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Proportional What!? Your Guide to the BC Electoral Reform Referendum

November 27, 2018

Our pals Malloreigh Hamilton and Kala Vilches led a workshop at the studio taking everyone through the ins and outs of the BC Electoral Reform Referendum. With the Canada Post strike currently going on, the deadline has now been extended to December 7th at 4:30pm for all ballots to be received. If you still haven’t…

Our pals Malloreigh Hamilton and Kala Vilches led a workshop at the studio taking everyone through the ins and outs of the BC Electoral Reform Referendum. With the Canada Post strike currently going on, the deadline has now been extended to December 7th at 4:30pm for all ballots to be received.

If you still haven’t submitted yours, here’s Malloreigh’s breakdown on our current system and the options you’re choosing between:

ISSUES WITH OUR CURRENT SYSTEM

Our existing electoral system is called “First Past the Post”. Basically, the candidate that gets the most votes in any particular riding wins that riding, even if only a small amount of the electorate in that riding voted for that candidate (as can happen in ridings with many candidates). Then, the Legislative Assembly is governed by the party who won the most seats, regardless of their share of the popular vote. So a party can end up with a majority government – meaning they can basically make decisions unchecked by opposition – with less than 50% of the popular vote.

This is how vote-splitting happens and why it’s such a problem. We dealt with vote-splitting pretty seriously in the municipal election that just happened; with two strong candidates on the left (Stewart and Sylvester), progressives were torn about whether to vote strategically to ensure a left-wing candidate got in. In the end, due to a massive marketing and support campaign by the NDP and labour union groups, left-wing candidate Kennedy Stewart defeated right-wing candidate Ken Sim by 1,000 votes.

This is an issue we currently deal with at all levels in Canada as FPTP is the system of choice across the country. You’ve probably heard a lot of vitriol about whether strategic voting is a good or bad choice from both supporters and deriders of the practice.

WHY PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION?

Proportional Representation systems attempt to reflect better in government the percentage of the electorate that supports a particular party. For example, typically the Green Party of Canada gets 4-7% of the popular vote, but they have only won one seat in the House of Commons in the last two elections (and zero prior to that) – less than 0.3% of the House. The Green Party of BC won 3 seats in the 2017 general election (almost 4% of the seats in the Legislative Assembly), but received almost 17% of the popular vote. This is a huge disparity between how the public votes and how the government is made up.

Some democratic political philosophy suggests that government should be a reflection of the body it governs – whether this reflects just the views of the electorate or whether it reflects identity groups, like, for example, seeing 51% of our elected representatives identifying as female to reflect the proportion of the population at large, or seeing POC in our government to similarly represent the portion of the population that are POC.

In Australia (where voting is mandatory!), their House is elected riding-by-riding like ours, but their Senate is elected via proportional representation based on the percentage of total votes cast by the electorate for each party.

WHY NOT PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION?

Opponents of PR will tell you that proportional representation can increase the presence of fringe parties in government. This is absolutely possible. It may be a tiny percentage of the population in each riding voting for fringe parties – be they right wing, left wing, or spaceship wing – but depending on the system, if the total sum of those votes is substantial enough, those fringe parties could in fact get a seat in the Leg. Some people think that’s fine; I personally do not want that. Most of the systems outlined below have a 5% threshold for representation.

Opponents of PR also consider the potential systems to be too confusing. Their argument is that FPTP has worked for our democracy up until now; it’s not broken, so why fix it?

As well, coalitions are more likely to be needed for government to be formed. Right now BC is being governed by a coalition government made up of NDP and Green MLAs. These systems can work really well if the parties making up the coalition can work together well, but it can also result in unstable government that is dissolved more often.

THE PROCESS OF THE REFERENDUM

Elections BC must receive your ballot by 4:30pm on December 7th, 2019. You can either:

  • Mail it
  • Return it in person at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre. Find locations at elections.bc.ca/rso

There are two questions in the ballot.

1. Do you want to stay with existing FPTP or move to a Proportional Representation system?

2. Of the three PR options, rank your first, second, and third choice.

If more than 50% of the ballots returned prefer FPTP, nothing will change. If more than 50% prefer PR, the system with the highest ranking will be adopted. There will be some administrative work to do to put it in place, but it will have to be ready for any provincial elections taking place after July 1, 2021. Riding boundaries will likely change; we may have up to 8 additional MLAs added to our Legislature. There may be more than one MLA representing a particular district. Finally, after two elections using PR, another referendum will be calling to see if BC voters want to go back to FPTP – so if we hate it, it isn’t necessarily permanent.

SO WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Dual-Member Proportional (DMP)

This system was developed in Canada and is not in use – it is at the moment purely theoretical.

