CYC Fitness / SxSxS & Natalie Uhling Teamed Up For a Good Cause

On the night of October 21st, cancer awareness entered a whole new arena, with CYC Fitness, Sweat x Sound x Senses (Victorine NYC), and F*ck Cancer organization to build awareness around living a healthy lifestyle. New Yorkers gathers in Midtown to cycle for a cause.

Instagram fitness gurus and cancer survivors together raised awareness about early cancer detection and the importance of a fitness, healthy eating and holistic lifestyle. The event was in partnership with Natalie Uhling. An Under Armour athlete, and legendary creator of CYC Fitness; Keoni Hudoba had rider sweating, and working hard.

After riding for a cause, all attendee enjoyed a champagne toast, as well as sampled  of Victorine NYC’s renowned 100% pure essential oil fragrances; Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Looks like it was fun! Check out the photos below:

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Brass Vixens - Pole Fitness - Toronto

Brass Vixens

This week I was invited by Brass Vixens Pole Fitness to try out a class. At first I was hesitant because dancing of any kind is not my forte. One of my friends that I was speaking with on the phone said that I would probably be better than I was thinking I would be. So I decided what did I have to lose? I accepted the invitation and see what Brass Vixens was all bout.

From the moment I accepted signing up on their site was easy! Once I had a profile name I could browse through all of their locations and classes. The problem was that I have a very busy schedule. But guess what they had classes at all different times of day across all of their locations. I found a 12pm class that was perfect for me to attend at their location on Yonge Street. The class was beginner pole. I even received a friendly reminder of my class that I booked. Which is great since I do so many things in a day. I really like their booking feature and this was just icing on the cake!

I arrived at the address and was a little confused because the building read Seductions (and adult entertainment store). I walked in and asked where Brass Vixens was and the women was super nice and told me they were located on the 3rd floor. It would have been nice to know when I received my booking confirmation that this is where it was located. But it was easy to find non the less.

I was created with a friendly smile at the front desk by "Lady Kori" she was very friendly and totally made me comfortable. She took the time to show me the changing room, washroom and explain where to put my bags. I sat and waited patiently for the class to start and it started promptly at 12pm. It was a full class and some people had to share a pole.

Let me just say this: I LOVED EVERY ONE OF THE SONGS ON HER PLAYLIST! Music makes a workout for me so thank you Kori for an awesome play list. Since it was beginner pole we had what I thought was an extended warm up but she made it fun and sexy without it being over the top. All the moves were fun and her choreography flowed so well the whole class. The only thing I did not enjoy that much but I think everyone else did was the free style at the end of the class. She turned on a song and told us to free style. Since this was my first class I only knew what she did in the class so I was a bit so so about the freestyle. I just practiced what I learned while what seemed like everyone else did more advanced moves and really knew how to move. I just felt a bit out of place but it was still fun! I did not get a chance to take photos due to the privacy of the other attendees and there was another class directly after mine so I couldn't take any after either.

After my session I even got an email asking for my class review and to provide feedback. Great for business! I also got a Welcome to Brass Visens email saying that they hoped I enjoyed my class yesterday! After I filled out the feedback I earled "5 points." I assume this is a rewards program that they have. What a great incentive.

Overall I absolutely loved my experience at and I would totally recommend it to anyone looking for a good experience. Don't be scared or intimidated and just go in and have fun with it. Kori is a great instructor and I would definitely attend another class of hers! Thank you Brass Vixens for such a wonderful first pole experience. If you are in the Toronto area check them out!



My Experience At The 5Km Foam Fest in Wasaga Beach

WASAGA BEACH, Ont. (08/01/2015) - Alicia Bell climbs over the walls of the foam box object at Foam Fest held in Wasaga Beach for the first time Saturday. Photo By: David Zammit
WASAGA BEACH, Ont. (08/01/2015) - Alicia Bell climbs over the walls of the foam box object at Foam Fest held in Wasaga Beach for the first time Saturday.
Photo By: David Zammit

My Experience At The 5Km Foam Fest in Wasaga Beach

On August 1st I decided to drive up to Wasaga Beach with one of my clients to run the 5Km Foam fest that was happening on the beach. At first look it looked super cool. There were huge slides set up and all sorts of fun activities and awesome music playing. We checked in and quickly went to change in the changing rooms. Registration was a breeze and so was bag check. We were told our heat was to go at 12:30pm. It didn't start until about 12:40pm we were just standing at the start waiting for someone to give us instructions. We took our picture in the foam at the start. This was fun. They then came over and told us all to line up!  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 4, 3, 2, 1 and we were off. After the first 3 obstacles I was ahead of everyone in my heat. The obstacles were fun, foam filled and super unique. I actually was challenged in the sand and for some of the obstacles. I also quickly caught up to the walkers in the heat before me. Some of the obstacles like the rope climb or walk across the rope was a little loose but no big deal. For the most part I came to the obstacles and quickly went through. Overall the run was fun and slightly challenging.

Now for the bad. I was told by one woman that I shouldn't be racing because the race was for fun. Running fast and going through the obstacles is fun for me. I was timing myself and wanted to see what time I could achieve for 5km with obstacles in the sand. Thats my kind of fun! I was also a bit disappointed that they didn't have a chip time us and there were lots of opportunity to cheat on the course. Also when they finally posted the pictures they were for sale not to simply grab off the internet which I was disappointed about. Ah well.

The race was still very fun and I want to give David Zammit a free lance photographer a big shout out for capturing this awesome photo of me! Because now I have a great memory of the race thanks to him!



Three Reasons To Get A Workout Partner

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Reason #1. Fun Factor.

Working out is a lot more fun and exciting when you are with a friend than if you are alone. If you don’t like the competitive factor then you at least have someone to keep you company and talk about your day, your sexy trainer, or the new guy or girl at your work. While you are lifting weights you can also pass the time by spotting your gym partner, or by making fun circuits to do together. If neither of you feel like the treadmill or weights make fitness fun by changing up your routine. You can do this by going for a walk together, or even play tennis, squash, basketball or volleyball. Sometimes it is nice to switch up the routine and have someone to do it with. Studies have shown that the more you change up your workout, the better your body is going to respond and the less likely you are to hit a plateau.

Reason #2. Accountability and Motivation.

Don’t feel like going to workout? It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself but it’s another to cancel on your gym partner. A partner counts on you. He or she will keep you motivated and accountable. Also if your partner is positive and gives you great feedback you are more apt to stick to your program. He or she will motivate you to go to the gym, stick to the gym, and stay committed until you see the results.  No one wants to be Debbie Downer by bailing and letting down a friend for a scheduled gym appointment.

Reason #3. Higher Intensity.

People are competitive by nature. I always find that whenever I am working out with someone else, my  intensity is always greater than when I train alone. I find myself wanting to do one more rep, go one extra mile, be on a 1% higher incline or lift heavier than my gym partner. He or She pushes me to have that extra intensity and gives me a competitive drive. When I work out alone I tend to get distracted by things like my cell phone, get lazy, or stop early in a set. One key tip when picking your partner: Your athletic abilities should be around the same level. A more seasoned fitness enthusiast won’t get as much out of working out with someone who is new to fitness. If you and your partner are on the same level, you can push each other to do better.

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