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360fit Blog – Don’t Be A Victim

Posted on December 6, 2016

My mother has had cancer four times over the last 40 years. Her first was skin cancer, and the resulting surgery that saved her life caused her leg to swell to double normal size and stay that way for good. 15 years later her leg required major surgery, that gave her more mobility but also caused huge scarring and left her in the hospital for almost six weeks.

Through all the surgeries, and return of cancer, my mother didn’t complain, or cry about what she was going through. She gave my siblings and me an amazing upbringing, never letting any of her health issues impact us.

My mom has a saying. She told us as kids, “You can be a victim or you can choose to not be a victim. It’s up to you.”

I tell my kids this saying all the time when things get hard or they are upset. It’s not about tough love. It’s telling them they control how they feel and what they do in life, and that no one can dictate to them or make them feel anything they don’t want to.

I think often of what my mother told me when things get hard. From divorce, to my best friend dying, to fitness, her words ring true every time. When I’m in the middle of a hard workout I think of her words, and I keep going.

Everything in life is a choice. From your attitude, to how you deal with problems, to how you exercise… you choose to make life whatever you want it to be.

You can be a victim or you can choose to not be a victim, It’s up to you.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scotia with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Our 360FitFam

Posted on September 26, 2016

When I opened 360fit almost 6 years ago my goal was to help clients more. I was a trainer at Nubodys for years, and when I saw a client once or twice a week and gave them workout homework, I found they didn’t push as hard as I wanted them to when they were on their own.

So I opened 360fit so my clients would either be with me, or in a bootcamp setting where they would be encouraged and pushed to do their best.

As time passed I realized I needed another part of the fitness puzzle for my clients. Many wanted the option to come and do some workouts on their own if they couldn’t make a training session or a bootcamp.

I spent over a year and a half searching for the correct space to move to and I’m super excited with where we are, 170 Joesph Zatzman.

With our move we can now offer something no other studio can offer, all day open gym time. We have over 130 classes a month, plus open gym time, all for less than almost every other studio in Halifax.

Prices for other studios range up to 150 a month, and while this may work for them, I didn’t get into fitness to get rich. I became a trainer because I love to help people and see them conquer their goals.

I feel 360fit is the best fitness option in HRM. If you don’t believe me, come in and try it for free for a week.

360fit succeeds because we have a community like no other gym, and I’m not the reason! I had a dream to create a positive, amazing environment where people were encouraged and pushed to do their best.

But it never would have been possible with out the staff I’ve been lucky enough to have around me. They inspired me everyday with their positive outlooks and hard work.

Several I’m proud to say have gone on to work for themselves and open their own fitness studios, including Ben Costigan at Core Essentials, Pat Busby at ProEdge, Arlene Brinston at Encompass Coaching, Jason Davis at Davis Fitness Consulting and Courteney Osborne at Runner Girl Fitness.

Others, like Guy Boudreau, Liz Burton, Trinity Frizzell, Tanya Walker, Emily Michelussi, Cindy MacNeill, Kaley Hall, Peter Courtney, Georgie Harper, Amanda Carter, Naomi Raven are the reason for the environment 360fit is lucky to have.

We are like Cheers without liquor… We always know your name and we’re always glad you came.

Come try us out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scotia with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – You Are Not a Dog!

Posted on September 12, 2016

You are not a dog. You don’t need treats for good behavior.

Sadly I see this way of thinking on social media all the time. It’s the “I had a good workout so now I’m going to eat and or drink something bad because I deserve it!” thought process.

This is one of the most ridiculous, self defeating ways of thinking you can have.

Health and fitness is about goals. You make a goal and then you work toward the goal. Every rep, set and workout is a stepping stone toward your goal. It doesn’t matter if your goal is a Ironman, Spartan, 10K race, or just to lose weight and feel better. You need to take steps to reach that goal.

When you decide you need to reward yourself with junk food for taking one of your steps toward your goal, you are undermining the work you just put in. It’s like going to work for the day to earn money, then flushing part of the money down the toilet when you get home. That’s not getting you ahead!

Now I’m never going to be a believer in never eating junk food or having a cheat day. I think saying you will never cheat on your diet again is setting yourself up for failure. I don’t believe in anything that isn’t sustainable.

That’s why I tell clients to plan their cheat day, have it once a week as long as they have been clean with their eating during the week. A cheat day like this is planned. It’s part of your fitness model that will help you reach your goals. It’s not a reward for one hard workout, rather it is a step in the process to help you reach your goals.

Drop the “I deserve it” mind set. It’s self defeating and does nothing to help you get where you want to go.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scotia with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – No Days Off

Posted on August 25, 2016

I hate the #nodaysoff. It’s stupid, makes no sense and makes people feel like there is something wrong with taking time off exercise.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Your body is an amazing machine. It’s built to move and adapt to situations and stresses. That’s how you get more fit. You give your body stresses, your body adapts to those stresses and becomes more fit.

This is also the reason that days off are so important in fitness.

