Gaining control over MS with healthy living: Celebrating Sandra’s fitness journey!

FEBRUARY CHICK OF THE MONTH

Hey Chicks,

We are about to wrap up February (and kick off our awesome March sessions on March 2!) and we know a lot of us are feeling like we may need a little winter pick me up.  Well, happy thoughts = healthy chicks and Feb’s Chick of the Month, Sandra from our Calgary Dalhousie Bootcamp, is exactly the inspirational story to do just that!

Tara Jo, the fierce Chick Sergeant from the Calgary Dalhousie location, wrote in to nominate Sandra with such a passion and pride, we could feel it coming through the page. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Sandra made a fierce decision to not let this disease control her life and is living proof of the power of healthy living, positive attitude and self love.

She leads by example and truly motivates everyone around her to do the same through her contagious awesomeness.  She truly is an amazing example to us all and we want her to share her story with y’all….take it away Sandra!

Sandy and Chick Sergeant Tara Jo!

 

What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?

I saw an ad in our community newspaper and was looking for something new to keep things interesting in my fitness regime. The location is right up the street from home, so figured why not give it a try!

What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS?  How has fitness and nutrition changed your life for the better?

I have always been fit/active, and my nutrition habits are quite good (most of the time) Going to Fit Chicks though has given me 2 days a week where I can’t find an excuse (especially in the winter) to not go workout. It’s a nice change from my regular gym or at home workout regime and getting to know the other chicks has kept things entertaining :)

I have also seen changes in my body and fitness level in the last 4 weeks on my fit test including:

Pushups 17 full, 24 half 23 full, 12 half
Burpees 17 18
Jump Squats 37 44
Weight 136 lbs 134lbs
Left arm 10″ 10″
Right arm 9.75″ 10″
Bust 34.5″ 33.5″
Waist 32.5″ 29.75″
Hips 37.5″ 37″
Left Leg 20.75″ 21″
Right Leg 21.5″ 22.5″


We love sharing healthy eating tips!  Is there anything you can share that helps you enjoy eating healthy?

For the month of January my husband and I decided to try Vegan and see how it made us feel. My husband has been struggling with energy, sleeplessness and weight gain to name a few symptoms – all of which there has been no medical diagnosis to help explain things. I was diagnosed with MS just over 3 years ago – when reading up on plant based nutrition and all the benefits it seemed to bring with it – we figured we wouldn’t be out anything so why not try. We are in our last week of the first month and are feeling pretty great! It has been fun experimenting with new recipes and new ways to cook to make things healthier ie: cooking without oil

Another tip – I always start my morning with a mug of hot lemon water – it helps to and get my metabolism fired up for the day.

What are your fave healthy eats? Do you have a healthy “go to” recipe?

I love kale – so I make a lot of kale salad variations – I will often add cherry tomatoes, beets, cucumber, protein (chick peas, hemp hearts, some nuts) pumpkin seeds for some crunch and then a balsamic dressing of some kind. One dressing I love is mixed berries, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard – blend and serve.

What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class? Do you use the FIT CHICKS Workout Map?

a)     My main ‘tool’ of measuring my progress is my clothes – if my clothes don’t feel good, I know I’ve been cheating diet wise or have slacked off on workouts or both.

b)    I do like having a goal or challenges ie: 30 day squat challenge with a friend kept me motivated

If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

It’s gonna be hard at the start, but don’t give up – find the right regime (fitness and nutrition) that work for you – it’s going to take some trial and error but lean on those you care about for support and accountability! This is a journey – make it lifelong and have fun doing it!

My life changed when I was diagnosed with MS, and after my couple weeks of ‘gloom and doom’, I made a promise to myself that I was not going to let this disease control me, I was going to control it. I do take medication to help manage relapses, but am also quite conscious of what I eat, and always do my best to workout regularly, get enough sleep, and spend time doing things I love to ensure my stress level stays down as much as possible. Anyone who doesn’t know me, would never know I have MS, and as happy as I am to share my story, I’m also happy that I’ve gained control over this disease and not the other way around. Not saying that every day is great, but keeping positive and making health one of my top priorities helps get me through even the rough days.

