Dear Competitors: Why I’m Cheering For You With All My Heart

The calibre of lifting in the Classic Women’s Open 63kg class has sky-rocketed recently and competition for a spot on Team Canada will be fierce this year.  I regularly get messages from friends & teammates like “Have you seen this girl?” and “Watch out, she’s coming into your weight class!” or  “So-and-so has a big deadlift too, be careful”.  Does … Continued

IPF World Championships Recap: Salo, Finland

Worlds are over.  Hard to believe I’m already on the other side.  The entire experience flew by and my goal was to live & love the crap outta every minute of it.  I think I succeeded.  Without sounding too cliche, competing at Worlds changed me.  Not in a ‘I can add this to my resume” … Continued

Top 5 Non-Health-Products That Improved My Health

We’re constantly bombarded with products that claim to improve our health, wellness, fitness, and quality of life.  It can be overwhelming, confusing, and expensive.  Here are the Top 5 Non-Health-Products that I bought recently that made a big impact on my health.  They might not be an obvious fit into the “health & wellness” category … Continued

My Top 5 Kitchen Essentials

I LOVE to cook! Preparing healthy, fresh food at home for myself and my family is one of my favourite things to do.  Food quality and taste are extremely important to me.  Also, because of my training, having the right foods ready at the right times is essential. This does require some planning ahead so, … Continued

Update: Jennifer’s Success Story – 130 pounds lost!

One of our biggest success stories of 2014 is our client Jennifer, who was featured in this blog post back in May.  Jennifer has continued to work hard and her total weight loss is now an incredible 130 pounds! We’re so proud of her continued commitment to training and ultimately, to herself. The focus of … Continued

Looking Back: Iron Sisters Strength Camp

Phew! It’s been a busy couple of months here at Epicentre. With 2014 quickly coming to an end, our staff has been reflecting on the highlights of this year – as trainers, coaches, and athletes!  Here’s one of Catherine’s most-loved experiences of 2014  – attending the Iron Sisters Strength Camp this past summer in Hamilton, … Continued

News Flash: I don’t have a six-pack, and I’m OK with it

This past weekend I met a 20-something year old guy, who asked what I did for a living.  When I said that I was a personal trainer, he immediately cut me off and asked me to show him my 6-pack.  Like it is some sort of prerequisite for being an accomplished trainer and athlete.  He … Continued

What’s the Deal with “Real”?

What does the word “REAL” mean around here at Epicentre?   The first thing you’ll see on the Epicentre Training homepage is the word REAL.  But what does it mean to us and why is it so prominent?  When I opened Epicentre in 2008, I wanted something different from conventional gyms where I had been … Continued

Missing the Point

Confession: I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like being good at the things I do, whether it’s powerlifting, cooking, or organizing my closet (sad but true). I think it’s a common quality with athletes – it’s part of what drives us, motivates us to get up day after day, for months, years, decades even, … Continued