Destination: Fit

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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...]

A Goal Among Goals

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After starting 2014 with no specific fitness goals, yet making some pretty monstrous changes (and accomplishing a few things I never thought I would along the way), I wanted to approach 2015 a bit differently. I had planned to set goals. To start swimming again, at least somewhat regularly. To overcome my fear of showing a lack of flexibility and balance during any type of yoga class. To try cross country skiing. And to get back on my bike for the first time in… I actually don’t know how many … [Read more...]

A Work In Progress

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My typical week Monday: Personal training 1hr Tuesday: HIIT 1hr and 8-10km run Wednesday: Personal training 1hr and 8-10km run Thursday: HIIT 1hr Friday: HIIT 1hr and 8-10km run Saturday: HIIT 1hr Sunday: 12-18km run When I think about my fitness journey thus far, it’s easy to categorize it in terms of personal training, HIIT and running. And my advice for those three things is simple: show up and give it your all. But any fitness journey obviously encompasses much more than, well, … [Read more...]

One Year and Counting

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I was truly honoured when I was asked last summer to write a blog for Blitz about my fitness journey. At that point it had been six months since I first walked through the doors, pledged change for myself, and asked for help in both accomplishing and sustaining it. Now, nearly a year to the day of my first workout at Blitz with Brett, I'm starting a more consistent blogging routine. To be thought of for the Influencer program is, again, an honour and I simply hope you enjoy reading about my … [Read more...]

A Fit Geek’s Year in Review

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'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.' - Socrates Hello again friends and fellow fit nerds! Can you believe more than a year's passed since I embarked on my fit quest and changed my life for the better? I sure haven't! I wanted to take some time to share my progress and lay out what I plan to do in my 2014-2015 season of nerd fitness with you. So let's get started shall we? Last year, I signed up for Blitz … [Read more...]

Blitzing Tijuana: A Retrospective

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It's been a few weeks since the gang Blitzed Tijuana. The tans have faded, the sunburns have peeled and all that's left is a sense of pride and humility at what we've accomplished. We managed to build a house for a family in three-in-a-half days and if you haven't already, here's the video that tells our tale: When the customs officer let me back into Canada, I should've '"declared" that it was the BEST TRIP EVER!!! I would like to share a couple takeaways from my experience … [Read more...]

Meet the Castillo Durall Family from Tijuana, Mexico

Meet the Castillo Durall Family from Tijuana, Mexico.

  In less than three sleeps, members of the Blitz community and their friends are going to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house. You've met a few members of the build team, but now it's time to meet the family they're helping. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Castillo Durall family of Tijuana, Mexico: Oswaldo (43) - Father Claudia (34) - Mother Yobani (16) - Son Gabriela (13) - Daughter Oswaldo (12) - Son Hovim (10) - Son Rubi (9) - Daughter This family of seven live  in … [Read more...]

Meet Vicki de Haan, Chief Motivator of the Blitz Mexico Trip

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As you may know, a few Blitz community members and their nearest and dearest are taking a trek down to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house for a deserving family. This intrepid crew of Edmontonians are leaving on a jet plane to not just build a house, but to build a place where others can impact their community.Each week, from now until they take off, you will meet a couple of members on the build team. This week, meet Vicki de Haan, Chief Motivator for the Tijuana house … [Read more...]

Not Starting from the Bottom Anymore

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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...]