Fit Tips Friday : Form & Function

Have you ever been disappointed by your results or feel pain during a workout? I bet you’ve seen that one guy at the gym who swings the weights or is rocking his whole body to lift the barbell. One of the most important and useful reasons for having a personal trainer is to help learn and maintain proper form when working out.
Keeping in proper from is easy when Trainer Alex Jack is watching over me at the Steve Nash Sports Club, someone else can see when you’re not standing straight or if you’re lifting with the wrong part of your body. However, the hard part comes when you’re on your own and need to keep yourself on track. If you’ve never had a trainer to give you the guidance in the first place you may never know that you are not working out to optimal performance. Even now when I workout on my own I have the benefit of Alex’s expertise to remind me of the proper form. I can hear Alex reminding me to slow down, keep my shoulders back or focus on the right muscle. and I can feel the difference in the muscles when I’m doing the exercise correctly.
Maintaining the correct form helps:
– prevent injury from improper form
– remedy poor posture from our day to day habits of sitting at the desk or slouching on the couch
– optimize the output of the exercise by the making sure the muscles are being worked as intended
– balance out overly dominant muscles caused by overworking certain muscles when using improper form
– ensure the right amount of rest and recuperation is incorporated into the workout

I read some great words of wisdom somewhere when talking about form…It’s not the weight you use but HOW you use the weight

Proper form helps correct poor posture from sitting in front of the desk


Italian Day on The Drive

Anytime an international soccer tournament is taking place anywhere in the world, Commercial Drive, Vancouver’s Little Italy, is ground zero for ‘Azzurri’ fans across the lower mainland. The June 10th Euro 2012 match sees Italy taking on, reigning World & Euro Cup champions, Spain. The street will be alive with the chants of football fans and coinciding with this match is the 3rd Annual Italian Day, celebrating Italian culture, traditions and heritage.

Commercial Drive will embrace all that is Italian: food, music, fashion, folk dancing, classic cars, vespas, miniature Formula I replicas and more. Restaurants will be extending their businesses with outdoor patios, while a wide variety of Italian associations and guest vendors will line the street with authentic style food and merchandise.

The celebration will feature a bocce court and Italian-inspired food contests: grape stomping, pasta and watermelon eating, as well as pizza tossing. Music will also be a highlight of the event with a lineup that includes showman Federico Fuoco, international singer/songwriter Carmelina Cupo, and the city’s patriarch of traditional Italian music, Gianni Fuoco.

Style and fashion also hits the Drive with a designer fashion show by Vancouver fashion designer Rozemerie Ceuvas and her European inspired Jacqualine Conoir and JAC Collections. Plus, a historical pictorial display will be set up and includes local Italian soccer legends from the 60s as well as prominent business personalities who have played a role in the landscape of Vancouver and the Italian community in general.

To top it all off, Italian Day will be selling raffle tickets with four generously donated prizes – first prize being a trip for two to Rome with a five-day stay at a Tuscan Winery Estate. A prize valued at $5,000.

EVENT: Italian Day on The Drive
LOCATION: Commercial Drive (which will be closed to motorized traffic with all festivities and stands positioned along the Drive from 3rd Avenue to Parker Street)
DATE: Sunday, June 10, 2012
TIME: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Find us on Twitter: @ItalianDay  #ItalianDay

Euro 2012 : Poland-Ukraine

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, better known as Euro 2012, is the 14th Championship Finals between Europe’s National Teams organized by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).  Held every four years as the culmination of years of competition between 51 of the member Football Associations across Europe, 16 teams have reached the Finals (24 teams will advance starting with Euro 2016) to be held in Poland and Ukraine from June 8th to July 1st, 2012.
The two countries host cities are Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan, Kiev, Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv. Each city’s stadium has had to meet a strict UEFA criteria, six are brand new stadiums with the remaining two receiving extensive upgrades to make the cut.
The 16 participating teams are: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland (co-hosts), Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain (defending champions), Sweden, Ukraine (co-hosts).
The 16 teams are divided into 4 groups for the round-robin stage, each of the 4 groups will be based around to two of the stadium to ease the travel burden for the teams.
The groups are:
Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic
Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal
Group C: Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia
Group D: Ukraine, Sweden, France, England

The Top 2 teams from each group advance to the Quarter Finals and onward, Group B looks like the proverbial “Group of Death” with four strong contenders to advance.  Defending Champions, Spain, with many of their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2012 squad returning stand a very good chance of repeating.  The England squad, returning to the competition after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 hope to rain on Spain’s parade.

