An Event You Should be Attending: Thank TUCK It’s Spring Sale!

When I woke up Tuesday this week and it was cold and rainy and overcast… I wasn’t the least bit upset. I arrived home from work and I could *almost* see my driveway, end to end. (Huge victory, considering we didn’t shovel the last 1/4 of our driveway all winter).

This morning – birds were chirping, CBC warned me about it being BRIGHT and I have my Chuck Taylors laced up. Spring is HERE.

In the words of Judith – THANK… TUCK.

I guess in honour of the event , TUCK Studio is holding a Spring SALE – starting today.

I’ll see you at Noon, fighting for a parking spot!

An Event You Should be Attending: Exchange on Germain’s Second Runway

Exchange on Germain presents ‘Second Runway’ – A spring 2014 fashion show!

Join the staff of Exchange on Germain Friday at 5 for their first fashion show featuring music by La Reine ~ Queen of Dance . Greg Knudson will be snapping your photo – Paparazzi style – so make sure you’re wearing clothes worth being spotted in! .

Exchange will be serving wine and treats, so be sure to stop by. Make a purchase – enter to win a $200 shopping spree!

See you there!

Interview with: Alexis Brown from Fundy CrossFit

My first night of CrossFit was in January. I remember showing up and being greeted by Cory. Everyone was congratulating him and asking him a million questions. As it turns out – his wife Alexis had had the baby! Exciting! What that meant (and continues to mean) for me is that Alexis hasn’t really been around the gym a lot.

No problem though – I know how to track people down.

Enjoy the interview!

Hi Alexis! Tell me about yourself and what you do!

I’m 34 years old and am a Chartered Accountant. I work at Deloitte LLP and am a Senior Manager in our Assurance and Advisory practice. I am also a mother of two beautiful children, a three-year old and a 2 ½ month old baby. I am also an avid soccer player who has played at various levels of competition.

When did you join CrossFit?

I started CrossFit about 3 years ago to lose the “baby weight” after my three-year old was born and at the time needed to also get in shape for a big soccer tournament that was approaching. I started at another local affiliate with the intentions of just doing it for a couple of months to “get in shape”. After the first couple of workouts I was hooked and obviously I never looked back because now I’m part owner of Fundy CrossFit.

What were your goals when joining?

My goal, as stated above, was pretty simple and very broad – “to lose weight”. However, as I became more familiar with the objective of CrossFit and became more experienced with the movements my goals changed and became more specific to fitness and ultimately progression. About 6 months after I started my goal was to be able to do a strict unassisted pull-up. I attained this goal a little less than a year after I started.

What are your goals now?

My goal, prior to getting pregnant with my second child, was to attain a back squat that was 1 ½ times my body weight and that will still be my goal when I begin training again.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to new CrossFitters?

There are actually two pieces of advice that I would give to new CrossFitters.

  1. Don’t worry about finishing last. The last person to finish always gets the biggest and loudest cheering section! It’s actually pretty amazing, as each person finishes the workout they start cheering everyone else on supporting and motivating them to keep going, to work harder and ultimately finish. CrossFit gets results for a whole host of reasons: the competitive atmosphere, the supportive community of people, the variability in the workouts, the intensity, and the fact that it’s a lot like a sport instead of a boring gym routine. However, at the end of the day it really is about being better than you were yesterday with each workout, not necessarily better than others in the gym.
  2. Technique matters. Don’t sacrifice technique for intensity. If you focus on technique and consistency, intensity will follow.

What is the most underrated workout?

I like longer workouts so I’m not sure if it is underrated but I like “Kelly” which is 5 Rounds for time of 400M Run, 30 box jumps, and 30 wall balls. I also like “Cindy” which is a 20 min AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) of 5 pullups, 10 pushups and 15 air squats. I like these because they not only test you physically but also mentally.

The Fundy CrossFit Crew (Alexis is leaning in front in the black tank) at the Atlantic Hopper

What is your favourite lift?

I like the Olympic lifts. My favorite lift is the “Clean” because it’s technical and requires a lot of focus.

What are some misconceptions that people might have about CrossFit and why aren’t they true?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you do not need to be in shape to start CrossFit. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say well I need to get in shape before I join CrossFit. That is just not true. When I started CrossFit I was in the worst shape I had ever been in, I was very deconditioned and had gained a lot of extra weight from my first pregnancy. This meant that I was unable to do even the simplest body weight movements without modifying the movement to make it easier. When I started, the list of what I couldn’t do was staggering: I couldn’t squat (I would literally fall backwards on my rear end), I couldn’t do a pushup (even on my knees it was very difficult), I couldn’t do a sit-up without assistance, and the list went on. It takes a lot of courage to walk into a CrossFit gym the for the first time but our community is incredibly supportive because every member started out in the same position when they joined. Additionally, our On-Ramp program is designed to ensure that our highly experienced coaches have the opportunity to assess every new member on their abilities and fitness level and that every new member becomes familiar and comfortable with all the major movements we perform. This introduction is critical.

How can I get the most of out CrossFit?

