Samara Donald is: The Gym Coach

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Category Archives: Training planning

Using Yoga Breathing in Post-workout stretching

Today I took a 2 hour Yoga workshop, primarily on the use of yoga for physical, mental, and stress therapay. Given my issues with sleep lately, I learned some really … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Competition Part 3: The Diet…

(continued from Part 2) …The diet was the hard part. I remember vividly the moment I got my meal plan from my online trainer Mike Davies ( – who I … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Competition Part 2: Training

For me, the workouts were the easiest part of training for a competition. Most people who go into fitness competitions are already gym rats like me. So training is something … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hyper efficient workouts

In my last post, we talked about the paradox of being efficient in the gym, yet not letting your body become efficient at burning calories. That is of course if … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Need a tush toner? Climb that mountain!

Here is a great (no GREAT!) 30 minute workout to get your tush, legs, and lungs in shape. If you have access to a treadmill, and can remember a little … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

No Burn, No Earn

Ever hear the phrase “No Pain No Gain”? For many years now, those in the fitness and health industry have tried to unravel the phrase said to be coined by Jane … Continue reading

March 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

In a rut? Go back to basics…

I was having a conversation with another fitness/health nut recently, and I made a comment of how hard eating right is, because nutrition is so complex. Her response: “well, it really … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · Leave a comment