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Trainer+ – Personal Trainer Client Tracking

By | Business

Take advantage of our introductory offer! 

An exclusive 40% discount on Trainer Plus until January 31, 2020.

Our new member portal will be improved and easy-to-use, where canfitpro members can access, review and renew their membership, review their CEC status, check for online courses and other options for renewal and more. This new portal also comes along with a new workout builder tool, meal planning and exercise library – Trainer Plus!

Trainer Plus is a web and mobile app that creates new fitness content and support options for trainers and gyms.

  1. One side of the platform, Trainer+ tracks workouts and assessments with oversight from a personal trainer who will make ongoing changes to the program.
  2. The other side of the platform, Fitness+ is for individuals to discover exercise and workout content, where they can subscribe to Premium content and also request a program from a trainer. Together they facilitate more accessible, affordable and effective options to interact with a trainer for fitness programming and support, where our system manages the follow up and individuals moving between options.

The web portal is designed for trainers to build content and manage clients. It is where the features that are closest to the current Interactive platform exist to search through an exercise library and make workout and program templates. It also has an assessment builder, along with a whole other side for client management. The database contains over 1500 exercises with their corresponding media, but you can also create your own exercises as well. It also has a collection of existing shared workout, program and assessment templates.

Watch the video to see how Trainer+ and Fitness+ work together to give you a more powerful tool:

You can access this new online tool through the following link: Trainer Plus Workout Builder & Client Management. This link will remain live throughout the transition, and will be available to all active members of canfitpro in early 2020.

Please note that meal planning is NOT part of the app, as the focus is on fitness management, including workout building and tracking, assessments and client follow-up.

Watch the individual segments:

What is Trainer+ and What Does it Do?

How Does Trainer+ Work?

Trainer+ FAQ

Trainer Plus is FREE for you to use & create workout plans for up to 2 clients.

You also receive an exclusive 40% discount on Trainer Plus until January 31, 2020, should you wish to upgrade for more features and the ability to manage more clients.

For a full list of FAQs, please visit the Trainer+ website.

LE TOP 10 DES TENDANCES FITNESS POUR 2020

By | Business

Selon les toutes dernières tendances pour 2020, les Canadiens sont actifs et prendre soin de soi est une part tout aussi importante de ce mouvement. Chaque année, les entraineurs personnels certifiés et les instructeurs de conditionnement physique sont sondés par canfitpro, chef de file en matière d’éducation en conditionnement physique au pays.

La récupération active s’empare du titre de la tendance fitness la plus importante en 2020. L’entrainement fonctionnel tombe en 2e position alors que l’entrainement par intervalles de haute intensité (HIIT) s’accroche à la 3e position.  La récupération active a fait ses débuts au classement en 2018 alors qu’elle occupait la 4e position, a grimpé à la 2e position l’an passé pour maintenant régner à la 1re position. Reconnaissant que notre capacité à s’entrainer est limitée par notre capacité à bouger, les exercices de récupération active sont axés le mouvement et les pratiques d’autosoins grâce à des rouleaux de mousse et des balles qui peuvent fournir un massage des tissus profonds, des entrainements de faible intensité et des exercices de pleine conscience, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. Si nous pouvons prendre soin de nous-mêmes et bouger aussi librement que possible, notre quotidien s’en trouve amélioré, et nos entrainements bonifiés.

L’entrainement fonctionnel se retrouve encore une fois en 2e position alors qu’on le retrouvait au numéro 1 en 2018 et en 2016 (en 2e position en 2017). Le HIIT était en 2e position en 2019 et 2018, et en 1re position en 2017. Les programmes de nutrition et d’alimentation saine se maintiennent à la 4e position cette année, tout comme en 2019, alors que l’année précédente, on les trouvait à la 8e position, et en 5e position en 2017.

