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CLASSPASS: IS IT WORTH IT?

Before we get into whether or not the popular fitness subscription app ClassPass is worth it, let’s do a quick check in with the word “worth.” It’s a tricky concept that is unique to every person. You may not think it’s worth it to own a pair of brushed suede limited edition bright yellow Bruce…

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I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SUPERBAD TO SAY ABOUT ORANGE THEORY

I know this is schocking for those of you that know what a skeptic I am, especially when it comes to new exercise fads. I tried an Orange Theory workout yesterday because a branch opened up a mile from my house and the marketing assault has been re-lent-less. Look familiar? Orange Theory is a national…

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LABOR DAY: NYE v2.0

Just like Thursday has become Little Friday and olive green is the new black, Labor Day is really just a sunnier, second New Year’s Eve. It’s the figurative end of summer. I’ve always likened back to school as the start of a new year. Judging by the number of suffering faces in the gym this…

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IF NOSTALGIA WERE A SHOE

Between 1984 and 1993, I spent Sunday afternoons watching movies with my Dad, mainly westerns or Kung-fu. This was before streaming and even for most of the 80s for our family, before VHS. This meant we would sometimes catch the tail end or miss the beginning or something annoying like that. Over this tenure, I…

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DREAMS DO COME TRUE

Some dream of solving the world’s ocean crisis, others hope to leave a legacy of innovation, knowledge or creativity. My dreams are much, much simpler: make someone laugh every day, break down the mental barriers we have around trying things outside of our comfort zones, do one effing pistol squat… this kind of thing. Another…

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“PERKS” OF BEING MY FRIEND

or sibling, neighbor, colleague… You get the idea. I also use the term “perk” loosely here. Today’s post title should probably read, “sometimes it sucks to be friends with Angie because she makes me work out on holiday.”  Just last week, my friend Kev was rolling through town from Vancouver on the way to the…

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STRENGTH + SPACE LETTUCE

Late last year, scientists grew lettuce on the International Space Station for the first time. They grew actual lettuce in space. And then ate it. And apparently it was delicious. That’s real rocket science. You know what’s not rocket science? Making others feel great. And yet, when you find someone that effortlessly makes others feel…

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WHAT’S IN YOUR GYM BAG?

Let’s be super basic for a minute, yeah? We have been talking about all sorts of heavy topics – bacterial superhighways, runner’s trots, and whether boxing can be your path to enlightenment. So let’s cleanse the palate, so to speak, by having a look at some of the essentials in my gym bag. The actual…

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BOXING: SPORTING DINOSAUR OR PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT 

When I set out to write a series on the Seattle fitness scene, I stumbled upon Cappy’s, a little gem of a boxing gym with a STRONG female presence. Lots of guys were kicking ass there too but the women in the room were confident, focused and the kind of crew I wanted to roll…

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HEADLIGHTS (YES, THOSE KIND)

3 Things that are not surprising about me: 1. I love anything exclusive, limited edition, VIP, elite … you get the idea. 2. Jumping in weird places, is something I enjoy, despite the fact that the friends I often recruit to do it with me, are not as into it as I am. 3. Fitness…

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ASKING FOR A FRIEND…

Since I started writing about sweat in secret places and trying new things no matter how stupid you feel you look, I’ve been lucky to have all SORTS of conversations about all SORTS of embarrassing things. And lucky for YOU I have no problem writing all about it! Just last week, one of my sister-in-laws…

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SHAKE IT OFF

Taken some time off from your fitness routine while you transition into summer holiday schedules? Celebrated your pride in your country a little too hard last weekend? It’s time to face reality: ketchup chips are not a vegetable despite being red and crunchy. Before you know it, you’re feeling like all your awesome hard work…

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FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS FALL ON THEIR FACES

and yet here I was, surrounded by people that (allegedly) loved me, one of which was taking the photo! It’s been years and years since I’ve yoga’d with consistency which is probably why I’m in such a mess of imbalances. There’s a certain specificity that happens when you train. If you practice running, you tend to get…

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THE PERFECT TEAM: MUD RUN EDITION

It is full-on obstacle course racing season, in all it’s muddy glory. It’s time to rally your loved ones so you can build memories while picking dirt out of your teeth. If you’re more interested in a ‘rag-tag group of hoodlums’ vibe as opposed to a ‘we plan to PR this course’ vibe, read below for…

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‘ELITE’ YOU SAY? GO ON, I’M INTERESTED…

It’s no secret I love anything exclusive, limited edition or VIP. So I’m not embarrassed to say I dropped in on a new fitness class based purely on the name Elite Performance. I mean, I understand why I probably should be embarrassed but I’m not. So here I was, in a brand new space that…

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CHANNELING MY INNER BEAST

It’s what Oprah calls multi-taskin’. There I was, in the dentist’s chair, head back, headphones on, resisting the reflex to clamp my jaw down on the hygienist’s fingers. I was listening to a podcast interview on the Science of Running with Danny Mackey, the head coach of the Brooks Beasts, the professional middle-distance running team…

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ARE THOSE TEARS OR SWEAT?

