The Effect of Exercise on Breast Cancer and How to Get Started on a Workout

Many are aware that including exercise in to your every day life can help to reduce the risks of chronic illnesses and can also help to manage chronic illness. So what are the benefits of exercise on breast cancer? Statistics In Canada alone it is estimated that 25,700 women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016; making up 26% of new cancer cases found in women. This means that 1/9 women are expected to develop breast cancer. 230 men in Canada are also expected to become … [Read more...]

What does it feel like to run 80km?

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...]

Fatbiking: The Monster Trucks of Biking.

I'll admit, before heading on this adventure I had my doubts about Fatbikes. Every time I saw one of these pedal powered monstrosities lumbering down a street or a trail I'd chuckle a little; they don't move quickly, it looks like the tires are half inflated, and they remind me of a monster truck. As I registered for the Revolution Cycle Fatbike Ride Day this past Saturday I knew I had to keep an open mind and, as always, have a ton of fun. Revolution is offering a very unique opportunity to … [Read more...]

Kickin’ @$$ and making gains:

We are all working out with a goal in mind. To achieve your goal by controlling every aspect on your path to achieve your goal is nearly impossible. Simplifying as many pieces as possible we will make the long, uphill battle, manageable. Here are a few tips and tricks that can lead you to the promise land. Perception/ Mindset: How you perceive your exercise can provide additional health accommodations. Harvard University conducted a study on this subject, “…The informed group perceived … [Read more...]

Mobility and Stretching Program

I have created a simple mobility and stretching program that you can use anywhere to follow my last blog post Avoiding Injuries With Stretching and Foam Rolling. Self-Myofascial Release Self-myofascial release via foam rolling or using a ball (typically something like a lacrosse ball) can be a very useful technique to alleviate soft muscle tissue pain and prevent immobility. How to perform self-myofascial release: Focus on the areas that feel tender or tight and “massage” the tender … [Read more...]

Blitz Obstacle Challenge!

As Erika mentioned last week we've had a resounding demand to bring back our challenges. Instead of the traditional 30 day challenge, we are taking it up a notch and making it a team event. Between July 15 and August 15th your team will accumulate as many points as possible by attending group classes (HIIT and Spin). One class equals one point for your team. Each point is 2 seconds off your obstacle race time on August 16th. The more classes you attend as a team, the better chance you have of … [Read more...]

Running, Running and More Running

Recognizing Edmonton summers are truly the best, I thought I’d let you in on my plans for the season: running. I enjoy waking up with the summer sun (sometimes before it) to get in a speed workout. I enjoy planning my weekends around a Saturday morning long run. I’ve learned how to properly use my Garmin watch. I’ve learned I am not blister-proof. I’ve learned peanut butter flavoured gels are not a good idea. And I’ve learned of routes through beautiful parts of Edmonton I never knew existed. … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Plateaus and Avoiding Injuries

Whether you are a runner, a weight lifter, play a specific sport, or just exercise to be healthy (the list goes on) every now and again it is important to change up your fitness routine or add different styles of training in the mix. Most people are creatures of habit and will fall into the same workout style because it is what they like to do, myself included. I want to say that there is no issue with finding your passion (I am truly an advocate for that), but different training styles should … [Read more...]

209 km of Lessons Learned.

Last month, I made a slightly crazy promise to run 200 km to Caitlin and Craig. 200 km meant that I would donate $200 to Joel's family and that both of these wonderful people would be matching me dollar for dollar.  Well 209 kilometers later I'm happy to say that this month has been a challenging but amazing adventure. I figured I'd make this blog a photographic journal of my runs, the amazing people I got to know, and the causes I supported. Over the past month I might have had three runs that … [Read more...]

Its RUN time!

In January one of the goals I set was that I would complete a second marathon & better my 2008 time of 3:59:11. I registered for the August Edmonton marathon and that is to be my race this year. I’m not sure what’s happened, but we are nearing the end of May and since the start of April I have already raced in 2 MEC 15km events, the EPH half, a NorthFace Endurance Marathon Relay in New York state and completed a Sport Course 5 Peaks trail run. I guess its as we say at November Project … [Read more...]