Owner/athletic therapist - Morden Physiotherapy
For the past year, athletic therapist Tim Shantz has been writing a fitness column for the Free Press. Whether looking at high-intensity interval training or the minimalist shoe movement, Shantz has explored trends and debunked myths. We thought we would turn the Training Basket spotlight on him this week to get his bite-size fitness wisdom.
Here's a quick look at his sports bio: If he's not at the rink or on the pitch, you will probably find him running, biking, golfing, surfing, snowboarding, playing tennis or pickle ball, or -- during those cold winter months - in the gym.
Despite the thousands of hours he spends inside a gym, Shantz insists he is not a gym rat.
Rather, he does everything in his power to be active outdoors. "I'd rather enjoy real-life fitness outside. Last summer I trained more for a full marathon and a few adventure runs, which required (a bit) more diligence in the gym -- but right now I don't have many set, long-term goals; it's simply about being a role model for my patients and clients -- and entertainment."
In the gym, every workout has essentially the same format: full-body movement patterns to warm up; hit the bar/rack for some type of progressive Olympic lifting complex. Then I do a couple heavy exercises for whatever my focus is, and finish with a bit of a metabolic circuit. Simple, relatively quick, scientifically founded.
Favourite workout song?
Right now? I'm almost embarrassed to say it, so I'll give you two. Black Skinhead by Kanye West -- drums on drums on drums -- and Jealous by Chromeo. You will automatically start dancing, I promise.
What's in your fridge?
I cook on Sundays for the entire week. It ain't fancy, but it gets the job done.
One four-litre of chocolate milk, two big containers of scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese (yeah, they're already cooked), three containers of Greek yogurt, five containers of barbecue chicken and potatoes and a big container of a spinach/kale/chard. Oh, and Bothwell cheese - I put that s on everything!
I could lie and tell you I feel guilty, but I don't. I'll pack away 4000 calories in an average day and tropical chicken pizza is a pretty delicious way to get most of those at once. It's always pizza.
I try to give readers a few each month, but it all comes down to hard work and the right mindset. "Don't wait until tomorrow -- what are you going to do today?"