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Aging & Activity, Spiral Camp 2024, July Breathing Workshop, TBW Personal Training

by | May 30, 2024 | News

What do you do when you’re 55 and have a whole long weekend free?

If you’re me, you trek out to the backcountry with friends ten years your junior and go on gruelling, hours-long hikes with 11kg of gear and food on your back, through often thorny and swampy paths, over beaver dams, and grabbing saplings to hoist yourself up craggy, 75° inclines. All so you can finally land in a secluded spot next to a pristine, clear lake, where there are no other people and the only sounds are those of the local fauna – crows, owls, frogs, the occasional splash of a fish surfacing to dine.


For me, it’s so that hopefully, 10, 15 and 20 years from now, I can continue to do the same thing.

Maintaining strength, mobility, balance, resilience, and endurance is hard work, and truth be told, it does get harder as you get older. Fortunately, regardless of your age, the effort is equally rewarding.

The best way to mitigate this is to make health and fitness a priority early in life – something that is not imparted nearly enough in our largely desk, car, and couch-bound society. Barring that, the next best way is to start from where you are now.

It’s now going on fifteen years since I started helping people of all ages and abilities with their health and fitness, and I am always looking for more effective ways to do this.

In June, I head out to Salt Spring Island in B.C. to work with Shira Yaziv and Sebastian Grubb at Spiral Camp, a week-long movement study intensive. I plan on returning with a bagful of new options and fresh perspectives.

When I get back, I will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 13 at Conquer FitnessThe Science of Breathing. Learning to breathe well gives us control over nervous activity, and when we have that in our pocket, everything else tends to flow more smoothly. The workshop will be open to gym members and non-members alike.

Lastly, I am also working on a rebranding of my services. Many of you want to focus on getting stronger and increasing endurance, and while I have resistance bands and kettlebells to assist with that, it’s likely you will eventually graduate from that equipment, and will do well to move on a more diverse training system. Fortunately, I have a space where there are free weights, cardio equipment, a running track, as well as a dedicated room for movement study and yoga practice – the aforementioned Conquer Fitness.

Bespoke personal training, coming soon – stay tuned for details. 💪🏽