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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 COMMENTS

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Make this year your best one yet!

By: Barb Gormley When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, you’re either a zealous advocate or a staunch non-believer. For the most part, whether it’s the start of a fresh … Continue reading

By: Barb Gormley

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, you’re either a zealous advocate or a staunch non-believer. For the most part, whether it’s the start of a fresh week or of a new year, people like to take the opportunity to make a healthy change. As a fitness pro, I’m all for anything that might help my clients develop healthier habits.

When choosing a New Year’s resolution, my advice is to beware of becoming overwhelmed by a large goal and getting caught up in the “resolution excitement.” Instead, take some of these steps to make your new-and-improved habits stick.

Consider these stick-to-it tips:

  • Plug in! Personal fitness trackers give a flood of data about how often you move, how far you go, how well you sleep and much more. Investing as little as $20 in a step-counting pedometer or over $100 in a snazzier device is one of the most motivating ways to get moving. With the help of these gadgets, you’re no longer on your own or at the mercy of an unreliable buddy for your health goals. It’s easy to check in on your progress with your device.

 

  • Go shopping! My clients thank me all the time for insisting that they hit the mall before tackling a fitness goal. Without the right clothes, a supportive sports bra and great shoes, you’re guaranteed to be soggy and uncomfortable while exercising. But pull on the right gear, and you’ll feel like a winner from day one!

 

  • Think small. Start with baby steps in order to achieve a larger goal. If you have 60 pounds to lose, begin with tackling five. If you plan to be vegetarian, replace your weekly burger with chicken, fish or a salad before plunging into a world of all tofu and tempeh. Make it easy on yourself by celebrating small wins along the way.

 

  • Get a grip. If you fall off the wagon on the road to achieving your goal, don’t panic – just jump back on! After all, you wouldn’t let a flat tire or bad weather on any other journey force you to turn back home, would you? Analyze what happened, and fix it. Ways to get back on track include: find a workout buddy, download motivating tunes, sign up for a class, join a running group, schedule your workouts like appointments, join an online support forum or reward yourself for reaching each small milestone. Find what works for you to be successful.

Wishing you all health and success in 2014!

FILActive Expert Barb Gormley is a certified personal trainer and a freelance health and fitness writer. Contact her at www.barbgormley.com

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Fila Holiday Contest

Holidays are all about giving… and that’s just what FILA is going to do!  WE HAVE 10 SECRET GIFTS TO GIVE! All you have to do to enter is follow the … Continue reading



Holidays are all about giving… and that’s just what FILA is going to do! 

WE HAVE 10 SECRET GIFTS TO GIVE!

All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions in our holiday giving tab: http://ow.ly/rI4N2 

What’s the catch? There isn’t one, we’re just feeling festive! 

Secret gifts will be revealed DAILY for 10 days starting December 16!

Contest runs until Dec 15 at 11:59pm. View full contest rules.

 

 

 

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 COMMENTS

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This one’s for the girls

Flirty Girl Fitness (FGF) is one of Toronto’s sexiest and most challenging fitness facilities designed just for women! FGF offers a unique, fun and convenient schedule of fitness and dance … Continue reading

Flirty Girl Fitness (FGF) is one of Toronto’s sexiest and most challenging fitness facilities designed just for women! FGF offers a unique, fun and convenient schedule of fitness and dance classes. With more than 75 classes offered each week including Bikini Boot Camp, Ballerina Bodies, Strength & Length Yoga, Pilates and Zumba, there are countless ways to stay in shape. While it was hard to choose which session to take part in, we got our Fila gear on and tried out a Boot Camp class! 

Before the class starts, make sure you have:

  • A mat (provided by FGF) and enough space to extend your arms and legs comfortably
  • Two sets of hand weights (provided by FGF); a lighter set, approximately 5-8 pounds and a heavier set, 12-15 pounds, to alternate between exercises
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Workout gear the makes you feel fabulous and confident. We recommend the Fila Essential Short-Shorts and Glam Bra Top!

