Posts Tagged ‘Calgary

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

My $500 Adidas shopping spree

- August 28th, 2014

If you had $500 to spend at the new Adidas store at the CrossIron Mills mall in Calgary, what would you buy?

Here’s what I bought during a shopping trip with my eldest daughter several months ago.

Infant baby gift set ($45) — I just couldn’t resist this cute little onesie for our newest addition.

Infant baby gift set

Infant baby gift set (back)

Cushioned crew socks ($15) — Gotta have ‘em. I picked up two packages of three pairs each. Running total: $75.

adidas socks

Trefoil tee ($27) — It matches the track suit. Wait ’til you see the track suit! Running total: $102.

adi trefoil tee blue

Ultimate fleece pullover hoodie ($60) — It’s oh so soft and snuggly. Perfect for my beautiful wife! Running total: $162.


Ultimate fleece pants (two pairs for $55 each) — I prefer to wear shorts seven months out of the year (April to October). These are for the frigid months (November to March). Running total: $272.

Ultimate fleece pants

Fleece pants (grey)

Trefoil hoodie ($70) — Methinks you can never have enough hoodies. Running total: $342.

Adidas trefoil hoodie

Originals firebird track top ($70) and Originals firebird track pants ($60) — The piece de resistance! You gotta love a man in a blue tracksuit. No? Well, I love my tracksuit! Grand total: $472.

Originals firebird track top

Originals firebird track pants

Run the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet’

- June 30th, 2014

There’s ample opportunity this year to paint your town (or one near you) red … and yellow … and blue …

The Color Run, aka the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” is taking place in the following cities over the next several weeks:

• Mississauga on Sunday, July 13

• Windsor on Saturday, July 19

• Montreal on Saturday, August 16

• Calgary on Saturday, August 30,

• Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday, September 13

• London, Ontario on Sunday, September 21

That’s a lot of happiness!

Here’s the press release for the Mississauga event:



The Color Run™ bursts into Mississauga

Run the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” with thousands this July

TORONTO, ON – The hugely popular The Color Run™ will make its way to Mississauga on Sunday, July 13, introducing fun new elements for returning participants. The event will be held at the Hershey Centre (5500 Rose Cherry Pl) and will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for the event is now open for teams and individual runners.
With no official race winner, or times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Runners of all ages, sizes and fitness levels participate in the run; beginning at the start line in all-white clothing and finishing, covered in a rainbow of colors. After each kilometer, a different shade of powder fills the air covering runners. By the time the finish line is reached, the air and runners are filled with vivid color combinations.
After runners complete the 5k, they join the Finish Festival, a larger than life party filled with music, dancing, free swag and massive color throws.

This year, The Color Run will roll out The Kaleidoscope Tour that features life-size kaleidoscope triangles, confetti, and colourful arches at the finish to further expand on the colourful theme.

The Color Run brings communities together and creates energy so positive it’s contagious,” said Travis Snyder, founder of The Color Run. “We also love to partner with local charities who share in our vision and share our mantra: ‘Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You’.

The Color Run Mississauga is proud to be partnering with local charitable organization, Kids CAN Charity.

“Kids CAN is very excited about working together with The Color Run and being chosen as the charity of choice for the Mississauga event. Kids CAN Charity provides support and encouragement for children and youth with autism and other developmental disorders,” said Hope McSwain, Program and Events Supervisor.

The donation from The Color Run will help fund the expenses involved with operating social skills groups and programs for children and youth as well as assisting with parent workshops and support groups for their caregivers.

Since its debut in January 2012, interest in The Color Run has exploded with more than 3.1 million ‘likes’ on Facebook. Last year, The Color Run visited more than 110 countries internationally. This year, there will be more than 200 Color Run events with millions of participants.

The Color Run will take place in Windsor on Saturday, July 19, in Montreal on Saturday, August 16, in Calgary on Saturday, August 30, in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, September 13 and in  London, Ontario on Sunday, September 21.

Solo runner/walker cost is $60. Team runners and walkers cost is $55. Children under the age of five are free. To register, or for more details, please visit:

Twitter: TheColorRun

Facebook: The Color Run

Instagram: The Color Run

About The Color Run™

The Color Run is the originator and innovator of the paint race genre and is the largest running series in the world. In 2012, The Color Run hosted 53 events worldwide with more than 600,000 participants. In 2013, it tripled its growth by hosting more than 170 events in 20+ countries with 1.6 million participants.  In 2014, The Color Run is propelling itself into becoming one of the largest event series in history by hosting events in more than 50 countries and over 110 cities internationally.

For more on The Color Run, visit or watch this video.

The Color Run Mississauga is an IMG Event.

Jillian Michaels coming to Canada

- February 28th, 2014
Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels is going to be making some lucky Canadians sweat next week.

The tough-love trainer of Biggest Loser reality TV fame will be in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia from Monday to Wednesday.

Here’s the press release with all the details …

adidas Sports Performance Store opens in Calgary

- October 16th, 2013

Fitness-conscious and sports-minded Calgarians are going to love this news …


adidas Sports Performance Store opens at CrossIron Mills

adidas’ first location inside a Retail Power Centre

Lesya McQueen

CALGARY, ALBERTA, Oct. 16, 2013 – Sports and fashion fiends have a new reason to shop at CrossIron Mills when adidas opens its first Sports Performance Store inside a retail power centre tomorrow at 10 a.m.  The new store will combine the latest in sports innovation with fashionable trends from adidas Originals.

“Interacting with our consumers at our own retail stores provides us with a great platform to tell our brand story,” said Jim Gabel, President of adidas Group Canada. “We’re confident that CrossIron consumers, whether they are sports or fashion enthusiasts, will love this store.”

Located within the mall’s Sports Neighbourhood, the store will offer adidas’ best in class soccer, training, basketball and running product lines.  The adidas Originals shop-in-shop will feature the brand’s iconic Originals line as well as its renowned collaborations with fashion designer Jeremy Scott and other creations to celebrate originality.   For the sports fan, the store will also include licensed apparel from the NBA, MLS and other major sports where adidas enjoys a presence.

“Opening a location within a destination mall is something new for us,” said Lesya McQueen, Vice President Retail and E-Commerce for adidas.  “CrossIron Mills made the most sense for us to amplify the adidas brand in what we see as dynamic and growing community.

adidas opened its first Sports Performance Store in Toronto in 2008 before making a bicoastal move opening doors in Vancouver in 2010.  Additionally, adidas Originals stores can be found in the heart of Montreal and Toronto respectively.

“Adding adidas to our store directory is a major coup for Calgary,” said James Moller, General Manager, CrossIron Mills. “Our consumer deserves the very best and adding a global brand of this magnitude speaks to that.  It’s sure to be a crowd favourite.”

The interior of the store was an internal concept design, covering 1,870 square feet of retail space.

The store officially opens to the public on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.  Regular business hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

About CrossIron Mills

CrossIron Mills, the first enclosed shopping centre built in Alberta in 20 years, opened in August 2009, just 1.5 km north of Calgary in Rocky View County and less than 10 minutes from the Calgary International Airport. Ideally situated on the busiest transportation corridor in the province of Alberta, the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, the innovative 1.4 million-square-foot shopping centre is the largest single level shopping centre in Alberta, with 17 large format anchors and more than 200 specialty stores and premium brand outlets. Developed in the Mills concept, combining the best attributes of a traditional shopping centre, power centre and exciting architecture under one roof, CrossIron Mills is the only true outlet concept shopping centre in Western Canada.

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About adidas 

adidas develops high performance apparel and footwear to help athletes train, compete, prepare for and recover from their sport. adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. For more information, visit