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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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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.... read more

One Month of Commit To Fit – Keep it Up

Thanks to all who have been sharing their photos on our Commit to Fit Facebook Page.  We are now one month into our 3 month Commit to Fit Summer Fitness Challenge.  In the true spirit of #committofit, there are photos of everything from beautiful mountain top views, crystal cool lakes, and exotic locales to the everyday, ordinary workout routines we manage to squeeze in between work, kids, and backyard parties.  I especially love seeing how some of you have dragged your poor unsuspecting family, neighbours, and out of town guests into your healthy habits!  Keep up the great work everyone! Keep the photos coming too.  Here are a few that have been submitted since June 21st.  What have been your your favorite Commit to Fit moments so far this summer? Have you found it easy or difficult to stick to a healthy fitness routine?  Have you taken a holiday that focuses on activity such as hiking or canoeing?  Have you had to work hard to fit in a trip to yoga or make it out for a quick run?  How will you #committofit over the next two months of... read more

Humans of Eastside Fitness -Sheril

I am of Russian/Jewish ancestry, my great grandfather came to Canada in 1860s and I am a second generation Vancouverite, so the rain, mountains and ocean views are just part of my DNA! When I was 21, I planned a 4-month back packing adventure across Europe.  Upon my return, I couldn’t shake my love of Europe, so after saving up for a few more years, I went back across the pond to live in Paris as an Au Pair.  It was an amazing year, except for the challenge of living in someone else’s house, under their rules, and taking care of their children.  I heaved a sigh of relief when I came back to Vancouver with a renewed love of my own independence. I settled back into life in Vancouver, but a certain joie de vivre was missing. On a minimal office manager salary I had to creatively engineer more arts and cultural into my life without spending more money.  So I began volunteering for the Vancouver arts community:  the VIFF, the Comedy Festival, the Fringe Festival and other arts organizations. I also co-created and co-hosted an arts and culture radio show on CiTR. In exchange for our reviews, “Tarts on Arts”, got us loads of free tickets to all manner of great performances. Added bonus I made life-long friends and I even met my husband David at the Film Festival! About 16 years ago we moved into the Mountain View neighbourhood.  Our neighbours became friends, and then when our daughter and son came along, our neighbourhood became even more important.  We view our friends as our extended chosen-family.  We feel blessed... read more

Bring a Friend to Yoga

For the month of May, all ESF clients are encouraged to bring a friend to any of our yoga classes.  Friends can enjoy the yoga classes free.  As you know, friends don’t let friends skip yoga!  Let’s move, stretch, twist, bend, and breathe together. Here is a list of our weekly yoga classes: Monday 12pm Tuesday 9:30am, 7pm, 8:15pm Thursday 9:30am, 7:30pm Saturday 4pm Sunday 9am, 4pm Our yoga instructor team looks forward to welcoming your friends to our studio and introducing them to the many benefits of yoga. Connecting breath and movement, and being aware of where and how your body moves through space is so important for everything in life.  It is a great way to develop kinesthetic sense.  On top of that, it can also be relaxing as well as a fun, healthy activity to do with your friends. See you soon at one of our many... read more

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Jas

I am 46 years old and the oldest of four children. I also have four children ranging in age between 22 and 14. I live with my husband and kids and in-laws. Even though I was born in India I’ve lived on Fraser street for most of my life. Raising little kids, working inside and outside the home, and dealing with family obligations didn’t leave much time for exercise. Besides the odd walk here and there I didn’t get much exercise. A few years ago, I started taking Zumba classes at Sunset. It felt good to get an hour to myself and have some fun. I would also get out for a run now and then. There just never seemed to be time for anything more than that.  Thankfully when I was introduced to the Eastside family by my sister Sue, I was able to ‘find’ the time. The studio was so close by and convenience made the difference for me. My sister and I started training with Danelle. After a while I was able to add an early morning weight training class. Last but not least my favourite, Meghan’s kickboxing classes were added to the mix. These classes are so much fun and you feel so good afterwards.  For the past year I’ve been able to work out four times a week and I feel really great! When I have to miss class occasionally, I really miss it. I would like to try some yoga classes next but the times haven’t worked out yet…..hopefully soon!   Humans of Eastside Fitness is a monthly feature on our blog.  Inspired by the... read more

