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Supplement Series #1: Not All Supplements Are for Sports

By | Community Of Experts, Nutrition, Online Store, Supplements

The word ‘supplement’ gets thrown around a lot these days. You always hear it in health and fitness circles, but it can also describe products that help us look after our skin, improve our rest, or reduce signs of aging. In this first edition of the supplement series, we’re looking at vital micronutrients and other supplements that you can add to your diet or regime, to help to create a younger feeling, healthier-looking you.

Supplements 101: What Are They Used For?

Supplements are designed to – wait for it- supplement something that we are currently missing. From vitamins and minerals to sunshine and toothpaste, there are products and solutions to help keep your body in optimal shape, inside and out.

Normally, when people hear the term supplement they go straight to sports supplements. Most of us are aware that you can add protein to your diet when strength training, and many of us already use a daily multivitamin to supplement our body with micronutrients we aren’t getting from our diet.

However, the supplement industry reaches much further than that, and with a solution to almost anything you want to change or improve, finding the right products is really about your personal goals. Are you trying to:

  • lose weight? 
  • Increase muscle
  • Boost your immune system? 
  • Look younger? 
  • Improve focus?
  • Stay hydrated?
  • Have more energy? 
  • Recover quicker? 

These are just some of the options that supplementing can help with, whether it’s a skincare product or vitamin boosting superfood mix. 

It’s no secret that exercising can help us to feel good, but the right supplements can ensure that we are supplying ourselves with enough of the ‘good stuff’ to perform the tasks we require. By unlocking the full potential of a range of supplements, we can complement the energizing power of our exercise regimes, and bring positive change to our lives. 

Not All Supplements Are Created Equally

When a lot of people first go to a gym, they enter with the goal of losing X pounds. But in most cases when you dive into the details, it isn’t actually about losing weight. It’s about feeling better, having more energy, or being happier with the face that looks back at you in the mirror. Losing weight may seem like the solution, but it’s usually just the side effect! 

Whilst many products will claim to solve X, Y, and Z they can often have nasty side effects, or be full of unnecessary and unnatural ingredients. The best supplements are not only reputable and bio-available, but they’re also the ones that are best suited to your health and wellness goals. 

There are a number of supplements used and recommended by the Turnfit family to help us to feel healthier and have the energy and vitality we need to get you the most out of your training sessions. We have recently made these products available through our online store, and want to share some of them with you today.

Anti-Aging Supplement: Life Pak

Pharmanex Lifepak is an all-in-one anti-ageing supplementA real anti-aging supplement doesn’t actually reverse the signs of aging. Nothing can turn back the clock on that one. However, quality anti-aging products will provide your body with essential micronutrients and restorative elements that give it the tools needed to regenerate lost and aging cells.

On a molecular level, supplements like Life Pak are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, omega’s, antioxidants and adaptogens which help to fight free radicals – one of the primary causes of cell degradation and aging. 

Not only do these essential elements improve your immune system, but they also have vast reaching cognitive benefits. The addition of coenzyme Q10 (see below for more info) has been shown to have positive effects on neural plasticity, slowing the mental effects of aging, and reducing stress and anxiety to boot! 

Digestive Supplements: Pharmanex Digestive Formula

Research has shown that the gut now accounts for 70% of your entire immune system. Although this system has evolved with us over millions of years, up to 50% of the population still experiences some sort of internal discomfort as a result of their diet, intolerances or other mitigating factors. 

As such a number of ‘digestive aids’ are now available on supermarket shelves, but they aren’t all created equally. Rather, many products focus on increasing your fibre intake- which is not a bio-available substance, and whilst it may make using the bathroom a little easier, it doesn’t actively work to fix the problems in your gut. 

One digestive supplement that the Turnfit team has really gotten behind lately is the Pharmanex Digestive formula. This digestive aid contains a unique blend of natural extracts that can help to:

  • Reduce bloating and cramps
  • Process and digest foods, ensuring we are improving the amount of nutrient absorption from our diet
  • Process and eliminate waste by improving the liver-bile system

With naturally occurring enzymes (proteases) this digestive aid can help your body to breakdown proteins and peptides, converting them into usable forms and protecting our gut biome at the same time.

Cardio-Vascular and Cognitive Support: Co-Enzyme Q10 Nano

Although the name makes it sound like a science fiction character, coenzyme Q10 Nano (or CoQ10 for short) is a bioavailable enzyme that promotes good heart health. Otherwise known as Ubiquinone, this cognitive and cardiovascular supplement uses nanotechnology to make the enzyme 10 times more bio-available than it’s predecessors. 

Although some research has been inconclusive, ubiquinone has also been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Blood pressure
  • Migraines and headaches 

The most promising studies, however, have shown that it is effective in reducing the risk of heart failure (by up to 31%), whilst also increasing our capacity for exercise. This is likely due to CoQ10’s role in facilitating the production of ATP, which is directly proportional to the amount of energy we can produce on-demand.

Sports Supplement: Overdrive

Finding a sports supplement that actually helps to boost your results, without being full of caffeine and other nasties can be tough. Although many will claim that ‘more energy’ is what you’re after, a real and effective sports supplement actually assists your body in its energy production, protein synthesis, recovery, and most importantly- rest. 

That’s why at Turnfit, we’re happy to recommend Pharmanex Overdrive as an all-in-one performance-enhancing sports supplement. Loaded with vitamins from natural extracts, Overdrive helps to support your immune system, convert food into energy, and supplement our body’s natural systems to get more from your workouts. The addition of sea salt adds micronutrients and, combined with the magnesium, helps the body to stay hydrated, and improve our recovery.


These are just some of the supplements now available in the TurnFit’s online store, and over the coming months we’ll be diving deeper into some of the key ingredients to help improve your understanding of supplements in general, and how you can use them effectively regardless of your health and wellness goals. 


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver. 

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our communities on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull


women doing cardio workout with weights

Cardio or Weights- Which One Goes First?

By | fat loss, Nutrition, resistance training

Whilst there are many types of training, they generally fall into two categories: cardio or weights (resistance). However, there have always been misconceptions around which one to do first. Of course, the best results in the gym come through combining the two in a tailored and balanced program, but knowing where to start, and the reasons why can make all the difference to your results! 

Year 9 Gym Class Don’t Fail Me Now! 

For our bodies to generate any sort of movement, we require a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Our body breaks this down, which releases usable energy to our muscles and tissues. This provides us with the short term, explosive energy that activities like lifting weights, jumping and running require.

Our ATP stores deplete quickly, as only a small amount of this energy can be stored. But with every movement of the body requiring ATP, we have developed the ability to synthesize more on-demand. We can improve our body’s ability to create more energy, more efficiently, by incorporating a range of training and exercise types into our regime.

Improving your health and fitness isn’t just about being able to go for longer, it’s about helping your body to create energy, naturally, which helps us power through our day.

Why Does This Matter? Is it Cardio or Weights First?

When your body requires energy, it uses our ATP stores. Although we can synthesise more, this is still a limited process, and with enough exercise, we can completely deplete our supply of ATP. 

When you choose to hit the stair climber before lifting weights, you are actually robbing your body of the energy it will need later. Not only will this put more strain on your joints, but it can also become dangerous if you don’t recognize the signs of fatigue. 

Verdict: cardio after weights training for the best results, and session in the gym!

Whilst there are different reasons for cardio or weights training, most wholistic programs will have a combination of both. Combining a range of resistance and weights exercises with high-intensity cardio will give you the most impactful results, and the biggest boost in energy overall, in the shortest amount of time. 

