Fall 2016 Infinite Transformation Winner

Congratulations to Natasha Chiam​, the Grand Prize Winner of our 8-week Infinite Transformation Challenge. We're excited to share her inspiring story with all of you. Let's start 2017 full of inspiration and determination!!

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Natasha is an inspirational story! She is a wife, a mother of two children and lives every day with Rheumatoid Arthritis! She has also had bilateral hip replacements and just recently (less than 3 weeks ago) a total knee replacement.

She is a true representative of community, kindness, and motivational force within Infinite Fitness.

Natasha has mentioned that she never feels limited to what she can do as we always make her feel safe and in control of her body. Natasha joined our fall fitness challenge first asking should she do it? We of course said “YES”, why wouldn’t you join!

The transformation challenge is never just about a number on the scale but rather a focus on fitness. Prior to the challenge Natasha was in studio for 3 workouts a week consisting of two private half hour personal training sessions and a fitilates reformer class. Once she joined the challenge, she increased her weekly frequency to 5 workouts a week with two private half hour personal training sessions, one reformer fitilates class, and two small group training sessions - including one at 6:30am (which was not an hour she saw in studio before, lol). Her goals specifically were what she called the 5/5/5 challenge but really it became the 5/5/5/5 challenge (5lbs down, 5 inches lost, 5 assisted pull-ups, consistently 5 workouts a week).

Like everyone, nothing worth it is an easy process but our hearts swelled to witness her determination even through tolerable pain to push herself to be stronger for herself and her family.

Natasha achieved her goals throughout the challenge. She is 4.5 lbs down, 7.75 inches lost, and 5.5 assisted pull-ups and maintained her 5 workouts a week. Through adversary she has came out victorious! We our so proud of you Natasha and it goes to show no matter a persons ability achieving what you want can happen. It’s your will that made it be!

WE LOVE YOU!

5 Misconceptions of Indoor Cycling Classes

Indoor Cycling has made a comeback in a big way! As more stand alone studio’s pop up and fitness and recreation centres are adding classes, it might be time for you to try a class. But as owner of a fitness studio, I often hear reasons as to why many think indoor cycling classes are just not for them. And hey, maybe they are not, but the reasons, no wait misconceptions, as to why not are just not true. It’s time to lay those to rest and have a fresh look at if maybe, this is the workout you’ve been missing.

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1. A Sore Bottom
Ok, ok, this one is not a complete misconception. Yes, after your first class it’s not uncommon to feel, well, a little violated. BUT trust me, this quickly passes. The soreness is often not the saddles fault at all but just your body’s way of adjusting to this new activity you are asking your body to do. An indoor cycling bike, much like an outdoor bike, is designed with a saddle, not a seat. This means that you shouldn’t be sitting completely on your bottom but rather let it carry some of your weight while your legs (and a little bit of your upper body) support you. As your legs fatigue during class, you sink deeper into the seat which makes it slightly uncomfortable. Because of the rocking great time you are having, you may not even notice this until after class is over or the next day!

After a few classes, your body starts to understand the demands being placed on it, you get more accustom to the saddle and your legs are able to go longer. The soreness virtually disappears! If you find you are still quite sore after a month, you may want to invest in a pair of padded cycling shorts. Why shorts and not a padded seat? The padding in the seat can actually disperse the pressure to parts of the body, such as the perineum, where we don’t want it. The padded short remains with you at all times, exactly where it needs to be (less chance of shifting and moving).

2. Everybody is Looking at You
Once again, our ego gets the best of us with this thought. As with most fitness activities, we’re often scared to start because we think we are going to look foolish. The truth is, most of the time, nobody actually cares about what you’re doing cause they are so focused on what they’re doing. There is also no need for fancy choreography or impeccable rhythm, you are just there to ride. Most new cycling studios have low lighting which allows you to further focus on your workout and not worry about those around you. The only person that is likely facing you or looking at you is the instructor and they should never be judging you (remember there’s a big difference between giving you pointers and technique tips and judging you)!

3. Classes are Only for the Super Fit (aka It’s Too Hard)
This is likely the biggest misconception of them all!! Chances are you know how to ride a bike; actually even if you don’t know how to ride a bike, because there is no balance component, chances are you can ride an indoor bike. That’s really all you need. You see, the instructor is going to be at the front, possibly yelling like a maniac or cranking the tunes and asking you to give more gear, push harder, go faster, be the best you can be… but wait, that’s it… this is all about being the best you can be! You’re not Lance Armstrong, you’re you, and your ride is only about you.

