This latest show we are featuring is the TRUSTED SASKATOON HEALTH & BEAUTY SHOW
On December 15, 2012, Newstalk 650 Radio and Trustedsaskatoon.com presented to you, Talk to the Experts with 3 local Trustedsaskatoon.com businesses, Spa Ahava, Hairstyle Inn and Fitness Focus. The 3 experts on the panel were answering questions asked by the trustedsaskatoon.com fans on the topics of beauty, health and fitness. All of the Trusted Facebook Fans who entered a question had a chance to win a prize package from the 3 Trusted Businesses worth over $500 as host, Brent Louks chooses the best question!
This episode's' Trusted Saskatoon Experton the topic of fitness is Garret from Fitness Focus a Trusted Saskatoon Gym There were over 100 questions submited and the 3 partners will answer all the questions in later trustedsaskatoon.com blogs..so If your didn't hear you answer on the show they will still be answered by the experts...enjoy!
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1. Becky Laliberté - In terms if fitness and health, what are some ways for an almost 40 year old woman to help improve flexibility and strength without having to spend hours at a gym. Are there instructor led classes that might be better for this? Or is weight lifting and stretching enough?
Stretching is always a good thing to practice for your overall health and to prevent injuries in day to day activities. Stretching is incorporated into every group fitness class but is also something you should learn to do on your own. For such a vital part of ones wellness, the benefits are well worth the time spent; and it really only takes 10 to 20 minutes to get a good thorough stretch. Remember, it’s something you can do at home too; either in the morning before you start your day or in the evening to help unwind and relax.
It is recommended to stretch after a light warm up, before you begin your workout; but stretching throughout your workout between exercises can be very beneficial and time saving. As blood gets pumped into your muscles as you use them, a good stretch will help push the blood out and make way for fresh oxygenated blood. You can also improve your flexibility by weight training with proper (full) range of motion through the exercise.
2. Laura Ellis- Fitness Focus: As a female who is not an avid "gym rat", I find the gym can be an intimidating place. Insecurities about not being in as good of shape as I would like to be to start tend to keep me away, along with all of the new types of equipment and my lack of knowledge in using them. I tend to feel lost in the midst of everything. Short of personal training, what do you recommend for someone who wants to get in better shape, but is reluctant to take on a gym membership?
It’s important to remember that everyone is at the gym for the same reason, because they want to improve themselves in one way or another. One way to overcome the intimidation factor is to have a workout partner, everyone feels better when they have a friend with them. Having a workout partner is also a good way to stay on track and accountable, to make sure you show up on time for your workout everyday. You may also feel a little less intimidated if you choose a workout time when the gym is a little less busy. The majority of people try to get their workout done immediately after work around 4:30 – 6:30. If you prefer the gym to be on the quiet side try to avoid these busier times, at least until you’ve become more acquainted with the equipment.
Your health does take a certain degree of dedication, but before committing yourself and your money to a gym, take the gym for a test drive. Look for a facility that won’t pressure you and that offers a free-trial period that’s yours to test the waters, find your comfort zone and see if it has all the amenities that meet your needs. A trial period is the perfect time to ask questions about equipment and get familiarized with the gym; staff should always be willing to give you some direction to get started out in the weight room.
3. Neils Thor- Fitness Focus-I use interval training to keep in shape. What other methods maximize my time to keep fit?
The idea behind interval training is to keep it is fast paced. This same principle can be applied to a traditional style of weight training by increasing the intensity. Lower the rest time between exercises will keep the heart rate up, thus working your cardiovascular system.
4. Holly Stasiuk Fitness Focus- Please explain what is a spin class? Costs? Also, how much does a personal trainer cost?
Spin Class is an instructor-led group class on stationary bikes. The instructor takes the group through a 45 minute to one hour workout at varying paces and difficulties. It’s a very thorough workout and great class for anyone from beginners to experienced class-goers because the user chooses their own difficulty on their bike.
5. DeAnne Robblee- Fitness Focus: I have arthritis in one knee which makes squats, running and even walking very difficult sometimes. What kind of equipment do you have that I could still get a good cardio workout without killing my knee?
When it comes to arthritis and some of the major movements such as squats, progression is the best way to go. Start doing the exercises with virtually no resistance/weight. For cardio, keep things very low impact. Stationary bikes are one of your best options, we have upright style and the recumbent (laid back) style, as well as spin bikes. We have elliptical cross-trainers are a close simulation to running combined with skiing and have very low impact. There are also steppers that don’t involve much impact; a person would have to try to see if that would work for them.
6. Fanterra Fisher- What kind of training is required by your staff to have to work at the spa? Please comment on standards of cleanliness as well. Thanks
There are several different areas of expertise at Fitness Focus that all have their own required skills. Most importantly, all staff is CPR and First Aid Certified. Main Gym Staff are knowledgeable about the layout and mechanics of the gym to make your time here as convenient as possible. Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors have years of experience with proper certifications and insurance in their respective fields.
Cleanliness is a very important part of the gym; a dirty environment can dramatically affect a member’s experience. All staff takes part in our daily cleaning routines of the exercise areas, front end and washrooms. There are several hand sanitizing stations for members to use. We also have after hour cleaners working to sanitize the washrooms and commons areas from top to bottom.
7. Kimbrolina Linke -Fitness focus: what are your memberships?
Details about different membership types and prices are all available on the website (www.fitnessfocus.ca). Membership types are very flexible and you can set a membership up either on a biweekly payment plan with No Contract, or purchase a term membership.
8. Jessalyn Monette - As a Saskatonian I am always looking for the best places that will give me the best results. For the three trusted Health and Beauty Partners what makes your establishment unique to Saskatoon? I am someone who not only looks for good quality, but I want to ensure my money is spent on a good experience, atmosphere and creativity. Does your establishment offer these qualities?
In an industry that is becoming dominated by corporate gyms, we feel that as a locally owned fitness facility we hold many of the same values and standards as our members. We understand the importance of a comfortable and friendly gym setting, and that keeping a mature and positive atmosphere is vital to creating that. Our success is only possible through the success of our members which is a direct result of their positive experience.
Our approach is a little different than the traditional fitness centre in that we operate without contracts. This sets us apart because our members can rest assured that we are working our hardest everyday to meet all their wants and needs.
9. Ann Lyte-Maille- fitness focus, is there a time of day that is best to exercise? Or is just good to try when you can?
Everybody is different; some people function well early in the morning whereas others are on their game later in the day. There are certain benefits to planning a workout at a specific time of day. For morning workouts you might find you have better longevity throughout the rest of your day. A morning workout will also boost your metabolism, this will help regulate (steady) your appetite for the day which aids weight management. On the other hand, a workout later in the day is a good chance to burn off some excess calories before bed or relieve stress from a long day. Many of us tend to binge eat later in the day; occupying your time in the evening with a workout is a good way to eliminate those habits. Ultimately the best time of day to workout is when you personally will have the most drive, energy and focus.