Functional Strength

Five of our favourite compound exercises

Compound exercises are a fundamental component of our personal training programs, both in-home and online – and for good reason. “Not including compound exercises in your programme is on par with forgetting your headphones or not re-racking your weights. It’s a fitness faux pas that experts unanimously agree, should be avoided at all costs” (Men’s Health, 2023).Compound exercises are movements […]


Intermittent Fasting: What, How and Why?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a dietary practice that’s getting a lot of attention these days. In a nutshell, it involves fitting all your calories for the day into a condensed window of time and ‘fasting’ outside those hours. Many intermittent fasters eat within an eight-hour window – for example, noon to 8pm – and fast for the remaining 16 hours […]


5 reasons why building and maintaining muscle mass is critical

Muscle mass is a vital component of our overall health and well-being that should not be overlooked. Beyond the aesthetic benefits of a toned physique, preserving muscle mass plays a crucial role in various aspects of our lives. In this blog, we’ll explore five reasons why it’s essential to prioritize the maintenance of muscle mass throughout our lives. METABOLISM AND […]


Why Thin Doesn’t Always = Healthy

The other day one of our virtual personal training clients, who is in great shape, told me that one of her friends remarked to her, “Why on earth do you work out? You’re skinny!” This comment is an example of a great misconception in our society: that skinny = healthy.This client can deadlift and squat more than her own body […]


The benefits of strength training for older adults

As we get older, taking care of our bodies becomes more important than ever. It’s no secret that maintaining a regular exercise routine is essential for overall health and well-being. But what about strength training after 50? Is it really necessary? The answer is yes! In fact, strength training becomes even more crucial as we age. Not only does it enhance quality […]


How to improve your posture through exercise

Modern technology is continuously evolving, and the boom of the internet and digital devices has significantly transformed the way we communicate, work, and interact with information. Though the convenience, connection, and accessibility brought on by these innovations is inarguable, there has been a less-discussed yet very real consequence: the adverse impact on our posture. The widespread use of computers, smartphones, and […]


how to protect your knees from pain

As pivotal joints in our body, the knees bear the brunt of our movements and activities. This makes them susceptible to wear and tear over time.Whether you’re dealing with knee pain or aiming to prevent it, adopting a holistic approach to knee health is paramount. In this guide, we’ll delve into the many causes of knee pain and discuss exercise […]


Nielsen Fitness’ Guide to Strength Training for Seniors

Strength training is an important part of any fitness program, especially for seniors. As we age, our muscles naturally weaken, making it more difficult to stay active. Strength training helps build strong bones and muscles, which can lead to improved balance, better posture, improved coordination, and increased stamina. For older adults, strength training can also reduce the risk of injury […]