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Introducing Firehall Boot Camps

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tyler-and-amandaAre you having trouble staying motivated to meet your fitness goals? Maybe it's time for you to explore a boot camp. "Boot Camp" is a broad term used to describe group fitness classes that are designed to promote fitness goals, camaraderie, and team effort. A boot camp provides social support when you don't feel like exercising. You benefit from the instructor's expertise, who can offer immediate feedback, corrections, and modifications needed during the specific exercises. Boot camps are fun and motivate people to challenge themselves at least three times a week. There are three new early morning boot camps being offered at the Firehall. Grab a friend and sign up for all three classes. 

Monday morning Tabata with Tyler is a great way for people to build lean muscle, increase muscular endurance, decrease fatty tissue, and challenge self to new levels of fitness. Tabata training is one form of high intensity interval training that builds both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems performing a 20 second work to 10 second rest ratio 8 times which will be performed in a group training format. Tabata training is named after one of its founder’s Dr. Izumi Tabata along with his team from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. Dr. Tabata along with his team performed studies on the highest level athletes and found that 45 minutes of this style of interval training can improve the same level of muscular endurance as traditional cardiovascular training. 

Wake up with Essentrics Wednesday mornings with Amanda, and watch your body change in 30 days. Essentrics targets and firms every muscle in the body, improves posture, helps define the waist, creates toned, lean and strong arms, slenderizes thighs and quads, creates flat, defined abs, and lifts the butt. This is a full-body flexibility technique that works through the muscle chains. The goal of an Essentrics workout is to rebalance the body; that means maximum flexibility and strength for all 600+ skeletal muscles. When all your muscles are flexible and strong, they can do the job they were designed to do. Weak and inflexible muscles cause wear and tear on the joints, as other muscles have to pick up the slack. Unbalanced bodies lead to injuries; Essentrics helps prevent injuries. The NHL's Montreal Canadiens have been practicing Essentrics for the past 3 seasons, and it has helped them go from a team with one of the worst injury records to one of the best (i.e., fewer injuries!). 

Friday mornings with Tyler is your chance to experience what an elite level athlete would put their bodies through while in off-season to reach peak levels going into the season. The number one goal for any athlete’s training regimen is to improve the body’s ability to activate the correct muscles at the right time to create and absorb force in a stabilized position throughout all planes of motion. This will in turn decrease the athlete’s likeliness of experiencing an injury throughout their season. While utilizing you’re own body weight and other pieces of equipment you will improve muscular endurance, stability, proprioception, muscular strength, speed, agility, quickness, and power. 

Amanda Sterczyk is a Level 4 Certified Essentrics Instructor who has been teaching since 2010. She has experience teaching men, women, and children of all ages and fitness levels. Amanda is qualified to teach Essentrics group classes, personal training, and private/semi-private sessions. She also teaches Classroom Stretch, a modified version of Classical Stretch to schoolchildren from JK to grade 6 (essentricsottawa.com).

Tyler Pearce is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Level 2 Train to Train Certified Basketball Coach with the National Coaching Certification Program. Tyler is qualified to work with a variety of clientele in private, semi-private, group and team training environments.

For best results, sign up for all three early morning classes. We look forward to seeing you and your friends soon! 

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