Weights Before Cardio Can Help You Burn Fat

Another good reason to lift weights before cardio is for the added fat boosting power. Did you know that increasing your muscle mass can actually help your body to burn more fat while resting?

“When we are resting, one pound of muscle will burn around three times as much energy compared to fat, just to maintain itself. A lot of those calories come from the body’s fat stores, and so it stands to reason that the more muscle you have, the more fat burning your body will do in a resting state!”
Dieting Without Strength Training is Pointless 

So we know that lifting weights can actually help your body to burn fat, purely on a metabolic level. But knowing what we now do about adenosine triphosphate (ATP), we can start to understand a bit more of the why. 

When we lift weights before doing cardio, our muscles are full of ATP and ready for movement. In performing the exercise, more ATP is sent to the muscles that need it most- your biceps for each curl, or your glutes to help push you up in a squat. 

This extra ATP is stored in the liver, and is replenished by- you guessed it- breaking down our fat stores. This is why we recommend doing most of your cardio after lifting weights. 

Weights Then Cardio It Is!

Not only do you get to build muscle mass with the most available energy, but by the time it comes to cardio sessions your body has already depleted a lot of these ATP stores. In order to supply you with enough energy to finish that run, it has to learn how to more quickly and efficiently break down fat cells.

The right training regime can help you to reduce fat stored in your body, and help it to more efficiently convert our fat stores into energy.

That’s why we recommend resistance training as part of any balanced workout routine.

But it doesn’t have to be scary. If you’re not sure how to get started the Turnfit family can help! We offer obligation free health assessments to get your journey started. Then, if you would like more information about any of our services, including individual and group personal training in Vancouver, online personal training, nutrition advice and more, get in touch with us.

We look forward to getting you moving!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

Restricting your diet can actually cause you to store more fat

Dieting Without Strength Training is Pointless!

By | fat loss, Nutrition, online personal training

Summer is upon us, and with it comes a refreshed outlook on exercise, health and fitness. For many of us, this is the time of year that ‘diets’ become more prevalent, as we all try to shed a few pounds to enjoy the sunshine. However, one thing that most diet plans fail to mention is how pointless they are without some form of strength/resistance training. In order to change your body composition, you need to actually challenge your muscles. So today we’re diving into strength training for fat loss and looking at why strength training is imperative to any real, effective health plan.

The ‘Lose Weight Without a Gym’ Myth

We’ve all seen it. Fad diets, miracle pills, claims that you can lose weight with this ‘one simple trick.’ It’s easy to fall prey to these quick-fix solutions, but if they don’t end up reversing your hard work, chances are any ‘weight loss’ can actually be severe dehydration, whilst simultaneously slowing your bodies metabolic processes.

If you are trying to lose weight or change your body composition, you need to challenge your muscles.

Think about that for a second. You are trying to change your body composition. You are trying to reduce your total fat. The only way to make that happen is to stimulate the areas of your body where it is stored and to encourage your body to actually use those stores in order to burn them away. There is no quick fix that will change your body composition, nor is there any meaningful way to do it without actually exercising.

So do you need to allocate hours every day to push your body to exhaustion just to achieve a healthier you? Of course not! 

Physical exercise in any form is effective in improving our mental health and aerobic exercise is indeed crucial to our physical wellbeing. However, for fat loss, strength training (combined with balanced nutrition) is the fastest way to change your body composition, and lose fat. 

Without first understanding body fat itself, however, and how it is used within the body, it’s impossible to properly target through strength training and exercise.

How Does Your Body Burn Fat?

First and foremost, there is more than one type of fat in the body. Whilst some can cause health problems, other types of fat are actually essential to our normal metabolic processes. In fact, our bodies are already programmed to be fat-burning machines, however, the term ‘metabolism’ is often misunderstood.

Metabolism actually refers to all of the chemical reactions taking place in the body, 24/7, which converts what we eat into a useable form of energy. This energy is literally what keeps us alive, whether it’s the lungs transferring oxygen into the bloodstream, your kidneys filtering waste from your body or your stomach breaking food down into its base elements. In fact, while it may be popular to believe that the only way to burn fat is through strenuous exercise, we actually use most of this stored energy just to function.

However! 

Whilst the body’s ability to store and use fat as energy was once necessary for survival, our modern lifestyles often mean that we both consume and store too much of it. When this fat is unused, it becomes visceral fat, which the body stores around organs and arteries. Too much visceral fat leads to inflammation, and can cause:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

Considering that none of us can maintain the diet and exercise regime of sumo wrestlers, we need to understand a few things about fat, and how/why it’s so hard to get rid of.

Stored, or visceral, fat is actually very easy for your body to maintain. It only requires around 2 calories per day, per pound of body fat, to keep it where it is. 

On the other hand, muscle is very metabolically active. When we are resting, one pound of muscle will burn around three times as much energy compared to fat, just to maintain itself. A lot of those calories come from the body’s fat stores, and so it stands to reason that the more muscle you have, the more fat burning your body will do in a resting state!

Strength Training for Fat loss

The goal of strength training for fat loss is to increase and preserve our muscle mass while shrinking the fat stored in our cells. Lifting weights actually protects your metabolism, as it:

  • Trains it to burn fat stores
  • Maintains or increases your resting metabolic rate (the number of calories your body uses just to function)
  • Increases blood flow, allowing your body to burn fat more efficiently
  • Increases muscle mass, thereby reducing visceral fat in the body, and creating a positive cascading effect. The more you lift weights for fat loss, the easier it is to lose that fat.

The most common mistake we see when trying to lose weight is by going on a restrictive ‘diet.’ When you restrict the number of calories you consume each day, your body will respond by losing either water, muscle tissue, or fat.  Water will remain about the same if hydration is the same, and we now know that muscle is much more valuable to have than to not have. But, it is also the first to go when our body needs the room to store fat for energy.

The worst part? In most cases, reducing your calories alone will actually lower your resting metabolic rate. By unintentionally putting your body into survival mode, you are telling it to store more fat for energy, and burning fewer calories when the body is resting.

This is no insignificant figure! In many cases reducing your calories alone can lower your resting metabolic rate by 20%. This means that you would be burning about 300 FEWER calories per day!

Strength training for fat loss doesn't have to be heavy!

The weights don’t have to be heavy to challenge your muscles!

The goal of strength training for fat loss is to preserve (or increase) our muscle mass while shrinking our fat cells. You cannot preserve that mass without doing some form of strength training. Put simply:

-Do you want to get stronger? You need to lift weights.

-If you want to change your body shape, you need to lift weights.

-Do you want to boost your body’s natural fat-burning power? You need to lift weights.

-If you want to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, you need to lift weights!

Starting to get the picture?

 

But I Don’t Know How Train for Strength, or Fat Loss

That’s where we come in. Strength and resistance training isn’t actually all about lifting weights. It’s about putting your muscles under pressure and forcing them to grow and repair. It’s about a real, lifelong health strategy that combines different types of training with balanced nutrition to make sure that your body is getting the sustenance it needs, without storing it all as fat.

Strength training is the most effective way to reduce body fat. Period. But you don’t need to do it alone! 

At Turnfit, our qualified trainers are here to make sure that you can achieve your health and wellness goals in a safe and effective way. With recent research now confirming that using a personal trainer is significantly more effective than training solo, there’s never been a better time to challenge your muscles, and begin strength training for fat loss.

So take advantage of the best personal trainers in Vancouver, as we begin to re-open our doors to in-person clients! Get in touch with us to organise a FREE health assessment, and take advantage of the support network that our community provides.