FGF classes are known for being fun and upbeat, and this one was no exception! To start off, the instructor blasted some great tunes and we warmed up with jumping jacks matching the beat.

The class has a flow, and it’s easier to follow along when you know what to expect. The format is simple: the instructor leads you through ten different exercises, each which lasts for one minute. The one minute exercises include different combinations of burpies, squats, lunges, jumps, kicks, pushups, curls, presses and planks. There is a 15 second break in between each – just enough time to drop your weights and get in position for the next. The 10-exercise routine is repeated three times for full effectiveness.

The Boot Camp class is designed for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels, so there is a range of abilities in the same room. Some individuals will complete 100 pushups in the allotted one-minute time period, and some will complete 10. Expert advice: it’s all about form. The instructor is clear to outline the fact that it’s better to do 10 pushups in perfect form than 100 sloppy ones. As time progresses, you will build stamina and be able to execute more repetitions.

Want to experience a class for yourself? Now women across Canada can access classes online and on-demand! Flirtygirlfitnesslive.com streams live fitness classes daily, so you can get fit from the comfort of your home.

Tell us which flirty Fila outfit is your fave for a chance to win a 20-class pass to Flirty Girl Fitness and a $50 Fila gift card to get some new workout gear that makes you feel confident, flirty and fabulous! Not located in Toronto? Win a 3-month pass to stream unlimited Flirty Girl classes online! Total prize value is $350! Enter in the “Flirty Girl” tab on our Facebook page!

Good luck!

Monday, November 11th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Bring your workout to the next level and stay motivated

There are approximately 100 days left until the Winter Olympic Games begin. The athletes that will compete at the Games are training harder than ever and are focused on the … Continue reading

There are approximately 100 days left until the Winter Olympic Games begin. The athletes that will compete at the Games are training harder than ever and are focused on the ultimate goal of winning medals for their country.

To bring your workout to the next level and stay motivated, put your mindset to that of an Olympic athlete! The first step is to have a clear understanding of how to reach your goal, and the timeframe in which to achieve it.

Here are some questions that should be addressed: What is your ultimate goal? For example, do you want to lose 20 lbs? When do you want to achieve it by? How many training hours are you willing to spend per week? What are the things you are willing to sacrifice to reach your goals?

Once you have a clear understanding of your goal you can make adjustments to your workout routine to meet it. Here are some ideas on how to bring your workout to the next level:

  • Have your workout routine written down and keep a record of your progression
  • Invite a friend or a co-worker to join you when training. Having another person with a similar goal will definitely keep you motivated
  • Get the help of a personal trainer to provide professional guidance and to help you stay motivated
  • Be creative when developing your workout routine (Note: Remember safety first!) Here are some variations you can incorporate into your exercise routine:
    • Stand on one leg while doing bicep curls or shoulder presses
    • Combo exercises such as lunges with front dumbbell raise
    • Skip rope as an active rest
    • Change the bench for the Swiss-Ball
    • Increase the weight or resistance by 10%
    • Add a set
    • Slow down the speed of your movement
    • Add more leg exercises
    • Decrease your rest period between sets
    • Try a new program on the cardio machine
    • Listen to a new playlist of energetic music

At this moment, Olympic athletes are extremely motivated and passionately focused on their goal. Like these athletes, you too should have an ultimate goal and nurture it every day. Visualize yourself achieving that goal with the great feeling that comes with it when you achieve it. As an example, if you have a wedding to attend and you have a special dress that you want to wear for that occasion, visualize yourself at the wedding wearing that special dress, looking and feeling fantastic!

Staying motivated and taking your workout routine to the next level is easy when you focus your attention on a specific goal, visualize success and try new things to switch up your routine and stay motivated. Go for the gold!

