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18 years and counting

Did you know Body & Soul has been around since 1995? We were one of the first personal training studios on Vancouver’s Westside and many of our first clients are still training with us today!

Over the years we have worked with some pretty amazing people and we honestly believe that we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for several key individuals; particularly Body & Soul’s founders, Nicola Mann and Sharon Essex. Childhood friends who, with a strong passion for the health and fitness industry, decided to share their passion with the community. They believed in helping people achieve positive change and, for the last 18 years, we believe Body & Soul has upheld their vision. Despite growing competition and a rocky economy, Body & Soul continues to hold strong and remain an industry leader.

Did you know many staff that leave Body & Soul to pursue other opportunities find their way back to familiar or new positions? Additionally, several clients who decide to try something new return weeks, months, even years later. To hear people say that Body & Soul is a safe place, one they have always felt welcome, is truly gratifying.

To all who have had an impact on Body & Soul, its staff and clients, we thank you. We have been on the northeast corner of Highbury and 10th Avenue for 18 years and we are confident we will remain here for years to come.

Nutrition Tip: start your own nutrition challenge

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Nutrition challenges are all the rage! Many people give up some of their favourite foods for a month because of a  trendy challenge, but few people seem to initiate such events on their own. Why not start your own? Your challenge, your rules!

Are you gleefully gluten, a chocolate craver, a sugar advocate, or a ‘carb’nivour? Do you detest veggies, fruits and whole grains? Are you able to give up or reduce your favourite unhealthy choices for one month? Can you commit to eating healthy for 30 days? Nutrition challenges can be a great source of motivation, a valuable eye-opener and may even help you develop healthier habits post-challenge.

Team Building at Body & Soul

On August 29th, 2013, the Body & Soul staff participated in a day of team building exercises. One such exercise asked the staff to categorize themselves into 1 of 4 categories–atomic, buddy, detailed and control.  Continue reading to learn more about who fell under what category, and what that means about their personality!







-likes to be in charge
-usually very goal oriented
-practical and no-nonsense (bottom-line)
*we predict Personal Trainer Marcia would fit here too!







-outgoing and energetic
-likes to be around people
-good relationship builders
-most people like them right away
*Avery and Armin would definitely be ‘buddy’ too!







-very happy with repetitive tasks
-don’t like change
-supportive, caring and thoughtful
-compassionate, patient and good listeners







-very detail oriented
-controlling of themselves and others (so true!)
-sticklers for procedure and protocol
-like jobs clearly defined




Team building was definitely a great way for staff to get to know one another in an interactive, fun and casual setting.

Fit Tip: warm up before your workout

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Warm up to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. Warming up will increase muscle and core temperature as well as blood flow which leads to faster muscle contraction and relaxation, increased muscle strength and power and increased rate of metabolic reactions.

A good warm up should include 5-10 minutes of a low intensity activity that raises your heart rate, ventilation, blood flow, deep muscle temperature and reduces viscosity. Enhance your warm up by including dynamic stretching and progressively increasing the intensity.

What is Overtraining?

Overtraining is caused by excessively challenging our mind and body with physical activity beyond its normal capabilities, without providing it with adequate rest to recover. These excessive stressors on the body can lead to both chronic and acute injuries.

Some signs that you may be overtraining are disturbed mood states (fatigue, depression, irritability and loss of competitive drive), elevated resting pulse and painful muscles, insomnia, loss of appetite and altered immune function. Symptoms vary between individuals. If you think you might be struggling with overtraining, speak with a health professional.

If left untreated, you risk seriously hurting your body.