10 things that make me really happy

1. The beginning of spring.

2. Animals, big and small.

3. Spending time with the people I love. 

4. Tulips or any type of flower.

5. Sparkling water

6. Receiving clothes from my sponsor Ekkip

7. Being invited to media events.

8. Watching The Voice, and getting inspired by people who believe in their dreams.

9. People being nice, and taking care of each other.

10. Making a career out of my passion.

Nouvel album pour Dan Bigras

J'ai eu la chance d'assister au lancement du nouvel album de Dan Bigras, un artiste que j'admire pour son talent et sa capacité incroyable à sensibiliser les gens à des causes importantes. Merci Dan Bigras d'aider à rendre le monde meilleur.

 

Spectacle et lancement de l’album Le sans visage

C’est au Métropolis que s’est déroulé le lancement du nouvel album de Dan Bigras et de son spectacle dans le cadre de Montréal en lumière. Fidèle à lui-même, il est apparu très simplement, en jeans et en t-shirt, content d’être sur scène et surtout heureux de nous faire découvrir son nouvel album. Ce spectacle  donnait d’ailleurs officiellement le coup d’envoi à sa tournée québécoise qui l’amènera un peu partout à travers le Québec. Lisez la suite de mon billet sur MatTv.ca.

10 exercices pour avoir un ventre de Dieu d’ici l’été

Êtes-vous tannés d’avoir un ventre mou? Voici un programme d’entraînement qui vous aidera à avoir un ventre de dieu d’ici l’été. Mais méfiez-vous! La perte de poids par région n’est possible que si les exercices de musculation effectués sont accompagnés d’un entraînement cardiovasculaire et d’une alimentation saine.

My 10 favorite quotes

1. No is just a yes waiting to happen. Carol Scott

2. Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stick out. Author Unknown

3. Be yourself, everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde

4.  The Best of times is now. Oprah Winfrey

5. Humility doesn't mean you think less of yourself… it means you think of yourself less. Chris Melony

6. Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. Bill Cosby

7. Life is too short. Don't walk, run! IDK

8. Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience. Victoria Holt

9. To get what only 1% get, be willing to do what only 1% do. Robin Sharma

10. It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson 

10 exercices pour avoir un ventre de Dieu d’ici l’été

Êtes-vous tannés d’avoir un ventre mou? Voici un programme d’entraînement qui vous aidera à avoir un ventre de dieu d’ici l’été. Mais méfiez-vous! La perte de poids par région n’est possible que si les exercices de musculation effectués sont accompagnés d’un entraînement cardiovasculaire et d’une alimentation saine.

10 trucs pour rester motivé pendant l’entraînement

Pas toujours facile de se remettre en forme ! Voici 10 trucs pour vous aider à rester motivé à l’entraînement.

Des exercices à faire à deux

À deux, c'est mieux! Voici 8 exercices à faire avec le partenaire de votre choix pour rendre votre séance d’entraînement des plus agréables. 

10 things you didn’t know about me

1. I am the new ambassador of ECA.

2. I have a new found love for trapeze.

3. I don't enjoy talking on the phone.

4. I sometimes wish I was a singer. I love to sing, and admire artists that make a career out of it.

5. Talented people really inspire me.

6. In another life, I would have loved to be on the series Friends.

7. I've been to Club Med twice in the last 6 months, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Paradise on earth: fitness, dance, sun, and the beach!

8. Animals are as important to me as humans

9. I love Law and Order, SVU, and have a deep admiration for Mariska Hargitay

10. Dancing is still a huge part of my life.

Top 10 reasons to go to ECA/NYC

ECA/NYC is the first fitness conference I ever attended in the US, and it's the one I look forward to most every year. That being said, whether it's in New York, Florida or California, ECA is synonymous with talent, integrity and inspiration. Here are 10 great reasons you should attend the next ECA event.

1. The talent.

ECA presenters are incredibly inspiring. They help refuel and motivate, allowing us as instructors and personal trainers to continue doing what we do best, share our passion of/for exercise and wellbeing.  These talented human beings allow us to dream, and believe that we too may one day be leaders and trendsetters in the fitness industry.

 

2. The sessions.

Having to choose between so many great sessions is a blessing. And spending the day learning and sweating is a pure delight! ECA is like a day camp for grown ups or even a Club Med, with hours of moving, learning and laughing. No such thing as too much fun!

