January 18th, 2019
If you’ve spent any time around J, you know his energy and zest for life is contagious. He brings energy that is unmatched by anyone else. However, as most of us know, with most highs, there can also be lows.
Over the last 9 months, he’s taken time away from F.R.E.E. to better understand himself so he can elevate his music career to the next level. So on January 15th, I waited until midnight to listen to his newest release, “This Is Not From The Album”, and shortly after listening to it, I started writing this post.
J, your decision to step away and search for who you are and who you want to be as an individual and artist is courageous. Despite the negativity, you made your choice to do what’s best for your health. Then your decision to come back, and release this meaningful track punctuates your resilience and mental toughness. You made the choice to not let your personal and environmental hardships define you or dictate your outcome. But instead you used it as fuel to re-ignite the path to the greatness that is within you. What you have overcome and continue to work so hard for can be an example for all of us.
Lastly, you demonstrate that it’s ok to take some time away and it’s ok to connect and share with whom you trust, when you’re ready.
Youtube Channel below:
January 8th, 2019
We are officially an “Edmonton Made” business! Edmonton Made
This badge is designed to distinguish “bad ass” local businesses in Edmonton! 😉Okay, perhaps not in those exact words… But the truth behind this badge is that it’s a symbol of quality, craftsmanship and a dedication to supporting Edmonton businesses and its community.
We are grateful to be considered “Edmonton Made” and we’ll represent the badge to its fullest.
January 1st, 2019
We’re putting an end to your January Fitness Resolutions once and for all.
1️⃣ If you want your health and fitness to improve, you must plan, set goals and execute. There are no shortcuts.
2️⃣ For longevity, surround your health and fitness with others who have the same mindset. We all need a helping hand when times get difficult.
3️⃣ If you want your health and fitness to become the best it’s ever been, it’s about your commitment, not motivation. Why? Because consistency triumphs.
Check out what our community had to say about their fitness journey last year!
November 9th, 2018
Evolution of Fitness
Regardless of which fitness goal you’re striving to achieve, we’ll support you. If you feel good about yourself and are living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life through exercise, keep going!
November 1st, 2018
Our goal at F.R.E.E. Fitness is to help people become healthy, both physically and mentally. Sorry ladies, this is going to be a legend-hairy month…
Our #Movember initiative is working towards raising money and awareness for men’s mental health. Why? Because the rate of suicide is alarmingly high because too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. The Movember foundation is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide, and we want to help.
Our “Pay How You Feel” donation is a method to support our #Movember2018. Please donate through our ** Movember Link **or donate cash to any of these handsome men to support men’s health. We’ll also be hosting “Pay How You Feel” donation bootcamps this month to get ya’ll moving! Everybody welcome.
#NoShaveNovember #MentalHealth #MensHealth #MoBro #MovemberFoundation
October 26th, 2018
These are my parents. Both of them are boat people meaning they were refugees from Vietnam and travelled by ocean to escape the war. They sat in overcrowded boats, shoulder to shoulder for days on end. My dad tells me he ate 3 small spoons of rice and drank a few sips of water each day to survive… My parents never knew if their boat was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. Thankfully, they were the lucky ones. .
They met working at KFC in the Yukon, earning less than $4 dollars per hour deep frying chicken. I love listening to the story my dad tells me every Christmas about how 2 abrasive customers stormed into the restaurant and demanded chicken. My dad smiled, and politely replied by holding up his hands , indicating 5 more minutes. They told my dad to go “fuck himself” and flipped him off for not being able to speak english. Little did they know, my dad was a black belt in Tae Kwon Doe. Not fully knowing the “Canadian” way of life compared to living in Vietnam, both guys ended up crawling out of KFC on all 4’s after my dad gave them a butt kicking.
My parents faced hostility and racism for being “vietnamese refugees” but they never let bigotry deter them from being hardworking and successful Asian Canadians.
They worked multiple jobs a day, 7 days a week. Most days up to 18 hours dishwashing, cooking and cleaning. This helped them start their own small business called “Sun Rise Janitorial” and shortly after they purchased their first home in Whitehorse, Yukon. During this time, they also sent money back to Vietnam and with the help of my uncles, re-built my grandpa’s house for the rest of my extended family. This house still stands today. They were the first Vietnamese couple to be married in the Yukon.
These stories motivate me everyday when I think I have it hard, especially when I think I’m too “busy or stressed” with F.R.E.E. Fitness, MyCarpoolPal and other life commitments. When in reality, I have it easy compared to their life changing transition to Canada. I am proud to say these are my parents. My sisters and I are beyond grateful for the opportunities that we have because of their struggle, sacrifice and courage.
October 21st, 2018
Thank you The YEG Come Up for hosting an amazing conference this weekend! The YEG Come up is an African and Caribbean led youth group that’s working towards encouraging individual and community empowerment from within.
