Friday Find: Anti-Gravity Yoga

AntiGravity_2016-03-31, 21 01 10It’s been available for a while but we finally decided to try a Anti-Gravity Yoga class at Steve Nash Sports Club, downtown Vancouver.

Ani-Gravity Yoga involves performing exercises combining yoga, pilates, some gymnastic moves and stretches using a fabric hammock-type apparatus.  Hanging about waist height, the hammock is your only equipment providing support when you’re grounded and suspending you above when elevating your game.

It was far more strenuous of a work than expected, the stretches are deeper, the lifts take a lot of strength, and the balance needed to do the aerial moves works the core.  We only did the beginner class and found moves that we couldn’t master, it really highlighted the spots that need more work.  The benefit of anti-gravity yoga are really felt in the stretch and taking the weight off helps realign the spine too.  With small class sizes, the instruction is easy to follow and thankfully the instructor can see and assist you as well.

I’ll have to keep up with Hatha yoga too in order to build up some more flexibility and balance to successfully fulfill the anti-gravity class.  Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the apparatus, this is a hard work full-body workout, a great way to change up your work out or supplement your routine.

Anti-Gravity Yoga is available at Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown.

A Whistler getaway to Nita Lake Lodge

NiteLake_IMG_1188One of the hidden gems in Whistler Village is tucked aways just south of the main village. Nita Lake Lodge sits on the shores of its namesake, Nita Lake, near Creekside Village.

The luxurious boutique property features 77 spacious suites, from the 500 square foot studios to the ultimate getaway 1450 square foot Rainforest Suite, all the rooms feature plush king-sized beds, double soaker tubs, glass-surround granite rain showers, and comfortable seating areas with stone fireplaces. Free wi-fi, mini-kitchenettes, with fridge, microwave, sink and dishes,  L’Occitane en Provence amenities in the bathrooms, robes and slippers in the bedroom add to the plusses throughout the property.

If the in-room amenities aren’t enough, the resort also includes a lakeside, outdoor plunge-pool and hot tub as well as two more hot tubs on the second floor rooftop outside the full-service Spa At Nite Lake Lodge, perfect for an evening soak under the moonlight.  Besides the Spa, Basecamp Fitness and Loka Yoga provide services to guests and residents. The resort also offers, Stand-Up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Canoes, Bicycles, Snowshoes, even fishing rods, tennis rackets or basketballs.

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Spectacular Lake Views

If you’ve burned off enough calories from all the activities, sit back and relax in one of the lodges’ three dining options; Fix Cafe for lights bites and gourmet coffee or smoothies, Cure Lounge and Patio for local urban-rustic dishes & drinks overlooking the beautiful Nita Lake, or Aura Restaurant for comfortable, local, casual fare.

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Moonlit Roof Top Hot Tubbing

If Nita Lake Lodge has a drawback, it’s the fact that there’s so much to do, you barely have time to fit it all in during your stay.  The room is so relaxing you barely want to leave it, but on our recent stay we managed to tear ourselves away from gazing out at the spectacular lake view to check out the rest of the resort and paths around the lake, and the short walk to Creekside Village. A late night hot tub is great way to wrap up your day.

With so much on offer it’s easy to see why Nita Lake Lodge is so highly rated (currently #1 on TripAdvisor).  See for yourself, book a room soon.

Nita Lake Lodge is located at 2131 Lake Placid Road, (by the Husky Station at Creekside, Whistler) or adjoining the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Station.

Friday Find : 2UNDR Performance Wear

Vancouver seems to be a hotbed of underwear and performance activewear companies, 2UNDR Performance Wear is one that combines the two for a performance undergarment.

2UNDRThe Vancouver designed athletic underwear is inspired by the kangaroo pouch and can stand-up to a busy active lifestyle but also stay comfortable and stylish for everyday wear.
Many brands have developed their own version of a pouch designed to keep a man’s equipment in place and eliminate unwanted skin-on-skin contact and chaffing.  I’ve tried many styles of pouch some are more successful in their goal than others, so far the 2UNDR ‘Joey pouch’ lives up to its mission.  I particularly like the comfort of the ribbing around the edge of the pouch.  It’s thin enough to avoid bulk but thick enough for comfort, I barely felt the pouch whereas some other underwear you can definitely ‘feel’ the edges of the pouch.  Another bonus is the exterior fly, allowing easy access and added ventilation to keep things cool in the pouch.  The waistband is very comfortable too; soft, pliable, and strong.  Since I have fairly athletic thighs I often find the leg band of some underwear can be either quite tight or will ride up, 2UNDR seems to be a good balance of tight and comfortable.

2UNDR comes in 4 boxer brief/trunk styles; Swing Shift, Day Shift (which I’ve tried), Gear Shift and Power Shift, available online from $27.50 to $34.99
No matter what your lifestyle I think you’ll be pleased with 2UNDR Performance Wear

Fit: 5/5
Construction: 4/5
Design: 4/5
Price: 3/5

Christmas Shopping for Fitness Fans

With the Holidays & New Year always comes a renewed interest in health and fitness.  Check the fitness fan off your Christmas Shopping list by getting them a head start to their fitness regime with new fitness gear.

