Posts Tagged ‘Club Fit

Where’s the beef … stroganoff?

- October 26th, 2010

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Here’s another fun YouTube video featuring yours truly.

9759438Click here to watch my trainer Adam Dawe and I cook up a batch of guilt-free beef stroganoff on a segment of Celebrity Chefs awhile back on Citytv.

It’s 455 calories of savoury, sauteed goodness — and really easy to make.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups mushrooms

• 1/2 cup onions

• 4 oz. beef, lean cuts

• 1/2 cup yogurt, plain, low fat

• 3 cups beans, green or yellow

• 1 2/3 tsp. olive or monounsaturated oil

Preparation:

• Slice the beef and saute with the veggies.

• Mix in the yogurt when done.

• Season with rosemary.

• Serve hot.

Mmmm, protein. It does the body good.

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My ol’ Club Fit TV ads

- October 25th, 2010

So I filmed a couple commercials a few years ago for Club Fit in Edmonton. Citytv ran them for a short time.

Club Fit no longer exists. But the commercials are forever preserved on YouTube.

Doncha just love the corny music?

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Click here for the first commercial and here for the second one.

GoodLife’s expansion continues with Sherwood Park

- July 13th, 2010

image002Western Canada’s largest fitness chain is slated to open a second location in the Edmonton area.

Residents in and around Sherwood Park, just east of Aberta’s capital, soon will have a chance to live the “GoodLife.” A GoodLife Fitness facility is planned for Sherwood Park Mall, at 2020 Sherwood Dr., in the spring of 2011.

GoodLife Fitness, with more than 275 locations across Canada, arrived in Edmonton this past March with the opening of a southside facility.

I’ve been told that there are several more GoodLife facilities planned for Edmonton and area.

club_fitThis Edmonton explosion, GoodLife sources say, follows the relatively recent sale of Club Fit, which merged with World Health Club to become World Health. Got that?

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Former Club Fit owner David Hardy — extremely well-respected throughout the fitness industry — is a friend of GoodLife CEO and founder David (Patch) Patchell-Evans — who is extremely well-respected himself.

As the story goes, Patch purposely stayed out of Hardy’s territory as a favour to his friend.

However, when Hardy sold his majority stake in Edmonton-based Club Fit to Calgary-based International Fitness Holdings, well, all bets were off. And now GoodLife is moving in.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting battle between gym chains.

But more importantly, it’s a win-win for local gym-goers. The growing GoodLife-vs.-World Health competition will force both fitness clubs to offer their utmost in customer service as they battle to retain customers and win new ones.

So, back to Sherwood Park in Strathcona County.

The new 32,500-plus-square-foot club will boast both co-ed and ‘for women’ sections, according to a press release issued today.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second location within a year in the vibrant region surrounding Edmonton,” Patchell-Evans said in a release.

“We are committed to playing an active role in the community and helping all Edmonton and area residents get healthy and active.”

That excitement, of course, is echoed by the mall.

“Sherwood Park Mall is excited to welcome GoodLife Fitness,” said Sherwood Park Mall marketing director Tineke Buiskool-Leeuwma. “We are looking forward to a partnership to add value to our customers.”

GoodLife’s 23rd club in western Canada will offer all of the amenities the fitness firm is known for, including:

• Cardiovascular and strength-training equipment;

• Cardio theatre entertainment system with plasma TV’s;

• Group EXercise Studio;

• Group Cycling Studio;

• Hot yoga;

• Deluxe locker rooms;

• Child minding

• Large exterior windows and skylights;

• More than 75 pieces of cardio equipment;

• Access to the shopping mall;

• The edgy Les Mills group exercise programs such as BodyFlow (yoga moves), BodyJam (dance-based exercise to great music) and RPM (indoor cycling);

• Personal training;

• A virtual reality fitness and health assessment tool called the Visual Fitness Planner.

About GoodLife Fitness

GoodLife Fitness dubs itself “Canada’s largest and most successful fitness company and the largest fitness club chain in Western Canada.” It celebrated 31 years in business this year and was recently honoured with Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures award. David Patchell-Evans, GoodLife founder and CEO was also recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CCVA).

KISS – Keep It Simple, Son (or Sista)!

- March 15th, 2010
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Personal trainer Adam Dawe puts me through my paces circa January 2007 at the south Edmonton location of now-defunct Club Fit.

With all the information available on exercise and nutrition these days, you might be led to believe that keeping fit is as complex as nuclear physics.

Well, it can be that complicated if you want it to be. But it doesn’t have to be “rocket surgery,” as the smart arses say.

I’ve met countless people who manage to stay fantastically fit with relatively rudimentary regimens, unsophisticated home gyms and a basic knowledge of nutrition. Consistency is much more important than being schooled in the latest gotta-have-it fitness trend straight from Hollywood.

Take my ol’ trainer Adam Dawe, for instance. The fitness guru helped train me to victory in the 2006-07 Biggest Winner media contest – a 12-week competition to build muscle and lose fat featuring media personalities from around Edmonton. But that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, Dawe always got straight to the point. He certainly didn’t mince words in his first electronic missive to me more than three years ago.

“I hope you aren’t averse to pain and hard work, ya know … blood, sweat and tears, the good stuff,” he wrote.

Yup, straight to the point. Might as well go for the jugular.

He kept his promise, too. While we stuck to mostly basic movements, the workouts were intense.

Dawe kept his nutrition advice to me pretty straight-forward, too. He offered me the following tips:

• Make sure to eat three meals and one to three snacks a day.

• Eat sources of protein and good carbohydrates with each meal, but watch the carb portions.

• Limit fat, sugar and salts.

• Drink lots of water (two to four litres a day).

• Limit carb intake three to four hours before bed.

• Have one cheat day a week, when you can satiate any and all cravings.

Keeping fit is a lot like life: don’t make it more difficult than it is.