Humans of Eastside Fitness – Bonnie

I’m a mom, yogi, knitter, belly dancer, gardener, and avid food preserver; a lifelong East Van resident. I don’t move around much. In fact, I live in the house my husband grew up in, which is only 8 blocks from my own childhood home! I have 3 growing kids, two of which now go to the high school where my husband and I met. Having deep roots in a place seems so much more uncommon nowadays, but it’s really special to my family. My parents moved to North Vancouver not too long ago, and it will take years before I let them live it down! It will take a lot to get me out of the Eastside I adore…although I’ll take any opportunity to holiday at my beloved Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville on Vancouver Island. When I’m not living on “Island time”, summers find me standing in my kitchen over a canning pot, preserving all the fruits and veggies I can get my hands on.   I can hardly remember a time when I felt comfortable in my body, which is something I regret about my younger years, and hope my daughters don’t go through. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that, while I’m actually quite introverted and love to be alone, I need a group around me to successfully commit to regular exercise. I started American Tribal Style bellydance 11 years ago, which is based on group improv, not solo choreography, and it brought me so much joy. Nothing like dancing with a group of women to make you feel great. And the costumes! I loved teaching it...

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Margaret

For many years  I thought my daily bicycle commute to and from work, walking the dog in the morning, taking the stairs and a hot yoga class per week would suffice to keep fit.  But I was wrong,  I began feeling tired after work.   I felt I was in the body of a Hamster without the cheek pouches or little tail.   I noticed a change in my muscle tone and strength.  My cardio vascular output was ok, I could run a few laps around the track, but did not have the endurance to go longer distances. About the same time there were many changes at work to adapt to.  I was not sleeping well.   I needed to strengthen my body so I could deal with everyday stresses, personal and professional.  It was Dec. 2012, I searched for a fitness facility close by to home and found one.  It was a 10 minute walk away and it had a variety of classes which interested me.  I purchased a package of classes, they also had a run club which met Tues. evenings, this I would eventually join Dec 2013. The next few years, I attended a variety of classes with different specialties such as core, cardio, weight training, yoga, posture, ugi  ball, etc.  I joined the run club to work on cardiovascular and running form.  The classes and run club provided a balanced fitness program.   I began to feel my cardio and strength improve.  I was ready for a challenge.  In 2016, I signed up for the BMO Half Marathon  training .  It was great fun training with a group and...

Commit to Fit Summer Fitness Challenge Photos

July 22nd- August 21st Week 5  to Week  8 Great work everyone!  Month two of our challenge is complete and we are well on our way in the final few weeks. Thanks to all who sumitted photos.  I love seeing all of them!  Remember that the more photos you submit, the more chances you have of winning our grand prize draw: 10 sessions of personal training! There will also be other prizes Even if you are not interested in the prizes, the photos help to inspire our community and keeps all of us thinking about fitness throughout the summer. A few weeks ago we created a new #hashtag system to categorize the different types of workouts you may find yourself doing during the Commit to Fit Summer Challenge.  You can use these to label the photos you post in our Facebook Group.  We did this to ensure that all our participants realize that the challenge is about the small things. If you go for a walk everyday in your neighbourhood, that is just as important as completing a multi-day trek in the Himalayas.  Most of us are compelled to photograph and post about the EPIC activities we do, however, the small things count too. EPIC is a workout that is something out of the ordinary.  This is usually a planned, active holiday such as hiking the West Coast Trail or paddling the Bowron Lakes Circuit.  It could also be an unusually long, challenging activity that you have been planning or training for such as a 100km bike ride, or an event of some sort. #epic MISSION is when you...

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Sue

I am a local girl. My family lived on Sherbrooke Street while I was in high school. I went to Eric Hamber. After high school, I moved on to work as a secretary. While working at the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse, I met my husband Dave, who was articling for his CA there. We have been married for 31 years. Typing for a living got a bit boring. I went back to school and got a degree in archaeology. I ended up working for the Líl’wat Nation in Pemberton, interviewing Elders about the traditional ways they used their land. I worked for Líl’wat for many years. I travelled up once or twice a week, and lived with a family on the reserve. This was a defining experience of my life, and I am grateful for how generous the Líl’wat people were to a naive white girl! Dave and I wanted to start a family, so living in two places part of each week was no longer practical. I came back permanently to Vancouver. We have lived in our current house near 30th & Main for 18 years now. We soon knew that if we wanted to be parents we would need to adopt. We were approved as adoptive parents in April 2003. We thought it might be years of waiting. But in October of that year, we got a call on a Friday night to come to the hospital in the morning and take our baby home! Pouf, instant parents! I was very lucky to be a stay-at-home mum with Joe. My hobbies are fashion and dance. My...

Anniversary Open House

Come and celebrate with us! October 1st, 2017 9am – 5pm We have been providing friendly, effective, and affordable fitness opportunities in the neighbourhood for 6 years! We are proud of our community.  We hope to continue to grow and share our passion for health and fitness with even more people in our community. Please join us on October 1st at our Open House. There will be: draw prizes refreshments free fitness assessments 500 meter row competition FREE CLASSES FitCamp 8:30am, Yoga 9:45am, Yoga 4pm, Zumba 5:30pm an “Ask a Yogi” booth Fascial Stretch Therapy, Osteopathy, and Physio Therapy booth Commit to Fit Challenge information booth …and more!!! This will be the final day to purchase class passes at our 2015 pricing.  Prices increase on October 2nd....