This is an interesting system. Large population ridings will have two MLAs, while low population (rural) ridings will continue to have one. Parties will be able to list up to two candidates on the ballot in ridings with two MLAs. You still only get one vote in your riding but you may be voting for a pair of candidates with that one vote (for example, if the NDP runs two candidates, you can vote for both at once). The first seat in each riding goes FPTP-style to the candidate with the most votes. The second seat in two-Member ridings will be assigned via proportional representation, so if the Greens get 17% of the popular vote, approximately 17% of the second seats will go to Greens. Those seats will be assigned in ridings where the Greens did particularly well, so the candidates that got the most votes will more-or-less be the ones who get seats.

  • What I like about this system
  • It’s not too big of a departure from our existing system from the voter’s perspective, so it’s less confusing for voters. Parties also need at least 5% of the vote to get any second seats, so it roots out fringe parties in most ridings.
  • What I don’t like about this system
  • I’m not sure it will cure the strategic voting issue we have. Because we’re still voting for one candidate or pair of candidates and there are still FPTP elements, I feel we will still need to carefully avoid vote splitting on the left.

Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP)

This system is already in use in other countries at national or sub-national levels, including Germany, New Zealand, and Scotland.

In this system, electoral districts are larger. Voters vote for a candidate to represent their riding, similarly to how we do now, using FPTP. You are also voting for a party (either through your candidate or through a separate vote – TBD) for regional candidates. So the Leg is made up of “district MLAs” – the people who represent your riding – and then a certain number of “regional MLAs” per party that top up the number of MLAs from that party to match the percentage of the popular vote given to that party. Do you follow?

Basically, you would either vote once or twice per election – once for an MLA and possibly once for a party (though your MLA vote may also be considered a party vote, which roots out independent candidates entirely). Some/most of the candidates would be elected the old fashioned way, but overall representation in the Legislature would be proportional because parties would be “topped up” to their vote percentage by candidates from their open regional list.

  • What I like about this system
  • It does seem like representation will be pretty accurately proportional. It is good that it’s been tested in countries with well-functioning democracies. There is a 5% threshold for representation to avoid fringe parties in government.
  • What I don’t like about this system
  • This might be more confusing for voters. We also don’t really have a say in who’s on the regional list for each party; we’re not voting for candidates, we’re voting for parties. This doesn’t work with the way everyone thinks of their right to be represented. There are also still quite a few questions marks about how this would work.

Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP)

This is a combo system not in use in this particular combination anywhere, though both aspects have been used successfully separately.

This is a combination of MMP (above) for Rural areas and STV (which we voted on in 2005 and 2009) for urban and semi-urban districts. In urban areas we would rank candidates on our ballot. So, I can vote for the NDP first, the Greens second, the Communist party third, and then not at all for the Liberals, or I can put them last on my ranking. This is more complex for Elections BC to count, but it does alleviate vote splitting.

There is a minimum number of votes in each riding, called the “quota”, that a candidate must reach. All candidates that reach this quota are elected. Candidates with the fewest votes are discarded and the votes go to the next candidate on that voter’s list. Candidates who get more votes than the quota have their extra votes transferred to the number two candidate on that voter’s list, and so on. Parties may run multiple candidates per riding, up to the number of seats available in that riding.

Rural districts would operate like MMP, with district MLAs elected to represent each riding and regional MLAs from a party list to top up.

  • What I like about this system
  • I love the idea of ranking candidates and the way it would alleviate vote splitting/strategic voting. This works well for voters who are often torn between two (or more!) candidates.
  • What I don’t like about this system
  • It would take a while to count and calculate results; there would need to be multiple rounds of counting because the system is so complex. I would not get my exciting election night sports watching experiences.
  • *EDIT: I spoke to an Irish friend who says that the counting actually goes pretty quickly and that election nights are very exciting indeed!

 

If you’re happy with the existing system, vote to keep it FPTP. If you’d like to give PR a try, what’s the harm?

2018 Holiday Challenge

November 26, 2018

We’re hosting our first challenge! From December 1st to the 31st we’re getting you to beat those winter blues, show some love for our trainers, and giving you some sweet discounts to reward your efforts. HOW IT WORKS There will be a big poster board up front where you’ll write your name down to take…

We’re hosting our first challenge! From December 1st to the 31st we’re getting you to beat those winter blues, show some love for our trainers, and giving you some sweet discounts to reward your efforts.

HOW IT WORKS

There will be a big poster board up front where you’ll write your name down to take part in the challenge. At each class you attend, request a sticker from the front desk to place by your name.

