Biathlon

Combining two vastly different skills in one sport seems a little crazy, but there's something about biathlon that intrigues many viewers. This medley of cross country skiing and shooting is one of the most intense sports I have seen to date; muscles and heart rates are maxed out while skiing and then all of a sudden the athlete needs to still themselves enough to accurately hit targets 50 meters away. Now repeat the whole thing a few times and you have a competition. The sport has its origins … [Read more...]

The Brownie Project

Who has a love affair with chocolate? Don’t worry you don’t have to admit it out loud if you don’t want too. But what if I told you, you could indulge in delicious chocolaty brownies guilt free? Gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free, but don’t worry- you don’t have to sacrifice flavor! These brownies are delightful, and no one will ever guess you’ve used black beans and chia seeds, infusing these brownies with tons of fiber. The recipe calls for raw cacao, which is a powerhouse … [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...]

Dairy-free, Gluten-free and Refined-sugar free Granola Bars

It can be tiring and difficult to find a granola bar that isn’t full of useless additives that we just don’t need. I know everyone loves a little sugar (or a lot), but our bodies are just not designed to handle massive amounts of it. When I came across this recipe I was so excited because the ingredients called for whole-food substitutes. Dates and honey contain natural sugars and are great energy boosters. Wouldn’t you rather eat foods that have an expiry date on them than foods that somehow … [Read more...]

Why fats are good for you

Does the word fat scare you? Do you cringe at the word fat and think you shouldn’t eat that because it will make you fat? Do you automatically look for low-fat or fat-free products while grocery shopping? If this sounds like you STOP! The truth is we all need a certain amount of fat in our diet. Without it we would miss out on vital nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K, which are fat-soluble, meaning they are better absorbed and utilized in the presence of fat. We also can’t forget about … [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...]

Vancouver Half Marathon

Q: How do you know if someone has run a marathon? A: Don't worry, they'll tell you. ;) Runners love to talk about running, espically their races. So without further delay, our race reports from last weekend's Vancouver Half Marathon! Kacey's Race Report Back in February, I blogged my thoughts about starting my Vancouver half-marathon training program - And now, it is go time. I have anticipated the start of a new, fresh, uninhibited training program for months. And mixed up with all … [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...]