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...]

Super Dad

We all look for inspiration in different people to help inspire us. Something that will ignite the fire to achieve or set new fitness goals. Fortunately for me, I have these types of people all around me. One of the people that inspires me in many ways is my dad. Dear ole dad is 77 years old now, not a spring chicken. More like an old, very set in his ways chicken. He has always been very healthy with no physical issues other than getting a long needed new set of knees last year and has … [Read more...]

This is a Thank You

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’

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...]

Run for Joel: Community.

We talk a lot here about community. As a matter of fact it's in our vision statement: We strive to be the number one fitness community in the world. It's big, it's audacious, and it's doable. So last week when I took on the journey of donating one dollar for every kilometre to Joel I kind of knew that I was about to open the pandora's box of caring and giving. From people offering to donate money for every workout they complete, to others offering to hit the trails with me I can't thank you … [Read more...]

‘Listen to Your Body’

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...]

November Project Edmonton: How did this all happen?

Let’s start from the beginning...the short version… 2 dudes from Boston decided that they needed to hold one another accountable to fitness after finishing their collegiate rowing careers and entering the “grown-up world”. They committed to showing up three mornings a week for the month of November and “November Project” was born. Through social media this free fitness community grew...running stairs at Harvard stadium brought my brother Andrew out to join this movement. He became a part of … [Read more...]

Destination: Fit

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...]

Run like you stole something.

I have had the opportunity to connect with so many people in Edmonton in the past few years though Blitz. The universal language of movement that we've created bonds that transcend beyond simple meet and greets over drinks and food. It is through getting to know so many of you that I have been able to challenge my body in sports like bodybuilding, olympic lifting, parkour, boxing, ultimate frisbee, and running; and this has only been in the past four years! I'll admit that when I first picked … [Read more...]

What the Hell is a Psoas Muscle?

A few weeks ago I was blogging about how masterfully I had beaten and overcome all the injuries that old age has thrown at me. Back to training hard without a care in the world and boom, my back gives out. Now I am blogging about my stupid back and how it completely seized up on me. I played hockey one Sunday and the next morning I could barely move...it was like I’d aged 50 years over night! It was only after skillfully rocking back and forth that I was able to get out of bed and slowly begin … [Read more...]