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Let your feet do the talking whether you are jogging around your neighborhood or heading to a spin class at your local gym. Preventing injury is the key ingredient when purchasing athletic shoes and finding the right cushioning and fit is essential. Try picking a shoe made specifically for your favorite activity or try a pair of cross-trainers that are multifunctional. And always make sure they...
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We asked our favourite trainer, George Gianniotis from G2 Kinetics Personal Training to design a full body workout to get us ready for the summer.  What we love about Trainer George's moves is that they incorporate multiple muscles at once so you get fast results.  Recently, he put us through the paces with 7 intense but seriously effective moves.

What you need:
1 stability ball
2 hand...
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As a former ballerina, I'm very excited about the new trend for ballet-inspired fitness studios.  The idea is to incorporate muscle-sculpting ballet moves like leg extensions and pliés with cardiovascular exercises like jumping.

What to Expect:

1. Free weights, barre work, balls and bands
2. Both high energy classes and slow-paced workouts
3. You'll be working out barefoot

Benefits

1.
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After all the holiday gorging, getting into shape is definitely on our ever expanding New Year's Resolution list.  A shiny new gym membership in hand and a fierce determination to stick with it starts us off well enough but some new gear doesn't hurt, n'est-ce pas?

We're eyeing up some seriously chic gym bags to help keep us motivated:

(1) Tory Burch Palma Gym Bag US$315, (2)
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If you've been following our fitness series, or my tweets you are already familiar with Trainer George.  If not, think of him like a portable personal trainer.  If you live in the GTA area he will come and train you at your home or gym.  Despite his friendly demeanor, his workouts are tough and will whip you into shape in no time. 

George has a knack for finding new, wacky...
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As the title, “XXX Power Strip” suggests, this isn’t your average fitness dance class. Step aside, salsa: there’s a new dance in town – and it’s stripping everything off.

Kat O., the outgoing and energetic instructor who teaches this Flirty Girl Fitness class in Toronto, describes the class as an opportunity to feel sexy in a safe environment where you can have fun and explore your...
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Wouldn't life be great if you could just slip on a pair of underwear in the morning and lose weight? Sounds crazy right? Well Japan's Wacoal Corporation begs to differ. They have come out with Cross Walker fat-burning underwear for men and women!


photo cred: InventorSpot

According to Wacoal, the structure of the fabric stimulates the thigh muscles as you walk, so you get the same effect as...
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We’re looking to target our buttocks for the ultimate posterior effect currently sported by J.Lo and Jessica Biel. Trainer George reminds that adequate rest, a healthy diet, and frequent movement should go hand in hand with his 5 top exercises for glorious glutes for best results.
 
Work this targeted area 2-3 times per week (in 3 sets @ 8-12 repetitions), and pair with uphill running to...
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The Spare Tire, The Muffin Top? Words you don’t generally want to use to describe your mid-section. The Washboard? Now we're talking.

Trainer George starts by clarifying one big misconception: "spot reduction".  Instead of hundreds of gut-wrenching crunches every workout session, it's really about smart choices and a healthy balance of exercise, nutrition, and rest

Foods that boost...
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Though he hauls me out of bed at 7am Wednesday mornings to punish me, I always feel great after a workout with G2 Kinetics founder George Gionniotis, aka Trainer George. Today I am struggling to type this, because he had me doing these wonky walking arm curls when I still had sleep in my eyes and bad breath but let's be honest. My arms have never looked better. Or so I've been told...
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