Action kicks off from Warsaw on June 8th with the opening match featuring Poland versus Russia. In Canada we can catch all the matches on TSN on TV and on radio with the TSN and TEAM radio stations across the country.

Personal Training with Alex Jack

As many of you know, I regularly work out regularly, as a formerly very overweight person it’s been a constant challenge to keep up the battle of the bulge. Since starting working out last year I managed to lose about 90lbs of fat and replace it with muscle, thanks in no small part to the motivation, assistance and influence of personal trainer Alex Jack.
While personal training is not a low cost option it can definitely be a huge help in getting the job done, correctly. A personal trainer can help motivate you, make sure you’re performing exercises with proper form, give you the confidence to work on machines and equipment you’re unsure of, and keep you accountable and sticking to your program.
I’ve learned so much from Alex and having him work with me regularly at the start of the challenge really got results quickly. Since last year, I’ve checked in with him on occasion to get new workout routines and motivation.
In an effort to help boost the motivation and keep myself accountable this summer, I’ve enlisted Alex’s assistance to include fitness tips and hints in upcoming posts.

Watch over coming weeks and let’s work together to boost up all of our fitness!

Alex Jack is originally from Toronto where he worked as a personal trainer at Good Life Fitness before moving to Vancouver about 3 years ago. His qualifications include:
– CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
– CSEP Certified Fitness Consultantk
– Fitness & Health Promotions Program, Niagara College
– Athlete Performance Coaching Mentorship
– Functional Movement Screening Specialist
– Group Cycling Instructor
– CPR/First Aid/AED

Cloverdale Rodeo Opens Today – Yeehaw!

Today marks the opening of the 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 124th Country Fair, kicking off the May long weekend with jam-packed family-friendly entertainment and exciting events.  Running until Sunday May 21st the Rodeo and Fair combine rodeo action, entertainment, live performances and fierce competition.

The World’s top ranked cowboys and cowgirls will be ready to compete for $300,000 in cash prizes in four main events: Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Bareback and Ladies Barrel Racing and will face off against some local BC up-and-comers. Spectators can also watch the action of the Mutton Bustin competition and the Lumberjack Show.  A tasty new event this year is the Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-Off BBQ Competition and World Freestyle Round-Up skateboarding competition, for ‘riders’ of a different ‘horse’.

The 2012 Country Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever. With ongoing performances on the outdoor entertainment stage, an improved Kidz Zone with guest appearances from Dora the Explorer, animal displays, rides and games, and Dinotown there is something for everyone at this year’s event!

And to keep the party going well after sundown, the World Famous Longhorn Saloon will provide daily entertainment with performances by Ken McCoy and more. If you love line dancing, country music and an old-fashioned good time, then this is one party that can’t be missed!

The 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair runs May 18-21, 2012 at Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, B.C.
Tickets: $12 for grounds admission, kids twelve and under are free, rodeo tickets begin at $25.
Online ticket sales are closed but tickets are still available at the Gate.

For a detailed schedule of events, performances, competitors list, and to purchase tickets visit www.CloverdaleRodeo.com.

What’s On Weekend – May 17 – 20, 2012

Ongoing Activities:
– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer as does their ‘Next Series of New Artists from the Pacific Rim‘ – Fifth Night by Yang Fudong, a multi-channel video installation.  Again, Again, Again is a exhibit of artists using repetitive or serial images taken from the Gallery’s permanent collections.
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & compare the waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai with Maraya Project-Seawalls Of Vancouver And Dubai or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– Pacific Theatre has the ongoing production of 100 Saints You Should Know until May 26th.
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th and at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage the swelegant, elegant High Society , is on until June 24th.

