October 5, 2017

Tight Club Check In: Megan Armstrong

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 Megan.

Describe yourself using three buzzwords.

Independent, Sarcastic, Stubborn

Ok, no wait that wasn't all that fun. Describe yourself as a meal at a fancy restaurant, be descriptive.

Anything involving potatoes - they're my favourite food. I could talk about potatoes the way that Bubba talks about shrimp in Forrest Gump. Let's go with parmesan fries with garlic aioli- does that count as fancy?

In this moment, what's tight in your life?

My parents were just here in Vancouver for a holiday - it's been awesome hanging out and showing them around the city.


Where did you grow up?

In a tiny little place called Becks, in the South Island of New Zealand - it's so small that most New Zealanders have no idea where it is. I was a farm kid, so I grew up surrounded by animals - dogs, cats, chickens, cows and (of course) sheep!

Tell us a secret, something we would have never guessed about you.

I took highland dancing lessons from the age of about 5 to 14 - imagine me leaping about to the bagpipes in a kilt and puffy white shirt and you'll get the picture. I still have a visceral reaction whenever I hear bagpipe music.


Megan, we see that you go to a lot of concerts. Which one was your favourite? Who do you wish you could see?

Ha, yes - I do go to a lot of concerts; I think I'm gonna need a hearing aid soon (worth it though).

Favourite show?

Muse at Wembley Stadium in 2007 - the most epic concert I have ever seen. I wish I could see Daft Punk just once in my life - I'm still holding out hope that they'll tour again.

What's one hidden gem in Vancouver you're willing to share and what should we get there?

Small Victory Bakery on Homer Street. I don't know if it qualifies as a hidden gem coz it's always pretty packed but the coffee is fantastic and the scones with strawberry balsamic jam & clotted cream are #thebomb.


If you could power brunch with one person, who would it be?

Florence Welch from Florence & the Machine. Her music is amazing, she dances to her own tune and I think we'd be besties.

You can only listen to one song on repeat forever, what's it gonna be?

Ah man, that's a tough one - it's like Sophie's Choice! If I absolutely had to pick one song, it would be All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem because it reminds me of my first Vancouver summer in '07. A group of friends rented this huge place on Dunbar and hosted some pretty epic house parties, and we played this song a lot. Plus it's an absolute banger of a tune.

Favourite place to grab a classy drink?

L'Abattoir for a Gastown Swizzle or Bourbon Sour.


What is your number one life hack?

When eating a cupcake, separate the top part with the icing on it and flip it over to make a cupcake sandwich - it's way easier to eat and you get icing with every bite!

And in all honesty now, how do you REALLY feel about doing burpees?

Ha, I actually don't mind them - there are worse exercises on my least favourite list - alternating V-ups and torture twisters spring to mind!

What does The Tight Life mean to you?

For me it's about challenging myself every day to be better than I was the day before, celebrating each success and remembering where I started from. Four years ago I signed up for the Tight Life Challenge on a whim after seeing a post on Instagram - I was so out of shape that I think I could only manage half a burpee and 2 very shaky push-ups! But at the end of those 3 weeks my fitness had improved (slightly!), I felt stronger and more confident and those feelings have continued to this day and had a positive effect on other areas of my life. It can be quite scary when you start out on the road to fitness but the Tight Club community has been super welcoming and supportive to me since day one, and I'm so thankful for that.


Social Media: @ml_armstrong

images by: @valerielina

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