Beat soreness tips and Yoga deal on Teambuy

Drink lots of water post-workout to help avoid soreness the next day!

Ow, I’m a bit sore from yesterday’s class as to be expected. Anyone have some easy tips and tricks to ease the pain? I know drinking water is one of them. I better fill up a glass after this.

So the big news today in Winnipeg is the return of the NHL. I am excited for the team to return (I remember my Dad telling me way back when they’d be back — the Southern states will never ‘get’ hockey) and for the interest it will spark in younger kiddies to get active and play the game too. I’m heading to the party at Portage & Main/The Forks for lunch — anyone else going?

On a quick final note, there is a deal on teambuy for $39 for a 10 Class Yoga Pass to Centered Yoga & Fitness ($105 Value) in River Heights (1 Sir John Franklin Road). Again, I’m not familiar with this studio but if you’re looking for an affordable yoga class, this option is a pretty good one. They use Ashtanga yoga, which I’ve always wanted to try. Maybe I’ll give it a go?






Boot camp update & Zumba deal

Join the dance party with a great deal on Zumba classes at Magic N Motion Studio.

Well, I just finished my first Sustainable Fitness TRX boot camp and didn’t pass out or throw up (which isn’t uncommon according to the friendly trainer, Ian), so that was awesome! I really like many elements about the class and am already looking to my next class (it’s the endorphin talking right now) on Wednesday. I won’t post more until I give it another try, but so far it’s a quality experience that both challenges while allowing people to work at their own pace.

I didn’t want to leave out today’s spectacular deal on Already 541 people have purchased! You get 20 Zumba and Cardio Pump It classes for $20 (reg. $200) at Magic N Motion Studio. I have no knowledge and have not heard any buzz on the street about this studio, but obviously it’s got fans or curious ‘peggers interested! The deal ends in 8 hours, so hop on it. I’m going to pass due to its location, but the value really is incredible.



Super summer passes at Wellness Institute

Join one of 100+ fitness/aqua classes at the Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital.

I’ve never been to the Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks Hospital but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this state-of-the-art fitness facility. You don’t have to be a patient or anything like that if you’re wondering. I won’t go over all the benefits listed, but let’s just say the fact that they have 100+ aqua/fitness classes each week impresses me already!

Most people in Winnipeg head to the great outdoors for exercise in summer, which is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes when you can’t beat the heat there is nothing like a cool blast of a/c during a workout that is a welcome, if not must-have, relief. Enter the Wellness Institute’s summer gym class specials that offer curious folk the chance to try out this swanky gym at an affordable price. Plus you can expect a lower crowd count, another bonus to heading indoors to get some exercise.

Here are the price options with NO enrollment fee (I hate those stupid fees!)

3 Month Pass:$105 +tax

Valid from June 1 to August 31

2 Month Pass: $70 +tax
Valid from July 1 to August 31

A regular membership is $47.75 per month, plus an $89 enrollment fee, so it’s a pretty good deal considering.

It’s not really a gym in my ‘hood, so I won’t be checking it out (even though I’m REALLY curious). Well, they do offer free tours so I will probably do that one day to improve my Winnipeg fitness knowledge.

Here’s a round-up of my personal workout news:

-I attended my first tennis clinic at Tuxedo Tennis Club as I mentioned before here. I feel like I’m stuck between beginner and intermediate. Maybe I’ll try intermediate in a few weeks after I’ve played a few more rounds.

-I’ve signed up for a boot camp next Monday with Sustainable Fitness TRX some free passes I won at a social, plus I have another free class in my Lifestyle Pass. I’ll be checking it out for the next three Mondays — nervous but excited!

-Sadly, I didn’t make it to my boot camp on Wednesday at The Brick House that I wrote about before here. I’m thinking Wednesdays are just a really tough day for me physically. I almost always, without fail, crash and have a nap. Yesterday was no exception.

Feel free to leave a comment, tweet, facebook comment about your latest workout discoveries. I love hearing about them!

Mark your calendars: free yoga classes start soon!

Take advantage of free yoga sessions in Memorial Park on Thursdays at noon all summer.

Starting June 2nd, downtown dwellers and workers can take advantage of a free 45 minute yoga session at Memorial Park during noon hours each and every Thursday (except for rainy days). These lovely outdoor classes are put on by the Downtown BizFort Garry Hoteland the hotly anticipated Yoga Public studio. Like I mentioned before, classes are free but donations to the instructor are welcome. Now all you need to do is remember to pack your yoga mat and gear, and you’re set! What a great way to break up the work day. See you there.

P.S. I will definitely be checking out Yoga Public when it finally does open. It’s supposed to the “Ten Spa” of Winnipeg yoga studios. Can’t wait!

Tennis Time

Swing into summer at Tuxedo Tennis Club.

