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October 26, 2017 0

Introducing….Andrew Obrecht, our October health and fitness influencer of the month!

Andrew Obrecht, part owner of YYC Cycle Spin Studio, is a born and raised Calgarian. Born to two passionate and hardworking parents, he inherited the entrepreneurial spirit instilled in him from an early age. Following his university athletics career as a Defensive End with the University of Calgary Dinos Football Team, at a playing weight of 260lbs, he graduated with a BComm in International Business. He undertook a number of business ventures – facing no shortage of challenges along the way. In 2012 he had his first encounter with teaching spin. After discovering a deeply rooted passion for it, he was determined to make it his purpose.

In 2013 he was approached to by two graduates of the University of Calgary School of Business, and was asked if he would like to join together to start a new spin studio in Calgary. Andrew took the leap, and less than 3.5 years later has taught over 1000 classes in front of over 30,000 riders. YYC Cycle now has three locations in Calgary, and two locations in Edmonton, called YEGCYCLE, and the culture of community and motivation shows no signs of slowing down.

Andrew and YYC Cycle have raised over $250,000.00 for various charities through their Give’r campaigns and charitable initiatives through the studio. Outside of the studio, Andrew strives to inspire through giving back to the community by actively supporting multiple charity organizations; including, ATBX (mentoring young entrepreneurs), Prostate Cancer Centre, JDRF, United Way Canada & Prospect Human Services where he teaches spin classes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Thanks to Andrew for letting us get to know him a bit more:

Do you have a favorite quote to share?
“Momentum is almost impossible to start, but once you have it, it’s almost impossible to stop”

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the impact that our Bikergang in YYC and YEG have created for our communities that surround us. In the last 3.5 years, they have helped us raise over $300,000.00 through our GIVE’R charity campaigns and charitable/fundraising classes.

What are your top three favorite books?
• Good to Great – Jim Collins
• Scaling Up – Verne Harnish
• The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

What is a skill you’d love to master?
Leadership – It’s something that I’m absolutely obsessed with learning more about, and continuously seek growth in! We can always be better leaders.

Category : Celebrating Local


October 24, 2017 0

Calgary Corporate Challenge (CCC) is where work comes to play! Every September, CCC brings together over 15,000 participants from approximately 150 Calgary companies to go company vs company in a range of Olympic style events over the course of two weeks. A truly fantastic team-building experience for participating companies!

This past September marked the 22nd Calgary Corporate Challenge September Games….and it did not disappoint! 2,344 games in 22 sporting events over 16 days! But it’s not all fun and games at CCC, they also serve to support Calgary charities and hosted seven charitable challenges in conjunction with year’s Games, which resulted in the following:

• $465,150 being raised for the seven CCC-supported charities (Calgary Food Bank, Calgary Reads, Canadian Blood Services, Heart & Stroke Foundation, KidSport Calgary, Ronald McDonald House and The Mustard Seed)
• Over 4,000 new and gently used children book donations to Calgary Reads
• 7,660 pounds of food, valued at roughly $20,000, donated to the Calgary Food Bank
• 4,710 units of blood donations for Canadian Blood Services, and 310 new donor registrations
• 70 CCC companies rode the “Big Bike” bringing in more than $300,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation
• Over 300 sports equipment items and more than $50,000 in funding was raised for KidSport Calgary
• Ronald McDonald House was treated to 145 new toys and 98 nights worth of stays for families at the House
• 3,500 meals, 50 winter jackets, and 70 backpacks filled with vital supplies were donated to The Mustard Seed

As whirl-wind as September is for those involved in the CCC Games, the fun actually goes on year-round, with a number of off-season events that are available to the general public. The 2018 events include:
• Human Bonspiel (yes, you read that right, it is as awesome as it sounds) – February 2018 (in support of KidSport Calgary)
• Brain Freeze Trivia – March 2018 (in support of Branch Out Neurological Foundation)
• CCC Stampede Party – July 2018
• Softball Tournament – Summer 2018

Make sure to connect with Calgary Corporate Challenge at YYCfit and find out how to get your company involved in the fun!

