Training Diaries: Motivation

So yesterday, like so many yesterdays that have enough fuel in them to inspire a post, was an absolute dumpster fire. I had an absolutely raging headache all day, which was caused by my upper back being super tight. This is something I’ve battled on and off with for the past little bit. A lot of the training I do requires some pretty significant upper back engagement, and my back likes to tighten up on me if I don’t do enough mobility work. Well, between me slacking on my mobility work this week, and deciding to sleep like a human pretzel on Tuesday night, my back was an absolute mess. Hello, unbearable headache. Continue Reading ›

Meal-Prep Monday: Steak Rice Bowls

Oh. My glob. You guys.

How is it August already? I feel like this summer is flying by. And of course, in Calgary, it has been raining the entire freaking time. It’s AWFUL. I don’t mind the odd good summer thunderstorm, but when it’s raining 25/8 it just plain sucks. You can’t do all the normal fun, outdoors, summer stuff that I look forward to all winter long, ya know? It’s just terrible. Someone please take this rain away from us. Alberta has had enough.

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7 Tips for Getting Back on Track

Today’s a tough day for Calgarians – it’s the first day following the Calgary Stampede. After 10 days filled with rodeos, mini-donuts, and a few too many beers, a lot of folks are feeling the after effects of straying from their normal routines, myself included! Though the drinks were plentiful and the fried food was delicious, lots of us are definitely anxious to get back on track.

Now you don’t have to be a Stampede regular to be able to relate to this feeling; summer is always filled with BBQs, weekends at the lake, vacations in the sun, and plenty of other opportunities to do some serious damage. Though the odd routine vacation is certainly more than OK, the trick is making sure your weekend off doesn’t stretch too far beyond the weekend! Feeling the effects of that last bucket of mini donuts? Here are some tips to help you get back on track.

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Skratch Labs/ Raceday Fuel

I’ve got some pretty freaking exciting news to share with you guys. Well, I’m pretty excited for it anyways. As of this weekend I’m officially partnered up with Skratch Labs and Raceday Fuel as an ambassador/ athlete! Those who know/ follow me have probably heard me mention either or both of these guys in the past, and I’m so thrilled I get to work with them even more moving forward. Continue Reading ›

Meet Recap: 2016 Vernon Classic

This past weekend was my first powerlifting meet of the 2016 season – the Vernon Classic with 100% RAW Powerlifting in gorgeous Vernon, British Columbia. Anyone who knows me personally, or who follows me on Social Media, knows I haven’t been able to shut up about this meet for the past couple months. That’s because a ton of work and preparation has gone into this meet for me. Now that the dust has settled, I figured I’d do a bit of a quick recap on the lead up to the meet and competition day itself.

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Turkey Quinoa Bowls

Happy Monday y’all!

This past weekend was my first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet, and the whole weekend was a WHIRLWIND. It was amazing! I’ll do a full recap post of all the tremendous things that happened at some point this week, but just wanted to quickly update you all first. I’m so happy with how I did, and I even have some pretty exciting news to share with everyone on top of it.

In the meantime! Here’s a really easy recipe I use for Turkey Quinoa Bowls. These are light, fresh, and make for awesome lunches since they keep in the fridge really well. These are often a lunch I default to, especially when I’m cutting weight and/or am lazy.

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Guilt-Free Treats: Stoked Oats Oatmeal Cookies

We’ve all been there before; the sweeping declarations to not indulge your sweet tooth in the name of better eating. All is good at the start, but that nagging voice in the back of your head slowly gets louder.

Chocolate! Cookies! You can treat yourself, one won’t hurt…

Before you know it, you’re elbow-deep in a box of Oreos. Well, in the name of satisfying both your sweet tooth and your macros, I’ve started experimenting with what I jokingly call ‘protein baking’. First up; chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, with a twist!

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Welcome to: Tanzania, A Hike365 Exclusive

A piece on my recent trip to Tanzania that I wrote for Hike365. Enjoy!

IMG_7762 Photo by Philip Quade

Everyone has their own version of a travel ‘To-Do’ list; some have a few specific spots they can’t wait to see, others’ are miles long and seem to change from year to year. Though I’m certainly guilty of the latter, Africa has always been a place I’ve been dying to see, specifically East Africa. After a few failed attempts to organize a trip to the region, this past Christmas break I finally got the opportunity to travel to Tanzania. The trip focused on two main goals; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and venturing out on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

With our gear packed up, after 30+ hours of flying time we landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, located 50km east of the city of Arusha, which would be our home base for the next 2.5 weeks. With a day and…

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A Note on Training Partners

I have such a bad habit of writing massive essays, so I’ll try to make this a bit more concise 😛

I used to, well ok I still do, complain about how no one who works up at the plant really lifts/ trains the same way I do. I have such awesome people to train with when I’m in town, but that’s only 2-3 days/ week tops since I’m at the plant for 4. I used it a lot as an excuse to skip training days and generally have my own pity party

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