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Back to Basics with Adam Neufeld

Adam Neufeld is a certified personal trainer and strength specialist, with over 15 years of weight room and sports experience, and a unique background in exercise science, physiology, and nutrition. He is an advanced-level lifter, year-round soccer player, and freestyle snowboarder. Having earned a BA (psychology) and an MSc (neuroscience), from Carleton University, Adam offers a holistic, educational, and personal approach to training, and is known for empowering others to achieve their own goals and results. Adam's blog is meant to inspire further discussion and inquiry, and his comments and views are his own and don't necessarily represent the views of the YMCA of Saskatoon.


Adam Neufeld's Strength & Conditioning class

Runs Monday evenings in the YMCA gym. Members pay $6 for the class, and non-members pay $11. It is a popular and very challenging circuit workout involving sleds, weights and chains, and ropes, but people of ALL fitness levels are welcome and may participate at their own appropriate level.

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Stretching 101

Intuitively, we all know stretching helps our bodies, but there’s so much information out there about how to stretch, how not to stretch, whether to stretch at all, and everything in between. We’re all left scratching our heads . . . READ MORE


Mobility Work – Feel better, improve training, and avoid injury

As a trainer, my job is primarily to make people look, feel, and perform better. Part of this involves strength training and simply building muscle, to be sure, but an important aspect that often gets overlooked, is mobility and flexibility work. READ MORE


Daily Mobility Routine – The AGILE 8

Joe DeFranco popularized a mobility/flexibility routine, called the Agile 8, which became hugely successful, due to its immediate benefits. Performing this routine 1-2x every day, and before working out, is highly recommended. READ MORE


Jogging - Reasons for knee problems in runners and how to fix it

Running has many physical and mental benefits. It produces large releases of “feel good” endorphins in the body, improves cardiovascular functioning and endurance, can help with weight loss; not to mention that having a strong aerobic base largely improves individual capacity when lifting weights. However, let’s face it… if you’re a runner, you’ve likely experienced issues with feet, ankles, knees, or hips. READ MORE

Proper Warm-Ups

All too often, people skip their warm-ups and go straight into their workouts. Doing this is akin to starting your car in -30C degree winter weather, and taking off. The car will move, but the engine, oil, and parts are cold. Inevitably, this leads to issues. . . READ MORE


Sled Training

For optimal athletic and fitness development, cardiovascular training and general conditioning is very important. Conditioning refers to our cardiovascular and muscular endurance, and ability to withstand . . . READ MORE


'Exercising' vs. 'Training'

Earl Nightingale defines success as “the pursuit of a worthy goal or ideal,” regardless of whether you’ve achieved it yet. The corner store clerk who finally opens his first grocery store, is taking the first steps required . . . READ MORE


Inspiration: Look Within

As human beings, we are all united by our connection to the earth, to each other, and by the multitude of obstacles we face. Although each individual is undoubtedly unique, we all struggle with similar daily challenges . . . READ MORE


3 Things you can to do to make faster progress in the gym

Have you been doing the same workouts for a while, and not seeing progress anymore? If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels a bit, here are a number of things you can focus on doing, which can supercharge your results! READ MORE