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...]

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...]

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...]

Brady – My journey to becoming a firefighter!

My name is Brady Cook and I’ve achieved my dream career goal of becoming a fire fighter. I can attest that to successfully be accepted as a recruit takes an incredible commitment. You need to want it more than anything - I did and I still do – the hard work is worth it. I love my job. The process is long and stressful; it demands the very best you have to give, day in and day out. Understanding that top physical fitness is paramount and an integral part of the hiring process and a career … [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...]

No More 30 Day Challenges! BUT….

  Yes, you heard it right! We're discontinuing the 30 Day Challenges here at Blitz for spring and summer. It is not because they haven't been successful; as a matter of fact over the past year and a half of running the challenges we have had hundreds of inches lost, and practically every person finish the challenge successfully.  It is because over the past year we have grown in our understanding of our community.  We wanted take our programs down to what truly has developed success … [Read more...]

And this folks, is what we call the TSN turning point

And now for the TSN turning point.... I may or may not have a teeny tiny fear of commitment. It's why I don't have a phone contract and.. maybe why I'm single? But that's another blog. When I was first asked to blog for Blitz, I said yes immediately. And then the realization of what that would mean sunk in. That means going to HIIT ... every day? Shit. What did I just get myself into. The first 6 weeks were alright. I would go 3 times a week, the next four, the next two. Part of it was … [Read more...]

Big HIIT Class Announcement!

Over the past year we've had a lot of amazing things happen: from Blitz being voted as top fitness studio in Edmonton, to Brett and myself being awarded the top two trainer spots in Edmonton, to myself being chosen as an ambassador for 5 Peaks Racing, and to Brett being recently chosen as one of the top trainers in Canada! We would never be where we are now without you. We decided to celebrate this by giving back to our community. For a limited time, we're offering THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE our … [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...]