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Fitness For Freedom Tips

Fitness For Freedom Tips is a new type of fitness and health show. We deliver fitness tips that you can apply to your life right away in 10 minutes or less. Lets face it you’re busy and life pulls you in all directions. You want to be healthier, but living a healthier lifestyle is hard. It requires you to change and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We work hard to syphon through it to give you the most sound advice possible and set you up for the greatest chance of success. Jonathan Chant has been working with people to live healthier lives for 10 years now and he’s seen it all. That’s why he founded Fitness For Freedom, your complete online fitness training and lifestyle design community. He pulls out all the stops to help you make the changes yourself. No transformation challenges, no extreme changes just solid strategies to help you make changes that will stick for the rest of your life. Change is constant and you’re going to have lots of questions as you go along that’s why we keep our episodes short so they don’t ‘eat in’ to your already ‘stretched’ lives (puns intended). We try to have some fun with it too! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring? So what are you waiting for? If you’re still reading this you’re definitely interested in the show, so give it a listen.
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Jun 26, 2017

If you’re new to the show welcome, if you’ve been listening for a while thanks for coming back we appreciate that you’ve taken time out of your busy day to listen and hope that in return you get some valuable information and some things that you can apply into your everyday life to be the healthiest and most active version of yourself.

Before we get into the main part of the show I just want to take a minute to extend a special thanks to Sheri for alerting us to an audio issue that had been occurring for the last 10 episodes or so and giving us the very specific time of when it was happening. Thank you for helping us instead of saying screw you and leaving a negative review, we really appreciate that.

Now, onto the show.

One of our trainer’s, Richard, has a client that he has been working with once a week for a few months. Over this time he found that the client was really devoted and putting in a full effort for their one hour session together, but was having trouble doing the workout when Richard wasn't there directly supervising him. Some trainers may have given this client a hard time and tried to shame or guilt them into doing the workout, other’s might aggressively say, you have to make yourself do it, because you know you should do it, other trainers might take a more passive approach and have the client use a strategy like putting their gym clothes on first thing in the morning and reminding themselves of how good they’ll feel after they’re done. But not Richard he said nothing like that, instead he asked this question.

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Jun 21, 2017

Enthuzed but Confused - How much water should I be drinking after and during an exercise routine? Especially a very intense one where I’m sweating a lot.

No Free Time - I’ve been exercising for about 4 months, 3 days a week. Now, I have less time than I used to, and I need to cut back on how much exercising I’m doing. Should I keep to 3 days and exercise for less time, or cut back to one intense day?

Mom Problems - My kids spend a lot of time on the computer, and I want to get them more interested in being active. How can I get their attention? 

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Jun 19, 2017

As some of you know I played hockey while I was growing up and continued to play men’s league or beer league hockey until a few years ago when I had to give it up, because the games are too late and I’ve been devoting most of my time to growing Fitness For Freedom and my family. Playing late night hockey was starting to wear me down and burn me out. So I hadn’t played for a few years when I recently got the call to fill in, ‘Hey, Jonny we have an 8:30 game this Thursday, you think you could make it?’ to which I responded, ‘Gordo, that is the only day and time that is even possible, so I’ll do it.’

It was only a couple days away which didn’t give me much time to train, if you’ve ever played hockey after an extended absence you know that it doesn’t matter how many leg exercises you do, hockey makes your legs a different kind of sore no matter what and my Friday morning squash game was already feeling it. So on the Wednesday night instead of doing a race pace run on a flat surface like I usually do, I ran to the quarry by my house and did interval wind sprints up and down the hill, 10 times at which point I almost vomited and decided to call it a night. The next day when I hit the ice I felt like a million bucks, I could skate well and my legs were only mildly sore at the end of the game, which for me is unheard of after such a long time off, and I attribute it to the hills I ran the day before and it also got me thinking. Hardly anyone does hill training which is unfortunate because there are so many benefits than just not being sore after your hockey game the next day, so day we have the Top 3 reasons everybody she incorporate hills into their training program no matter what.

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Jun 14, 2017

Fitness With Friends - I’ve been exercising with a friend for a few months now; but now she keeps skipping out on me. I don’t really like going alone, but I do want to keep exercising, and I don’t have many other people to reach out to. How can I keep my friend interested?

Too Young For This - I sit forward a lot, and I have really bad posture that I want to fix. What’s a good quick exercise I can do to help with my posture? I want something effective that will actually last, but won’t take too long each day.

Foodstuff - If my goal is just to lose weight, is it necessary to exercise, or would it be enough if I only eat healthy?

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Jun 12, 2017

About 10 years ago when we first started our in-home personal training company, one of my co-workers from my previous job hired me to design his exercise program.  He was having some kind of an early 20’s crisis and decided he needed to quit smoking, stop drinking, eat healthfully, start exercising, go to bed earlier and lose weight all in one shot. He was pumped, promised himself this time was going to be different and he basically turned his life upside down. We did a few sessions together until we were both comfortable with how well he was doing the exercises and that he understood everything, why the program was structured the way it was, intensities etc. and we were supposed to get back together about 4 weeks later to update his program. Unfortunately I never heard from him again, until two years ago when I bumped into him at a conference centre here in town. He had put on about 50 pounds since I had last seen him and he’ed started smoking again, possibly he never legitimately stopped. I was disappointed, not in him, but in the fact I know he wants to change, but here is something inside of him that is preventing that from happening.

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Jun 7, 2017

Janice4Tennis - A year ago I had been stretching for about 3 months, using a variety of stretches and techniques (sometimes with a partner), but I stopped, and lost about all of my flexibility. I stretch mainly for tennis. I want to get it back if I can, where do I start?

Fit Frank - Are push-ups a good pre-workout exercise before lifting weights?

Lethargy Sucks - I work at an office, and when I’m home spend a lot of time on the computer. I do exercise, but sometimes I have a hard time stopping if I’m on a roll with my personal projects. What are some quick and easy exercises I can do so I can keep my mind focused?

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Jun 5, 2017

Welcome and thanks for stopping by, we appreciate that you’ve taken time out of your busy day to listen and hope that in return you get some valuable information or insight that you can apply into your everyday life to be the healthiest and most active version of yourself.

 

In my last year of University I separated my shoulder in a snowboarding accident, I was hurt bad enough that I was unable to lift weights for several months, but after about 1 month I was able to run again, so I dedicated myself to that and started running 5 days a week. It’s probably the only point in my life where I considered myself a legitimate runner and by my standards I was getting very fast running between 5 and 8km, until I started getting pain in the arch of my foot.  At the time I wasn’t sure how to deal with it, but by happenstance I read an article in Men’s Health where they were interviewing Ray Zahab for running tips, for those of you that don’t know Ray is an ultra marathoner that at the time was running 6000 miles across the Sahara desert. In this article he said the best way to run injury free was to keep your pelvis inline to in front of your chest, so I started doing that and interestingly enough the pain in the arch of my foot subsided immediately and I was able to continue running, but initially I slowed down until I got used to this new running stride and adapted for it.

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