Andrew Greenidge and I were fortunate enough to be chosen as speakers to advocate health, wellness and fitness.
I’m so lucky to be able to present about topics I’m passionate about, but on top of it all, I’m honoured to present with my good friend, Andrew.
October 11th, 2018
After being inspired by Albert two weeks ago, I felt the urge to learn more about different facilities in Edmonton that provided training and rehabilitation for those with neurological and associated disorders.
This led me to meet Bean Gill. In 2012, while she was vacationing, she initially felt a sharp pain in her spine that caused numbness below her waist. Bean was subsequently paralyzed by a rare disorder called transverse myelitis. Doctors thought she would never walk again.
As most can only imagine, this life altering event has been pivotal in challenging everything she thought she once knew about herself emotionally and physically. Despite the odds, she’s worked incredibly hard for the last 6 years to walk, move, and see the light through the dark.
After speaking with Bean last week, she shared with me that she believes that this was destined to happen because this is how she met her training and business partner, Nancy Morrow.
Bean and Nancy are the co-founders of Reyu Recovery Centre in #YEGFitness. This organization exists to inspire, motivate and promote recovery for spinal cord injuries and associated disorders thus, making fitness accessible to even those with medical conditions impacting their mobility and/or functioning of varying degrees. Bean, Nancy and their team of trainers are giving hope to thousands who thought recovery was never possible.
Bean’s journey of overcoming adversity by not losing hope and utilizing the power of positivity has changed the course of her life while inspiring others to change as well. What she has overcome and continues to work so hard for can be an example for all of us.
To those of you reading this, if you feel like you’re losing hope, just know that you have others here to help, guide and support you. So that one day, you’ll be able to do the same for someone else, just like Bean. #BeLikeBean
September 17th, 2018
Meet Albert Liaw – co-owner of Golomein Noodle House in Edmonton. He’s a former high level boxer, crossfitter, as well as a kind-hearted and genuine man with a perseverance like no other. He’s also a recovering stroke patient. For 13 years, he has suffered and battled many of the common symptoms of stroke, which include paralysis of the left side, difficulties with balance, numbness, stiffness, and speech deficiencies. Along with those symptoms are feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression.
As most can only imagine, it has been difficult for Albert as he was once considered an elite athlete, but is now navigating through the fear, apprehension and uncertainty of what he has to face in the aftermath of a stroke.
However, with resilience, mental toughness and sheer will, he makes the daily choice to not let his stroke define him or dictate the rest of his life.
If you train at our gym, you’ll see him working out with @mr.tykhan focusing on balance drills, coordination tasks and range of motion activities. Through thick or thin, rain or snow and long bus rides alone, he’s here with us, and we’re here with him every step of the way.
Albert’s goal is to one day be able to shadow box and jog again. It won’t be easy, but he is mindful that he cannot change the cards that he has been dealt, but he can change how he plays his hand. Albert’s dedication and focus motivates us and moves us to the core. We are honoured to be a part of this stage of his journey.
Let Albert’s story inspire you to sign up for that next 5km race, join that strength class you’ve always wanted to, or go for that 20 minute walk outside. The onus is on you and you can do it. Change your body, change your mind and change your life.
Hope to see you in the gym, soon. ️
August 20th, 2018
#BehindTheScenes It’s been 2 ½ years since we gave life to F.R.E.E. to create something bigger and better for #YegFitness. During this time, we’ve had people ask us what’s key to growing a personal training business.
1️⃣ If you want your business to improve, you must plan, set goals and execute. There are no shortcuts.
2️⃣ For longevity, surround your business with others who have the same mindset. We all need a helping hand when times get difficult.
3️⃣ If you want your business to become the best it’s ever been, it’s about your commitment, not motivation. Why? Because consistency triumphs.
To anyone reading this who has had difficulties with their health, replace the word “Business” with “Health” above. Take a second read, nothing changes.
May 22nd, 2018
Loving the response from Edmonton’s fitness community.
Tell us how exercise is your positive outlet!
May 7th, 2018
Doing our best to motivate, inspire and helping others become the best version of themselves. We are here to introduce our #FeelFreeChallenge.
Watch the video and enter our challenge, so we can hear your story!
April 20th, 2018
Highlights from or YESS Bootcamp!
Let us know about other amazing charities in Edmonton so we can add them to our list.
April 13th, 2018
What an amazing turnout we had for our annual F.R.E.E. Fitness Charity Bootcamp!
Thank you to everyone who turned up for this event. It’s true, “If everyone does a little, then no one has to do a lot”.
April 7th, 2018
What do we have here? LOL
Our amazing client and friend, Nadine will be donating a pair of beautiful leggings from Sweet Legs to Youth Empowerment Support Service (YESS) for each participant who joins us four our April 13th bootcamp at 7:30pm. You are amazing, Nadine!