POINTS BREAKDOWN

REWARDS

40+ points = A chance to win a FREE month at Tight Club. Anyone that gets 40+ points are still eligible to get 30% off your first/next Tight Life Membership pass OR 15% off a 10 Class Pass

30+ points = 30% off your first/next Tight Life Membership month OR 15% off a 10 Class Pass

20-29 points = 20% off your first/next Tight Life Membership month OR 10% off a 10 Class Pass

10-19 points = 10% off your first/next Tight Life Membership month OR 5% off a 10 Class Pass

Not signed up for a Tight Life membership? Chat with your front desk pal to sign you up!

When we are closed for the holidays, you can still earn points by posting pictures of you doing something active outside! Stay tuned for more details.

Learning about Body Positivity with Diandra Oliver

November 1, 2018

Last week, Diandra Oliver took our crew through a Fat Positivity + Body Positivity workshop. Through the work she facilitated, we learned the difference between body positivity and fat activism, systemic discrimination against plus size and fat identified folx, and the ways we can value all bodies and the incredible things they do. We got…

Last week, Diandra Oliver took our crew through a Fat Positivity + Body Positivity workshop. Through the work she facilitated, we learned the difference between body positivity and fat activism, systemic discrimination against plus size and fat identified folx, and the ways we can value all bodies and the incredible things they do.

We got to know Diandra a little more and found out why this type of work is so important for the fitness community:

You’ve got a lot on the go! Tell us some more about yourself and the different initiatives you’re a part of:

I am a writer and activist from the ancestral territories of Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations in Northwest, British Columbia. I grew up on mountains and in rivers, and moved to Vancouver in 2016. Since being in Vancouver I’ve jumped head first into the outdoors community, co-founding Vancouver’s first fat softball team, The Heavy Hitters and becoming the first Canadian ambassador for Fat Girls Hiking, supporting them to get their Vancouver Chapter up and running. This past summer I joined the Curvy Kili Crew, a group of awesome fat babes from all over North America who are hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for International Women’s Day 2019. The hike will be the first group fat hike of Kili and the Curvy Kili Crew has been featured all over the internet in social media stories, blog posts and podcasts. To get ready for the hike I’ve been training at Tight Club and at the beginning of October I completed a distance and elevation gain simulation of Kili which you can read more about on my blog here.

Outside of this hiking life, my partner and I parent our rad 8 year old kid. We basically run around the city eating noodles (his favourite is Mr. Red) and going to all of the swimming pools (faves are Eileen Daily in Burnaby and New Brighton pool in East Van). For work I’m a PhD student and instructor in the Geography department at Simon Fraser University. I study young people’s unemployment in Vancouver and how young people resist and advocate to have their economic realities acknowledged by the government and employers. Basically, if you were born after 1980 things are not good. Let’s fix it.

What inspired you to start this workshop?

I started working out at Tight Club with the Tight Life Challenge in January 2017. After spending decades experiencing fatphobia, homophobia and sexism in sports and fitness I had become weary about walking into anywhere new. But there was something about how Tight Club put the movement in front of the bullshit that inspired me and hooked me. Keighty, Jody, Kelsey and everyone at Tight Club was so welcoming those first three weeks and the Tight Life family was everything I needed to intentionally get my body moving again. I’ve always felt like my body was celebrated at Tight Club and it’s at Tight Club that I’ve learned to celebrate my body and what it can do.

This workshop came together because I want to support Tight Club to learn about gatekeeping in the industry (how the industry intentionally keeps fat people out by focusing on diet talk or by only having thin people in their advertising) and the systemic ways that fat folks are restricted from moving their bodies (eg. gear and clothing is not size appropriate, instructors often have traditional body types, and modifications are not always offered). I am excited to work with Tight Club to unpack the hierarchy of thinness and to develop a practice of inclusivity that supports and celebrates bodies of all sizes.

Why is it important?

Most fitness and sport spaces are alienating for fat folks. It’s really hard to go into a fitness space and not be bombarded with messages about weight loss. In our culture, gyms, fitness centres and “healthy living” are all so deeply connected to fatphobia and the diet industry (that profits off our own self-hatred). Fat Activism requires us to accept all bodies the way they are and to honour each person’s own reasons for moving their body however they want to or not. For example, I want to move my body to outlive my enemies and manage my anxiety, not to lose weight. Often when I’m working out regularly or on an elimination diet to deal with health stuff, family and friends are so excited that I’ve “lost weight” and do not hesitate in telling me that I look great and they’re so happy for me. I’ve begun to reply with a cheerful tone, “I haven’t lost any weight! I’m still fat but now I really love burpees!”. Committing to Fat Activism requires us to change the script away from happiness for weight loss to pride for gaining strength and living a tight life. The next step is taking that internal change and replicating it by advocating for all bodies in the systems around us.

What you hope others will take away from it?