Pulse Elite Tee StrongbodyIf they’re just starting out some good gear to wear to the gym is a great option, Lululemon is probably one of the easiest options to grab but it’s not to everyone’s taste.  Perhaps check out another local Vancouver company, Strongbody Apparel for some great gear.

If they’re just ready to renew their fitness regime, perhaps a piece of equipment will help them.  The heart rate, activity and sleep monitors from Fitbit are very popular or find them some yoga tools to help them stay balanced and limber.

Whatever you get, I’m sure they’ll appreciate the effort to improve their efforts.

The Westin Grand accepts Burpees for Upgrades!

Today, The Westin Grand, Vancouver is holding a series of events for guests as part of the global launch of the Westin Well-being Movement, a campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world.  The year-long $15 million campaign will introduce a string of innovative partnerships and programs across Westin’s six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well.  The launch coincides with the International Day of Happiness and Well-being and the Spring Equinox – traditionally recognized as the season of renewal.

The Westin Grand, Vancouver is one of 200 Westin Hotels & Resorts around the world to invite guests and non-guests to experience a world of well-being. For one day on Thursday, March 20, the hotel will be offering the following for guests:   

Burpees for Upgrades – Guests can complete 20 burpees upon check-in to receive a free upgrade or 1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points. Bryce Beatty, the hotel’s general manager, will match all burpees completed by guests over the course of the day.

Stationary Bike – Guests can complete 3 minutes on a stationary bike for a $5.00 food and beverage voucher. The guest who completes the longest distance in 3 minutes gets a free overnight stay.  

Yoga Classes – Two complimentary yoga classes will be held for guests in the Symphony Room at 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Chair Massages – Complimentary chair massages will be available for guests in the main lobby from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

The Westin Well-being Movement is a natural extension of the brand’s historic commitment to health and wellness. The inspiration for the brand’s wellness strategy, the iconic Heavenly® Bed (Sleep Well) is beloved by guests and lauded as one of hospitality’s great innovations. Westin’s global partnership with SuperfoodsRx (Eat Well) offers guests food that fuels the body with rich antioxidants and tastes great. WestinWORKOUT, RunWESTIN and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance (Move Well) together pack a formidable punch and offer guests a holistic fitness solution.  The brand’s nature-inspired design, signature sensory welcome and Heavenly Bath and Heavenly Spa (Feel Well) offer a relaxing respite from the rigors of travel. Clutter Free Meetings (Work Well) offer streamlined stations that provide paper, pens, glasses, water and other thoughtful touches, keeping the main work area open and clear. Westin Weekend (Play Well) signature experiences are designed to let guests escape, discover and relax without all the hassles and restrictions other brands impose. The brand’s new digital destination guide, Westin Finds from AFAR, provides guests with uniquely curated travel experience.

The cornerstone of the movement is the Westin Well-being Council – a diverse advisory board composed of renowned thought leaders, each of whom aligns with a specific wellness brand pillar. These figures will guide and inspire the movement’s initiatives, leveraging proprietary research and initiating programs to inform and inspire well-being before, during and after a guest’s stay.  The first appointee to the council is Headspace co-founder and meditation pioneer Andy Puddicombe, who will lead the charge as the authority for the brand’s “Feel Well” pillar.
Additional ambassadors will be announced throughout the year, featuring a mix of industry innovators, high-profile executives and renowned professionals dedicated to the global pursuit of wellness.

For more information on the Westin Well-being Movement and The Westin Grand, Vancouver,  visit westingrandvancouver.com. Follow the Westin Grand on facebook.com/thewestingrand and follow on Twitter @thewestingrand.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Strongbody Apparel

StrongBodyApparel-LogoLook good, feel good,is a term that applies even more with local fitness-wear company Strongbody Apparel.

Strongbody Apparel was founded as an alternative to the ubiquitous fitness gear seen on nearly every butt in Vancouver. By concentrating on creating high quality, stylish locally-made apparel, Strongbody is standing out from the crowded streets and gyms filled with fast foreign fashion. Not only are the quality garments manufactured locally using high-tech fabric but with the company’s “Buy One, Feed One” program Strongbody donates to World Food Programs with each piece of gear sold.sale

Now, just in time to start your Holiday shopping, Strongbody Apparel’s Black Friday sale offers 30% off of everything from their e-store, but it wraps up today so shop fast!

Strongbody Apparel can be found online or at Howard’s Clothing in the Shops at Morgan Crossing with more coming soon.
Follow them on Twitter @Strongbody_, Instagram @StrongbodyApparel, Facebook.com/StrongbodyApparel, to keep up with news and how you can feel good about your purchase while you look good working out or on your way to working out.

12 Days Of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 11

After Christmas comes the New Year and of course, New Year’s resolutions. More often than not resolutions revolve around health and well being. Quitting Smoking, Eating Less, Workout More are all top contenders.
Why not help people on their quest by giving them a membership to their local community centre gym or sports club or if they already have a membership, personal training it always a great option.
In Vancouver, Steve Nash Fitness World is opening a new Yaletown location in January so it’s perfect time to join.Steve Nash Sports Club Express Yaletown
While gyms are always busier in January as everyone jumps on the bandwagon, many gyms have year end or January specials so a gift certificate will go that extra mile in helping them run that extra kilometre. Give the extra gift of helping them stay motivated through the month and they’ll thank you for the added boost as well as the gift of healthy living all year long.