We look forward to working on your goals, together. 

Adding micronutrients to your water can improve your wellbeing

Upgrade Your Water So You Can h2GO!

By | fat loss, hydration, Nutrition

It’s the elixir of life. The fountain of youth. More than 60% of our body weight and quite frankly the most important thing we put into our bodies. Water isn’t just the key to hydration, performance, and better health. It is literally responsible for keeping us alive! However, the hydration paradox isn’t as simple as just drinking from the tap. And although the tap water in B.C. is high quality, there are plenty of things you can add to your water to make it taste better, and be better for you!

Hydrate or Die…drate, It’s That Simple

We all know that fresh water is crucial to our survival. The worst stages of dehydration can kill, but to get there you will also be put through fevers, exhaustion, incredible headaches, muscle and joint pains, digestion problems and many other issues.

That is because every cell, organ, tissue and fibre of our being requires water to operate efficiently. Not only does it allow vitamins and minerals to dissolve and be absorbed by the body, but water also:

  • Lubricates our joints
  • Allows our cells to reproduce and survive
  • Forms saliva, which not only helps us to eat but also aids in digestion
  • Regulates body temperature (through perspiration)
  • Delivers oxygen all over our body

You would think that something so important to our health and wellbeing would be priority number one! For most adults, however, even consuming the recommended 8 glasses per day is a challenge. 

Moreover, in order to keep our tap water safe in Vancover, chlorine is added to manage pathogens. Whilst this may be ‘safe’ to drink from a molecular standpoint, chlorine does not distinguish between good and bad bacteria, killing them both. 

Then, a lot of the naturally occurring minerals which we, as humans, used to receive when drinking water from streams and creeks are removed simply through the purification process. Sadly, the end product, although considered ‘safe’ is no longer as hydrating, or useful, to our health and wellbeing. 

** Note: We are not suggesting that you go and drink from the local river, as this will most likely lead to even worse consequences. However, there are a number of things you can add to your water to boost your hydration, and improve your wellbeing!Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going

5 Ways to Make Your Water Better for You!


1. Water for Digestion

There are a number of natural additives that can help your body with digestion. Adding a slice of lemon or lime can help you to achieve your daily vitamin C requirements. Adding mint can improve your waters taste, whilst also stimulating digestive enzymes in our saliva that help to break down food. Ginger can help to reduce gas, bloating and cramps. Apple cider vinegar can increase our body’s production of hydrochloric acid, which breaks proteins down into amino acids, and helps to absorb the most nutrients from our diet.

2. Water for Performance

If apple cider vinegar isn’t your thing, there are plenty of branch chain amino acid (BCAA) additives that will optimise your bodies:

  • Hydration
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Nutrient delivery (to muscles, joints, tissues, etc…)

When it comes to exercise or any physical activity, being able to better provide your body with the nutrients it needs can boost your performance, energy, stamina, recovery, and focus. Hit this link to see which one we recommend, or for more information about BCAA’s please get in touch with our dedicated team- we’ll be happy to make other recommendations depending on your needs.

man reaching for water bottle after exercise

 

3. Eat Your Way to Hydration with Gel Water

This may come as a surprise to some, but scientists have recently confirmed that water has a fourth state- liquid, solid, gas, and now gel

“Gel water, also called structured, ordered, liquid crystalline, or living water is a newly identified phase of water that’s not quite liquid, vapour, or ice.”

-Gina Bria, Founder, Hydration Foundation

Although conventional wisdom would have you drinking 8 glasses of water per day, there are plenty of dessert dwelling tribes that have survived for thousands of years on much less. Their diet largely consisted of foods that contained gel water, like chia seeds and cacti. You know the silky layer that forms around chia seeds when you soak them? Or the slightly slimy substance that comes from cacti or other succulents? That’s gel water. 

Although this is only a new field of research, gel water is now believed to be the primary form of water in the human body. 

“The water in our synovial fluid, joint fluid, and, importantly, our cells, is gel water. Think of your cells as tiny ziplock bags full of jello-like gel water, which keep our cells and tissues in the proper shape and buoyancy.”

Dr. Gerald Pollack, bioengineer and author of The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor

Foods containing electrolytes, like coconut, citrus fruits, avocados and vegetables release an electrical charge in the body. Unlike ordinary tap water, gel water has a unique electrical charge that allows our bodies to operate more efficiently, and better absorb vitamins and minerals. In turn, when foods/drinks that are high in electrolytes begin to dissolve, the unique conductivity of gel water kick-starts a process of hydrogen bonding, which causes the body to create more gel water, and can, therefore, lead to better hydration.

4. Remineralise Your Water

Although our modern city water is lacking in minerals, there are plenty of ways to remineralize your water. Some water filters/dispensers will actually do it for you. But if that isn’t your taste, there are a number of natural things you can add to your drink bottle to get the micronutrients and hydration your body so desperately needs:

5. Don’t Limit Your Imagination

For most of us, ‘water’ comes out of the tap and is our only way to get it. However, we actually obtain between 10-20% of our daily water intake from food. This is because water is a byproduct of the metabolic process, which can then be reabsorbed by the body. It also means that certain foods can impact and enhance our body’s ability to absorb- and create- H2O. 

One food, in particular, is making a comeback and that is bone broth. Although we tend to use the quick and easy ‘stock’ solution found on supermarket shelves, bone broth was once a staple of our diets and a throwback to the thrifty nature of our ancestors. Put simply, bone broth is just the homemade version of chicken or beef stock. It is full of collagen, which coincidentally is full of gel water. 

Bone broth is a great source of gel water

Bone broth is a great source of gel water and glycine

It is a cheap, simple and low-calorie way to add nutrients to your diet, and the glycine content (a BCAA) can also help your body to detoxify. The best part? Not only do the vitamins and minerals help you to hydrate, but the main ingredient of bone broth is- you guessed it- water!

When it comes to hydrating, water is obviously the key element. However, that shouldn’t limit your imagination! There are plenty of ways to enhance your water intake (many of them are foods!) to not only make it taste better but to also make it better for you.

Of course, if you need any help or advice in optimising your nutrition, hydration, or exercise regime the Turnfit family is here to help! 

How Can I Join The Turnfit Family?

Click here to learn more about our online training packages, and choose the one which best suits your needs. We will send you an invite to download the Turnfit app and set up a time to complete your FREE video assessment call.

Then, make sure you join our community on Facebook for up to date information, access to the team, and a whole host of other free resources, training programs, boot camps and more!

Don’t forget- you can help your friends and family to stay healthy, and earn up to one-month FREE membership when you refer 4 friends– the best part is they can start with ANY package!

For more information about our programs or packages, or about any of our resources please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect:

Call: 778-887-0660

Email: info@turnfit.ca

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We’re always available to help you improve your health and fitness goals!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.

It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

Woman loses belly fat with cardio workout

Running, Interval or HIIT? Which Is Better for Fat Loss?

By | fat loss, HIIT Workout, Nutrition

The world has slowed down recently and created the perfect opportunity for many to form new, healthy habits. One question we always get, however, is which form of exercise is the most effective for fat loss. With (the current) limited access to gyms, and our tendency to jump on the latest trends, we wanted to break down the different types of cardio you can do from home, and which one is the best to burn away those calories- fast!

Steady State (Long Distance) Running

There is no denying that distance runners have developed some incredible adaptations and often have very little body fat. Our ability to travel long distances on foot, and quickly, was once necessary and desirable. However, distance runners/endurance trainers also tend to have very little muscle mass, and for most people, the increase in injuries often outweighs the benefits that you hope to attain.

