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Testimonial – Helen, Myranda & Austin

helen-testimonial-personal-trainer-mississaugaHelen writes: Arleigh has attended both myself and my daughter MJ on and off for about 8 years. Her commitment to achieving the best results is first class.

I have had extensive joint injuries and numerous surgical procedures with long-term negative results orthopedically with some muscles and tendon damage. Arleigh has helped me with my pain management leading to rehabilitation and off pain medications.

Testimonial – Vladan R.

vladan-testimonial-personal-trainer-mississaugaI came to Arleigh in the worst shape of my life. I had been physically active for all of my youth and then the last couple of years really let myself go. With a slowing metabolism and a not so slowing appetite my body weight, self image and energy levels truly suffered.

I cannot put into words what Arleigh’s expertise gave me. Through her patience, knowledge, and understanding of exactly what my goals were I was able to achieve all of my goals and learn so much about the art of working out and proper diet.

It is because of Arleigh’s method that I today have not only a body that I am proud of, but that I feel better than I ever have from the inside. I highly recommend Arleigh as a personal trainer and nutritionist to anyone seeking to fully change their life around for the better. Just one bit of advice: GET READY TO WORK!!!

Testimonial – MJ

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Testimonial – MJ

In 2007 I was in introduced to Arleigh Winokur by my Mom, Helen Fratton-MacDonald who also trains with her.  Since then I have been honored to have Arleigh as my personal trainer.

Arleigh has not only helped my core and other important elements but also gave insight on what will and what will not work for my body, including a detailed work out and nutrition plan to keep me on track the days I do not see her. Arleigh works with me one on one to guide me and show me exactly what I need to do to achieve my fitness goals. The PT Station is truly like a second home to me, as Arleigh makes it feel so friendly and comfortable, and with a positive and professional environment.

Arleigh has taught me so much.  If I hadn’t met her I may not have been on the path I am now mentally and physically.  She helped me so much with finding myself.  Arleigh, I owe you a lot.  MJ

 

Testimonial – Sebastian

 

IMG_20151105_203958Testimonial – Sebastian:   Arleigh has a superior knowledge of anatomy and body  mechanics when it comes to training.  It is an absolute pleasure training with her as she teaches me new things every day.  With her knowledge of anatomy and how to address muscle imbalances she has helped me break plateaus and reach new heights in athleticism in a short period of time. Arleigh has also helped coach me through various soft tissue issues that can develop with high-volume training, and that has been extremely valuable to me. Her knowledge of functional training has been very interesting to me from an educational standpoint.  Highly recommended if you want to break plateaus and learn something new every single session.  

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Testimonial – Nancie A.

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I lost over 60 lbs with the help of Arleigh. She knows how to give you a workout but the time flies by because of who Arleigh is. Not only do you get a couple of decades worth of incredible experience and expertise but you get some who really cares and who becomes a friend. At 40, I am in the best shape of my life thanks to her dedication passion and inspiration to give her my all during that hour. I trust her and would recommend her to anyone for one-on-one or even small group (2 or 3) people of any fitness level. She really is an incredible trainer and an even better person.

Celtuce and Pea Green Stir Fry (lettuce stems)

Celtuce and Pea Green Stir Fry (lettuce stems) Celtuce

What is celtuce?  It is a sort of lettuce, where you eat the stem instead of the leaves.  This delicious veggie is not always in stores, but the Asian grocery markets have it a good deal of the time. It has a very unique flavor, but not a strong overpowering one.  It is quite crunchy and delicious in a stir fry.

 

Start by chopping of the ends and peeling the Celtuce.  I chopped some in rounds about 1/3 of an inch thich, and then some in longer strips, resembling a celery stick.Peeled and chopped collage

 

I also chopped up some green onions and lots of garlic of course, and decided to add some darker leafy greens to this crunchy stir fry, so I grabbed a huge handful of Pea Greens and they went in as well.

I used around 1 TBSP of sesame oil along with 1 TBSP of grape seed oil, and started stir frying the celtuce, the green onions and garlic, and put the Pea Greens in for last 90 seconds.

Stir Frying collage

I do love the taste of Asian mixed vegetable stir fry’s, so I mixed 1.5 TBSPs powdered soup stock (you can use chicken or vegetable), 1 TBSP of corn starch, with about 1/3 cup of warm water, and when the veggies were all cooked, I added the starchy liquid and tossed the stir fry around for another minute or two until everything was coated.  (start with half of the liquid and gauge from there, as you don’t want too much sauce coating the veggies)

soup and starch collage

All done.  Enjoy.  Very refreshing and tasty!

 

Celtuce Stir Fry

Celtuce is very low in calories, so does not count as a complex carbohydrate (which means it is “free”), but it is very high in the following:  calcium, dietary fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Zinc.