Commit to Fit Cardio Challenge Update

Go team!!! Are you getting 150 minutes of cardiovascular based exercise each week? Over 60 people in our Eastside Fitness community have decided to find out.  This is not an “epic” challenge.  Rather it is an accountability challenge because whether we like it or not, we are each accountable for our own health.  Experts in the health and fitness industry have interpreted studies such as these and have determined that 150 minutes of moderate cardio vascular activity per week is the MINIMUM required to reduce the risks of heart and lung diseases. Congratulations to all of our participants!   We are on week 3 of this 7 week challenge.  Of course the hope is that we will continue this practice throughout the year. All types of steady, continuous cardio vascular activity count: Walking, running, cross country skiing, dancing, swimming, rowing, cycling, hiking, aerobics, soccer, basketball, field hockey, tennis…. Do you want to join us in the challenge?  It is never too late.  Join our Facebook Group #Commit to Fit Challenge by Eastside Fitness to be inspired No excuses! Have fun and #committofit Participants Danica Sharlein Tiffany Brandy Nicole Sheila Laura Judy Valdene Melissa H. C. Melissa S. Marnie Tina Saffron Lisa Tooosie Lori Shawn Lara Sharon Christy Louise Jonathan Darnelle Jessi Wendy Juan Vicky Monica Natalie Benjamin Sara Mary Ellen Ina Sueling Suzanne Sue Alexa Danica Harriet Sheril Magda Fred Rui Louisa Nadia Daman Sheena Kelly Jennifer Cindy Ruth Stacey Pia Suraya Stephanie Celine  ... read more

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Mary Ellen

Humans of Eastside Fitness is a monthly feature on our blog.  Inspired by the interesting and popular – Humans of New York series which aims to catalogue a cross section of the people who inhabit New York City, we aim to document the diverse and dedicated community who workout and hang out at Eastside Fitness.  I grew up in Penticton in a large, low income family, with both parents attached to their nicotine. Fitness was not on the family agenda!  I was raised in a large, loving family, but our biggest activity was walking our Westies around the block, twice a day! I moved to Vancouver at 19 and started a full time, 9 to 5 job.  That opened up all sorts of new and exciting fitness adventures.   My first, and always love, was my very own Rocky Mountain commuter bike!   Biking all over Vancouver was my favorite way to discover and explore this amazing city.    Then I discovered dragon boating and the desire to be in top shape for my new coed team of 22! This also had me at the gym,  whenever not paddling all over False Creek.      The love of paddling and all the fantastic new men and woman I met reinforced my new active lifestyle. I was also able to have some great paddle adventures to many North American and far east destinations.    One of my teammates, also became  my soul mate and not soon after came our lovely boys Caelan and Ian. As we all know, working full time and raising kids, fitness often gets pushed aside on the busy list.    My only time for fitness... read more

Humans of Eastside Fitness

Humans of Eastside Fitness is a monthly feature on our blog.  Inspired by the interesting and popular – Humans of New York series which aims to catalogue a cross section of the people who inhabit New York City, we aim to document the diverse and dedicated community who workout and hang out at Eastside Fitness.  The definitions of fitness and healthy living has changed for me over the last couple of years. Before, it was more about trying to fit into what I thought was the ideal image for myself.  Working out became a chore and added stress rather than relieving stress from my day.  When I started to shift the way that I thought about exercise, body image, healthy eating and living, it jump-started a spiritual journey in which I incorporated many different practices –  yoga, jogging, group classes, prayer and meditation, etc.  This is the first time that I have participated in group classes and I am so glad that I went out of my comfort zone.  It has been an integral step in reaching my own fitness and spiritual goals.  –... read more