I’m so proud of Tight Club and the work they’re doing to be an inclusive, safe space. It is exhausting to constantly be making space for yourself in a world that clearly doesn’t want you and it’s exciting when people in the industry stand up to do this hard work. I hope that as Tight Club deepens their practice of welcoming those folks who are typically marginalized by the fitness industry, folks will find it easier to walk into this space because it will be ready for them.


A huge thank you to Diandra for taking the time to teach us how we can make our space more accessible, inclusive, and how we can advocate for and support members with all types of bodies with empathy and solidarity. ALL BODIES are welcome here.

Sports Day Is Still The Best Day of the Year

October 1, 2018

It was no different this time around: Sports Day is THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR! The weather gods were not on our side to start the day, but y’all still came out to play and were slippin’, slidin’, and sippin’ on Hey Y’alls. And as the day continued, the sun made an appearance and…

It was no different this time around: Sports Day is THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR! The weather gods were not on our side to start the day, but y’all still came out to play and were slippin’, slidin’, and sippin’ on Hey Y’alls. And as the day continued, the sun made an appearance and before we knew it were basking in its warmth and everyone’s tight vibes.

Shout out to our amazing crew of volunteers who helped us pull this thing off!

And to these amazing peeps who made the day extra special:

Say Hey Cafe

Parkland

KIND Snacks

Hey Y’all

Cocos Pure

Swiss Water Coffee

Saucony

Scroll through to see some highlights from the day captured by our boy Grady Mitchell:

Outdoor Vices Summer 2018 Roundup!

September 30, 2018

Another summer has come and gone and with it a new batch of memories to last us a lifetime and damn, was it ever a good one. We hung out with familiar and new faces, laughed (A LOT), got sweaty (A LOT), saw you bust a move, and challenge yourselves in new ways. Endless love…

Another summer has come and gone and with it a new batch of memories to last us a lifetime and damn, was it ever a good one. We hung out with familiar and new faces, laughed (A LOT), got sweaty (A LOT), saw you bust a move, and challenge yourselves in new ways. Endless love to you all that make what we do every day sooooooo worth it. 

TIGHT BIKE

First up, let’s revisit the latest season of Tight Bike (including Rapha 100!) and hear from some of the crew on their favourite memories from this year:

I spent the whole Tight Bike season doing sloops. Every. Time. And I’m okay with it. I really wanted to be close to home because I’d been working so much. R&R was my main goal. But I also knew I needed to, and wanted to be on my bike, so a couple loops of Stanley Park after work was just what the Dr. ordered.

About three quarters of the way through the season, we made our way up to Prospect Point, as we did, and then…. we just…. stayed there. For like, quite a while. And it was great! It was a huge crew of us and we’d reach max-summer chillax – on a bike ride. We all knew each other but then we shot the shit and snapped photos. It took a push, but after a good span of time we all decided whether we’d do another loop or head home and off we went. A lovely eve.“ – CHANTELLE

My favourite rides are always the Sloops. It’s social and always a great ride with some fun competition up Prospect Point with a sweaty photo up top!

Any of the sloop photos are the best. Always sweaty and a solid group of peeps!” – ALFRED

Highlight of the season was meeting a bunch of like minded rad people who liking riding bikes! I joined to meet new people and make some friends.

Favourite ride was out to Iona beach, that was a really fun and fast ride and I really enjoyed it, plus I have never done that ride prior.“ – MATTHEW

Favourite ride: Social sloops that finished at Electric Bicycle Brewing; got some loops in and then drank beer with a good crew… what more could you ask for?” – KRISTY

RAPHA 100 

Photos by Jeff Kwok

 

TCRC

Our Tight Club Run Crew happens year round (every Tuesday at the Field House at 6:15 FYI), but running with pals while soaking in those summer rays is always a highlight. Back in July our friends at Outdoor Voices supplied our runners with “Doing Things” hats and we went out in the hood for a run and sweat session. Here are some of the highlights captured by Kezia Nathe:

MAKING MOVES SUMMER PARTY

You came, you danced, and you shot some hoops! Our Making Moves Summer Party brought out a tight crew to take part in our Free Throw Competition with Myodetox. Keep scrolling through to catch the highlights! Photos by Kezia Nathe:

And that’s a wrap for the summer of 2018!

Making Tight Moves!

June 19, 2018

We’re celebrating a summer of Making Moves! We’re stoked to launch this project: Making Moves. A product of passion and talent, of living the tight life and holding nothing back. A video to inspire movement; physical and otherwise. A creative expression of living the tight life, and making moves; whether that’s quitting your job and…

IWD2018: “What’s tight about identifying as a woman?”