Research has shown that running for more than 30 minutes 3 times or more per week actually has little impact on cardiovascular improvement. But does it help with fat loss? Over time, long-distance running will see you burn energy, which in turn can burn fat. However, this is typically only when your diet is calorie deficient, and in order to provide our bodies with enough energy to run long distances, we tend to consume more. As a result, our food intake ends up balancing the energy we burn, and can actually result in losing muscle mass as opposed to fat loss. 

Interval Training

Interval training is a shorter, sharper form of cardiovascular training. Generally, it refers to sprint training and alternates between bursts of energy followed by a period of active rest or recovery. For example, your interval training circuit may look like this:

  1. Sprint 50 metres (burst)
  2. 200-metre jog (active rest)
  3. 100-metre walk
  4. 50-metre sprint
  5. 4 minutes rest
  6. Repeat 4 circuits

The main benefits of interval training for fat loss come in the ability to engage both our aerobic (cardiovascular) and anaerobic (muscular) fitness. Our aerobic fitness uses oxygen to convert carbohydrates into energy and allows us to walk or run long distances. This is what most people refer to as ‘fitness.’

By targeting/increasing our cardiovascular endurance (VO2 max) we are able to increase the body’s ability to manage these periods of rest/ active rest, and can, therefore, increase their intensity over time.

On the other hand, the short sharp bursts of power used in sprinting or jumping take our body closer to the anaerobic training zone. This is more effective for fat loss as it uses stored energy (from carbohydrates, and then fat) to produce high energy movements. By combining the two, you are able to attain the fat loss benefits of exercise in a shorter time period. 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Similar to interval training, HIIT training combines short periods of high-intensity activity with active rest. The main differences are the intensity, the rest, and the types of exercise. Where interval training may give you 4 minutes rest between circuits, and be dominated by sprints or high-intensity cardio, HIIT training may use weights or other resistance, cut the rest time down to 30 seconds, or the rest itself may be continuous movement, rather than complete rest.

Where steady-state running is designed to increase our endurance and lung capacity, physiologically, HIIT training is designed to keep your heart rate at or above 80% (generally for 20-30 minutes). 

By raising the intensity during HITT training, you can obtain more of the physical benefits (such as fat loss) in a shorter period of time. It also leads to improved performance in all workouts- regardless of the type. This is largely due to the activation of the aerobic and anaerobic systems. 

When we look more specifically at HITT training for fat loss, high-intensity interval training:

  • Can increase the ‘afterburn.’ This is putting your body into a state which burns more calories after your workout. In order for your body to return to its normal state, it will burn more energy in recovery after a HITT workout than it will after a lower intensity workout.

    Known as post-exercise oxygen consumption, this stabilising feature of the body can burn between 6-15% of your total energy consumption from exercise! It also means that the harder you train during your workout, the more calories you’ll burn in recovery. If this is combined with a calorie deficient diet it can be an effective way to lose fat.
  • In young women, HIIT training has been “associated with significant reductions in total body fat, subcutaneous leg and trunk fat, and insulin resistance in young women.”

    Not only is this form of exercise more effective at reducing total body fat, but it also improves insulin sensitivity. This helps your body to convert glucose into energy to be used during exercise and throughout the day, instead of converting these sugars into fat to be stored in the body.

Fat loss Isn’t Just About Cardio

There’s no denying that HITT training is the most effective for fat loss. Whilst it can be hard to measure some of the outcomes, the efficiency of training at a higher intensity for a shorter amount of time will, at the least, give you the results you’re after in a shorter amount of time. Combining a HITT workout routine with resistance (weights) training and a balanced nutrition plan have also been shown to be the most effective way to lose fat, whilst maintaining muscle and improving your fitness.

Of course, there are drawbacks to training at such high intensities. In our quest for tighter tummies, we have a tendency to overtrain, which can lead to injuries and exhaustion. Moreover, if you are combining this type of training with the wrong nutrition plan, it could also lead to your body entering ‘starvation mode’ and storing more fat, as opposed to burning it. 

Therefore, the best way to obtain all of the fat-burning benefits of HITT training is to incorporate it into a personalized, and focused health and wellness plan. This way you ensure that you do not jump in too quickly, can maintain high levels of intensity and physical activity safely, and do it in a way that is designed to suit you! 

The Turnfit app makes it easy to track your online personal training program

Tracking your workouts, and understanding how to perform each exercise is crucial to your success

At Turnfit, we have decades of collective experience in training and nutrition plans, to make sure that you can maximize your results in the safest way possible. Research has also confirmed that using a personal trainer is the most effective way to reach your health and wellness goals, and it doesn’t even have to be in person!

With the Turnfit app, you not only have a personal trainer in your pocket, but you also have access to our wide range of programs and packages to suit your needs. With personalised training sessions, one-on-one video coaching calls, fitness trackers, nutrition plans and a huge amount of free content, improving your fitness while losing fat has never been easier!

To help kick start summer, we’re also offering your first month of training, and a video assessment (normally valued at $150) absolutely free, with no obligations. After that, if you would like to make a long term commitment to your health we can help you to find a package that suits your needs, or customise them as needed.

For those who are more serious about their training, or want to maximise their fat loss in a safe and healthy way, we also have an elite training package. This is for clients who require more focused and personalized training regiments. With regular video coaching calls and completely customised training and nutrition plans, the elite package also includes health and wellness coaching, covering mindfulness and meditation, goal setting and more. 

How Can I Join The Turnfit Family?

If you’re ready to lose fat, boost your energy levels and improve your fitness, you’re only one step away!

Click here to learn more about our packages, and choose the one which best suits your needs. We will send you an invite to download the Turnfit app and set up a time to complete your FREE video assessment call.

Then, make sure you join our community on Facebook for up to date information, access to the team, and a whole host of other free resources, training programs, boot camps and more!

Don’t forget- you can help your friends and family to stay healthy, and earn up to one-month FREE membership when you refer 4 friends– the best part is they can start with ANY package!

For more information about our programs or packages, or about any of our resources please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect:

Call: 778-887-0660

Email: info@turnfit.ca

Website: https://turnfit.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnFitPersonalTrainers/

We’re always available to help you improve your health and fitness goals!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

woman stretching

Brush up on Body Alignment With These 6 Tips!

By | Core, Feet, Glutes, Hip, online personal training

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget why we exercise. Of course, you know it’s good for you, and obviously there are plenty of physiological and psychological benefits to boot. But one thing that is often forgotten about is the most basic of all- exercise helps us to move! It moves your blood, greases up those creaky joints, circulates our breath, and ultimately keeps us active and mobile as we age. Whilst all physical activity is beneficial, there are better ways to move. Understanding and maintaining the correct body alignment can also build our focus and awareness, and helps us to stay calm and grounded throughout the day!

What Is the Correct Body Alignment?

From the moment we are born we learn how to move. First, we sit up. Then crawl, and once we’re up and on our feet it’s almost impossible to stop us again. As a child, your body is naturally aligned and your bones more flexible. BUT, as we age every injury, niggling pain and misstep causes us to overcorrect, and can actually move us further and further away from a normal, natural posture.

Have you ever been to a specialist citing back pain, to have them tell you it’s coming from your legs? Maybe your hip goes out every now and again, your knees give you grief, or an old sporting injury is limiting what you can do. Realigning your body, and reminding it that there is a way to move naturally, can take away all of those aches and pains, and help you reach your other health and wellness goals, faster!

