30th birthday cakeWell, it’s hard to believe, 30 years ago I was born.

I’ve been blessed with health, education and awesome family and friends.

I thought it would be fitting that since I’m 30, it would be a good idea to share with you my top 30 health and fitness tips that will help you live an awesome healthy life.

Currently, I’m on a plane to Toronto for the inaugural Personal Trainer Development Center seminar. I’m really looking forward to meeting big names in the fitness industry and learning a thing or two.

Let’s get to the goods! Here’s part I of the 3-part series.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I do not design meal plans but I do give recommendations based on my experience and education to my clients. Below are several nutrition-related recommendations based on my current understanding of nutrition and health. Please consult with a doctor before making drastic changes to your nutritional habits.

JK’s Top 30 Health and Fitness Tips Part 1

 
1. Every single person will benefit from getting stronger. Lift weights that are challenging for sets of 5 or less.

2. On that note, females should not be scared of getting “bulky” when heavy resistance training, also referred to as strength training. Woman want to build “toned” muscle, but what most don’t understand, strength training plus a real food diet will get them the body they want.

3. Fill your diet with real food and there won’t be room for crap. If you eat a traditional North American diet, you’re filling up on industrial food or fake food: low in nutrients, high in sugar, preservatives, stuff you can’t pronounce and PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids). Almost everyone on this diet has a super high omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio, which has been shown to be hazardous to your health. Read The Perfect Health Diet for more info.

4. Yeah, high intensity interval training is more effective at burning calories compared to a lower intensity session of the same duration. BUT, lower intensity cardio sessions are important for those unfit enough to handle the high intensity of sprinting and pushing their bodies beyond red-line. Cardio sessions at 60-ish percent of max heart rate are not only important for many physiological acclimations, but this type of training builds a strong base for higher intensity training later in your training program. Elite endurance athletes periodize their programs like this year after year.

5. Lactate should not be held under a negative light as it traditionally has been since its discovery. Lactate is actually a very important signaling molecule and energy substrate. It has been shown to serve as fuel for exercising muscle cells, the heart and even the brain. Lactate is produced at all exercise intensities, not just in the absence of oxygen, as was once believed. Other metabolites such as H+ ions are responsible for local muscular fatigue, although, high concentrations of lactate have been shown to provide feedback for enzymes higher in the glycolytic pathway, which slows the production of ATP and more lactate.

6. If you don’t have time for core exercises, using correct form for all major exercises (squats, deadlifts, rows, pulls, presses, etc) will suffice. Filling your program with sit-ups and crunches won’t do you much help as your posture is probably like most: rounded upper back with a chicken-poked head. If you have time, you can add in core exercises that challenge you ability to maintain neutral spine such as anti- rotation presses and jackknifes (but if you really want to crank out some crunches, it’s not going to kill you…maybe).

7. The fitness industry isn’t black and white. They are probably better ways of achieving a particular goal but bashing a certain training method over another is just plain stupid.

8. Drinking a Greens powder does not give you a free pass to skip salads. Have at least one colorful salad everyday. Don’t eat that iceberg lettuce crap – fill your salads with spinach and kale and all things green.7. There are no contraindicated exercises, only contraindicated people. There is no one person fits all program out there, so choose your exercises wisely based on your anatomy, injury history and pain.

9. Don’t eat pre made salad dressings – they are filled with seed and vegetable oils, which are high in PUFAs. Refer back to the point above about the Perfect Health Diet.

10. There is nothing wrong with biceps curls or triceps extensions. They are considered functional training if your goal is to increase your arm size.

That’s all for part I.

Thanks for reading.

-JK

My original reason for joining JKC was to get some sage advice to help with my running. I had been looking for awhile, came across Jon, met for an assessment, and was quite happy with how that all went. Apart from the running specific strengthening and conditioning approaches, JKC is different from other gyms as I am a fan of the small group sessions where everyone has their own goals and individualized programs. As well, the run coaching is super. All the coaches go the extra mile to make sure you get the best out each training session. They are fantastic motivators! My favourite memory is deadlifting 330lbs. Making a lot of great friends and meeting some really cool people is pretty high up on that list, too.

I’ve always been a gym rat, but was getting tired of the same ol’ routine. My better half was attending JKC and encouraged me to try it out. My favourite part of JKC is that is isn’t a gym – it’s a community. Jon and Thomas are awesome, and I love that every time I go I know who’s working out with me and we can socialize while working on our health. Everyone is supportive, encouraging and genuinely looks out for one another. It’s an upbeat and positive experience and I can honestly say that I look forward to each and every workout.

Tara Rector-Whelan

Personal Strength Training by Thomas King

I started at JKC after a good friend recommended it to me. She had been coming for about a year and I was envious of her great results. I felt sluggish after failing to motivate myself with various home workout routines. I love the fun and relaxed atmosphere at JKC. It’s such a comfortable gym space and I enjoy knowing so many of the people I work out with. Jon and Thomas make an effort to introduce everyone to each other and with all the joking around,  it starts to feel like a family. Not to mention the awesome results. I’ve always liked to run on a treadmill but I’ve never had the drive to lift weights on my own. Going to JKC makes me accountable which was what I really needed. I feel so much stronger and healthier than I did 4 years ago when I started.

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I had always wanted to start lifting weights and get stronger, but didn’t know where to start. I was looking not just for a gym, but for training on proper technique to prevent injury and a program designed for my specific goals. I also wanted a fun and supportive atmosphere to keep me coming back. JKC delivered on all of this and more.

Jon and Thomas have a wealth of knowledge that help their clients get the most out of their time in the gym. Programs are continuously modified to keep the workouts challenging. Even through everyone’s program is unique, you always have the coaches and other clients cheering you on and pushing you to achieve new bests.

I’ve been weight training on and off for years but never really had a specific goal or target in mind so routinely stalled out, plateaued or stopped training all together. Before I joined JKC I was definitely in a fitness slump and needed something to motivate me and get me back on track. I did a bit of digging online, looking at various personal training options and gyms around town but JKC seemed like the best option by far. I’ve tried big box gyms and other personal trainers in the past but none of them have had the perfect combination of goal specific fitness programming, welcoming and supportive environment, and the knowledge and passion to back it all up that you’ll find at JKC. Jon and Thomas are great to work with, they know how to motivate you if you’re having an off day and are well versed in all the different ways to make your muscles burn! I also have noticed some major improvements in my deadlifts since I started with JKC and was really happy with the result.

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