A Tale of Two Facilities

In early July, the gym at our downtown office flooded and continues to leak. We thought it would only be a one- or two-week closure but the facility will be closed until August 22 so I went in search of a 30-day option. I narrowed down my list to World Health Jasper Avenue and Don Wheaton YMCA since they're about the same distance from my building (I considered the Hotel Mac until I got quoted $120 for the month). I started with World Health Jasper Ave. I called ahead, told them my gym was out of commission for a month, and was looking to pay around $30 or $50 for 30 days. Bump number one was when the girl on the other end said she couldn't quote me a price over…
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Two-Day Workouts

I've tried five-day workout splits (one muscle group each day), three-day splits, and one-day full-body workouts. The ones that I like best though are two-day workout splits. It's easy to alternate, I can mix activities in between, and - if I miss a day - I know that I can still hit my goal of working out all my muscles at least twice in a week. Below you'll find the workouts that helped me achieve and maintain a lean-muscle build. Working out this way has had a profound impact on my everyday life (I'm all-around stronger and leaner) and especially when I play sports: running is easier, skating is easier, and I have greater endurance. If you're looking to change up your workouts give this a try for 4-6 weeks. *…
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Where’s Your Gym?

Health, fitness, and wellness - and, of course, the dreaded "gym" - are all topics that come up regularly at work and in my life these days. First and foremost, we should change the definition of the word "gym." Your gym is wherever you enjoy doing activity - at home, at a fitness facility, along a bike path in the river valley, or out in the mountain wilderness. With that definition in mind, when you do go to the gym, go for the good feeling and not for the guilt. I often hear people say how much they dislike lifting weights or spending time on a treadmill or having to share a room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. And yet they force themselves to go and they feel terrible. Or, if…
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Balance: It’s Not As Hard As You Think

Ever wondered why you're totally exhausted at 2 o'clock in the afternoon?  Ever been so frustrated with the work in front of you that you want to throw things?  Ever think you're trapped in your mind and can't seem to get out?  You're not alone: all of these things are related to an imbalance in your eating habits, your time spent concentrating on work, and your physical fitness. (more…)
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