Thursday May 17th:
White Hills plus guests are at Biltmore Cabaret
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 18th:
George Thorogood & The Destroyers bring their rock and blues to River Rock Show Theatre
Fred J Eaglesmith performs at St James Hall on West 10th.
#FFWDWKND at L.E.D. Bar takes off with DJ’s Timeline, Marino and Marcello
Cirque Fridays get the dance on at Five-Sixty
Gay Fridays with DJ Jeffery Micheal is on at Oasis on Davie

Saturday May 19th:
– it’s a Cascadia Cup rivalry match as Seattle Sounders journey up the I-5 to take on Whitecaps FC at BC Place
George Thorogood & The Destroyers rock a second night, this time at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
Sweetheart,Sharks! On Fire! Everyone Everywhere,Bridges Out and Friends of 7 all put on an All-Ages show at Tom Lee Music
Max Grahman spins at Stereotype at Celebrities
– It’s Afrojack night as he takes over The Vogue Theatre first before moving over to Celebrities for a second later show.
– Grammy Award winner Peter Rauhofer brings the ‘Glitter’ out at Five-Sixty

Sunday May 20th:
– Sweden’s Rebecca + Fiona bring the long weekend fun to Venue
– get out the leather and fetish gear as Xtra! presents: Hard at Five-Sixty

Do you have an event or opening to include in the next What’s on Weekend? Comment or email me to be included On The List!

What’s On Wednesday – May 3 – 6, 2012

Run around the May pole or head out for some fun this weekend.

Ongoing Activities:
– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– The Vancouver Art Gallery indoors prepares for it’s next exhibits while Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and the Gallery’s exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence continues all summer
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver & compare the waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai with Maraya Project-Seawalls Of Vancouver And Dubai or step back to examine the Art Deco Chic – glamour between the wars
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Henry & Alice : Into the Wild is at Granville Island Stage until May 25th
– still running at the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, keeps them laughing with Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame

Thursday May 3rd
– Calgary hip-hop artist Transit perform at Biltmore Cabaret with DJ Crosswalk
– get ready for summer partying with a party at Post-Modern Nightclub with The Lost Boys
– The Vogue Theatre welcomes local boys Said The Whale
– The Vogue Theatre also gets a little risque and sexy this weekend as the 7th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival runs May 3-6
– another Thursday another night of dancers getting their JUNK out at Oasis On Davie
– it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub

Friday May 4th
– over 100 films are presented during the DOXA Film Festival as it runs until May 13th at venues throughout the city
– comedian Lewis Black takes the stage at Red Robinsons Show Theatre
– Vancouver’s Headwater play the Biltmore Cabaret
– Hip Hop DJ Skratch Bastid takes over the sounds at Fortune Sound Club
– singer songwriter Ty Segall brings his rock to Waldorf Hotel
– ginger 62’s Friday brings Socielle with EC Twins
Cirque Fridays get the dance on at Five-Sixty
Gay Fridays with DJ Jeffery Micheal is on at Oasis on Davie
Junction Friday’s feature CD giveaways of DJ Drew’s dance tunes

Saturday May 5th
– Vancouver’s team, Whitecaps FC take on San Jose Earthquake at BC Place Stadium
– at W2 Media Cafe shows the Canadian premiere of “Black Rock Horse
– comedy legend and fashion police Joan Rivers brings her wit to River Rock Show Theatre
– Sealed With A Kiss Presents brings Gauntlet Hair to the Waldorf
– it’s Saturday so it must be PONI at Five-Sixty

Sunday May 6th
– the BMO Vancouver Marathon takes over the city with a new route, thousands of runners and even more supporters. Get out and cheer them on!