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Colby’s Corner

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

 

October’s here! Time to get ready for summer!

Yes you read that right. And no it’s not a typo.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. The cold seasons arrive, the bathing suits go away, and you do your best impression of a bear preparing for hibernation and you just “let yourself go” for the winter. The plan is to not stress the extra pounds that comes with less activity and giant holiday meals in the winter, and then, do what you have to in the spring in order to have the body you want for summer.

How’d that work out for you last year?

As a personal trainer my busiest time of the year is consistently the spring. People binge eat during cold winter nights, over indulge during holidays, and are reluctant to battle the snow to get to the gym. Thusly, they are typically in worst shape than they planned on exiting the winter and now have to work extremely hard in order to be ready for the pool season.

If you want to finally have the summer body you’ve always wanted your best strategy would be to start now. It is far easier to maintain good-to-great fitness than it is to achieve it in the first place.

What to do? Don’t let winter slow you down. One easy but significant step would be to start working on a fitness program that works for you now. There is often experimentation and some trial and error involved in building a proper fitness program that you will actually use and enjoy. Use the dreary winter months to figure out what works for you. Imagine, instead of stressing out and rushing to catch up in the spring, you could be refining and perfecting what you did in the winter.

This post was brought to you by Colby Martin.  Colby is an IFA certified personal trainer who has, for the past 10 years, been helping a wide variety of clients achieve their personal fitness goals.   Colby continues to enjoy training a wide range of clients, including high level athletes looking to maximize their potential output to individuals working to regain a fit and healthy lifestyle.  To contact Colby, please call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club or colby@windsorsquash.ca

Labour Day Weekend Hours

Friday, August 29th, 2014

 

Labour Day Weekend Hours

Friday – 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM Classes are as scheduled.

Saturday & Sunday - 7:30AM to 7:30 PM Classes are as scheduled.

Monday – 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Bootcamp rated PG will run at 8am. All other classes are cancelled!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Easter Weekend Hours

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Easter Weekend Hours

Good Friday, April 18th-7:30am to 4:00pm

Saturday, April 19th-Regular weekend hours 7:30am to 7:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 20th-7:30am to 4:00pm

Easter Monday, April 21st-Regular Club hours 5:30am to 11:00pm

Enjoy your Easter Weekend!!!!

Why should you care if you can jump?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The vertical jump has been and will continue to be one of the most important athletic evaluations out there.  To give you an idea how effective a tool the simple vertical jump test is for assessing whole body explosiveness, the NFL routinely uses a whole host of tests when evaluating athletes at their NFL combines. They use a bench press test, a 40-yard dash test, various tests of agility, and a vertical jump test. At first glance it might appear that the ability to jump would be the LEAST specific of those tests to a football player. However, the vertical leap is in fact the most effective of those tests in predicting the success of a football player – even better than the 40-yard dash!

Coaches can look at the vertical jump of a player and immediately tell how explosive of an athlete they have on their hands. This explosiveness is key for a football player and has a high carryover to pretty much any sport requiring speed, agility, quickness, and power.

So if the vertical jump is a good measuring tool for power and explosive strength (used in most major sports, including squash) then logically the vertical jump, used in different variations and techniques, will increase these strengths as well!

Specific Strengths required for/built through the vertical jump:

STARTING STRENGTH: The ability to accelerate a load from rest.

ACCELERATIVE STRENGTH: The ability to move the load quickly through the concentric phase of a movement. Very important for vertical jumping. As Jon Hinds who invented the Portable Power Jumper says – “Slow jumping is low jumping”. The quicker you can jump, the higher you will jump.

ABSOLUTE STRENGTH: Your ability to lift loads that are of a high percentage of your weight.

REACTIVE STRENGTH: The ability to convert eccentric force back into concentric or vertical power. It is basically your ability to use the stretch shorten reflex.

