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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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WEEKEND UPDATE

Sometime between the 2nd and 3rd NHL all-star games yesterday, my girlfriend and I looked at each other and declared it was time to run away. Let me back up a bit, I love watching hockey. As an extremely proud Canadian who used to be part of the pre-season fitness testing team for the Vancouver…

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NEVER NOT WORKING

Let’s check in on our #1 VIP as he crested his first month in his healthy lifestyle kickoff. Things are going… well. Yes, let’s say well. Not great, but definitely moving in a positive trajectory. Steve has been eating tons more vegetables, partly because I have simply started eating vegetables. He’s become that annoying friend that…

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SOUL CYCLE x TARGET

Because I love nothing more than working out and pouring sweat next to people I love, my pal Marlene and I hit up the Soul Cycle pop-up this morning. Target partnered with Soul Cycle to test expansion markets and Seattle is on the books for next year. It was kind of awesome. There was a…

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RIDIN’ DIRTY

There’s not much I haven’t tried… when it comes to fitness that is. I’ve been at this rodeo for long enough that it’s tough for me to try a fitness trend that’s completely new. I’ve been flipping tires, with a heart rate monitor, in bare feet while simultaneously carb loading and low carbing, since the…

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PLAYGROUND POSSE

When your morning’s playground posse includes a former rower with the #1 program in the country and a competitive sailor, among other elite accomplishments, you know the workout is going to be a different kind of Saturday’s workout. My rower girlfriend suggested a morning playground meetup for our kids and since we were there, maybe…

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HOW TO STICK TO YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

I love making New Year’s resolutions. It resonates with my desire for order and planning. I also love the opportunity for self-reflection. Looking back on a year of success and failures, examining why things happened and my role in their outcome, and using this to shape my intentions for the year is immensely interesting to…

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POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

If you think this post is going to be about one of the times (not a typo – there have multiple timeS) I have seen Def Leppard perform one of the greatest songs of all time, you’re mistaken. I won’t even talk about bombing down side streets during a snowstorm that was threatening to shut…

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Did you just put Eggnog in your coffee?!

Soooo my #1 VIP is kicking off a healthier lifestyle today. I know, the week of Christmas. Crazy right? But he’s kind of a crazy dude. I mean, he regularly cites the best part of his job as multi-finger replant surgery done after a full day of clinic and operations.  He’s already been making small,…

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