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Reebok hosts CrossFit Games Open event today in Milton

- February 26th, 2015


As the Reebok CrossFit Games season gets underway today, Reebok has just announced it will be hosting Open events in Milton, Ont., Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary.

Here are the details:

 Reebok Canada announces it will sponsor five events across the country in celebration of the Reebok CrossFit OPEN, the first round of qualifications for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games held in Carson, California. The first event is taking place today at Reebok CrossFit FirePower, located at 705 Nipissing Rd, Milton, ON, L9T 4Z5.

The OPEN is a series of five CrossFit workouts released online on, which Reebok will live-stream from an affiliate CrossFit box (gym) every Thursday, starting today, and for the next four weeks. The following Saturdays, Reebok invites registered participants, aged 13 to 60+, to perform their weekly OPEN workout alongside international celebrity CrossFit athletes, and earn prizes for declaring their personal goals for this year’s competition on

The events will be open to the public to view at no charge. 

Reebok CrossFit FirePower Kids
705 Nipissing Rd, Milton, ON, L9T 4Z5
(905) 864-9941

Video: Root of fitness success lies in your mind

- February 19th, 2015

(Note: This is the second in a series of posts by Keeping Fit blog contributor Carrie Campbell.)


Carrie Campbell (Photo by Thierry Quenette)

When you assess your fitness/nutrition goals on their success what do you consider? Your program? Meal plan? Likely those are the first two elements that come to mind. What if I were to tell you that the root of your success in fitness lies in your mind.

What is occurring in your subconscious mind that is derailing your intentions?

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About Carrie

Carrie Campbell is anything but an “in the box” kind of woman. A counsellor since the age of 19, personal trainer at the age of 23 and professional model, she lends her expertise candidly and honestly with the hopes of inspiring others to find their best selves. Co-founder of The Art of Inspired Living and “Change the Story Method,” her purpose as she so authentically puts it is to “serve others.” Combining the elements of mindset, training and nutrition she will be coming with featured weekly articles and videos for the Keeping Fit blog.

Find Her Here:

Take the Healthy Heart Challenge

- February 5th, 2015


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, GoodLife Fitness is teaming up with one of Canada’s leading cardiac centres.

It’s for the 28-day Healthy Heart Challenge and it kicks off on Facebook this week.

Here are all the details:

Improving heart health: GoodLife Fitness and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre launch 28-day Healthy Heart Challenge for Heart Month

In honour of Heart Month, GoodLife Fitness has teamed up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) to host a 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge on Facebook throughout the month of February. Participants will be provided daily access to cardiac stats, fitness advice, nutrition tips, inspiring stories of how people changed their lives, and more – all in an effort to improve the heart health of Canadians.


For the 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge, cardiovascular rehabilitation experts from PMCC have combined their knowledge and tips from fitness experts at GoodLife to create a unique, easy-to-follow program that will help improve the heart health of Canadians.  Each day, participants will gain access to:

• Educational statistics and research facts to learn more about heart health in Canada

• Nutrition, lifestyle and exercise to support positive change and manage heart risks

• An actionable daily challenge that applies preventative advice to encourage heart health

When: February 1- 28

Where: The public is encouraged to take the 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge by going to

Join the conversation using #iheartexercise

The 28 Day Healthy Heart Challenge is part of a larger collaboration between GoodLife Fitness and Peter Munk Cardiac Care Centre that was launched in 2012. GoodLife Fitness has committed $5 million to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre with the goal of transforming the lives of Canadians affected by heart disease and helping prevent this reality for many.

The collaboration is made up of three main components:

1. GoodLife Fitness Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Medicine, which strives to be internationally recognized for excellence in heart health and exercise and drives care and research in post-acute cardiovascular health and secondary prevention.

2. The search and appointment of Dr. Paul Oh to GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention.

3. An innovative club-based program called CardioStrong which was developed by Peter Munk Cardiac Centre rehabilitation experts along with GoodLife fitness experts. Cardiostrong helps patients transition into the community and achieve life-long success in their cardiac rehabilitation and health.


Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in Canada. GoodLife is the largest privately owned fitness club chain by a sole owner and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 330 clubs from coast-to-coast, including 70 Énergie Cardio and EconoFitness Clubs in Quebec, approximately 13,000 employees and more than 1 million Members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 34 Canadians every day.


The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital – members of University Health Network.

Change one thing, change your training world

- January 22nd, 2015

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Keeping Fit blog contributor Carrie Campbell.)


The tail end of 2013 saw me frustrated and rather annoyed with my fitness progress. Even I, the person who had been training for fitness competitions on and off since the age of 18 was at a point where I felt something needed to change.