You Can Talk the Talk, but Can You Walk the Walk?

woman walking on beach

Reforming and correcting your body alignment is a process. It starts by first admitting that there are ‘better’ ways for your body to move. Once you have discovered this, it’s a matter of showing (training) your body how to move in a pain-free and more beneficial way. The human body is incredible and adaptable, once you show it a better path it will gravitate towards it until it becomes a normal part of your physical self.

You can start by asking yourself this- do I walk properly? It may seem ridiculous, you’ve been walking since you could stand on two feet, how could it possibly be wrong? Again- you have been walking your whole life, but an imbalance can lead to compromise, and before you know it the simple act of walking can be taking you further from the correct body alignment. Check out this article from our friends at Baseline Health for more.

Needless to say, getting the basics right can make a huge difference to your joints and mobility. It can also help you to step up your training, improve your results and reach your fitness goals faster.

6 Simple Ways to Realign Your Body

Retraining your body into the correct shapes doesn’t have to be dull. There are plenty of ways to improve your body alignment while exercising, giving you the benefits of both. So, other than walking, let’s take a look at some simple ways to improve and correct your alignment:

1. Warm-up and Warm down

Most of us know the importance of warming up. It’s crucial to any form of exercise and can keep you moving longer. However, the warm down is just as important and is often disregarded at the end of a workout. The slow cooling down after exercise can help to regulate blood flow, but more importantly, it reduces muscle tension which may pull you out of the correct body alignment.

2. Build a Strong Foundation (core)

Your core is the powerhouse of the body. It relates to your entire midsection, from your glutes to your hips, abs to the lower back. Without a strong foundation (core) to move from, your body is more likely to overcompensate with a particular muscle group. This can lead to a tilted pelvis, tight hamstrings, poor upper body posture and more. So, train your core muscle groups, and especially your booty, to help realign your posture.

3. Wear the Right Shoes

Good posture and alignment begin with your feet. Not only are they our contact point with the ground, but they can also impact every other joint or muscle in the body. Creating and maintaining a healthy posture, therefore, begins with the feet and ankles. Properly fitted shoes lay a solid foundation for your posture and the alignment of the spine. They can also reduce ankle, knee and hip pain, and align your body for exercise.

4. Yoga

One of the best ways to improve your body alignment, whilst also building your mental awareness and resilience is yoga. It can help to improve your flexibility, train muscle groups and strength without force, and improve on your core strength and stability- all of which are crucial to realigning your body. Yoga and other meditative practices can also help you to build your awareness and pay attention to your body. This mind/body connection can help you to identify when and where your pains are from and take corrective actions in the moment.

5. Go Slow

Realigning your posture isn’t something that will happen overnight. Like all good things, it will take time. After all, you’re trying to re-train years of bad habits or compromises.

Similar to yoga, other practices that focus on awareness, and the slow movement of muscles and joints can also be beneficial. Low impact activities like Tai Chi can help you to improve your balance points and focus. They can also help to build strength and stability in your core, and realign your spine.

6. Train With a Qualified Personal Trainer

Recently, research has proven that training with a qualified personal trainer will improve your health and fitness results. However, the benefits go much deeper than this, as a qualified personal trainer:

  • Can teach and/or correct your form and posture while exercising
  • Will explain which muscles are active and which are at rest in a certain movement. This can help to build your mind/muscle connections, and determine if you are compensating with the incorrect muscle group.
  • Can help you to implement small changes each week, which will lead to drastic corrections of your body alignment and posture over time.

At Turnfit, our team of qualified personal trainers have the knowledge and expertise to help correct your posture and realign your body. In normal circumstances, our team is on hand to show you in person how to implement the small postural changes required. However we have also developed our own health and wellness app to help improve your alignment from the comfort of your home, and with regular video coaching calls, we can help you to correct your form before it becomes a bad habit.

How Can I Join The Turnfit Family?

If you’re ready to improve your habits, body alignment and health, you’re only one step away.

Click here to learn more about our packages, and choose the one which best suits your needs. We will send you an invite to download the Turnfit app and set up a time to complete your FREE video assessment call.

Then, make sure you join our community on Facebook for up to date information, access to the team, and a whole host of other free resources, training programs, boot camps and more!

Don’t forget- you can help your friends and family to stay healthy, and earn up to one-month FREE membership when you refer 4 friends– the best part is they can start with ANY package!

For more information about our programs or packages, or about any of our resources please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect:

Call: 778-887-0660

Email: info@turnfit.ca

Website: https://turnfit.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnFitPersonalTrainers/

We’re always available to help you improve your health and fitness goals!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

woman in gym wearing personal trainer shirt

Research Confirmed: Using Personal Trainer is Most Effective

By | HIIT Workout, Meditation, mental health, Mindset, Nutrition, online personal training, Personal Training Vancouver

We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with fad diets, pills, quick fixes and new trends. Not only are these poorly researched and overhyped, the vast majority never manage to consider that we are all different. Every one of us has unique needs, goals and understandings of our health and fitness. This means that to even have the hope of achieving these goals we’re going to need real, individual help. Now, research has confirmed that using a real, qualified personal trainer is the fastest and most effective way to get there!

The Difference Is Personal

Your attention- and by default your time, energy and money- is the biggest commodity available today. With it, you can be persuaded into just about anything, and the ‘phones’ that we are all addicted to are designed to do exactly that. For the sake of this article, however, we’ll focus on our specialty- health and wellness. 

When it comes to our health, it can be hard to see the benefits of spending your time and money to improve it, as these things are difficult to measure (at least int he short term). Neurochemically, it is much easier for us to go for the activity which releases high amounts of dopamine, such as video gaming or Facebook scrolling than it is to be outside and go for a run. 

If/when you finally get so bored of those activities that you actually make the move to do something, the first port of call for most people is the “free” stuff. YouTube videos, Instagram trainers, whatever the first result on google for “free workout program” happens to be.

The issue with this is two-fold:

woman working out with resistance band1. In 99% of the cases, you’re either receiving advice from someone who is completely unqualified, or it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. For some people, that isn’t a problem. They’re happy to ‘dip a toe’ into the workout world, and see if it’s for them. However, using unqualified advice can cause you to develop poor habits, increase your rate of injury, and slow your rates of recovery. Doctor’s train for years to be able to prescribe you medicine, and so do personal trainers! It just happens our medicine comes as a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.

In addition, the concept of ‘dipping a toe’ is usually the exact same mental behaviour that will see you give up after a few days. Setting up new habits and fitness regimes is not an easy task, and it’s made even by trying to do it alone. Most people don’t even make it two weeks, which we see with every new year’s resolution. It’s the same as the ‘Monday effect,’ where motivations are high at the start of the week and taper off by Wednesday.

2. With this minimalised and individual training mindset, most people are never going to see a result. Optimising your health and fitness is as much a mental game as it is physical, and it is not a short term thing. There are a plethora of amazing free resources available if you know where to look, but staying motivated, and accountable is HARD WORK.

The key to making real, lasting changes in your life, particularly where your health and fitness is involved, is in the ‘little’ wins. Small improvements each week not only lead to drastic physical changes, but they can also help to improve your mindset, motivation, outlook, energy, and attitude towards your health and wellness. 

Unless you’re incredibly disciplined, the only way to continue to see these ‘wins’ is in constantly redesigning your health and fitness regime to suit your personal needs and circumstances- something that the ‘free’ stuff doesn’t account for. 

