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Performance Nutrition

What is the Performance Nutrition & Lifestyle Program?

The Performance Nutrition & Lifestyle Program is a nutrition and lifestyle coaching service offered by Push Pounds Sports Medicine. Our team of coaches will provide you with a macronutrient based meal plan customized to meet your health and fitness goals, and you will track your diet using Cronometer (more information below). We will educate you on the role that nutrition plays in your overall health, well-being, and athletic performance.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for patients who want to develop a better understanding of their nutrition and lifestyle habits, and how these habits can influence their ability to achieve their goals. We work with a range of people, including but not limited to:

  • Athletes looking to maximize performance and training (in-season or off-season).
  • Active individuals wanting to develop consistency with their nutrition and work towards their ideal body composition.
  • Active individuals recovering from musculoskeletal injuries and resuming their strength training.
  • Those who are currently not active – but who want to start improving their nutrition, lifestyle, and body composition.
  • Those who have had no luck with ‘yo-yo’ or ‘crash’ diets in the past and want to improve their relationship with food through a realistic and maintainable approach. Contrary to popular belief – diets don’t have to be plain or boring. Eating should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore!

Who is this program NOT for?

This program is NOT designed for:

  • Those who are looking for a ‘quick fix’ or short-term ‘crash diet’. Nutrition and lifestyle habits take time and effort to develop or change, and it’s rarely a linear process. Aside from working towards your ideal body composition, we want to educate you on how to continue these positive and healthy habits into the future.
  • Those only looking to manage more serious health issues (i.e. Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diabetes), or medically diagnosed hormonal imbalances through nutritional means rather than following a macronutrient program. In this case, we’d recommend having a consultation with our registered dietitians.

What is provided in the program?

  • A comprehensive initial consultation with a coach to understand who you are, and what you hope to achieve in regards to nutrition and lifestyle goals.
  • Customized macronutrient targets.
  • Free access to the Gold subscription of Cronometer (https://cronometer.com).
  • Incorporation of optional DEXA scan results (additional costs apply, please see below) which is the current gold standard for determining lean mass and body fat percentage.
  • Outcome measure tracking (e.g. body weight, micronutrient intake, full profile photos) as well as subsequent optional DEXA scans to track progress for those interested.
  • Individualized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to help you progress toward your identified goals.
  • Personal support from your coaching team throughout the process!

How is the program delivered?

The program is delivered through a mixed model of bi-weekly check-ins by email and monthly check-ins by Zoom. You will be given access to the Gold subscription of Cronometer for free which is an app used to track diet and health metrics. You will be given your target macros, and you will track your food intake using Cronometer. Data logged in Cronometer will be evaluated by your coach.

What are the associated program fees?

  • Initial Program Fees = $295
    • Initial consultation with your coach
    • Personalized macronutrient targets
    • First month of coaching (consists of a bi-weekly check-in and online support)
    • Free access to premium app features of Cronometer Gold subscription
    • Extensive introduction package and meal idea guide
    • Pre-loaded meal ideas in Cronometer app
    • Complimentary initial consultation with a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) – regularly valued at $125
  • Monthly Follow-Up Consultations = $150
    • Updated personalized macronutrient targets
    • Personalized coaching based on progress with applicable resources
    • Continued access to premium app features of Cronometer Gold subscription
    • Continued e-mail access to your coach for the month

*Bi-weekly check-ins are included in the monthly fee.

*DEXA scans for updated body composition metrics are strongly recommended and are available at a reduced fee of $75 for those enrolled in the program (regular fee is $95 per scan).Note: The Performance Nutrition & Lifestyle Program may be eligible for coverage under chiropractic and dietitian extended healthcare benefits.

What can you expect to learn by taking the program?

  • How to identify what nutrition and lifestyle habits are hindering your progress towards achieving your goals, and how to modify these habits with healthier and more sustainable actions.
  • Understand how your body responds to food and exercise, and how to leverage this individual response to improve your performance.
  • How to self-monitor and manage your food intake without having to commit to another strict or unrealistic diet program.

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Dr. Darrin Germann who directs the program. 

Meet the team:

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Dr. Darrin Germann | BSc (Hons), DC
RCCSS(C) Sports Sciences Resident

After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queen’s University,
Dr. Germann went on to graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) with the Summa Cum Laude distinction, and he received a graduation scholarship for holding the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) in his class across the 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic program. He then decided to further refine his knowledge and expertise by pursuing a two-year post-graduate residency to become a Sports Specialist. Dr. Germann has conducted research focused on sport-related concussion and mild-traumatic brain injury, and now holds a research associate position with the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation through the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University. He has also travelled abroad to present his prior research at the international World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) 2019 Congress in Berlin, Germany.

How do I book an appointment?  

If you have further questions and would like to learn more about our customized nutrition services for either yourself or your company, please contact us for a free consultation with our coaching team. 

If you are already prepared and interested in joining our program, please contact the clinic at 416-722-3393 to book your first appointment!