• Annual Cold Dip Tradition

    Author: Filip Smialek PT, CSCS | | Categories: 1 On 1 Personal Training , Cold Adaptation , Cold dips , Cold Therapy , Exercise , Exercise Therapy , health , Hydrotherapy , longevity , Movement , Resilience

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    Since I became a trainer, I’ve been interested in the variety of ways I can make myself and the people that I help, stronger - mentally, physically, and spiritually. My aim is to make health attainable by simple means; by using tools that we all have access to. 5 years ago marked the beginning of a cold dip tradition that I’ve been doing on Christmas Day ever since. I’ll get to that origin story shortly. I’ll start by explaining why I train to be more resilient to either cold or heat. The simple reason is that after adapting to either cold…

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  • Red Light Therapy review

    Author: Filip Smialek PT, CSCS | | Categories: 1 On 1 Personal Training , Exercise Coach , health , Joovv light , Joovv Solo , longevity , recovery , red light therapy , therapy

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    I started using my red light panel from Joovv on November 20th, 2019 (about 4 weeks ago). I bought the Joovv Solo from their website. By the time it got through customs and shipping, it ended up costing almost $2000.  Using this device is a complete experiment on my end. I’ve never done light therapy before aside from going outside and spending time in the sun in the summer. One of the main reasons why I decided to try this device was because of some of the positive statements and reviews I heard/saw from people in the fitness industry.  My thoughts were…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture

    Author: Filip Smialek PT, CSCS | | Categories: Diet , health , Nutrition , Personal Trainer , RMT

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    Last night I had the opportunity to watch a presentation and panel discussion regarding agriculture and sustainability. The importance of grazing animals (beef cattle and sheep) for preserving and maintaining the health of grassland ecosystems was one of the topics covered. The health of Canadian grasslands was once managed by bison. North American bison were hunted to virtual extinction over a hundred years ago. These days the ruminant animals that help preserve the health of grasslands by grazing on them include beef cattle and sheep.  Greenhouse gas emissions were also covered. The use of beef cattle and sheep in holistic farming…

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  • The Positive Impact of Collaboration Between Health Professionals.

    Author: Filip Smialek PT, CSCS | | Categories: 1 On 1 Personal Training , CSCS , Diet , Exercise Therapy , health , Lifestyle , Lifestyle counseling , Naturopath , Nutrition , Nutritional Coach , Nutritional supplementation , Personal Coach , Personal Trainer , Personal Training , Registered Massage Therapist , RMT

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    I had the pleasure of working alongside Dr. Hilary Chambers (ND, HBSC, Doula) for a couple of years while I worked as an RMT and Medical Acupuncture Practitioner at Royal York Massage and Osteopathy.  I’ve since referred several of my clients to Dr. Chambers. Her perspective and expertise have proven very helpful in getting results for my personal training clients. She reinforces positive lifestyle habits that have helped with clients’ weight loss. Among other things, Hilary also digs deep into the root cause of clients’ ailments and creates a plan of action that goes beyond my scope of practice (i.e. blood…

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