Science Confirms Personal Trainers Are the Key to Results

Before we get too far, we want to temper this research a bit. First, it’s important to understand that this research is based on real, qualified personal trainers and training.  Second, in understanding the results, we’ll also look at why personal trainers are more effective, compared to training by yourself. Contrary to popular belief- it is NOT just because you have a workout buddy. So without further ado, let’s look at some of the numbers:

1. Mclaran et al (2003) showed that using a personal trainer can actually change your opinion of, and attitude towards, health and wellness. This is big, as it shows that personal training isn’t just about the fitness, it also incorporates and improves mental states of wellbeing and physical activity. Based on a 10-week study, the research took into account the participant’s current levels of fitness and categorized them accordingly.

At the end of the 10-week personal training program, a huge 60% had moved up at least one category stage, and an additional 13% two stages. It is interesting to note that these participants (73%) initially started in the second group (contemplation) before progressing higher.

“For the days that they met together, the client and trainer had targeted discussions on problem-solving techniques such as determining the Benefits of Physical Activity, Barriers/Obstacles, Support System Recruitment, Goal Setting and Relapse Prevention in addition to providing specific suggestions for the other exercise days during the week.”

This study concluded that:

  • One-on-one personal training is an effective method for changing attitudes towards physical activity, and thereby increases the amount of physical activity undertaken.
  • Without tailored workout regimes and accountability, the exercise outcomes/progressions were limited.
  • Those who have considered a health/fitness regime but may not have taken the steps to action it stand to get some of the most positive results.

2. A more recent study looked at personal training over self-directed training, whereby researchers used the lean body mass of participants as a measure to determine whether using a qualified personal trainer was advantageous. With significantly higher improvements in the strength and other variables, the study concluded that:

“for the first time in a fitness club setting, members whose training is directed by well qualified personal trainers administering evidence-based training regimens achieve significantly greater improvements in LBM and other dimensions of fitness than members who direct their own training.”

3. Whilst not everyone is training for strength, personal trainers have proven to be effective in this arena as well. Maloof et al and Mazetti et al (2000) showed in two separate studies that having a personal trainer led to ‘significant improvements in strength gains’ in a group setting when compared to a group without a trainer.

woman on yoga mat

What About Online Personal Training?

Whilst these are just some examples of research, the results show that personal trainers do indeed improve and accelerate your results. So what about online personal training?

Conveniently, studies have also been conducted to show the validity, use and effectiveness of personal training from home.

  1. Sykes et al (2007) compared personal training at home and in the gym. The study found that both were as effective as each other when it comes to weight loss, motivation, cardiovascular endurance and discipline.
  2. Similarly, Castro and King (2002) found that the same coaching/fitness training lost no benefits when administered over the phone. It concluded that “home-based, telephone-supervised programs were as effective as a group- or facility-based programs in terms of increased functional capacity and adherence.”
  3. A third study by Kennedy-Armbruster et al also concluded that personal training can reduce overall sedentary (sitting) time by more than 50%, whilst also improving cardiovascular fitness (VO2). This is particularly important right now as many of us are stuck indoors and trying to adjust to a new way of living! 

How Do I Find a Personal Trainer?

Personal trainers spend years achieving their qualifications and honing their skills. In an ordinary year, your local gym or a trusted referral from a friend is usually all that you need to accelerate your training. Now, however, it has become much more difficult to sift through as our attention moves more fully online. Thanks to smartphones you can now access some of the best personal trainers in the country, on-demand, for a fraction of the price. 

With the Turnfit app, you literally have a personal trainer in your pocket, with real-time support, regular updates, fitness tracking and video coaching, we have designed a range of packages to suit your needs. 

For those who are more serious about their training, or have recently lost their trainers due to COVID19, we also have an elite training package. This is for clients who require more focused and personalized training regiments. With regular video coaching calls and completely customised training and nutrition plans, the elite package also includes health and wellness coaching, covering mindfulness and meditation, goal setting and more. 

We also offer FREE health and wellness assessments, and your first month of training is on us. With all of the research pointing to the benefits of personal training and zero cost to get started, you could be a few small steps away from a healthier, happier you. Of course, as personal trainers, we can customise and individualise any plan or workout regime to make sure you are achieving your goals.  

How Can I Join The Turnfit Family?

If you’re ready to improve your habits and your health, you’re only one step away.

Click here to learn more about our packages, and choose the one which best suits your needs. We will send you an invite to download the Turnfit app and set up a time to complete your FREE video assessment call.

Then, make sure you join our community on Facebook for up to date information, access to the team, and a whole host of other free resources, training programs, boot camps and more!

Don’t forget- you can help your friends and family to stay healthy, and earn up to one-month FREE membership when you refer 4 friends– the best part is they can start with ANY package!

For more information about our programs or packages, or about any of our resources please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect:

Call: 778-887-0660

Email: info@turnfit.ca

Website: https://turnfit.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnFitPersonalTrainers/

We’re always available to help you improve your health and fitness goals!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

The best online personal training programs have real personal trainers

The Best Online Personal Training Programs Are Run by Real People

By | mental health, online personal training, Stress

We are all individual and unique humans, and our training, motivation, and exercise requirements change on a regular basis. Whilst the internet may be full of free gym workouts and ‘health’ experts, when it comes to health and fitness, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, the best online personal training programs are the ones that give you exactly what they claim- personal training- designed and actively managed by real people, to keep you moving, and your personal health, results, and wellbeing at the forefront. 

Making the Move- How to Choose Your Online Training Companion

The world has changed, and in the short term, it doesn’t look like it will be changing back. For a lot of us, that means interruptions to our routines, our work, and potentially our overall health and wellness. We’ve seen that reversibility can set in quicker than many of us would like to admit (less than two weeks in some cases!), but this interruption doesn’t have to be a negative thing! 

In fact, it can serve to be supremely motivating, and for most of us, it means more time on our hands and fewer excuses. This is the perfect catalyst to help you become more comfortable training at home. Making the move to online training regimes can actually improve your results, not just maintain them.

In our experience, the best online personal training programs are actively managed by real people. Real, qualified people. Not only should this be validated with reviews and testimonials, but to be amongst the best online personal training, there has to be a real, tangible focus on you

Turnfit Personal Trainers win the Vancouver top choice award 2019What to Look For

Ultimately, you want a program/trainer that will define and tailor to your needs. This is not only to ensure you remain injury free; but also to create a support network to keep you motivated. As such, we believe it’s important to obtain:

  • Real, qualified advice, for both exercise, recovery, and nutrition. That means real trainers, not just the next insta-famous offering.
  • Personalised programming and scheduling, so that you can start or maintain your health and wellness program, from the comfort of home
  • Regular updates and new workouts to keep your body guessing
  • Actual interaction with your trainers. This is key in keeping you accountable, and in reach of your health and fitness goals
  • Programs, information, and courses that encompass and focus on everything it means to be healthy- be it resistance training, cardio, yoga, nutrition, the immune system, correct posture, mindfulness, meditation, etc…
  • A supportive community
  • A real understanding and betterment of your mental health and awareness, and how this can impact and affect your online personal training programs. 
The Turnfit app makes it easy to track your online personal training program

The Turnfit Personal Training app gives you everything you need to reach your goals

Real Trainers = Real Results

The difference between a faceless online workout program, and an online personal trainer, is two-fold. First and foremost, utilising a real trainer over an internet fad ensures you are receiving the correct information, advice, and programs to suit your needs, not the needs of the thousands. Second, just because your trainer is online doesn’t make it any less personal.

At Turnfit, we’ve been successfully running online personal training courses for years. We’ve also been able to hone in on the things that make physical personal training great and transition them more fully into our online platform. In doing so, we are giving you access to the best online personal training programs and trainers, with real professionals, and the same quality, focus, and standards you’ve come to expect from Vancouver’s top personal trainers.