Who’s coming to our charity event this friday?
February 4th, 2018
Thank you, Queerflex for education our community on how to help create a safer space for EVERYBODY in #YEGFitness.
A simple reminder that knowledge is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
January 29th, 2018
If ya’ll asked me in which photo I’m happier, it’s the photo to the left when I’m heavier. Why you ask?
The photo on the left was me 5 months ago successfully cleaning and jerking 253lbs weighing 167lbs. The photo on the right was me2 days ago missing the same lift and weight, however, weighing only 149lbs. My feeling after this missed lift: disappointed.
In my required weight cut to qualify for this competition, aesthetics was never my goal. My goal was to lift as much weight as possible and to do my personal best. Yes, losing weight can improve performance in some circumstances and yes, having a 6 pack can be great to look at; however, this only holds true for certain people and situations. In this case, I performed better when I weighed heavier. Partly because I could eat like an athlete without being obsessed with my diet.
Despite the effort I put into preparing for this meet and the phenomenal coaching and programming from Max Larocque to get me onto the platform, I didn’t walk away with my best performance. So did my weight loss impact my performance…? Who knows.
But if it did, here’s the perfect example how the number on the scale or having a “6 pack” did not bring me closer to my performance goal, nor did it make me happier.
For those who’s struggled with this like I have, I’ve slowly learned over the years that the “number” on the scale is simply just that, and in most cases should NOT be used to gauge fitness ability and most importantly, happiness.
If you’re reading this, give yourself a break and forget what that scale says. Gauge your fitness ability by your attitude, effort and improvement. By doing so, you’ll achieve way more AND be much happier, regardless of what you read on the scale.
January 25th. 2018
TEAM = Together. Everyone. Achieves. More.
Come support Tony as he takes on the Hokkiado Cup this weekend in Olympic Weight Lifting. What makes our team so unique is the support we have for one another. By training with F.R.E.E. you get so much more than a trainer, you get a community.
January 12th, 2018
Happy New year everyone!
We are so excited for 2018 as we know it will bring amazing things. Our first event of the year includes us hosting our very first bootcamp inside of Edmonton’s City Centre mall! You heard that right. We teamed up with the Great Canadian Fitfest to bring you such a unique event. As hundreds of people walked through the mall, we gathered everyone up to to do burpees, squats and push ups!
What will we be doing next? Our goal, to push every boundary in YEG Fitness!
Let’s rock this 2018 year!
December 1st, 2017
Happy 1st of December everyone!
We are proud to announce we are partnering with Rock Jungle Crossfit Downtown, Edmonton. Our team at F.R.E.E. will have a new training facility we’ll be operating alongside of Rock Jungle. To kick off our new facility launch, we hosted our second annual “Holiday Special” bootcamp as a fundraiser for our friends at Edmonton’s Food Bank.
We are incredibly overwhelmed by the support of everyone who participated and donated to this event. In total, we had 71 participants for our bootcamp. We collected 3 and a half large bins of food, and raised over 200 dollars to donate to Edmonton’s Food Bank.
A big shout out to Muscle Mlk Canada who donated 75 bottles of their protein shake and 50 protein bars. Snap Fitness, all the way from Devon who set up their own donation box to contribute to our event. Supplement King Edmonton who came out and gave away free supplements to our participants. And most importantly, thank you to our clients, friends and family who contributed to this event!
One of our favourite quotes here at F.R.E.E. is:
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members”.
Happy holidays everyone, event video to come soon!
F.R.E.E. Fit Fam
November 25th, 2017
Thank you Great Canadian Fitfest for hosting an incredibly successful and unique fitness event located in West Edmonton Mall’s Water Park.
We were fortunate enough to be asked to host our F.R.E.E. bootcamp on the beach for this event. It was an absolute blast! Before our bootcamp, there were numerous fitnessactivities such as belly dancing, dance aerobics, parkour and yoga.
We met a ton of new people and we can mark off our list: Bootcamp in a waterpark ✅
Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
F.R.E.E. Fit Fam
November 22nd, 2017
City of Champions Podcast – Ep.15 🎙
F.R.E.E. Fitness – How We Became FREE
A big thank you to Shane Fennessey for featuring us on his City of Champions Podcast. It was an absolute honour to be featured with the fantastic lists of guest he’s had so far.
Check out the podcast if you want to learn more about our journey as a fitness company and all the ups and downs along the way!
October 7th, 2017
A massive shout out the Rise Up Challenge – 5km fun run for hosting an amazing 20 obstacle trail run! This event was so well organized, despite the weather being a tad cold for our liking! The obstacles included log carries, rope climbs, army crawls, two foot hill jumps and of course, burpees!