RELATIVE STRENGTH: This may be the most important strength quality a vertical jumping athlete can have. It basically refers to how strong we are per pound of body weight (athletes who have a high strength to weight ration, and who can apply that strength quickly, i.e. also possess high accelerative capabilities are generally very explosive).

“As the Trunk grows, so must the leaves and branches”

Vertical jump training IS NOT lower body training! Instead, it is total body training. It is power lifting, plyometrics, calistetics, core strength, flexibility, co-ordination, and balance. The vertical jump requires the entire bodies output of strength and power. In addition to building a capable lower body, the core and upper body must be able to match the output respectively in order to maximize output. This is where the explosive swing of a tennis players arm, the power of a swimmers shoulders, and the speed of a forwards slap-shot comes from… Total body power!

 Join Colby for a camp that focuses specifically on improving your vertical jump and receive all of the added benefits.  Click here or on the picture above for more details.

This post was brought to you by Colby Martin.  Colby is an IFA certified personal trainer who has, for the past 10 years, been helping a wide variety of clients achieve their personal fitness goals.   Colby continues to enjoy training a wide range of clients, including high level athletes looking to maximize their potential output to individuals working to regain a fit and healthy lifestyle.  To contact Colby, please call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club or colby@windsorsquash.ca

Mommy Bootcamp – Save the Date March 20th

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

There is no better way then Mommy Bootcamp to help you lose the weight and get back into shape.  Registration is now open and the first class will be held on March 20th.

This session of Mommy Bootcamp will run twice per week for 8-weeks.  Click here or on the picture to get the full details and registration information.  Of course, you could always e-mail Terese (terese.mingay@mac.com) or call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club (519-966-2141) if you have any questions too.

Mommy Bootcamp – Save the Date January 10th

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The new year may seem like a long way away, but it’s time to register for Winter Mommy Bootcamp.  There is no better way then Mommy Bootcamp to help you lose the weight and get back into shape.  Registration is now open and the first class will be held on January 10th, 2012

This session of Mommy Bootcamp will run twice per week for 8-weeks.  Click here or on the picture to get the full details and registration information.  Of course, you could always e-mail Terese (terese.mingay@mac.com) or call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club (519-966-2141) if you have any questions too.

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Detroit Free Press Marathon

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Great job Windsor Squash and Fitness Club Runners on completing the Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathon!

These runners completed 18 weeks of training with Erin Porter in her 1/2 Marathon Training Clinic. Excellent work Terese Mingay, Kathleen Bryan, Cathyna Soukthavone, Katie Paterson, Mark Beggs, Gudrin Bildfell, Mark Askew, Martine Askew, Sharon Strosberg, Paola Francis, Jackie Gianotti, Gregg Mayville, Lois Wares, Erica Lester, and Sal Mazzarelli.

 

All of their dedication, training, and hard work paid off.  They all crossed the finish line! They also enjoyed a pre-race pasta party at Windsor Squash and Fitness Club and post race celebration at the Kildare House.

Also, a big congratulations to all of the other Windsor Squash & Fitness Club members who completed the run.  Way to go Keith Henry,  Heather Douglas, Armelle Richardson, Kim Mullen, Steve Brennan, and Gina Graston.

 

 

 

What a great perfomance by so many hard working and dedicated runners!

WSF Promo Video

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Check out this short promo video that we made to air on Cogeco’s Lifestyle with Larry.

Mommy Bootcamp – Save the Date Sept 6th!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

We do not want to rush you through the summer, but we do want you to know that the next session of Mommy Bootcamp with Terese Mingay will start immediately after Labour Day on September 6th. There is no better way then Mommy Bootcamp to help you lose the weight and get back into shape in our comfortable, air conditioned Group Fitness Studio.

This session of Mommy Bootcamp will run twice per week for 8-weeks.  Click here or on the picture to get the full details and registration information.  Of course, you could always e-mail Terese (terese.mingay@mac.com) or call Windsor Squash & Fitness Club (519-966-2141) if you have any questions too.