Three things:

  1. Show up and do the work.
  2. Nutrition is makes a huge difference to progression and performance and is often overlooked.
  3. Get plenty of sleep it helps reduce stress and is paramount to recovery.

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Thanks, Alexis!

An Event You Should be Attending – 1 Day – 100 Portraits

Sean McGrath is looking for volunteers – 100 of them.

This is an amazing opportunity to have your portrait taken by one of the finest photographers in Saint John. Grab your mom, brother, boyfriend and bestfriend and sign up on Sean’s website.

Once he’s got enough names, I assume he’ll pick a date and ask you to show up.

If for some weird reason you’re not into getting your photograph taken, sign up to be a volunteer!

Be a part of this! You’ll never regret having a photo of yourself. You definitely won’t regret letting Sean take it.

-B

p.s. In 2012 Sean took a photo of me…. click.

30 BEFORE 30 – UPDATE 7

I just started my 3rd month of CrossFit.

So far – my favourite lift is the dead lift. My favourite activity is box jumping. My least favourite thing to do is anything involving medicine balls.

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When I spoke with Cory Brown over the Christmas holidays about joining CrossFit – I told him the goal that I had. He was like “OK, but let me warn you. You’re not going to lose weight going to CrossFit”.

Me: OK.

He assured me I’d be happier with how I looked – muscle weighs more than fat blah blah but takes up less space blah blah. He said I’d lose inches, but not pounds.

OK. (also, damn it)

I didn’t quite panic – I knew I’d feel better doing something active rather than earning frequent Netflix viewer points (NB, not actually a thing).

As you might know, I’ve been taking this whole “Weight Watchers” thing pretty seriously. This method was successful for me back in 2010.

Moderating and editing the foods you eat really does make a huge difference when it comes to how you feel, how your body reacts to things you ask it to do and your overall outlook on living your life.

I’m eating way less chips, muffins, bagels-as-lunch and egg&cheese breakfast sandwiches. I’m eating a lot more yogurt, fruits, vegetables and high fibre/high protein/filling foods.

I feel like $1,000,000.

PLUS – I can feel my BICEPS you guys. I didn’t even know I HAD THOSE.

 

And as it turns out, I’ve lost 18 pounds doing both of these things at the same time.

 

Party time.

xo,

B

Interview with: Cory Brown from Fundy CrossFit

Last night at CrossFit I started a new page in my notebook called “Week 7″. Holy! Time is flying and I am loving every second of it.

This past week has been quite exciting in the CrossFit Community, as the 2014 Reebox CrossFit Open has started. You can check out more about the games here.

There are some coaches I see more than others – I see Cory a lot – but not usually coaching. He’s usually right beside us lifting weights and doing the WOD.

Enjoy the interview!

Hi Cory! Tell me about yourself and what you do!

Cory Brown, aged 38 years. I am a manager at UNB. My hobbies are CrossFit and watching movies. I am also a proud father and husband. I have two awesome kids, a boy who is 3.5 years old and a new born baby girl!

When did you join CrossFit?

I started CrossFitting a little over 2 years ago.

What were your goals when joining?

I really didn’t have many goals when I joined. To be honest I joined because my wife asked me to. My only goal, if you could call it that, was to keep going back no matter how sore I was. After about 6 weeks I was in love, and I haven’t looked back.

Photo: Mark Hemmings

What are your goals now?

My goals now are more about lifestyle. I want to be a living example to my kids, and live a long life so I can enjoy them. I don’t just want to be healthy, I want to be fit.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to new CrossFitters?

I have three pieces of advice for new CrossFitters.

First, leave your ego at the door. CrossFit workouts will find and make obvious your weaknesses, this is supposed to happen so embrace it.

Second, give it at least three months to decide if it’s for you. CrossFit can be challenging, give your body and mind a chance to adjust to it.

Last, have fun. This should be the best hour of the day so throw some high fives!. It is the only place you can come where no one will judge you and where everyone is there looking for the same thing you are. No matter if you are an elite athlete or a beginner, we are all trying to get a little fitter today!

What is the most underrated workout?

I think the most underrated workout if a 500 meter row for time. It totally kicks my butt! It only takes me about 1:30.00 but leaves me without my wits for a little while.

What is your favourite lift?

I love the clean. There is nothing more satisfying then landing a good one. I was super proud of myself when I hit my first ever body weight clean.

What are some misconceptions that people might have about CrossFit and why aren’t they true?

I have heard so many misconceptions, I don’t even know where to begin. Let me just say that come to FCF, watch a class and decide for yourself. CrossFit prides itself on being open source – so come and really see what we are about.

How can I get the most of out CrossFit?

Getting the most out of CrossFit is easy. So up. Eat clean. Have fun.

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Thanks, Cory!

The Saltys – Best Facebook Page – Exchange on Germain

Hi! Tell me about yourself/your business and what you do!

Exchange on Germain is a designer consignment boutique located in the heart of uptown Saint John. We carry mid to high end designer fashion for both men and woman. From J.Crew and Banana Republic to Prada, Chanel and Armani. In addition, we offer a café like setting where you can grab a cup of locally roasted Beamers Creek coffee and a freshly baked pastry from East Coast Bistro on Saturdays.

