Categorized as: Health and Wellness

Sunday Morning Ride

I do have to say that one of the great things about being a personal trainer is that you get used to getting up early. On Sunday mornings when most are still a sleep my alarm rings at 4:45 am. Yes you read it correctly 4:45, I am on the rode by 5:30 and it is one of the most rewarding things for me to do, why you ask? Well, there is not very many cars on the road and it is peaceful. This weekend I was out for a couple hrs, and I took this photo in Deep Cove. It was pretty amazing!

Take The Time!

Taking time to do the “extra” is usually not one of the priorities with regards to our training regime but it is one of the most important!

What is the “extra”?  It’s taking and making time to take care of our bodies, stretching protocol, foam rolling, massage, physio and sleep are all examples of the “extra”!  How often do we hear or say, I just didn’t have time after a run, ride or workout, to do the “extra”?  The answer, to often!
Lets all get to bed early and use this as a reminder to make the time, we will all feel better!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, some coworkers and I went down to Jericho to try out paddle boarding. I had never done it before, but the other three had and it was quite evident! The waves were a bit choppy but we spent about 2hrs out on the water and had a fabulous time.

It is $22 to rent a board for an hour, but they let you stay out for just under 2hrs without extra charge.
If you want a fun shoulder and leg workout, as well as a good way to get a tan at the same time, try it!

Grouse Grind

Last weekend, Krista and I (as well as her fiance and two friends) drove out to North Vancouver to do the Grouse Grind. I had only done it twice before and never timed myself so this trip was all about setting a baseline time for completion! Krista’s goal for the trip was a bit different: she wanted to enjoy the hike and finish.

I was wearing my heart rate monitor so my goal was to set a pace that kept my heart rate within my target range and Krista’s goal was to not lose me! Half way up the mountain, my heart rate reached a number that is usually very hard for me to get to, and it stayed in that zone for quite some time. At this point, I looked back to see where the other two were and saw Krista right on my heels, so my new strategy was to keep up with her pace! Little did I know that her strategy was to stay right behind me.
As a result of both of our competitive nature, and our ability to push past the inappropriately-dressed tourists, we finished the grind in 43 minutes.

Porteau Cove Nutrition

Here is a picture of my stats from my Porteau Cove ride this weekend.  The biggest thing that I can say, as you start to do longer summer rides, is to make sure your nutrition is in check!  Bonked on the way home and it seriously affected my average speed.  Electrolytes in the water and a couple of gels was not enough.  Maybe an extra banana and more food… I know better.  Every half hour is a good estimate to pop something in your belly on a long ride.  Happy riding!

Make-A-Wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has given us two of the children’s stories that we directly affected last year.  After raising over $30,000 for children with life threatening illnesses it is good to see where that money went.  The stories are posted in Rep1 so check them out when you come in the door!

Ride #2

The weather has changed and I’ve been back on my bike in Squamish for my second ride of the year!  The dry trails were great and I had no problems on some of the more technical spots. Thankfully there were no wipe outs to test the repaired shoulder but all felt great!  Now if only I can keep the rest of my body from injury, playing touch football has definitely strained the old muscles so getting back to my weekly stretch/yoga with Chad and Annette will help!  At my age i have to take the time to do more maintenance!

Happiness

This past week, Lorea and I went to see a massage therapist who recently launched her own business. I have only ever been to one other massage therapist and was decently pleased. This woman, Laurie, was amazing. She immediately identified that my spine curves to the left, something I was unaware of, and she was able to identify, in detail, which parts of my back and quads were tight.

While I was waiting for Lorea to finish receiving her massage, I saw this poster hanging on Laurie’s wall and thought I would share the quote:
“Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We making a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
If this quote resonates with you, share it with those closest to you and pass on the positive message!

How Far We Have Come

On Saturday April 13th, we had a Rep1 team meeting. The purpose was to bring everyone together and to discuss Rep1’s Vision and Core Values.

Prepping for, and speaking about our vision took me back to 2008-09 when Scott, Chad, and I were having a lot of secret meetings to discuss what we wanted in a fitness facility. We had all been in the industry for a long time so we thought we knew what would/wouldn’t work. In Oct of 2010, Rep1 opened its doors. We were lucky enough to have some independent training companies believe in and join us in trying to achieve our goals.

Two and half years later, we have 1 admin, 2 front desk, 3 Rep1 trainers, and roughly 15 independent training companies working out of our space. It is great to see that we are creating a Network of People that are Inspired by Health and Fitness working under the same roof.

The picture below was taken during a Friday at 7 am… Who would have thought we could create something so special. Wait until we expand!!!!