Bien que le bien-être au travail ne soit pas un tout nouveau concept, nous constatons que les programmes de bien-être en milieu de travail ont fait leur entrée au palmarès des 10 tendances fitness les plus importantes de 2020 alors que les sociétés canadiennes offrent de plus en plus de solutions à leurs employés pour les aider à atteindre et maintenir un style de vie équilibré.

Les tendances fitness pour l’année 2020 au Canada sont:

CETTE ANNÉE (2020)L’AN PASSÉ (2019)
Récupération active12
Entrainements fonctionnels21
HIIT33
Programmes de nutrition et d’alimentation saine44
Entrainements express (30 minutes ou moins)56
Expériences fitness de marque et programmes préchorégraphiés69
Entrainements avec le poids du corps77
Entrainements pour adultes matures85
Programmes bien-être en milieu de travail9NOUVEAU
Entrainements en circuits et entrainements militaires108

Pour en savoir plus sur ces tendances, visitez canfitpro Montréal qui se déroule du 27 au 29 Mars au Palais des congrès! Vous apprendrez à naviguer dans votre carrière de fitness dans ce paysage de fitness en mutation.

How to help clients improve their mindset

By | Business

Stop trying to get your clients motivated. Let go of the goal of “building willpower”. Instead help your clients build appropriate “systems”.

In this episode:

4:00 - A better way to look at New Year’s resolutions

7:00 - How your client can find their fit; why “one size fits all” doesn’t work for everyone when it comes to fitness

11:00 - How present bias stops people from achieving their goals and how to overcome this with willpower

14:00 - Questions personal trainers should ask to help their clients set and achieve their goals; Mistakes trainers make when helping clients set their goals

18:00 – How to overcome negative self-talk

25:00 – How the “Love it” rule helps clients maintain realistic goals

Get Your Fittest Future Self and Finding Your Fit on Amazon!

About Kathleen Trotter

Kathleen Trotter holds a masters in Exercise Science, is the author of two books including the new book Your Fittest Future Self, and is a Personal trainer, Nutritionist, Pilates Specialist and Life Coach. Visit her at KathleenTrotter.com

Twitter: @FITbyKathleenT

Instagram: @fitbykathleent

Exercise Can Help Prevent Dementia

By | Healthy Living

By Holly Klamer

There is no known cure or prevention yet for Alzheimer’s disease and other cases of dementia. As it happens, it’s quite difficult to know these aspects when the sources and causes have remained unknown. But, based on research, there are ways that one can lower the risks of developing dementia as time passes by.

Introduction to Dementia

Dementia, by definition as per Alzheimer’s Association, is basically an overall term for diseases or conditions that involve the apparent decline of one’s brain functions. These may include language, memory, skills, and other things that may affect the ability to perform day-to-day activities. With this at hand, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia.

About 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia are related to memory loss, as suggested by the same organization. But, even so, there are still other causes that can be accounted for dementia.

According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million individuals of today’s population are living with dementia. It is also projected for the number to increase by three times in the next few decades. This is why awareness and comprehension of the condition are largely emphasized in recent times, both inside and outside dementia care homes for seniors. In other words, dementia is a “public health priority.”

Cure and Prevention

While science and technology have been improving and advancing as time passes by, there is no known cure yet for dementia. As per NHS, it is “unlikely” that there will be a single cure for the condition. This is because the causes are either unknown or too many to regard.

Whatever the case, though, experts continue to seek for answers toward finding the cure. There are several studies today that are actually making huge improvements, as attested by the same platform. But, among all of the studies, it has been found that there are practical ways to lower and decrease the risks of having dementia.

These ways normally involve lifestyle habits, health care, and holistic care for self-improvement. And above all of the aspects, exercise became the most significant practice to decrease the risk of dementia.

Exercise Helps Prevent Dementia

It is worth noting that there is a huge difference between ‘exercising that prevents dementia’ and ‘exercising that helps to stay physically fit’. Although many are looking forward to learning more about the former, case studies and research today are more inclined toward the latter.

