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Why we love push ups

Push-ups are one of those exercises that most people love to hate. However, there are many good reasons why they are worth doing – and why they remain a staple in our in-home and virtual personal training toolbox:FUNCTION & PRACTICALITYNielsen Fitness believes in functional fitness. Our private trainers take a health-first approach; improving our client’s health and function is at […]

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The Underrated Skill of Body Awareness

The focus of fitness is so often aesthetic, which makes it easy to focus solely on the external aspects of workouts: losing weight, gaining muscle definition, or moving with more strength, speed, and power.While these are fantastic fitness goals, a crucial element of fitness success is often overlooked: the quality of your mind-muscle connection and kinesthetic awareness. Read on to […]

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Cardio 101: Low vs. high impact & which to prioritize

Cardiovascular exercise is a key component of good health. Regular cardio “has been shown to improve everything from body composition to sleep quality” (Well & Good, 2024). On top of this, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally (yes, you read that right), which further highlights the importance of incorporating cardiovascular activity into your fitness routine. There’s a […]

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How to balance strength training and cardio

Strength and cardio training — whether in-home, outside, or at the gym — are unique in their advantages. It’s essential to incorporate both for optimal health and performance. In fact, “large-scale epidemiological studies suggest that meeting only the aerobic exercise guidelines lowers your risk of premature death from any cause by 15 to 35 percent. Meeting only the strength training […]

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Simple vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference?

“Carbohydrates provide essential nutrients and are one of the main sources of calories for our bodies” (American Heart Association, 2023). However, not all carbs are created equal. They can be broadly organized into two categories: simple and complex carbohydrates. Understanding the differences between these categories is key to making smart dietary choices, especially when it comes to fueling in-home personal […]

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): What, Why & How

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a workout characterized by alternating periods of high intensity exercise (such as sprinting or jumping) with periods of lower intensity exercise or rest. While some strength improvement can happen during HIIT, its nature is inherently cardiovascular.HIIT Training: How to Get StartedThe goal of HIIT is typically to maximize calorie burn while improving cardiovascular fitness and […]

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How to handle fitness setbacks

Experiencing setbacks in the gym can be discouraging to say the least. Whether it’s an unexpected injury, a busy schedule disrupting consistent workouts, or a progress plateau, setbacks can significantly impact motivation and progress – but this can be mitigated with the right mindset and approach.Successfully overcoming exercise setbacks requires resilience and a shift in mindset. Navigating through fitness challenges […]

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box breathing: what, why & how

If you could benefit from a simple technique to enhance your overall well-being and boost your performance in workouts, look no further than box breathing! This breathing technique, also known as square breathing or four-square breathing, is a powerful tool that can improve respiratory fitness and also enhance mental clarity and focus. In this article, we will explore the benefits […]

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Book Review: The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

In the world of fitness and weight loss, there’s a pervasive myth that revolves around calorie counting. Clients come to us, time and again, feeling frustrated and stuck in their weight loss journey despite diligently counting every calorie and sacrificing their favourite foods.It’s a tough cycle to break, and it’s exactly why I (Poul Nielsen!) am writing today’s blog post. […]

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4 reasons to consider virtual training

More of the workforce is going remote every day, and the world of personal training has followed suit. Virtual workouts are a fantastic way to double down on your commitment to fitness without losing the key accountability factor of working with a private trainer: a women’s study from the University of Toronto found that “significant positive relationships were found between […]

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