 

Maxim Dorneval

Personal Fitness Trainer

Monday, October 28th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Bouncing into fitness

We are all about switching up our fitness routine to keep it fresh and exciting; not to mention an activity that is easy on the joints. So when we caught … Continue reading

We are all about switching up our fitness routine to keep it fresh and exciting; not to mention an activity that is easy on the joints. So when we caught wind of Kangoo Club Toronto, we jumped right in… literally! The class is an aerobic workout that rivals even the most fast-paced activities. Unlike jogging or running, the specially designed equipment delivers a high-impact workout that is low impact on the knees and hips.

The gear you need for this class is a pair of Kangoo boots: the futuristic footwear looks like roller blades or ski boots with a springboard attached to the bottom of each foot. You literally bounce as you move!

The Class

Once you are strapped into your Kangoo boots and have adjusted to balancing in them (it’s easier than it seems) you are ready to start bouncing!

A typical Kangoo class starts by circling the room in laps to warm up and get the heart pumping. Before you know it your heart will be pounding – each step is more tiring than running alone, since the boots weigh about seven pounds each and create an extra spring in your step.

Most classes consist of aerobic-style routines consisting of kicks, jumping jacks and rabbit hops. These moves have you semi-balancing in the boots the entire time so your core is always engaged, bringing the workout to a more intense level.

A great way to finish out the class is to go down to the mats for some target core work. Due to the added weight from the boots, crunches with the legs raised are particularly effective.

The Benefits

The benefits of the Kangoo classes are remarkable! You can expect to reduce body fat, firm up your arms, legs and thighs, plus increase agility.

The action of bouncing up and down against gravity without trauma to the joints is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises you can do. It protects the knee and hip joints and against neck and back pain, which can occur when exercising on hard surfaces.

Bottom line: there is no other form of exercise that is THIS MUCH FUN!

Want to try it for yourself? Check out these studios near you offering the class:

Kangoo Club Toronto

Kangoo Club Calgary

Kangoo Vancouver

Kangoo Fit Club Montréal

Have fun staying fit!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 COMMENTS

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Legendary Fila shoe walks into the Bata Shoe Museum’s exhibit “Out of the Box: The Rise of the Sneaker Culture”

On Saturday September 28, 2013 Fila Canada celebrated the introduction of Grant Hill’s 1996 Olympic sneaker into the “Out of the Box: The Rise of the Sneaker Culture” exhibit at … Continue reading

On Saturday September 28, 2013 Fila Canada celebrated the introduction of Grant Hill’s 1996 Olympic sneaker into the “Out of the Box: The Rise of the Sneaker Culture” exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

 

This iconic Grant Hill II sneaker, which is signed by the basketball legend himself, is the actual sneaker Hill wore in the 1996 Olympic games where he and his American teammates beat out the Yugoslavian team to take home the gold medal! Its other half lives in the Fila Museum in Italy – the country where the historic brand originated in 1911.

Joining us to celebrate and share our love for sneakers included influencers such as former footwear design director for the Jordan brand and the current founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy D’Wayne Edwards, hosts of TSNs talk show “1on1” Duane Watson and Will Strickland, co-founders of Toronto Loves Kicks Lee Joseph and Dion Walcott and many more ‘sneakerheads’. Check out the video from the party including Toronto’s most enthusiastic fans who came to see the iconic Grant Hill II Olympic shoe in real form.

 

Fila is a ‘shoe-in’ for “The Rise of the Sneaker Culture” exhibit, which features legendary sneakers from 1860 to present day. The exhibit, which was launched in April 2013, is the first in North America dedicated to the complex history of the sneaker, will run until March 2014.

 

You don’t have to be a “sneakerhound” to get a kick out of the shoes on display at the Bata Shoe Museum, check out the full exhibit!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Fila Gets Low!

We defied gravity last month (read our last post here), so this month we kept our feet on the ground …and got even lower! We adventured down to Dance City … Continue reading

We defied gravity last month (read our last post here), so this month we kept our feet on the ground …and got even lower!

We adventured down to Dance City Corps studio to get our groove on and get a full body workout at the same time. Rumoured to burn 1000 calories in an hour, we got our dancing shoes on for the exercise craze “Socacize!”

