Cross-training For Endurance Athletes

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Cross training can be defined as a supplementary style of fitness training that is different from ones sport. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the term “cross-training.” Cross-training is meant to target a specific energy system in the body, i.e. endurance/long duration activities target the aerobic system; therefore the style of cross training you would want to choose would not be exercises that continue to tax the aerobic system. This is how over-training and overuse injuries occur. … [Read more...]

Why I picked the Garmin.

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There was a lot if talk last week about sports watches first with Beto’s Pick on the Garmin and then Chris' CBC segment comparing a variety of watches that help keep you fit. It made sense because it is that time of year where many runners dust off their shoes, get off the treadmill and hit the trails. We have entered the beginning of race season where you start to set goals, you begin your training programs and the transition to shorts, tanks and sunglasses is in full affect. It is no … [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...]

Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise

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It is well known that exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic illness whether you are pre-disposed to it or not. But, what many don’t realize is the positive effects that exercise can have on someone that is living with a chronic condition. Many people have adopted the idea that they should not exercise because of said condition fearing that exercise will make it worse or that they are not physically able. With the MS bike tour coming up soon, I want to give a brief breakdown of what … [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...]

Boost your running efficiency with this post run band workout

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The workout below is designed to work on strengthening common underactive muscles in runners. Strengthening these muscles can help to avoid injury and improve running efficiency.  Here you can find another runner specific workout I created. Running long distances can put a lot of stress on the body. As you tack on the kilometers your body starts to lose form and efficiency when you begin to fatigue; which is often where overuse injuries come from. Adding a cross training routine can be said … [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...]

Learning Opportunities: My Journey to the Boston Marathon

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Every moment presents an opportunity to learn, grow and evaluate. My journey to the Boston Marathon has been no exception. From the much talked about “listening to your body” components, to program designs, to nutrition, I have had subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of each. Some made significant impact while others I interpreted as soft guidelines (a.k.a. my continual over consumption of peanut butter). During this training cycle, one memory stands out among the rest. It happened a few … [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...]

Skiing like Mike: Returning to skiing as an adult beginner brings back the fun.

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There are a lot of reasons not to ski. But Mike Cotfas’s excuse is one of the better ones I’ve heard. In grade 6, Mike went skiing with his school. Somehow, he went A/T (that’s A over T, as in ass over teakettle) and wound up lacerating his head—this was in the days before ski helmets. He had to go to the hospital for six stitches, the first three or four of which he felt as they were being done because the local freezing hadn’t quite taken. “I think my dad’s hand had some crushed bones,” … [Read more...]