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Chick – thanks for sharing your fitness journey with us!  You truly are an inspiration and proof of the power of healthy living and positive thinking. It not only inspires us, but sets a great example to all chicks who are looking to make a healthy change that they can do it too! Jump on the fierce fitness train with us with next session starting March 2nd (plus we have some awesome savings with up to $50 off our 2015 programs!)or if we don’t have a class near you, you can still get our FIERCE in 8 DVD System exclusively on The Shopping Channel…we can’t wait to sweat up a storm with you!

Have a fab day,

FIT CHICKS xo

 

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CHICK FEED: 3 Winter Warm Up Overnight Oat Recipes

Hey Chicks,

Winter is upon us and if you are in a cold, snowy climate that gets dark by 5pm, you may be craving comfort foods like nobody’s business.  Instead of reaching for the refined carby bagels and breads to start the day, nothing makes us sing “Yummy, yummy, yummy – I’ve got healthy love in my tummy!” like a thick, creamy, filling bowl of oats to start the day.

Cozy Cocoa Coconut Blueberry

Now in true FIT CHICK style, we would never give you just a boring old oatmeal recipe!  Here are 3 of our fave overnight oatmeal recipes that will knock your flavour socks off.  Plus they are “Complete in 3” approved (ie contain protein, fibre and healthy fat) to keep your blood sugar balanced, is a great pre / post workout snack and are completely portable.  Make the night before in mason jars and can be eaten cold or warm in the am (just heat for about 30 sec in microwave or on low on the stove so not to “cook” the oats but just heat up)

Here are 3 of our fave Chicktastic Overnight Oats.  All of the below make 1 serving

COZY COCOA & COCONUT BLUEBERRY

  • 1/3 cup large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • ½ – 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder or raw cacao for super food power
  • 1 tbsp of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp of raw honey or stevia to sweeten
  • Top with blueberries and extra coconut

In a mason jar, mix together oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut and honey or stevia. Top with blueberries and extra coconut.  Leave overnight to set.

CHICKS LOVE CARROT CAKE

  • 1/3 cup large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 tbsp of chopped dates or raisins (try to find organic!)
  • 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts

In a mason jar, mix together oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon.  Layer carrots and top with dates and walnuts.  Leave overnight to set.

ALL YOU NEED ALMOND BUTTER VANILLA SPICE

  • 1/3 cup large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp honey or stevia to taste
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of all spice
  • Top with 1 tbsp of almond butter drizzled and 1 tbsp of slivered almonds

In a mason jar, mix together oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, chia seeds, honey or stevia to taste, vanilla extract and all spice. Top with 1 tbsp of almond butter and 1 tbsp of slivered almonds for crunch.  Leave overnight to set.

CHICK TIPS:

  1. MAKE A BUNCH! Do your meal prep for the week and make 7 mason jars with the dry ingredients.  The night before bed, just mix in the wet to save time
  2. GET CREATIVE! Think of your fave chocolate bar, dessert or treat and recreate the flavours.  Some other fave mixes of ours are Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Cheesecake and Pistachio Vanilla …yum.
  3. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED! It has been proven that the more kids are involved in preparing healthy foods, the more likely they are to adopt healthy habits for the long haul.  Let your wee ones build their own and pick what kind of fruits, nuts, spices they want to include.  It’s an awesome family project tooJ

Have a fierce day,

Laura, your Head Chick

PS.  Wanna learn more about how to build the fiercest, healthy foods out there for you, your peeps or your clients?  Our Fitness & Nutrition Expert Certification program start April 2015 and you can save $500 off when you sign up by March 1st! Learn more about this awesome program!

 

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FIT CHICKS on CTV: Fave Nutrition gadgets for under $25!

Hey chicks,

Things have been bustling around The Coop these past weeks as we get ready to launch our Feb classes on Feb 2 (and you save up to $80 off programs when you sign up online), the FIERCE in 8 DVD System is still rocking on The Shopping Channel plus we are gearing up to bring our Can Fit Pro accredited Fitness & Nutrition Expert Program online to all chicks globally starting April 8, 2015 (registration is open!).

