Sunday, 03 June 2012 10:55

June news at Energia Athletics

Canada day weekend classes & store hours

FRIDAY, June 29th
All regular classes - store open

SATURDAY, June 30th
All regular classes and clinics - store open

SUNDAY, July 1st
All regular classes - store open

MONDAY, July 2nd
Closed - all classes cancelled

2012 running clinics - starting soon

Begin to Run Clinic starts Wednesday June 6th, 6:30 pm (8 weeks)
This walk / run clinic is perfect for the absolute beginner.  Our friendly running Instructors will be there every step of the way to help you reach the clinic goal of running continuously for 25 minutes. No running experience necessary to join. $75.00 plus HST.

Half & Full Marathon Clinic starts Saturday, June 16th, 8:00 am (18 weeks)
Stay in great shape with this 18 week summer /fall clinic - enjoy some fun runs through the local ravine and nearby parks. The goal race will be the Toronto Waterfront Half & Full Marathon on October 14th. An 8K running base is needed to join. $75.00 plus HST.

see all of our 2012 run clinics here!

High intensity outdoor bootcamps june 5th

Our next outdoor bootcamp series with Chrissy starts on Tuesday June 5th. These high intensity sessions in Riverdale Park are a combination of bodyweight and plyometric exercises, running, skipping, hill work and more! It's challenging and fun, and the consistency of two times per week will really fire up your metabolism leading to strength building and weight loss. This is a 4 week series with two sessions per week happening Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can sign up for the early morning series which happens at 6:30 am, or the evening sessions at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the warm summer weather and get a great workout! Advanced sign-up is necessary -$120 for all 8 sessions - NEW - only $60 for members & monthly pass-holders!

NEW indian club workshop - sat june 23rd

Do you suffer from shoulder tightness or lack of mobility? Have you had a shoulder injury that has never fully repaired? Do you suffer from shoulder or back pain? This Indian Club workshop with Jon may be for you!

Indian Clubs are one to two pound clubs that are used in different swinging movements.  The light weight is just enough to provide some joint traction and momentum while moving through the shoulder’s full range of motion.

Once the movements are learned it only takes a regular practice of 15 minutes a day to make real change. Gain shoulder and upper body mobility and stability, break down scar tissue, relieve shoulder and back pain and improve your posture.

This 90 minute workshop will teach you all the core movements needed for a varied Indian Club practice. Participants will also receive a 15% discount on a new set of Indian Clubs (regularly $89). This clinic will be held in Riverdale Park from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon – weather permitting otherwise a make-up date will be chosen. Limited to just 8 participants - $30.

Intro to yoga 4 week series starts sept 8th- free for members & monthly passholders

Learn the basics at a slower pace and in a relaxed environment.  Each week will build upon the previous week so that by week 4, you will have practiced sun salutations, several standing & seated yoga poses as well as yoga breathing (pranayama).  Suited for those with little or no yoga experience.  Space is limited to 12 participants so book early.  Saturdays from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm $55.00 plus HST.

Intro to meditation - 4 week series starts oct 14th - 50% off for members & monthly passholders

Meditation is the practice of quietening the mind so that we can think more clearly and go about our daily activities with less angst and more ease and joy. In this special 4 week series we will practice some techniques to help us do just that. Lea has spent the last 5 years studying & participating in several meditation programs both locally  and internationally to come up with a suite of styles and techniques, one or more of which will be sure to connect with every participant. In this series we will explore the following: breath awareness, walking meditation, mantra meditation, contemplation and chakra meditation. No meditation experience necessary   Sundays from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm $55.00 plus HST.

Nutritionist corner with Dayna Fradette

Who doesn’t like rainbows?
Eating a variety of foods is one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting a wide range of nutrients in your diet. Natural plant pigments give your fruits and vegetables colour and keep your body healthy in different ways. Some fruits and veggies like tomatoes, watermelon and yellow squash provide nutrients for healthy eyes and heart. Green ones like cucumber and celery may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. And blue and purple foods usually contain a high amount of antioxidants and protect your cells from damage and reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Choosing a variety of colours will help to ensure you're getting all the good stuff your body needs, so choose fresh fruits and vegetables from each colour of the rainbow.

At the end of every June, people in Toronto and around the world come together to celebrate Toronto’s Pride Week - and a party isn’t complete without just the right rainbow colored food, so dig into some of my favourite rainbow foods and toast this wonderful occasion! These rainbow natural food sources are for everyone who has the heart to fearlessly love themselves, their partners, their neighbours and their community. Try them out & Happy Pride!

Red & Pink
Red and pink coloured fruits contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as lycopene, quercetin, vitamin C, and hesperidin. All the nutrients in red and pink fruits help protect your digestive tract, intestines, cholesterol levels, heart, brain, skin, nails, teeth, hair, joint tissues, muscles, and much more. You can even eat these fruits when you are sick with the flu or cold to help provide your immune system with a super dose of natural vitamin C. Tomatoes, cherries, red apples, pink grapefruit, pomegranate and watermelon are great sources.

Orange & Yellow
These fruits and vegetables are usually coloured by a natural plant pigment called carotenoids. Carotenoid-rich foods can help reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and can improve immune system function. Beta-carotene in orange coloured fruits and vegetables is converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Fruit and vegetables, such as carrots, mangoes, apricots, yellow peppers and sweet potatoes are sources.

Green
These green machines are coloured by a natural plant pigment called "chlorophyll." Some members of the green group, including spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, peas, cucumber and celery contain lutein. Lutein works with another chemical, zeaxanthin to keep your eyes healthy. Many green cruciferous vegetables also contain indoles, another antioxidant, which helps to fight cancer. Great green sources are green pepper, cucumber, broccoli, limes and green onions.

Purple & Blue
This colour comes from a very powerful kind of phytonutrient: anthocyanidins, which may protect against heart disease by preventing inflammation. Since different foods contain different anthocyanidins, try to eat a range of purple and blue foods to benefit the most. Blue and Purple fruits and vegetables are also full of cancer fighting antioxidants. Eggplant, blueberries, figs, purple grapes and raisins are great sources.

Create a rainbow on your plate - Make a tropical rainbow fruit salad with fruits of each colour: oranges, pink grapefruit, mango, papaya, kiwifruit, bananas and purple grapes. Saute your own medley of mixed vegetables using each color: red onions, carrots, corn, broccoli and black beans. Or try a spinach salad with dried cranberries, oranges and red onion with vinaigrette. 

Full schedule info at energia athletics

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