Hello Everyone!!

Firstly let's get the excuse of being "too old" to get in shape out of the way.
For me my birthday is just a date on a calender as i have competed for over a decade against competitors half my age. How you might ask? By having the knowledge of how the body functions and just as importantly how to get the most out of your workouts, i will pass on my wisdom & tips to you my fellow bloggers and followers.

The "Key"(s) to exercise is having a variety. First not allowing the task to become boring and/or cumbersome as you must keep the brain guessing thus eliminating the plateau effect. Also when changes are not immediate one tends to become frustrated and feels like quitting, so we are going to change this with the blog to keep the routines far from boring and productive.

Secondly i will pass on knowledge regarding nutrition and water which is critical. You can work out all you want but remember what you do during exercise is tearing down the muscle and if you don't repair and hydrate you are just wasting your time, this aspect is probably 60%+ of the equation to a healthy body

Within the continuation of this blog, I will show you how to improve your health, change your shape and improve your game.... from the serious athlete to the weekend warrior. There will be video's of weight bearing exercises per body part and routines that everyone can fit in to their schedule and lifestyle no matter how hectic it is.

And remember, there is no point in having an empire if you are not around to enjoy it. Your body is a temple!

Yours in Fitness,

Terry Keys


"Terry's knowledge of nutrition, proper training techniques and insight into how to maximize our player's energy and strength is second to none........ it has proven invaluable in our team's success."
-Trevor Stienburg, Head Coach
SMU Hockey Huskies
2010 CIS National Champions

"Few athletes have the dedication, let alone the physical ability to stay at the top of their sport the way Terry Keys has."
-Jim Reyno
Halifax Daily News Reporter

"Very few athletes have the ability or knowledge to truly help people in reaching their lifestyle goals. With his proven accomplishments in body sculpting, Terry is able to grasp and provide methods that work........ He is a walking testimonial of his success and abilities in living a healthy and happy lifestyle."
-Richard Glover
Director HBS & ProLab Canada


I, Terry Keys along with the my charities ( Childrens Wish, QE11 Foundation and Maggies Place) also with The Tower, make no claim as to the accuracy of any of the information provided in the blog. If you have any questions regarding your health, nutrition or well should visit a certified physican.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Facts on Salt

I cant think of another word in the nutrition world that brings more fear to folks as SALT!  Ive been backstage of events and some of the athletes are cramping up, so the most common answer is your lacking a banana. When usually its the sodium that's missing, as you need a 1 to 2 ratio (salt to potassium) to keep your electrolytes balanced. So don't fear the sodium and like everything I've talked about in these blogs, lets use it as your ally not foe. So lets do a little NACL 101 lesson   A) Salt is needed in health and your body doesn't make it, but your cells need it to function. As stated, its an electrolyte which is a mineral that aides in maintain muscle function and hydration, plus it helps hold fluids in your blood. Now you lose sodium through sweat and urine, so you need to replace it.... approx 1/2 teaspoon per day.     B)  Blood Pressure; sodium will make your blood hold more water so your heart has to pump/work harder thus making your blood pressure higher, so it goes without saying you need to watch the intake. But also remember, that being overweight also boosts your blood pressure (exercise anyone?).... keep the weight off and sweat/drink more water during training, win/win! 
C) Your body is constantly balancing the sodium on the outside of each cell and the potassium on the inside. Its been proven that an increase in potassium can lower blood pressure but with the North American supersalty processed meals you don't stand a chance even if you eat a lot of the humans main source of potassium....fruits and vegetables. D) So with that info you would think to cut back on all forms of sodium, but we can be smart about it as actually a whopping 75+% of our salt in the average diet comes from processed and restaurant food, so at home why not try kosher salt for cooking and sea salt for seasoning, and a bonus....both are free of additives! So as you can see, salt is needed so have this misunderstood mineral in your corner with your fight for a healthy lifestyle.