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Maintaining Fitness During the Holidays

Friday November 04 2016

It’s that time of year when your schedule is going to start to get even busier, with holiday shopping, parties, celebrations, and other events. Finding time to maintain a regular workout schedule can seem challenging, not to mention the wide variety of holiday foods you will want to enjoy.

The most important thing you want to avoid is a complete interruption in your workout routines. The last thing you want to do is to stop exercising. If you do this, it only takes about two weeks before your body starts deconditioning itself. This makes it much more difficult to get back into your normal routines after the holidays. Plus, it can up to three time longer to re-establish your prior fitness level before you stopped.

It is better to continue to exercise at least twice a week. As long as you can fit in two intense cardio workout sessions where you amp up your heart rate, you will find it much easier to get back into your normal workout routines once the holidays are over.

If you will be traveling for the holidays and away from your fitness club in Toronto or elsewhere in the GTA, consider alternative solutions, like using the fitness equipment in your hotel or going out jogging. If it is too cold outside, and you are staying with relatives, who have a two-story home, a slow sprint up and down the stairs for about a half hour is a great workout.

In cases where you are finding it difficult to fit in exercise in the afternoon and evenings, consider moving it to earlier in the morning. Most people are far more likely to stick to their workouts when they do them first thing in the morning, before going to work or doing other holiday activities.

It also helps to schedule your workout sessions on your calendar. Just remember to allow sufficient travel time to/from the fitness centre so you are not rushed or do not have enough time to complete your workout.

The biggest temptation for many people is overdoing it when it comes to eating all those tasty holiday foods, treats, cookies, and desserts. Don’t let yourself get too carried away. It is okay to indulge a little and enjoy your favourites. For instance, if you have an afternoon lunch and an evening dinner to attend on the same day, consider eating a full lunch, but skip on afternoon desserts and at the evening dinner, enjoy lighter options and dessert.

It is also beneficial to use portion control to avoid stuffing yourself. Most importantly, listen to your body! If you feel full stop eating, even if food is left on the plate. You can always ask the host/hostess if you can take some of the food home with you to enjoy later.

If you need exercise encouragement and motivation, remember Wynn Fitness Clubs are here to help! Do not hesitate to call us at (905) 276-0040 to find out our holiday hours of operation and group fitness class schedules, or to arrange a consultation with one of our personal trainers.



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Thanksgiving Holiday HRS 2016

Monday October 10 2016

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Post Workout Smoothie For Recovery

Tuesday August 30 2016

Post Workout Smoothie For Recovery

1 scoop protein
8 oz almond milk
Greek yogurt
½ banana
¾ c mixed berries
Blend, serve and enjoy!

Frozen berries for garnish (optional) #eatcleanlivelean #shoplocal

 


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Common Muscle Groups Often Neglected by Guys during Workouts

Wednesday April 13 2016

For most guys, it is easy to get distracted, when working out and only focusing on those muscles groups they get judged on the most, which are the abs, buttocks, and chest. These areas of the body are the ones that people often notice when checking a guy out. As such, other muscle groups get neglected and do not get the workout attention they desire.

 

If you find yourself focusing on the three primary areas and not concentrating on other muscle groups, you would not be alone. However, after spending 20 or 30 minutes working out the three primary areas, you should give some attention to the other neglected areas of your body for a more even and well-balanced workout. Not to mention, your body will appreciate the added attention you give it.

 

Forearms

 

When was the last time you actually worked on building your forearm muscles? Working on this muscle group helps strengthen the arms and allows you to have a more firm grip, whether you are holding weights or shaking someone’s hand. The first thing to do is avoid using lifting straps and reducing the amount of weight, to help strengthen this muscle group. Not using the straps forces your forearms to do the work instead. In addition, you can incorporate wrist flexion and extension reps into your routine.

 

Calves

 

If your legs look smaller and disproportionate that the rest of your body, you have been neglecting your calves. With a little consistency in your workout routines and time, you can increase the size of your calve muscles and make your legs stronger. Two exercises you can do are seated calf raises and standing calf raises. Both of these exercises will help target all of the smaller muscle groups that makes up the entire calf muscle group.

 

Rear Delts

 

Neglecting the rear deals will result in shortened and tightened chest muscles and a more rounded back. Even though you might think you are getting a great workout by just focusing on the abs and chest, in the long run, you end up with bad posture and the potential for back problems. Try lowering the weight you lift for your chest workouts and widening the grip to force the upper back muscles to help lift the weight and give them a decent workout. Another exercise you can try is bent-over reverse fly’s.

 

Hamstrings

 

Skimping on hamstring workouts could potentially lead to knee injuries. If you notice your knees are sore and you have not been working on your hamstrings, chances are they are letting you know there is a muscle imbalance that needs your attention. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing injury to yourself. Both physio ball curls and Roman dead lifts are great exercises to target the hamstrings and make them stronger.

 

By taking the time to develop a more even workout regimen, your body will become stronger and evenly balanced. In addition to spending equal time on all of the muscle groups, it is important to remember the role of cardio and how it can help further your fitness goals.

 

Most guys do not spend enough time on cardio or do the same cardio routines, so their bodies have acclimated to it and they no longer benefit from it. Ideally, you want to vary your cardio workouts and push yourself to the point where you heart rate is elevated and you are breathing heavily. Depending on your current fitness level, you should be spending between 30 to 60 minutes on cardio exercises, such as swimming, jogging, cycling, running, or participating in cardio classes between 3 and 5 days a week, or more.

 

For assistance in developing a well-balanced workout routine that incorporates both weight lifting and cardio, it may be worthwhile to retain the services of a personal trainer at one of our finesses centres in Downtown Toronto, Toronto West, Toronto East, Mississauga, and Richmond Hill or if you are a new member, take advantage of our WynnMap orientation program. To learn more about our experienced personal trainers and how they can help you or our other programs and classes, contact Wynn Fitness Clubs now at (416) 366-7500.



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Canada Day Holiday Hours 2015

Wednesday July 01 2015

Canada Day July 01, 2015

Holiday Hours for all locations 8AM - 6PM

(No Group Fitness Classes available)

 



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Bootcamp at Berczy Park

Saturday May 23 2015

 

FREE Bootcamp at Berczy Park (Church/Front St) May 23, 2015 at 10AM and 2PM

Bring a towel, water bottle, mat and FRIEND! See you there! No excuses!

For more pics check out our Facebook Album!

 



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Yoga For Men

Saturday January 17 2015

 

Yoga for men!! A FREE WORKSHOP for our members at the Esplanade location!!

Sunday Jan 25th at 2:30PM

  Push your limits. Calm your mind.

One full hour. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, sculpt muscles and learn how to prevent workout injuries.

#seminar #trial #assessment #consultation #yoga



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Halloween Open House

Wednesday October 29 2014

 

Halloween Open House

October 29, 2014

4:00pm - 10:00pm

Live DJ! Free Food!

Best costume wins a FREE YEAR Membership!

Bring your friends! Guests welcome!

Trick or Treat!



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Esplanade Construction Notice

Friday October 17 2014



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Civic Holiday Hours

Monday August 04 2014

 

August 04, 2014 - Civic Holiday Hours

 

We're OPEN for business Aug 04, 2014 from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Please note that NO FITNESS CLASSES are scheduled from Aug 02 - Aug 04, 2014

 

Have an amazing holiday and be sure to get that workout in!!

 

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