March 15, 2018

It’s been a week since International Womens Day 2018, but honestly we’re always celebrating women. We dedicated a week long celebration to all the women who make our future tight and the women who make our future tight are all the inspiring, unique, strong and powerful women who walk through our doors on a daily…

It’s been a week since International Womens Day 2018, but honestly we’re always celebrating women. We dedicated a week long celebration to all the women who make our future tight and the women who make our future tight are all the inspiring, unique, strong and powerful women who walk through our doors on a daily basis. We see you and we appreciate you each and every day. That’s why we asked you to strike you’re power pose and tell us; “what’s tight about identifying as a woman?”

We’d also like to take a minute to say thanks to all of you who participated, donated, gave your time, energy and tight vibes. Here are just some of the highlights from what was one for the books last week …

 

  • Almost a 100 of you came out on Tuesday night for a super fun 5km social run in collaboration with Erin Irelands Heartbeets Run Club and as if that wasn’t awesome enough you all generously bought along menstrual products to donate to our pals at Period Posse; a non-profit organization who believes in menstrual equity, where access to menstrual products is a right.

 

 

  • The “Game Changers” class was full with the tightest of vibes to celebrate women in sports who paved the way fighting for equality and empowerment, all of you listened with warm hearts and sweated your butts off for a super fun and empowering night.

 

 

And now, “What’s tight about identifying as a woman?”

Emily

No matter what, there’s always an implied sisterhood between us if we look for it. There’s a silent support that surrounds us all.

 

Tracy

To me it’s how amazingly resilient our mind and body is to what can sometimes be such a tough world out there. As women, we just persist and take on whatever comes our way and that’s pretty tight.

 

Shanique

It’s sweet that as women we are able to give life.

 

Gil

Being soft and strong.

 

Kelsey

Having people underestimate me or my strength because I’m a woman and getting to show them WHAT’S UP!

 

Malloreigh

That we can embrace our femininity that men don’t always feel comfortable doing.

 

Heather

We get shit done.

 

Diana

That I get to be part of a band of badass woman.

 

Michelle & Sarah

Sarah: I’m one of twins and sisters are just on a whole other level.

Michelle: Being inspired and empowered by other women like Keighty 😉

 

Claire

Being able to support one another and be part of this amazing network of strong women.

 

Gail

We pretty much run the world now!

 

Sasha

Having the ability to prove people wrong, like watch us be CEO’s, scientists, athletes … whatever and whoever we want to be.

 

Caley

It’s tight to have so much opportunity, we’ve got so much ground to pave (metamorphic-ally).

 

Ali

F*cking everything! I can’t just pick one thing.

 

Keighty

My innate nature to provide safe spaces for the people in my life.

 

Jessica

What’s tight about being a woman is being a woman right now in 2018 because there is a huge change happening and it’s awesome to be part of it all.

 

Lindsay & Madeline

Easy: empowering other women.

 

Being your own Valentine is TIGHT

February 14, 2018

It’s Valentine’s day and whether your married, seeing someone or single we’re here to tell you that being your own Valentine is TIGHT. Take today’s celebration of love and shower it all on yourself. We chatted with our trainers to find out all the tight ways that they practice self-love. Make sure you block off…

It’s Valentine’s day and whether your married, seeing someone or single we’re here to tell you that being your own Valentine is TIGHT. Take today’s celebration of love and shower it all on yourself. We chatted with our trainers to find out all the tight ways that they practice self-love. Make sure you block off some time today or later in the week to take care of you boo, self-love is the tightest love!

 

Amanda says go snowboarding all day then come home and watch the winter olympics all night with a drink of choice.

 

Natalie says get your running shoes on and hit the trails to let that brisk fresh air hug you. Bonus points for getting up and down the mountain before work!

 

Michael says if you can’t go to Mexico, bring Mexico to you. Dig up your favourite swim gear, go find your nearest hot tub, swimming pool and tanning bed. Caliente!

 

Andrea says go invest in a pasta maker and spend the entire night drinking wine and making all the pasta your heart desires. And actually while your at it, make some focaccia bread to soak up all that delicious sauce.

 

Kelsey says run away to Squamish for a sunrise lake swim with snacks and a deck of tarot cards.

 

Lucy says donuts and coffee, what else did you expect?

 

Keighty says head on down to the wonderful ladies at womyns ware…treat yourself 😉

TIGHT CLUB CHECK-IN: ALLIE & MALLOREIGH

January 11, 2018

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.…

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Allie & Malloreigh.

 

 

Describe each other using three buzzwords.

We decided to interpret this literally and choose from the Wikipedia list of buzzwords. We picked some that we think kind of describe each other.

Allie is… brand narrative, holistic approach, organic growth

Mal is … strategic communication, core competency, best practices

One thing people might not know about Allie?

