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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.

 

Tight Club Check-in: Janet Nixon

March 13, 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 Janet.

 

 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Success on my own terms. Connection, Values and Joy.

Words/quote to live by?

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.

 

 

Something you really love about yourself (self-love is tiiiiight!)

My vulnerability. Although it’s painful sometimes, I feel like I live my life wholeheartedly and all that comes with that.

The sun has been out recently, how have you been enjoying it?

As soon as the sun is out, I have to go for a walk. My dog loves it more than I do, so it’s a mutual walk with springs in our step.

 

 

 

What makes Vancouver awesome for you?

Sometimes I think it’s the ocean, sometimes I think it’s the sheer beauty. Whenever I go somewhere else in the world that’s known to be great, I always think it’s better at home. We have it all (OK, maybe more sun in the winter would be good). I’ve only ever once thought somewhere was as beautiful as here, in Istanbul on a warm, sunny day looking down from the Golden Horn.

 

 

 

The tightest thing in your life rn.

I think after struggling for a few years to make my business really go, I’ve finally found something that really works, is growing exponentially and it’s easy. It’s hard to get into a mindset of Abundance but it’s such a worthwhile pursuit.

 

How did you find out about Tight Club?

Rachelle Bonneville was my trainer at a previous gym and she told me she was teaching classes there. She was so excited about the community and the people there that I just had to check it out.

 

 

Your fav move in class?

Any of the routines of a few movements that go with the music. Using the music is so important to me, the beat going with the exercises and the mood it creates.

 

Besides classes, we know you also do personal training sessions with Andrea. What do those look like?

I was so close to Rachelle and I really enjoyed her ‘ab’ focus. So I was really surprised that when I started training with Andrea, we went to a new level. Both in closeness and workouts. She uses heavier weights that I used to think would make me bulky, which has resulted in much more strength, overcame some injuries, and now I can go to many Tight Club classes as well, because I am now fit and strong enough. I train twice a week with Andrea and try to do 4 Tight Club classes a week.

 

A book you plan on reading?

Rising Strong by Brene Brown. I have read other books and watched her TED talks and I think she has great insights to live by.

 

 

 

Are you a dog or cat person?

I have both. Most days the dog gets more attention because she forces it, but my cat is equally affectionate and connected. They’re different but equally great.

 

 

Three people dead or alive you would like to have dinner with?

I have a whole Pinterest board on this so limiting it to three is hard. I’ll start with the Obamas, Amal Clooney, Adele, Christine Largarde, Lady Gaga, Christiane Amanpour, Benedict Cumberbatch, Welby Altidor … you see?

 

With the Winter Olympics having just wrapped up, what would be the event you wish you could master?

I don’t know if I care to master it, but watching Shaun White and the way he feels about snowboarding, it looks like he just does it for the fun. Period. That’s attractive to me.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Having a very successful professional year and travelling every two months.

 

 

 

Interview by: @maxime.evans

All photos by: @valerielina

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 Life Challenge Gold: Interview with Kezia Nathe

February 2, 2018

  What were your expectations going into the 3 weeks? Spring/Summer was full of travelling and work and maintaining my usual level of fitness and nutrition started to become a huge struggle. I have high expectations of myself and was starting to get more and more down on myself as I felt like I was…

 

What were your expectations going into the 3 weeks?

Spring/Summer was full of travelling and work and maintaining my usual level of fitness and nutrition started to become a huge struggle. I have high expectations of myself and was starting to get more and more down on myself as I felt like I was losing control of the food I put in my body, and missed the energy and strength and happiness I felt from exercising consistently, but couldn’t seem to get out of my rut no matter how much I wanted to. I needed something to help snap me out of it and reignite my motivation- I needed the tight life challenge. So my expectation was this…in those 3 weeks I wanted to drop my bad habits of unhealthy snacking and mindless eating, remember how good I feel when I fuel my body properly and crave that instead of junk, rediscover my drive and passion to sweat and push myself hard physically no matter what kind of day I’m having, and overall, regain balance in my life. Like usual, I had high expectations.

Did you have a goal in mind?

The tight life kick off includes goal setting and although I wrote down a few specific strength and physicality related goals I honestly wasn’t too concerned if I met them within those 3 weeks because I knew they would come with time and consistency so my biggest and most important goal was the mental aspect of having a better relationship with food and simply getting back into the habit of eating healthy and training hard.

What were your fears about taking on those 3 weeks?

Initially my biggest fear was the nutrition aspect. At that point I felt really out of control with what I ate, always giving in to unhealthy cravings and overeating even though I knew I’d feel shitty after. So my fear was that I’d give in to that during the Tight Life and fail myself and the rest of the group.

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

My biggest challenge was sticking to workouts and eating healthy despite having plans to go out with friends, getting a cold, and having exhausting work days. The group support was huge in helping me get through this. Being able to post to the Facebook group on a tough day and in response get support and encouragement from everyone helped motivate me to stay on track and feel accountable.

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

See my last response. The community definitely had my back, we shared our struggles and celebrated our wins together. One thing I looked forward to most about the workouts was seeing each and every person who was a part of this challenge. Even on the days I didn’t feel like going, that’s what helped get me there.

What was the most surprising thing?

The thing that surprised me the most was how much my physical assessments improved. I didn’t really expect to see that much of a difference in 3 weeks as that isn’t really very long, but not only did I smash and improve every single challenge, I also lost almost 5 lbs and inches off my measurements.

What were you the most proud of?

