Axes and Allies: reviewing Axe Hole Edmonton.

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.

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...]

Bust A Move 2016 – Volunteer to move and groove with us!

We're excited to be rockin' another workout this year at Bust A Move! It's our third year leading one of the six hours of fitness fun and we want to make it the best year possible. BaM is raising funds for breast cancer research at the Cross Cancer Institute and every participant has raised a minimum of $1000 to sweat it out with six different fitness styles. Blitz has been devoting our Friday night Karma classes to the cause, all the proceeds of the class go directly to the event and we will … [Read more...]

Get a grip: picking the right ice cleat.

From casual hikes to great adventures, the spring-like weather in Edmonton has many of us venturing outside. The sidewalks are relatively clear of ice but, if you are heading into the River Valley, many of the trail systems are more icier than socializing in a packed elevator. There have been a a few times where I've found myself trapped in the middle of a slippery slope wondering why I put myself in these situations. A few weeks ago I started to look into different ice cleat systems; these are … [Read more...]

Splitboarding: the next evolution of back-country adventure.

Some of us long for that quiet space, a place that is seemingly untouched by the world where we can venture into wild. For the longest time, the winter back-country was relegated to cross-country skis, touring skis and snowshoes, but athletic technology has advanced to the point where many sports can be adapted to the rougher conditions. Snowboarding is a sport in which back-country options were limited: you could snowshoe, snow-mobile, or heli-ski but taking the board alone was not an option. … [Read more...]

Exercises you can do with an Elastic Band: Global TV Segment February 3, 2016

Elastic bands or surgical tubing are one of the most versatile and cost effective pieces of equipment that you can purchase. I would recommend buying a package with a variety of resistance levels. For most of the exercises mentionned below you should be able to perform between 12 to 15 repetitions with the band, if it's too light then use a band with more resistance. Here are some strengthening exercises that you can do: Half Squat to Leg Abduction: Tie a knot so that the straight elastic … [Read more...]

Jasper in January: Winter Done Right.

Let's face it, Edmonton and most of Northern Alberta is a winter wonderland for upwards of eight months of the year. We can chose to embrace it or run from it. We live in such an advanced society that a person can practically remain in doors or in a vehicle for an entire year without stepping one foot outside. But there is a movement: Edmontonians are choosing to gear up and head out for adventures.  I've heard of so many people who are getting into snowshoeing, cross country, winter running, … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing 101: Getting Started

I remember strapping on these flimsy-oversized-plastic-tennis-racket-looking-things to my knee high winter boots as an elementary child and absolutely hating snow shoeing. Waddling around hard packed snow-covered soccer field was my first experience with the sport and I really failed to give it a second chance till now. Snowshoes have changed a lot in the past decade. Gone are the waffled tan plastic one-size fits all shoes, they've been replaced with a high tech shoe made of ultra light … [Read more...]

What’s the deal with plus-sized mountain bike tires? Does size really matter?

There used to be a time when mountain bike tires came in one size and width but those days are long gone.  Now-a-days tires come in all sizes, from 26 inches with a width of 1.8 to 2.4 inches, to fatbikes which are 26 inches with a 4 inch width, and up to a 29 inch tire with a 3 inch width. What's the deal with all the different sizes? Tread pattern and composition of tire have been the factors that have been most modified in tire technology and then the focus turned to the frame: suspension, … [Read more...]

Blitzing 2015: a year in review.

A lot can happen in 365 days. Over the past year, Blitz has experienced a world wind of new experiences and opportunities. We have changed but so has Edmonton’s fitness environment. By that I am not implying fitness itself has changed – 150 minutes of moderate to intense cardiovascular activities with a few bouts of weight lifting is still the standard; it is the business of fitness that has significantly changed. The expectation of the consumer is no longer solely based on a great workout; … [Read more...]