Between all of this, we managed to sneak away to head back to our hometown to hang with some of our fave peeps at CTV Morning Ottawa and share our TOP 5 pieces of nutrition equipment to help keep you the healthy train this New Year – all under $25! (plus some awesome nutrition tips included).  If you missed it, click here to watch :)

Happy healthy eating :)

FIT CHICKS xo

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8lbs down, 11 inches lost & a new healthy outlook: Celebrating Leanne’s fitness journey!

Hey Chicks,

2015 is now in full swing and for many chicks, we have lost our motivation.  Don’t stress, we are here to pump you back up with an awesome tale of how Leanne from our Mississauga Bootcamp changed her health, body and life to show you can get back at it too…she truly is a motivational rock star!

Leanne came to us after overcoming some serious health challenges and looking to make some changes. Even after a series of obstacles, she brought her fierce spirit and consistent commitment to every class.  In only 6 weeks, Leanne lost 8lbs & 11.5 inches while gaining a whole new outlook on herself and her possibilities. She truly is an amazing example to us all and we want her to share her story with y’all….take it away Leanne!

BEFORE: Mommy & the gorgeous Matthew :)

What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?

My sister!  She joined and invited me to a class to check it out, the class nearly killed me, but I thought that it was awesome.  So I joined for 4 outdoor classes in the spring, and was hooked.  I didn’t get the results that I was hoping to get and was very frustrated, but had myself to blame for that.  I was doing the workouts but not changing my eating habits, which was the problem.  So I took some time off than joined up for the 6 week class starting in November, only this time I went full out, changed my eating habits and pushed myself harder than I did in June. 

I really like the vibe, the energy. You don’t get that working out alone in your basement.  You are working out with other amazing women, but at the same time working at your own pace, you don’t feel like you have to compete or compare yourself to others you just push yourself as hard as you can no matter what that is. Even though I did my best to keep up with the others in class, some days I just couldn’t and that’s ok.  I didn’t feel ashamed of it. I just did my best for that day.  I have tried so many different exercise programs and I have finally realized that circuit training is what my body reacts to in a good way.

What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS?  How has fitness and nutrition changed your life for the better?

The biggest change I have seen in myself would have to be my energy and

fitness toronto weight loss fit chicks

AFTER: Fierce, fit Mama showing her guns with Head Chick Laura

my self-esteem. It’s been a very long hard past 6 years with a lot of health issues and complications and battles, but I have beaten them all and continue to fight every single day.  Weight has always been an issue for me but never as much as it has been these past few years.  No matter what I eat, do or try I can’t seem to drop the weight.  FIT CHICKS has changed that for me.  With joining the challenges and working out 2 times a week with FIT CHICKS and one night a week on my own, and keeping up with my very active 3 year old, my hard work is finally starting to show, and it’s an amazing feeling both physically and emotionally.

I am the biggest emotional eater in the world. When I’m tired I eat, when I’m upset I eat, when I’m feeling frustrated I eat, when I’m bored I eat, and of course it’s never eating anything good for you.  FIT CHICKS and Laura especially has helped me so much in realizing that food is not the answer and to fight through that desire for junk for no reason at all.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy my “treats” but they aren’t every day and they are wiser choices. Seeing a difference finally in my body is motivation enough to make wiser decisions when it comes to food.\

In 6 weeks I have lost 8lbs and 11.5 inches in total. I went from being able to do 28 push ups in a minute to 41. I went from 11 burpees (by far the worst exercise in the entire world in my mind) to 18. I went from 43 squats to 64. This is huge for me, and just makes me want to keep going!

We love sharing healthy recipes!  Do you have a healthy lunch recipe you use to stay on track?

My go to lunch recipe is a salad.  Spinach, chopped up chicken breast or tuna, homemade bruschetta, cucumber and peppers. No dressing is required because you get the oil from the bruschetta.  It’s quick, it’s light but filling at the same time.

