Rob’s Birthday Goal


So I was contemplating about what to blog next and I thought about setting a short term fitness goal to see if I could accomplish it. I Often get caught up in a cycle of just working out with no specific goal in mind other than “to be fit”. With no specific goal set, It is easy to cheat with treats or miss a class so making gains becomes much more difficult. I set goals for work, career, finance etc but really never for fitness. This time, I want to set a short term training/eating goal, stick … [Read more...]

November Project Edmonton: How did this all happen?

Jen Andrew Ference Nadim Chin

Let’s start from the beginning...the short version… 2 dudes from Boston decided that they needed to hold one another accountable to fitness after finishing their collegiate rowing careers and entering the “grown-up world”. They committed to showing up three mornings a week for the month of November and “November Project” was born. Check out the whole story here. Through social media this free fitness community grew...running stairs at Harvard stadium brought my brother Andrew out to join this … [Read more...]

Big HIIT Class Announcement!

HIIT Classes Blitz Conditioning Edmononton

Over the past year we've had a lot of amazing things happen: from Blitz being voted as top fitness studio in Edmonton, to Brett and myself being awarded the top two trainer spots in Edmonton, to myself being chosen as an ambassador for 5 Peaks Racing, and to Brett being recently chosen as one of the top trainers in Canada! We would never be where we are now without you. We decided to celebrate this by giving back to our community. For a limited time, we're offering THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE our … [Read more...]

This is the House that sweat built – 2,105.80 Raised!


  We were so excited to donate $2,105.80 to Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta raised in our Karma HIIT classes between September and December 2014!  The money will be directed towards the fitness facilities and programming at RMHC. The fitness equipment will be used by guests who have come from far away so that their kids can receive treatment at The Stollery. We all know how important it is to workout for both physical and mental health and it's even more valuable in the case … [Read more...]

Destination: Fit


Like many people, I love to travel. I’ve been lucky enough to see a few corners of the world, as well as numerous places closer to home. But most of my big trips thus far were before I learned to squat properly. For example, during a month-long trip to Greece a year and a half ago, there was not a thought that crossed my mind with regards to fitness. The amount of cheese I ate reflects this (though I have no regrets). Things are different now. I’ve integrated healthy living into my daily life … [Read more...]

Community. It’s good for nothing.

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Community. I’m not a huge fan of that word. It’s jargony and empty – just a buzzword that makes us feel good. Or is it? On February 14, River City Runners (my run crew) held a 24 hour treadmill challenge in support of Hope Mission and the Tegler Youth Centre’s Kids in Action program. We set a big goal of raising $10,000; enough to buy new running shoes and healthy snacks for around 200 Edmonton kids. We posted a tweet on Saturday, January 10 announcing the challenge.   That’s when … [Read more...]

Want to get paid up to $90 to run your own class?


  Do you have a great and innovative idea for a class and are looking for a supportive environment to develop it? You’re in the right place. Blitz Conditioning is looking for top trainers and instructors to run additional classes and to further challenge our amazing fitness community. We are currently accepting proposals for new and innovative fitness classes. Interested? Here are the details: Will pay you a base of $30 per class instructed AND pay up to $90 per class … [Read more...]

Run like you stole something.

Chris Tse 5 Peaks Adventure

I have had the opportunity to connect with so many people in Edmonton in the past few years though Blitz. The universal language of movement that we've created bonds that transcend beyond simple meet and greets over drinks and food. It is through getting to know so many of you that I have been able to challenge my body in sports like bodybuilding, olympic lifting, parkour, boxing, ultimate frisbee, and running; and this has only been in the past four years! I'll admit that when I first picked … [Read more...]

What the Hell is a Psoas Muscle?

Rob Bekius Psoas

A few weeks ago I was blogging about how masterfully I had beaten and overcome all the injuries that old age has thrown at me. Back to training hard without a care in the world and boom, my back gives out. Now I am blogging about my stupid back and how it completely seized up on me. I played hockey one Sunday and the next morning I could barely was like I’d aged 50 years over night! It was only after skillfully rocking back and forth that I was able to get out of bed and slowly begin … [Read more...]

Abs weren’t built in a day

Work In Progress

I'm having a Regina George moment today. Sweatpants are all that fits me right now It's been a bit over a month since Chris asked me to blog about my fitness journey. I've made it to quite a few HIIT classes, although looking at Ms. Jen Ference's exercise plan, clearly I need to step it up. I'm hoping that this isn't just me, but I have this complex that as soon as I exercise for a few weeks, I expect to a) be 10 pounds lighter or b) see my abs. Of course this doesn't happen, and I get … [Read more...]