Review: Steve Nash Fitness World

This article is brought to you by our co-chair, Emily Chen, and incoming co-chair, Cecilia Wu.

 

"Dude, we should work out! Like seriously." I looked Cecilia in the eyes, and she gave me a solemn nod. A pinky promise later, we found ourselves at Steve Nash Fitness World.

If our blog post inspires you to workout, look no further than the goodie bags/exam care packages we gave you on HeWe's birthday. You'll find your very own 7-day Steve Nash membership (don't say we never did anything for you)! ;)

Here's our review of 3 different group fitness classes offered there...

 

Group Class: Athletic Step

I walked in thinking I was the fit sh*t.

Boy, did the class whip my butt. 40 minutes in, I was ready to flee…but HeWe forbid, my pride wouldn't let me. So after enduring 75 minutes of intense cardio, full-body toning, and interval training with weights + ab work, I was more done than I was at last Wednesday's Pit Night. But it felt oh-so-good. I was so hungry I could've eaten a cow...It felt unreal.

Conclusion: If you don't mind getting your butt whipped in a class with people who are older and fitter than you, I'd definitely recommend trying it.

 

Group Class: Zumba® Toning

Warning: Zumba is addictive. Party at your own risk.

Zumba Toning = dance workout meets weights. As soon as the music came on, the energy in this class exploded. For 60 minutes, I happily flailed my body around while lip-syncing to artists like Shakira and Pitbull. I felt like I was partying on the dance floor...except I was working out! Heck, I didn't even realize I was doing squats and lunges because the moves were just so fun. By the end, my heart was pumping, I was sweating buckets, and I suddenly wanted to salsa. 

Conclusion: Hit up this class regardless of your fitness level if you're looking for an upbeat and fun workout. (p.s. - I heard you can be a klutz and still feel fabulous at Zumba®! #ThatsMe #WhatIsDancing)

 

Group Class: Power Yoga

Lesson learned: Don't underestimate Power Yoga. 

This hour-long class proved how you can tone and strengthen muscles with sheer body weight and our good ol' friend, gravity. In between poses like cobra and warrior 2, the instructor pushed me to stay strong even when I started wobbling in downward dog. By the end of the class, I felt de-stressed, cleansed, and ready to take on the rest of my day.

Conclusion: Want to take a break from the weights? Want to work on that centre balance? This class is for you. I guarantee you'll come out of this class feeling refreshed!

 

 

 

 

See you at the gym (we're lookin' at you)!

Move Your Butt: 5 At-Home Exercises

This article is brought to you by our very own HeWe Co-Chair, Emily Chen.

Been potato-ing in front of the laptop all day? You ain't the only one. It's time to get up and move your butt! You'll be a hot mess afterwards, but it'll feel SO. GOOD.

"But I'm too lazy to go all the way to the gym!"

We feel you... so we cooked up this workout that you can easily do in the comfort of your home. You literally have no excuses now. 😄

Introducing Team HeWe's favourite at-home exercises...

1. Le Butt Kicks

Wake up and kick some butt. Literally. Do as fast as you can for 1 min. 

(Bonus points if you can be as happy-faced as Michael here!)

2. High Knees

This is running on FLEEK! The higher you lift your knees, the more fly you'll feel.

Do as many as you can in 1 min.

3. Squat Jumps

Squat like you mean it, and then REACH for the stars! #inspiringAF. Do 15 reps (30 seconds).

4. Jumping Jacks (aka The Happy Sea Star)

Keep yo arms n' legs controlled. No floppy sea stars here. Do as fast as you can in 1 min.

5. Side Plank (aka The GIMME OBLIQUES!)

Side abs FTW! Give your obliques some love by holding this for 1 min each on your left and right side (pro tip: it helps to contemplate the meaning of life during this mother of a minute). Be careful not to dip your hips down, and remember to savour that delicious feeling when you start shaking.

 

Repeat this five-exercise sequence for 3 times (or as many times as you like). Make us proud, and don't forget to stretch and hydrate!
#HeWeLove!

5 Techniques to Stay Happy

This blog post is written by our Social Engagement Director, Wendy Vaz, and is originally published on her blog Living Vazzy.

 

"Wendy, you're always smiling!" 
"Wendy, you seem to be so happy all the time!"

Those are some words that I get all the time. While I don't agree completely with those statements because I'm obviously a human being who has negative emotions too, I am glad that I give out positive vibes. It's not easy to stay happy and positive all the time, especially when life gets tough and hormones go crazy. Here are some of my tips in staying happy when life gives you lemon (see what I did there HeWe? 😉), hopefully it helps!

1. Count your blessings

It is hard to think of the positive things when your mind is preoccupied with negative thoughts. One easy way to fool your mind into thinking positive is to count your blessings. Think of 5 things that you are thankful for in your life, which could be simple stuff like clean water to drink or the supportive friends that you met in life.

2. Be mindful of the present

This is my favourite chart that explains about mental health issues. It is said that depression is often caused by excessive thoughts about the past and anxiety is caused by excessive thoughts about the future. Ground yourself back to the present. Think of where you are and how you are doing today, at this exact moment, this very second, right now.  

3. Take a deep breath

Deep breathing helps. Whenever you feel like you are about to explode due to the negative emotions that you are experiencing, close your eyes and inhale deeply. Deep breathing increases blood flow, releases tension, and helps you relax.

4. Be empathetic and forgiving

Holding onto grudges will only keep the negativity within yourself. Try to understand that the person who is being a jerk to you might be going through a tough time, or they might have gone through a different path in life that shaped who they are today. Try to understand and forgive them. Spread love, PEACE!  ✌

5. Be silly

Because, why not? You're ultimately yourself and it's important to let loose and have fun. Being silly makes you laugh at yourself and return to the circle of being happy. I do this a lot by singing musicals in my kitchen, calling my friends weird names and dancing like a robot. As proven above, the new Snapchat filters have been really helpful too. Keep smiling everybody! 😄