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26.8.16

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT



If you guys follow me on Instagram, you have probably come across one of my little boxing videos that I've posted. (If you haven't - go check them out).

Although I've already shared videos from some of my training sessions, I just wanted to write a quick blog post to share my experience with you guys, because over the past year boxing has become something that I absolutely love and would recommend to anyone who is looking to challenge themselves physically and mentally.

Last May was when I decided to take my first boxing class. At the time I was going through some boy drama (can't live with em', can't live without em') and I felt myself feeling super angry and frustrated. Although almost all boxing instructors (whether it be traditional, MMA, Karate etc.) will tell you that you should never fight out of anger, I figured that punching shit may help me release a lot of the tense anger I was feeling.

I walked into my first group class at Big Hit Studio, and let me tell you, I basically passed out half way through the class. I like to think of myself as a pretty in-shape individual, but the intense amount of fast paced cardio was a lot for me to take in at the time.

After a couple of group classes, which focus more on a cardio workout rather than learning techniques, I decided that I wanted to start one on one sessions with a coach who would be able to train me in all the techniques properly. I started doing sessions with my coach, Gidon, every week (who by the way, was also amazing at listening to my boy drama and always dealt with my bitching and whining when I was in a mood). Now despite what all the coaches say, I must admit that boxing was a great way for me to effectively release my anger on days when I wasn't feeling so great, BUT, I learned and achieved something much greater from my boxing sessions than just ridding myself of negative emotions...

Boxing is in no way an easy sport, it takes A LOT out of you. During my hour sessions I would often find myself thinking that I needed to stop, or take a break because I felt tired and weak, but my coach would always help me power through it. I found myself not only gaining so much more strength and endurance than I ever thought I had in me, but I also gained a valuable life lesson. Boxing has taught me that even in other aspects of my life that, that if I am feeling down or feeling like I don't have what it takes to do something, that I am always capable of pushing myself further ad achieving what I set out to do.

If you guys are interested in taking some boxing classes in Toronto, definitely check out

BIG HIT STUDIOS - great for group fitness classes, first-timers, and one-on-one sessions

or

SULLY'S BOXING - if you are looking for a more gritty/traditional boxing ring atmosphere (A LOT of famous boxers have even fought here)

15.8.16

SOHO HOUSE x CAMP WANDAWEGA x GREY GOOSE X PERONI


SO you've seen my Insta-videos, and my snapchats. I'm finally posting about my weekend of a lifetime.

On Thursday August 4th (technically Friday August 5th - because it was 2am), I set off in a car with one friend and two strangers for a 13 hour car ride from Toronto to Camp Wandawega. I had no idea what to expect - I only knew that Soho House had invited me and 50 other members (from different houses) on a weekend getaway, and it would have been stupid for me to say no.


Within an hour the former strangers in the car with me, became fast friends (shocking considering they had to listen to my horrendous singing the entire way).


(These are the two unfortunate souls who had to listen to my musical performances for 13 hours - Miguel and Fancy)

Once we got to the camp we were greeted with Grey Goose cocktails and an INSANELY BEAUTIFUL beach concert care of, Corrine Bailey Rae. Afterwards I quickly found the basketball court (where I spent half my time at camp) and started a pick up game with a handful of new friends from Chicago. I may or may not have made one or two Curry level shots...just sayin'.








Later in the evening we had our first dinner under this huge amazing white tent, where we were all able to gather and get to know each other better. After dinner we were lead into the forest for a 'disco'. HONESTLY in the back of my head, I was thinking that it was going to be hella lame, BUT LET ME TELL YOU THE FOREST DISCO ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY FUCKING MIND. Check out this little video snap of it down below. It was INSANE. They went the whole nine yards with it.





The next day we woke up and got to reveal our inner Katniss Everdeen's with archery and other camp activities like paddle boarding and swimming! YES, I may be a city girl at heart, BUT I did go swimming in the lake (despite the large amount of seaweed in it). 



Honestly I could go on forever about this weekend, but it truly was an experience of a lifetime. I got to meet so many creative people all with such beautiful souls.



I just want to throw out a huge thank you to Soho House, Grey Goose, and Peroni for sending me on this trip. I'll never forget it.

PHOTOGRAPHY : ELAINE FANCY





22.7.16

REPS X RUBY : THE WARM UP


How you warm up is a totally personal preference, yet it is a necessary part of your work out. Warming up increases your body temperature, which in turn reduces the potential for muscle related injuries. It also increases blood flow to your exercising muscles, which better prepares them for the additional workload they are about to endure.

Below is the warm up created by my trainer, that everyone at the gym has to complete before we start lifting and working out...and yes, that is JUST the warm up.

It's a great warm up routine to get you energized for your workout!


If you're feeling up to the challenge, check out my gym - Carpio Gym and get in contact with Graham for training!
20.7.16

ELXR


When I was younger I used to hate working out - probably because I always viewed it as a chore since I have always been naturally thin. Along with not working out, I used my fast metabolism as an excuse to eat whatever the hell I wanted. Now, I still have a severe addiction to sugar which I need to cut down - But I try to limit my amount of refined sugars and consume natural sugars such as maple syrup, honey, and sugar from fruit instead. 

Fast forward a couple years and my friends will tell you that i've become a fitness and nutrition addict. Every week I box, do weight training, and if i'm really busy i'll just squeeze in a circuit exercise at home. Along with finding my love for fitness, I have also learned a lot about nutrition and how important it is to keep your body healthy. I truly believe that what you eat and what you put in your body has an immense effect on not only how you look and feel but also preventing sickness and disease. I try to live by Hippocrates' quote 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". 

Now, if you're super busy and always on the go like I am, juicing is a great alternative to shovelling down a salad or fruit bowl if you are pressed for time! I always try to bring a juice or two to my shoots so that I stay hydrated and get a kick of nutrients throughout the day.

If you're in Toronto, check out ELXR's selection of locally made/grown, organic juices - my favourite flavour is 'Tropic Tonic' :) 
5.7.16

COMMUNITY 54 X PACIFIC MALL




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