Posts Tagged ‘Cary Castagna

WH Media Transformation Challenge weigh-in tomorrow

- February 6th, 2014

World Health Edmonton Media Transformation Challenge 2014

It’s on!

World Health has rounded up several Edmonton media personalities, including yours truly, for a six-week fitness challenge.

The official weigh-in is slated for noon to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 7) at World Health’s Glenora gym.

With bragging rights and a $1,000 charity donation up for grabs, I’ll have my game face on.

Look for more details soon in my Keeping Fit column and on this blog.

In the meantime, here’s the press release issued by World Health:

Reebok launches online fitness community, fitness app

- August 27th, 2013

Now this is really cool …


Reebok launches its ReebokONE online fitness 
community and new Fitness App

ReebokONE connects fitness professionals around the world; 
Reebok Fitness app adds variety to consumers’ fitness routines

Toronto, ON — Reebok today announced the launch of two innovative digital tools in ReebokONE and the Reebok Fitness app. ReebokONE is an online fitness community unified by one mission — to make people fit for life. The network acts as a hub where fitness professionals from around the globe can connect and find inspiration among fellow professionals, helping them to develop their skill set, progress their careers and create a brand for themselves. The Reebok Fitness app, designed to inject variety into workout programs, helps consumers rejuvenate their fitness routine by creating new and varied workouts using a combination of popular disciplines – walking, running, dance, yoga and training.



By signing up to the free online platform at, fitness professionals can create their own personalized web page, with customizable URL, where they can upload photos, update an “About Me” section, upload their certifications and areas of expertise plus add locations where they teach. This enables members to connect with clients and other fitness experts around the world, making ReebokONE the premier fitness destination for fitness professionals.
Along with being able to connect with other experts, instructors that sign up to ReebokONE also gain access to a number of member rewards, including:

  • A 25 per cent discount on Reebok products
  • The ability to earn commission on Reebok products they recommend
  • Access to exclusive fitness content from Reebok

To earn commission, members are required to sign up to the commission program, which then allows visitors to purchase products displayed in the ‘My Favorite Gear’ section of their profile. Members will then receive a commission on every purchase made through their page without having to do anything further.
In addition to the financial benefits, signing up to the network instantly unlocks exclusive fitness content from Reebok covering a wide range of topics to help further enhance the careers and skill set of fitness professionals. This includes a ‘Learn From The Best’ feature, where members can gain insights into the latest fitness trends, gear and advice; and a ‘Featured Professional’ section that allows members to learn from other fitness and training experts.

“I am so grateful to be a part of the ReebokONE network,” said two-time CFL all-star defensive back Tommy Europe, now personal trainer and fitness blogger. “As a professional, I strive to always continue my education so I can provide the best service possible. ReebokONE is a network of mentors, peers, and constant motivation; all real fitness professionals should join.”

Reebok Fitness App

The free Reebok Fitness app, available on Apple and Android devices and online at, allows consumers to create customized workout programs based on activities they already love and new activities they’d like to try. Users simply need to select the length of the program they require followed by the percentage of time they would like to focus on each activity and the Reebok Fitness app will generate a workout routine based on their individual preferences. Consisting of a variety of different workouts to complete each week, the program can be personalized further by allocating certain workouts to specific days of the week to ensure you never miss a workout.

Michael Rossi, vice president of Reebok Canada, said “We want to spark people’s passion for fitness and encourage them to get the most out of their workouts. We believe people make the most of their activities when they’re motivated, so that’s why we created the Reebok Fitness app. With over 200 workouts, the app gives people the chance to try new activities and plan a varied workout program in a few quick steps. We believe that mixing up your workouts and trying new activities will help you realize your full potential.”

Reebok is dedicated to empowering people to be fit for life. The brand wants to inspire people to get moving and is passionate about helping people lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
To find out more information and to register for ReebokONE, please visit

The Reebok Fitness App is available to download from iTunes, Google Play or to use online at and is free for everyone.

A video about the app can be found at


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About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division. For more information, visit

Wellness forum tonight

- August 13th, 2013

Just a reminder that I’ll be at A New Day Begins wellness forum tonight in Edmonton.

It runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Edmonton Hotel and Convention Centre, 4520 76 Ave. Tickets are just $10.

