Doing Fitness Right!

This post was written by Rob Jan 17, 2018 in Fitness
Rob W

My 16 year old son recently started working out with weights at our fitness centre.  I was very happy when he came to me for some advice on setting up his workout routine. I see so many people putting in time and effort in our fitness centres, some with great success but quite a few are not getting the maximum benefits from their exercise because they are putting their bodies in compromising positions. 

Back in the Day
When I started working out I had little to no guidance.  “No pain no gain” was the mantra and it was all about pushing the body to its limits, “go big or go home”.  The demographics back then were very different as well; young guys pumping up, listening to hard rock with pictures of Arnold and the gang plastered all over the walls.  It was a very different scene than today. Looking out into our fitness centre this morning, almost all of our clients are over the age of 50.  Fitness centres have evolved and barely resemble the “weight rooms” I used back in the 80s. 

Increased Knowledge & Understanding
With the increased level of understanding of the human body and the advent of fitness professionals, fitness routines have also changed a great deal, as has the equipment offered in our centres.  Gone are the days of single movement exercises.  We now encourage exercises that combine multiple muscle groups and more closely replicate functional movements.  Our understanding of stability muscle function has pretty much eliminated the use of leather weight lifting belts and cardio training has become a much bigger component of a successful exercise routine. 

Learning the Right Way to Exercise
While our understanding of the human body has drastically increased, so has the volume of exercise information and unfortunately misinformation.  It can be confusing and frustrating as advice seems to changes and can contradict what was universally accepted not too long ago.  Knowing where and how to start an exercise routine can be a challenge and it’s why I am so glad my son asked his old man for some current advice. 

Upcoming Fitness Workshop
It’s also why I am excited to be hosting another fitness workshop at Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:00 – 7:00pm titled “10 Exercises You May Want to Skip”.  We have been hosting these monthly workshops for over a year and they have become increasingly popular.  Not only is it a great opportunity to meet our staff but it is also a chance to learn something new about fitness, our bodies and in this case exercises that have run their course and are not living up to their intended purpose.

Why did we get rid of our Torso Twist machine and why do I look forward to the end of seated leg extensions?  Why did the weight lifting belt disappear and what is up with all this talk about the ineffectiveness of static stretching?  Our upcoming workshop will address many of these issues and will also be backed up with evidence to support our recommendations.  We will give you ideas on alternative, more effective exercises because who wants to be wasting valuable time not getting results or even worse, risking an injury?

Our monthly workshops are open to everyone.  It’s free for fitness members and non-members can simply pay for a day drop in pass.  The workshops are fun, last about 1 hour and above else will give you something new to think about and ensure you are getting the most out of your exercise routine.


Rob W. is the NVRC's Fitness Centre Supervisor at Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre.

He is often found cycling to work from his home on Bowen Island.   Read his bio.



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