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BTG Fitness is Proud to Be a 3-Time Nominee for a Business Excellence Award!

BTG Fitness is Proud to Be a 3-Time Nominee for a Business Excellence Award!

The team at BTG Fitness is honoured to announce that we were nominated again for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, in the category of Home Based Business Excellence.

This is our third time being nominated, and as before, we are very humbled and appreciative that someone thinks highly enough of what we do and the great community of people we have built at The BTG to put our name forward.

BTG owners, JP & Raina Siou, will be attending the annual Business Excellence Awards dinner this coming Thursday, November 23rd, and look forward to an entertaining event.  Maybe third time's the charm, and we'll bring home some hardware this year...LOL!

Coach JP - now Spartan SGX certified!

Coach JP - now Spartan SGX certified!

Just a quick post to share the news that I've (finally) completed all the requirements to become a Spartan SGX Coach, making me one of only three in BC, I think.

So now I'm "officially" certified to make you do tons of burpees, hang from things, climb over walls and carry weird stuff over crappy terrain, where before I was just really mean...LOL.

-Coach JP

Why We Do What We Do :)

Why We Do What We Do :)

I just wanted to share a great message we received from one of our members yesterday.  This great lady is part of the great crew we have at The BTG that make it such an awesome community to be a part of, and why Coach Julia and I love what we do here.

Thank YOU, "Mabel" for putting in the hard work to get such great results!

JP. Thanks. I do not let you and Julia know enough how much I appreciate you both. I can now walk UP the hill on Old Yale and the hill on George Ferguson Way without dying a slow death. I have had back pain for 30 years, and every test shows nothing wrong. It was this morning that I realized I do not have any. Just a few twinges, that is it. I thank you both so much. I feel like a new person. I doubt if I will ever do a Spartan, but my Spartan is Old Yale hill.
"Mabel"

Auguston Stairs - 2016.05.07

Auguston Stairs  - 2016.05.07

So, week 7 of stair training at the Auguston Stairs, and I've achieved 10 trips in under 1 hour.  Today's planned work took just over 56 minutes to complete 10.

A big thank you to some of our rock star women at The BTG for joining me today, since the boys bailed out!  Christine, Megan and Tanya all worked hard on their first time at the stairs, with Christine and Megan completing 6 trips, and Tanya completing 4.  Beware, ladies - your legs are going to be SORE for a couple of days!  My wife, Raina, meanwhile, herded all the kids (5 girls!) around the trail and back through Auguston to meet us at the end of our work.  A real team effort for an early Saturday morning!

Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and...Sourdough Baker?

Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and...Sourdough Baker?

I have to admit, I have become a LITTLE bit obsessed with making sourdough bread.  In today's "wheat is the root of all evil" culture, particularly in the fitness and fat loss industry, that seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, maybe even a bit crazy, but bear with me...

See, I've never been a "X is always bad" kind of guy when it comes to food.  We've gone through a number of nutrition/diet fads and trends during my lifetime so far (low-fat/high-fibre, sugar-free, fat-free, low-carb, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan among others), and the takeaway once the hype behind each of those blows over is that eating healthy really comes down to eating a wide variety of real foods in moderation.  Anything can be bad for you in too big a quantity, or when it is consumed too frequently / to the exclusion of other things.

Read the full article to journey a little way down the sourdough rabbit-hole with me!  :)

Equipment DIY - Build Your Own Sandbag

Equipment DIY - Build Your Own Sandbag

We've played around with a few different methods for building your own sandbags at The BTG, and finally settled on this method as our most reliable and durable setup that doesn't leak dust or sand.  If you use a duffel bag, you can build this for about $40 or so.  If you want a slightly more versatile bag with handles along either side (for cleans and other movements), you can order a  sandbag shell from Mountain Tactical Institute, but it will more than double the cost.

BTG Performance Testing 2015.09

BTG Performance Testing 2015.09

Over the last couple of weeks, we've put most of our members through a few performance tests to get a baseline of where everyone's at, see how far (if at all) they need to go to meet the standards we've set, and help us evaluate whether our standards are reasonable for the typical general fitness type of person (as opposed to professional or high-level recreational athletes).

The tests we looked at this time around were our push-up and deadlift strength endurance tests, and our 10-minute dumbbell snatch power endurance test.