EDITORIAL NOTE

YOU'LL NOTICE A THEME...

The LionHead is something we're proud of, here. It's a way to give our community locally, and those who follow-us on the interwebs, insights, information, inspiration & opportunties to become better athletes, people & community leaders. 

Lately, we've been focusing a lot on mental health, mindfulness, nutrition, community & play. This is not by accident. Our lives are rapidly evolving and so are the demands on our bodies & minds. 

Athletics and fitness training has always been a great catalyst for change. There's nothing like a race, a barbell or a hard workout to help us quickly take stock of where we are at and where you can go. It causes one to confront realities quickly and take meaningful action.

Of course, there are many factors that contribute to one's athletic performance. Let's face it, we are more motivated to eat better if we know it will result in a heavier deadlift or faster marathon time. And we'll probably be more motivated to adopt a mindfulness practice if we see the results on the bar or on the road. 

Let's use that to our advantage and talk about some of the deeper issues that affect us all, inside and outside the gym. 

- LionHead Staff

HEAVY MENTAL

ASHLEY DIER GETS DEEP INTO THE DARKNESS, WHERE THERE IS PAIN BUT ALSO LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY

Morgan has not always been comfortable sharing her story, but has realized that opening up about her experiences can help others. "I'm not ashamed of what I went through and what I deal with. I'm open to talking about it, especially if it helps someone else with what they are going through...
 
HEAVY LIFTING FOR THE MIND >

JAY Z & MADONNA & MINDFULNESS

THIS ACADEMY MEMBER HAS WORKED WITH ALL THE GREATS. HEAR HIM TALK ABOUT HIS RISE & FALL & RISE AGAIN

As a kid in Florida, he made a list of every famous musician he wanted to someday work with. Years later, he crossed every single one of those names off that list. How did he do it? Why did later plunge into darkness? How did he get back to the surface? 

Dhani Oks talks to the Hit Factory Engineer & Producer on the Ten Thousand Cuts Podcast.

 
LISTEN TO or SUBSCRIBE >

ALL-STAR ACADEMY

1 MORE DAY TO RESERVE YOUR GOLDEN TICKET FOR ATHLETE'S HOUSE

Lululemon is bringing some fun, games & food to Academy for a once in 20-year experience. Don't miss your chance to get into Athlete's House a Celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend and Homegrown physical culture. 

Special Front Of The Line Academy Member & Community Registration ENDS TOMORROW at 12PM.
  

Click the button below to get your Golden Ticket. 
 
GET THE DEETS ON ATHLETES HOUSE >

VISION / LEADERSHIP / PRIDE

JOIN OUR STAFF


Our Mission is to grow community - that includes our own team. Academy is looking for a Retail Manager, Coaches, Apprentices & Interns for various opportunities. 

If you can see & act in 3 dimensions, click the button below. 

SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES >

CHOCOLATE VALENTINE

NATHALIE NIDDAM TALKS CACAO


Valentine’s Day is Coming Up! Just in case you needed reasons why chocolate is good for you here’s the low down and a link to one of the BEST chocolate desserts EVER.

To have this discussion we must begin with a qualifier - none of this information applies to candy bars (aka Oh Henry, Aero, Crispy Crunch etc.), to milk chocolate or to white chocolate.

SEE WHY ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND CHOCOLATE >

YOUR CREW RUN RUN RUN

WE GOT A LOTTTTTTTA THINGS GOIN ON

Our RunCrew has been slashing through the streets in large numbers since the launch of RunLab last month.  We're happy to say that everyone is still on track and taking more steps & strides towards their 5k,10k,Half & Marathon goals in May. #roadtothegoodlife

Here are a few reminders about what we have going on:

1. Track & Speed work every Wednesday at 6:30pm. 
2. Run a 5k or 8k route every Thursday at 7:30pm during out weekly Crew HOMERUN
3. Get-up for Sundays at 10:00am for a 5k, 10-13k, or Long Run option.

We have fast & slower pace levels and no one gets left behind (#PDRR)

We also have a Running Technique Workshop coming-up this month. So if you want to improve your speed, stride, enjoyment or success please click the button below to Register. 
RunSTRONG >

OWN GOAL

1. TAKE A PICTURE  2. PUT IT UP ON OUR WALL  3. MAGIC ENSUES

Okay, so everyone knows about that corny movie & book called the Secret. Well, the Law of Attraction is not necessarily BS.

If you have a goal, make it known and get the right people around you, it definitely helps you to stay focused and accountable. 

The #inthis2gether PROJECT is all about this, and it's really NO SECRET. 
BE PART OF THE PROJECT >

HANG CLEAN GOOD FUN

Community is everything at the #academyoflions.
Here we give a shout out to some great posts.
johnshoust #crossfit #fu40 #killinit low hang clean fun.
caker_baker Rock star @power_jen this afternoon at @academyoflions crossfit gym! Thanks so much for setting up that class for us today Jen- I had a blast! 
melaniehewitt Nice little dumbbell snatch. #100lb
savedbythekettlebell_ Hit 70kg (154lbs) for 1 rep FS with 5sec pause!!! This is after 2 weeks off of Oly lifting as I was allowing my avulsion fracture to heal.

STRONG FOUNDATIONS

KICKS HABIT


Good technique and hard work are 90% of the solution, but there's definitely something to be said for having the right equipment.

We're currently running a HUGE IN-STORE Sale on our remaining INOV8 Shoes. We're blowing out styles and sizes for 20-70% OFF. Check out our selection with the link below. Discounts will be applied in-store. 
SEE REMAINING INOV8 INVENTORY >

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

FAMILY DAY SCHEDULE MON, FEB 15TH

Spend Family Day with your other Family at the Academy.
We're Open 9am - 4pm. 

CrossFit Classes, 9am, 10am & 11am (1st Floor)
MetCon Class, 10am (2nd Floor)
Open Time 12-4pm (2nd Floor & Oly Room)
Oly Team Practice 1pm-3pm (1st Floor)



SCHEDULE CHANGES THIS WEEKEND DURING LULULEMON ATHLETE'S HOUSE

For the Saturday & Sunday, 95% of the class schedule remains intact. There will be some set-up during the daytime, but that is not intended to affect the workouts. We'll all do the best we can to make things smooth for everyone.  Open Time will not be in effect during these 2 days, so please sign-up for a class if you wish to workout.  Please consult the WODIFY Schedule to see the class availability. 


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ATHLETE'S HOUSE INFO PAGE



MINDFULNESS MARCH

We're going to be doing some really exciting and inspiring Mindfulness programming in March. Click the link below to get on the mailing list. 


CLICK HERE TO GET ON THE INVITE LIST


 

METCON - HOMEGROWN EDITION

The North is a cold place in the winter, but that doesn't stop us from doing what we have to do. Join us for a special METCON - HOMEGROWN EDITION. We'll be celebrating our Canadian toughness & resilience by workout out together outdoors.

Meet at Academy on Saturday Feb 13th for a 3:00pm departure to Trinity Bellwoods Park.  

FREE OF CHARGE. No advanced registration necessary. Bring friends and maybe some hot chocolate! 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ATHLETE'S HOUSE INFO PAGE

 

RUNCREW - HOMEGROWN EDITION

Join the Academy RunCrew on Sunday Feb 14th for a Run through the Streets of our ALL-STAR CITY. 

Meet at Academy Of Lions for departure at 10am

5k, 13k & 22k options for any level of runner. We'll have Crew runners supporting everyone from the front & back of each pack.  

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ATHLETE'S HOUSE INFO PAGE

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