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Brandon Goulding

St. John's, Canada
Exercise Basics was created by Brandon Goulding, a MscPT, B.Kin. Brandon has worked professionally alongside a network of physical therapists as a kinesiologist. He has also worked as a Ceritified Personal Trainer CPT through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
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Indiegogo Campaigns You Should Support by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Hi Folks, so by pure coincidence I came upon two indiegogo campaigns in the last couple of days that I think are fantastic. The first one is the Sensoria Smart Socks th ... Read on »
How To Guarantee The Best Results From Fitness Programs by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living The following is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the view of Exercise Basics. What is the difference between a popular star’s body and your body? A person ... Read on »
Sensoria Smart Socks by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living If any of you know me at all from reading this blog, or just know me personally, you know that I'm not one for gadgets, gimmicks, or fads. I make an effort to only promote a ... Read on »
The Arthritic Car Metaphor by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A few days ago a friend of mine asked me the difference between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and I thought of a fairly novel idea to explain it. I ... Read on »
What Are Shin Splints - Part 3 by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living So I've talked about nomenclature and causes of shin splints. Now it's time to get into the prevention and treatment of shin splints. "Running Shoes" ... Read on »
bloglovin' and other thoughts by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living This post really has no physical therapy or fitness content. It's just a verification notice for bloglovin'. However, since I'm posting it I might as well make good use o ... Read on »
What Are Shin Splints - Part 2 by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living In my previous post I talked about the nomenclature surrounding shin splints. In this post I'll actually get into the nitty gritty of what shin splints are. I'll focus mainl ... Read on »
What Are Shin Splints - Part 1 by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Tell me if this sounds familiar. You run 3-4 days a week and for the first mile or so you feel fine then the front of your lower legs start to BURN! You push through the pai ... Read on »
Happy Easter From Exercise Basics! by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living source: Happy Easter everyone. I'm spending Easter in my hometown and stuffing my face with an assortment of delicious food. I hope all of you get ... Read on »
Physical Therapist Working With Personal Trainers by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I read an article over at about collaboration between personal trainers and physical therapist today and I wanted to weigh in on it. I was just going to write a comment on ... Read on »
Meet The Author of Exercise Basics by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I've been doing this blogging thing for about a year now (consistently) and I realize that I haven't really shared a whole lot about who I am. I do have an about page, but i ... Read on »
2013 March Madness Bracket - Round of 64 by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Hi internet world, So it's that time again for March Madness. I filled out a bracket last year, but I didn't do too well. I'm hoping this year I can get a few more pick ... Read on »
Farewell Dr. Jacquelin Perry by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A couple of days ago a prominent influence in the physical therapy world passed away. Jacquelin Perry, aged 94, passed away. Perry was world renown as an orthopaedic surgeon ... Read on »
Google Reader Alternatives for Exercise Basics Followers by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living With the announcement from google that they will be retiring google reader as of july 1 I wanted to make sure that those of you who subscribe to my rss feed had ... Read on »
The Fat Burning Zone by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Have you ever been on a treadmill and saw a chart that had something to do with the fat burning zone, or heard fitness professionals tell you that working at a low-mod ... Read on »
10 Effective Ways to Prevent Weight Gain by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living The Following is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the views of exercise basics. Contrary to popular belief, steering clear of weight gain is really only ab ... Read on »
Freestyler Function Cross Trainer Review by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living
I was sent the freestyler functional cross trainer by Functional Dynamics Inc. a while back to review.

The essence of the product is simple and nothing that hasn't been done before: resistance bands. What they do that is different comes down to the Freestyler board and the videos they provide.

First off I'll talk about what you get with the freestyler. I was sent Easy, Medium, Hard, and Sport resistance bands. The bands have clips on either end made of plastic to attach the ankle cuffs and handles. The bands themselves are high-quality and, from what I can tell, are pretty durable. Other than the bands you get the freestyler board, two handles,  two ankle cuffs, and an exercise mat. The cuffs and handles are easy to attach to the resistance bands and likewise, the ankle cuffs strap on very easily. All-in-all the initial set-up is very simple. The board at first seems like a flimsy piece of plastic, but when you get the resistance bands feed through the corners and stand on the thing it's actually quite sturdy. The fact that it's so easy to store is an added bonus. It very easily tucks away in under a couch or a bed. Below is the product presentation video.



Without watching any videos I saw the potential from a physiotherapy perspective with regards to shoulder rehab, but honestly I was a little baffled by some of the claims made on the website - until I watched a few of the videos.

There are literally dozens of videos in five different categories Ladies
Strength and Conditioning
Pilates
Group Fitness
Dance
Rehabilitation

Granted, the music to the videos is a little tired - the same workout music that been around for ages - but that's more of a personal preference than a slight agains the product. The virtual trainer is very high energy, inviting, and encouraging. Below is an introduction to the virtual trainer.


Now, my interest was mostly in the rehabilitation videos. I have to say,  the makers of the videos did a good job. the movements are fairly specific, and performed well on video. I was impressed with the simplicity of the videos. The videos use the concepts of PNF, progressive resistance, flexibility, and include an appropriate warm up before starting exercise. I was happy that they also include some exercises that didn't require the exercise bands or board into the routines, especially in the spine rehab videos. Below is the shoulder rehab program intro.



The website is fairly easy to navigate and very  comprehensive. When you sign-up, which you will have to do to access the videos, you will also get access to an online personal fitness assessment, personalized nutrition report, and a starters guide, which will help you master the basics of particular movements.

The personal fitness report will give you an overview (seen below) and a detailed report outlining target heart rates, caloric intakes for weight loss, lean body mass, and a little explanation of BMI.



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Freestyler Function Cross Trainer Review by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I was sent the freestyler functional cross trainer by Functional Dynamics Inc. a while back to review. The essence of the product is simple and nothing that hasn't been ... Read on »
Under Construction by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Apologies to any regular readers for the lack of content. Things have been a little hectic for me since the summer and I've not really been able to get into the blogging gea ... Read on »
Under Construction by Brandon Goulding Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Apologies to any regular readers for the lack of content. Things have been a little hectic for me since the summer and I've not really been able to get into the blogging ... Read on »