For the first time ever, we did an Instagram take over for another account; YEG Fitness. This made this event even more fun as we could connect to another fitness network right here in Edmonton. Stay tuned for more events like this as we plan to team up with other fitness companies and organizations in the short future.
Mark it in your calendar, the next Rise Up Challenge is scheduled for June 2nd, 2018!
We’ll see you out there!
September 22nd, 2017
This year has been nothing but special for our team at F.R.E.E. Fitness. We’ve been fortunate enough to have been featured in the paper, on television, and now thanks to Dean Guedo and Andrew Coates, we will be featured on our first podcast.
Our episode’s topic will be directed towards the general population about tips on starting their fitness journey! We also elaborate on numerous stories about the start of our “F.R.E.E.” and how our “Pay How You Feel’ idea came to be.
Stay tuned for the launch date and have a great week everyone!
September 8th, 2017
Check out the video by clicking on the link above!
July 23rd, 2017
We’re taking Edmonton’s fitness to the “Next Level”.
Is your city next?
July 14th, 2017
I appreciate my fitness because it allows me to tackle new obstacles without the fear of getting injured. Here’s my first attempt at the salmon ladder at last week’s F.R.E.E. 100 – Next Level Bootcamp. We were thrilled to have The Great Canadian FitFest sponsor our event and bring this awesome piece of equipment to our event.
The salmon ladder tests your upper body strength as you use your back and arms to propel yourself up each rack until you get to the very top to perform monkey bars to the finish!
Thank you GC FitFest for your involvement in our event!
July 12th, 2017
Looking to grow and increase your glute strength?
Here’s one of the best lower body exercises for you to try – “Barbell Hip Thruster”
Subscribe to Illuminating Strength Youtube to view the best exercise tutorials!
July 7th, 2017
F.R.E.E. 100 = ✅
This event was such a blast, despite our participants running through 30 degree weather! We started at the Kinsmen Sports Centre (open field) and ran across the blue pedestrian bridge towards the Royal Glenora Club. We continued up the Royal Glenora Stairs and back (south) through the High Level Bridge that you see above us in the photo. Once we returned back to our start position, we performed a 30 minute boot camp led by Tony Nguyen. We followed this intense bootcamp with Akhanda Yoga, led by Sri Sri.
What an amazing time and we can’t wait to host our next F.R.E.E. 100 – “Next Level Bootcamp”. Perhaps, up a mountain next time?
Stay tuned for our highlight reel for this event,
June 26th, 2017
We are excited to announce that we are hosting our very first F.R.E.E. 100 – Next Level Bootcamp (Edmonton Edition).
On July 7th, 2017 at 6:00pm, we are taking our F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camp to the “next level” by taking YOU, through the heart of Edmonton! During this two-hour fitness event, we are taking 100 individuals for a run through Edmonton’s River Valley, High Level Bridge and through the Royal Glenora stairs to our bootcamp location! We will start at the Kinsmen Center Field, run through a planned route along the River Valley, High Level Bridge and back to this location to participate in our F.R.E.E. Fitness Bootcamp (All Fitness Levels Welcomed).
We will be partnering with videographer and photographer Anthony K Do for this event (https://www.anthonykdo.com/). Anthony and his team of video shooters will capture this event from ground level and aerial level via drone! We aim to capture Edmonton’s beautiful surroundings, highlight YEG’s community and promote fitness and health!
What we’ll need from our F.R.E.E. 100 participants:
1) Wear a WHITE or RED T-shirt in support of Canada’s 150.
2) This will be our first “Pay How You Feel” event, so we will be accepting cash or email transfer donations to execute this event. Thank you! (Email transfer can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have any questions, please contact any F.R.E.E. Fitness member!
Join us and take your fitness to the “Next Level”.
June 24th, 2017
A MASSIVE shout out to the Edmonton River Valley Off-Road Triathlon for inviting us to host our F.R.E.E. Fitness bootcamp this beautiful morning. This was our first ever morning bootcamp, and we absolutely loved it.
Congratulations to every amazing tri-athlete who participated in this year’s triathlon, you are truly inspiring!
Stay tuned for more information, as we plan to host our first ever F.R.E.E. 100- Next Level Bootcamp on July 7th, 2017!
What’s that you may ask…? Details to follow soon!
F.R.E.E. Fit Fam
June 24th, 2017
What a success and great turn out tonight at our F.R.E.E. Fitness Yoga taught by the beautiful Sri Sri.
Thank you Prana Yoga Studio (http://www.pranayogastudio.ca/) for your precious studio and thank you to everyone for attending our Warm Core Flow class!
Our next yoga event is planned for Friday July 22nd, outdoors at 7:00pm at the top of the Royal Glenora Stairs!
June 17th, 2017
Our F.R.E.E. Fitness running crew last night!
