Hayley McGowan

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Hayley has been a personal trainer in the city of Vancouver and holds a Bachelors of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, a Comprehensive Pilates certification from Balanced Bodies as well as her 200HR yoga certification. When she is not busy working or writing the smutty fitness column, she spends much of her spare time practicing yoga and exploring the mountains of the West Coast, either by foot, on her snowboard or on her mountain bike.


Smutty Fitness: When life changes, so do workouts

Hayley Posted by Hayley at May 24, 2019 16:26:37 May 24, 2019 16:26:37
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Being active has been a part of my life since I was a kid running around on the beaches of my hometown on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I have played community sports, school sports, high level club sports, university sports as well as competed in multiple triathlons, marathons, and cross-country mountain bike racing. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: What is your “handstand”?

Hayley Posted by Hayley at April 26, 2019 19:23:20 April 26, 2019 19:23:20
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 There really is no better feeling than accomplishing something that you maybe didn’t think possible. We all have it, that feeling of self-doubt and that little voice in the back of our head that is constantly trying to tell us we can’t do something. Right now, that voice is telling me I will never be able to do a handstand. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Spring eating and fitness 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at April 12, 2019 17:47:31 April 12, 2019 17:47:31
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I had a discussion last week with colleagues of mine about fad diets, which began when one of my mentors suggested that I check out this new Paleo restaurant by our studio. He lost me at the word Paleo, and then another colleague piped up and said he stops listening when someone mentions Keto. I think the reason for this is because we are all in this industry to help people find love for themselves. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Soreness

Hayley Posted by Hayley at March 29, 2019 19:41:27 March 29, 2019 19:41:27
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Hi Hayley,  I'm writing for two reasons:  First reason: when I work out I'm in a lot of pain after. I've had shin splints in the past and now get them touch and go. But I get really knotty calves from working out. I use my stress balls on my calves almost daily, as sometimes when they're really bad and it leads to back pain. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Questions about Keto 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at March 18, 2019 19:58:50 March 18, 2019 19:58:50
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Hi Hayley, Please get down and dirty with the whole trend of high fat, low carb dieting. It seems like everyone is on keto and raving about how they are losing weight while eating butter and I just can't wrap my head around it. I understand what ketosis is, but is it a legitimately safe long-term eating plan? I have a friend who does keto and hardcore intermittent fasting where she doesn't eat for 24 hours, twice a week, She swears by it and has lost a ton of weight, claims she has super energy, and actually smothers everything in butter. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Fitness your way 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at March 8, 2019 20:12:52 March 8, 2019 20:12:52
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A long-time childhood friend visited me this weekend and in a span of 3 days we managed 3 hikes, an ocean side 10km walk and an ocean kayak. She said it was the most exercise she has done in months (part of the job of being my friend I guess) and as we were driving her back to the airport she asked me what the best thing was that she could do for exercise when she gets home. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Bridesmaid (and Oscar) food and fitness plan 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at February 22, 2019 20:53:17 February 22, 2019 20:53:17
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Hi Hayley,  I love your column and am all about intentional fitness and doing it to feel good, rather than look a certain way. I don't have a scale in my house and instead just try to exercise regularly, eat mostly veggies, legumes and grains, and don't stress about alcohol or bread when I consume it. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Maternity leave workout 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at February 21, 2019 20:35:08 February 21, 2019 20:35:08
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Hi Hayley, I was hoping you could help me with a quick, effective routine to do while on maternity leave. I don’t have much equipment and am hoping to do mostly body weight stuff. I am 16 weeks postpartum. I had a C-section and have been cleared to resume normal exercise.  I have access to: a spin bike at home (I’ve been doing a couple 20-30-minute classes/week via the peloton app), a couple exercise bands, as well as a 6 lb medicine ball and a pair of 8 lb weights. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Body image and acceptance

Hayley Posted by Hayley at February 14, 2019 20:53:31 February 14, 2019 20:53:31
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Hi Hayley, The question I'm about to ask you might be an impossible one for you to answer. Self-esteem is such an elusive thing to understand, and I know that! I'm going to try to explain where I'm coming from. Growing up, I didn't have real issues with self-esteem, at least that I was aware of. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: When you need a push

Hayley Posted by Hayley at January 29, 2019 21:21:19 January 29, 2019 21:21:19
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Hi Hayley,   I am in my mid-thirties. After being very lax with exercise in the previous 4-5 years, I made time these past 9 months to get fit again, return to my previous clothing size, and lose the extra pounds gained primarily in the last couple years. I have met the first two goals and I feel that my current fitness base is in many ways, an improvement compared to my late twenties. Full Article