What is your favourite thing to post about on FB?

Personally, I love to post head to toe outfits. Fashion has been a big part of my life and Exchange on Germain gives all of their employees and customers a place to get creative. New arrivals and unique pieces always catch my attention first especially if it’s a one of a kind or vintage piece.

Who does most of the posting for your account?

The Exchange on Germain team all have a hand in the creative process. Each one of us has a different style providing a variety and fresh ideas. Team member Ms. Laurenne Folley has brought her expertise of social media with her from past employment and has been helpful in taking our Face Book page to the next level.

What was your favourite Facebook moment of 2013?

We have had a few great Facebook moments in 2013 but my favorite would have to be our $5 charity bazaar. What a fun event! The event received a ton of hype on Facebook, we raised about $2000 for a great cause and our customers got some amazing treasures. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support.

What’s next?

More great posts to come. We are now accepting spring and summer merchandise so get ready for the sunshine and lots of colour. Keep your eyes open for more events, promos and extraordinary products at amazing prices.

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Thank you, Exchange on Germain!

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The Saltys – Best Facebook Page – Fog City Rollers

Hi! Tell me about yourself/your business and what you do!

We are Saint John’s one and only flat track roller derby league.

What is your favourite thing to post about on FB?

Our favorite posts were we get to share good news about our members, our community and our neighboring leagues. Who doesn’t love good news!

Who does most of the posting for your account?

It changes from time to time but over the past year it’s mostly been Jenn Blair, Alicia DeLong and Laura Heans just recently took over the job.

What was your favourite Facebook moment of 2013?

That’s a though one, but probably the play by play photos of Dan Chamberlain getting his bread shaved off to raise money for our A team, the shipyard Sirens, to go to Nationals in Alberta. That was a pretty epic moment that I think is etched in a lot of people’s minds!

What’s next?

We have a very exciting season coming up with a newly formed B team and both our A & B teams are going to have the opportunity to play a number of new teams this year, so that’s exciting! And we just want to continue to get the word out about roller derby and build our community.

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Thank you, Fog City Rollers!

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The Saltys – Best Facebook Page – Downey Ford

Hi! Tell me about yourself/your business and what you do!

My name is Alex Quinn and I am the Social Media Manager for Downey Ford. We are a new and used car Dealership in Saint John, NB and provide Sales and Service to the Maritime Provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

What is your favourite thing to post about on FB?

Our favorite content we like to post on Facebook is what we and other organizations are doing out in the community. We Sponsor many sporting events, Children’s Wish Foundation, Drive One 4 Ur School and many more. We want our Followers to know what is going on and like to encourage them to join in on the fun.

Who does most of the posting for your account?

I do 99% of the posting on our page. A small amount is done by a few other content creators on the page.

What was your favourite Facebook moment of 2013?

Our favorite Facebook Moment of 2013 was our 12 Days of Christmas Contest. Several employees took part and we sang the 12 days of Christmas with a different twist. Each day we posted a new video to promote the prize we were giving away that day. The grand prize was an iPad Mini. (Watch here)

We also loved our Tim Horton’s Cup video we did. We gave away some prizes for that as well.(Watch here)

What’s next?

We are currently working on keeping our strategy fresh and exciting. We want to engage our followers and promote feedback and open discussion. We will do this by staying ahead and being trend setters in our industry.

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Thank you, Downey Ford!

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The Saltys – Best Facebook Page – Humans of Saint John

Hi! Tell me about yourself/your business and what you do!

My name is Chris Donovan, and I am an 18 year old aspiring photojournalist, currently attending Mount Allison University where I am studying Fine Art Photography and working as the Photo Editor for the Student Newspaper. After I finish my degree, I plan on studying Photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Humans of Saint John is a photography project that I began in June of 2013 in an attempt to tell the stories of the unique people of this city. The project quickly gained popularity on Facebook, and now has over 8,000 followers. In August of 2013, I was able to team up with the SJ Human Development Council and Safe Harbour in order to help raise over $2,000 towards a youth shelter in the city by shooting a mini-series of homeless youth in Saint John and posting a link to an online fundraiser.

What is your favourite thing to post about on FB?

I love posting all kinds of stories. I guess I just love the diversity of the answers I get to my questions and the diversity of the people in Saint John in general.

Who does most of the posting for your account?

I take all of the photos, and make all of the posts on Humans of Saint John.

What was your favourite Facebook moment of 2013?

My favourite moments are when people walk up to me on the street and tell me how much a specific photo/story that I shared touched or affected them. I love being able to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it is simply a smile. Another great moment for me was being invited to be a guest speaker at a St. Thomas University event in order to share my experience and encourage others to try making a difference by using their passion, whatever it may be.

What’s next?

I plan on continuing to tell the stories of the people in Saint John so long as I continue to reside in the area. I also plan on doing some lengthier photo essays and documentary photography of certain individuals around the city. I would love to hook up with another charity in the city and continue to make a difference through artistic practice in my community.

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Thank you, Chris!

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