If you missed Part I, I listed the first 10 of 30 health and fitness tips in this series.  Here’s Part II, enjoy!

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I do not provide meal plans or claim to be a nutrition expert. I only make recommendations on what foods to eat or avoid based on past experience and my education.

RenegadeDietBook3DA11. According to the Perfect Health Diet, most can benefit from intermittent fasting (IF). We all do it (no eating over night while sleeping and breaking the fast in the morning with breakfast). IF involves extended periods of fasting longer than the normal overnight fast.

There are various protocols out there – I like the 16/8 method, which is fasting for 16 hours and eating within the next 8. I’ve done the Renegade Diet for 4 weeks now and have lost fat all over, particularly in my torso. I’ve also lost 6 lbs. IF will teach you the difference between emotional and true hunger. You’ll also learn that missing meals isn’t the end of the world. Leangains.com, John Berardi’s free IF ebook, John Romaniello and Dan Go’s ebook Fat Loss for Ever and the Perfect Health Diet are other great resources on IF. A more in-depth blog post will be written soon on my experience with IF.

Read more about the Renegade Diet HERE.

12. The 2 most common lower body movement patterns performed in the gym are the squat and hip hinge. Strive to be able to squat like a baby for the rest of your life and learn the difference between hip flexion and spinal flexion – you’ll save yourself a lot of stress later in life.

13. Finding an excuse to workout is ridiculous. Invest in a coach/trainer and learn how you can use stuff around the house for home workouts. You don’t need much and you’ll be surprised how much you can kick your ass with just body weight exercises and a few pieces for equipment.

14. Look at weight training as loaded stretching. Using perfect effective form in the gym will not only build stronger bigger muscles, but will move your muscles near their full range of motion…that is unless you perform 1/2 reps for everything. As Nick Tumminello said last weekend at the Personal Trainer Development Centre Hybrid Training Conference “It’s not rocket surgery,” referring to keeping mobility while participating in a resistance training program.

15. Get fit to run and don’t run to get fit. Your unfit body can’t handle the pounding and high repetition of jogging. Guaranteed, you’ll eventually develop an overuse injury from inefficient biomechanics over time. Resistance and strength train to build tissue tolerance to the pounding. Lose weight with better nutrition – take the load off your joints and soft tissue. You’ll thank me later.

16. Organic sugar is just as bad for you as non-organic sugar. Don’t be fooled! High fructose corn-syrup is terrible for you and is not like regular sugar as the commercials proclaim.

17. Time your carbohydrate intake around your workouts and limit your carb intake the further you get from your workout. Minimize your carb intake on non-workout days. This is known as carb-cycling. It’s worked wonders for me, as I haven’t seen my abs this well since I used to run track. Note: this picture is before I started IF.

18. Eat more fat. Fatty fish, coconut oil, olive oil and organic dairy butter are great sources. Saturated fat has recently been shown to not be linked with heart disease as was originally thought. Read the meta-analysis HERE. Remove trans-fat from your diet and minimize your PUFA consumption. The Perfect Health Diet recommends a diet with 60-65% fat – astronomically high compared to the recommendations by the Canadian Food Guide.

19. Don’t count calories. Eating real food takes care of this. Remember, anything packaged is not real. Even protein powders aren’t truly “real” and should be eaten in moderation.

20. Today’s wheat is shit, so take it out. Check out Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis for more. Gluten-free options aren’t much better in comparison. Take out all artificial sweeteners, MSG, and margarine. MSG is an excito-toxin that prevents you from getting full. Think about this: there are no naturally occurring fat mice in nature, so researchers have to use MSG to fatten up these poor animals for testing (imagine what it can do to you!). Try to eat organic meats and dairy products. Skip on the farmed fish and drink organic coffee. Eat seaweeds and organ meats – something my wife and I still yet to try. Liver and onions anyone?!

Well, that’s it for part II. Stay tuned for part III.

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-JK

I had spent a fair bit of time in gyms in my teens and twenties but I turned away from the gym to focus on activities that I enjoyed more. What keeps me at JKC is that I do really enjoy it. I always feel that I’ve accomplished something when I leave at the end of my workout. The environment is really positive and focused on challenging yourself whatever your level of comfort and fitness. I’ve also seen results that I’m really happy with; having someone who really knows what they’re talking about to guide your workouts makes them way more effective and focused than just “going to the gym”.

Shortly after I started at JKC, I sustained a fairly major injury that took me off my feet for several months. When I started to get back to activity, it was very difficult. Jon and Thomas worked hard to tailor my workouts to my goals and what I could do. With their help, I’ve been steadily building back strength and function.

I saw an article in Men’s Journal that quoted Jon in about 2018 while traveling and was impressed that someone in St. John’s made that international magazine.  Jon spoke about an exercise called the Farmer’s Walk and I started working that into my routine at the YMCA. I tore that article out of the magazine and kept it, meaning to make contact, but got busy. Then I had lunch with an old friend Bruce Dyke. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a while and I remarked that he looked super healthy and fit. He told me about his, and his son Cas’, experience at JKC and then I remembered the Men’s Journal article! No coincidences!

The experience is unique on many levels – great people, camaraderie, passion, purpose, and dedication. Jon and Thomas are attentive, precise and understanding.  Their teaching has unlocked a new perspective for me with what our bodies are capable of. I still appreciate the YMCA, wonderful place, but I can’t imagine working out without Jon and Thomas now.

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.

cas dyke

I started training at JKC in 2016 because I had built up a number of muscle imbalances from old injuries and activities like rock climbing which had led to some really bad posture and mobility issues. On top of that some friends had convinced me to sign up for a half-ironman. Working with Jon and Thomas was a way to pull my body back into alignment and make sure it wouldn’t fall apart during my race. The staff at JKC pride themselves on continuously advancing their knowledge, which leads to new and inventive way to address problems, old and new. I got my Dad to start training here and recommended JKC to all looking to improve their strength and fitness.

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