Get Fit…Play…

By Thierry Gagnon, kinesiologist

When I started Nomad Fitness in 2008, my first consideration was to be free to innovate through physical activity. I had worked in a gym for years and I felt so limited when it came to build workouts specifically for my clients. In fact, many of them told me that they would like to go outside when the weather was nice. But I couldn't because if they had an accident, the gym wasn't covered for outdoors activities. How disappointing? Well, it was enough for me to decide to start my own business. I named it Nomad because we go wherever clients want and because our mission is to help our customers switch their sedentary lifestyle for an active one which I call nomadism. The latest innovation we made to help our clients adopt their Nomad lifestyle is to integrate games in our outdoors workouts.

In fact, we make sure that there is at least 10 minutes reserved to games in a 60 minutes workout. By example, we play soccer, tag or dodgeball often to improve cardio, muscular power, flexibility and coordination. Why do we do that? Because it is so fun that participants forget that they're exercising and tend to push themselves more than when they follow a very stuctured cardio plan. But don't get me wrong, some of my clients do not like these games and we do not force them to participate, it's just that most of our clients come to us to increase their motivation and since they usually love the games we play, they work harder and simply get great results. As a matter of fact, we often switch the high intensity portion of our classes by games such as soccer who require a lot of running and the result is always intensity, lots of sweat and obviously very large smiles on everybody's faces.

So remember, there is a way for everyone to love training and one option is to get back to the schoolyard games we use to enjoy.


Strategies for a Healthy and Permanent Weight Loss

By Thierry Gagnon, kinesiologist

My clients often ask me to tell them what is the best solution to lose weight for good and my reaction is almost always the same... a large and sincere smile! I first have to clarify that there is no solution that can be identified as the best option. Because every human is unique, each healthy weight loss is achieved differently but there are some alternatives that we could politely qualify of low chance of success alternatives and others that are really more likely to work. The first category includes Low-carb diets,very-low calories diets and magic ab exercicers that are supposed to make a belly become hard as rock effortlessly in seconds and the strategies that lead to a healthy and permanent weight loss will be the subject of my next articles.

Since I am a kinesiologist and a personal trainer, I will give you helpful, simple and healthy weight loss advices throughout the upcoming weeks. Even though it might sometimes seem hard to achieve your goal of losing weight forever because we are bombarded by contradictory information, always keep in mind that by following a well structured and healthy weight loss plan you will succeed. In fact, when you change one habit at a time; succeeding suddenly becomes easier. 

Today's fat loss advice is simply to make sure that you are really ready to change a habit forever before you decide to do it. As a matter of fact, it is important to do so because your body composition is related to your life habits so as long as you eat, sleep and exercise properly you should have a healthy weight; but if you go back to your previous life habits after reaching your initial goal because you were not ready to maintain your new habits permanently, you will eventually go back to your initial weight or even fatter. So make sure you change habits forever before you choose to make your decision.

In my next post, I will give you more tips that will help you plan your weight loss in a healthy and permanent way. Also, if you have questions or comments, post them on our blog. You can also follow us on our new Facebook page and on Twitter by clicking on the icons found in the bottom part of our website.

Be active; leave sedentarity for nomadism!


Training Tips

By Thierry Gagnon, kinesiologist

In order to fit training into your lifestyle, start with realistic goals and be patient. Once you achieve your first goal, set another objective that brings you to the next level. Always go one step at the time.

Circuit training is a very efficient type of strength training that will help you maximize your muscular endurance while saving time. You can also easily do it at home with low investment.

To improve your overall physical condition, you should focus on performing three 30 minutes workouts a week instead of training 90 minutes once every 7 days.