Staff Spotlight – Lexx Ellins

This Trainer Spotlight is a part of our Spotlight Series where you will get the chance to meet our staff and know a bit more about them.  Watch for more to come! Meet Lexx! Have you met Lexx ?  Lexx joined the HealthPlex team in March 2016 and since then has helped our members by…

Use a Personal Trainer? Why?

This is a question that we often get asked –  “Why do I need a Personal Trainer?” In today’s age of YouTube, social media, etc., there are endless videos and workout plans available for people to use.  Plus they’re free! But why are they free? The age-old saying comes to mind – “You get what…

Kick up your training – use your Heart Rate

With technology moving forward and advancing as quickly as it is, it becomes a bit overwhelming.  I know in the past I have written about utilizing metrics (see Using Metrics to Your Advantage), but today I want to speak specifically about Heart Rate Training. Simply put, looking at your heart rate zone gives you a ballpark idea…

Biggest Winners make a HUGE Change!

Every Spring at the HealthPlex we take the chance to help people make some healthy lifestyle changes with our Biggest Winner Healthy Living Challenge.  This 8 week challenge is a chance for people to experience new activities, whether it be visiting a fitness centre, completing a dietary analysis, or even taking a look at their…

Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

Yes, I said APPLE PIE! Who doesn’t love pie? There is just something so comforting about an aromatic and warm apple pie. You can indulge in this dessert, any time of year, with a delicious recipe that is made with good-for-you ingredients and tastes just like grandma’s apple pie. With natural sweeteners and no gluten, it…

“May” the Energy Be With You!

Finally, after those April showers we are seeing some May flowers! I can finally enjoy the sunshine and bring my workout outdoors. But if you are like me, you don’t have all that spring cleaning done just yet either. On top of that, do you just not have enough energy to get things done after a…

Coping with Muscle Soreness

We’ve all felt it – you have an amazing workout and then 2 days later – BAM – you can’t even walk down the stairs.  But why? This is a process we refer to as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS for short, and if you’re new to working out or workout frequently, you know…

Weight Lifting for your Golden Years

The video below of a 78 year old woman deadlifing 225lbs has been making it’s round on social media as of late.  Not sure what I’m talking about?  Here’s the video for you.   But why is this so impressive and why is it getting people talking?  Probably because deadlifting is not really a common…

Nutrition Inspiration – Spring Recipe Ideas

Keeping in mind that March is nutrition month AND that today is the first full day of Spring in 2016, why not take a look at the flavours of the season? I do try to make some changes every year around this time.  Whether it be trying the latest ‘super’ food, broadening my recipe collection or…

Group Training – IT WORKS!

Change can be hard – that’s not a surprise!  Now that resolutions have been pushed to the side by many our thoughts begin to turn to spring and summer.  As we think about the warm weather and sunshine, we also begin to think thoughts such as “How will I look in a swim suit” and…

Green St. Patty’s Day Smoothies for Weight Loss

6 Secrets To Making A Weight Loss Green Smoothie With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, you can amaze your friends and family with a bright green smoothie in your hand & a killer body to boot! Green smoothies are an ideal fat burning food as they are nutrient-rich, loaded with fiber, and low in fat. However, there…

Interval Training for Heart Health

It’s February 29th!  That means this is the end of our Heart Health series for 2016!  So far we have touched on the basics, some nutritional tips and exercises. For this last post I want to take a moment to talk about Interval Training (or HIIT Training).  More specifically – interval training for cardio as…