In 2011, I retired from the scene of bikinis and fake tans simply to adopt the permanent lifestyle that I always craved. Don’t get me wrong, I have no ill will towards being a fitness competitor, it just wasn’t “my thing.”

I found myself for the next two years jumping around from one program to another and testing varying nutritional plans. Consistency and discipline have never been my problem but yet I still felt like there was something missing.

At the tender age of 18, I remember scanning the pages of Oxygen and Muscle and Fitness Hers paying particular attention to the lean physiques packed with muscle.

I knew what I wanted.

Always have.

Yes, I am here to say that without question I desired a lean and athletic looking body. Hence the journey into the fitness competitors world. The logic was simple, wasn’t it?

To get that, I must do what they are doing.

Fast forward back to 2013. I was doing “that” and yet still not getting quite the desired results.

Then one day in the middle of a life coaching session with one of my clients, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was explaining to them that in order to truly find happiness in life you have to know what you want!


Boom! Out of nowhere clarity hit me and I came to the biggest realization of my training life.

What I thought I always wanted, is not really what I wanted!

I know, I know that is a tongue twister but take a second to wrap your brain around it.

I spent my life training to “look” a certain way but when I boiled it down and scrutinized my true desires, that wasn’t what I truly wanted.

I want at the age of 60 to be able to do handstands on a beach, to pull my body up the way I can now and to be mobile and fluid.

Longevity. Health. Happiness.

THAT is what I wanted.

This epiphany changed my world.

This one thing is all I changed and is what accounts for the change that you see in these pictures here.

When I put my focus on what I really wanted,  the secondary and tertiary stuff just came along with it.

I stopped training like a “bodybuilder”, haven’t stepped foot on a cardio machine in two years and found the FUN in my training again.

I hired worldclass Agatsu Founders, Sara-Clare LaJeunesse and Shawn Mozen to help me get stronger and more flexible.

My world transformed from 3 sets of 12 bicep curls to doing 25lbs weighted chin-ups.

Truly, the results speak for themselves.

Over the years training clients and working with life coaching clients what I have come to realize is that more often than not when you don’t have success in something the potential is that you aren’t really sure what it is you want.

Foundation is KEY!

The programming. The dieting. The plans… they come later.

Whether it is six-pack abs, the ability to walk up stairs without being winded, or learning to do the splits, you have to know what it is you want.

Not what they want or what society says you want.

So before you start the next “8 Weeks To a Better You” program take the time to assess and establish your foundation.

Trust me, I would say the proof is in the pudding but really it is in the photos above!



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About Carrie

Carrie Campbell is anything but an “in the box” kind of woman. A counsellor since the age of 19, personal trainer at the age of 23 and professional model, she lends her expertise candidly and honestly with the hopes of inspiring others to find their best selves. Co-founder of The Art of Inspired Living and “Change the Story Method,” her purpose as she so authentically puts it is to “serve others.” Combining the elements of mindset, training and nutrition she will be coming with featured weekly articles and videos for the Keeping Fit blog.

Find Her Here:

GoodLife Fitness banks on historic Calgary building

- January 15th, 2015

The interior of the new GoodLife Fitness club in downtown Calgary.

It’s rather fitting, wouldn’t you say, that a historic building in downtown Calgary that once served as a bank is now home to a gym.

I mean, is there any greater investment you can make than in your health?

In case you missed it, GoodLife Fitness has opened its newest location  in the 85-year-old former Bank of Montreal building on Stephen Avenue. The grand opening for the flagship club was held Tuesday (Jan. 13).

Here’s the full press release:

GoodLife Fitness strengthens heart of downtown Calgary

New club breathes life and energy into historic Bank of Montreal building

CALGARY, AB: People living and working in downtown Calgary can now enjoy their workouts surrounded by natural light, limestone and Corinthian columns with the opening of the newest GoodLife Fitness club in the historic Bank of Montreal (BMO) building on Stephen Avenue.

GoodLife Fitness Founder and CEO David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans chose the long vacant former bank building as an ideal location for the company’s flagship Calgary club. Patch recognized the potential of the location and the importance of preserving this vital part of Calgary’s heritage – a building symbolizing the origins of Calgary’s business success.

“Calgary has such a successful economy and vibrant business core,” said Patch. “This gorgeous building pays tribute to the city’s heritage and provides an opportunity to bring a truly unique, enjoyable fitness experience to people working and living downtown. This is one of our most beautiful fitness clubs in Canada and I’m delighted to welcome Calgarians through our doors.”

GoodLife Fitness worked with Square Feet Design Group Inc. and Trigon Construction Management for over a year restoring the historic building’s mezzanine, main floor and basement. The company took great care to protect the unique decorative features including 35-foot ceilings embellished with rosettes and 917 ounces of gold leaf, marble floors, decorative mouldings and original chandeliers.

