Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Inspiration

Hello and Happy Monday Amigo's!

The week has begun and it is time to find the energy you need for a week of fitness!  Here is some inspiration to get you started this week...

A few images, ideas, events and clips that inspired me over the last week or so!  Enjoy!

Workout inspiration from 'Strong Lola'...if you want to reach your goals you really don't have a choice...'you have to keep going'.

 I LOVE this image.  This truly is where I 'plug in' and get most of my energy from.  Supernatural mother nature.  She fills me up.  Get out there and learn to tap into this infinite energy resource.

 Sometimes a little imagery is all I need to trick myself into working harder lol:)  This one really got me moving this week!

 I LOVE this quote!  This is the quote I am using for our new Ultramarathon Training Program.  You are capable of more than you realize!  Keep pushing those limitations and see how far you can go!  Training starts at the end of March...check it out...

 I love this image of Spruce Lake and a float plane from Tyax Resort.  You could be stepping off of this plane and enjoying the 'fly-in' trail run epic of a lifetime this September long!  Check out our Tyax Trail Running Retreat...


 TED Talk Inspiration...some AWESOME talks in this group that are guaranteed to inspire you!

Mental Training to make you stronger...

That's it for the list this week...would love to hear what inspired you this week!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who is driving this bus?

My job as a Kinesiologist and coach is 50% art and 50% science. And I truly am as passionate about the mind as I am about the body.  I was fortunate enough to learn about both the science and the art of human movement through my studies at UVic...yes, I have an Arts degree in Kinesiology from the Faculty of Education.  Sound strange?  There aren't many of us out there:)  What that means is I had the opportunity to study Sports Psychology and Sociology along with my Kinesiology Sciences.  That is where my passion for the powerful 'art' of human movement began...

Mental strength.
Human connection.
Self efficacy.

These are topics that intrigue and inspire me as much as exercise physiology.  They are brains behind the brawn.  The captain behind the wheel.  The driver of the bus.

There is much more to performance than simply 'exercise'.   Some say it is 80% mental.  I believe it is more.  And for some it is 100%.  Without the mind to drive the bus onward, upward, over and through...what use is the body?  We make the decision to begin with the mind.  We choose to carry on with the mind.  And when we quit, it is decided first in our mind.

And yet, we spend 99% of our training energy on the body.  Just imagine the beast you could unleash if you harnessed the power of your mind?

Each week I see the mind driving buses off cliffs, into walls and down decommissioned logging roads full of potholes and probable flat tires.  I see buses going off the map and entirely in the wrong direction.  I see buses stuck in a rut or collecting rust in a heap on the side of the road.  

Now, you know I'm not talking about the Greyhound here, right?  

I'm talking about you.  You and me and everyone else around us.  

I hear:

My week was crazy.
My kids were sick.
Work was insane.
Things are nuts right now.

Followed by:

I'm not happy with my weight.
I feel like crap.
I'm sick, again.
I don't have any energy.
I can't sleep.
I am really low.

And to that I ask:

Who the heck is driving this bus anyways?  
  We have one go at this.  Will we choose to hang on for the ride or get behind the wheel and steer this rig?  That, my friends, is up to each and every one of us.

I do not judge.  I observe.  I listen.  I look for patterns in the tracks.  I listen for the engine in the distance.  And when the time is right I am here ready to assist.  I guess you could say that I am the BCAA for your bus:).  Here's the trick...YOU have to be the one to pick up the phone and make the call.  You have a great set of tools to fix er up and get on course.  Some of them might be a bit rusty, but with some care and practice I am sure they will do the trick.  If you need some new tools or additional expertise, there are plenty of mechanics like myself who would love to help you out and get you on the road.

But there are no quick fixes.  Long term success takes long term effort.  You have to do regular maintenance.  You know, check the oil, fill up the gas, plan your route, check the map now and then.  But once you get on board and grab that wheel, man, you are in for the ride of your life.  

Big smile, hair blowing back...are you ready to drive the bus?


Friday, February 8, 2013

Comox Valley Fitness Camp

Join me for a weekend or weeklong Fitness Camp designed to motivate, inspire, educate and challenge you! This camp will combine daily outdoor fitness with workshops on nutrition, weight management, fitness & lifestyle change. All participants will leave with a personalized fitness plan and new tools to take home and begin working with right away.

Are you ready to improve your lifestyle and live the life of your dreams? Do you want to learn how to make long lasting changes to your health, fitness and nutrition? If you are ready to immerse yourself in all things health and fitness then this Fitness Camp is right for you!

Reach for new heights and move beyond your self perceived limits! Get off the beaten track and discover beautiful vistas, beaches and trails in the Comox Valley. This is the perfect opportunity to work intensly with a fitness & lifestyle coach who will help you move beyond barriers, set goals and create action steps to help you reach your optimal health. This safe and supportive, small group camp will provide you with energy and inspiration on your health & fitness journey. Let's get started!
Spring 2013

Dates:Weeklong Camp: Friday, April 12-Friday April 19
Weekend Camp Only: Friday, April 12-Sunday April 14
Where: Kingfisher Resort and beautiful Comox Valley parks, beaches and trails.

For more information and to register go to: