Peak Physique Celebrates Diversity with Free Workouts
Apr27

Peak Physique Celebrates Diversity with Free Workouts

Peak Physique has partnered with Diversity Richmond, an organization dedicated to creating a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated. With the idea of providing more health and fitness opportunities, programming and education for the community, Peak Physique is hosting a series of free, biweekly (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month) classes at Diversity Richmond, including body weight training and yoga, community health screenings and informative workshops. Upcoming Workout Dates: (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month) Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM Tuesday, July 4th at 6:30 PM Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM Location: 1407 Sherwood Ave., Entrance #3. What to expect: Peak Physique trainers will give an all-level workout using body weight and little to no equipment. At the end of each hour-long workout, we will discuss various fitness and wellness topics including nutrition, yoga, stretching, etc. All ages are welcome. Bring a yoga mat/towel, wear comfortable clothing, and bring a water bottle. For more information call 804-482-4240, contact Peak Physique or visit Diversity...

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Q & A with Will Wright
Apr25

Q & A with Will Wright

  Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Will Wright.   1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? Deadlifts for functional strength and burpees for overall fitness. 2. What’s your least favorite exercise, why? Pretty much any isolation exercise. Quit wasting your time and DO WORK! 3. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Sashimi! Or Thai mango salmon. Really any fresh fish makes me happy. Least favorite? If it involves kale or beets, you can count me out! 4. What’s your favorite cheat meal? A jar of peanut butter and a spoon! Least favorite? I’m not a fan of sweets. 5. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle 6. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? To me it’s all about changing lives and saving lives.  7. What inspires you or motivates you? God, my family, my friends, and my clients. 8. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. Placing in the top 2% at my first Spartan Race was pretty cool. 9. Best or favorite client story? I ran into an old client at the Monument Avenue 10k back in 2013. We hadn’t seen each other in many years, and in the time that had passed he lost over 70 pounds. He cried when he saw me, hugged me, and told me that I had completely changed his life. In addition to running races, he informed me that he now leads an organization-wide fitness program. I was so proud! It was really an emotional moment. 10. Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? Completing the Spartan Trifecta in 2017. A podium finish would be nice, too! 11. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? Vietnam 12. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Of course I exercise! Traveling is no excuse to give up on your fitness goals. Gravity and the world around you provide you with all the power you need to be your healthiest self. 13. What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart 14. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Depends on the workout. If I’m lifting heavy, hard rock and metal really helps me dial it in. 15. If you had a different career, what would it be? Professional athlete or pastor 16. Do you have any special skills or unique hobbies (unrelated to fitness)? I can wiggle my ears. Does that count for anything?? 17. Give a small description about the things you love in your life. I have been in Richmond pretty much my whole life, and am very grateful to have such a large, diverse group of friends in the area. When I am...

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Peak Physique Myths vs Facts
Mar10