What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class?

I do my best to create a meal plan for the week, I am really bad at skipping meals, than come dinner time stuffing my face, or skipping it all together and not eating until the next day.  The best track for me to stay healthy is eating regular meals every single day. No matter what’s going on around me, making the time to have meals and snacks consistently.

As well as making sure I get at least 3 work outs a week in.  Not always easy, life is busy and stuff comes up out of the blue, but even if it’s only 15-20 minutes for the past 6 weeks I have made sure that I fit at least 3 workouts in a week. Has made a big difference for me.

If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

Don’t ever give up. There are going to be days where you can’t do anything and days where you have the power to conquer the world, don’t ever give up. Make sure you push yourself as hard as you can push yourself.  It might not mean much to someone else, but as long as you are giving it you’re all it’s worth it.  You’ll never know if you don’t try.

Chick – thanks for sharing your fitness journey with us!  You truly are an inspiration to us and to all chicks who are looking to make a healthy change that they can do it too! Jump on the fierce fitness train with us with next session starting Feb 2nd (plus we have some awesome savings with up to $80 off our 2015 programs!)or if we don’t have a class near you, you can still get our FIERCE in 8 DVD System exclusively on The Shopping Channel…we can’t wait to sweat up a storm with you!

Have a fab day,

FIT CHICKS xo

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Exclusively on The Shopping Channel: ‘Fierce In 8′ DVD System!

Hey Chicks,

EXCITING NEWS – we are beyond pumped to announce that we launched the FIT CHICKS’ FIERCE in 8 DVD System to all Canadians on The Shopping Channel!



WHAT IS THE “FIERCE in 8″ DVD SYSTEM?

Over the last 6 years, we have been perfecting our FIERCE in 8 programs and been so lucky to be apart of over 7000 women’s fitness journey’s. But we were always limited to spread the healthy love to where we had classes.

But on Jan 5th all of that changed via the awesome power of television, we were able to bring that FIERCENESS to every women across Canada on The Shopping Channel!

EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON THE SHOPPING CHANNEL

Check out below for more info on the Fierce in 8 DVD System.  To order yours, head on over to The Shopping Channel Website!

Transform your body in under 30 minutes per day! The FIT CHICKS “Fierce in 8″ Workout System uses signature High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to avoid weight loss plateaus, boredom and lack of time. Each DVD features constantly challenging workouts to keep you excited and your body guessing!

Disc 1: ‘The 2 + 2 Workouts’:
Alternates between intervals of fat blasting cardio/total body toning strength

Disc 2: ‘Totally Tabatas Workouts’:
4 minute pattern combines 20 seconds of fierce burn with 10 seconds of rest, burning up to 5x more calories.

Disc 3: ‘Fab and Focused Workouts’:
Focuses on tightening and toning the hard-to-shape areas such as the tummy.

Disc 4: ‘The Dirty 30 Workouts’:
Power, strength and kickboxing combos for max results.

Why will you love these workouts?

• All workout videos are 30 min or less
• All FIT CHICKS workouts are based on our high intensity interval training method combining short burst of cardio followed by strength training for recovery
• High Intensity Interval training has been voted Top 10 (#1 in Canada and #2 in US) for 2015. It is a favorite in the world of fitness as it burns the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time and maintains muscles
• They are fun; you sweat, burn, laugh and learn!
Each video includes a level 1 and 2 for beginner and advanced
Easy to follow: the moves are simple but effective (great for people who are not coordinated)
You will not get these workouts anywhere else! FIT CHICKS signature workout patterns are proprietary
• Workouts for all women!
• We have amazing and proven results. Women have lost up to 100lbs, dropped six dress sizes and got in shape after having a baby with these fabulous workout DVDs
• The workouts are created by women, for women

What’s Included?

