Posts by Chris Tse

Global TV Segment July 6, 2016: Partner Banded Exercises

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Partner exercises can be a fun addition to any workout! The partner offers a more dynamic challenge to the movement since you have to react to something unpredictable. When your partner is the anchor they have to try and resist as much as they can to keep everything as stable as possible. Some exercises also force both partners to counter each other's movements in the opposite direction. Check out the following exercises we featured on Global TV this week: Partner Torso Twists: … [Read more...]

Stability Ball Workout: June 1 2016 Global TV Segment

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I featured a classic piece of equipment on Global TV this week: The stability or swiss ball. Here are a few workouts you can do that are a little different compared to the norm. Unstable surfaces like the ball allow you to challenge balance and core and can step up the challenge for many conventional exercises. Push Up: Place you hands should width apart. Bend at the elbows to perform a push up The top of the ball should be at your sternum Press through your palms to … [Read more...]

Food Crawl!

Food Crawl June 8 2016

We're so excited to be holding our second food crawl with the help of Edmonton Economic Development Centre! This time we're doing it a bit differently: At this ride the rainbow edition guests are required to bring their own bike, skateboard or rollerblades. At the final stop of the food crawl, guests can work off that dinner by biking home, or arrange for their own transportation. Cost will be $45 and trust us, it's worth it! *If you are rollerblading, don’t forget your shoes for … [Read more...]

Head to Head Comparison: Smart Watch vs. Activity Trackers vs. GPS Running Watches

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Want to get more activity in during the day? If you walk into any fitness store, or grocery store for that matter, you can now buy an activity monitor like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or a smart watch like the Apple iWatch thinking it's going to change your life. Activity monitors have become pretty complex: they measure steps, distance ran, sleep pattern, calories burnt, measure heart rate, read text messages and emails. But how do these activity trackers actually function? Many of these activity … [Read more...]

Exercises you can do on a BOSU – Global TV Segment May 4, 2016

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Unstable surface training (UST) has been all the rage in the fitness industry. Semi-inflated discs, pillows, discs and gliders, swiss balls, and BOSU balls are some of the many pieces of equipment developed with the intent to create surfaces that your body needs to react against. UST was first developed in the rehabilitation world for the purpose of strengthening ankles but is now used to in many instances. There are both advantages and disadvantages in using these pieces of … [Read more...]

Trail Running Races in Edmonton

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There are a growing number of trail races in Edmonton. We have over 160 km of multi-use trails so runners are taking advantage of them and competing to see who can become the fastest cross country runner in the city! Here are a few links to some companies who host trail races: Frank McNamara Races: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm - Various Locations: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=1198 United Cycle Runs: Tuesdays at 6:00 pm - Various … [Read more...]

April 6 Global TV Edmonton Segment: Exercises you can do with a towel.

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If you have been looking for pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym, you may have noticed that the prices can skyrocket! Dumbbells cost at least one dollar per pound of weight, elastic bands can cost upwards of $25 per band depending on the resistance, and even gliders can cost upwards of five dollars per glider! At Blitz we're all about adaptation. You don't need the most fancy piece of equipment, you can make due. Gliders or sliders were initially brought on as piece of … [Read more...]

Adventures with the Trek Farley 5

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Fatbikes are becoming an all too common bike here in Edmonton. As this category of bike develops we're seeing a multitude of modifications; from suspension to even wider tires, it seems like the possibilities are endless. I managed to pick up the Trek Farley 5 from United Cycle this past week and take it on a few trips in order to compare it with my previous fatbike riding experience. The biggest difference between the Trek Farley 5 2016 and the Specialized Blizzard 2015 editions is the width of … [Read more...]

Axes and Allies: reviewing Axe Hole Edmonton.

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Axes have always had a certain level of bad-assery. Think about it, the only time you need an axe is when you're making a fire, building a log cabin or a lean-to, or traipsing through the woods in flannel, jeans, and a pair of beaten up leather boots. There's something raw and empowering about holding an axe but why stop there? Throw it. Axe Hole is one of two indoor axe throwing centres in Edmonton and it is fun for all ages! Garrette McGowan and myself went last weekend and had an absolute … [Read more...]

Full body exercises you can do with one weight.

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We love single weighted exercises here at Blitz!  Whether it's in a HIIT class or personal training single weight movements are great to incorporate into any workout because they provide a more dynamic core workout, can reduce muscular imbalances, and add a different challenge! Here are the exercises that we talked about on Global TV in the morning. There are many ways of creating a great workout circuit with the exercises: you can do all of the exercises on one side first and then the opposite … [Read more...]