SPIIT Registration for August 27, 2016

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Event Description Come and celebrate Race week with us by attending our SPIIT class at Michael Phair Park! SPIIT combines our two favourite workouts: Spin and HIIT into a 55 minute long full body workout.  Proceeds of the event are going to Free Footie Emonton who are providing over 1000 kids in Edmonton with free soccer. WHEN Saturday, 27 August 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM WHERE Michael Phair Park - 10124 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7 - View … [Read more...]

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...]

Life on the Single Track: Learning to Mountain Bike in Edmonton

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  Edmonton boasts the largest urban green space in North America, and one of the best ways to experience it is by bike. You can escape the noisy city—even for a little while—on the expansive single and double track trail system that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Mountain biking is sure popular here, but watching fearless riders bomb down hills and fly over jumps may leave you wondering if this sport is for you. Trust me when I say that anyone who has a big love … [Read more...]

What does it feel like to run 80km?

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A couple of weeks ago, along with 3 others, I ran 80km! I’m not sure I can adequately describe the feelings experienced as Chris Tse, Andre Lessard, and I supported Sean Wingrave and his Really Long Run to End MS. Arriving in Camrose, 12 hours after leaving Nisku with 9 ½ hours of feet pounding pavement, was incredible! I will admit however there were times during the day that I wondered how I got myself into this. How far are you running?! How long will it take you? Why are you … [Read more...]

Baby Steps to Healthy Living

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Dear Reader, Are you having troubles getting started with leading a healthy lifestyle? Are you finding it overwhelming to know where you should start? Keep reading. This blog is tailored to you, the beginner. We know that eating a healthy and well balanced diet paired with physical activity is what will classify us as leading a healthy life, however we often have a difficult time knowing where to begin. Changing everything about your routine at once may work for a few days however, we find … [Read more...]

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...]