Resistance Training

The MedX Method


Health, fitness, exercise, aging, and functionality are all very studied areas of human nature. Because of this, one might assume that the fitness industry as a whole is full of trainers who scour the research looking for guidance from the latest peer-reviewed literature and never stops learning.

You’d be wrong.

Most of the things we see publicized around health and fitness these days have an inherently high risk of injury are very inefficient, are largely unsustainable, and exist primarily to sell you the next best product.

Here at MedX Precision Fitness, we promote a sustainable approach to your goals that we like to refer to as ‘evidence-based resistance training.’

We call it: The MedX Method.


Risk of injury, sustainability, progression, and supervision are all things often overlooked when it comes to a proper and productive resistance training regime.

We know that resistance training can help us build muscle, build bone mass, prevent injury, increase our strength, prevent our brain from shrinking, prevent depression, and reverse some signs of aging, but all too often we leave out the details to maximize our chances of getting all of those benefits.

Full body routines, consisting of mainly compound movements, carried out to momentary muscular failure while under the supervision of a trained professional, performed once or twice per week, is the sustainable, evidence-based path towards an increase in functional ability and healthy aging.

This might seem limited at first, but under the supervision of a professional trainer with a solid understanding of biomechanics; this merely becomes a menu from which to operate on to ensure your form of progress.






Whilst there are no ‘non-responders’ to resistance training, it is of the utmost importance to consider individual ability when we administer our workouts here at MedX Precision Fitness.

Structural deficiencies, chronic injuries, acute injuries, and any other physiological hindrance must be taken into account during each and every session.

Failure to take ability into consideration results in a higher risk of injury. Once there is a risk of injury associated with a resistance training prescription it should be considered extremely inefficient.

There is no place for injury risk when attempting to make yourself better.



All of the evidence, and ability, considerations mean nothing if you are always forced to perform movements/exercises you hate in an order that you don’t find optimal.

Day of the week, time of day, exercise order, and exercise choice are all critical factors to look at when considering the sustainability of one's workout regime.

Consistency is the ticket when it comes to long-lasting progress. Taking preference into account puts the right foot forward on our path towards a lifelong relationship with our training.

What we NEED from an exercise prescription over time, and what we find optimal CAN be two different things, but still fall under the evidence-based umbrella. Need and optimization can be two different things without compromising the integrity of an evidence-based mindset. That’s where a knowledgeable trainer like the ones we employ at MedX Precision Fitness is worth their weight in gold.

Live Better, Longer

Here at MedX Precision Fitness we put all of these concepts together each and every time you come to see us, and this ensures the perfect blend of ingredients to drive you towards your goals of being stronger, looking better, performing better, and of simply; living better, longer.

Resistance Training - The Investment Plan of Exercise

Photo taken @ MedX Precision Fitness

Photo taken @ MedX Precision Fitness

In financial planning, we invest today in order to provide for needs and wants that we may encounter down the road. Whether you are saving for a house (good luck if you are looking in Toronto), a child’s education, a new business venture, a trip, or retirement, future needs always dictate today's investment activity.

Solid investment strategies are ones where we invest our resources, like time and money, in high-quality assets on a consistent and sustainable basis. This strong foundation compounds over time and pays us dividends down the road. Similarly, investing your time and energy into resistance / strength training builds a muscular foundation that provides immense physical benefits over time. In fact, there are many parallels between financial investing and investing in one’s personal fitness.

Wise financiers know that choosing to invest in quality assets will yield higher returns. This notion can also be applied to fitness. Like in the markets, there are stars and dogs in the world of fitness. Choosing high-quality exercise and training programs - we recommend only those which have been scientifically tested and proven - will always ensure the best returns for your body.

As with a smart investment, a proper fitness regimen must be sustainable in order for it to remain consistent over the long term. You will never gain maximum success jumping in and out of investments whenever you feel like it, and the same is true with fitness: slow, steady, and disciplined wins the race!  

When you think about your fitness plan today, approach it as you would your investment plan and consider your future needs and wants. How can you ensure that in your future you have the freedom to enjoy the same activities you enjoy today? When it comes to investment planning, this may mean building enough savings so you can afford to retire and spend more time on treasured activities like golfing, skiing etc. In terms of fitness, planning for the future means building the strength today that you need to do the things you love, in order to maintain the long-term functional ability required to keep doing them for as long as you like.

So next time you are thinking about giving up on the last 15 seconds of a leg press, consider that every time you push yourself to your limit you are making a significant investment in your future ability to live life to its fullest.


As always, Live Better, Longer!

- Ian Hodgins