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...

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....

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...

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...

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...