Core Exercises for Runners

Have you ever felt that by the end of your run your movement pattern is a little less efficient, or that you don’t feel as stable? This could be from a lack of core strength and core stabilization. When a runner lacks core musculature it can lead to less efficient movement patterns, compensatory movements, strain on muscles, overuse of muscles, and potential running injuries (Fredericson, 2005).  By building strength in our core musculature we help improve our posture while running which leads … [Read more...]

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...]

Life on the Single Track: Learning to Mountain Bike in Edmonton

  Edmonton boasts the largest urban green space in North America, and one of the best ways to experience it is by bike. You can escape the noisy city—even for a little while—on the expansive single and double track trail system that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Mountain biking is sure popular here, but watching fearless riders bomb down hills and fly over jumps may leave you wondering if this sport is for you. Trust me when I say that anyone who has a big love … [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...]

Baby Steps to Healthy Living

Dear Reader, Are you having troubles getting started with leading a healthy lifestyle? Are you finding it overwhelming to know where you should start? Keep reading. This blog is tailored to you, the beginner. We know that eating a healthy and well balanced diet paired with physical activity is what will classify us as leading a healthy life, however we often have a difficult time knowing where to begin. Changing everything about your routine at once may work for a few days however, we find … [Read more...]

Why I picked the Garmin.

There was a lot if talk last week about sports watches first with Beto’s Pick on the Garmin and then Chris' CBC segment comparing a variety of watches that help keep you fit. It made sense because it is that time of year where many runners dust off their shoes, get off the treadmill and hit the trails. We have entered the beginning of race season where you start to set goals, you begin your training programs and the transition to shorts, tanks and sunglasses is in full affect. It is no … [Read more...]

Head to Head Comparison: Smart Watch vs. Activity Trackers vs. GPS Running Watches

Want to get more activity in during the day? If you walk into any fitness store, or grocery store for that matter, you can now buy an activity monitor like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or a smart watch like the Apple iWatch thinking it's going to change your life. Activity monitors have become pretty complex: they measure steps, distance ran, sleep pattern, calories burnt, measure heart rate, read text messages and emails. But how do these activity trackers actually function? Many of these activity … [Read more...]

April 6 Global TV Edmonton Segment: Exercises you can do with a towel.

If you have been looking for pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym, you may have noticed that the prices can skyrocket! Dumbbells cost at least one dollar per pound of weight, elastic bands can cost upwards of $25 per band depending on the resistance, and even gliders can cost upwards of five dollars per glider! At Blitz we're all about adaptation. You don't need the most fancy piece of equipment, you can make due. Gliders or sliders were initially brought on as piece of … [Read more...]

Learning Opportunities: My Journey to the Boston Marathon

Every moment presents an opportunity to learn, grow and evaluate. My journey to the Boston Marathon has been no exception. From the much talked about “listening to your body” components, to program designs, to nutrition, I have had subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of each. Some made significant impact while others I interpreted as soft guidelines (a.k.a. my continual over consumption of peanut butter). During this training cycle, one memory stands out among the rest. It happened a few … [Read more...]

Full body exercises you can do with one weight.

We love single weighted exercises here at Blitz!  Whether it's in a HIIT class or personal training single weight movements are great to incorporate into any workout because they provide a more dynamic core workout, can reduce muscular imbalances, and add a different challenge! Here are the exercises that we talked about on Global TV in the morning. There are many ways of creating a great workout circuit with the exercises: you can do all of the exercises on one side first and then the opposite … [Read more...]