Category : Exhibitor


October 17, 2017 0

It is a pumpkin-heavy time of year, what with Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en, so what better time to get your pumpkin baking on! Big shout out to Christopher Boyse, creator of the blog Do You Even Cook, Bro? which is chock-full of yummy high protein recipes, for this tasty treat, High Protein Pumpkin Loaf.

Ingredients
• 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
• 1/4 cup egg whites (2 egg whites or 1 whole egg)
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/3 cup cold water
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1 cup oat flour
• 2 scoops or 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (whey isolate is best for baking)
• 1 ½ tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp pumpkin spice (nutmeg, ginger and allspice)
• 1/2 tsp salt
• Pinch of black pepper
• Optional: oats, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds or dark chocolate chips.

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, egg whites, coconut oil, honey and water. Whisk until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, combine oat flour, spices, salt, pepper and baking soda. Carefully stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.
4. Pour the entire mixture into the loaf pan. If desired, sprinkle some oats, walnuts or mini dark chocolate chips on top.
5. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Bread is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
6. Makes 8 generous slices.

Nutritional data per serving:
Calories 204
Total Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 438 mg
Potassium 110 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 11 g

Category : Recipes


September 30, 2017 0

While there is no shortage of stunning spaces to get your Calgary fall fix, the peaceful beauty of a tree-lined street this time of year is a must-do. Aside from sheer splendor, canopy trees bring a host of other benefits to a neighbourhood, including shelter from the elements (hot and cold) for pedestrians and bikers, reductions in stormwater runoff and increased property values. Here are some areas in Calgary well-known for their tree-lined streets – definitely worth checking out at this time of year:

• Riverdale Avenue (and the houses here aren’t too shabby to look at either)
• Mount Pleasant
• Bridgeland
• Westgate
• Willow Park
• Brentwood
• Chinook Park
• Bowness

Be sure to bring a camera!

Category : Staying Active


September 28, 2017 0

We’re thrilled to introduce Kirsten Fleming as our inaugural health & fitness influencer of the month. Kirsten is no stranger to Calgary’s health and fitness scene. A former TV broadcaster, Kirsten has served as the Executive Director of the Calgary Marathon for the past five years. In addition to that very cool gig, Kirsten also purchased a yoga studio in 2015 with her honey, Matt, and turned yet another passion into a job.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Kirsten also has a strong passion for the mountains and skiing, as well as spending time at her place in the Crowsnest Pass. Coffee and wine are up there too for Kirsten….and of course, spending time with Matt, who is super sporty himself and brings out her competitive side.

Running-wise, Kirsten has six marathons in addition to several half marathons, with her faves including Calgary, New York, Dubai, Scotland, Beirut, and the Marathon du Medoc where wine meets running.

Thanks to Kirsten for letting us get to know her a bit more:

Describe your ideal weekend in Calgary.
I spend a lot of weekends in the mountains at our cabin so when I get an urban weekend I am known to jam in a lot of things. An ideal weekend would look like hitting a Barre Belle or UNDRCARD class to finish off the work week, before meeting some friends at one my fav Calgary restaurants: Una, Ox or Native Tongues, River Café or Cassis. I would start Saturday with a hot yoga class at My Yoga Calgary and will usually see what’s happening on the Avenue events page and hit up a festival or play. I love to cook when there is time so staying in on Saturday night to chef up a big dinner with my honey and curl up and read a book or watch a movie. Sunday I would get in a long run in with some of my YYC run crew friends somewhere like Weaselhead and then hit a market to do some meal planning and prep for the work week. I would complete the weekend with a candlelit yoga class at MYC. Oh and there would also be a lot of wine and delicious coffee at the appropriate hours.

What are three things on your bucket list?
I was inspired by another Calgarian so I started a “40 before I am 40” list and I have been chipping away at that although I have 5 years and a long ways to go. Three things on that list are to write a novel (I have the idea but I need to find the time) qualify for and run Boston Marathon (if I can keep running my current pace I will qualify at 45) and to take my mom on an extended trip to Italy. All doable I think!

