We are over the moon excited about this new development with our small fitness business. Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait, just don’t wait passively! We’ve been keeping our ears to the ground, looking for a studio and we lucked out last weekend! The studio is located at 2023 Decarie Blvd (formerly Happy Tree Yoga), within a 2 minute walk to Vendome metro, close to the Super Hospital and easily walkable from lower and upper NDG as well as Westmount.
We will offer Personal training, small group training and workshops. The studio will also be available to rent to other trainers, yoga instructors, for events, workshops, etc… Contact Us for rates and availability!
Stay tuned for Early Bird Promotions for our classes and personal training!
What : Group Fitness (HIIT, Cardio Kickboxing, Abs and Glutes, Bootcamp)
Where : Parc Georges Saint Pierre (Upper Lachine/Oxford)
When : Tuesday and Thursday 6-7pm, Saturday 9:45-10:45 am
Price : 5$ Trial Class 10$ Single Class 5 Card Class 45$ (40$ each if you buy with a friend/partner/family) 10 class card 85$ (80$ each if you buy with a friend/partner/family)
***As we don’t have the reservation system set up yet, we will take bookings for Tuesday via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you can send us the payment via etransfer. Once we receive payment we will send you a confirmation! Choose your package and send us your full name and phone number in the email. You must cancel at least 3 hours in advance to avoid losing your class or to get a refund (single class).
You must bring your own mat or towel; we will not be lending mats.
Don’t forget a water bottle as the park fountains are not open.
Spaces are limited due to Social Distancing obligations.
We are capping the groups at 10 people.
Reserve your spot in advance to ensure you get a place.
We encourage you to bring your own dumbbells so we can avoid equipment sharing as much as possible, but we will have equipment to use if you don’t have any dumbbells.
All equipment will be disinfected before and after the class, and all participants will be required to sanitize their hands before and after the class.
Cones will be set up to show you where to put your mat, you must stay in that space, away from other participants.
If you are feeling unwell in anyway then you must not attend class.
If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 3 hours in advance or be charged for the class.
If you have an injury or limitation, please let us know in advance so we can modify exercises accordingly.
* Failure to respect social distancing rules will result in a verbal warning and you may be asked to leave class and not be permitted to return.
If you would like to arrange your own group fitness class in a different park or at a different time, please contact us and we can arrange something for you!
There are so many obstacles to getting to the gym, often they have to do with feeling ill-prepared for the class, or for the day to day things you need to get done. Most of the time our own mind is our biggest enemy when it comes to making time for fitness; we can find a million excuses not to work out and that break in your resolve to get fit is what you need to condition yourself to overcome. As a father of a 4 month old, with both my wife and I working; it is really easy to say, I’m too busy, I have errands, I need to wash diapers, I’m exhausted; sometimes those are very valid reasons and I do skip the workout but the best way to avoid these conflicts is to be organized. I wanted to share with you a few tips to help you get prepared for a successful and healthy week! The following tips are from my personal life, what my wife and I do to make sure we both get in enough exercise throughout the week.
Meal Prep: Planning out your week’s meals means that you know exactly what you need to buy at the grocery store for the whole week thus eliminating multiple runs to the store. You can chop and freeze your veggies ahead of time, prepare smoothie jars, prepack a few days of lunches, etc…weeks that we don’t meal plan are always way more hectic and I found that we don’t eat as healthy either.
Pack your bag : Pack your bag the night before, that way it doesn’t feel as daunting or rushed when the time comes to go to your class.
Don’t sit down : Some days you can’t imagine leaving your sofa after you get home from work, the best way to overcome this mental obstacle is to power through and just do housework until you have to leave for class. Clean the house, cook dinner…doesn’t matter what as long as you stay active. Another way to motivate yourself for an evening class is to put your workout clothes on as soon as you get home.
Drink a coffee/tea : My wife is a teacher and she says that at least once a week after lunch, she often feels like she knows she wants to skip the gym after work because she feels too tired. On those days she will drink an afternoon coffee or green tea so that she has the energy to get to the gym.
Drink water : It’s a really good idea to hydrate through out the day. When you don’t drink enough water, your body can feel sluggish, drinking enough water can keep you energized throughout the day and make sure you are properly hydrated for a sweaty workout.
Eat Properly : Make sure you eat enough throughout the day to keep your body happy but don’t eat so much that you need a nap after lunch.
The 2 Hour Rule : Do not eat anything heavy within 2 hours of going to exercise…It’s best not to eat anything at all within that 2-hour period but sometimes with our chaotic life we can’t always plan things out so neatly. If you are STARVING then have something small and easy to digest like a banana, a handful of nuts, a piece of cheese.
Get Enough Sleep : I know this is a tough one but getting 7 good hours of sleep consistently, lays the foundation for a successful day. You’ll have enough mental and physical energy to accomplish what you need to do!
As with any good habit you want to adopt, consistency and frequency is key. Prioritizing your health might feel like you have to sacrifice down time, or social time, but after a while it won’t feel like a sacrifice at all and you’ll find yourself looking forward to that endorphin rush. Tell your friends you’ll meet them after your workout and they’ll admire you for your resolve and lament their inability to get to the gym. On the days that it’s toughest to get to the gym, those are the workouts that will make you feel the best because not only will you have those happy exercise endorphins rushing through you but you’ll also have the knowledge that you put mind over matter and really earned an evening on the couch!
I would just like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about myself, my background, what brings me to Montreal, and what I can offer to the community.
First of all, I love fitness, leading an active lifestyle makes me the happy and well rounded individual that I have grown to be over the years. I believe that you can achieve your goals through natural means, without harmful substances; I will never advise anyone to take supplements, but I will help you build muscle or slim down through a sustainable and meaningful nutrition and training program. My goal is not to train you forever but to teach you to become a fitness lover and to have the knowledge and confidence to continue the journey on your own.
Originally I am from Mwanza, Tanzania, a beautiful city on Lake Victoria, where I grew up picking fresh mangoes from trees and climbing the massive boulders around the lake shore. Due to my aptitude for fitness and friendly nature, I got my first job as a trainer in Mwanza at a small local gym. After some time, I moved to Morogoro and worked for the first fitness club in that city before moving to Dar Es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania, to work in a high-end fitness club in the city centre. I was eventually recruited to work for the United Arab Emirates military on a base near Dubai, where I helped create a fitness program for soldiers and other personnel on site. After that I went to work for Etihad Airway’s ‘Fit to Fly’ program, where I trained pilots and cabin crew and developed a fitness program for their staff. Since then I have been working as a freelance trainer and fitness instructor in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I enjoy freelance work because it allows me the flexibility I need to work with clients on an individual level. I can train people at their home, in their gyms, at work, or in the park. I aim to build positive, strong, and long-lasting relationships with my clients.
I recently relocated to Montreal with my wife, who works as a teacher. While it was very difficult to say goodbye to my clients in Abu Dhabi, some of whom I had been training for years; I am excited to meet new clients in Montreal and get to know this beautiful city. Since I just moved here, my French is very limited but I am working on it and I intend to learn as much as I can, but for now I can train clients in the following languages: English, Swahili, Sukuma, and basic Arabic.
I love to train outdoors, the air is better for you to breathe deeply, and when you are cold you are more likely to work out faster to stay warm, as well as cold weather can help you burn more calories. I have never experienced winter before so I will have to adjust to the temperature but my Canadian wife assures me that people still workout in minus degree temperatures, even in the snow!
Please feel free to email, call, or WhatsApp me for more information about training with me!