Training to Excel: Alena Luciani

I can't believe this post hasn't happened sooner! I'm thrilled to have Alena Luciani of Training2XL on the blog today and showcase what a fire cracker she is! If you remember from one of my very first posts, Alena was one of my inspirations for starting my own blog and she continues to keep me motivated and on track with our regular phone chats. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach and holds her Masters of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences from Ohio University. Alena operates Training2XL both in the GTA, as well as online (I've had her program for me via the online option and IT WAS AMAZING- here's the link!). She provides individualized programming and nutrition coaching to athletes in sport and athletes in life with the goal of educating and empowering others to excel. Today on the blog we get into her own journey as well as some training and nutrition tips.

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Sweet Potato Veggie Tofu Pad Thai

Eeek! I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys today! I got a spiralizer over the weekend and well, I'M OBSESSED! This recipe was already on repeat at my house but now it will be a weekly feature. I was lucky enough to have Megan Gardner of megscucina.commake this for me a few weeks back on a girls weekend and it blew my mind! Pad Thai is one of my absolute favourite dishes and her take on it is not only super healthy but insanely delicious. I find it gets better with time so be sure to make lots if you want leftovers!

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5 Ways to Optimize your Rehab

When it comes to rehabilitation, most often you get out of it what you put in. I can have the same two patients walk through the door and they can have completely different outcomes depending on how they show up and participate in their own therapy.  Here are 5 ways (though I may have to do another blog because there are more than 5 ways...) that you can help make sure your therapy is a success story!

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Why Press Play?

Over the past couple weeks I’ve had several people ask me “Why the name ‘Press Play’” Well here goes! Yes, I do love the alliteration but there is more to the story...

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Golden Boy: Alexander Kopacz

I know I don't need to tell you again that I was absolutely GLUED to the PyeongChang Olympics so I literally just feel like I'm coming down from my Olympic high and BAM! the Paralympics start Friday! So many great moments during the Olympics but one of my favourites has to have been watching Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz race to their gold medal in the 2-man bobsled! I know Alex from his varsity athletes days at Western University here in London and it has been so fun to continue to watch his athletic journey unfold. When watching the Olympics we often don't think about the sacrifice that athletes make and I am so grateful that Alex agreed (literally straight off the plane from Korea) to share some of the highs and lows with us today!

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Girls Got Game

I don't know about you but for the past two weeks I have been absolutely glued to the Olympics. I have always loved watching the Olympics (and maybe still have a scrapbook I made during the 1998 Nagano Olympics) but now having worked in the sport world, I feel I have such a better understanding of the hard work and dedication it takes the athletes, coaches and support staff to get to such a high level of performance. Having personal connections to some of the Canadian athletes and staff has made it even more exciting to watch! 

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Valentines Day: Perfectly Imperfect Love Stories

For a long time, I was caught up in the idea that everyone else's relationships were perfect and it was just mine that hit road blocks and bumps.  However, the more open I have been about my own relationship, the more I have realized that every relationship has their own issues and maybe we just aren't great at sharing them with each other. So today, some of my friends and I are sharing our own perfectly imperfect love stories. Not many of us have the perfect love story and it is often the challenges in relationships that help drive us to find out bliss. 

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Pilates vs. Yoga: Niki Carr

A highly debated topic among fitness enthusiasts and a common question I get from my patients: Pilates or Yoga? Today, I am so excited to have one of my own Pilates instructors give us her take on the debate! Niki is a professional dancer and certified Pilates instructor (don't worry, she isn't biased!) but more than anything this girl is a mover! She moves in ways I didn't even think were possible (and makes me try them too!). If you don't believe me check out her moves on Instagram @at_the_mat

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Let's Talk Anxiety: Rita Catolino

I have always struggled with finding balance but last year things came to a head when I just had too much on the go. I had made some major life changes- I moved (for the 5th time in 5 years!), I started a full-time Master’s degree and was still working in clinic- and it was too much. In the summer of 2016, I started experiencing intermittent panic attacks and what felt like paralyzing anxiety. In an attempt to make some positive life changes, I contacted transformation coach, Rita Catolino.

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5 Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Morning Off Right!

No matter how prepared I am the night before, my mornings always seem a little rushed! Smoothies have become my go-to during the week as I can make it the night before, pop it in the fridge and run out the door with it in the morning. I am such a creature of habit and make the exact same smoothie every morning for breakfast but I think change is upon me!! I have enlisted some of my instgram foodie friends to share some of their favourite smoothie recipes with us today and I know that they may just get me a tad more excited to rise and shine!

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Prep for Success: How to get the most out of your time with a health care practitioner

These days it can be really easy to feel like you are getting lost in the health care system. Listen, I work in health care and I even feel like I've been lost, so I know it isn't easy. The health care industry is BUSY- there is limited time, resources and budgets but those who work in health care are by and large doing their very best to serve every patient to the best of their abilities. Today, I thought I would give a few tips so that you can make the most of your appointments and ensure you are getting the most out of your time spent with a health care practitioner.

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