• FIT CHICKS ‘Fierce in 8′ Workout System (8 workouts on 4 DVDs)
• Chick Approved Nutrition Guide
• Chick Feed: 5 Ingredient Fix Recipes (10 recipes included)
• Glorious Guide to Green Smoothies (10 recipes included)
• FIT CHICKS Workout Map
• FIT CHICKS Sample Meal Plan

Chicks, we ALL deserve to live the fittest, happiest and healthiest life possible. But YOU have to make the choice to start (and we will be there to help you with the rest!) Order yours now and let’s make this the year you become the FIERCE chick we know you are – inside & out!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

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Celebrating strength, 12lbs lost and rocking her pre pregnancy clothes: Ashley’s fitness & weightloss journey!

DECEMBER CHICK OF THE MONTH #2

We are just so proud of our chicks awesome accomplishments this month that we have decided to have not 1 but another Chick of the Month for December….meet the awesome Ashley from our Oshawa Bootcamp!

Ashley joined us for our “Countdown to Xmas” Bootcamp and blew us out of the water with her amazing energy, positive attitude and her kick butt results.  She is getting stronger ever week, rocking push ups on her toes, lost a whopping 12 lbs and is back in her pre pregnancy clothes!

Enough from us….Ashley take it away…

 

1. What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?

I needed to increase my workout intensity and I knew this would do the trick. It also helped that the classes were right around the corner from where I live.

2.   What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS?

My goal was to lose 10lbs by Christmas. To date I have lost 12lbs and am still loosing!

Original fit test results;
Burpees = 22
Push-ups = 29 on knees
Squats = 16 jumping and 16 squats
After 8 weeks of Bootcamp;
Burpees = 25
Push-ups = 20 on toes and 16 on knees
Squats = 30 jumping and 24 squats

Original measurements;
Arm = 14″
Chest = 40 1/2″
Waist = 36 3/4″
Buttocks = 42″
Thigh = 24″
After 8 weeks of Bootcamp;
Arm = 13 1/4″
Chest = 39″
Waist = 35 1/2″
Buttocks = 41″
Thigh = 23 3/4″

I did the 10 week bootcamp, however I didn’t want to do the fit test and measurements until the end of December as I am following my workout map and plan to lose more!

On another note, I am 7 months postpartum and now fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes! It feels so great.  I feel better and more confident. I have more energy and I don’t feel tired and sluggish anymore.

3. Have you tried any FIT CHICKS recipes?  If so what was your favorite?

Yes, I have tried many and have searched the internet for other similar nutritious recipes. My favorite recipe would be the power bowls. Packed with veggies and easy to make. I make it different every time by changing the protein added and the spices used. Also, the fit chick recipes have really helped me with the addition of seeds in my meals. We used to never eat seeds now I add them in every meal and my kids and husband don’t even have a clue!

4. What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class?

I use the internet to search for healthy recipes and I exercise on my elliptical and upright bike often. I always use the FIT CHICKS workout map. I check off everyday as I do the exercises. Sometimes I add exercises, such as abs or more cardio, and I will write them down so I know what I did.

5. If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

To be patient! Patience is the key to success. Most people want results right away but in fitness and health you don’t see results on a day to day basis. I like that FIT CHICKS does the fit tests every month. That is what helped me determine my progress.

6. Do you have a healthy trick or tip that you use that you could share?

Being healthy is a lifestyle and a choice. Unfortunately, most people don’t know enough about nutrition. One thing I like to tell people is half your plate should be veggies, and half of those veggies should be raw.

7. What is your fave FIT CHICKS Signature workouts & why?

My favorite would have to be “The Climb.” I guess I like it because you know when you’re half way there and that it gets easier from there.

CHICK SERGEANT JULIA’S SHOUT OUT

Ashley not only follows the workout maps at home, she also gets super creative making healthy choices in the kitchen! She asks a lot of great questions, keeps me on my toes, and always pushes herself to do her very best in class! She’s amazing. I’m so proud of her :) She has made HUGE leaps and bounds on her fit test results in only 8 short weeks, but I personally notice her smile gets brighter each and every week. I see an inner confidence shining and am excited for what the future will bring for her!

