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.
What is Tight in your life?
Life right now is very tight. I’ve never experienced the kind of community I’ve found over the last dozen-ish years in Vancouver, from a beloved/motley crew of friend-neighbours, people who like and make beer, the ever-kind and encouraging folk at TC … it’s warmed the cockles of my black Toronto heart! (Kidding. They can never be warmed.) One fun thing is that my husband and I are both into making things and have a sweet set-up at home—leather for him, jewelry for me. We’ll put on some music, pour a glass and both be totally consumed.
Cross-over crunches on the Bosu. I like the way they make my abs scream.
Something people might not know about you?
I wrote a novel once, lifetimes ago. Apparently it’s on Kindle. They sent me a cheque last year for $34.57. (I used it to buy a round.)
What’s your favourite workout song?
One Saturday, Keighty started Tight Sweat with Girl Talk’s All Day – the one that samples War Pigs. It was instant energy. Now my friend and I are all, “Move b*tch, get out of the way.”
What’s your spirit animal and why?
The jackelope. It’s supposed to be part jackrabbit and part antelope, except a jackrabbit isn’t a rabbit (it’s a hare) and the American antelope isn’t an antelope. I like remembering that things (and people) aren’t necessarily how they appear.
Who would be your celebrity best friend?
The one that comes to mind is Anthony Bourdain. Any time we traveled (which would be a lot, since I’d also be his best friend), locals would take us to secret spots and share the best/most bizarre food, and we’d all share laughs and great conversation till the wee hours.
Favourite way to procrastinate?
What was the last thing you read?
Best American Short Stories and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami. I love short stories and Murakami can always be counted on for a bit of odd.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Florence. There’s a contemporary art/jewelry school, Alchimia, run by a woman who does crazy cool things with patina. You can take extended workshops, and my dream is to spend a few months learning with a bunch of road-tripping in between.
What does the tight life mean to you?
Balance, community, kindness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to put in the work.
What is your fitness goal?
It used to be all about losing my tum. After coming to TC for a while, I feel more fit and strong than I probably ever have, and staying that way is a greater priority. I still have a tum, but whatever. I plan to be a fit and strong old lady.
Do you have any pre or post workout rituals?
I like to cycle to TC and, depending how many days in a row I’ve been there, assess what parts of my body are feeling good or maybe need a little extra love.
How do you treat yourself?
Online stone shopping. I drunk-shopped a rough diamond once—rose-cut grey with a red spot. (No regrets!) This morning I sober-shopped three lightening ridge opals from the same guy. They were on sale!
This summer my big plans are...
The next big plan is a week of wandering in NYC. I have a couple tough months of work ahead, and that’s the reward.
What's your favorite holiday?
Wandering – on foot or road tripping – just exploring and experiencing new things at whatever pace feels good.
Monday 5 pm Booty Luv
Tuesday 12 pm Booty Luv
Wednesday 12 pm Tight Sweat
Thursday 12 pm Booty Luv
Friday 12 pm Fun Circuit
Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.
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