Virtual Training for the Summer Months

For many YPs, summer provides ample time and reasons to look and feel our best. If you are looking to step up your training, however, you may find that your favourite gym is on a summer break and the class schedule has been significantly reduced. We’ve rounded up a few notable online training programs that will challenge you into the fall. Remember: always check with your doctor before starting a new fitness routine.

Chatelaine’s 28-day Lose Weight Fitness and Meal Plan
Led by certified strength and conditioning specialist James Fell and naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, this 4-week plan provides you with a realistic and achievable roadmap to improving your health and fitness.

Why it’s notable: The program can be achieved with minimal equipment and is especially suited for those who need some daily guidance and motivation to make exercise and healthy eating a regular component of their lives. The program also provides daily meal plans and recipes (three meals and two snacks) designed to boost your energy and provide you with nutrients to boost performance and recovery.

The Globe and Mail’s Summer Boot Camp
This program provides beginner and advanced-level strength and endurance training; it is led by personal trainer Kathleen Trotter and registered dietitian Leslie Beck, who provides daily nutrition tips to change your lifestyle and your body.

Why it’s notable: The program is designed to be performed outdoors, so you won’t need much more than supportive footwear, access to a park bench, and a resistance band. Most strength training workouts are linked to a video that demonstrates each move, so you won’t be left wondering if you are doing the exercises right. This program is loaded with both weight and cardio intervals to provide fast full-body results.

Blogilates 90 Day Challenge: Meal Plan & Workout Calendar
Cassey Ho is a certified pilates and fitness instructor who has created a 90-day program that will challenge your whole body 6 days a week.

Why it’s notable: If you like the idea of a detailed and directed workout routine, then you should give this program a try. Each day has a different focus (total body, upper body & back, abs & obliques, lower body) and you can choose from a variety of different exercises to meet the day’s goals. Cassey has also created a daily meal plan that has you eating every 2-3 hours (vegetarian and vegan options provided) to keep you fueled throughout the 90-day challenge.

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