Christmas Open House

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Saturday, December 3rd 11am – 2pm 5788 Fraser Street  Kick off the holiday season with us as we host our 6th Annual Christmas Open House and our ever popular BOGO Sale Free Fitness/ Postural Assessments Yoga Booth and exercise demos Meet our instructors Decorate the Fitness Tree Draw prizes Refreshments and seasonal goodies BOGO Sale (Buy one pass Get one pass for half price!) ONE DAY ONLY  – December 3rd in the studio or online *BOGO Sale Prices 2 x 3 Month Unlimited Passes (6 months) for $299 * 2 x 1 Month Unlimited Passes (2 months) for $127 * 2 x 6 Packs (12 classes) for $99 * *NO TAX if you purchase in the studio using cash or... read more

Photos from the Grand Opening

How fast can you row 500 meters? Welcome to Eastside Fitness Winnie checking her list of posture, balance, and range of motion tests. Former National Team rowers in the house. Raquel showing one of the exercises you can do with a UGI ball. Checking out some of the entries from our Commit to Fit Photo Contest. Eastside Fitness fanware. Chatting at the yoga booth. No doubt discussing their upcoming Yoga Teacher Training. Always great to meet new neighbours. Dr. Stephen from Jointworks Chiropractic. Say cheese. Or pakora? I didn’t recognize you all dressed up! Probably toasting to Half marathons – past, present, and future. Trying to convince Loisa to become a Zumba instrutor. Winnie and Rex No really. You should both come to one of my classes. They’re fun. I promise. Her speeches are really funny! Worth the price of admission. Happy Grand Opening! There was even a... read more

Humans of Eastside Fitness – Jennifer

Humans of Eastside Fitness is a monthly feature on our blog.  Inspired by the interesting and popular – Humans of New York series which aims to catalogue a cross section of the people who inhabit New York City, we aim to document the diverse and dedicated community who workout and hang out at Eastside Fitness.  Jennifer Life is a garden. You need to decide what to plant, plant it, nurture it, and then harvest it.  When I am crouching over the back garden, reaching for a weed and pulling it out, I smile, because I can reach, I can stretch, and I can plank myself to reach that weed.  Life is like that, you need fitness in your life to live fully and since my life has been varied, I have been varied in my fitness. It is amazing how much happier I feel after spending an hour punching and kicking in kickboxing, same with sparring, the rush, the feeling of  “I can do anything!”  And that feeling carries over to my entire life. My life changes. So does my fitness.  For example, I tried pilates, but found I was  trying to reach for too much in my life at that time so trying to reach in fitness was not working. Sometimes, I need to come back to the classics. What have people done for decades and centuries? Yoga, and calesthenics.  Yoga, I like because I try to do the poses.  Some are more difficult and I think “I can’t get my foot here.” or maybe I am having trouble calming my mind down, but I try and before I know it, the... read more

More Commit to Fit Photos

Congratulations everybody!  We survived another summer of interrupted routines, heat, backyard barbeques, block parties, and children out of school.  Another Commit to Fit Challenge has come and gone.  Thank you so much for participating and helping to spread the word about the importance of maintaining physical fitness no matter the circumstances. You are truly an inspirational bunch!  The photos you have submitted on our Commit to Fit Facebook Group were awesome! Not only did they serve to inspire with ideas for creative solutions to fitness problems,  they were also beautiful, funny, and kept us connected no matter where our travels took us or where our home base is. On October 1st, as promised, your prizes for participating in the challenge – the coveted Eastside Fitness t-shirts – will be available at the studio for you to pick up.  At that time, we will also be announcing the winners of our Commit to Fit Photo Contest.  If you haven’t seen the first group of entries, check here. The winners of the contest will be announced on October 1st at the Grand Opening – Open House.  They will be determined through a random draw!   And now, for the final photos being entered in the contest… Enjoy!  And... read more