4 habits of fit people that you never even noticed

There are a few habits of fit people and I feel the need to call them out! ...more

Focus on MOVEMENTS instead of MUSCLES

What is your approach when you head to the gym to lift weights?  Do you address a specific muscle or body part?  For years, I trained this way, assigning muscle groups to a particular day - Chest and triceps on Mondays, Back and Biceps on Tuesday, Legs on Wednesdays...you get the gist.  It wasn't until I went through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification program where I learned a wealth of knowledge that I changed my exercise protocol in a more effective and efficient manner....more

The beauty of female athletes

My, but I like this. Even though my hair is actually a bit of a mess when I train. Right, Becky? :) Truth is, all athletes (male or female) is different, and we all look different. And you know what? When we're out there doing our thing and pushing ourselves past our limits, we are ALL beautiful. Period....more

To train and to inspire

Today was a good day. Eldest, Middle Daughter and I competed in Battle Zone 2016, the tournament our dojo organizes every year. It was well attended, which meant we had pretty tough divisions to compete in. Eldest did very well in kata and got second. She fought well but did not place in sparring....more


I had briefly heard about the November Project a couple years ago. I didn’t know much about it, but I knew that a group of people got together to run the Glenora stairs at a time unimaginable to me to be awake at, nevermind working out at. It was the most absurd thing I heard of, who willingly wakes up to work out at six in the morning?!...more

Why do we doubt ourselves?

It’s weird how it happens sometimes. You feel great and train hard and things are improving and you feel like, yeah, that’s me right there, fighting like I belong in a ring. And then for no reason at all, suddenly you feel like a giant fraud. You have no business being there. You’re an imposter. You don’t belong. You might as well give up and take up crochet because maybe there at least you wouldn’t suck so bad....more

How to Get Back on Track With Your New Year's Goals

I had a big celebration when I turned 40 last year. The Chief watched the kids while I took off for an extended weekend trip to Montreal with two dear friends. I was forty and it was fabulous fun!There wasn't as much pomp and circumstance for 41, but every year older is a blessing and I enjoyed a lovely celebration with my family on the beach....more

Start Running: By Jen Oliak

It wasn’t until after I had 2 kids when I really fell in love with running. Even after I decided to start running, it took a while for me to get comfortable. But now, it is a part of who I am. I feel strange if I go more than a couple of days without going for a run....more

How to make a geek fit

For those of you not living North of the Wall; winter is not coming....more