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The Missing Link: You exercise regularly but are you really healthy? Establishing a reasonably healthy nutrition routine is an important part of obtaining your optimal health and wellness, and it doesn't need to be complicated!
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Open House: Join the fun this Saturday (Sept.18) at our fourth annual Open House event. A fun day of activities, prizes, tasty food and special pricing!
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Fitness Tip: Set SMART Fitness Goals
by Personal Trainer Marla Brillinger
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Nutrition Tip: The Power of Antioxidants
by Nutritionist Brittany Eidsness
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Club News: Anniversaries, New Team Members, New Grads, New Arrivals and More!
by Co-owner Marla Brillinger
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Trainer's Corner: Why does my trainer ask if I've eaten before my session?
by Co-owner and Personal Trainer Marla Brillinger
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The Missing Link

Sadly, in a few short weeks, we will see less and less of the fresh, local fruits and vegetables we enjoy over the summer months. And as the weather starts to change, we will spend less and less time outside. Getting enough exercise as well as the proper nutrients to fuel your body can become more of a challenge at this time of year. The two components - nutrition and exercise – are linked much more closely than most people are aware of.

For many people, exercise is only half the battle when it comes to weight management and maintaining and improving energy and health. Having a safe and effective exercise program, which should include cardiovascular activity, strength training and core and postural components, is vital. However, for many people the missing link is proper eating habits. Think small meals and snacks, spaced 2-3 hours apart, lots of greens and grains and a protein source. Avoid white, processed foods, eat local whenever possible, and drink lots of water.

This is a simplified version of a healthy diet, but the truth is it doesn't have to be complicated! Body & Soul is pleased to introduce Brittany Eidsness as our on-site nutritionist starting this fall (many of you will already know her as our General Manager). We have long believed in the value of exercise and nutrition and are excited to be able to provide this vital service to our clients. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep on eating those fresh fruits and vegetables while they last!


Fourth Annual Open House – Saturday, Sept. 18

Join the fun this Saturday (Sept.18) from 11 am to 2 pm at our fourth annual Open House event. Join us for personalized facility tours, equipment demos, health and fitness displays, door prizes, silent auction, and our always popular and always tasty charity BBQ. All proceeds from the BBQ will go directly to the BC Special Olympics Vancouver chapter. On that day only, we will also be offering 10 personal training sessions for just $595 + tax.


Fitness Tip: Set SMART Fitness Goals

Like the new year, fall is a time when people make new beginnings and try to change old habits. Goals are an important part of this process, as they give us a sense of direction and purpose and increase and help maintain motivation. However, not all goals are created equally. Make sure your goals are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Look for Body & Soul's fall fitness challenge to help you make and meet one of your SMART goals this fall.


Nutrition Tip: The Power of Antioxidants

As we enter the cold and flu season, it's a good idea to add some of these foods to your diet: avocados, cilantro, cranberries, cinnamon, nuts, plums, ginger, and beets. Why? All these wonderful foods have something in common: they all score high on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) list, meaning they contain a high amount of antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants combat oxidative damage and are especially important in helping fight colds and flues by supporting the immune system.


Club News

Happy Anniversary: To us! Body & Soul celebrated 15 years in business this spring. We look forward to many more years with our clients and our community.

Welcome New Team Members: Body & Soul is pleased to welcome new Personal Trainers Wyatt Seddon-Johnstone, a Human Kinetics and Exercise Science graduate from Seattle Pacific University, and Cat Young, a Human Kinetics graduate from Langara College.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane: Look to the skies Sept. 14th as Front Desk Supervisor Yinny Chen rappels down the AXA Place building downtown at the Easter Seals Drop-Zone. Thanks to the donations of family and friends, Yinny reached and exceeded her fundraising goal for this worthy cause.

New Arrival: Congratulations to Front Desk Supervisor / Assistant Manager, Natalia and her husband Desmond on the birth of her daughter Tianna Jade.

Graduation: Congratulations to General Manager Brittany Eidsness on the completion of her Diploma in Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Look for the debut of her nutrition services starting this fall at Body & Soul.

Half-Marathons, Marathons and Triathlons: After a disappointing technical problem during the bike portion of the Iron Mountain triathalon, Co-Owner Marla Brillinger redeemed herself at the Squamish Olympic distance triathalon with a 3rd place age group placing.

Go Team: The Body & Soul baseball team placed a very respectable 3rd place overall in the Urban Rec. summer baseball league.

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Profile: Randall Smith

Randall Smith
Operations Manager

After successfully managing the Westside Gym for two years, Randall has recently been promoted to Operations Manager at Body & Soul. As Operations Manager, Randall will be handling Body & Soul's IT needs, maintaining gym equipment, and continuing with his management duties.

Randall, who is originally from Australia, has degrees in Information Technology and Aviation Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a commercial pilot, an aircraft mechanic and a travel consultant. Despite many years working in the aviation industry, Randall's true passion lies in the pursuit of sports and fitness goals. He now enjoys working with clients and co-workers at Body & Soul who, like him, are dedicated to achieving a healthy lifestyle and pursuing personal development.

In his free time, Randall enjoys skiing, hiking, walking his dog, reading on the beach, weight-lifting, watching documentaries and gourmet cooking.


Trainer's Corner

Why does my trainer ask if I've eaten before my session?

Think of your body as a machine. In order to function, it needs fuel. This is especially important after a night of fasting or a long break since your last meal. Without this fuel, your body is unable to perform to its optimal level and you lose some of the training benefits you might otherwise gain, not to mention you might feel light-headed and nauseous. If you are in a hurry, taking in some easily digestible food or drink – like a banana, peanut butter bagel or smoothie – can make all the difference between a productive session and a fatigue-filled session.
- Marla Brillinger, Co-owner and Certified Personal Trainer

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3785 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver BC
604.224.2639 ext. 1