Meeting my mental goals. After those 3 weeks I felt so much better mentally. I felt in control of what and how much I ate, I was craving veggies not sugar (most of the time), I felt myself regaining confidence in my body, and overall was feeling balanced again. Although I have a lot of work ahead of me to meet my long term strength goals, I’m back on the right track to get there. I’m also really proud of the group of humans I got to do this with, for the goals they met and the challenges they all overcame (oh ya, and my 10:04 min wall sit!).

What does living the ‘Tight Life’ mean to you?

To me, living the tight life means having a healthy, balanced lifestyle and doing what I love that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning, excited to start each day. It means living life and loving to the fullest.

Who would you recommend the Tight Life Challenge Gold to?

I’d recommend this to almost anyone really, the only requirement for the gold level challenge being that you have some kind of fitness knowledge and experience. Everyone’s goals are so individual both mentally and physically and I truly believe you will get out of it as much as you are willing to put in. There’s always alternatives, progressions, new ways of trying things, and ways to challenge yourself in every aspect of life: workouts, nutrition, relationships, etc. So if you commit, show up, put the work in, have fun, and be a part of the community and support system, I guarantee anyone can benefit and be rewarded from those 3 weeks.

For more info and to sign up click here

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

Copy & layout: @maxime.evans

TIGHT CLUB CHECK-IN: Herve Nzeyimana

January 25, 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 Herve.

 

 

Three words to describe how you show up in the world.

Kindness, love and … booty.

A funny fact people might not know about you?

I haven’t cut my hair in almost 6 years. It’s really curly and I use a lot of conditioner to keep it soft, and it just stays super compact. I might cut it but I don’t know how I look without it. Probably like a large baby.

 

 

Something you really love about yourself (self-love is tiiiiight!)

My favourite thing about me … probably how much I give a shit about things that are important to me. Friends, significant others, my job – whatever is important to me, I give it 100% every day. I also have a competitive streak (those of you who come to The Athlete know this) so I like to be the best at whatever I’m doing.

You’ve got some sweet ink, any cool stories that go with the tats?

I’ve got a few that mean something to me and the rest are just art that I liked. The writing on my right forearm is a line from my sister and I’s favourite band. The band on my left forearm is for Vancouver. The half-band on the back of my left arm is two mountain ranges – one for Rwanda, where my parents are from, and one for Vancouver where I’m from.

 

 

 

What makes Vancouver awesome for you?

I think it is honestly the most beautiful city. The mountain ranges, the ocean, the forests, downtown Vancouver – even when it rains it’s still so beautiful to me. If I had an option to live anywhere in the world, I would still live in Vancouver.

 

 

 

Ok, the tightest thing in your life rn.

Tightest thing in my life right now is my sense of positivity and my sense of freedom. I felt very alone and very shitty about myself last year and right now I feel the least alone I’ve felt and I feel the best I’ve ever felt about myself. For the first time in a while, I feel like everything is going to be okay and that’s pretty tight.

 

What do you love about Tight Club?

I love that it is women-centred and how everyone is welcome. It’s the first place I’ve worked out at that I haven’t felt out of place or like I didn’t belong. It’s a positive environment where everyone is just encouraged to do and be their best.

 

 

Your fav move in class?

Deadlift high pulls! I can do 100 of them and feel so strong. I power through those.

 

The most memorable check-in question at the start of class …

On my birthday everyone went around the circle and said one nice thing about me, even if they didn’t know me. It was my first birthday out of my last relationship and I thought I was going to spend it alone – instead I did a great workout and complete strangers told me nice things about myself. It ended up being the best birthday in a long time.

 

Now imagine your stuck on a tropical island. You can have one friend and three things with you, who and what will you bring and why?

Probably my co-worker Walker because he grew up along the Alaskan-Canadian border and he’s really great with outdoorsy shit. I’d bring a hatchet (I learned this from the book Hatchet) for cutting stuff (not sure what I’d need to cut), a tarp (to stay dry) and matches for fire.

 

 

 

 

Podcast, song or movie recommendation?

Song: Yer Spring by Hey Rosetta or Worst Behaviour by Drake.

Movie: Man on Fire. Denzel killed it in this movie and it’s also the last movie I cried in.

Podcast: I don’t have a podcast recommendation but I suggest everyone watches The Wire. It is the best television show. Omar comin’.

 

 

 

There are so many global issues, what’s one that really gets you fired up?

Police brutality. The murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown really got me because I guess that could have been me. In both cases, their deaths were completely avoidable and there was absolutely NO JUSTICE for either of them. In the case of Eric Garner, his murder was filmed and the police officer who murdered him, Daniel Pantaleo, walked free and is still employed by the NYPD. When Eric Garner was laying on the ground, they did not check his breathing or attempt to perform CPR. They just let him die. That is just f**king unacceptable to me.

 

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I’m looking forward to being free and doing whatever I want. I just went to LA on a whim 2 weeks ago and I plan on going to Australia in November and probably somewhere else (I haven’t decided) in between. I have a sense of free and a sense of happiness that I’ve never experienced before, I can literally go anywhere I want and do anything I want! This feeling is truly indescribable. I started 2017 feeling very alone and feeling straight up awful about myself and I went to Tight Club because it was the only thing that alleviated that loneliness and pain. Now I just go to Tight Club because I like it. I’m starting 2018 in a completely different spot. Now I feel, more than ever before, that I’m going to be alright.

 

 

 

If you’re crushin’ like we are, do some light stalking here: @1stlinecenter

Interview by: @maxime.evans

All photos by: @valerielina

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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