Apparently, several studies have concluded that exercises and physical activities can help prevent dementia.

Exercising Affects Brain Metabolism

In a study conducted at Goethe University Frankfurt, researchers concluded that exercising affects brain metabolism. It is found that regular physical activities “prevented” the increase of choline.

As established, choline is a metabolite that normally shows an increase in concentration, especially when the patient has Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the rise in the concentration of choline is a result of an increase in the loss of nerve cells.

The study has proven that exercising daily “led” to a more stable choline concentration. As a result, cells are protected, which only goes to show that exercising impacts brain metabolism.

Exercising Increases Blood and Oxygen Flow

Dementia Care Central recently released a series of notes on how to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The most apparent point on the list is physical activity and exercise.

Based on the platform’s assertions, having a healthy brain makes it much harder for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia to happen. The reason being is that regular exercise increases the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the brain and the body.

As a result, abnormal brain changes and cognitive impairment are less likely to happen, the same way the physical body can protect itself from diseases through exercise. This is why many assisted living facilities always include physical activities and exercises in their daily schedules.

Exercising Prevents Brain Aging

As people age, the risks of having dementia increases. While it is not deemed normal for dementia to happen to seniors, the trend shows that dementia is more rampant to older individuals.

The most probable reason behind this is due to the fact that, as you age, the brain also ages. This means that impairment and decline are much more apparent.

But, in the study titled Physical Exercise As A Preventive or Disease-Modifying Treatment of Dementia and Brain Aging, it has been concluded that regular exercise can naturally slow down brain aging. It is also contended that people who have dementia, but regularly exercise, had significantly reduced the rate of mortality.

Best Exercises to Help Prevent Dementia

There are several exercises and physical activities that one can do to help prevent dementia. But, among all, here are the best ones:

  •         Restorative Yoga
  •         Walking
  •         Functional Training
  •         Aquatic Exercise
  •         Gardening
  •         Tai Chui

It is also noted by many experts that doing these activities two to three times per week can already offer significant results.

Final Thoughts

All in all, dementia, along with all the other diseases that fall under the umbrella condition, is truly challenging and even daunting. Thankfully, experts of today are eager to solve the never-ending problem of this condition. As a result, preventive measures and possible beneficial practices to decrease the risk are now being discovered.

About Holly Klamer

This post was written by Holly Klamer. She loves to write on issues related to memory care facilities  for seniors, assisted and senior living  and retirement, and is a frequent contributor on many blogs and online publications.

Chinese New Year Medley

By | Nutrition

By The Popcorn Board

Celebrate Chinese New Year on January 25th; also know as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, with a bowl of savoury popcorn. High in fiber, popcorn is a whole grain that is 100 percent unprocessed with no additional additives, hidden ingredients, or GMOs.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups Oriental rice cracker mix
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground ginger (may vary to taste)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil (may vary to taste)

Directions:

  1. Mix popcorn and rice cracker mix together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter on HIGH until melted, about 20 seconds.  Stir in soy sauce, ginger and oil.
  3. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; toss.
  4. Spread mixture on a baking sheet and bake in a 300° F oven for 20 minutes, stirring once.
  5. Allow to cool, serve or store in airtight container.

Forks Up for Canadian Ag Day!

By | Nutrition

By Carol Harrison, RD

February 11th is Canada’s Agricultural Day, the one time we all get to raise a fork and thank farmers – the less than 2% of the population – who feed the rest of us.

Five Facts about Canadian Agriculture

  1. No two farms in Canada are alike. They vary in size and how they farm, but the one thing most have in common is that they are family-owned, (97%). It’s not uncommon to see three generations all working the land together.

Good to know: Farms should not be judged based on their size. Small and large farms both have the same goals: to care for the land and their animals, and produce high quality food.

  1. Farming, like any other field, leverages innovations in science and technology to improve practices. Phone apps give alerts if the temperature in the barn drops and a GPS allows farmers to precisely apply pesticides to make sure they do not overlap on the field.