At Turnfit, We Care About YOU

At Turnfit, we are endlessly grateful and blessed to be in a position to continue serving our clients, and our community. After recently watching a number of Vancouver based businesses close their doors for good, including heavyweights like Steve Nash Fitness World, we want to do our bit to help keep you on your health and wellness journey in a safe and effective manner. We also want to ensure that you can continue to reach your goals, without breaking the bank.

With this in mind, we have completely redesigned our online personal training services and programs to give you access to better resources, for less! 

We are also putting our time and energy into maintaining the ‘personal’ in personal training. Through the Turnfit app, you can now access/schedule regular calls, personalized programming, free resources, boot camps, and regular face-to-face interactions.  To keep you in shape, we are also proud to offer a number of new personal training packages. 

We also have some incredible bonuses available, and a special offer for anyone who has recently lost their trainers at Steve Nash Fitness World, so keep reading for more!

Program Cost What’s included?
No Excuses package FREE

 

($30 value)

  1. Free health and wellness assessment via zoom video. 
  2. Access to Facebook Community Page for tips, tricks, and support. 
  3. Tools to keep you on track: gratefulness journal, templated nutrition plan, healthy drink guide. 
  4. Four weeks of recorded workouts you can do in your lounge room, at your own convenience!

Complimentary: Promo Code For Free Month Automatically Applied once you click Buy

The Basics  $9.95
per month

All of the resources and access from our ‘No Excuses’ package, PLUS:

  1. In-depth health and wellness assessment via video call ($150 value!)
  2. Unlimited Turnfit Facebook Community support
  3. Nutrition Macro set up and coaching
  4. 7 days/week programming and weekly/monthly calendar set up for success (Workouts, Meditations, Diet, Cardio, the works…)
  5. Full Postural Assessment
  6. In-app progress tracking (weight, heart rate, blood pressure, body fat %, steps, before and after pics, calorie intake and exercise compliance)
  7. Access to free weekly classes and boot camps online through Turnfit community page and via the app

PLUS: 25% discounts for one-on-one video coaching calls (Normally valued at $150!)

Step It Up $19.95 

per month

All of the resources and access from our ‘Basics’ Package, PLUS:

  1. Notifications and support for new programs and resources
  2. Access to free weekly classes online through Turnfit community page, and via the app
  3. Four-week workout challenge- join like-minded individuals and support each other in this class-based challenge! 
  4. Access to our ‘Turnfit Transformation’ program giving you all the right ways to perform an exercise, as well as other key fundamentals of movement and breath, to safely and effectively maximise your results.
  5. Dedicated weekly mindful practice and meditation sessions with our coaches
  6. **Bonus: Earn TurnFit Cash credits for every referral that signs, to be used towards your membership! Inquire for further details

PLUS: 50% discounts for one-on-one video coaching calls (Normally valued at $150!)

Go All In $29.99 

per month

All of the resources and access from our ‘Basics’ package and our ‘Step It Up’ Package, PLUS:

  1. Weekly one-on-one coaching call to help keep you on track, and in a healthy state of mind (25-30 minutes)
  2. Ongoing health and wellness challenges with trainer support
  3. EXCLUSIVE discounts with Turnfit partners -Save more than your membership! 
  4. Weekly healthy recipe ideas to keep your taste buds excited and your immune system healthy
  5. UNLIMITED access to our ‘Turnfit Transformation’ program– Giving you all the right ways to perform an exercise, as well as other key fundamentals of movement and breath, to safely and effectively maximise your results.
  6. Dedicated weekly mindful practice and meditation with our coaches
  7. **Bonus: One week FREE on your membership for every referral who joins ANY of our programs (up to one-month free membership)**

PLUS: 55% discounts for one-on-one video coaching calls (Normally valued at $150!)

**BONUS**

For anyone who has recently lost their trainer due to COVID19 or any other reason, we want to help you continue your health and fitness journey, and prevent reversibility from setting in.

As our gift to you, and to ensure your continued success, we will waive the first month of training fees, and give you two complimentary Zoom video coaching calls and assessments, to help you to formulate a new health-based training regiment. 

** For the first 100 people, the training is on us! **

Join today and use the code “KeepTraining” at checkout to receive this bonus deal, obligation-free! 

After the first month, we are happy to discuss an ongoing program or package that suits your time and your needs.

 

What If I Want to Step It up With One-On-One Training?

For our existing clients and those committed to a long-term health and wellness program, we have also redesigned our higher tier training packages for you. Making sure you continue reaching your goals, our Rapid Results package offers our full suite of services and as much contact time as traditional face-to-face sessions.

This package is best suited to the lifestyle health and fitness category. Helping you to build the confidence, understanding and skills it takes to truly improve your health and fitness. 

The rapid results package is our most personal, personal training package, and includes:

  • Our full suite of products and services, available in the “Go All In” package
  • Fully customisable nutrition, exercise and workout programs- work with Coach David to build a plan which suits your needs.
  • A qualified accountability partner
  • PLUS two video coaching calls per week, one-on-one, for 3 months from our top coaches.

Price: $1760 for 3 months. 

We also offer custom packages ff these offerings don’t suit you. Reach out and connect with us and we’d be happy to discuss other options with you.

How Can I Join the Turnfit Family?

If you’re ready to improve your habits and your health, you’re only one step away.

Start by selecting your package of training above or Click Here To Read more and select your package.  Then choose the package that best suits your needs. We will send you an invite to download the Turnfit app and set up a time to do your free video assessment call.

Then, make sure you join our community on Facebook for up to date information, access to the team, and a whole host of FREE resources, training programs, boot camps and more! 

Don’t forget- you can help your friends and family to stay healthy, and earn up to one-month FREE membership when you refer 4 friends– the best part is they can start with ANY package! 

For more information about our programs or packages, or about any of our resources please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect:


Call: 778-887-0660
Email: info@turnfit.ca
Website: https://turnfit.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnFitPersonalTrainers/

 We’re always available to help you improve your health and fitness goals!


About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver. 

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our community on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

Online personal training can prevent the effects of reversibility while on lockdown

Reversibility: If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose It!

By | Community Of Experts, Online boot camps, online personal training

We all know that rest is important for recovery. But too much rest can wipe out your progress much quicker than it took to make those gains. Known as reversibility, this principle of health and fitness can see you lose your progress after only a couple of weeks at home. With lockdowns looking to extend, it’s not only important to understand how your body can atrophy, but it’s also imperative to kick yourself back into a routine to maintain or improve on your health and wellness goals! 

It’s Ok to Take a Break- but How Long Is Too Long?

The world-changing around our ears, and it is completely OK to take a break. It will take a while before we all adjust to our new (hopefully short term) reality. As trainers, we know that motivation ebbs and flows under normal circumstances, but letting ourselves slip into bad habits during times like these is much easier than creating new and positive ones.

Unfortunately when it comes to health and fitness, taking a break for too long can be detrimental. Not only is it harder to get back into shape/routine, but the principle of reversibility- also called ‘detraining’- shows that it only takes around two weeks before you’ll begin to notice your progress slow, and all that hard work begins to be wasted.

The Principle of Reversibility- Don’t Rewind Your Results!

When we train or exercise, our body repairs and builds adaptations to combat these stressors. These adaptations are what we often refer to as our ‘fitness,’ and as you’re probably aware when you exercise consistently your ability to exercise longer or train harder improves.

