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, and will soon hold her Comprehensive Pilates certification from Balanced Bodies. 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: Q&A

Hayley Posted by Hayley at December 7, 2018 18:02:20 December 7, 2018 18:02:20

The other day my ‘little cousin’ (who is now in grade 12) asked me to answer some questions for her English project and it was interesting reading what she was asking. I got the sense that she, and maybe her peers, have a one or two dimensional view of health so I did my best to answer the questions with as much depth and truth as I could. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Solo Workout Success 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 21, 2018 20:25:08 November 21, 2018 20:25:08
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Hi Hayley, For the last several years my main workout has been commuting by bike to work (20+ km round trip), with outdoor activities like hiking, skate skiing, or road cycling on the weekends. I’ll be working from home from now on, so I won’t have the built-in weekday commute any more. Luckily there’s a gym not far from my home, and I'll have about an hour in the mornings 5x per week. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Exercise and Grief

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 16, 2018 15:56:36 November 16, 2018 15:56:36
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Hi Hayley,   I recently went through a very stressful life event. One of my family friends was diagnosed with terminal cancer at 37, and passed away shortly after. It is one of the most difficult things I have ever faced, and it has affected every single aspect of my life.   After his passing, I tried to get back into my regular routines but the scale is just not moving at all. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Be consistent when you can

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 9, 2018 16:00:11 November 9, 2018 16:00:11

The other morning when I was training a client, she brought up her concerns about her weight (again) and how when she was on a trip with her girlfriends they were all faster than her on the hikes than she was, even though she exercised WAY more than them. So, we had a little chat. Here’s the backstory on her. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Crunching properly

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 1, 2018 20:03:19 November 1, 2018 20:03:19

I want to take a second to go over an exercise that has a bad reputation yet if done correctly, it can be a very functional movement.  Crunches.  You’ve probably been told countless times do stop doing crunches, that they are bad for you and all they do is hurt your neck, but take a second to read this and perhaps crunches (or upper abdominal curls as us Pilates people call them) could be a game changer. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Ankles

Hayley Posted by Hayley at October 10, 2018 19:56:43 October 10, 2018 19:56:43

Dear Hayley,  I have a pear shaped body, and although I’m very slim I have “cankles”. I hate that word. My legs from the knees down, look a lot like [a certain actress] but without all the exercise she does. And I don’t have any boobs, so I need to weight train to get some balance in my body. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Pregnancy fitness motivation 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at September 28, 2018 20:53:55 September 28, 2018 20:53:55

Dear Hayley,  I’m currently 10 weeks pregnant with my third child. In my past pregnancies, I had been able to do some workouts, like running and circuit training, although scaled way down, and found the workouts to be extremely helpful in getting energy back and combatting morning sickness. Full Article

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Smutty Fitness: September start

Hayley Posted by Hayley at September 21, 2018 20:44:12 September 21, 2018 20:44:12

It doesn’t seem to matter how long it has been since I have been in school, years of years of fresh paper, pens and binders being carefully placed into a new backpack along with new goals of straight As has instilled in me this sense of a fresh start in September. I can’t be the only one who feels this way? So in this fresh start of 2018 I have decided to dive into the world of yoga and I’m working on my 200 hour teacher training. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Working out through injuries

Hayley Posted by Hayley at September 14, 2018 18:52:12 September 14, 2018 18:52:12

Hi Hayley,  As I write this I’m feeling very discouraged (and sorry for myself). I’ve managed to get into a really good rhythm with exercise this year: I’ve been running with a friend 3x per week for the last several months and we recently ran a 10k race (my first in 17 years) and we’re training for more. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: fitness gas and fatigue

Hayley Posted by Hayley at August 30, 2018 20:04:31 August 30, 2018 20:04:31

Dear Hayley,  So, I'm 30 and have, in the past seven years, lost 20 kilos and kept them off. I weigh 61 kilos and am 5'3" but I have a decent amount of muscle and so look leaner. I also have a busy, happy life. Of late, I've been trying to get more toned and flexible, but I find it hard to give up my HIIT workouts, because they're so damn efficient. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Postnatal running 

Hayley Posted by Hayley at August 23, 2018 18:11:06 August 23, 2018 18:11:06

Hayley, I am 8 weeks post unplanned c section. I got the all clear at 6 weeks to work out and even start running. I was very active during my pregnancy doing HITT work outs, swimming and yoga (all with modifications). Then during my 6 weeks after surgery I was able to walk a lot, thanks to living in an amazing city. Full Article