Despite the rain, we had a blast running the Glenora Stairs last night. This is the sequence of stair variations we performed last night
1) Every Step 2) Skip a Step 3) Two foot Bunny Hops 4) Long Lunge (skip two steps) 5) Repeat for 30 minutes
If you’re looking exercise heading into the week, come on out for next weeks free yoga at Prana Yoga Studio and our free bootcamp at the Edmonton River Valley Off-road Triathlon!
Looking forward to seeing you,
June 11th, 2017
We are pleased to announce our newest F.R.E.E. (and free), Fitness event – The Stair Run!
Starting Friday, June 16th, 2017, we will be hosting stair runs at the Royal Glenora Stairs.
Come out and check it out,
F.R.E.E. Fit Fam
May 15th, 2017
At F.R.E.E. Fitness, we appreciate our fitness because it allows us to try new activities that can be incredibly challenging and exhilarating. Over the past two days, our team was fortunate enough to take in the sights while rock climbing in Canmore.
If you appreciate your fitness, let us know by sending us a message about how fitness has impacted your life.
May 12th, 2017
That time Sri Sri Lakshmi led us to help spread the joy of Yoga.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Be open and be F.R.E.E.
April 14th, 2017
“Be the change you want to see in the world’
Thank you to everyone who came to our last indoor Lexus bootcamp before we head outside to enjoy the summer weather!
A huge shout out to Lexus of Edmonton for allowing us to use your beautiful showroom.
F.R.E.E. Fit Fam
April 7th, 2017
A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who generously donated to the Edmonton Mental Health Foundation at our F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camp!
We had too much fun (as always), organizing these events as we love bringing our community together for a great cause. On top of that, we killed another workout this Friday evening!
This is our last Lexus boot camp for the year before we head outside to host them at the Royal Glenora Stairs! We would like to thank Lexus Of Edmonton for their amazing partnership.
Stay tuned for the highlight reel to this event, coming soon!
F.R.E.E. Fitness Fam
March 26th, 2017
Our team is incredibly excited to be involved in this year’s Rocklake Fit Camp from May 19-22, 2017! This amazing weekend retreat in the Rockies is a chance for you to relax with your friends and family while participating in our F.R.E.E. boot camp and yoga session!
To Sign up and learn more, visit: http://rocklakelodge.ca/fit/
March 24th, 2017
An amazing turnout for another F.R.E.E. Fitness Yoga session hosted at Full Heart Breath Studios.
Thank you to our #Fitfam for spending your Friday evenings with us getting into the best shape of your life. Your attendance means the world to our team because it allows us to give back to Edmonton, which has been so good to us over the many years!
We are looking forward to our next F.R.E.E. Fitness event April 7th, 7:00pm at Lexus of Edmonton as we are hosting this event as a fundraiser for the Edmonton Mental Health Foundation. We are also teaming up with Scotty Campbell of Live Boldly to help train him for Canada’s Toughest Mudder. We love collaborating with like-minded individuals in Edmonton as it’s an opportunity to grow our community!
March 18th, 2017
This weekend, our team (Ahmad, Jordan and Tony) headed to Calgary to coach Andrew Greenidge in his powerlifting competition! Andrew competed at 2017 Prairie Power Open and put up monster numbers!
Andrew recently joined Ahmad’s Illuminating Strength team after training with Tony over the year. He weighed in at 99.9 kg (220.3 lbs), just under the 100 kg (220.5 lbs)cut off!
As you can see in this photo, Andrew took first place in his weight category and 4th place overall in the entire men’s competition.
Here are his lifting totals:
Squat: 210 kg (464 lbs) – Personal Record
Bench Press: 140 kg (308 lbs)
Deadlift: 270 kg (595 lbs) – Personal Record
We are incredibly proud of Andrew’s commitment and and hard work during training months, and we can not wait to see his numbers next competition!
F.R.E.E. Fitness Fam
March 10th, 2017
What an exciting time in YEG Fitness!
We are incredibly proud to be part of this fitness community in Edmonton (YEG). When they asked our team if we could help distribute their March magazine edition, we happily agreed!
The YEG Fitness magazine keeps us updated with what’s hot in the Edmonton fitness scene! There are a ton of local companies, (just like us) that are featured by this organization. The last edition featured an amazing story about Rose Mueller, who survived breast cancer and started this wonderful company called “Bust A Move” to bring awareness about this issue.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in this bootcamp! Our next bootcamp is confirmed for Friday April 7th at 7:00pm and this will be hosted as a fundraiser for the Edmonton Mental Health Foundation!
See ya’ll there,
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
March 8th, 2017
Here it is! 🙂
February 25th, 2017
If anyone is looking for something new to try, F.R.E.E. Fitness highly recommends Edmonton Aradia Fitness! Aradia Fitness offers alternative fitness in a fun, safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment where we are all different ages and sizes to get fit and have fun. In this case, Asher (Jordan’s client), took us through an aerial training class focusing on spins, stalls and other positions using the static and spin pole!