Although it can take months to improve your flexibility, fitness, strength, etc… it only takes a matter of weeks to begin to lose your progress and can see you return to your pre-training levels. Studies have shown that within two weeks you can lose up to 20% of your aerobic fitness. You have probably noticed this previously when going on holiday or taking time off. Sure the cocktails and beach time are great, but it takes a lot longer to work them off when you get back!

This is why we maintain the importance of on-going and consistent exercise, as a lifestyle change, not just a short term goal. Not to mention that losing your progress, or at least watching it deteriorate over time, can lead to more negative states of mind. 

Although we can quickly lose our strength and fitness because of reversibility, the sooner we get back into a routine, the less amount of time it takes to get back to where we were. Some research suggests that it takes twice as long as the amount of time you took off (for example, 4 weeks to cover a 2-week break) and obviously our current circumstances may limit the amount/type of training we can perform. However, it has also been suggested that training just 3 times per week is enough to stop reversibility setting in, and help you maintain your health and fitness goals. 

Traditional Gyms Are Closing Down

With our current inability to access physical training locations, the likelihood of ‘going backward’ in our health and wellness progress is on the increase. Not to mention the fall out from COVID-19 has seen many traditional gyms and training spaces close down. Recently, Steve Nash’s fitness world closed its doors on 24 locations and almost 100,000 members across B.C. 

Similarly, Semperviva Yoga has just announced they’re permanently closing their doors after 25 years servicing the Vancouver market. Thankfully, we have been developing our online personal training resources for years and can help you to maintain, or improve on your health and fitness goals.

Start Training From Home With Turnfit!

First things first, if you’ve been taking a break from exercising over the past few weeks, we want to stress the importance of not overdoing it. Even though most people will be training at home, and this typically means less resistance training, it’s very easy to jump straight back in and injure yourself. Remember, reversibility means that you probably won’t have the same strength and endurance that you did, even just a month ago. So, for starters, take it easy and work your way back up to your old levels!

Second, thanks to Coach David’s background in computer systems and online business development, Turnfit has already been offering online personal training for a number of years.

Third, our programs and workout routines are designed specifically to be done at home. That means you don’t need any special equipment to complete them, and thanks to our dedicated coaches, you don’t need any experience either!

Our online solutions offer everything that physical personal training can and includes the use of/access to the Turnfit personal training app. This not only helps you to stay on track but also allows Turnfit to deliver a number of other services, online:

  • Consultations and physical assessments
  • Video coaching calls
  • Nutrition Macro set up and coaching 
  • 7 days/week programming (Workouts, Meditations, Diet, Cardio, the works…)
  • Postural Assessments
  • 24-hour app messaging support

Turnfit personal trainers are passionate about your results

Our online personal training courses are already a fraction of the price of training in person. However, in an effort to help people stay in shape during these unprecedented times, we’re also helping you to access a lot of our resources, for free.

Right now we’re offering free fitness assessments, and you can also access our FREE boot camps and other classes by joining us, and our incredibly supportive health and wellness community, on Facebook!

If you’re ready to step things up we’re also offering huge discounts for our online personal training courses, as well as pay-per-use 1 on 1 online personal training from our award-winning coaches. 

For parents, we understand that a lot of kids have been forced out of school and sport- two vital components of a healthy and active lifestyle. To help with this, we have also begun running personal training sessions for younger generations, to make sure they stay active and help to burn off excess energy that they would have otherwise spent. 

For more information about these sessions, or any other services we offer, please reach out and connect!


About Turnfit

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver. 

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our communities on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

 

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Turnfit Personal Trainers are offering FREE online boot camps

Getting Cabin Fever? Try Our FREE Online Boot camps!

By | mental health, Mindset, Online boot camps, Personal Training Vancouver

Vancouver is still locked down, and by now most people have exhausted their Netflix screen time. With social isolation now in full effect, it has never been more important to focus on your mental and physical wellbeing. To help everyone get through these tough times, Turnfit personal trainers are offering free online boot camps and mindful practice, as well as a range of free information to keep you updated on everything from mortgages to employment.

Mental Health As a State of Mind

We get it. Staying indoors, somewhat indefinitely, is enough to send most people a little crazy. 2020 is going to be different for all of us, and until we have some clearer direction, we all have to assume that the next few months are going to be much the same. 

BUT. This time at home, this forced time away from the office and our normal routines can also be an opportunity. Not only that, but it is also imperative that we all unite and create new ways to interact and communicate with each other. After all, we are social beings. 

Simple Ways to Captivate Your Mind

For too long, we have relied on distractions like Netflix and Instagram to keep our minds occupied. Whilst those things are still OK to utilize, overdoing it also runs the risk of going a little bit insane. So instead, we’d rather focus on some of the alternatives to keep your mind stimulated:

  • Play
    This can be in any shape or form, but being stuck indoors doesn’t mean you have to cut out all the fun. To maintain your mental health though this should be time away from screens. Boardgames, puzzles, blanket forts, painting, learning instruments, you name it, you now literally have
    all the time in the world to do the things you always ‘wished’ you could do.

 

  • Read.
    We, as a species, literally have all of the information ever created at our fingertips. Anything you want to learn, or to be, has been written down, and most of the good stuff is in books! If you’ve never been a ‘reader,’ now is the time. Not just to maintain this skill, but to learn something new! Keeping your mind stimulated with healthy skills will go a long way to preserving your sanity.

 

  • Mindfulness and meditation.
    Sure, it might feel like you’re doing a lot of sitting around and thinking. But doing it with
    intention, following your breath, calming the mind, these are all components of a healthy mental state. Build and use these skills now to help you to destress and focus your energy where you need it most. Join our socials for free online personal training sessions, including mindful practice and meditation.

 

  • Sleep well.
    This one is imperative to maintaining a healthy state of mind, and sadly with all the screens in our faces, most of us do not get healthy sleep. When we’re out of a normal routine it can become even more difficult to do so. Check out
    this article to learn more.

 

  • Learn to cook (or cook new things!)
    Lockdowns might mean less access to ingredients, or maybe they’ve just given you the time to try new things. Look up some new recipes, get outside your routine, and
    enjoy spending time with the other people in your house. Adding/maintaining micronutrients to your diet will also help you to build and maintain your immune system.

Learning to cook can be a great way to spend time at home!

Physical Activity Is the Key to Sanity

Amongst all the chatter and clutter, there are a few things we need to keep in mind. Even though most of us spend our days at work, there are still certain elements of physical activity attached to that. Whether it’s walking to/from work, a quick gym session afterward, even walking around the office, we’re not entirely sedentary. 

While these lockdowns don’t mean we have to be inside, generally speaking, we’re probably doing a lot more laying about than we usually would. Physical activity is key in this scenario, not just to boost your immune system, but to keep your mind and body in balance.

At Turnfit, we’re offering FREE online boot camps from a range of coaches to help you stay in shape, and stay sane. You do NOT need any gear, workout equipment or prior knowledge to participate. Add to that we have our full suite of online personal training programs available to you as well, which can be used on-demand, with regular updates and new information/plans added all the time. 

We also have our free community page, which we encourage you to follow to access our free online boot camps and classes, and we’re bringing in a whole team of professionals looking to share their time and experiences with you. If you don’t use social media or are trying to steer clear of it at this time, you can also join via our website (please ignore the pricing).

Click HERE to join our Facebook community and access our FREE online boot camps.

Click HERE to join via our website, or get in touch with us.

About Turnfit Personal Trainers

Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.

With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver. 

Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.

For more information, please visit Turnfit.ca, join our communities on Facebook and take advantage of all of our FREE content by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-David Turnbull

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