class and clinic highlights
We have the 2014 running clinic schedule up on our website now, so take a look and start planning your 2014 running goals. It's fun AND motivating to run with a group, and whether you are an experienced marathoner or would like to start running we have a clinic for you. What's more, in 2014 all Energia Running Clinics (except Begin to Run) are FREE for EVERYONE!
NEW - BOOK ONLINE HERE! - click on the "RUNNING CLINIC" tab
Start planning now:
The first running clinics start on January 25th! (Half/Full Marathon and 30K clinics)
Candlelight Aroma Yoga with Sarah Fridays at 6pm NOW
Unwind from your week with this one-hour restorative yin class with aromatherapy. Yin poses are held for several minutes to allow stretching of the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and spine, while props are used to help you completely relax into the poses. Experience even deeper relaxation with mellow music, calming candlelight and hands on adjustments from the teacher, enhanced with aromatherapy.
Yin Yoga Series - 4 week series - Sundays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, starts Jan 12th
A slower, deep stretch practice targeting the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis & lower spine. Yin postures are held longer allowing you to explore new depths of postures & deeper ranges of motion. Suitable for all abilities, the next 4 week series starts on January 12th, Sundays 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. No experience needed. $65 - advanced sign-up is required.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW - click on the series classes tab.
Pre-natal Yoga - 6 week series - Saturdays from 1:15 to 2:15 pm, starts January 11th
This special series is made up of safe, gentle stretches appropriate for pregnancy. Practicing yoga during this special time will help to bring calmness through breath and awareness as well as keep the body strong and supple. Saturdays from 1:15 to 2:15 pm space is limited so sign-up to reserve a spot. Cost is $75 + HST.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW - click on the series classes tab.
NEW IronCore (mom & baby) - Wednesdays 2:00 to 3:00 pm, starts January 8th
Get your pre-baby body back faster with this 4-week series of challenging but gentle pilates-inspired classes that focus on strengthening the muscles of the core. Bring baby to class, meet other moms and get a great workout! (ages 6 weeks to 8 months). Cost is $55 + HST - advanced sign-up required.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW
NEW Kettlebell with Dayna Mondays at 12:15
This is a new kettlebell class, started just last month!
After months of training, the Energia Kettlebell Sport Team was ready to show their stuff during the month of October! First up was the One Hour Long Cycle charity event on Saturday, October 19. We joined other locations around the world, all lifting for the same continuous hour, in support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. So far this one day event has raised almost $10,000 for this great cause!
The goal was to lift continuously for an hour without putting the kettlebell down. We had team members Dayna, Sophie, Tamar, Julia and Susan forming a relay team to share the lifting of the 12 KG bell for an hour, while Jon went the full hour solo with the purple 20 KG bell and completed a total of 331 reps!
One week later on October 26th the team was at it again - this time at the Agatsu Toronto Kettlebell Sport Championships. We had veterans Lea Amaral, Dayna Fradette, Sophie Cohen, Julia Rogers and Mark Mignanelli competing, as well as first-time competitors Susan Benson, Tamar Ishaky, Chandra Hodgson & Lisa Archibald! We had an incredible team performance at the comp, with the team hitting many personal bests and bringing home lots of medals! Congratulations to the whole team!
Holiday Classes and Hours
Tuesday DECEMBER 24th
6:30 am kettlebell, 9:30 am yoga,
9:30 am virtual ride spin
Store open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
DECEMBER 25th - Closed for the holiday
Thursday DECEMBER 26th
9:00 am virtual ride spin, 9:00 am kettlebell, 10:00 am yin yoga
DECEMBER 27th to DECEMBER 30th:
Regular class schedule and store hours
Tuesday DECEMBER 31st
6:30 am kettlebell, 9:30 am yoga, 9:30 am virtual ride spin
Closed for the holiday
holiday gift ideas for the runner, yogi, kettlebeller & spinner!
$20 & under gift ideas:
intro one week of classes $20.00
merino wool running socks $18.00
silk eye pillow - 16.00
$50 & under gift ideas:
Foam roller $29.95
Yoga mat $29.95
Wind Mitt $49.95
$100 & under gift ideas:
Timex running watch $89.95
5 class passes $90.00
Kettlebell starter set 10lb, 15lb, 20lb - $67.50
This is just a small sample, so come in and let us help you find the perfect gift to give!
