About Lyne Painchaud
I was not always active…
I was just like any normal person: very busy working long hours, too tired to cook and wanted to sit or rest most of the time. When I was around 40 years old, the pounds started to accumulate and I started to have cholesterol problems and arthritis. I knew I had to do something. I knew the Jenny Craig Weight loss program because I did it few years before. It worked for me but when I stopped, all the weight came back and more. This time around I knew I needed to add some exercise in my lifestyle and I was very worried about my ability to maintain a healthy weight after the program…
I discovered a spinning club just beside my workplace. I like music, group training and cycling, so I gave it a try. However, spinning was so hard that I almost fainted on my bike during the first class because I was too hot... But by trial and error, I learned to listen to my body and to do only what I could do.
At first, the challenge was to find time to spin 3 times a week and a way to afford it. With time, I figured it out and after a year and a half I could do everything the instructor was doing. I could spin sitting, standing up, fast or slow and I was not shy anymore to be in the front of the class. The more I did it, the easier it became and the more I wanted to challenge myself. I never thought I would be working in the fitness industry one day…
When I wanted to live in the country and needed to rethink my career, it became clear that the thing I enjoyed most in my life was action. So I decided to look into personal training. At first, I had my doubts because it was mainly about resistance training. That means big gyms, machines, big muscular guys, training by myself… everything I find boring! However my teacher introduced me to cool free-weight exercises and I fell in love with it.
Resistance training could now be done outside the gym! So I decided to do it in my own studio or at people’s home. Now my new challenge is to make people understand that being physically active is essential for aging well and that resistance training is very important to keep your body strong.
Being active is not only for people who want to run marathons, it is necessary for everyone. Our body is made to move. To keep your body vibrant, moving is as essential as eating and sleeping. It doesn’t mean training like crazy many hours a day. No, it only means an hour a day, but the challenge is to find time because we are so busy…
You start with walking 2 hours a week, and then you try doing resistance training once a week, then twice a week. The ideal is to do an hour of physical activity 6 days of your week, 3 times doing something you like and 3 times doing resistance training. The 7th day of the week you can rest! I know it's hard to find the time, some weeks it will be impossible to be physically active 6 times but the principle is to make a habit of being active every day that you can. This way, your heart will be strong and all the muscles of your body will also be strong. Exercise is by far the most effective fountain of youth known to (wo)man!
Personal Training Specialist Certification at Canfitpro
Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist Certification at Canfitpro
Older Adult Specialist Certification at Canfitpro
Schwinn Classic Cycling Instructor at Legacy Indoor Cycling
CPR and AED certification at Canfitpro
Personal Training Diploma at the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI)
Bachelor Degree in Psychoeducation at University of Montreal
Early Childhood Education certificate at Cegep du Vieux-Montreal