Posts Tagged ‘St. Albert

East River workout

- August 21st, 2014

Those outdoor exercise machines are seemingly everywhere.

Vacationing Edmonton Sun news editor Gary Poignant sent me the following iPhone photo of a handful of people working up a sweat on said equipment under the FDR expressway in New York City.

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Very cool.

Click HERE for my recent Keeping Fit column on an outdoor exercise circuit in St. Albert.

CNN fitness expert returns to Alberta

- October 7th, 2013

MarkMacdonald

He’s baaack!

Mark Macdonald, an Atlanta-based fitness and nutrition expert for CNN and a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show, has returned to the Edmonton area for a couple days to share his wisdom.

Here are the details on a few of Mark’s public appearances:

Snap Fitness Sherwood Park
2257 Premier Way, Sherwood Park

1st Clinic — Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.
2nd Clinic — Oct. 7th at 6 p.m.

Hosted by The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic.

Fuel Your Performance Flyer October 2013 by Cary Castagna

U.S. health expert in Alberta this week

- September 25th, 2013
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Alan Logan

When naturopathic doctor Alan Logan speaks, you should listen.

The New York-based author of Your Brain on Nature is a wealth of health and fitness knowledge — and most importantly, he backs up his informed opinion with all the latest research.

Logan is making three public appearances in Alberta this week.

Here are the details:

Ancient Nutrition Meets Modern Day Science, Sept 27 by Cary Castagna

Amaranth Whole Foods Book signing, Sept 26th by Cary Castagna

Think Better, Think Healthier, Think Green by Cary Castagna

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 cary.castagna@sunmedia.ca.

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Here are some pics from the challenge so far:

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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)

waterbottles

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.

weighin

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

muscles

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 khanscom@athletesnation.com or jberndt@athletesnation.com.

Sorokowsky is available on her cell at 780-914-5411 or via email at Brettany@balancedbloodsugar.com, while Reiniger is at 780-918-8809 or shari.reiniger@venicenutrition.com.

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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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