M: She will absolutely read your piece of writing, and provide thoughtful critique. She’s really good at it, and she’ll always tell you what she liked as well, so you feel like it wasn’t all criticism. Similarly, she’s a great active listener. She really cares about people and how they feel about things, even minor things that most people aren’t interested in. She wants to hear about it. She hates small talk. She’d much rather talk about your difficult relationship with your parents than the weather.

 

 

Something people might not know about Mal?

She knows everything. I’m not kidding. I’ll be like, How do you mine bitcoin? What was the Suez Canal Crisis about? When I’m saying a nice thing about someone is it a comp-li-ment or a comp-le-ment? The best part is that she never makes me feel silly about asking something.

Around election times (municipal, provincial, and federal) she writes an extensive and in-depth email about all of the parties and candidates to help people in her life—who say they don’t have enough time to care about politics—make an informed decision about who to vote for rather than just not voting altogether. She has a poli-sci minor, and civic engagement is super important to her.

She donates a ton every year to charities. I think she has six recurring ones and other ones here and there throughout the year. Mostly I know this because we started doing our taxes together last year, and I felt like a total scrub.

 

Favourite way to spend time together …

A: Favourite favourite is going to a wedding together. Favourite everyday is just going for a nice cocktail, but a wedding is where we truly shine.

M: Yes, that’s true! We have never turned down a wedding invite, even when the couple probably would’ve preferred us to. We will light up your dance floor and look absolutely amazing while doing it. Also, Allie loves it when I read aloud to her, so sometimes we will spend an afternoon or evening together while I read her textbook to her. I’ve learned a lot in the course of her grad studies, and it hasn’t cost me a dime!

 

Workout together or rather never?

A: We used to do most of our working out separately (I played soccer and rode my bike on a trainer in the living room while watching Forensic Files and Mal rode her bike to get around), but in the last few years most of our workouts have fused. We play dodgeball on Tuesday and softball in the summer. Our Tight Club schedules don’t always align, but when they do she is my favourite partner, and it never gets old to look her in the eye and shake her hand and introduce myself at the beginning of class.

M: Ha-ha.

 

 

Ok the tightest thing in your life rn …

M: I am planning this massive event in Toronto called Earper Homestead Convention Canada — it’s a Convention for the SyFy-produced Canadian TV show Wynonna Earp, which is a cult hit among a niche crowd of fans. I work as an event planner at Hawksworth as my day job, but this is a whole ‘nother beast. It’s a 3-day thing involving multiple celebrity guests, hundreds of fans, and many different panels, parties, and other events. All of the events I’ve done up to now, even the large ones, have always been food-focused; I’ve always planned for restaurant groups. I’ve never worked on something of this scale. It’s absolutely mindblowing how well it’s coming together. This is so wild and so cool and is going to bring together so many people. It’s tight. Real tight.

 

A: I have the best friends. My dad died unexpectedly last March, and it’s been really tough for me. I feel like my grief made me cumbersome, like I was some clumsy, sad bear bumbling around in social situations. But any expectation of normalcy was solely from me because not once did anyone make me feel bad or weird for needing to, like, lie on their living room floor in the middle of our hang out.

 

 

 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done for each other?

M: Allie is not much of a grand gesture personso reliably so that when I wanted to buy myself some time to propose before she could do it, I delayed her by telling her I’d only say yes if she put together a flashmob. Her charm is more in daily thoughtfulnesses. She makes me feel special all the time, every dayby coming home with my favourite candy, surprising me with my favourite takeout when I’ve had a hard day, listening to my cues and buying me the gifts I really want, or even just taking care of annoying little tasks and errands when I’m too busy to deal with them. After all that, birthdays and anniversaries end up being times when she lets me make all the decisions (which is what I really like).

 

A: I think the grandest thing Mal ever did for me was plan our entire wedding. And not just like, a wedding, but the best and most beautiful wedding. I think I was pretty difficult to work with in the beginning (why do we need to rent chairs when the venue has free chairs?), but she was patient and persistent and organized in a way that was hard to argue with. Probably about once a week I think of those ugly venue chairs and how thankful I am that she held her ground.

 

You have a cat, tell us about him/her …

M: J Edgar Hoover Hamilton was rescued by VOKRA from under a vacuum store (hence the name Hoover – we added the J Edgar and the Hamilton). He’d been living there for a while. The vet estimated he was 3 or 4 years old when he was rescued; he’d never been fixed, he didn’t have any of his shots, and he was flea-ridden. All in one fell swoop he was neutered, tattooed, vaccinated, and defleaed. I’d been cruising for a kitty for a little while and I snagged him the moment he went up on VOKRA’s website. Allie and I had been dating for half a year or so, but I adopted him on my own… however, Allie is probably his primary parent.

