5 Simple Ways To Ease Neck & Shoulder Pain

Breathe Better The vast majority of people with neck or shoulder pain have a limited ability to breathe correctly. People in pain tend to start using their neck and shoulder muscles to help with breathing, instead of using the diaphragm (the coolest muscle in the body, by the way) and abdominals. Considering that we humans take upwards of 20,000 breaths per day, that’s a lot of extra work for your cranky neck and shoulders, which leads to extra tension all [...]

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End Knee Pain With These 3 Exercises

The hamstrings are very important muscles that keep you active, help in running and also decrease low back pain and stiffness!   Most people who go to the gym and train their hamstring by jumping in a machine and mashing out 10 or 12 reps before moving on to the next exercise.   This is the worse thing to do. The hamstrings cross two joints, the knee and the hip. If there is an issue with strength in the knee you get knee [...]

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9 Simple Ways to Overcome Sugar Cravings

Sugar is an extraordinarily destructive substance that tends to be overconsumed by most people. Sugar is a highly addictive substance that plays a pivotal role in the development of many of the devastating illnesses we fear most, namely heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. Granted the body does need trace amounts of sugar to function, but the average Canadian is eating sugar by the pound, not the molecule. Some estimates put the average adult [...]

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The Top 3 BEST Lunge Variations

Lunges are often overlooked and poorly executed, but when done properly and added to a program they can help you lose more body fat and eliminate back pain! FRONT FOOT ELEVATED CABLE  Elevating the front foot de-loads the quad. Great for people who have a range of motion and strength issues. Coaching Tip – Have the handle in the opposite hand as the leg that is forward FRONT HEEL ELEVATED  (WEDGE) Elevating the front leg allows for a greater distance the leg can travel emphasizing [...]

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The Top 3 BEST Chest Press Exercises

When it comes to chest training most people opt-in for bench pressing, as the movement allows the trainee to use higher loads in a compound movement. While pressing can be a good exercise for the chest it is important to look at a few factors to optimize your training and prevent injuries. Upper Chest (Clavicular) Coaching Tip – Focus on a lower arm position and adducting your arm towards your clavicle. (Low to a high position) Middle Chest (Sternal)  Coaching Tip – Focus on [...]

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The Top 3 BEST Glute Exercises

When it comes to glute training most people opt-in for a variety of banded isolation exercises or frog pumps. The reality is you must look at the anatomy and function of the glutes and select exercises and emphasize the execution that will help you develop the best glutes and do it pain-free! This article will explain 3 exercises which target the glutes in the “short” range where the area of most opportunity is and where so many people miss! Barbell RDL with [...]

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Posture Tips: How To Ease Aches and Pains At Work

We have this question asked often by clients who have aches & pains. (It’s a common question we often get asked about posture)… “Brad, I’ve recently had Repetitive Strain Injury from work and although I’ve been given a wrist rest for when I’m on the computer, I still seem to suffer from bad posture. What would help improve my posture at work??…’  – Clare, 49, Danforth A lot of people underestimate the power of great posture and the advantages it can provide [...]

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries This Season

Wear Appropriate Footwear The best running footwear is often a confusing topic for many amateur runners. In simple terms the type of footwear can vary based on foot type and style of running. For example, a long distance runner with large pronation (foot turning inwards) will need a shoe with increased rear cushioning and an insole which can support the inner part of the foot. Although footwear can be very much individual based on the above, a simple home check [...]

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Fix Your Breakfast, Fix your Life

Low on Energy In the Morning?   Need an Afternoon Nap?   No Energy for Your Workouts?   Do you Skip Breakfast?   Reality is breakfast is the most commonly skipped meals of the day and this can create havoc for your overall energy and mood.   Excuses range from “I don’t have an appetite in the morning”, “I don’t have time” to “I can’t eat meat for breakfast”.   For most people, breakfast should be the largest meal of the day.   Here are a few reasons why you should [...]

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Success Story – Pip Dwyer

“It’s Amazing, it Really Does Transform Your Whole Body, I am Stronger Than I Have Ever Been!” Before training at Link, Pip was spending endless hours on cardio machines and had never lifted a weight. After a few months of running and cardio Pip began to get hip & low back pain and felt weak in her core. This was affecting how she carried herself, her work and most importantly how she felt about herself. Fed up with her past routine and [...]

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