Expanded Massage Therapy Hours

Hot Stone MassageGreat News!

Jenna has expanded her availability and is now also taking bookings on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Did you know Jenna is equipped for hot stone massage?

Call Jenna to book your appointment: 204-599-6720

Wellness Living

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We’ve upgraded our member management software!  We’re now using an online program called Wellness Living.  If you’re a member, you should have received an email from us with a username and password on August 2.  Sign in to the Wellness Living site to manage your membership at MORFIT.  You can schedule classes and appointments through the website, buy membership/class passes in the online store (we’ll have this set up by Winter), check your account status, write reviews, and more.

If you’re having trouble figuring it out, don’t worry – you can still take care of everything in person with us at MORFIT.

We’re also starting a rewards program.  You’ll earn points for things like writing reviews, participating in events with MORFIT, attending you training sessions, referring new members, going to classes, etc.  You’ll be able to redeem your points in the online store to buy memberships, class passes, etc.  Collecting points is eay: just scan your membership card when you come in and Wellness Living will take care of the rest.  If you don’t have a membership card, please inform the MORFIT staff when you arrive.

We’re still getting to know the program ourselves and anticipate ironing out some kinks over the next couple months.  Please be patient with us as we work on increasing our efficiency!

MORFIT Member Appreciation Potluck

Dear valued members,

We’re holding a Member Appreciation Potluck in the park on Sunday, August 28th, 2016. Come down and have some fun in the sun with us while enjoying good company, games, and food! This will be taking place at Coronation Park (corner of St. Mary’s Street & Tache Ave) at 11am-2pm. Please feel free to bring family, friends, and food to share. There will be various games/challenges along with prizes — stay tuned to our social media pages and the front desk whiteboard for more details.

Hope to see you there!

Sport Conditioning Camp for Young Athletes

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MORFIT is running a multi-sport conditioning camp for young athletes this summer and so far it’s been a blast!

Lisa and Tom put the athletes through drills and exercises to improve their overall athleticism and to reduce their injury risk.  Specific attention is paid to speed, agility, and quickness; strength; safe, effective exercise technique; conditioning; and developing athletic movement patterns.  The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am during July and August.

Participants can sign up to attend 16, 14, or 12 classes, so it’s not too late to register!

Contact the gym for more information.

Website Interruption

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Have you seen this recently?  We had a glitch in our website hosting and lost a few recent posts and updates on morfit.ca.  Not to worry: we’re working on getting things back to normal!

Let us know if you find a dead link or see something that looks off/old so that we can fix it and give you the information you’re looking for.

MORFIT at the Spruce Woods Ultra

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Time to spread a little love for the MORFIT members and staff who were a part of the Spruce Woods Ultra this weekend!

 

Congratulations Becky on completing the 50 mile distance. We’ve had some fun with Becky because she accidentally ran 7 extra miles, but she did great.  7 extra miles is a lot to add onto an already gruelling distance. Super good job sticking it out, Becky! Now we know you’re ready for a 100 km race!

 

Also congratulations to Laura who completed the 50 km distance and to Arielle who did the half marathon!

 

Finally, a big shout out to Terry, Myrna, and Megan who volunteered making sure the racers were safe, hydrated, and fed out there on the course.  Hopefully you had as much fun as I did!

 

Well done, everyone!

-Tom

Butterfly Run

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Our 4th annual Butterfly Family Fun Run is scheduled for June 12! (Click here for poster) We’re pretty excited that there might actually be butterflies on the course this year! Feel free to wear your wings as well.

 

The Butterfly Run is a family friendly 5km “race” that takes you out and back through Whittier Park. We add some obstacles/fitness challenges for the more adventurous runners, but the rest of the family should feel quite comfortable on the course, too.

 

Cost is $5 (under 13 years old run free) OR a donation to Winnipeg Harvest. Call MORFIT or come by the gym to get registered.

 

 

 

Come Run With Us!

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Looking for someone to run with?  We have you covered!  MORFIT Running Group is back for the season and there are some events coming up that we want to do with you!

 

April 24: MORFIT Running Group

Starts April 24 and runs every Sunday from 11-12.  Run with Becky to Lyndale Drive where you’ll do drills and exercises to improve your running technique and fitness, regardless of your current level.  This is a class so register the same as you do for any of our other classes.  Bonus: the 3rd Sunday of every month is free!

 

May 28: COLOR ME RAD 5k

Register and come run with us.  The more of us there are, the funner it gets!  Make sure you join team MORFIT when you register.

 

June 12: BUTTERFLY RUN!

Our annual 5km family fun run: We set up a course for you, you come out for some good, clean fun!  We will be collecting donations for Winnipeg Harvest, too.

 

July 23: MUD HERO!

Join the MORFITERATOPS team when you register.  The more of us there are, the better! We were 18 last time.  Just sayin’.

Happy Easter! Eating Candy? Enjoy it!