Good to know: For an unfiltered glimpse into the daily lives of Canadian farms, check out Real Farm Lives, a documentary series.

  1. Without plant science innovations (pesticides and plant biotechnology), Canada would need to farm almost 50% more land to grow the same amount of food – equivalent to the combined land base of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. The end result is a much smaller environmental footprint.

Good to know: Farmers generally don’t yearn for the nostalgic “olden days farming” where food quality and crop yields were more unpredictable and environmental awareness was low.

  1. Farmers scrutinize innovations before adopting them on their farm and there is worldwide consensus among many highly reputable organizations that genetically modified organism (GMO) technology produces food that is safe for humans and the environment.

Good to know: Farmers are not going to invest in practices that will compromise their safety, the productivity of their land or the quality of food they produce. Let’s remember, their own families live on the farm and eat the food they produce. It’s a myth that farmers are forced into decisions about what and how to farm.

  1. Thanks to farmers’ continual commitment to improving practices, our food has never been safer, more high-quality, or as affordable as is it today.

Good to know: Canadians on average spend only about $0.10 of every dollar on food.

Find out more about Canadian Agriculture:

Canadian Food Focus

Best Food Facts

Canada’s Agriculture Day

FREE Farm to Food Cookbook

Real Dirt on Farming

About Carol Harrison

Carol Harrison is a registered dietitian who loves her daily workouts! She has a food nutrition communications company in Toronto. Follow Carol on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Kettlebells and Martial Arts Motion

By | Movement

By Jodi Barrett, CEO, Kettlebell Kickboxing

What’s It All About?

Challenging, fun and has proven results! Kettlebells and Martial Arts Motion is the combination that will bring you a new and amazing workout. We use one of the most versatile tools in the gym, the kettlebell (KB), and we fuse it with martial arts motion – training your cardio, strength, and mobility all in ONE PROGRAM. Unique, innovative, and scientific – Kettlebell Kickboxing will Teach, Inspire and Transform your training.

What Makes It So Unique?

As you may know, KB exercises burn more calories in less time compared to more traditional workout regimens. Training with the KB engages multiple muscles while allowing less impact on the body and joints. This makes it possible to train a wide variety of age populations. The KB swing also introduces and focuses on the beloved hip hinge, which is a very important human movement pillar that is often not trained in our programming. Incorporating, the Martial Arts Motion and Martial Arts training interval allows you to train differently from your regular workouts and to work on your functional mobility. Plus, it is simply fun!

An Introduction to Kettlebell Kickboxing

To get started on our KB workout we are going to get you to do a three minute warm up that will get the muscles ready to be engaged throughout the training. Be mindful during the workout – if you ever need a break take one as you know your body better than anyone else. If there is an exercise that you need to modify, take note that this is your starting spot and that’s awesome because now you can measure your own success! Have an end goal of training each movement for one minute with a 15/30 second rest in between. Perform the exercises three times through. Always do ‘form over time’ as it is a great way to train safely, and if your form is not correct you can rest and then successfully start again. Remember to do a proper cool down at the end. We are going to build these motions separately then we are going to put them into our Kettlebell Kickboxing Complex.

Full Mobility Swing

  1. Lean over the KB, pushing the hips back and folding at the waist.
  2. Grab the KB by the handle.
  3. Drive the KB back and above your knees.
  4. Thrust your hips forward, squeeze your glutes, and stand up straight. Do not backward bend at the top of the motion. Be sure to create a non-stop fluid motion as you swing: with the KB going behind the knees then up to shoulder level.
  5. At the top of the swing, the KB should go no higher than chest level. Do not raise the KB with your arms. Your arms— as well as the KB—should remain weightless through the entire motion.

*Notice how everyone’s swing is slightly different, but the hinge remains a constant. Continue for one minute.

