Calgary, Alberta

Saturday, April 21, 2018 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Big Four Building, Stampede Grounds

Calgary, Alberta

YYCfit Health & Fitness Influencer of the Month….Kirsten Fleming!

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


February 24, 2017 0

YYCfit Expo has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to raise awareness for the need for blood donation. Canadian Blood Services will be onsite at the expo offering free blood typing to anyone 17 years of age or older and will be booking blood donation appointments for their upcoming Calgary and area blood donor clinics.

Find Out Your Blood Type in Minutes:

Canadian Blood Services hosts community-based blood typing events across the country in every province except Quebec. It’s a way of helping raise awareness and recruit new blood donors, ensuring there is always enough blood for patients who need it.

How is my blood type determined?
We prick your finger and take a few drops of blood, mixing them with something called antisera to determine your blood type.

How much does it cost to determine my blood type – and how long does it take?
It’s free — and takes about two minutes.

How old do you have to be to find out your blood type?
You need to be at least 17 to participate in a typing event.

Category : Exhibitor


February 22, 2017 0

Meditation. Mindfulness. The buzz words of the year that you have likely heard floating around. But what exactly is it, and how do you fit it into your life?

Everyone these days seems to have a busy life, rushing from appointment to appointment, with a never ending to-do list. However, we will let you in on the first secret of meditation – once you begin, it truly feels like you have more time in a day. Perhaps it’s the fact that your brain begins to more clearly focus on tasks, and determine what is of actual importance. Or that you are beginning to feel that a new calmness sets in, permeating into all aspects of your life.

Boss being a jerk at work – meditation makes it easier to stay grounded and reply rationally. Spouse being difficult to get along with? Meditation increases levels of empathy, strengthening relationships of all types. Looking for more shut eye? Meditation can help you fall asleep faster, and increase the quality of your sleep. Other reasons to find a cushion and sit still for at least 10 minutes a day?

Increased focus
Reduced anxiety
Increase in creativity
Reduction of stress
Increase memory

So, what are you waiting for? Modern + Mindful offers 30 minute drop in classes 7 days a week! Visit their website at http://www.modernandmindful.com/.

Category : Exhibitor


June 3, 2016 0

Tomorrow, June 4th, is National Health and Fitness Day!  Bill S-211, the National Health and Fitness Day Act was passed in December 2014, and the first National Health and Fitness Day was held last year!  National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth!  Canadians are encouraged to mark the day by visiting their community centre, participating in a local event, heading to the park as a family, or simply going for a walk.  There is no shortage of fun ways to be active in Calgary.  Get Up, Get Out and Get Active!

Category : Staying Active


March 4, 2016 0

YYCfit is thrilled to welcome Robin O’Grady to the YYCfit Expo Advisory Committee.  Robin began her career in health and wellness in 2003. Since then Robin has been dedicated to teaching health and fitness and her contagious energy and positive outlook has ensured she excelled in all areas.

Along with being a passionate Group Fitness Instructor, she owns the Mindset Performance Center Alberta. Additionally she runs an annual apprenticeship program, mentoring new instructors into the AFLCA.  Robin has become a regular Presenter and Educator at facilities and conferences across North America and is proud to be a Certified Mindset Coach, Master Trainer for Lebert Fitness, Bender Ball and Assistant Trainer for the AFLCA.

Robin is a dedicated educator and with her positive energy and radiant smile Robin’s sessions are always uplifting and inspiring!  Welcome aboard Robin, looking forward to making expo magic with you!


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