Personal Training St. John's

Personal Training St. John's

Looking for a challenging workout that combines moving and creating force in 3-dimensions?

Check out this 3 exercise circuit that utilizes the Ultimate Sandbag (www.JKConditioning.com/USB):

A1) Lateral Deadlift Clean to Rotational Overhead Press
A2) Rotational Clean to Front Loaded Lateral Lunge
A3) Single Leg Romanian Deadlift to Bent Over Row

Perform each exercise for 40-seconds. Take 20-seconds rest between exercises and complete 6 rounds. Wipe sweat off floor. Hit the showers.

These 3 exercises involve several movement patterns that form a complete workout.

  • Hip hinge pattern (lateral deadlift and romanian deadlift)
  • Lunge pattern (lateral lunge)
  • Pressing pattern (overhead press)
  • Pulling pattern (bent over row)
  • Rotational pattern (rotational clean and the rotational press)

Contrasts this to just using exercise machines. Machines are great, don’t get me wrong, but they have their limitations. Apart from usually being seated, machine exercises will challenge you in only one plane of motion e.g. leg press, leg extension, chest press and the list goes on. The exercises above will challenge you to create force in multiple planes of motion. These exercises will have more transfer to athletic skills and challenge your core and stabilizers in a unique way that machine exercises cannot replicate.

Want to use the best sandbag on the market? Check out www.JKConditioning.com/USB for more information.

JKC was recommended by a previous trainer who followed Jon online. He thought Jon’s approach to training was excellent. JKC employs well educated trainers who are very particular about technique and form. I have never injured myself because the trainers know what they are doing. They can always answer any questions I ask about my training. As well the trainers are friendly contributing to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the gym.

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.

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.

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A few of my wonderful friends and colleagues recommended JKC. I was told by one colleague that “It’ll be the best thing you ever do for yourself” and she was right! To be honest, I didn’t have much experience in any gym setting. And NO prior weight training experience. It was always so overwhelming! But from the first day, nothing was intimidating about JKC. Each workout is set up just for me, and with my specific skills and goals in mind. There are no stupid questions, you learn as you go, and what I really love, I always feel included and important, regardless of my skills/experience.

I recently visited Newfoundland for one month, and was looking for a good place to train while I was there. Jon and the team at JK conditioning really took the time to assess what I already knew, and set achievable goals for the time that I had with them. The gym was such a great place to push yourself. It had everything you needed, but more importantly it had a well organized, very knowledgeable, and really motivating group of trainers to push you at each workout. Not to mention a really nice group of other members who also motivated me to go that little bit further. I would highly recommend the gym to anyone who has a goal and wants to find a place to help them achieve it.

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