12 Amazing Facts You Need to Know About Arnis

By Fatima Lee Garsi  If you’ve ever been curious about this intriguing art, here are 12 amazing facts you need to know about arnis. I was first introduced to arnis when I was living in Taiwan in my twenties. I saw an ad on a blog for expats that said “stick fighting” and felt compelled…

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Mainstream Fitness – Creating a Culture of Jerks

By Fatima Lee Garsi In the last ten years, I’ve ebbed and flowed through the fitness world as a certified personal trainer. Actually, it’s felt more like a battle. Many, many battles. I’ve worked for Goodlife Fitness, LA Fitness, boutique style gyms, a private women’s only studio, a physio/massage clinic, my own studio in Kitchener,…

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The BEST Diet!

By Fatima Lee Garsi This is NOT clickbait! I promise! I have been studying nutrition for several years and in 2013 became a Certified Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition. I’m aware of all the latest diets out there…Atkins, keto, paleo, low-carb, carb-cycling, calorie counting, baby food (which my mom insisted I do when I was…

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First Step: Self-education to Combat Anti-Black Racism

Do the Deep Work: When we’re not on social media, what are we doing? Awareness is important and essential – but what happens when we step away from our screens? What will happen a week from now? A month? A year? Anti-racism work is an ongoing, introspective, deeply connected process that involves a commitment to…

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Don’t treat me equally; treat me fairly

In athletic settings, is it possible to treat genders “equally?” Coach EL explores why fair treatment is not the same as equal treatment. By Coach EL I was on my way to a downtown gym to attend a Level One boxing coach course with the National Canadian Coaches Program (NCCP) and I couldn’t help but…

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3 Tips to Increase Iman and Embrace Solitude in Ramadan 2020

By Amber Von Grat Bismillah, Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem, This year we are facing our own unique challenges when it comes to protecting our communities and trying to ensure the well-being of everyone around us. Whether this year is your first Ramadan, or you’ve experienced it before, I want to give you three ways to help you…

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