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.

I was looking for something to augment my 20+ year yoga practice with a focus on strength conditioning. I am friend’s with Jon’s sister in-law and over the years always heard great things about JKC, especially with respect to the top quality trainers they have and programs they run. After talking to Jon about my goals, and hearing his thoughts on a training plan, I knew that this was going to be an awesome experience … and it sure has been. JKC stands out from other gyms because of the attention to detail, the high quality of the staff and the facilities. Also, the amazing people that train there. And no one posing and taking selfies. I’m 41 years old and I started in Dec 2021.

I have never previously seen the passion and level of care that Jon and Thomas bring to everyone who works out at JKC. Their knowledge, insight and skills are extraordinary, and they work with everyone individually to ensure the best possible results. The attention to detail and to every person’s specific requirements and goals, and the incredible, constant encouragement they provide, is, in my opinion, what truly distinguishes JKC from any other program in which I’ve participated. I am extremely pleased with the progress I’ve achieved thus far, and it’s largely attributable to Jon and Thomas and the approach they take to training and working with people.

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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 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 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.

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