KR contributes a bi-weekly fitness column to the Edmonton Journal.

Bridge to a longer and better life.

There’s a bridge we construct over time that distances most of us from health and vitality. With every passing year the bridge lengthens until the far side becomes a spot on the horizon. When did stairs become so high? Where are my feet? Was the toilet always this low? As you age, the length of your bridge is determined by many factors, the important ones being exercise, nutrition and, of course, genetics. Much like our loving dog, Chai, now in …

Uncovering Incredible Results.

Breaking News: A KR Personal Training client recently lost 16 pounds in a little over a month working out twice a week. With the help of protocols formulated over the past 30 years she reached and exceeded her goals ahead of schedule. Thanks to a proprietary combination of resistance exercises, near maximal cardiovascular circuits and prescribed calorie management, many KR clients experience similar results. Gym owner and fitness columnist, Paul Robinson (that’s me), is quoted as saying, “our patented fitness …

MUSCLE: Building, shaping or toning.

There’s often a lot of confusion surrounding building, toning and shaping muscle. If you’re looking to carve a shapely summer figure out of the one staring back at you in the mirror, you may want to start by correcting a few common misconceptions. Let’s begin by addressing a few reader questions. Q: What’s the difference between building, shaping and toning? A: Generally, guys want to ‘build’ muscle and ladies want to ‘shape and tone.’ In the end, it’s all hypertrophy …

Never too late!

The other day a retired acquaintance asked our opinion on managing her sore shoulder. She visited a doctor who, due to her persistence, took X-rays. She contacted us because the doctor hadn’t miraculously fixed a problem that had accumulated due to sedentary living. (There had been no specific incident or acute trauma.) Supporting her doctor’s advice, I suggested rest, a visit to the physiotherapist and regular exercise. What, no drugs? Acupuncture? Massage? Manipulation? Surgery? Magic beans? Nope. Lack of exercise …

Resistance Trumps Cardio

The other day a regular treadmill user whose weight loss efforts had derailed asked me the best way to kickstart her toning aspirations. I told her resistance training and diet. She said ‘oh’ and headed back for more treadmill. Hey, if me saying more cardio makes you happy then knock yourself out. Just don’t expect big changes. When traveling south, prepping for an upcoming event or slimming down for the summer, make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your …

Resistance training boosts gains beyond cardio

Despite some very promising research giving a big thumbs up to resistance training, the annual pilgrimage of cardio-philes looking to thwart winter weight gain continues to beat a path to treadmills. (As I write this, the weight machines sit empty as cardio equipment hums at high frequency.) Studies recently posted in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found the benefits of weight training were not limited to big biceps. Researchers demonstrated a significant impact on bone health, physical function, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lowering …

Is Keto the answer?

Recently, Kevin O’Leary challenged a Shark Tank contestant to mass produce her healthy soup line. He suggested she would make more money if she outsourced production. She had tried outsourcing, but quality dropped significantly. O’Leary set things straight when he replied, “that’s just how things work.” Somewhere along the line, ‘units sold’ displaced quality and service. My first fridge (formerly owned by my parents) lasted more than 25 years. I have pickles that outlasted my second ‘modern’ fridge. My first …

Push healthy resolutions past January by avoiding speed bumps

Like a waistband strained beyond its intended girth, gym parking lots are swollen with the consequences of holiday merrymaking. Exceeding its ‘best before date’, debauchery has morphed into healthier pursuits — at least for the time being. It won’t be long before resolution expiry dates have similarly passed. I’m not much of a drill sergeant when it comes to training clients. I’m more of a guided discovery kind of guy. Having said that, occasionally you need to cut the sentiment …

Will 2019 Fitness Trends Work For You?

The fitness powers that be have released this year’s top 10 exercise trends that, frankly, may have little bearing on your next workout. The challenge with most trends is they disappear as quickly as they arrive. What makes the list this year is often absent from the next. Here is a quick review of 2019 trends (in no particular order) with a few notes on staying power and whether they can boost your health and fitness goals. Bodyweight training Resistance …

Assistance for your fitness New Year’s resolutions

As one year transitions to the next, better living lists saturate the media. Not to disappoint, here are a few reminders from the past year to help with your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t: Buy a yoga mat Namaste! Before a tirade of angry-yet-flexible blows rain down upon my head, hear me out. Fitness has become much too commercial. Mats, water bottles, watches, supplements, books. All fluff, no action. According to the stats, our spandex-clad population is growing bigger by the …