The Great New West Fitness Quest – Part 1

Are you making new year’s resolutions that involve fitness? Here’s the perfect series for you. Two women, one epic search for the perfect fitness regime. Will they meet their match? Or will they be left watching infomercials about fitness equipment, dreaming of fitter days?

The Heroines:

Laura Sunnus has lived in New Westminster for 3+ years and is looking for her fitness soul mate. Previously an avid soccer player, Laura is looking for a fitness routine and facility that will keep her entertained while keeping her fit enough to chase after her German Shepard-mix, Goose.

Nadine Nakagawa dreams of one day being a ballerina. But in the meantime, she enjoys an intense workout or a leisurely stroll out of doors. She needs a fitness routine that can keep up with her busy schedule.

The Quest:

Our two heroines journey through the wilds of New Westminster and best a number of obstacles, including kettlebells, gold $ necklaces, and cycle straps. They then rank the obstacles on a number of factors: the exquisiteness of the facility, the muscle-building capacity, getting your sweat on, and becoming agile like a peacock.

The Obstacles: 

The new kid on the block: Viva Tu Vide Fitness

viva

http://www.vivetuvidafitness.com/
#202-627 Columbia Street
First timer cost – $5
Drop-in cost – $15
Have a variety of monthly and punch-pass options

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Laura says—This class would be perfect for a “rest day.” It woke up my muscles without much strain. I will definitely be back for a drop-in class to try their disco light Zumba.

Nadine says—I like this yoga/dance studio and would definitely try other classes here. Prices are pretty good, it’s a beautiful heritage building, and the location is good. The class was relaxing and I enjoyed it.

screenshot-2016-12-16-11-24-01 Laura says—This class had my muscles working harder than the Glowdess class as we leaped and twirled across the studio floor. A great class for people looking for a low intensity workout.

Nadine says—My not-so-secret fantasy is that one day I’m going to be a ballerina. As a result, I enjoy ballet classes of all levels and feel like a graceful swan. This class was a bit too simple for my liking (hem, hem intermediate level over here) but would be great for a total beginner. There was some leaping and there were some sit-ups so a little bit of dance, a little bit of fitness.

screenshot-2016-12-16-11-24-09 Laura says—This class was so fun I didn’t realize how great of a workout I was getting! The instructor pumped the studio with Latin music that encouraged shoulder shimmies and hip thrusts. Add multicolour lights and you have a winning formula for a party-infused workout.

Nadine says—So…this was really fun! I thought the disco lights would bother me (sensitive to lights), but they really did make it more fun. Totally will do this again. We grooved hard.

The women’s boxing gym: 30 Minute Hit

gloves

https://www.30minutehit.com/locations/gym/new-westminster-kickboxing-boxing-fitness.html
425 E Columbia St
First timer: free!
Monthly and ongoing packages

screenshot-2016-12-16-11-24-18Laura says—This facility eliminates many of the barriers that might keep me from working out: workout anytime within their hours of operation, free parking in front of the gym, and the workout only lasts 30 minutes. I enjoyed the workout and found the trainer encouraging when my muscles felt weak. I wish they had a drop-in option as I’m not willing to invest the $65/month (plus $99 registration fee) for a month-to-month membership. Too bad, I could have been the next Ronda Rousey.

Nadine says—The noise level was a bit jarring in the morning, but I got used to it once I was giving the punching bags a hard time. I really dig that they have spaces for little ones while mom is working out. They are near transit and having free parking out front – a big plus in New West! The trainer was really encouraging and I felt energized after the workout.

The ratatouille option – a little bit of everything: Move Yoga Pilates Dance

movenewwest.com
237 Nelson’s Crescent
First-time 2 for $30
Monthly & punch passes available 

screenshot-2016-12-16-11-24-24 Laura says—Mariah. Mase. Missy. Need I say more? This class started as a dance-infused workout then turned into choreography that was hilariously attempted by yours truly. The instructor, Sergio, had a great personality that made you feel comfortable with the unfamiliar dance moves. I’ll definitely come back to this class, if only for the music.

50cNadine says—This is definitely outside of my wheelhouse. But since Laura wanted to pull out her 50¢ gold chain, we decided this would be on our list of classes to try. There’s a warm-up then we moved on to choreography. I had more fun than I expected. I definitely recommend stepping out of your comfort zone sometimes – I might even go back for more grooving to 90s tunes.

screenshot-2016-12-16-11-24-30 Laura says—I was wary about the pilates class as I previously found pilates boring but tough. This class completely changed my mind about the boring part…unfortunately (fortunately?) it is still tough. The instructor, Jenni, engaged with the class as if she was catching up with friends after spending some time apart. Although my muscles were burning, Jenni talked the class through the moves, including calling out the nasty looks that we inadvertently gave her while pulsing our legs an additional 20 times. Great workout in a comfortable environment.

Nadine says—I like pilates and I really like the owner/instructor Jenni. She makes the classes – even the painful ones when your abs are burning – really fun! This pilates class isn’t quite as intense as some I’ve taken in the past, but it’s definitely good for building some core strength. And I always feel taller after pilates.

 

Stay tuned as Nadine and Laura try on other activities and classes in New West! 

Body Connections, One Bone at a Time

The toe bone is connected to… well… everything.

Isn’t it funny how we always think of bones and muscles individually? Let’s take it a step further and try to make a connection for you.

Full disclosure: We work at a gym. So, we may be a little biased when it comes to opinions, but we promise we write this not as a self-serving advertisement, but rather an observation from our own point of view.

We see so many people come in for assessments and NeruoKinetic therapy sessions that always have a complaint about some part of their body. Is it migraines? Is it knee pain? Is it low back pain? And you know what we normally find? It’s so rare that the site of pain is the source of the problem.