My advice to Ashley is to keep on challenging yourself just as you have been, and keep that hunger to learn! Knowing is half the battle!!! You’re going places, chick ;)

Amazing job chick…you truly are an inspiration to all!  And chicks – if you want to join in the healthy fun, we are back to attack on Jan 5th with our  New Year “Fierce in 8″ program and save $80 off when you enter code newyear12.

Happy holidays!

FIT CHICKS XO

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CHICK FEED: Jolly Gingerbread Protein Balls (gluten free, vegan)

Hey Chicks,

Our classes are wrapped up for 2014 and while we countdown to our kick off of Jan 2015 (don’t forget we have a double promo of $80 off your 12 week program or $50 off your 8 week program!), I am busy experimenting in my kitchen with healthy holiday treats.

One of my chicks asked me recently for a holiday flavored homemade protein bar. I absolutely love my no bake cookie dough bites so started to play with the recipe to see what I could come up with….and these babies were worth the errors (let’s just say eggnog balls are not a fun flavor!)

These jolly gingerbread protein balls are not only packed with fibre, protein & healthy fats (a perfect Complete in 3 rule approved snack for our upcoming Total Body Clean Up Challenge!) but a serious flavor punch.  You actually feel like you are having a gingerbread cookie!

Gingerbread Balls

CHICK FEED:  Jolly Gingerbread Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1 scoop of chai flavoured whey protein (if you do not have chai protein powder, use vanilla and add chai spice or gingerbread spice (ie ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, all spice) found at Bulk
  • 2 TBSP almond milk
  • 1 TBSP of melted coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP of melted cashew butter
  • 1 tsp stevia or  2 tbsp coconut sugar (if using stevia, start small and add if needed)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour the coconut oil, milk, melted cashew butter and sweetener in bowl.  Give a whisk.
  2. Add in flour, protein powder and spice and mix. It should be very sticky (I like to just use my hands.). The consistency will depend on protein powder. If too dry, simply add a splash of water until forms a big cookie dough ball. If too wet, add more oat flour
  3. Seperate in 6 even sections. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper
  4. Place in freezer for 10 min to set (if you can wait that long!) :)

CHICK TIPS

  • Vegan Approved! If you are a vegan these are a perfect protein snack.  Just make sure your protein powder of choice is vegan approved:)
  • Nut Free Options! If you can’t have nuts, not to worry.  Just sub for sunflower seed butter, tahini or an extra tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • Make cookies or bars. I always like balls shapes for personal preference but these can easily be made into cookies or bars.  Whip out your gingerbread shapes and bring them to a holiday party…the options are endless!

Happy Holidays!

Laura, your Head Chick

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The Holiday Food Drive winner for 2014 is …

Hey Chicks!

So this year was our 5th annual Holiday Food Drive to get our chicks into the giving spirit in their communities under our awesome charity initiative “Chicks 4 Change” and help our fellow peeps to have full tummies and happy hearts for the holidays. And the results are in….Drumroll please… 301 food items!

Together we brought in food items to our local food banks in Toronto, GTA, Ottawa, Calgary & Regina – woot woot!

Morgan and her Forest Hill Chicks

Not only that but each non-perishable (and healthy as possible) eats brought in to our last class of the December “Countdown to Xmas” Bootcamps was exchanged for a ballot into our draw to win a free 4 week FIT CHICKS bootcamp as our way of saying thank you for being so awesome!

Now without further delay the winner of the draw for a 4 week FIERCE in 8 Bootcamp as FIT CHICKS way of saying thank you is Lindsay Ottenbreith from our Regina Bootcamp!!

CONGRATS  on the win and CONGRATS to all chicks for being so inspiring, thoughful and helping out others during this very giving and exciting time of the year.  We love how kind, generous and awesome y’all are!

Happy Holidays and we’ll see you on Jan 5th when we start sweating up a storm all over again!

Laura & Amanda xo

 

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Named Top 10 Winter Fitness Bootcamps in Toronto!

Hey Chicks,

We are super pumped and proud to have been named the Top 10 winter fitness bootcamps AND the Top 8 fitness bootcamps for women by BlogTo! Check it out!