Socacize is an exhilarating, fast-paced Caribbean dance workout that blends high and low impact aerobics with African and indigenous Caribbean dance movements performed to Calypso, Soca, Zouk, Reggae, and Dancehall music.

Prepare:

Get ready to sweat! Before stepping onto the dance floor, we recommend changing into a comfortable and moveable outfit such as Fila favourites; Rush short and Glam Bra Top with Fitness Glide running shoes. Also, a water bottle and towel are necessities.

Dance:

The one-hour workout includes cardio and toning combinations which help target those trouble spots. To start, we got our heart rate up with some key movements: hip circling while maintaining a squat (great for thighs and glutes) and jumping to the beat.

Next, isolated movements were incorporated into dancing to tone arms and abs. Holding arms up in a T-shape while doing hip circles targeted shoulders and biceps, while abs were worked with body rolls.

Results:

An incredible cardio rush! The best part; you don’t realize how hard you’re working since all you are doing is dancing! The catchy beats and energetic atmosphere makes the hour fly by…it’s more fun than it is a workout! The targeted movements on arms, abs and glutes add the extra punch to the action-packed hour, making the class extremely effective.

Hate exercising but love dancing? Socacize is the fun way to burn those calories in as little as an hour. Two left feet? Not to worry, Socacize is great for dancers of all levels, so no formal dance training is required. All you need is a positive attitude and be willing to find your groove!

Let us know which song you love to rock out to while exercising to win a $100 gift card that an we used towards new Fila gear!

 Contest runs for 24 hours only: September 26 at noon to September 27 at noon!

Tweet “Hey @FilaCanada! I love to rock out to ____ when exercising! #Socasize”
OR
Enter in the “Socasize” Facebook tab!

Full contest rules

Monday, September 16th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Fila Expert Amanda Russell’s 3 Best Workout Moves

Your Body is Your Best Tool! What are the three most effective and easy workout moves? This is a big question as there are endless exercises out there – so … Continue reading

Your Body is Your Best Tool!

What are the three most effective and easy workout moves? This is a big question as there are endless exercises out there – so many it can be beyond overwhelming! It can be tricky to tell which ones are the best for you.

My whole philosophy is that your body is your best tool, and the best exercises are all about going back to the basics. My three best moves require no equipment, no money and very little space to perform while still providing an effective workout. Truly functional, results-driven fitness!

It is my mission to maximize ‘bang for your workout buck’ so all the workouts I choose are exercises that hit a variety of muscle groups at once with high intensity. It’s all about shocking your body, choosing the right move that will rev your metabolism up and get you toned and conditioned.

If I could only ever do three workout moves, and still stay in great shape, this is what I would do:

 

1. The Push Up

Targeting not just the upper body but also engaging the core, glutes and thighs, the classic push up is a workout routine ‘must-have’. The most important thing to remember is to keep your form strong.

To perform this move:

Lay on your chest with your hands under your shoulders and your feet together. Lift using your arms while keeping your core straight and tight in plank position. Modify if necessary to your knees if you cannot hold the form throughout the movement.

 

2. The Squat

The body weight squat; a powerful movement that garners serious results fast! This is a functional exercise – so doing this simple movement builds strength that makes everyday actions easier! Your entire body will feel this in no time.

To perform this move:

Stand with legs hip width apart, feet pointing forward and head looking straight ahead not down. With you shoulders back and small arch in lower back you will bend as if you are sitting in a chair and will hinge at the hip as lower, ensuring your knees do not go over your feet. Inhale as you go up and exhale as you go down.

 

3. The Burpee

The ultimate conditioning exercise is the Burpie by far!  Incorporating elements of both the squat and the push up, it will have you sweating and breathless in no time. This exercise blasts fat as it builds cardio endurance.

To perform this move:

Start standing with you legs should-width apart.  Squat down, putting your hands on the ground in front of you.  Jump your feet back so you are in a plank position. Lower with your arms – do a push up. Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead.

