@ The BTG
This page is mostly about the awards our members have earned at The BTG, either through their effort in training, or through their character - just being themselves! Some of these awards are given on a regular basis (E.G. at our summer or winter social / games events), and some are special awards that are only given when someone has really stood out and exemplified what the award is about.
We also list here any awards that our team or facility have earned or been nominated for over the years. If you're interested in those, they'll be right at the bottom - our client awards are more important!
Client Awards at The BTG
This award was inspired by and created in honour of my good friend and former BTG member, Vicky Bach, who sadly passed away on New Year’s Eve 2014 after battling ALS for the better part of two years.
Vicky was one of the original five members of The BTG when we started out in January 2012, and was one of my regular clients as a trainer at another facility for at least a year before that (I think about a year and a half, if I recall correctly), so in all we worked together for a little over four years.
During my early days working with Vicky, she told me, “I HATE doing this, JP. I know that it’s good for me and all that, but I really don’t enjoy working out at all.” She would even sometimes attempt to flat-out refuse to do what I was asking of her, but with some convincing, I could usually get her going. We had a couple of discussions about how the benefits of training for her would be worth the “suffering”, and she finally agreed that, sure, ideally, you’d find physical activity you enjoy, but failing that, you don’t HAVE TO “like” training to appreciate the benefits of it after.
From that time forward, Vicky never said “I hate doing this” again, but when I gave her something particularly challenging to do, I would often receive one particular phrase in return:
“I have just four letters for you, JP – F. O. A. D.!”
While the meaning of that acronym can’t be repeated in polite company, I can tell you I was literally on the floor, laughing, with tears streaming down my face the first time that phrase came out of her mouth. This was not an admission of defeat, or a refusal to take on the task assigned to her – no, this was Vicky, rising to the challenge!
Over the next couple of years, some of my proudest moments as a trainer were seeing Vicky’s determination from then on to take on challenges, heavy barbell deadlifts in particular, and see the satisfaction and sense of genuine accomplishment she came to get from meeting them. Vicky’s determination was further demonstrated as the physical symptoms of her ALS began to progress, with her continued commitment to training to try and fight that progression and maintain physical function for as long as possible.
So, in honour of my friend Vicky, the F.O.A.D. award is given to a BTG Member who has demonstrated a transformation in attitude or mindset that has allowed them to rise to the challenge of training and show exceptional improvement in skill, strength or other physical capacity, or that has helped them meet the challenge of adversity outside of the gym and remain dedicated to their training despite great difficulty.
2016 Recipient - Brenda L
Julia and I both saw one person who really stood out and has clearly demonstrated such a transformation over the past year and more of training with us. From barely being able to lift a 16 kg kettlebell and complaining on just about every rep of every exercise in her early days with us, to her recent triumph of trap bar deadlifting 145 pounds (and asking to do more!), she really exemplifies what this award is about, so it is our pleasure to present this inaugural F.O.A.D. award to Brenda.
BTG Badass Award
This award recognizes those BTG Members who have demonstrated exceptional work ethic, dedication and/or positive attitude in their training over and above the usual level of excellence we’ve come to expect from our Members generally. These Members inspire all of us to be and do better every day in the gym!
Summer 2016 Recipients - Cole B and Kyle H
At our 2016 BTG Summer Games and BBQ, we awarded the title of “BTG Badass” to two people who really stood out to both Julia and I, and it is worth noting that many of our members also commented from time to time how inspiring and uplifting these two individuals were to them in their own training.
Our first recipient always comes in with a smile and a friendly greeting to everyone (often at the very last second possible or maybe even a few minutes late – he does his best, I know!), no matter how stressful his workday has been or how much he had to scramble to be there. He’s always pushing himself hard and testing his limits often, as well as offering encouragement and a subtle verbal push forward to his fellow Members every day, inspiring and leading not only by his words, but his actions. He’s someone I often look to as “the guy to beat” when I have two legs to stand on, which speaks to his work ethic and willingness to just grind it out and get it done as much as his physical capabilities. So, without further ado, I’d like to award the title of “BTG Badass” to Cole B.
Our second recipient is a bit quieter presence in the gym, but his astounding results over the past six months really speak for themselves. It’s not just the work he puts in here that has done it for him, though he is training with us four times per week right now. He also regularly gets out and puts in work on his own, either at home, at the local big-box gym, or out on the hiking trails on top of what he does with us. Just about any task I’ve set before him, he just gets to work and gets it done, and believe me, I’ve asked some pretty crazy stuff of him over the last few months! The fact that he has suffered with me through some of the most intense workouts I’ve been able to come up with, and never loses his sense of humour, and is almost always down for whatever challenge I throw out there, along with the fact that he’s managed to drop about 40 pounds of bodyweight over the last six months while maintaining or improving his strength and conditioning makes Kyle H an easy choice for the title of “BTG Badass”.
Awards for The BTG
2016 Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award
(Nominated in the category of Home-Based Business)
2014 Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award
(Nominated in the category of Home-Based Business)