A New Day Begins by Cary Castagna

Here are some more details:

Join leading nutritional, fitness and personal development experts and understand body confidence. Everything you always wanted to know but weren’t sure who to ask.

This event is going to be hosted as a wellness forum.

We are excited to have the following experts with us:

A New Day Beings — Dean and Lori Runzer sharing the vision on spreading the message of health and wealth

The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic — Brettany Sorokowsky sharing why eating in a fashion that your body can except is important as well as a sample of a days worth meals

Karen Elgert — Why getting a liquid anti oxidant is important element to have in your daily routine

Cary Castagna — to be interviewed by Lori Runzer on the journey to health

Get your tickets here:

Survival of the Fittest: The final push

- June 17th, 2013
Kelly Hanscom and Cary Castagna at Athletes Nation

From left: Kelly Hanscom, of the Core Fitness team at Athletes Nation in St. Albert, leads me through some resistance band training during a workout last month.

Yowza! Just checked the calendar. Looks like the eight-week fitness challenge between yours truly and curling legend Randy Ferbey is almost over.

The eight weeks is up this Wednesday (June 19).

If you’ll recall, Randy and I have been following the exercise and nutrition principles laid out in celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald‘s New York Times bestseller, Body Confidence, in an eight-week quest to see who can build the most muscle and lose the most fat.

I definitely FEEL stronger and healthier. Friends have noticed it in my face (less puffy) and upper body (more muscular).

But no matter what the final results reveal this week, I know I’m nowhere near where I want to be — an uber-fit dad and husband to my beautiful daughters and wife.

Of course, that was never the goal of this 56-day challenge. From the outset, Randy and I were both well aware that we would be striving to make incremental changes that would help set us up for improved health and fitness down the road.

This challenge, which I dubbed “Survival of the Fittest,” was to be the start of an evolution.

And like any Darwinian-type metamorphosis, it’s going to take time.

As much as I wanted to, I knew I wasn’t going to “shock the world” in eight weeks.

Patience, grasshopper. Yes, indeed.

Throughout the past two months, I’ve fought my all-or-nothing tendencies. So I’m OK with the fact that I haven’t been perfect — especially when it has come to following my meal plans.

And while I’ve been an animal during my workouts, leaving every last ounce of energy at Athletes Nation, I was forced to miss a few sessions, too, due to, well, “life.”

And that’s OK because this is just one mere step in my lifelong fitness journey.

At the mid-point of this challenge about four weeks ago, I was down a total of six pounds. But let me explain.

According to trainer Kelly Hanscom of the Core Fitness team at Athletes Nation, I had lost nine pounds of bodyfat and gained three pounds of muscle for an overall difference of six pounds by mid-May. My bodyfat  percentage had dipped three percentage points.

So I’ve gained muscle AND lost fat.

Not too shabby.

Stay tuned this week for the final results.

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In the meantime, please allow me to thank the incredible team that has helped me through these past eight weeks. They’ve definitely put me on a certain path to success.

They are, in no particular order:

• Personal trainers Kelly Hansom and Jarred Berndt, of Core Fitness at Athletes Nation.

• Nutrition coaches Brettany Sorokowsky and Ginny Howatt, of The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic.

And although she’s been helping out Randy Ferbey, I’d be remiss in not mentioning Shari Reiniger of Fuel 2 Perform.

Thank you for investing in me. You’ve left me with no excuses not to be the best I can be.

As is evident by the following two pics, methinks I’m well on my way …

Castagna's leap of faith

Leap of faith? Trainer Kelly Hanscom has taught me to believe in myself.

Hanscom and Castagna having a ball

Enjoying the journey! Kelly and I have certainly had a ball during our workouts!

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Survival of the Fittest: Update

- May 8th, 2013

Survival of the Fittest

The metamorphosis has begun. I feel like I should be wearing a T-shirt that says: “Under construction.”

The first two weeks of the eight-week fitness challenge between yours truly and curling legend Randy Ferbey is in the books.

I’ve dubbed this Darwinian challenge “Survival of the Fittest.”

And the fittest will be the one who can maintain (or build) the most muscle and lose the most bodyfat. We’re both following the exercise and nutrition principles laid out in celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald‘s New York Times bestseller, Body Confidence.

And although it’s set for eight weeks, this is merely the beginning of what is designed as a lifelong journey.

