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?
The people in my ‘elephant circle’ (If you don't know about the elephant circle look it up, it’s a really special thing and I have the privilege of standing amongst giant-hearted creatures). Canada’s new government! Seeing the ocean everyday. Often, my right hamstring.
Self fulfilling prophecy time: scissor lunges. When I started at TC I hadn't done them for a very long time on purpose and was really not a fan – they hurt! Now I'm rocking them with proper form and pretty good speed and now they burn instead of hurt. Also, I do love a ball slam.
Something people might not know about you?
I was born with bright red hair and covered with freckles, my Mom told me that when they handed me to her she took one look and said, "the poor thing" (note: only because this was back in the day when red hair got you teased relentlessly instead of envied). The red hair faded significantly (replaced by blonde of course) and the freckles subsided over time but the connection between my severe aversion to the cold and love for spicy food is perhaps due to my ‘redhead gene’ which influences these attributes. Science says so.
What’s your favourite workout song?
This struggle is real – it’s really hard to pick one favourite, how will all the other songs I don’t choose feel? Missy Elliot, Get ur Freak On.
Sorry other songs.
What’s your spirit animal and why?
What animal laughs at its own jokes?
Who would be your celebrity best friend?
Anderson Cooper. He’s clever, has a great sense of humour, and a super silly, infectious laugh. He also has direct access to Gloria Vanderbilt. I mean just imagine the stories when my BF takes me to his mom’s house for dinner – endlessly entertaining and stunning interior design!
Favourite way to procrastinate?
Dog time. I bring my boy to my work space with me most days and there is no better way to procrastinate than taking time to chill with him, give some scratches and get some love
What was the last thing you read?
Skulls and Bones (Letters from a Sailor to a Long Lost Granddaughter), a novella by Vancouver based author, artist, and musician Jay Malinowski. You can download it or I can loan you the book, but it’s a loan and imma come after you for it because the hardcopy seems to be in limited supply.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Soft sand + clean ocean with some manageable break + HUGE beach umbrella + my girl crew.
What does The Tight Life mean to you?
It means feeling strong, being consistent, and it’s where fun meets fit. It’s being able to look around the studio and share a wide-eyed, laughing ‘WTH!’ expression when it’s already gotten really real and you still have to go back down the pyramid.
What is your fitness goal?
Being better than I thought I could be. Having my body be in the kind of condition that allows it to take on TC workouts and runs decades into the future.
What is your new year's resolution?
I need to get massages. First of all I love them, everything about them, once I’m there that is. But committing to a date in the future always seems like a big deal – don’t ask me why because I’ll struggle to come up with any kind of reason. But also because my muscles will benefit from a monthly breakdown of a different kind and be able to function as I want them to well into the future.
As an athlete growing up I’ve often had aches or pains from injuries or overwork that I lived with but I’m coming around to realizing it doesn’t have to be that way and I’m better for it down the road if they are taken care of quickly.
New mantra: pain is not a badge of athletic honour, it is pain, get rid of it!
Do you have any pre or post workout rituals?
I hit the early classes (6 am) or an early run around the same time so the only thing I have time for before a workout is getting out of bed, getting dressed and on run days convincing my sleepy wolf-dog that he wants to join me.
Afterwards I now try to drink a cocktail of Vega protein (berry), maca, hemp seed, and eat 3-4 coconut oil tablets. My super fit friend in his 50s told me that I may not feel the effects now as much as I will in ten years when I still feel then like I do now.
Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.
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