RESOLUTIONS ARE B.S.

ASHLEY DIER FINDS OUT WHY RESOLUTIONS FAIL, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

As Tim Pychyl, a Carleton University professor of psychology put its "New Year's resolutions are rooted in culturally prescribed procrastination," and I couldn't agree more. What he means is, "we are culturally primed to procrastinate by making a resolution for a future date, instead of committing now"...
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NEW METCON CLASSES ADDED

MORNINGS, EVENINGS & WEEKENDS!!!


Our MetCon classes are becoming quite popular. It's a fast way for people to join our community and get really good, "mindful" programming that has the intensity you need and the coaching to help you stay on track.

We're adding new class times and options for NEW & EXISTING members. 
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DESCENDED FROM KINGS: NIKI V

HIS FATHER IS A LEGEND. WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE 16 YEAR OLD PHENOM? 

On this episode of the Academy Podcast, Dhani talks to Niki Varbanov, son to Olympic Weightlifting greats Alex and Irena Varbanov. Niki holds records in the Ontario Senior, Junior, Juvenile, and Youth categories. His completion records are 107kg (236 lbs) snatch and 135kg (298 lbs).

On this episode Niki and Dhani discuss:

 

  • Niki's training history.
  • The tradition of Bulgarian weightlifting.
  • Staying focused.
  • And Niki shares some advice for everyone.
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LIONS: IN BULGARIA

CROSSFIT BEFORE CROSSFIT: GOING BACK TO BULGARIA & BACK IN TIME. 

In the Summer of 2014, Dhani Oks, took a trip to Bulgaria with the Varbanov Family to learn about the history, people, places and dance moves of the mythical & mysterious Bulgarian Olympic Weightlifting Champions.  

You'll see the dingy, tiny Training Hall where Alex and many other Legends grew up. The sessions of 12 other Lifters who made the
trip, included many from Academy.

And the best part, an incredible personal tour of the gym Alex built in his home, which is like a CrossFit gym before there were any CrossFit gyms. 

Make sure you watch past the credits,
hint hint

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SQUAD GOALS: GET A MEDAL

CROSS IT OFF YOUR LIST. DO A 5k, 10k, HALF or FULL MARATHON WITH US.

RunLAB launches next Thursday, January 14th at 7pm. 

Our common goal is to run The Goodlife Toronto Races on May 1st as a TEAM.  We want lots of runners out there, taking the streets of Torontotogether, running their OWN races for their OWN reasons, with the help of our Crew, other Crews and Cheer Squads.

You may be ready of a 5k, 10k, half or even FULL Marathon.  

Even if you're not ready today, we'll help you get there during our
16 weeks of programming leading up to race day May 1st...

Come out to the Launch Event next Thursday. And it's all FREE! 
 
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COFFEE WITH COACHES (ON US)


JOIN COACHES RICHMOND  & JUSTIN FOR COFFEE, PROGRAMMING QUESTIONS & CONVERSATION.

Have a question but haven't been able to ask in class? Want to learn how to tape your hands? Want to learn about the Open? Have a specific training question? Now is your chance...
 
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CF OPEN PREP: RECOVERY SERIES #1

BY NATHALIE NIDDAM | ACADEMY OF LIONS NUTRITIONIST 

As the Academy Community ramps up for the Cross Fit Open this Spring, the next few posts will address issues that may help you manage your training and your body as the intensity and demands increase. Athletes spend a fair amount of time focused on muscle and strength building, workouts, etc. But very often we forget about something that is every bit as important if not more so - RECOVERY...

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LIONSHARE - BUILD THE PRIDE

WHEN WE GROW, WE ALL WIN!!! 

When someone you invite to the Academy becomes an active member, we'll credit you with a personal technique session as a thank you.

You can use this 1 hour private session with a coach of your choice to work on any skills, techniques or problem areas like pull-ups, muscle-ups, olympic lifting, mobility etc.

Fill out the form and refer some friends!
APPLY FOR LIONSHARE AND REFER SOME FRIENDS

BELIEBERS

Community is everything at the #academyoflions.
Here we give a shout out to some great posts.
russouw_round_the_way: She said jump.... I said how high? #30inchboxjumps #academyoflions
postpat: Learned the choreo to @justinbieber 'Sorry' this weekend. 
simoneolivero: yesterday's kettle bell swings followed by today's #NTC workout (and tonight's run). Join me on @nike's 21 day kick off to 2016.
carissa0401 Is it too late to say I'm sorry? #tightmoves @academyoflions Thanks @instapatzi caitlindavey @natalielodge @palunamoves @ohjeanphilippe

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

THIS SATURDAY: GET READY FOR THE CROSSFIT OPEN - SNATCH WORKSHOP

The Snatch is one of the most technical and challenging of all the Barbell Lifts. If you are looking to improve your form and performance, this 2-hour workshop is for you. With the CrossFit Open just around the corner, learn how to LIFT WITH CONFIDENCE with Coach Alex Varbanov and the Family.  

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THIS SUNDAY: RUN STRONG - FASTER, LONGER & INJURY FREE

Get Faster, Stronger, Longer & Stay Injury Free.  This 3 hour Workshop will give you everything you need to take your Running to the next level, no matter what your skill level, beginner or experienced. We will cover the concepts, skills and simple drills that can be incorporated for only a few minutes before every run, to help you find your TRUE STRIDE. Now includes T-Shirt and 5 MetCon Classes for follow-up conditioning.  

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THIS SUNDAY: TIGHT MOVES

Back by popular demand! The dance class of your dreams will return better than ever. Keep your eye on the schedule, because we’re here for a good time not a long time. You’re going to have to jump on it while you can! The upcoming dates are January 17,24 and 31 at 1:30pm.

Tight Moves is a drop in style dance class for non-dancers. All levels not only welcomed but ENCOURAGED.

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