 

Amanda Russell is a top-rated fitness and lifestyle writer, professional keynote speaker, Olympic-trained athlete, model, spokeswoman, founder of FitStrongandSexy.com and one of the industry’s leading experts in fitness, wellness and change.  Amanda has her own professional online workout channel and talk-show and was named as one of Google’s ‘Next Top Fitness Trainer’s in 2012’.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 COMMENTS

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Defying Gravity

Want a great resistance work out without lifting additional weights? The Gravity system at movemeant may look simple, but it is no easy feat. The machine was designed specifically to … Continue reading

Want a great resistance work out without lifting additional weights? The Gravity system at movemeant may look simple, but it is no easy feat. The machine was designed specifically to lengthen and strengthen the muscles without building bulk, while still delivering an effective workout. We headed to the downtown Toronto studio to give the class a try.

 

The Basics:

The machine consists of a gliding board on interchangeable incline levels with handles to pull yourself up and down. The concept: greater incline and greater body mass equals a tougher workout. By changing positions and levels of incline, there are endless combinations of exercises to explore. Clean runners and comfortable clothing complete our workout gear. We are ready to glide!

 

The Difference:

The Gravity system at movemeant is a welcomed change of routine for the avid gym-goer. Lead by Owner and Operator, Matt Kenny, the semi-private class is great for all body types. With only four other individuals taking part in the class, everyone gets a customized workout tailored to their needs. The unique movements and positions in the routine require use of muscles that are rarely activated, ultimately engaging all muscles and giving a true full body workout.

 

The Results:

The simple but efficient routine really pays off. Over time, the Gravity system builds a lean and limber body, while going easy on your joints and avoiding injury. Insider tip: religious Gravity-goers swear by following up a session with a spinning class as a complementary exercise. movemeant offers a spin class that starts immediately after the Gravity session is over.

 

Want to give it a try for yourself? Enter to win a one-month pass to movemeant studio in Toronto. The pass can be used towards Gravity, Spin and Yoga classes. Plus, Fila Canada will even hook you up with some new gear for giving this new workout a go!

Here is how to win: Tweet @FilaCanada and @movemeantTO filling in the blank: “After a tough workout I feel _________!”

Contest ends Friday August 16th, 2013.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 COMMENTS

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Staying FILActive (Just About Anywhere)

By Barb Gormley As the weather gets warmer, cottage weekends and impromptu plans suddenly fill up your social calendar. With all these upcoming plans, it can be difficult to stay … Continue reading

By Barb Gormley

As the weather gets warmer, cottage weekends and impromptu plans suddenly fill up your social calendar. With all these upcoming plans, it can be difficult to stay on track with your fitness goals, (remember those?) Don’t let summer holidays throw you off your workout schedule! Our FILActive Expert, Barb Gormley, gives you three body-sculpting moves that are perfect for the dock, deck or a sandy beach. Now all you need are your kicks, your gear, and 30 minutes of your day!

1.      Spiderman Plank (core): Stretch out into a plank position (on your hands or elbows) with your hips down and elbows under your shoulders. Keeping your right leg almost straight, sweep it up the side and tap your foot beside your right hip or shoulder. Turn your head to watch your foot land, creating a small crunch in your right side. Return to the start position, and repeat with the left leg.

2.      Scissors (glutes):
 Lie face down on your belly with your hands under or beside your face. Lift both legs a couple inches off the floor; open both legs about 12 inches and then close them. Repeat 10 to 20 times at a moderate pace.

3.      Stir the Pot (balance and full body strengthening):
 Stand tall and reach both arms overhead. Lift your right knee until your foot is a few inches off the ground. “Stir the pot” with your right lower leg eight times in both directions. Then hinge forward at the hips reaching your arms forward and extending your right leg behind you until your arms, torso and leg are parallel to the floor. Return to an upright position, and repeat on the other side.

 

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