Be a Basic B with your Health

Words by Fatima Lee Garsi If someone calls you a basic B, it’s considered a major insult! I’m here to tell you that being a basic B with your health is far from insulting – it’s what most people WISH they could be. Our bodies are amazing machines! They do incredible things without us having…

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Pilates: Cats and Capitalism

Words by Tai Salih   As you flip through a plethora of fitness magazines and scroll through Instagram fitness influencers, you’ll come to find the same messaging over and over again:  “You are not fit enough.” “These are the only acceptable standards of health and fitness.” “These expensive outfits are the only acceptable attire in…

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Protein, Protein! Living Up to the Hype!

  Words by Fatima Lee Garsi Remember that song?  Protein, protein, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot! The more you toot, the better you feel, so eat protein with every meal! Okay, okay. I admit that I clearly changed the original lyrics, which were about beans. I feel slightly embarrassed…

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Fine Ideals: Body Positivity vs. Body Neutrality

Words by Hollay Ghadery There’s this picture of me I posted on Instagram: I’m wearing high-waisted jeans and a blue and red houndstooth cardigan tied in a tight knot over my belly button. The bottom of the picture cuts off mid-thigh, the top, around my shoulders, so you can’t see my face. I took this…

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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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