What is a skill you’d love to master?
There are a lot of things I would love to master but skiing is up there. I took up skiing in 2011 and I am OBSESSED, there is no better way to spend a winter day and I consider us so lucky to have half a dozen epic ski hills within a three hour drive. I try to get in about 25 days a season and took my avalanche training last year so I could start touring. All of my ski friends and my man are excellent skiers so I just try to keep up. Last season I skied double blacks and started playing in the trees and my next goal is to cat ski. Touring still intimidates me and it would be more fun if I was a more experienced skier so I would love to master skiing.

What are your success habits?
Go to bed early and get up early, meditate before your day starts and do the hardest thing first when you get to work. I don’t always do this but I know I am most efficient when I do. I also sweat every day for at least an hour.

Photos courtesy of Mark Bilodeau Photography.

Category : Celebrating Local


September 22, 2017 0

As the days get colder and the germs get more abundant, it’s a good time to whip up a batch of bone broth.

Bone broth has received a lot of attention in recent years for its elixir-like properties. Here are just a few of the touted benefits of bone broth consumption:

• Builds up your immune system – hence why chicken soup has long been recognized as key to fighting a cold
• Good for your bones – glucosamine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium….all present in bone broth and all critical for building bones and healthy joints
• Supports digestion – glutamine is an important amino acid that helps strengthen the digestive lining, improving absorption of nutrients and reducing food sensitivities
• A younger you – the collagen in bone broth is credited with improving the state of one’s nails, hair and skin

And it’s delish to boot!

Thanks to Stevie from Holistically Radiant for sharing her easy and nutrient-packed bone broth recipe.

Chicken Bone Broth
Ingredients
1 whole organically raised chicken
3 stalks of organic celery
3 organic carrots
1 organic onion (peel and all, cut in half)
2 sheets of sea weed (ex. kombu, dulse, or nori)
1 bunch of parsley
1 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
16 cups of water (or enough to cover contents)

Directions
Place all ingredients in a large pot. Ensure that vegetables are kept whole as many of the nutrients are found in the skin. Cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 2 hours. Take the chicken out and pull off the meat for nice pulled chicken. Return the skin and bones back to the pot, continue simmering for another 16-22 hours. Add water if needed throughout this time. Strain and enjoy. Use this broth to drink as is, bases for delicious soups, or cooking liquid for your whole grains like quinoa.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 18-24 hours

Category : Recipes


August 30, 2017 0

We are big fans of the McHugh Bluff stairs! But….they can get busy at times. So, for the stair workout-loving reader, we’ve compiled a list of alternate locations in Calgary that you can hit up to get your glute burn on. Happy climbing!

• Battalion Park, Signal Hill (behind the Superstore/Indigo)
• Bow Bottom Trail, towards Deer Run
• Bowness/Greenwood Village stairs
• Brittania/Sandy Beach – can be tricky to find
• Crescent Heights/Sunnyside
• Edgemont – just off the parking lot of the Edgemont Community Association
• Edworthy Park & Douglas Fir Trail
• Elbow Park – just behind the Glencoe Club
• Scotsman Hill
• Weaselhead/North Glenmore Park

Category : Staying Active


July 28, 2017 0

YYCfit exhibitor, Evolve Retreat Co., is Canada’s premier all-inclusive health and wellness retreat for personalized fitness, clean eating, nutrition, and adventure in the Canadian Rockies. The Evolve Retreat team of fitness, nutrition, and culinary experts works closely with you to tailor meals, fitness challenges, mentoring sessions and outdoor adventures, thus creating a highly customized and unique experience. Not only will you return home from your wellness retreat with amazing memories, but also with the knowledge and tools to maintain a healthier lifestyle going forward.

