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I Write a weeky blog that contains helpful hints, education, recipes, and critical thinking about living our healthiest lives.  You can read the full blog here:  https://unleashyouroptimalhealth.wordpress.com/

 

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Looking for my Weight Lifting Book?

I also have a weight lifting guide publish on Amazon as an EBOOK.  

My guide is intended to teach beginner’s how to use basic machines, free weight exercises, and cable machines.  I also include a ton of visuals and detailed descriptions for each exercise.

The book is 50 pages and also includes details on how to warm up, foam roll, and cool down effectively.

The guideline of the book is structured as a 6 week learn to lift weights program where I walk you through exactly what to do over 6 weeks to teach yourself the basic lifts.  It was designed as part of the Women Weight Lifting class I run at the YWCA Health and Fitness Centre.  I decided to publish the book online for any of my blog readers who don’t live in Vancouver and can’t get access to the information.

I talk about breathing properly, form and technique, getting the most from your workout, and how to structure your program once you are done the 6 week learning to lift phase.

Here is the link to the book, which I am selling for $9.99.

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Lift-Weights–Level-ebook/dp/B01CDJ77S8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457026210&sr=8-1&keywords=teach+yourself+to+lift+weights

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Summer Hike Ideas: Mount Strachan
Now that we have finally been graced with some nice weather in Vancouver, it’s time to hit the trails! Mount Strachan is a beautiful and challenging hike on Cypress Mountain, and one I recommend if you are into:  Circle route hikes (it’s not an out and back trek)- lots of variation in scenery Good views […]
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What to do when someone calls you fat
Earlier in the week I overhead a comment that sounded like someone was speaking about how I have gained weight.  I cannot 100 % guarantee this was the comment, but whether or not it actually happened is beyond the point.  People make rude comments to each other about age, weight, height, life choices etc. all […]
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Workout: Legs, Core, Triceps, Back, Abs, and Hip symmetry!
Hey Gang, Wanted to share with you one of my workouts from last week.  The exercises are low impact, but can be very challenging when done properly.  I did each exercise in a Tabata format, which means I did 20 seconds of hard work, followed by 10 seconds rest, and repeated that 8 times for […]
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Hot Springs & Hiking Near Whistler
Need a weekend getaway to somewhere peaceful, and out in the middle of nowhere?  Want to combine this with a great hike? One of my favourite weekend trips Kyle and I have taken over the past few years was out to the Skookumchuck Hot Springs located north of Pemberton.  Although a bit of a drive […]
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Do you want a “Back Care” Workshop- You must vote so I know!
After the Back Care workshop I hosted at the YWCA Health and Fitness Centre a few weeks back there was plenty of response for me to host an online webinar, or perhaps a longer (3 hour session) to provide an opportunity to really dive into the material. Before I go ahead and plan an event […]
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Hiking/Canoeing Pitt Lake & Widgeon Falls- beginner friendly
Looking for an easy canoe ride to a short hike ending in beautiful waterfalls, and all within an hour and a bit drive from Vancouver?  You should check out Pitt Lake and Widgeon falls. Pitt Lake is located about 1.25 hours from Vancouver.  Once you get to Pitt lake you have about a 45 minute […]
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Today’s Workout: inner thigh, spine, butt, shoulders.
This workout today is all about neglected muscles!  In our ‘typical’ workout programs that we often get trapped in doing in the gym we tend to focus on exercises like squatting, lunging, push up variations, pull down motions, and the like.  These are all great exercises, but it’s also good to have a ton of […]
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6 Week weight training Group Thursdays 12-1 pm- starts this week!
When doing bodyweight, free weight, and machine based exercises sometimes it can be the smallest change in form/technique, breathing, or awareness of which muscles are performing the motion that can  make all the difference. How long have you been struggling with push ups for?  Do you know how to brace your core, set our shoulder […]
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