Spin-a-thon registration is open
On January 25th, 2014 Energia Athletics is hosting The Peer Project's 2nd Annual 24-Hour Spin-A-Thon. Participants will have fun, get fit, and support The Peer Project by raising pledges for their proven peer mentoring program. Relay teams of up to 24 riders are set for a fun-filled 24 hours of back-to-back spin classes full of prizes, surprises, and guaranteed wackiness in the wee hours! MORE INFO & REGISTER HERE.
intro special - $20 unlimited spinning, yoga and kettlebell for 1 week!
This offer is for those who are new to Energia - Sign up for one week of unlimited spinning, yoga and kettlebell! Call 416.406.6664 for details.
energia virtual ride system update
As you are probably already aware we will be installing the first MyRide Virtual Ride System in Toronto! This cutting edge system marries your favourite (Energia) instructor and ride with stunning HD forward motion video, to immerse you in a true virtual riding experience! Imagine riding along the coast of California, up a mountain in Northern Italy, and through a trail in the Grand Canyon. Now imagine that you don't have to imagine it - the Energia Virtual Ride system will take you there! The equipment is being installed this week and the inaugural ride is happening Sunday November 3rd at 9:00 am with Jon. Sign up now as there are already only a few spots left. We are also conducting our instructor training on November 3rd, so we should have video running in every class shortly after. Be sure to come and experience the Energia Virtual Ride System soon - we guarantee it will change the way you feel about Spinning!
new classes starting soon
Virtual Ride Spinning with Kim - Fridays at 6 pm - running now!
NEW Ashtanga Yoga level 1&2 with Lesley - Wednesdays at 6 pm - starting Dec 11
More Weekend Virtual Ride Spinning Classes Saturdays at 8 am & Sundays at 10 am - COMING SOON!
FREE running clinics in 2014!
We have big news regarding our 2014 running clinics - IN 2014 ALL RUNNING CLINICS ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE (Begin to Run Clinics are excluded - these are still $75).That's right - they are ABSOLUTELY FREE!! We are asking participants to STILL SIGN UP for the clinic of your choice, as these will still be organized training sessions, including A CLINIC LEADER to lead the runs, a training plan to follow, and weekly email updates for all participants.
We want to help make this your best running year ever, so check out our clinic schedule and SIGN UP NOW.
FREE group runs every tuesday at 6:30 pm & saturday at 8:30 am
Did you know that you can run FOR FREE with the Energia crew? We leave the store every Tuesday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 8:30 am. Distances vary depending on who shows up, but we always have a leader on hand who can introduce you to others who will likely be running a similar distance and/or pace. It's so much more fun and motivating to run with others...especially when the colder and nastier weather arrives. Come and check it out!
nutritionist corner with Dayna Fradette
All About Sugar
With the holiday season approaching, schedules are packed with family, friends, get-togethers, holiday parties and temptation after delicious temptation. While this is a fun and exciting time, it often leads to extra pounds and guilt if you're not careful. You can, however, come out of the holiday season healthier and happier than ever. How, you ask? By preparing yourself with a plan. Put these great holiday nutrition tips into your holiday season game plan and you'll be getting a head start on your 2014 New Year health resolutions.
We all know that sugar certainly isn't good for our waistline. But is it just empty calories? Let's look at 5 ways Sugar impacts our health:
1. Drink water. Staying hydrated is important, not only for reducing cravings, but also for making sure your energy levels are up. Waste products and other toxins are flushed out of our system by water. When our body lacks water, our organs like the heart muscle have to work harder to get oxygenated blood to all the cells. That means your body will be tired, and so will you!
2. Only go for your holiday favorites. Choose reasonable portions of the dishes you love most and leave the others on the table.
3. Fill your plate with raw food. When you fill your plate at dinner fill half the plate with raw, clean, energy-providing, dip-free vegetables in their natural form & the other half is up to you. Load up your healthy, nutrient-dense low calorie foods and keep the high calorie foods to a minimum.
4. Eat a snack before you head to your holiday dinner or party. Whether it’s a small meal a few hours before the big meal, a handful of veggies, nuts, or an apple on your way out the door to a party, it’s definitely better not to go starving.
5. Go easy on the alcohol. If you take it easy on the booze, your head and your body will thank you the next day. Instead, pick a go-to low calorie drink that allows you to enjoy the party without drinking unneeded calories. Clear liquors with low-calorie mixers or fresh fruit are good choices. The simpler the drink, the lighter it is.
6. Keep your liver healthy. Treat your burdened liver with hot water and lemon juice in the morning and chlorophyll rich foods: Wheat grass juice, chlorella, spirulina, or blue-green algae will help jump-start your sluggish liver.