Of course we love to be recognized by our communities but our goal is to always offer the funnest, fiercest health programs for women to get them PUMPED and involved in their health to build healthier communities everywhere. And we want to keep delivering the BEST in the industry! If there is something that you would love to see at FIT CHICKS, please email us at info@fitchicks.ca….we would love to hear from you!

And don’t forget chicks – you can join in the healthy fun and save up to $80 off our FIERCE in 8 programs starting on Jan 5th :)

Looking forward to sweating up a storm with you!

Laura & Amanda

 

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Celebrating strength, muscles and healthy changes: Kristen’s Fitness and Weightloss Journey! –

DECEMBER CHICK OF THE MONTH

We are wrapping up 2014 and while we are sad to be closing up classes through the holidays,  we are PUMPED to be back to attack on Jan 5th (and we have our $80 off your 12wk FIERCE in 8 Bootcamp when you sign up by Dec 20th).  Also, 2015 means the launch of our awesome new 200hr Fitness & Nutrition Expert certification program where you can become a health rockstar in the areas of fitness, nutrition, wellness AND business. Take a peek at our 30 page brochure for more info! 

Now it wouldn’t be the holidays without a celebration.  And this month, we are celebrating a fierce fitness success story from our Calgary Beddington Heights Bootcamp…meet the amazing Kristen!  Kristen joined us in Oct 2014 and in only 8 weeks, her physical and mental transformation is truly an inspiration.  She jumped in full force with the most positive attitude, has lost 6.5 inches, down a dress size and over DOUBLED her fitness test across the board! Enough from us…Kristen take it away!

1. What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?

I decided to join FIT CHICKS after many failed attempts at the gym. I needed to find something that would challenge me and hold me responsible for my own success. I needed to find someone to push me. I started searching for boot camps in the city and stumbled upon FIT CHICKS. After doing some research, reading the testimonials and  watching some videos, it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Group setting with other ladies with the same goals, a chick sergeant who would keep me motivated, with a little tough love. I signed up and haven’t looked back, one of the best decision I made was to invest in my health and fitness.

2. What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS? How has fitness and nutrition changed your life for the better?

The biggest change has been in my emotional health. It is nice to look in the mirror and be able to love who is looking back at you. FIT CHICKS has given me the tools to change my lifestyle and be the happiest and healthiest me I can be. I have become stronger, helped me kick unhealthy habits, I’m more motivated, I feel more capable, I have more confidence, more focused, and I feel and look great. Also my physical health has also changed. I have lost one dress size in 8 weeks, and 6.5 inches in total.
  • From 10 push ups to 38
  • From 7 burpees in one minute I went to 15.
  • From 15 squats in one minute I went to 35.

3. What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class?

When I’m not in class I stay on track by going for 20-30 mins walk,or runs along with trying to get in as many steps as I can in a day. Along with eating whole foods, no processed food and alot of fruits and vegetables.

4. If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

The best advice I would give to anyone who is just starting on their fitness is journey is… You won’t regret investing in your health. Yes, it may be hard at times, yes, you may be feel like quitting but look where you have come from, look how much stronger you are then yesterday, then last week. Now think of where you can go. Where you will be tomorrow, next week, next month. You can do it, never give up!!

5. Do you have a healthy trick or tip that you use that you could share?

My best tip I can give is having a support system. A supportive friend or family that help you stay on track and motivate you when you feel tired or giving up. Having those people around helping you make your fitness and health goals come true.

6. What is your fave FIT CHICKS Signature workouts & why?

I wouldn’t say I have a favourite workout. My favourite part is each class is different.  I found when I was going to the gym I would get very bored. Fitchicks is always changing up the workouts and routines keeping you on your toes.

Awesome job chick! Keep rocking the healthy house and helping to motivate other chicks through your story that they can make healthy changes, it just takes that first step. Thanks for allowing us to help along your journey and sharing your story with us – you rock!! 

FIT CHICKS XO

PS – If you want to join in the healthy fun, email info@fitchicks.ca and we will get you all set with a trial class at a FIT CHICKS Bootcamp location nearest you!

 

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