 

Hoover is tempestuous. He’s very cuddly and sweet, incredibly soft, and floppy like a ragdoll, unless he’s in a bad mood. Then he will lash out at you, claws extended, as you walk by. If he’s hungry, he’ll bite you gently at first, and then harder, until you feed him. He has a terrible tendency to bite my love handles. He isn’t like this with guests or catsitters, just with us. He rules the house for sure.

 

A: I recently got my first ever tattoo, and it’s a matching tattoo to the letters and numbers Hoover has inside his ear to identify him; I’m head-over-heels for the little guy.

 

 

 

There are so many amazing studios in Vancouver, what do you love about Tight Club?

M: I actually just hate everything else I’ve tried. Tight Club was the first exercise commitment I made that I actually enjoyed. Weirdly, as a longtime (and passionate) cyclist, I totally fucking hate spin.

 

A: For me, it’s the sense of community. I think, unfortunately, most gyms actually don’t want people to show uplike they sold tickets for 500 but only bought enough food for 50. I’ve always felt like everyone at Tight Club is noticed and cared for, and it just makes me feel nice to be a part of it.

 

Your favourite move in class …

A: TRX rocket jumps! I feel like I can jump so high.

 

M: I take a lot of TRX classes, and I love to do a pike during a TRX plank, or challenge myself during a TRX chest press.

 

The most memorable check-in question …

A: When Kelsey signed up to be an organ donor, she told us there was an option to send a message with your organs and asked us what message we would send. The answers ranged from serious to funny to heartwarming, and I thought about the question for days after and even asked all my pals and coworkers what they would say, too.

 

M: How about on our birthdays when everyone had to say something they liked about us? I still think of that to cheer myself up when I’m feeling down.

 

A: Oh, yeah, that was really so charming!

 

 

 

Christmas might be over but the collection of card you two have are timeless, tell us about them …

M: Oh, we love doing this! I’m so glad I met Allie, because she encourages and enthusiastically participates in all of my wacky plans. My best friend Lindsay (also a Tight Clubber) is a professional photographer, and the first year Allie and I lived together we decided we wanted to take a cute holiday photo with Hoover. Lindsay came over, we staged it and dressed up, and it turned out wonderfully. I unpacked my rusty, dusty graphic design skills (I used to work in design many years ago) and turned it into a postcard, which we sent out to friends and family. We’ve now done it for the past 5 years, and it’s gone from a simple holiday-themed photo in our home to a storyboarded, costumed shot at Lindsay’s studio.

 

My favourite one thus far is from 2016. We modeled it after one of those classic Norman Rockwell paintings that used to grace the cover of the Saturday Evening Postours is based on a particular one from May, 1920. Lindsay did a perfect job lighting and shooting it — it looks so painterlyand I spent a long time on the design to match it really well with the original feel of the covers. We called it the Hamilton Holiday Post. I’m so lucky to have such a willing participant in Allie.

 

A: What Mal said:)

 

 

 

Fav place to cosy up in the city?

M: Would you believe the Habitant bar at Nordstrom? We like to pretend we’re not skids from East Van sometimes.

 

A: Oh man, we are currently in different places working on the same Google Doc to answer these questions, and I was seriously waiting to ask her when she got home, “Can we say the Nordstrom bar or is that ridiculous?”

 

 

 

Anything you can recommend us to listen to or watch atm?

A:

Podcast: My Favorite Murder

Song: In the Morning I’ll Be Better by Tennis

Movie: Lady Bird

TV show: Schitt’s Creek?

 

M:

Podcast: Witch, Please: a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world

Song: E-mo-tion by Carly Rae Jepsen

Movie: The Shape of Water

TV Show: also Schitt’s Creek (you thought we would say Wynonna Earp, didn’t you? Joke’s on you)

 

What does living the Tight Life mean to you?

M: To me, it’s playing hard, working hard, and relaxing hardbeing the best version of myself, challenging myself, expecting a lot of myself, but also giving myself time off when I need it. Making memories and building stories. Living a life that I’ll remember with a smile when I’m old, without regrets. Being honest and authentic.

 

A: I re-read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson last year, and my biggest take-away this time around was the idea that perfection isn’t about flawlessness, it’s about balance. I think for me the tight life is about finding or seeking that balancebetween supporting others and taking care of yourself, between getting rightly pissed off about something and letting things go, between pushing yourself and forgiving your shortcomings.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re crushin’ like we are, do some light stalking here: @malloreigh @alliesatwar

Interview by: @maxime.evans

All photos by: @valerielina

TIGHT LIFE CHALLENGE CLASSIC: Interview with Shannon Elliott

January 3, 2018

  Okay it’s time for some #RealTalk    It’s a New Year but we’re saying no to 2018 resolutions. We’re not saying having big 2018 resolutions is wrong, in fact they’re great. They help us to dream big and ignite the fire within to chase those goals but they can also be daunting. We’ve found…