Push Kick – Mid-Rack Overhead Press (Inspired by Muay Thai)

  1. Stand in swing stance (a little wider than shoulder width).
  2. Hold the KB in a mid racked position – KB in front of your chest, holding it by the horns. Your elbows are bent and tucked into the body, while your wrists are straight and strong.
  3. Step back into a reverse lunge, push off the back leg bringing the same knee high then extending the leg – a push kick. Return your foot to where it started. Step back to the swing stance
  4. Overhead press the KB. If you are not ready to load the KB, then practice the motion without it first.
  5. Work on the right side then switch stance and mirror your actions on the left side. Train one minute each side.

Guards with Rotation (Inspired by Muay Thai)

  1. Mid-rack a KB and hold it tight to the body
  2. Raise your right knee up turning it out in a guard position then set it back down. Engage the core and maintain balance. Repeat with the left leg.
  3. Next round add trunk rotation. Lift right leg and rotate torso to the right, repeat left. If having trouble with rotation, just go back to focusing on controlling the hold of the guards.

Now making a Kettlebell Kickboxing Complex! We will merge all the exercises together and train three to four rounds of two minutes.

  1. Full Mobility Swing into Mid-Rack Position
  2. Reverse Lunge into Push Kick into swing stance – Over Head Press – repeat left
  3. Guard with Rotation right and left

Where to Find Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada

You can find us at www.kettlebellkickboxingcanada.com and get KBIA Level 1 Certified to start your teaching journey. You can also train online with CEO Jodi Barrett by purchasing our Home Fitness Programs including our newly released ABSolute AB program.

About Jodi Barrett

After 13 years of being a stay at home mom, Jodi Barrett found Kettlebell Kickboxing!  That journey took her to complete her KBIA-Master Level and MKC Certifications. Jodi teaches classes and certifies trainers across Canada.

Instagram: @kettlebellkickboxingcanada

Twitter: @kb_canada

Stand Out As a Personal Trainer & Attract More Clients

By | Business

By Jamie Logie, PTS, NWS

Being a personal trainer with a full client training schedule – and waiting list – is the goal of any good PT. But how do you make sure you stand out and separate yourself from the rest of the crowd?

Here are five ways to stand out as a personal trainer.

1. Tell Your Story

People tend to buy when they know, like, and trust you. Part of this comes from an emotional connection and a way to do that is to tell your story. Whether it’s in a bio or in person, don’t just list your credentials and experience, but tell your story. What got you on the road to health and fitness? Did you have to overcome obstacles to get in shape and improve your life? When you tell your story, potential clients will see the journey you have taken and will be able to picture their own journey to better health.

2. Niche Down

This is important to be a go-to personal trainer. Training for general fitness is great, but what’s better is to be the expert in a particular area. The more specific you can make it, the more you will attract that clientele. You may be an expert in fitness for volleyball, senior health, or prenatal fitness. You probably have a specific area of health and fitness you like the best, so be the authority in that area and showcase it. General fitness is still important, but you will be the easy decision for people looking for specific training.

3. Focus on Them

Again, in any form of bio or consultation, don’t just list off your experience and credentials. The focus needs to be on the benefits the client will receive. They don’t care how much you know about aerobic threshold training, they just want to be able to climb stairs without being winded. You need to share the results they can expect and they should picture what their new life will look like with better health. Talk about what they can expect to achieve by training with you, let them imagine themselves in that situation. Then, lastly, share what makes you the expert choice (certifications, experience, etc).

4. Have References from Current or Past Clients

Your future clients need to see that you have worked with people in the same situation as them. When they see that you have helped others achieve results, they are more likely to train with you. It’s important to have some quick go-to references you can use to put them in contact with if they are looking for more information.

If you’ve been doing your job correctly, any clients should be quick to sing your praises. So ask any past – and ideally current – clients, who don’t mind being contacted, to share their experiences with you. A current client is the most ideal because the number one sign of a good personal trainer is not certifications, personality, or experience: it’s renewals. When people renew and continue to train with you, you know you’re on the right track as a great personal trainer. When others see that your clients continuously renew your services, they know you are the right choice.