According to Lori Ireland of Square Feet Design, there were special structural and decorative considerations in transforming a heritage building to accommodate a fitness club.

Working closely with the Historic Resources and Management Branch of the Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the team reinforced the structural floor load to carry the extra weight and vibration of the equipment and replaced the cooling and fresh air systems. They uncovered solid marble inlaid floors, cleaned and restored ornamental plasterwork, and polished brass doors and handrails.

“We developed brand new approaches to meet infrastructure requirements and ensure the heritage elements of the building would be conserved. GoodLife took great care to rebuild many of the interior historic features and uncovered beautiful decorative elements in the process. One of the washrooms is actually built inside an old bank vault. It was well worth the extra effort,” said Ireland. “The faces of the GoodLife employees and members of the public visiting in recent weeks say it all. Their positive reaction confirms we were successful in maintaining the historic elements and accentuating the original beauty.”

The Stephen Avenue GoodLife Fitness club opened its doors on December 18, 2014 with a full range of professional fitness experts, high-end equipment and fitness classes. Club amenities include cardiovascular equipment, strength training equipment, free weights, group fitness classes, personal training, massage chairs, modern change rooms with dry cedar saunas and more.

GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Alberta and continues to expand across the province. There are currently 27 GoodLife Fitness clubs in Alberta including four Fit4Less clubs. The company plans to expand to 30 clubs in the province in the near future.  In the Calgary area, there are currently 13 GoodLife Fitness and two Fit4Less clubs. GoodLife is working to provide great fitness options and convenient locations where Albertans can feel welcome while they achieve their health, fitness and wellness goals.

About the building

• Montreal architect Kenneth Guscotte Rea (1878-1941) designed the Bank of Montreal building. He designed more than 120 bank buildings across Canada.

• Rea designed the building in the monumental Beaux Arts style, which incorporates neo-classical elements that reflect wealth, dignity and stability.

• Built in 1931, the heritage value of the Bank of Montreal building lies in its association with the establishment and consolidation of financial institutions in Calgary.

• The Stephen Avenue building served as Bank of Montreal’s regional headquarters and main western Canadian office for 50 years.

• Clad in Manitoba Tyndall limestone, the building boasts a front façade with

four fluted Corinthian columns. The building also features marble floors, lavish gilded plasterwork and original chandeliers and sconce lights.

• Well-known music and electronic retailer A&B Sound operated out of the building for 10 years before vacating the location in 2005.

About the restoration

• The ground level and mezzanine of the building are 30 feet tall, complete with columns topped with ornate Corinthian capitals and decorated with gold gilt appliqué.

• The original chandeliers are intact and operational, as are large solid brass wall sconces. They have all been cleaned and new LED lamps installed to improve lighting levels.

• The inside walls are adorned with hand painted Neo Classic panels with decorative mouldings that are also hand painted with gold gilt.

• The centre of the banking hall has a solid marble floor with inlaid borders. The floor had been covered for many years but has since been buffed and polished. The original solid marble stairs were also uncovered and restored to reveal an inlaid marble pattern.

• Since the original stairs to the mezzanine had been removed, GoodLife installed an ultra-modern granite and glass staircase in a new location that is now a design feature.

• The original solid marble handrail and spindles were protected from damage during construction. The GoodLife team developed custom, hand painted wood spindles and handrails to replace a section that was previously damaged.

• The ornate brass handrails were carefully polished and reinstalled.

• The entrance vestibule is made of solid brass slabs. All were buffed and polished to remove tarnish that had accumulated over the years.

• The original entry was a revolving door system. A previous tenant had removed the system, so GoodLife installed new full height glass doors on the exterior, as well as an interior vestibule.

• The original brass exterior doors had been buried behind hoarding at the front of the building. Once the new glass doors arrived, GoodLife removed the hoarding and the original brass doors are now visible.

• The main entrance features a large marble feature wall with a clock and the original Bank of Montreal coat of arms. The clock was repaired and the crest was hand polished.

• The original bank manager’s office is clad with detailed wood wall panels and a marble fireplace and mantel. These features were restored.

• An existing exposed stone exterior wall in the spinning room has been showcased with accent lighting.

• The original vault doors have been permanently pinned in an open position and one of the vaults is now a rental locker room for the members to store their personal belongings. The other vault was converted to a men’s washroom.

Club amenities

The 24-4 Stephen Avenue GoodLife Fitness club offers:

• Cardiovascular equipment

• Group Cycling

• Team Training

• Personal Training

• Strength Training equipment

• Locker Rentals

• Towel Service

• Dry Cedar Sauna

• Massage Chairs