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You’ve gotta love when Easter falls in nutrition month! (yes, it’s still nutrition month)

It means I get to write a rant blog about videos that saturated fat-shame our favourite Easter candy!

Just when we thought the nutrition world was getting over  singling out and villainizing single nutritional properties of food, we get something like this to throw our collective arms up to.  “So saturated fat is bad again then? I thought it was good now, or at least not as bad as it used to be…  Does that mean eggs are bad again, too?”

In the spirit of nutrition month, let’s breakdown this video a bit.  It takes our favourite easter candies and compares their saturated fat content to that of other taboo foods.

 

Thinking about eating a Lindt milk chocolate bunny?  Why not eat 2 Big Macs instead?!

17 Mini Eggs? If it’s saturated fat you’re after, why not try 2.5 Tim Hortons chocolate dip doughnuts?

Cadbury Creme Egg? You could eat 72 Lays original chips!

10 foil wrapped chocolate eggs? Reach for a Venti Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino with whole milk and whip cream instead!

13 jelly beans? No saturated fat! Yes, we can eat those! But wait, they have 28g of sugar.  You could eat an entire pack of mini Oreos if sugar is what you’re after.

 

It’s wrong on so many levels.

1) I don’t think anyone is eating Easter candies and writing them off as health food.

2) We choose to eat these particular sources of saturated fat (and sugar, if jelly beans are your thing) because they are Eastery to us (Whether you’re celebrating the resurrection or squabbling about Easter vs Ishtar).  72 Lays Original Chips, satisfying as they might be, just don’t get us in the Easter mood.

3) There are fewer calories in every single example of Easter candy than in the food they are compared to.

100g Lindt bunny: 540 calories…2 Big Macs: 1126 calories

17 Mini Eggs: 200 calories…2.5 Tim Hortons chocolate dip donuts: 505 calories

Cadbury Creme Egg: 170 calories…40 Lays Original Chips: 423 calories.1

10 foil wrapped chocolate eggs: 285 calories…Venti Starbucks vanilla bean Frappuccino with whole milk and whip cream: 490 calories.

13 jelly beans: 140 calories…18 mini Oreos: 298 calories.

 

So how do we choose? Do we choose more saturated fat or more calories? Mini eggs or doughtnuts? It’s a false dichotomy; we don’t need to choose. Instead, we can recognize that eating any of the foods in the video may or may not support us in maintaining or improving our health.  You could even eat mini eggs and doughnuts and be healthy.

 

Will eating a 100g Lindt bunny give you a heart attack or make you fat or less fit or less healthy than if you ate 2 Big Macs? Or if you ate nothing at all? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s impossible to say. Individual food choices can’t be judged independently. It’s more important to look at them in the context of your nutritional day, or week.

 

Eating 17 mini eggs here and there is most likely not going to have adverse health effects if the majority of your diet is nutritious and balanced. Even if it wasn’t nutritious and balanced, you wouldn’t be able to say that it’s the mini eggs that caused an adverse health effect. If the big picture looks good, a few pixels of mini eggs won’t spoil it. If the big picture looks bad, a few pixels of mini eggs won’t be noticeable amongst the rest of the crappy picture. In that case, the whole picture would benefit from a change in eating habits, not just the few pixels of mini eggs.

 

The Bottom Line: if you like to eat Easter themed chocolate and jelly beans, enjoy some! If you’re also interested in improving or maintaining your health, make sure that you eat other things this weekend as well. If you’re not sure what else to eat, we’d be happy to help you learn to make health supporting choices.

 

Happy Easter!

 

-Tom

1-the video had 72 chips, but the Lays nutrition info I found claimed 4 g of saturated fat per 40 chips.

MORFIT Info Session: April 9

Mark your calendars: We’re holding an info session on April 9th at 1:00!  We’ll be talking about your core this time around: What it is, why it’s important to train it, and how to go about doing so.  We’ll cover the muscles that make up the core, disc herniation mechanics, neutral spine, exercise selection, and exercise programming.  It’ll be a mixture of theory and practical so that when we’re done, you’ll have the knowledge and tools to train your core for better results in the gym and for a more comfortable life outside it.

core musclesWe are going to start holding these info sessions regularly again.  They are free as part of your membership-you can even bring a friend.  We just ask that you register so we know how many people to expect.  Future sessions that are in the works include TRX/Ring/Suspension Training, Combatting the Sedentary Work Station, Progressing to Pullups, Squat Clinic, Planning Your Workout, Overhead Pressing, and Cardiovascular Training.

Let us know if there’s something else that you’d like to learn about, hear our opinion on, or share with the members.  We want to cover topics that you find useful and/or interesting.

We are coming up with a points rewards system that we will use to give you something back.  We are still figuring out the details, but when you attend our info sessions or meetup activities, we’ll give you points that you can use to get a discount on your membership, classes, swag, etc.

Any questions: just ask!

Peace!