Fitness Category

Fitness Greg Wells The Ripple Effect
Dr. Greg Wells is a physiologist with a gift for explaining the complexity of human performance in ways we can all understand. As such, he is an expert source for media outlets during major sporting events like the Olympic Games. As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions. Parvati Magazine: When did you know you were destined to be a communicator and teacher as well as a scientist, and howRead More
What if finding the right sport for you could make the difference between a collegiate career and an Olympic dream? Enter the RBC Training Ground, a Canadian talent discovery program for athletes aged 14-25. Created two years ago in partnership with CBC Sports and the Canadian Olympic Committee, this program assesses athletes on several key performance factors including endurance, explosive speed and strength. It’s an opportunity to push your limits, cheered on by Olympians. The athlete considered by the judges to have the greatest potential is supported to train asRead More
Dean Pohlman is the creator of Man Flow Yoga, a fitness-oriented online experience that provides workouts, information and motivation. Parvati Magazine’s Karl MacPhee caught up with him to talk about his approach to fitness. Pavarti Magazine: What would you say is the vision for Man Flow Yoga? Dean Pohlman: The vision is to show guys that you can get stronger in every way you expected possible from yoga (and more!) without having to embrace a yoga lifestyle. The point isn’t to replace your traditional workouts; it’s to show you howRead More
Marie Purvis-Nike Global Master Trainer
Marie Purvis is a Nike global master trainer and creator of PURE, which is an online experience that provides all the tools you need to achieve your health and wellness success. Parvati Magazine caught up with her to talk about fitness, community and her philosophy. Pavarti Magazine: Your energy and love for fitness are contagious. Where do they come from? Marie Purvis: I believe they come from a genuine place where I want to make a difference in the world through fitness. I’m extremely passionate about what I do soRead More
Livestrong YWCA
When the founder of your charitable organization, whose name recognition drove massive revenue for you, becomes caught in scandal, how do you keep the focus on the good work you’re doing? The Lance Armstrong Foundation had to figure this out when the cyclist and cancer survivor who was its founder and namesake was revealed in 2012 to have been doping extensively. His Tour de France and other victories invalidated, he departed the foundation under a cloud. Nike, which created the iconic yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets that were seen everywhere in theRead More
Georges Laraque was known for being a powerful enforcer during his 13 years in the National Hockey League, but he’s stronger in many ways than people realize. At the same time, there’s a lot more to him than tough guy. Born in Montreal to Haitian immigrants, Laraque faced racism growing up, especially in his chosen game of hockey, where there were few non-white players at the time. (The NHL is still a predominantly white league compared with, for example, the National Basketball Association or National Football League.) Laraque openly admitsRead More

Posted On October 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn Fitness, November 2017 - Vision, Wellness

Fitness: November Project

It’s 6:27 in the morning. You’re shivering in a stencilled t-shirt in the pre-dawn light. Dozens of hugging people around you vary from couch potatoes to Olympic athletes. The air is filled with exclamations of “f— yeah!” It happens rain or shine. Welcome to the November Project’s group workouts. The November Project started out when two collegiate rowers in Boston – Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric – wanted to create accountability to keep working out in the off-season. As you might guess from the name, it was supposed to lastRead More
Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist and Canadian record holder in the women’s heptathlon, a grueling combination event involving 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre run, long jump, javelin throw and 800-metre run over the course of two days. Recently retired from competition, she spoke with us about what she’s learned and what’s next. Parvati Magazine: What’s the one thing most people don’t realize about an Olympic heptathlon? Brianne Theisen-Eaton: You get next to no sleep between the two days of competitions, maybe four hours if you’reRead More
Image credit: Alison Gamble|Photography Elisabeth Akinwale (pronounced Ah-KEEN-wah-lay, a Yoruba name which means “The warrior has returned”) is a top athlete with repeated CrossFit Games championships to her credit. She is also an Olympic style weightlifter with three USA Weightlifting National qualifications. Based in Chicago, IL, she is a coach who inspires tens of thousands of followers on her Instagram and Facebook with her perspectives on fitness and life, often with the hashtag #GrownWomanStrong. We spoke with her about her work. Parvati Magazine: Why do you love strength training? WhatRead More

Posted On July 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn August 2017 - Vibrancy, Fitness, Wellness

Fitness: Stand Up Paddleboarding

If you live near water, you might see people standing and paddling on what look like large surfboards. Some may even use their board as a balancing surface on which to practice yoga. A relative of surfing that doesn’t need big waves, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP for short) has taken off in the past decade as a fun, yet challenging way to get out on the water. It’s now being considered as a potential future Olympic sport. Paddleboarding has its origins in Hawaii among surfers who wanted a way to stillRead More