In the current health environment, that’s what we’re all trained to believe. If you have pain at the top of your head, take a drug or do nothing. But what if your pain is caused by your shoulders? What if your neck being weak is the culprit? This is where this idea that the toe bone is connected to… well… everything comes into play. Continue reading “Body Connections, One Bone at a Time”

Special offer: free admission to July 16 mommy wellness event

Just a quick note for our readers who may be new mums: Thank You Mommy Wellness is presenting a special workshop for new moms and moms-to-be this Friday, July 16:  “3 Common Mistakes New Moms Make That Keep Them From Fitting Into Their Pre-pregnancy Clothes.” Tickets are $15, but get in free if you mention that you heard about it on Tenth to the Fraser!

At the event, you will learn:

  • the easiest and safest way you can lose the baby weight quickly and forever
  • how your metabolism has been keeping your weight on and how to overcome it
  • the single most important person that is impeding your weight loss goals

The event is Friday, July 16 from 10am to 11am at Thank You Mommy Wellness Center, 52 6th Street, New Westminster.

Call 604-831-2080 to register (I am told there are only a few spaces left).

Thank You Mommy Wellness offers group fitness classes in New Westminster for pregnant women as well as exercises new mums can do with their babies to shed pregnancy weight.

Hyack Your Health: 4 tips for a mom nutrition makeover

Resolving to lose the baby weight in 2010? Here are some tips to help. Plus, get 10% off classes at Thank You Mommy Wellness if you mention Tenth to the Fraser!
Resolving to lose the baby weight in 2010? Here are some tips to help. Plus, get 10% off classes at Thank You Mommy Wellness if you mention Tenth to the Fraser!

Haiku contest! Share your best New West Haiku before Jan. 10 and enter to win a $100 gift certificate for Bamboo Yoga.

As we get into the swing of things in 2010, it’s time to start following through on those resolutions! To help you out a little, we’ll be running a series of posts with advice from local folks on how to help keep common resolutions.

Let’s start by helping those who rang in the New Year with a baby in tow! Here are four nutrition tips to help lose that baby weight from Caroline Neitzel of Thank You Mommy Wellness (428 Columbia St.), which offers mom-and-baby exercise classes for moms of newborns and toddlers, as well as prenatal fitness classes. Your first class is free, plus Caroline is offering 10% off for our readers – just mention the coupon code “10thfraser.”

Says Caroline, “Your baby will never remember a messy house but they will remember the love you give them. And you can only love them to your best ability if you’re at your best ability – meaning eating healthy food and engaging in regular exercise.”

NUTRITION TIP #1: Keep your fruit where you can see it
Wash your fruit and place it in a bowl on the counter or the table, where it is easily accessible. To prevent taking in unnecessary calories and to ensure you are getting the best nutrients for your body, have fruit ready to go so you can just grab a piece as you’re running by to console or feed your baby

NUTRITION TIP #2: Your freezer is your friend
Choose one day a week and devote a couple hours to cooking some healthy meals and freezing them. Or, if you have the option, ask your mom to cook these meals for you. :O)

Some ideas include:

  • lentil soup
  • bean soup
  • vegetable soup
  • stew
  • spaghetti sauce

These meals are filled with nutrients and are easy to take out of the freezer in the morning and heat up during the day.

NUTRITION TIP #3: Graze well
If you’re a nibbler, keep healthy snacks around such as nuts, raisins, and other dried fruits. Again, keep them handy. At the start of the day, place the portion you would like to stay within during the day in a little bowl on the counter or table so you can graze as you run past.

NUTRITION TIP #4: Hydrate!
Keep yourself hydrated: drink lots of water. Drink more water than you ever thought you would, and then drink some more and that should be sufficient! Have a 1.5 liter water bottle full each morning, and make a commitment to drink at least the whole thing throughout the day. People often mistake dehydration for hunger pangs

These tips will help you stay energized throughout the day so you are always giving your best to your baby, and they will also help you avoid overindulging at meal times, taking in unnecessary calories.

Thank You Mommy Wellness Center provides prenatal yoga and mom and baby/tot fitness classes in New Westminster and Coquitlam.  These classes educate women on what exercises are safe and effective throughout the mom’s pregnancy, during her recovery period just after giving birth and for many years into motherhood, while focusing on establishing and growing an essential and loving bond between mom and baby.
Being a new mom herself and having been involved in the fitness industry for 14 years as a personal trainer, kinesiologist, yoga instructor and as a fitness fanatic, the owner brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and an intense passion to the services she provides.  The owner’s passion for the industry keeps her classes fresh, innovative, fun and filled with enthusiasm!
To redeem a 10% discount, please mention coupon code: 10thfraser.
Call now to book your free introductory class!
Caroline Neitzel, Owner
604-831-2080
www.ThankYouMommyWellness.com

Thank You Mommy Wellness Center provides prenatal yoga and mom and baby/tot fitness classes in New Westminster and Coquitlam.  These classes educate women on what exercises are safe and effective throughout the mom’s pregnancy, during her recovery period just after giving birth and for many years into motherhood, while focusing on establishing and growing an essential and loving bond between mom and baby.

Being a new mom herself and having been involved in the fitness industry for 14 years as a personal trainer, kinesiologist, yoga instructor and as a fitness fanatic, the owner brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and an intense passion to the services she provides.  The owner’s passion for the industry keeps her classes fresh, innovative, fun and filled with enthusiasm!

To redeem a 10% discount, please mention coupon code: 10thfraser.

Call now to book your free introductory class!

Caroline Neitzel, Owner

604-831-2080

www.ThankYouMommyWellness.com