Peak Physique Myths vs Facts

As certified personal trainers, we frequently are asked questions about fitness and nutrition. There are many myths out there that need to be busted.  It is our job to make sure you, our clients, receive factual information and expand your own knowledge so you can get the results you want. Here are a few “myths vs facts” examples that give you the correct information about fitness and nutrition. Myth: Lifting weights will make me bulky. Fact: There are many reasons to lift weights: to build strength, to tone muscle, to gain muscular endurance, and to gain more muscle mass.  If your goal is to become a body builder, there are specific workout and nutrition regimes to build up that muscle mass and make you “bulkier.” However, most clients aren’t after that look. So we make sure you are doing the appropriate weight, sets and reps to help achieve the goal and look you want.  Now that doesn’t mean you are only lifting lighter weights. Lifting heavier weights will make you stronger, help you burn more fat, and give you a leaner look. Myth: Doing only abs and squats will help me lose fat on my tummy and thighs. Fact: Unfortunately, there is no such thing as spot reducing. What we can do is help you focus on your nutrition so your body is consuming the right calories and macro-nutrients. We also can help you tone those areas with a variety of exercises so you get better results. As you lose body fat, your muscles will be strong and more defined. Myth: You need to do a ton of cardio to lose weight. Fact: No, you don’t. How much or little cardio you do will depend on what your personal trainer designs for you and your fitness goals. Cardio alone won’t help you lose weight. A well-rounded plan will give you the best results for weight loss. That includes an appropriate strength-training program, cardio routine and a nutrition plan. Myth: I need to do a 21-day cleanse to jump start weight loss. Fact: Eating the right balance of calories and macro-nutrients (carbs/proteins/fats) will help you lose weight. Frequently, fad diets like 21-day cleanses may cause people to lose a lot of weight early on. That weight loss is usually water weight. When they return back to their regular eating, the weight comes back on—and usually with a few extra pounds. Personal trainers will help you focus on your nutrition and workout plan so you lose weight steadily and permanently. For long lasting weight loss results, remember:  It’s a marathon not a sprint. Myth: I need to go to the gym to get...

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Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8
Jun30

Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8

Peak Physique Certified Personal Trainer Will Wright was featured alongside ABCNEWS WRIC-8 reporter Evanne Armour in a story called 3 Ways to $ave. Will took Evanne through several workouts around Richmond demonstrating that you can workout anywhere and enjoy the great amenities our city has to offer. Will and Evanne worked out at the Bryd Park Vita Course, the shore on Belle Isle along the James River, and up the Libby Hill Park stairs. You may see Will and other Peak Physique trainers using our city’s resources as backdrops for our clients’ workouts. You don’t need a gym membership. You don’t need additional equipment. All you need is a plan of action and great day outside here in RVA. Check out Will Wright and Evanne Armour in action....

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Are you ready for summer?
May21

Are you ready for summer?

The official first day of summer is June 21 …. Are you ready for summer? Swimsuit, shorts, or tank tops? Here’s a quick workout plan that will get you toned up and ready for fun in the sun!   Workouts: Sunday: OFF! But do something active with your family! Take a long walk, hike a trail, swim, or bike.  Have household chores to do?  Activities like spring cleaning and doing yard work burns lots of calories! Monday: 30-mins of moderate intensity cardio. This can be elliptical, treadmill or aerobics class. Weights: Upper body day – focus on arms, shoulders, back and CORE! Tuesday: 30-mins of moderate intensity cardio. This can be elliptical, treadmill or aerobics class. Weights: lower body day – focus on legs: quads, hamstrings, inner/outer thighs, glutes, calves, and CORE! Wednesday: Active REST! Yoga, Pilates, stretching, etc. is a great way to recover and rest your body! Thursday: 30-45 min low/high intensity cardio.  5 mins: low intensity (ex: brisk walk), 2 mins: high intensity (ex: run) Repeat for 5 – 8 sets. Cool down for 5 with a walk! Friday: OFF! Saturday: HIIT (High, Intensity, Interval, Training) workout: Push-ups Jumping Jacks Alternate reverse lunges Skaters Triceps dips Burpees High knees Squats Mountain climbers 2 minute rest! Perform each exercise for 30 seconds/rest 15 seconds in between exercises. Repeat 3-5x Nutrition: Eating well and healthy is KEY to looking and feeling great this summer! Here are just a few tips to help you! Always eat breakfast! Making the time for breakfast will help kick start your metabolism for the day! Eat more whole grains, lean protein and vegetables! Avoid drinking your calories. Try infused waters for a fruity drink instead of sodas, sugary smoothies and juices. Choose healthy snacks like almonds, turkey jerky, yogurt, or berries in between meals to keep your metabolism revved up. Follow the workout plan and nutrition tips and you’ll be ready to hit the beach! Need more help? Peak Physique is here to help you to meet all your fitness and nutrition goals.   Contact us at info@peakphysiqueva.com to set up your free...

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