June 3rd, 2013
The People's Juicery in Yaletown is serving up Vancouver's drink du jour- organic, raw, cold-pressed juice made fresh on-site every morning.
This grab-and-go-stand has 50+ recipes on rotation, with 3 pounds of fruits and vegetables going into every bottle. We recommend the refreshing watermelon, lime and mint and the very popular pear and cayenne.
Want to kick-start summer with a cleanse? The People's Juicery offers a 3-day ($185) or 5-day ($302) option which includes a lemon, cayenne ginger shot, five juices and one nut milk per day.
Ah, press it- press it real good. —Laura Cropper
Cash only, $10.50 for 16 oz. People's Juicery, #108- 1058 Mainland St., 778-840-0747, https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesjuicery
April 24th, 2013
Spring forward – on the sidewalk, that is – with these three colourful options to help you get your run on.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+
Steam these lightweight runners before wearing the first time (some Nike stores have a steamer on-hand) so the knitted upper conforms to your feet, producing a snug but not-too-tight fit. On our test run, we were thrilled with how cushy they felt without being heavy. $194.95, at Nike stores and select retailers
MPG Black Series short-sleeved tee
Shove unflattering, baggy tops to the back of your drawers. This form-fitting scoop-neck – in basic black as well as two hot spring brights – hugs your curves and is trimmed in lace. $49, at mec.ca and other select retailers
Lululemon Swiftly Arm Warmers
Arm warmers seem gimmicky, but they're perfect for weather where you start out feeling chilled and end up overheated – and these cuffs allow for coverage of cold hands while upper arms can breathe. Plus, a myriad of cute colours allows for fun styling. $32 at Lululemon.
January 21st, 2013
No pain, no gain: the familiar, ever-so-truthful trainer motto we never want to hear.
This sweat-hating beauty editor was subjected to an inaugural Friday lunchtime spin class with trainer Hayley McGowan, fitness expert from LaineyGossip.com, at Sweat Co. downtown… and she survived! Usually, lunch breaks are spent texting friends and Instagraming my dog’s cute mug, but I suppose once week, I can live without. Forty-five minutes, three hills, and 500 calories later, I’m a spin believer. I mean, any exercise that lets you occasionally sit on your butt and still burn your entire breakfast and part of last night’s dinner can’t be that bad. Hayley is a tough cookie, but her energy is infectious.
Yeah, it hurts, but at this rate I’ll be spinning into my short shorts in no time. —Anya Georgijevic
$22.50 for drop in, Sweat Co. Studios, 736 Richards St., Vancouver, 604-683-7938, sweatcostudios.com
January 14th, 2013
When it comes to working out on the regular, my attention span is non-existent. To stop the boredom and stay motivated, I've found that I need to switch up my exercise regimen.
Luckily, one Vancouver studio offers a range of innovative workouts under one roof. At Kondi Callanetics, founder Lacey Kondi has revived and refreshed the '80s Callanetics movement. Callanetics is less about losing weight and more about re-sculpting your core, behind and thighs using small, non-impact movements to target those deep muscle groups. For me, the key to the Kondi approach is variation. Try a Callanetics, Combo or H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) class and you might find yourself suspended from the ceiling for TRX training in one breath and sweating at the treadmill or barre the next.
While individual exercises will be repeated, no two classes are exactly the same – ideal for keeping daydreamers like me on task. —Julie Whelan
January 2nd, 2013
I know it is cliché to say my New Year's resolution is to lose weight, but since I am expecting a baby on January 2, this is a non-negotiable goal.
I’m going to need some motivation to get to the gym, in the form of new workout gear. Vancouver-based Lija was originally a golf and tennis brand, but they now make great workout staples, too. I’ve got my eye on the Fuse Speed Tank Top ($85, left) and the Compression V Tank Top ($80, right) which is moistuire wicking, quick drying and strechy in all the right spots. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
October 9th, 2012
Shopping for functional running shoes can be a depressing activity.
Not only are they expensive (that money could go towards some heels), they’re not used for fun activities (we’d rather be at a restaurant than the gym) and they come in a very limited range of styles (usually neon pink with grey or turquoise, yellow, and lime green.) We’ve often wondered why no one makes a discreet grey running shoe.
Well now, someone does. Strike Mvmnt is a local brand that has designed an ultra-light interval crosstrainer for running and weights that comes in various shades of blue or grey. We loved that it was a great shoe to workout in, but mostly, we loved that it matches our black athletic wear.
We may even wear them outside of the gym. Ok, maybe not, but at least that’s an option. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Strike Mvmnt interval crosstrainer, $125 at www.strike-mvmnt.com
July 27th, 2011
The word “retreat” usually triggers a picturesque image of a beach somewhere, cocktail in hand. But with the word “fitness” attached, it caused a bit of fear.
Although the name may be inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, there is no gorging on pizza Napolitana to “find” ourselves. Instead, while staying in Whistler’s luxury First Tracks Lodge, self-awareness is achieved through playful six hour adventures like hiking, yoga and an excruciating boot camp that made us learn the true meaning of camaraderie: When in pain together, stick together. There might not be pizza, but a personal chef and nutritionist are on site creating the most delectable, yet healthy, meals.
We get it: A fitness retreat is a luxury retreat.
Rates from $1069, Eat Play Love, 604-721-7464, www.eatplaylovefitness.com
Read more about out Eat Play Love adventures in our Editors’ Diary.
July 13th, 2011
We admit that some of us have had fantasies of trapeze artistry after reading Water For Elephants, but thankfully, we just discovered a happy medium with anti-gravity yoga.
With the help of a hanging hammock, we can escape the tired old yoga mat and literally hover above it. You'd be surprised what kind of things our bodies can do when not bound to the ground. While we still get to keep our favourite yoga positions, like the re-imagined Downward Dog, we are also introduced to some new gems like the Cocoon, with the complete bliss of floating in the breeze, nothing but you and your hammock.
Why stand when you can float? —Anya Georgijevic
$240 for 6 weeks at Steve Nash Fitness World, 610 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-682-5213, www.stevenashfitnessclubs.com
June 2nd, 2011
Our Team Building Retreat ’04 t-shirt is no longer cutting it so we’ve tracked down some of the best new running gear. That way, even when our faces are flushed and our hair is dripping with sweat, we’ll look great. From the neck down at least.
Lululemon Mind Over Matter SL Tech Tank Top
Want to know a dirty little secret? This bright, frilly tank is woven with a stink-resistant silver fibre so you can re-wear it before washing (we won’t tell a soul). $52, www.lululemon.com
February 14th, 2011
As January fitness resolutions turn into February reality, even the most motivated can use a little pink-me-up.
Joe Fresh Style's new 42-piece health and wellness collection, Jogi, comes in a peppy pink-and-grey palette and has plenty of pieces to keep us sweating till spring. For the all-around athlete, the cardio kit has push-up bars, weights and a jump rope ($25), while posers will love the non-slip hot yoga towel ($25) that goes over yoga mats to wick away moisture.
Although a cute workout ensemble is not included, it is just an aisle away.
At Real Canadian Superstore, www.superstore.ca