Most people are aware of overtraining, and we’re all scared of getting injured. But most don’t realize there’s an optimal amount of training, just as there’s an optimal amount of food to eat. Too little, and your progress will be slow. But doing too many workouts has the exact same effect.
It seems everyone these days are seeking the quick fix. In reality, there is no quick fix. There's only hard work, dedication and the results will come. Karen and Jason are examples of a family diving head first into a long term lifestyle. The results speak for themselves.
Samreen began at FirePower ahead of her time. She was the lone teenager in a sea of thirty to forty-something year old athletes. She had no one to relate to. She had never participated in any physical challenge; CrossFit was her introduction. Despite being out of place and over challenged Samreen had a determination and kindness that was unparalleled.
Today we are honoured to bring you the final instalment in our 2019 campaign we called Fitness Is Who I Am. We’ve spent the last 8 months bringing you stories of amazing members who have made fitness part of their lives; beyond classes, beyond squats, thrusters and burpees; beyond the cosmetic or weightloss outer self; and beyond themselves.
Maria joined FirePower 8 years ago when she was 16 years old, way before we had a varsity program. With the soul of a lamb but the heart of a lion, she soon became everyone’s favourite “Little Maria”. Here's her story of how fitness has influenced her life.
After learning that his driver’s license had been suspended for medical reasons and that all of his retirement plans were now on hold, Jon (62 years old) joined FirePower in February 2019. He decided to take advantage of the fact that he was “stranded in Milton”, got his mountain bike tuned up and peddled over to FirePower. His new project was himself!
Fitness isn’t something you do; it’s who you are. It’s the lens of of how you see yourself in the world. For some it’s your lifeline to keep your sanity while for others it’s a health necessity to keep you alive. Here's Andrea's story of how fitness influences her life decisions.
Sometimes life takes you places you never anticipated. A little piece of FirePower will be traveling half way across the globe for a while. Rodd Olmstead, dubbed the "Mayor of 6am", will be heading to Japan for a year. Here's his message to the community.
3719. That’s how many days of FirePower since Day 1. That’s almost four thousand days of cool gym happenings, recollections, and memories. But sometimes, random moments stick in my brain like it was yesterday. There is one moment that has stuck with me for years...
Trying to lose weight on your own? How do you sift through all the clutter of fad diets, friends’ advice, what used to work, aging and more? You get a NUTRITION COACH! Just like a personal trainer, but specifically for nutrition. As we close out our first 4-week challenge of 2016, Christine sent me her eye-opening experience.
Introducing "FirePower Cares". Our special way to share with you a resource of care and listening to the hurdles, challenges, and pressures of life that hold you back from greatness. We are blessed and thankful to have such a wonderful person in our community who cares so much about our members to offer help.
Coach Ryan tells us a little bit about his past and journey with fitness, food, and what brought him to where he is today. "I was on the heavier side in terms of bodyweight but didn’t think anything of it. I was always informed kids are allowed to be 'heavier' or 'built like a football player.' Boy…was I wrong about how football players were built."
It is easy to find ourselves constantly thinking about goal setting but rarely taking action. Whether it’s improving our nutrition, working on a perfect squat, or trying to stress less about work, it’s easy when life gets busy to lose sight of these objectives. The best thing you can do is...
The beautiful thing about Crossfit is that anyone can do it. We consistently see many inspirational stories on social media reflecting the way athletes adjust movements or scale to fit their needs, and we LOVE IT! The question is, why can we appreciate the effort that others put in...
Many of us dread stepping on the scale. It’s the uncertainty of “will my weight be up or down?” Has all of my hard work, planning and tracking worked? The truth is, our weight doesn’t accurately represent our body composition. People’s weight only represents their OVERALL WEIGHT at that specific point in time...
Food logging.You may have heard people talking about it, or you may have even tried it yourself with mixed feelings. Food logging can potentially be a tedious process and even a little stressful for some. But, is food logging worth the time? Here is one scenario that happens a lot, and it may have even happened to you!
Think about your typical week. Most likely, you can predict what days you will be working late, driving the kids to activities, or simply too exhausted to cook. In fact, your typical day may include waking up at 5 am, getting the kids ready for school, a full day of work, picking up the kids to take them to practice, then getting home after dark.
Vitamin D is unique among vitamins working more like a hormone at the level of our DNA. Likely why vitamin D has been linked to so many health outcomes including calcium absorption, bone density, mental well-being, brain health, glucose metabolism, muscle function, cardiovascular outcomes, and immune health to name a few.
Do you ever wonder what you should eat on the days that you’re competing? Well here is a little information that I hope helps along with a couple of Protein Bar recipes. Do you ever wonder what you should eat on the days that you’re competing? Well here is a little information that I hope helps along with a couple of Protein Bar recipes. Do you ever wonder
We all have days when we feel a little low. Some mornings you wake up and life doesn’t have its usual bright sparkle. Everything seems like an effort. Thankfully, there’s a lot we can do to shift gears from flat to fabulous! Next time you’re feeling under the weather for no particular reason, try these easy tips to boost your feel-good factor.
The healthy snack section of the grocery store is getting bigger and bigger, but does it automatically mean that what’s there is good for us? Not always! In fact, many of the packaged items in that area of the store aren’t as healthy as you think.
A while ago I attended an amazing health convention where the main speaker discussed Vitamin D. It was too good to share! The speaker was Dr. Myron Wentz, World-Renowned Microbiologist/Immunologist, Winner of the Albert Einstein Lifetime Achievement Award. Here was my takeaway.
A while back I wrote a post called 25 Ways to Become a Better CrossFitter. When it comes to CrossFit (and most other sports) most people understand that to become better athletes they must train hard, train weaknesses, and train often. But the time you spend in the gym is only one piece of the puzzle that represents your development as an athlete.
As a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, I’ve spent a good portion of my professional career talking to people about recovery, either in the clinic following an injury or in the gym following a high-intensity workout. Since I believe that brief, high-intensity exercise is the most productive in terms of maximizing fitness and minimizing
Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System for the Fall Season:~by Dr. Jaime~Diet: Following a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables will provide the body with plenty of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants can scavenge the free radicals that may cause us to catch colds and feel run down. In addition fruits and vegetables provide more vitamins
I believe the digestive system is the core of life energy, intuition and longevity. Unfortunately, we’re turning into a bloated and constipated nation. We spend millions on laxatives, antacids, fiber, and enzymes when often a healthy diet is enough to regulate things. To maintain optimal digestive health and avoid many modern diseases, I recommend adding the
I came across this article from one of my nutritionists, Amy Kubal. We were discussing the challenges people face with “Going Paleo” and how to make it work for them given their lifestyle, family situations, finances, commitment/motivation, etc. Amy shared her article below with me and a few more I’ll post shortly. Hope you find it helpful! In health, AES
If you can make a reasonable living doing what you love, DO WHAT YOU LOVE.. You may not get rich, but you’ll get to do what you love. Don’t quit your day job until doing what you love pays the bills, but don’t incur big debt getting a law degree or an MBA if you really want to be an artist.
Are someone looking to get into the Firefighting or First Responder line of work? This program will allow you to get loaded up and workout with all of the bunker gear and help you prepare for any test or courses that you might have coming up! Coached by active FireFighters.