Needless to say, we were all sore after the hour. More so because we could not stop laughing at how inflexible we were compared to Asher! 🙂
Stay tuned for a highlight video reel in the next few weeks!
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
February 24th, 2017
Today was an amazing day as we hosted our first F.R.E.E. Fitness Yoga session for our F.R.E.E. community. With the help of Full Heart Breath Studios and Sri Sri, we successfully organized 75 minutes of Akhanda Yoga. As you can see, we had a great turnout to our event and we only expect numbers to grow as we’re planning to host free yoga every third weekend!
If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact Sri Sri. Her information can be found on the “TEAM” tab above!
Thank you to everyone who came out and cheers to a wonderful weekend,
February 16th, 2017
1 YEAR FR.E.E. FITNESS ANNIVERSARY!
(F.R.E.E. by the numbers)
️ Clients who have trained in our “Pay How You Feel” training program: 158
Approx. number of people we’ve trained outside of our person training program: 850
Approx. volunteered hours dedicated to YEG Fitness: +300 hours
What an unbelievable year. A big thank you to everyone who’s supported us in our quest to help shape Edmonton’s fitness industry.
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
February 10th, 2017
We’ll let Max “the squat doctor” explain the major benefits of squatting.
Have a wonderful Friday!
February 8th, 2017
Today, we were fortunate enough to be included to a long list of phenomenal presenters to speak in front of the St. Albert Catholic Highschool (SACHS). This was the first year SACHS has hosted their “Healthy Me” wellness conference for their school.
Our topic was how to incorporate fitness into your regular day life. We spoke about how fitness does not necessarily mean pumping iron in a gym. We emphasized how there are many forms of exercise that can be incredibly beneficial to their health. Specifically, that they should choose exercise
that best fits their lifestyle and that they enjoy!
Our three main points included:
1) Search for organized exercise (recreation or competitive).
2) Surround yourself with individuals who enjoy exercise.
3) Find exercise you love.
We finished the presentation by demonstrating simple workouts that students can perform on their own! This included a 10 minute warm up, 10 minute circuit training followed by a 5 minute cool down and stretch!
Thank you SACHS for inviting our team to your wonderful event!
February 3rd, 2017
What an amazing bootcamp to start off the new year. This was easily the most energized bootcamp we’ve ever had. Must be all the fresh 2017 motivation :).
This bootcamp was very special to us as we introduced Sri Sri to our F.R.E.E. Fitness community. After 45 minutes of butt kicking action, she led the last 15 minutes of light stretching and meditation.
We hope to continue our momentum for February as Sri Sri will be hosting a free yoga session, February 24th at Full Heart Breath studios at 7:00pm.
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
January 19th, 2017
A big thank you to Coach P for inviting F.R.E.E. Fitness to Kate Chegwin Highschool to train her junior basketball team. These girls rocked it today!
We started off the session focusing on their conditioning with numerous full body circuits centered around the game of basketball. Especially for young athletes, we focused on complimenting the fundamental skills they are learning at this age. In this case, we worked on improving their agility such as cutting (lateral movement), changing direction (forwards and backwards) and their vertical jump. We finished off the session with competitive on court basketball training such as passing and shooting.
These girls were a joy to work with as they all had an awesome attitude and worked their butts off!
Best of luck to the Chargers this year! 🙂
January 13th, 2017
This is our F.R.E.E. Friday Tip of the Week!
Exercise program or nutrition program, what’s more important?
Hear the answer from our very own, Jordan.
January 9th, 2017
We are soaring into 2017 by adding a new member to our F.R.E.E. Fitness Family!
We are beyond EXCITED to introduce our first yoga instructor to our family!
This is the talented Sri Sri Lakshmi (Karen). She recently completed her 200 hour Akhanda Yoga certification in the Himalayan foothills in Rishikesh, India. As you can see, she’s the real deal!
We are incredibly excited to offer another service to people in Edmonton by hosting monthly yoga sessions (for all levels) at Full Heart Breath Studios taught by Sri Sri.
And yes, these yoga sessions will be free! So come on down, relax and enjoy your Friday evening with F.R.E.E. Fitness.
January 6th, 2017
This is our F.R.E.E. Friday tip of the week!
What’s the secret to achieving any fitness goal?
We’ll let Ahmad tell you.
January 3rd, 2017
Happy New Year!
It feels amazing giving back to the game of basketball that brought so many happy memories growing up!
On this Tuesday evening, Tony ran a conditioning session for the Archbishop Jordan High school grade 9 basketball team in Sherwood Park!
Tony and coach Brian Prenoslo both played high school basketball in Whitehorse, Yukon. However, Brian was recruited to play basketball for Red Deer College while Tony was recruited to the Augustana Vikings.