The beauty of indoor cycling classes is that it’s almost completely subjective, meaning that on a different day, on a different bike, your ability will change. Your gear (tension) is your own, nobody else can even see it. You may have days where you feel unstoppable, you are there to climb the highest mountain, sprint to the finish, nothing is getting in your way… Or you may be having the worst day ever and it took every ounce of willpower you had just to get your butt to class and everything seems just a little bit harder today. The best thing about an indoor cycle class? You just have to do your best! There’s no medal for going faster or farther. Nobody is voting you off the island if you don’t perform to their expectations, you are there for you.

If it’s feeling a bit too much, ease off a little. Sit this drill out. But just stay on the bike and keep moving. Every class will get a little easier; you’ll be able to push a little more and before you know it, you’ll be telling the new person in class, “don’t worry, it gets so much better!”

4. I Need to Invest in Some Fancy Gear
No. Nope. Nada. You need clothes you can move in. Likely you already have a set or two of these around, after you’ve probably worn your yoga pants to the grocery store. You need a pair of running shoes with a fairly hard bottom. This is not the place to try out your Vibrams or minimalist shoes. And you need a water bottle. Yup, that’s it.

Indoor cycling classes are not about having fancy jerseys, there is no need for wind resistant clothing (there’s no wind, remember) and you certainly don’t need a helmet!

There is one piece of equipment that I recommend just don’t buy them right away. They are not necessary to get started. But a pair of cycling shoes that you can clip into the bike pedals can go along way in improving efficiency, recruiting muscles properly and decreasing risk of injury. Wait to see if this is something you are going to be adding to your schedule on a regular basis. If it is, and especially if you are participating in 2 or more classes a week, I strongly recommend you purchase a pair.

As a side note, you will need to know what type of clips to purchase for your shoes. Check with the facility that you ride at but it’s almost always SPD. You will also want to maintain your shoes (a few turns of the screws every now and then) to ensure they don’t get stuck in the pedals or worse unclip at a less than desirable moment!

5. Indoor Cycling Classes are Highly Competitive and No Fun
This ranks up there with number 3 in misconceptions! They are almost all the exact opposite. Think great music, fun lights, lots of laughing, comradery, with some sweat mixed in and you’ve got a recipe for a great class! Classes should be never boring, challenging yet achievable, and allow you to escape the mundane or chaos of the everyday. There are theme classes, candlelight classes, hybrid classes (Cycle & Strength, Cycle + Yoga, Cycle + Pilates/Core, etc), DJ classes, endurance classes and interval classes, etc, etc. You can lose yourself in the music which ranges from Top 40 to R&B to Old School to well let’s be honest, the options are endless.

As mentioned above, there is no competition, well maybe there is, but it’s only with yourself!

So there you have it, if you’ve been putting off trying an indoor cycle class for any of the reasons above, well no more! If you’ve never tried a class and you are looking for a great workout that may just become slightly addicting, sign up for a class today. After all, you’ll never know until you try!

New to the studio? Try our Infinite Ride classes for only $49 month of unlimited rides (plus our other great classes). Click here to get started today.

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Be Fit, Not Fat

The number one reason clients consult with us is to help them manage their weight and lets be honest, Canadians are getting unhealthier each and every year. Health-related disease such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, and various forms of cancer are at an all-time high. Plus we must consider the effect of excess weight and unhealthy lifestyle on our joints and backs, not to mention the psychological effects on our self-esteem and confidence! At Infinite Fitness, we want you to focus on your fitness, not your fatness. What does that mean exactly?? Read More

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Celebrating Success - Judy R

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Today we're featuring one of our new clients Judy, who is living proof that you can make big changes in just a couple months when you're motivated and have the support, guidance, and training needed to succeed! Our fabulous trainer, Rylee, sent us these before and after photos with this message:

"Days like today make me so proud to be a trainer. I want to highlight one of my clients, Judy!

She came in very shy and extremely nervous. It was all brand new to her. In the short 2 months that I have worked with her, she has made leaps and bounds. She has lost 9 pounds and 6.5 inches, and has made huge progress in her strength and endurance. She has become so much more confident, comfortable, and full of life--her reaction to her results was priceless!

I am so lucky to have been a part of her progress and I can't wait to see what else she will accomplish!

Great work Judy!"

