This is a Thank You

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I’ve been asked a number of times why I have a personal trainer. I don’t have a profound or inspired answer. I actually can’t even remember the exact moment I decided it was something I was going to do. I guess I figured if I was actually going to make some changes I should get some help, since really I had no idea what I was doing. (When I say no idea, I cannot stress how much I truly mean NO IDEA.) I also don’t remember my initial plans with regards to said personal training. In the very … [Read more...]

Getting ‘Back on Track’

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In the nearly 15 months I’ve been coming to Blitz, I’ve never really taken a break. I classify breaks as unintentionally sleeping in and missing HIIT on Thursdays or taking vacation – though I’m pretty diligent about working out and running while I’m away. Working out and running have become engrained in my life. I love everything about my routine – the personal training, the HIIT, the running, as well as the time of day, the limits that are pushed and the people I’m surrounded by. So, in a … [Read more...]

‘Listen to Your Body’

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It’s been over a year since my fitness journey began, first with weight training and HIIT then with running. And I’ve been injury-free – unless you count what happened at the River City Runners’ 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge (but let’s not). I credit this mostly to proper training, along with dumb luck and good socks as I’ve never even had a blister. I run four times a week and am at Blitz six days a week. My schedule will change, as I’m currently six-ish weeks away from full-on marathon … [Read more...]

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...]