These guys were awesome and worked their butt’s off tonight.
Good luck this season fellas!
December 11th, 2016
If you’ve tried to make health a priority and nothing has worked…
Well, you’re not the only one.
F.R.E.E. Fitness can help!
December 8th, 2016
What an amazing feeling to donate $1700.00 to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. The money we raised was from our Friday night bootcamp on December 3rd! Who would of thought our small company of 3 could grow to a team of 8 trainers (missing Kevin), who all care about helping others and giving back to an amazing foundation.
An even bigger thank you goes our to F.R.E.E. Fitness community who participated and donated to our cause. We would not be where we are today without each and every one of you. 🙂
P.S. Trevor wins with the best shirt! #Donuts
December 3rd, 2016
Our F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camps have been going so well as of late, we decided to host our last boot camp for 2016 as a fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. And as you can see, it went incredibly well!
Not only did our F.R.E.E. Fitness community get an awesome workout, but they generously donated to our cause for the night. We raised approximately $1635.00 (with more to come) at our 1 hour event.
A massive shout out to Lexus Of Edmonton (West Side) for letting our team host our event in their beautiful show room surrounded by their gorgeous cars! And of course, the biggest shout out goes to everyone who donated and participated in our event. We hope these gift cards can brighten up the days for the children and their families during Christmas.
November 12th, 2016
If anyone is looking for video promotion to advanced their business… Look no further than Mike Cook Media!
We had a hilarious time practicing our lines for our next F.R.E.E. Fitness video promotion for the new year! As well as our F.R.E.E. Friday tips of the week. As most people know, when January rolls around, there’s a massive spike in new gym goers and member returns!
One of our goals for 2017 is to help these new gym goers feel comfortable about training! So instead of making them feel out of place this year, let’s offer them a hand and a warm welcome! 😉
F.R.E.E. Family plus twins, Deacon and Preston
November 3rd, 2016
We knew this day would come when we began F.R.E.E. Fitness.
We woke up this morning to an email sent from Dez Melenka, a reporter for CTV Edmonton! She had heard great things about our “Pay How You Feel” business model and wanted to feature us on their 6:00pm evening news report.
The best part of this interview was how she even heard about F.R.E.E. Fitness! A few weeks back, we volunteered to to run a dry land camp for the Mayfield Figure Skating Club on September 28th. One of the assistant coaches enjoyed our training session so much, she raved to her husband about us. He coincidentally worked for CTV and asked Dez to contact us to be featured on this evening’s segment! It truly goes to show you that helping others always comes full circle. 🙂
Here’s the link if you would like to watch our F.R.E.E. Fitness segment on CTV!
October 1st, 2016
The Elevated Learning Academy (ELA) is an institute in Alberta that offers diploma programs to applied nutrition science as well as personal training. We graciously accepted the opportunity to present in front of their students who are entering the fitness industry as certified personal trainers.
We spoke about what life was like as a personal training. The daily grind of programming, scheduling, building your brand and how to use social media effectively. Oh, if you haven’t done so already, follow our Instagram account: @f.r.e.e.fit and Facebook account: @freefitnessinc 🙂
All 5 of us (Max, Cole, Jordan, Tony and Ahmad) used to work at a commercial gym in Edmonton, so we decided to focus on the “pros and cons” between owning/running your own business versus working at a box gym. Interesting enough, the next presenter was our previous boss from World Health Club of Edmonton!
We had an amazing time and we would like to thank Kari Green for inviting F.R.E.E. Fitness to speak in front of her class!
Good luck to all the future graduates of ELA,
September 28th, 2016
Today, we ran a dry land training session for these young figure skaters from the Mayfield Figure Skating Club. The coach happens to be Tony’s client, Paige Walker (far left).
We were fortunate enough to get to know these young athletes as we coached them through some body weight squats, lunges, and upper body exercises. Finishing off with a core circuit! These little guys were tough as we performed the exercises outside on a chilly evening…
Thanks for having us coach Paige and the best of luck to these young athletes,
F.R.E.E. Fitness 🙂
September 28th, 2016
Our F.R.E.E Fitness bootcamp continues to grow!
See you next Friday! 😉
September 16th, 2016
We are incredibly excited to have partnered with Lexus of Edmonton to host our first indoor boot camp of the year!
Although we anticipated the weather to be a tad chillier in the middle of September (+19 degrees Celsius outside today), we now have an indoor location to continue our F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camps well into the winter months!
In our quest for providing available fitness to Edmonton, we are truly grateful for Lexus to have reached out to us. They are a tremendous company and we can not thank them enough for allowing us to use their beautiful show room to host our boot camp! We promised not to scratch any of their beautiful cars, however, the same can not be said about sweating up their clean floors! 😉
Once again, a big thank you to all of our participants at our event as you are the reason why we are here today.
