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


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


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


August 15, 2016 0

During these summer months, what better way than to take a dip in the pool to get some exercise?

Whether it’s on your own or as part of a swim class, not only is swimming a great way to cool off and have some fun, but it’s also one of the most efficient and strain-free ways to exercise! Swimming has been shown to build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps maintain a healthy weight, tones muscles and builds strength. And it’s fun for the whole family!

If you’re looking for some places to swim in Calgary, look no further! Here are the top five places for you and your family to go swimming in Calgary:

  1. Calgary has outdoor swimming pools located throughout the city, here are a few of them:
  2. Calgary YMCAs have some of the largest indoor swimming pools in Calgary. Visit this site for a full listing of YMCA swimming pools.
  3. Post-Secondary institutions in Calgary also offer public swimming. Check out the SAIT Aquatic Centre, Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre websites to get started!
  4. The City of Calgary has more than 10 swimming pools for you to enjoy year round! See the full list here.
    • Bowview Outdoor Pool – 1910 6 Ave. NW
    • Highwood Outdoor Pool – 25 Holmwood Ave. NW
    • Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool – 2310 6 St. NW
    • Silver Springs Outdoor Pool – Silverridge Cl. & Silverridge Dr. NW
    • South Calgary Outdoor Pool – 3130 16 St. SW
    • Stanley Park Outdoor Pool – 4011 1A St. SW
  5. Calgary Lakes and Beaches: Calgarians are lucky enough to have a host of both natural and man-made lakes to choose from. Some of these include Edworthy Park, Sikome Lake, Bowness Park and Sandy Beach.

Category : Staying Active


June 22, 2016 0

Who hasn’t been flipping through the sports networks, or surfing fitness channels on YouTube, and come across footage of hulking men dragging vehicles, overhead pressing logs, tossing a keg or flipping giant tires. Would you like to see these men, and women, live and in action? Enter the YYCfit Western Canadian Strongman Classic, running in conjunction with the show May 13 & 14, 2017. Strongman athletes from all across Western Canada will converge at the show to compete, and YYCfit attendees get to watch these powerhouses engaged in mind-boggling feats of strength! Is there a particular Strongman event you’d love to see at the Classic? Let us know!

Category : About The Show


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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