Not Starting from the Bottom Anymore

Steve meet's his nerd hero Mark Fraunfelder at an event hosted by the Edmonton Public Library

The highs and lows of a fit quest can be quite interesting. At one point you're flying high and you think that nothing can stop you, and then you hit an emotional wall that makes you feel like packing up your fancy tri-colour shoes. I've always thought of myself as a pretty positive guy so whenever I hit an emotional speed bump, I dug my head in the sand, felt ashamed and thought that I have to start all over again.  I felt like I have no choice but to start back a level one and pick a brand … [Read more...]

Steve’s Run Quest and Push-Update

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Hey Fellow Fit Nerds! Steve here with an update on how my push-up and run quests are coming along. First, let's talk push-ups. I've been doing some work with Chris, and on my own, to improve my overall strength and I am seeing results! I started with barely being able to push myself up without the assistance of my knees and here's a video taken last week that shows how far I've come along: >>>Steve's Push-Update #1 Whoo! I'm pretty pumped that I was able to do nine (ish) … [Read more...]

My Run Quest – Part One

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  In 2012, I ran Melissa's with Father after training for months. What I submit to you are my thoughts during the race. On your marks…get set… GO! Kilometre #1 Away we go! Man this is easy. I can run a kilometre in my sleep. I wonder if I should listen to that gal who told me to watch for vomit patches while running up a mountain??? Kilometre #2 I feel awesome. Banff is awesome… Life is awesome… These running signs are awesome… Heck, even the word awesome is awesome. Note to … [Read more...]

Let’s SPRING Into Action!

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Now that Spring hath sprung who's ready to kick it up a notch? I SURE AM! Throughout winter, I trudged through literal and metaphorical snow and had a heck of a time getting motivated. I was like a bear. I slept, gained weight to survive and I kind of looked like this: Well now this big sexy bear has woke up from hibernation and it's time to kick some butt. Looking for some motivation? Here are Four Ways to a Fitness-Filled Spring Set a seasonal goal - Nothing can keep you … [Read more...]

The Little Things

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When I started working out with Chris, he asked me what my goals are. I have some lofty, long-term ones (that I’m not quite ready to share -- yet), but there was one specific goal I had in mind: make it through a Blitz Edmonton HIIT class without going on my knees for pushups (that includes regular pushups, army pushups, tricep pushups…oh man, Blitz makes us do a ton of different kinds of pushups). Well last Thursday at Amy’s 6 AM HIIT class, I accomplished that – almost. I did modify one set … [Read more...]

Injuries: Respect them, heal them, and then Crush your Goals!

Focusing and being consistent with your rehabilitation is paramount for recovery.

Happy New Year! We've all been there: had an injury of some sort - whether it was an ankle sprain, shin splints, muscle strain, etc. It's never fun to be injured, and as a personal trainer my mission is to help people learn to move properly to minimize their risk of injury. That being said, when we are constantly pushing our bodies to new limits and taking on more intense workouts and movements, the potential for injury increases. As our bodies become capable of more and more (which is … [Read more...]

Goal Setting Workshop

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I am great at saying I’m going to lose X amount of weight by this time, or I’m going to do _______ next week/month/year and not doing it, I am also great at setting some goals and achieving them. So why is it that some goals/dreams/ideas you achieve and some you don’t? Over the last year or so I have fallen in love with Blitz and the community that has been built. We regularly talk about goals and I've been asked what my goals are but each time this has happened it has been a huge kick in the … [Read more...]

Britt’s Blitz Adventure Begins

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Hi Kittens! If you haven't seen me 'round these parts before, my name is Britt, and I'm very proud to be a new Blitz Ambassador! Pretty much everything you need to know about me is in my Twitter bio: "Writer, marketer, vegetarian, volunteer, lover of fashion and fitness." (Oh, and cats. Ask me about cats.) But although I've long been a lover of fitness, it hasn't been consistent. I was pretty in shape in high school, then gained fifteen pounds after dislocating my kneecap in university. I … [Read more...]

Trust and Respect the Process…Fitness is a Journey

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Fitness is all about trusting the process that you are going through (or the journey), and not rushing things. When we start to get impatient and want more results quicker, we end up falling on our faces (in more ways than 1)… Often we think if something is a good thing - then more of it must be better. That's true sometimes, and to some extents. However, when we rush a process that is properly thought out and planned for specific purposes (like training for something), then usually we either … [Read more...]

Bearing It All – 4 Months Until the Games Begin…

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This blog is a follow up to my last one about being hungry enough to work hard for what you want. I've had an idea for a challenge/goal for myself for a while now (maybe 4-6 months?), but wasn't ready to commit. Meaning, if I wasn't sharing that goal with others, then if it didn't happen I wouldn't feel bad about myself or like I've failed anyone. No more of those lame excuses. I'm ready to share it. Maybe that's because I've finally decided to take ownership of that goal and make a plan to … [Read more...]