One thing I hate about #nodaysoff is that it creates the feeling there can be no days off if you want to work toward your fitness goals. That’s totally untrue. Professional athletes take days off all the time to recover. That’s the point of a day off.

When I say days off I mean actual days off. A recovery run isn’t a day off, that’s a workout. A light weightlifting day isn’t a day off either, it’s a workout.

This idea you can have “recovery run” or some such nonsense is often championed by the Crossfit community. Their pro athletes claim to workout two, three, or more times a day, never take days off and get more and more fit. That’s ridiculous and misleading.

What you have to understand is that exercise doesn’t get you fit! It’s just the stress you put on your body to start the change. You get fit after your workout when you eat healthy food, rest and sleep!

Do yourself a favor and ignore anyone who claims to follow the #nodaysoff workout plan. They are either lying to you to look cool, or are going to over train themselves into injury and burn out.

You need one to two full days off every week. You body will thank you for it!

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Why I Cheat

Posted on August 12, 2016

I love taking pics of my kids. They are only small once and I want to take the time to have lots of pictures of them at every age. A few weeks ago I took a picture of me with my daughter JJ eating ice cream. I had taken my kids to my parents in Cape Breton. We went to the beach and then went to get ice cream.

But a funny thing happened. After I posted the ice cream picture people started messaging me about it. People were amazed that I would eat ice cream. Someone even went as far as to ask if I purged after eating it.

I find it funny people believe just because I’m fit and a trainer, I can’t possibly ever cheat on my diet. In fact that’s not true.

I have my kids a week on week off, and every Friday I have them we have movie night. We have done it for over ten years and it’s our family tradition. We have pizza and they pick junk food for movie night snacks. Usually they choose chips and m&ms.

We watch the movie and eat snacks. I think this is a healthy, normal thing to do with my family. It’s time we spend together and it’s OK to have junk food. It’s our time together, just us, as a family. It’s one of my favorite things to do with my kids and I look forward to it every time I have them.

While we do this, we eat healthy the majority of the time. I believe passionately in taking care of your body. Abusing it with junk food on a regular basis isn’t smart.

But it is OK to have cheat days. Anyone telling you it’s not, is lying .

I’ve had a cheat day once a week for over ten years. It doesn’t hurt my fitness level at all. In fact it helps me be better with my diet outside of that, and the extra calories is good for recovery. If you have that cheat day, you are much more likely to eat healthy the rest of the time. If you want junk food but know in just a few days you can have it, it helps you stay on track.

I have often heard people say life is too short to give up anything. I partly agree with this. Life is too short to say you can never eat junk food or have fun. But life will be short if all you do is eat and drink garbage.

It’s all about moderation.
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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Netflix and Chill or Chase Your Dreams?

Posted on June 28, 2016

Having a day you don’t feel like working out? Want to eat a bunch of junk food and watch Netflix all day?

Everyone has those days. You’re normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to skip planned workouts, and eat garbage.

What I tell myself, and my clients is this; anyone can workout on a day they are feeling great. That’s when its easy. It’s the days you aren’t feeling it, that shows true character. Those days show you what you are made of and how passionate you are to reach your goals.

My mother calls this attitude “stick-to-it-ness” which means you don’t back down because it’s hard or you aren’t feeling like it. You keep going because you are strong.

My kids and I talk about this attitude all the time. I tell them we take care of us, and we look out for us. We don’t back down because it’s hard. We don’t take the easy way out.

My favorite thing to talk to them about is how they act when no one is watching.
It’s easy to do the right things when someone is watching you. It’s the moments when no one is watching that you show what you are made of. These times show your real character.

These same traits I talk to my kids about, translate perfectly to fitness. No one is going to hector you if you don’t workout. In fact, some people may even try to get you to skip workouts or eat badly.

But it’s the times when you aren’t feeling it that shows what you are made of and how quickly you will reach your fitness goals. It’s a question of attitude, and stick-to-it-ness.

How badly do you want it?

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – I Have Issues

Posted on June 16, 2016

I went to a therapist recently, and she asked me to describe a normal workout to her. When I did she did a double take and asked, “Why do you feel the need to punish yourself?”

I started working out when I was 14. I was really shy and didn’t have a lot of friends. I didn’t like how I looked. I wanted girls to like me. I wanted to be better at sports. The bodybuilders I saw in magazines looked happy and successful. I wanted to be them.

I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I had to work really, really hard and so I did.

I ran hills until I threw up. I lifted weights until I could hardly walk. I didn’t take days off. I was consumed by the idea of hard work and sweat.

It’s been 28 years and I still am completely consumed with fitness. I know more now, of course. I’ve learned in my 22 years as a trainer, I have to force myself to have days off and not workout as long as I did before.

Somewhere along the line it changed from wanting to impress girls and get better at sports, to just the passion for hard physical work.

Am I obsessive? Most definitely. My friend Brad, who’s a psychologist, told me I took my issues and made a career out of them. I think there’s truth in that.

