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 ›

I Am Anxiety and So Can You

As part of Bell’s Lets Talk Day – meant to raise awareness for and battle stigma against mental illness, I figured I’d share a quick recap of the mental illness issues I’ve dealt with over the past year.

I have an anxiety disorder – generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to be vaguely specific. GAD is best described as experiencing excessive anxiety and worry, often expecting the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. Which is a nice, generic way of vaguely describing a long list of crappy feelings. Different people experience GAD in different ways. For me, a lot of my anxiety/ worry is centred around self worth (or severe lack thereof). On good days I just worry a little about rational things. On bad days, it can throw me into a severe depression, which can last for months if left untreated. Sounds fun, right? Continue Reading ›

How do I Hammam? Soma Hammam and Spa

Though I’m not always able to carve out time to visit a spa, I’ve always been a fan of massages. Between the regular strength and powerlifting training I do, and working a full-time desk job, I’m normally more series of muscle knots than actual human. That being said, I would hardly consider myself a connoisseur of the types of spa treatments that are out there, though I’m always up to try something new. Naturally, when Soma Hammam and Spa invited me in to try their signature ‘Grande Hammam’ treatment, I of course said yes. Continue Reading ›

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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Meal Prep Monday: Mango Pork and Kale Slaw

Is it just me, or is it way harder to stick to your diet and exercise plans during the summer? Or maybe it’s just a Canadian thing…

There’s something about the allure of cold beer in the hot sun, and time spent near the water (be it a lake or the ocean) that makes all other priorities just seem like not that big of a deal.

What I’m trying to get at is I spent the last week houseboating in gorgeous interior British Columbia with some awesome folks. Spent way too much time in the sun, had way too much to drink, and quite possibly had way too much fun. My stomach isn’t terribly happy with me this week, but that’s what getting back on track with meal prep recipes like this one is for! Life is meant to be lived, folks.

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The Several Stages of Cutting Weight

My first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet of the 2016 season was on May 14th in Vernon, British Columbia. It was a great weekend all around, and a wrap up of the meet itself and everything that went down is available here. One thing I wanted to touch on separately though was the water cut I did to prep for the meet – I get a lot of questions about cutting weight and what I did and why I did it, so I figured I’d address some of that here.

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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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