You know it’s summer when there’s a cool, gentle breeze and the outdoor tennis courts are in full swing. Since winter tennis club memberships are not affordable on a writer’s salary, it’s a sport I reserve strictly for warmer months. All winter I’m practically chomping at the bit to get out there and start whacking the ball. It’s stress relieving and forces me to move my feet for some solid interval training, one of the best workouts you can get. I went out for my first time this season with my Dad and got back into the swing of things!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m a member at Tuxedo Tennis Club. I don’t join in the team tennis or doubles nights or anything, but as a member I love the bi-weekly group tennis clinics held by the tennis pro, Roland. Although, lately it seems like he’s passing on the torch to some younger pros while he focuses on private lessons. Regardless, the instruction at these clinics is awesome and has helped me pick up the game quickly. Lessons are pricey, so having this feature thrown into the membership is a great cost-saver. Adult membership is $175, but if you team up with family the price goes down significantly — $85 for a second family member and only another $15 any additional members. Gone on holiday for most of summer? You can still pick up a monthly membership for $60. Students are $85 and juniors under 18 are $70. Consider all the programming, the nice clubhouse, the well-maintained courts and the clinics and it’s pretty good deal.

The brilliant thing about tennis is that if you’re not totally sure about your fanaticism for the sport, then you can always play at one of the many free public courts out there. My favourite courts are located behind Mona Lisa/Domino’s Pizza on Corydon. The surface is smooth (as of last summer), and the nets and fence is in good condition. There are three of them and while there are often people there, there is also often an empty court. Where do you like to play tennis in the city?

Another cost to factor in: rackets! They come in a range of prices at sports stores. Scope out garage sales or kijiji for some bargains too, or just borrow a friend’s. I’ve got two extra ones kicking around in my closet that I lend out frequently.

I’ll wrap it up with a link to an awesome 30% off sale on Prince tennis gear (my current racket of choice!) on at right now. Orders over $25 receive free shipping.


Back in fitness business!

Kettlebell swings are just one of the fitness boot camp activities at Brick House Gym.

My bad, I abandoned the blog during the move and any semblance of a fitness routine. To make up for it though, I looked up how many calories burned while moving boxes, cleaning, unpacking etc. here. So I haven’t been totally sedentary. I’ve just been subbing in housework for exercise. But that’s slowing down, the weather is heating up and I’m feeling motivated to get back out there and explore more fitness options!

I mentioned before that I did my first boot camp at Brick House Gym a couple of weeks ago. I’ll reserve full judgement until I return (and I will!) but let’s just say it kicked my butt. The class consisted of a bunch of bursts/running on an elliptical for five minutes (was tired by that point). Each 1-minute station in the circuit consisted of:

• bouncing and catching a 4 lbs ball off the wall as fast as I could in one minute per hand

• swinging a tug of war rope back and forth with both hands (it was wrapped around a pole and felt really heavy!)

• crunches while holding a 25 lb weight over my head

• walking across the room there and back twice with 20 lb free weights in each hand

• side seated twists while holding a 4 lb ball

• jump rope

• leg curls using an exercise ball

• jabs using three lbs weight

•half pull ups with a bar from a lying down position

•deep push ups (arms were on raised steps and you had to dip your torso below them and push yourself back up, so hard!)

•lateral jumps using a bosu

kettle bell swings

And repeat for a second round. I was toast by the end and felt like puking the middle. Ah yes, good times. I haven’t been back but I plan on it now that I feel like things are settling down at home. I’ve only got a few boxes left to unpack.

As for future fitness goals this week? I’ve made plans with my mom to bat around the tennis ball at Tuxedo Tennis Club, where I have been a member for the past few years with my family. It’s where I had my first job way back when I was a teeny bopper 17-year-old (and had never swung a tennis racket in my life) and where I first tried the sport two summers ago. I’ve been in love ever since! I’ve also put out a call amongst friends to bat around the ball casually, so hopefully that pans out with all this nice sunshine we’re enjoying. I’ll post more about this great affordable sport in the future.

As for fitness deals, this one on dealfind is hotter than hot. $20 for 20 classes at Shapes (reg. $180)! There are three great locations and Shapes is renowned for having top notch fitness instructors. I have heard the odd bad story about trying to cancel contracts with them, but since this pass comes with no strings attached then it shouldn’t be a problem.

There is also five hours left to snag a 10-class pass to Yoga, Pilates and More for $35 through Teambuy (reg $130). I’ve blogged about this cute little studio a bit here. Again, I find it a little strange that this deal was already offered through Teambuy but I guess the deal works for both businesses. As a consumer, I’d like to see some new deals appear!

On a somewhat related fitness note, you can skate ’round the roller rink at Wheelies with four family members and/or friends for $12 (reg. $24) (roller discos are huge in the UK, not sure if it’s got the same trendoid factor in Winnipeg) from a newly discovered group buying site called You know you want to relive those old patrol* days!

(*Former school patrols in the 90s will know what I’m talking about).