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
September 10, 2016
These are the 2016 Augustana Viking’s men basketball team. Yes as you can see, we are kneeling because we didn’t want to look so short standing beside them!
Our strength and conditioning session lasted two hours. We started the first half on the hardwood and put them through sprints, sled pushes, jump squats and much more. Followed by an hour in the weight room working on their plate squats, overhead squats and front squats. Lastly, we spoke about the importance of mobility for athletes.
Best of the luck to coach Drabiuk and to the Augustana Vikings this year,
August 12th, 2016
Our biggest F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camp to date, 70 participants! 🙂
A lady from the top floor from the apartments behind us came down to see what the big commotion was because she could hear Jordan’s voice all the way from her living room!
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our event!
Let’s keep growing,
F.R.E.E. Fitness Family
August 6th, 2016
F.R.E.E. Fitness is proud to announce that we have become sponsors to the Augustana Viking’s men’s basketball program.
Tony played for the Vikings from 2009-2014 and has many roots with the University. By becoming a sponsor, our team will contribute by providing preseason conditioning camps, in season maintenance programs and a resource for any fitness and nutrition related questions.
In return, this beautiful F.R.E.E. Fitness sign will be displayed around their gymnasium, pamphlets and website!
We couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with such a well respected University College in Alberta.
Here’s to a healthy and injury F.R.E.E. year! 😉
July 29th, 2016
One of our favourite group photos after our Friday night F.R.E.E. Fitness boot camp! Check out Ahmad and his launch off the Royal Glenora Stairs! #Epic
It was a beautiful night for an outdoor boot camp. We have been incredibly excited watching our numbers grow each week! This was a special boot camp as F.R.E.E. Fitness was featured on Active YEG. An organization that promotes fitness events in Edmonton for their followers. It’s cool to connect and work alongside other organizations with similar fitness beliefs.
See you next Friday for more laughs, good times and a butt kicking by Jordan and team F.R.E.E. Fitness!
July 22nd, 2016
I appreciate my health and fitness because they enable me to enjoy activities like the great outdoors. Over the past 3 days, I was fortunate enough to take in the sights while trekking pain free through Tombstone Park in my home territory, Yukon.
The mountains were absolutely breathtaking, the air was crisp and the lakes were miraculous. And look at that view! 🙂
Lastly, what are activities in your life that you appreciate because of your good health?
July 15th, 2016
What an amazing afternoon working and training these young biathletes! We coached the fundamentals to squats, lunges and much more. The best part of the afternoon was kicking back, chatting and laughing with them as we had a great time getting to know each athlete. A big thank you to coach Lowell for the invite, we will be back!
P.S. The best part of the day was training with our entire F.R.E.E. Fitness Family! #Fitfam
May 25th, 2016
We had an amazing day running a strength and conditioning camp for the 15 and under Team Territories basketball squad. This team is made up of young players from Team Yukon, Team Northwest Territories and Team Nunavut. Coaches and players travel to Camrose, Alberta to partake in a full week of basketball practice at the University of Augustana.
An interesting fact is that Tony played for Team Yukon from Grade 9 to 12, and is an alumni for the Augustana Vikings basketball team from 2009-2014. Lots of connections for Tony at this camp.
Our two hour training session consisted of conditioning drills, core circuits and information about proper nutrition/post recovery for these young athletes.
A big thank you to coach Tim Brady (Yukon) and coach David Drabiuk (Augustana Vikings) for inviting us to the camp, we had a blast!
Good luck at Nationals this year Team Territories,
May 21st, 2016
This was a very special moment for our company as it was our first outdoor boot camp of the year. One of our first goals as a team was to host free boot camps. We wanted to build an environment where we could make exercise fun, get to know others and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. As you can tell, the river valley was absolutely stunning this day!
We host free boot camps every Friday evening in the summer at 7:00pm at the Royal Glenora Stairs. Come on down and get your butt kicked by Jordan and the rest of the F.R.E.E. Fitness Family.
Hope to see you there!
March 20th, 2016
Here it is, the release of our F.R.E.E. Fitness logo and the birth of our Instagram page: @f.r.e.e.fit and Facebook page @freefitnessinc. These four letters represent the pillars to our company: Focus, Rise, Energy, Empower.
Our training philosophy FOCUSES on increasing lean muscle and improving body composition, while taking a holistic approach to improve self-confidence and overall health. Our goal is to encourage our clients to RISE up to new challenges that test an individual’s physical and mental capacity. We’ll help provide ENERGY for our clients to build a foundation of strength, improved mobility and optimal joint health. Lastly, we believe in EMPOWERING clients to be confident in the gym by establishing manageable exercise and nutritional routines.
We are F.R.E.E.