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I had the pleasure of taking my sister, Chloe, and her boyfriend, Matt, to Grouse Mountain this afternoon so that we could do the Grouse Grind.  It was their first trip up the mountain and they did a fantastic job and we had a lot of fun.  This Sunday, July 19 at 9am, the SFA team will be travelling up the Grind with any willing participants, we will be giving away some draw prizes at the top, so grab a friend, a family member, or a co-worker and take a hike with us!  If you have never done the Grind before or are looking to improve your time try these few tips:

·         Use the first 5-8 minutes as a warmup, go at a moderate pace and as you start to warm up you can kick it up a notch

·         To quote my teammate Greg Duncan, “don’t Frankenstein your way to the top” use your arms to help generate momentum

·         Focus on your breathing, try and maintain a steady cadence as you go

·         Plan your next step… you should always know where your left foot is going to go by the time your right foot hits the ground

·         Take it ONE step at a time, you can’t reach the top in one step so don’t worry about how much farther it is to the top

·         If you think you are going to take more than an hour bring a diluted sports drink (50%water, 50% sports drink) or a little snack to eat at the 60minute mark

·         Have fun while you are working hard, the reward at the top is well worth it!

See you at the top!

Josh Neumann, BHK, PTS, TSCC-1

I’d like to share with you an incredible new ad from Lance Armstrong and Nike, you can view the video at  Lance Armstrong has won multiple Tour de France races and is a cancer survivor and there is no doubt that he set goals for himself though out his many accomplishments.  Just like you he may have even dedicated his goal to someone for extra motivation, but just like the ad says, when it comes down to it: It’s About YOU.  YOU are the important piece of the puzzle when YOU are striving towards a goal, YOU will need a great support network but YOU are the one in the driver’s seat, YOU are the one who ultimately decides the final destination.  This afternoon I had a client accomplish her goal of completing the Grouse Grind, I was there for moral support, guidance and to give her an extra push, but I certainly wasn’t the one climbing the steps for her, those were her legs.  I love to help people set, develop, and achieve their goals (I’d be an awful personal trainer if I didn’t) and when my clients achieve THEIR goals I am ready to congratulate them on all of the hard work that THEY did and even more eager to help them on THEIR effort to achieve THEIR next goal!

It’s About YOU!

Josh Neumann, BHK, PTS, TSCC-1

The hot weather is finally here.  Hope everyone is getting out there and basking in the sun.  I hear it’s also pretty toasty in Ontario.  Yesterday morning, a friend and I attempted to do our first grind of the season.  I for one, don’t really like doing the Grouse Grind.  Every time I start it, I wonder why I start it but every time I finish, I feel a great sense of accomplishment.  Hiking to the top just over 1100 meters and 2.9km in under an hour, 57mins to be exact, is something that I am proud of.  Plus I averaged a HR of 165 and burned 1134 calories while doing so.  I’d like to get it below 50mins by the end of summer.  So that only means that I will have plenty more mental battles of “why am I doing this”.  Sometimes we get to comfortable just going through the motions, it’s time we each do one thing to challenge us, it’ll keep life interesting.