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Hiring a Personal Trainer vs Joining a Gym

With the holidays nearly upon us, New Year’s resolutions aren’t far behind. “Losing weight” or “getting fit” or some version of those ideas are likely to top many a list, and that begs the question: is it better to hire a personal…
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Ask Andrew: How Long should a Workout Last?

Any discussion of the “right” amount of time for a training session has to prefaced by saying that there really is no definitive answer. If you’re training for a marathon, or an obstacle/endurance race, or a CrossFit competition, or just…
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Ask Andrew: How Can I Commit to my Fitness Goals?

One of the biggest challenges for many people is committing to a lifestyle of consistent exercise and nutrition for any significant length of time. We tend to begin with enthusiasm, but life inevitably gets in the way – we get sick and miss…
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Technique Spotlight: The Perfect Push-Up

When you do it properly, a push-up is an effective upper body and core strength builder. But what if we told you that you've probably been doing them wrong for years? There are nine steps to the perfect push-up (yes, nine!), and Andrew is here…
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Meet Andrew Mlakar

With gyms and studios on every other corner, there is no shortage of personal trainers in this town. So what sets one apart from the next? The answer likely varies depending on who you ask – maybe he prefers a more relaxed approach, and she…
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The Benefits of a Postural Analysis – And Where to Get One

Before you began your last workout program at the gym you’ve been a member of for years, did you run through a quick postural analysis to figure out how your muscles and joints work together, identify imbalances, and use that information to…
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The Trouble with Outside Boot Camp Workouts

The craze of outdoor fitness classes – commonly called boot camps – has survived long enough now to not be considered just another passing trend. It’s a good thing, actually. It’s an opportunity for people to get some fresh air,…
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Two Ways to Make Your Fitness Routine Stick

For many people with fitness goals, sticking to a consistent routine gets difficult. Sometimes it’s an illness or an injury that sets you back, or maybe you just get off track because you can’t be bothered this week. There are two ways…
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Fitness Questions: How Can I Test for Tight Hamstrings?

I often hear from folks asking about tight hamstrings. But the anatomy of the hamstring means that a short muscle can sometimes be mistaken for a “tight” muscle. Shortening of the muscle fibers can be caused by lack of movement or immobilization…
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Stand Up for Abdominal Work

If you’re like most people, you perform most of your abdominal work lying on the floor or a bench or an exercise ball. But there might be a more functional way to build a strong core. Abdominal work that you do on your back may offer a…