 

Okay it’s time for some #RealTalk 

 

It’s a New Year but we’re saying no to 2018 resolutions. We’re not saying having big 2018 resolutions is wrong, in fact they’re great. They help us to dream big and ignite the fire within to chase those goals but they can also be daunting. We’ve found that having a lot of time to achieve goals can make them less likely to stick. That’s why we decided to do some research. What did we find? Well, after reading a bunch of inspiring Pinterest quotes, watching motivational TED talks and taking on many personal challenges we found that all you really need to reach a goal or make a change is 3 weeks. Yep, that’s 21 days, 504 hours or 30240 minutes. Whichever way you want to look at it, in our tight & humble opinion it’s a long enough time to feel a difference but also a short enough amount of time to stay motivated and stick with it. 

 

Our 3 week Tight Life Challenge Classic is for you if you’re new to health and fitness or maybe you just need a little kick in the a$$ to relearn some hibernating habits. You’ll be armed with a personal trainer, a nutrition program, healthy and balanced post workout meals and a supportive community.  The Tight Life Challenge Classic is designed around implementing small changes that are completely attainable and more importantly, sustainable. Changes you can keep doing until they become your new habits. So whatever your end goal may be whether it’s getting stronger, gaining confidence or reawakening a new routine … give it a shot. 21 days will fly by before you know it anyway so why not challenge yourself. Oh, and you don’t have to take it from us. We sat down with Shannon Elliott, local tattooist & artist, who completed the Tight Life Challenge Classic last year, take a look at what she has to say about it.

 

Some more #RealTalk. The URL version of IRL interview with Shannon.

 

 

What were your expectations going into the 3 weeks?

 
I have to admit that I’m not the healthiest person I could be, so I expected to be challenged. I eat out the vast majority of my meals, I sleep erratically, and I often overwork myself to the point of exhaustion. I was really feeling the effects of some hard partying this summer so I was hoping for a “clean slate” experience. I’ve never had terribly strong willpower but knowing that I was with a group of others trying to work towards the same goal as me was really motivating. I’ve tried almost every class Tight Club offers by now so I expect some serious hard work but some serious results.

 

Did you have a goal in mind ?

 
I was definitely hoping to achieve the mythical “work out three times a week” level of fitness I always aspire to but fail. To be honest, I didn’t really think beyond that, and it wasn’t until the challenge started that I really started to concentrate my goals on cleaning up my diet and eating habits.

 

What were your fears about taking on the 3 weeks?

 
I was definitely afraid of backsliding or having a moment of weakness and just going crazy and eating everything is sight. The great thing about the challenge is that it’s a no judgement zone. Even when we admitted to slipping up, our instructor Kelsey encouraged not dwell on it and focus on moving forward. I really appreciated that even though it’s a “lifestyle challenge”, the focus is more on building new skill sets than punishing yourself for making mistakes.

 

What was the most challenging aspect about the challenge and how did you overcome it?

 
Definitely the clean eating aspect! I had to go from eating two or more meals out every day to prepping all of my meals at home. I have only my own laziness (and horrible cooking skills) to blame for this situation. Luckily our nutritionist, Carley Mendes, provided us with ample materials ranging from meal prepping advice to decoding the labels on foodstuffs. I have to say it was really satisfying bringing these new skills to the kitchen.

 

 

How did the community support you, or did you feel like the community had your back?

 
I’ve never done a group challenge like this and I have to say, everyone in my group was incredible! I felt like we all had very similar issues and goals in mind when starting the challenge. Everyone was so encouraging and there’s nothing like extreme physical exertion to bring a group together (plus we were all suffering alcohol withdrawals at the same time). I also have to shoutout Kelsey Collins, our amazing instructor! She really shines in this challenge.

 

What was the most surprising thing?

 
I realized how easy it was to make small changes in my everyday life to effect a greater change on the whole. All of the individual parts of the challenge— the workouts, the meals, the homework—worked together perfectly. I was actually shocked by how different I felt and looked by the end of the challenge.

 

What were you the most proud of?

 
I doubled my wall sit time and my push-up count! And I made it to every workout throughout the challenge. Also, I can make more than avocado toast now, which is nice.

 

What does living the ‘tight life’ mean to you?

 
Making healthy choices, but not sacrificing your lifestyle. It’s all about balance.

 

Who would you recommend the Tight Life Challenge Classic to?

 
Anyone who, like me, is completely clueless about nutrition and healthy habits but wants to make a change. You have to be willing to work hard but it’s definitely worth it!

 
 

For more info and to sign up click here

 
Special thanks to #tightbabe @ShannonElliott for taking the time to answer these questions!

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