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

Fitness fads — from trackers to kinesio tape — only work if you do

“Hey Chris, how’s your fitness program going?” “Great, I just bought this new fitness tracker. It monitors my heart rate, my sleep cycles, my steps per day and it syncs with all of the stuff that’s supposed to sync.” “How does it help?” “Well, last night I didn’t sleep a wink and the tracker told me that I didn’t sleep a wink!” “That’s awesome!” “Also, I sat in a chair all day and it actually knew that I didn’t move …

Jackson’s Gym a reminder that everything old is new again

As Aspen Properties prepares to open their brand new state-of-the-art fitness facility for their tenants in the downtown Bell Tower, I was privileged to tour the original Jackson’s Gym by Aspen General Manager, Morley Barr. Opened by George Jackson in 1923, Jackson’s Gym is considered the oldest private fitness club in Canada. To this day the gym is used by a dedicated core of active members. Stepping into Jackson’s Gym is like stepping back in time. The welded cannonball barbells …

If a fitness promise seems too good to be true, it is

If you believe late-night television, the elixir of healthy living ends in a 99. For 10 easy payments of $29.99, you can sport ripped abs, curvy hips and shapely thighs. Why spend hours in the gym grunting and sweating when, for only five minutes a day, unwanted pounds can melt like butter as you tighten and shape muscle. The Core Maker 2000 is revolutionizing the fitness world! It’s affordable, effective and conveniently stores under your bed — where it will stay until …

Fitness tip: What’s the best cardio exercise?

In the last column I referred to the effectiveness of various cardio equipment. In light of the emails asking for details I thought I would elaborate in this column. Thanks for your questions and comments. The most popular (note: I didn’t say effective) form of exercise to shed unwanted pounds and condition the heart and lungs is cardio. Our clients and readers often ask us to comment on what machine works best. With so many options out there, people want to …

Summer fitness advice: eat less, move more

OK, it is summer so I’m taking it a little easy by dispensing some pretty rudimentary advice. Try to see past the simplicity of each response and search for the underlying truth. Happy to expound on any of these snippets if you feel I’ve spread myself a little thin. Q: Which workout is the best for getting you into shape? A: Simple, whatever workout you are willing and capable of doing. Q: What’s the best way to lose weight? A: …

Fitness tips: Summer’s the best time to get active, lose weight

The shock and awe of summer shorts weather is upon us. Shock, because the unforgiving sun magnifies what the long winter has wrought, and aww because you had tirelessly willed a smaller belt size for the past six months. Fear not! The summer may be the best time to lose weight. But while willing weight loss is a start, it tends to fall short of producing big results. Why not take this opportunity to parlay the warm summer months into …

Paul Robinson: Here’s how you choose the right personal trainer

I conducted an interesting experiment awhile back as vice-president of health and fitness with a large recreation organization. The experiment turned into research, which morphed into best practices and many speaking engagements. The premise was quite simple: What do exercisers need to make them successful? It all started when a fellow VP — I’ll call her Jane — asked me to match her with one of our better personal trainers — we had more than 50 on staff. I contemplated my …