We are so proud of Judy and her hard work combined with Rylee and her guidance!

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Benefits of a Workout Partner

Valentine's day is only a few short days a way and although we think that you should consider giving acts of love year round, we figured we'd focus on the top 5 reasons to workout with a partner.

  1. You are accountable to someone else. - Let's be honest, it's easy to quit on yourself some days. Maybe the alarm rings at 6am and you think, but I need 20 more minutes. Or something comes up at work and you just can't leave the office on time. But if you add in someone else to the mix, it becomes much harder to skip. Maybe they're expecting you to meet them at 6am or they are there at 5pm saving your bike. Whatever the reason, your much less likely to let someone else down!
  2. You are more likely to try new things - human nature wins this one. We are way more willing to try something new if someone else does it with us. Aka, if we look foolish, we won't be alone ;) Grab your friend and hit up the yoga studio down the street or venture out to a cycling class or aerial yoga - anything that strikes your fancy!!
  3. You get better results - and who doesn't want better results?! Working out with someone else adds an element of competition and pushing yourself just a little bit further. By yourself you may have quit at just the slightest bit of discomfort but add your buddy there and you are that much more likely to give an extra 10%!
  4. You won't have to ask anyone for a spot - want to try lifting just a few more pounds or looking to test your 10 rep max? You won't have to approach that stranger in the gym and ask them to help you out. Your partner will be more than happy to help out!!
  5. Personal Training is even more affordable - if the cost of one on one sessions seems a bit overwhelming, a partner session may help to take the strain off your wallet so that you can focus on your fitness!
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Now that you know some of the reasons to grab a partner for your workouts, here's some qualities you should look for in a workout partner:

  • You need to like them - hahahaha, that seems obvious, eh? But if you don't like them, pretty much all of the above goes down the drain.
  • Both of you need to come with good attitudes - while some days one of you may need to lean on each other a little more than the other, it's going to get really old, really fast, if you are constantly leaning more on your friend or vice versa.
  • Similar goals and styles - if one of you wants to run a marathon and the other is looking to increase lean body mass, you're probably not a good match. Same thing if one of you needs a loving, gentle approach and the other prefers the drill sergeant, it's likely going to lead to frustration before results!



We'd love to hear from you... do you workout with a partner?

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Spotlight On Jenaye

We want you to get to know and love the Infinite Fitness team as much as we do, so we thought we'd feature a team member every week. To kick things off we want to point our spotlight on Jenaye, our fabulous studio director! If you've sent us an email or called in or just stopped by during the day, you've likely had the pleasure of chatting with her. Here's a little bit more about her:
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1. What is your favorite part of being a customer service rep?

Without a doubt, my favorite part of being the Studio Director here at Infinite Fitness is the wonderful interactions I have with clients and co-workers and the energy they all bring! I really love the tight-knit community we have here at Infinite Fitness. Work doesn't feel like work when you enjoy the people you're around and feel proud of what you?re doing, and I really love heading home feeling accomplished after a day of helping people organize their schedules to get their fitness journey started or to keep the momentum going. I also love having the opportunity to jump in on group classes, especially Pilates. I can touch my toes now! :D Lastly, I really enjoy helping to create social media content for Facebook and Instagram, like these Feature Fridays!

2. What is a hobby clients might be surprised or interested to know you have?

Scrapbooking! I'm that lady in the Michaels shamelessly spending hundreds of dollars on stickers. You never know when you may need an assortment of rainbow colored lollipop stickers for some obscure holiday or someone's birthday!! I?m also a bit of a foodie and love trying new recipes - some with great success and others, not so much! :)

3. What is/are your favorite sport/sports? If you could play any sport professionally what would it be and why?

In high school I played both soccer and rugby. I loved both, but if I could play one professionally, I would choose soccer. Less bruises and eyes gouged out, more headers and product endorsements!

As you can tell by my picture, I love spending time boarding in the mountains in the winter.

4. What is your favorite quote?

"Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have." - Brené Brown

5. Where are some places you've traveled or would like to travel?

One of my favorite places on Earth is Hawaii, specifically the island of Maui. I?ve been to both Maui and Oahu and was able to do so many exciting outdoor activities, including snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, surfing, and hiking. It?s the first place on my list to travel to again, and, in the future, I?d also love to hike to the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Arizona (once the Canadian dollar picks back up, haha!)

Want to get to know Jenaye more? She's in studio Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm - feel free to bring her a flat white anytime ;)