5. Using Social Media the Right Way

Social media can be an effective way to attract new clients, but with millions of social media accounts out there related to fitness, how can you showcase your abilities and stand out? This will involve finding your voice and it’s similar to telling your story. Instead of being a generic trainer and having a cookie-cutter social media presence, be the one that is helpful. Don’t just showcase yourself, but share information with others. Give people tips and education to better themselves as opposed to only sharing clips of you doing squats.

It’s still good to show some of your own training and results to motivate and inspire others. But you might wonder if there is any point in this when there are thousands of other accounts already showing the same workout clips.

This is true, but none of them have your personality or approach.

No one else has your perspective, sense of humour, or mindset – so make sure to show that. Share the unique perspective that only you have while making it a point to inform and educate people. Don’t just show an exercise, but share why it’s so important. Share the benefits that come from the movement and the reason people should do it. Don’t just show the meal you’ve prepared, share the importance of the specific foods in it. The more you teach, the more you will draw people in.

Personal training is all about helping people achieve their goals and improve their lives. So in everything you do in promoting yourself, make helping others the priority.

About Jamie Logie

Jamie Logie is a personal trainer and health and wellness coach (PTS, NWS). He’s worked in gyms in Canada, U.S, England, and Australia. He runs www.regainedwellness.com and is a contributing writer on health and fitness for The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, LifeHack, askmen.com, and has an Amazon #1 book called ‘Taking Back Your Health’.

COPD and Fitness

By | Healthy Living

By Becky Zucco, RCEP

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a slowly progressive respiratory disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to be inflamed and become “obstructed” or blocked.

COPD is estimated to affect 2.6 million Canadians. Primarily caused by cigarette smoke, COPD ‘lung attacks’ are the number one cause of hospital admissions in Canada, costing the Canadian healthcare system 1.5 billion annually. (Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists, 2019)

Common symptoms include:

  • Activity related shortness of breath, which is the main symptom
  • Persistent cough
  • Phlegm production
  • Frequent colds and respiratory tract infections

COPD is a preventable and treatable disease. However, less than 1% of Canadians with COPD have access to formal Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs due to barriers faced by patients or within the healthcare system.

WE CAN HELP!

As exercise professionals we need to be more aware of COPD and know how we can help. Individuals with mild to moderate COPD adapt to their breathlessness by becoming less active, however it is vital they maintain an active lifestyle to prevent their health declining, and reduce clinic visits.

Training a client with COPD

The goals are to motivate self-efficacy in a continued active lifestyle, improve quality of life, and reduce risk of an exacerbation (lung attack) or injury through falling due to muscle dysfunction or instability.

  • Be aware of increased breathlessness on exertion
  • Clients with COPD need supervision, their oxygen saturation may be lower than a healthy client
  • Functional movements and exercises are the most important to enable clients to continue carrying out everyday tasks unassisted
  • The Pursed Lip breathing technique should always be used during exercise (see below)
  • Exhaling is always done on exertion

As always, you MUST use your judgement to decide if an exercise is right for an individual. Realize a person’s balance, stability, strength, endurance, disease severity, comorbidities, environment, and equipment will all have to be taken into consideration when designing a program.

Note: always ensure your client has medical clearance for exercise.

Do not underestimate how important your motivation and advice on lifestyle and behaviour change is to a successful program and improving the lives of those living with COPD.

To learn more about working with those with COPD visit www.expandcourses.com

About Becky Zucco

Becky Zucco is a clinical exercise physiologist specializing in COPD and cancer, with over 25 years in her field. She has written and developed education courses on chronic disease prevention and created Project Move for primary schools. She understands the powerful effect of movement on the body and mind, and how human behaviour can be influenced to achieve significant improvement in health.