparing for life's challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

  • A Workout is a key that helps us unlock the door to opportunity and success.

  • When you finish A Workout, you don't simply feel better, You feel better about yourself! 
If you need help planning a workout, or some assistance on how to live better or play harder, please contact We are located in the Bentall Centre Athletic Club in Vancouver BC, and the BodyStorm Gym in Squamish BC.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

A reminder from the fitness institute 1996.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Exercise to avoid…Getting Sick Next Year!

Regular resistance exercise over a long period of time builds the immune system according to a study at Acadia University of Nova Scotia in 2004. Twenty two adults who worked out for 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity, three times a week for 11 months enjoyed a significant improvement to their defences against viral infection. The tests showed that there was a significant increase in the body's natural killer cell activity, which is the immune system's first line of defense against viral infection.
In addition, previous research of people doing up to three months of resistance exercise did not find the same increase in immune system activity, and the more recent update suggests that the extended period of exercise could be the major influence in strengthening the immune system.
Here’s a link to web MD which I think has solid advice about how to improve your wellness through this cold season, and the next.