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November 28, 2017 0

Like our October influencer of the month, Andrew Obrecht, Devin is a born and bred Calgarian. A hockey player from a young age, Devin was able to parlay his love of hockey into a WHL stint with the Prince George Cougars, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and then played in the East Coast Hockey League with the Kalamazoo Wings.

Devin’s desire to start a family led him back to Calgary, where he joined the fire department. While Devin considers this his perfect career move, he was still looking for something to fill the hockey void. Enter trail running. Followed by ultra marathons, where this seasoned hockey player and firefighter experienced a whole new level of pushing his body to the limit.

In February 2016, Devin and his wife Elise welcomed son Kai into the world. Devin heard time and time again how this new addition would limit his adventure days in the mountains. Devin was committed to staying active, but made a pact to find ways to make it a family activity. From the time Kai was introduced to his first family hike at the age of six weeks, Devin kept this pact by logging an average of 100 km per week with the Thule chariot stroller running with Kai. Other ways the family plays together: yoga, travelling, climbing, biking, skiing and more!

In addition to serving an important role in helping to relieve stress from an intense job, running has also led to some awesome travel opportunities for Devin, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii and other various places in the USA.

In his spare time, Devin helps others with their running and strength with personalized programs, through his company Sharp Conditioning.

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

If you could spend an afternoon with any Canadian, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
Terry Fox – to truly understand the mental and physical push he had and dedication to his goal. Trying to overcome a terrible disease and being an inspiration for so many Canadians.

What is a skill you’d love to master?
Being able to fix vehicles and do more home renovations.

How do you chill out?
Watching a favorite TV series (The Punisher, Shameless, Big Mouth), board games at the cabin, listening to music.

Thanks to Mark Bilodeau for the great photos! If there is someone you would like to see profiled, please let us know!

Category : Celebrating Local


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


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


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