When your week starts out with an embarrassing display of emotion at the sports medicine clinic, I’d say it could only go up from there? A little back story here… 2 years ago, while training for an obstacle course race, I slowly and systematically ruined my Achilles Tendon. I ignored it for a while because…

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OMG… WHAT’S THAT SMELL?!?

So we’ve established that the secret to eternal health and happiness it going commando in your workout clothes. Everyone agree? There’s no weird bunching and lots of good moisture wicking away from your zones. The one problem is that maybe, just maybe, your workout gear may start to stank a little? Just like… a tiny…

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BETTY & VERONICA

I hope you all get a chance to meet my adorable dad. Born in Greece, he came to North America in the 1960s literally, fresh off the boat. Working as a deck hand, his first port of entry was in Galvaston, Texas where he called his brother declaring “I’m here! In America! Come and pick…

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DON’T THINK, JUST RIDE

“oh ferchrissakes, can we please just GO? I’m starving!” I said to the group of us standing inside this chic photography studio in downtown Vancouver. I was there with my girlfriend, Zoe, her husband Jory and a pile of the coolest people in the city. I’d like to tell you about Zoe but it’s an…

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SUPPORT CREW STRUGGLES

What could be harder than running, jumping and pulling your fatigued, muddy body through a grueling 8 mile obstacle course designed to burn out every muscle in your body? Being the dedicated support person, of course! Due to an infuriatingly chronic Achilles injury, for the first time ever, I begrudgingly listened to my body and…

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TEST TAKING BLOWS

I hate to give everything away in the title but test taking of any kind is a special kind of torture. I mean, despite having taken this exact same test twice before (and passed, unlike Physics 101, ahem), and possessing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s on the topic, I still had this face when walking…

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3 STEPS TO FINDING JOY IN FITNESS

It’s Spring, guys. Here on the Wet Coast it means longer, drier days that makes for some built-in motivation for a little more movement and a little less Netflixing. So you’ve got some motivation and you’ve carved out some time and you’re ready to up your fitness game. Now what? Where do you begin? There…

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THE WORST KIND OF WEDGIE

Remember in high school when your teacher would tell you every single class that if you have a question, to ask it because chances are, at least one other person had that exact same question? But you never asked the question. You just sat there, totally stressing and hoping that one of the super-nerds would…

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A CASE FOR COMMANDO

Here’s a photo of me and some of the women I regularly workout with, all wearing the same compression tights, after a very sweaty hour of high intensity intervals. One (me) isn’t wearing underwear, the other three are wrong.    Wrong? For wearing underwear? Seems a bit aggressive to take a stand on underwear. When…

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STUDYING = 🔫

Why is studying so painful? I mean, I like learning. Reading is pretty cool, so is knowing shit. But tests?! Let the suffering begin. I am getting recertified for my personal training. Why? I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Kinesiology, I’ve worked with professional athletes, run large multi centre research programs in sports…

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SUPER FLY

Turns out I’m kind of competitive. I confirmed that today at around 11am during my first Flywheel class. Similar to SoulCycle and Ride Cycle Club, Flywheel is an indoor spin studio with locations all over the US. I hit up the one near the SLUT (ahem, South Lake Union Trolley) with my fellow Canadian Laura. She…

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EDDIE WOULD GO

Sometimes when I’m scared or nervous, about to try something new and am a little too far inside my nervous brain, I silently repeat the phrase, “Eddie would go” and it gives me the push I need. Eddie Aikau is a hero to the people of Hawai’i and a legend among the global surfing community….

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PISTOL SQUATS: CONFESSIONS AND GOALZ

Confession: the cooler sounding the exercise, the higher likelihood I will be to try it out. I regularly add prisoner squats, bear crawls and manmakers to our weekly Squad Workouts primarily because they sound cool. I’m not embarrassed to share that one of my 2016 fitness goals is to complete at least one pistol squat…

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JUST CALL ME BO JACKSON

There’s only so much sprinting with resistance bands and slamming sandbells with all your might that you can do every week before your body starts to complain. Every morning I almost always wake up sore. Because I rarely do the same workout, my muscles are on rotation for soreness. If it’s not the legs, it’s…

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