The changes have been incremental through these first two weeks because this ain’t no sprint — it’s a marathon! Let me say it again: this is for life!

Sure, I’m down about five pounds. But more importantly, I’ve been making some small lifestyle habits that are slowly adding up and I’m already feeling the shift.

Brettany Sorokowsky of The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic has been working with me on nutrition, while Kelly Hanscom of the Core Fitness team has been putting me through some kick-butt workouts at Athletes Nation in St. Albert.

The key now is to continue to build on this early momentum. I’ve celebrated some small victories along the way and I’m intent on enjoying the journey, but my sights are firmly set on achieving my longer-term fitness goals. That vision is now what drives me. It’s top of mind when I get up in the morning, it stays with me all day and it’s still there when I go to bed at night.

Yup, methinks Ferbey is in tough.

Of course, he’s a world champ. And you can bet he’s got an ultra-competitive side to him.

But he also has a household name and a recognizable face, which means all the pressure is on him to beat me.

Don’t feel bad for Ferbey, though. He’s got Shari Reiniger of Fuel 2 Perform in his corner. And Hanscom is also making him sweat at Athletes Nation. Plus, Ferbey’s friend Jason Rimmer has joined him for moral support.

Indeed, it’s going to be an epic battle.

But like I said before, this isn’t just about Castagna and Ferbey. This is so much more. Our greatest hope out of all of this is to inspire others to take control of their lives.

We want to inspire YOU!

And if you’ve answered the challenge, we want to hear from you. Tell us how you’re doing. What are your struggles? What are you doing to overcome them?

C’mon, we’re all in this together! Let’s build a community, so we can build each other up to ultimately live healthier and happier lives!

You are welcome to comment below, find me on Facebook and Twitter, or email me at

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Here are some pics from the challenge so far:


Sharing a laugh with celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald while getting his book signed after a bodyweight workout at Athletes Nation.                                 (Photo by Mackenzie McLeod)


Look, custom-designed water bottles for the eight-week challenge! Emblazoned with the “Eight to Life” motto, the bottles are courtesy The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic, Core Fitness and Fuel 2 Perform.


The dreaded weigh-in. Trainer Kelly Hanscom weighs me at Athletes Nation in St. Albert.                   (Photo by Brettany Sorokowsky)


Yours truly is ready to rock! (Photo by Brettany Sorokowsky)

randy ferbey and jason rimmer

Randy Ferbey, left, and his pal, Jason Rimmer, perform planks on the turf at Athletes Nation as part of the initial assessment, while trainer Kelly Hanscom looks on. (Photo by Shari Reiniger)

Wall sit

Does this wall sit make me look fat? Who knew this part of the initial assessment would be so unflattering? Nevertheless, trainer Kelly Hanscom was impressed with the muscular endurance in my powerful legs. (Photo by Shari Reiniger)

Randy Ferbey stationary bike

Randy Ferbey pumps the pedals and proves his mettle during the stationary bike portion of the initial assessment.                            (Photo by Shari Reiniger)

Randy Ferbey and Mark Macdonald

Randy Ferbey, left, shows celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald how a world curling champ does it. The two got together prior to the challenge at the Sherwood Park Curling Club. (Photo by Shari Reiniger)

Cary and Kelly

Trainer Kelly Hanscom, right, puts the ‘fun’ in functional training during one of our first gruelling workouts at Athletes Nation in St. Albert. (Photo by Megan Lalor)

Cary side profile

Time for a breather. But as is evident by my protruding paunch, I’ve got lots of work to do in the coming weeks and months.                (Photo by Megan Lalor)

Jarred and Cary

Jarred Berndt, my other trainer at Athletes Nation and the inspiration behind my new haircut, is all smiles after our first kick-butt session together. I, on the other hand, am sporting more of a deer-in-the-headlights look. (Photo by Aaron Kilian, manager of Core Fitness at Athletes Nation)

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Hanscom, Berndt, Reiniger and Sorokowsky are all available to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Call Athletes Nation at 780-458-3700 to reach Hanscom and Berndt, or email them at or

Sorokowsky is available on her cell at 780-914-5411 or via email at, while Reiniger is at 780-918-8809 or

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For more on Mark Macdonald, check out the following columns I’ve written:

• Fit inside and out (April 2013)

• A defined balance (November 2012)

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