But I don’t feel like I’m punishing myself like my therapist thought. For me, exercise is when I feel most alive, the most in the moment. I have ADHD. I don’t say I suffer from it because I don’t.

I had a client once, who was a pastor. He told me the time he felt most alive and present in his body was when he exercised. There was no other time in his day that he was aware of his breathing, heart beat, and sweat. That has always stuck with me and I think he was right.

Exercise slows my mind down. I can’t overthink when I work hard. I have to keep moving forward from one exercise to the next. Its the time I feel the most calm and relaxed as strange as that sounds.

I don’t expect people to be like me. We are all different but I do believe its very hard to be in the moment. Exercise allows us to be in the moment fully.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Smashing Plateaus

Posted on June 9, 2016

You have been working out for a while, and suddenly you aren’t seeing changes anymore. You feel like your body is stuck. You have hit the dreaded plateau.

A fitness plateau is when you are working out and your body stops changing. People get down on themselves when this happens, and sometimes even stop working out.

The good news is you don’t have to worry about this. Fitness plateaus are totally normal, happen to everyone, and they are completely fixable!

Usually when you hit a plateau one of two things has happened. Either you are over training and doing too much, or you have been doing the same workout for two long, and you need to change things.

Over training plateaus happen often, though most people don’t realize it. People love to push themselves and often way too hard. They decide they want to work hard and over do everything, working out seven days a week, working out too long, lifting way too much or doing too many reps.

If you have been going crazy in the gym and have hit a plateau, take at least four to five days off. I mean actually off. No recovery runs. No easy workouts. Just relax, eat and sleep. Your body needs a break and down time. Give it the time it needs and you will see the plateau vanish when you come back to working out again.

If you are on the other side, you have been the same workouts again and again you need to change things up, because your body used to it. I know you like your routine, but doing it again and again isn’t going to get you more fit.

Your body will only get as fit as it needs to get with the exercise you give it. If you keep doing the same workouts again and again, your body will get only as fit as it needs to so it can handle those workouts. After that nothing will change.

It’s important to change things on at least monthly basis to keep your body guessing, and help get you more fit.

Small changes in your workouts, whether it’s time off or changing the workout plan, will have big gains for you and your fitness level.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – You Can’t Outwork A Bad Diet

Posted on April 26, 2016

Almost weekly I hear people tell me they work out so they can eat what ever they want, and usually in the same conversation they tell me they haven’t obtained their goals. That’s because you can’t out work bad choices.

Fitness is a lot like a relationship. When you get in a relationship usually you stop dating other people (at least I do and if you don’t no judgement) to focus on dating just one person. You don’t think about that as a loss. In fact you think of it as a good thing. You have met someone special and want to be with them only.

But in reality you are choosing to give up dating everyone else to date that one person. It’s a conscious decision to give up one thing so you can have another.

When it comes to fitness and health, you can’t eat whatever you want and be fit and lean. It just won’t happen. Exercise is only half the equation, and anyone who tells you differently is lying to you!

So if you want to be fit and lean then you need to give up eating bad food. The problem is people hate the idea of giving that up. They complain they shouldn’t have to, and make rationalizations about why it is OK to keep eating badly.

Bottom line is you do have to give things up to reach your goal, but it’s not really giving something up! You are choosing to not do one thing because you want something more!

Your body will thank you for it!

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Everyone Makes Mistakes

Posted on April 5, 2016

My client came in the other day trying to mask a look of guilt. As we start warming up I ask her how her weekend went to which she blurted “Good. I ate bad, like really bad”.

I always find it amusing, especially during #ProjectMe, how I would say hello to someone and they would immediately tell me all the bad stuff they’ve consumed recently. Its like I’m a walking confession box. My client then sat back just waiting for the wrath I was about to deliver her. But that’s not what she got. Instead I simply said “Ok. That’s cool.” and continued to explain to her that nothing productive comes from beating ourselves up.

I’m not the person you should come to if you want someone to punish you for eating crap (your body will do enough of that for you). But if you want someone to help you realize that its done and over with and its not time to pick yourself up, dust off, and go again – then come confess to me. I am here to raise you up, not tear you down. No one would think its okay if a hockey coach screamed at your child because they fell on the ice, or they missed the net after their shot. So don’t do it to yourself!

Listen, we’re all going to make mistakes. I make them. Its the step you take after the mistake that is the most important. If you let your “mess up” define you then you will feel defeated and give up. And the only time I will ever be disappointed in you, is if you give up. This is real life, right! Things are going to come up, they’re going to get in the way. We want to create a new lifestyle that will help you learn new ways of coping through those rough patches, stumbling blocks, stressful times etc. BUT even when you fall the most important thing for you to do is get back up.

And I will always be there to help you up.

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Liz Burton is a Canfitpro Certified is a Personal Trainer at 360fit, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She lives with her husband and three children in Cole Harbour, NS. Liz has a passion for seeing people change their lives for the healthier.

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