The next Evolve Retreat wellness retreat is taking place September 11 – 15 at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, and includes the following:

• Accommodations at Sunshine Mountain Lodge and use of all resort amenities
• Gourmet clean cuisine
• Group fitness and one-on-one fitness sessions with celebrity trainer Tommy Europe
• Health and cooking workshops
• Sleep workshop with Dr. Gerber
• Nutritional education with a certified holistic nutritionist
• Guided hike
• Yoga, mindfulness and meditation practice
• Hike, bike and canoeing trip

Can’t make it for the full retreat? Evolve Retreat Co. is offering a Journey to Wellness Day Experience.
Offer includes:

• Gourmet clean cuisine (lunch, juices and snacks included)
• Interactive clean eating cooking demo with our Executive Health Chef
• Outdoor group fitness session with celebrity trainer Tommy Europe
• Guided hike with our certified mountain guide
• Yoga in the mountains

Sign up for the Evolve Retreat Co.’s newsletter and like us on Facebook for a chance to WIN a day with the Evolve Retreat Co. wellness experts. This pass is a great opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools you’ll need to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Enter here.

Category : Exhibitor


June 28, 2017 0

Sticking around Calgary for the long weekend? With sunny skies in the forecast and a plethora of Canada Day activities in store, this is a great weekend to stay put. Still looking for ideas for this weekend? We’ve rounded up a few for ya!

• Hit up Riverfront Avenue. The party starts at 10:00 am and wraps up with fireworks at 11:45 pm. Calgary sweethearts Tegan and Sara are just one of the acts on deck for the celebrations

• Go check out a big red ball. No, seriously. It’s 115 kilograms, it measures 4.5 meters in diameter, and it will be celebrating Canada Day in our fair city. This temporary art installation, dubbed the RedBall Project, has appeared in 30 cities worldwide since 2001. The big red ball will be gracing a different Calgary landmark each day leading up to Canada Day, when it will be having a ball (ha!) at Olympic Plaza

• Be part of a living flag at Fort Calgary between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, and afterwards stick around for all sorts of kid-friendly activities including a petting zoo, craft tent and photo booth

• Celebrate Canada Day the old-fashioned way and hit Heritage Park. The first 2017 guests get a free pancake breakfast, and then the fun continues with live music, mini chuckwagon races, boat rides and more!

• In 2017 Canada turns 150….and Confederation Park turns 50! At 11:00 am, their 1967 time capsule will be opened (Beatles poster anyone?). Other fun stuff includes a pancake breakfast (of course), horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and more family friendly activities

Happy sesquicentennial anniversary Canada (we’re going to miss that word!)

Category : Celebrating Canada


April 12, 2017 0

Interested in winning a YYCfit VIP Package valued at over $1,000? All you have to do is stop by one of the upcoming YYCfit pop-up events and enter our draw. We’ll be drawing for the winner on May 9th.

Here is a list of current scheduled pop-up events (note dates, are subject to change, please follow our social media accounts to ensure access to the most up-to-date information on pop-up events):
• Wednesday, April 19th – we’ll be at the Running Room, Glenmore Landing, at 6:00 pm, discussing YYCfit with their Run Club and taking entries for the draw
• Saturday, April 22nd – we’ll be at the Onesie Run handing out water and taking entries for the draw
• Saturday, April 29th – we’ll be at Lake Louise for their ‘Shake the Lake’ event, handing out hot chocolate and taking entries for the draw, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
• Tuesday, May 2nd – we’ll be at the Stephen Ave Farmers Market, from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

More pop-up locations will be announced soon.

What is included in the the YYCfit VIP Package?
• Two skip-the-line weekend passes to YYCfit
• One nights’ accommodation at the Fairfield Inn & Suites
• $250 to spend at YYCfit
• Four drink tickets for the Saturday night beer gardens
• $50 gift certificate for Charbar
• A paintballing package for 10 courtesy of International Paintball Group
• Summer FitBox subscription courtesy of FitBox
• Two free registrations to the September Onesie Run
• Photo session courtesy of Mark Blideau Professional Imaging and Glam & Beyond (30 minute photo session including professional hair and makeup, one fully re-touched image provided)

Category : Prizes


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