Testimonial – Leigh

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I lost 60 lbs but realized that I needed some guidance in toning and building muscle. Initially I thought about joining a gym, but it is a bit daunting establishing routines that target the right areas and, frankly, it isn’t always easy staying motivated. The idea of a personal trainer was scary, but once I made an appointment with Arleigh and she stepped me through the first few sessions I knew right away that she was the right choice for me.
Arleigh is great at motivating me to get results. Every session is different and I look forward to seeing her because I know she is helping me get to where I want to be.  If for some reason I can’t keep my appointment, I feel like something is missing from my day.
Arleigh also offered me nutritional counselling, and it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I thought I was eating really well before, but she had so much to teach me.
It is easy to schedule sessions and the option to meet with her on the weekend and evenings gives me the flexibility I need for my active life.
Arleigh is passionate about what she does yet is easy going and always has something funny to say to make the time fly by.
I have been seeing her twice a week and have noticed a big change in my physique.
I would recommend her to anyone and would say “If you want to see results, see Arleigh.”

Thanks,
Leigh

 

 

 

 

Testimonial – Deborah

Testimonial – Deborah

Deb WI’ve been working with Arleigh since the middle of 2014 and I couldn’t be happier with the results I’ve had so far. My goal was to be in better shape than I was and to eliminate the knee problems I had been experiencing for many years. For the first time in a very long time, I experienced zero knee fatigue/pain during this year’s ski season. My stamina and endurance have increased dramatically and my body shape has changed for the better. I now look and feel better than I have in years, despite regularly going to fitness classes at the gym. Arleigh switched things up for  me in a huge and very noticeable way. Thank-you Arleigh…I am truly grateful!!!

Deborah

 

Cucumber Salad Cups (with avocado-cilantro dressing)

Cucumber Salad Cups

 CUCUMBER SALAD CUPS (with avocado-cilantro dressing)

These Cucumber Salad Cups (with avocado-cilantro dressing) are a visually impressive way to serve healthy salad ingredients in a unique and tasty way.

Cut an English cucumber (or field cucumber, but peel it) into slightly more than an inch thickness.  Scoop out the seeds and flesh, but don’t remove all of it.  Keep a thin layer at the bottom of the piece, so that you can stuff them without the filling coming out.   You can easily do this step several hours ahead, or even the night before.

Prepped Cucs

Prepare the dressing.  In a food process or blender, combine the following:

  1. 1 ripe avocado
  2. 3/4 cup fresh cilantro (packed)
  3. 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  4. 2 whole green onions
  5. 1 small clove garlic, cut into quarters
  6. 1.5 tablespoons lime juice
  7. 1/2 tsp sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. (Optional:  1/2 of a jalapeno or 1 tiny Thai chili pepper, seeds removed)

Blend Dressing

Chop up your choice of vegetables very finely.  I used yellow, green, red and orange bell peppers, carrots, zucchinis.  Toss a few tablespoons of avocado dressing onto the veggies to coat them as desired.

Toss Veggies

Press a nice spoonful of the veggie mixture into each cup.  Serve and enjoy your salad in this different, tasty and visually pleasing way.  There is no reason you can’t add a little feta cheese to the mix if you’d like 😉

Fill Cups

I also placed a nice dollop of this mixture on a piece of oven-baked cod and it was a positively delicious replacement for a sweet salsa.

With Fish

The crunchy yet creamy texture of the salad with the super-moist delicate fish was nothing short of wonderful.  Enjoy.  Notice the black sesame corn chips?  I definitely scooped up some more with some of those!

Personal Trainer Recipe – Fruit and Prosciutto Endive Boats

Rolled and readyFRUIT AND PROSCIUTTO ENDIVE BOATS

These yummy little fruit and prosciutto endive boats are great as appetizers, are fantastic on the BBQ, but work very well in a super hot oven as well.  The fruit softens and their natural sugars caramelize, which when combined with the salty, crispy prosciutto is just a divine combination ….. and a simple endive holds it all together quite beautifully.

Three ingredients:

  • Belgian endives (the larger the better)
  • Fruits (I use cantaloupe, peaches, pineapples, pears)
  • Super thinly sliced prosciutto

all three pieces

  1. Cut the thick end of endives so they can peel off individually.  Slice the fruits lengthwise to match the length of the endives.  Have your prosciutto slices separated and ready to roll around the endives.
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  2. Roll one slice of prosciutto tightly around the entire endive, starting from one end and wrap around as far to the other end to cover as much endive as possible.  Be firm with your wrapping technique.  You do not need a toothpick to keep them in place, as the prosciutto is quite sticky, and binds to itself.on the Q
  3. Get them on the grill.  They stay together quite well, but every now and then as the fruit shrinks, it may try to slide off the endive and try to escape. Flip them here and there to get the entire piece of prosciutto as crispy as you would like.  Just as with any bacon, some like it super crispy and some not as much.  Just make sure the fruit has had time to get really soft and juicy.  (alternatively place in an oven on the top shelf at 450 degrees until very crispy).cooked
  4. Be careful.  The fruit inside is very very hot at first.  Let them settle for a bit to let all the flavours fully incorporate.

 

 

 

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