 

3. The city.

Being in New York City is a reason in itself to attend the ECA/NYC fitness conference. How exciting is to be in New York, on Broadway, at the Marriott Marquis? Whether you're from New York, or from out of town, being in The City, on Broadway and 45thStreet makes the experience that much more exciting. Not to mention the energy of colleagues that are driven by the same passion, and the inspiration left, right and center. You must attend to see for yourself.

 

4. The bonding.

Whether it be in a workshop where you connect with someone or at the closest Starbucks while standing in line amongst fitness peeps dressed in Lululemon apparel, anywhere you go you are surrounded with the amazing energy of people that love what they do and believe in the art of exercise.

 

5. The inspiration.

During the conference, or on the return home, part of the pleasure is reminiscing about past sessions and remembering all the great moments of bonding with people met in workshops, lectures and social events. Chatting with presenters, bonding over dinner after a full day of fun, shopping at the Trade Show, etc. are just a few of the memories you will treasure for a very long time.

 

6. The mindset, the values.

ECA is known for fostering ideas of imagination and cooperation, and its audience represents the influencers in fitness that we all want to be a part of.  In 2014, ECA will be the most talked about fitness convention in the world for many reasons. ECA and its' staff are passionate about fitness, the industry, and the planet.

7. The leadership

ECA is the undisputed leader for innovative and quality programming since 1991. If you want to be the best, ECA is the place to be.

 

8. The trends.

ECA is a great place to learn about the upcoming trends in fitness. Plus, it allows you to discover trends that are not mainstream, introduced by inspiring instructors that have not yet been discovered. Beto, creator of ZUMBA for example, came to ECA years ago to present his program, and now, we all know how successful it has become worldwide!

 

9. The time.

The time spent in this type of setting is very special. Over the course of the weekend, time flies, and at the same time, is at a stand still because you appreciate and live every moment. Getting up early, attending classes, mingling, having a quick bite, taking more workshops, grabbing coffee, going out for Happy Hour, getting all dolled up for supper, dining out, and then enjoying the nightlife of New York, it's pretty amazing what you can do in a New York minute!

 

10. Carol Scott.

Last, but not least, attend Carol Scott's management session. Carol's lecture, You Had Me At Hello, covers such topics as, management, recruitment, branding, and building a great business. Here is her lecture description: If it were only that easy! Great management, recruitment, branding, and building your business takes hard work and expertise! Learn how to assess the marketplace, find openings for creating new business, and how to develop a plan for your next career move. If you're looking to take the next step in your career, this lecture will give you the tools you need to make that step a successful one. Learn how to identify possible opportunities, how to develop your vision into a profitable entity and find that next thing to make you more money. Whether you're a group ex teacher or personal trainer looking to move up the ladder, or a manager looking for greater success or you're looking to open up your own studio or make your studio more successful, or you simply want to improve your world view of the fitness industry – this lecture will go over the necessary skills and a plan of action for achievement.

 

The countdown is on! Will you be attending an ECA event this year?

 

An interview with Lashaun Dale

I spoke with Lashaun about her passion for the fitness industry, her upcoming book, and her joy de vivre.

1. How did fitness become a part of your life?

My parents always said I was born for this work as I couldn't stop moving or dancing or obsessively trying and practicing new acrobatic tricks – from the moment I was out of the womb! BUT that I also required an audience.  Ha!  I taught my first class as a teenager at 14 because the local gym teacher didn't show up.  It ended up being more like a cheerleading gymnastics warm up…but I was hooked from that moment on?

2. How do you stay  happy?

I am very happy, which doesn't mean that I am happy every minute of every day, but I take responsibility for my mood, just like I do my immune system. It is not dependent upon outside circumstances to dictate how I feel about myself or my life.  I am very good about making sure that I feed my soul, and my brain every day and by surrounding myself with amazing people like my children and husband, and I have the very best work family in the world.?

3. Who are your sources of inspiration?

I love to read and study and am continuously feeding my mind with interesting things and remaining a student.  This keeps me inspired.  And people. I am so moved by the incredible depth, resiliency and vastness of the human spirit and can be inspired by my parents, my students, even people I meet at the coffee shop, movies, books, commercials—you name it.  I think if you are looking for what is working and what is good about life and people, then you find exactly that.?

4. What keeps you going? How do you stay so positive, in fitness, and in life? 

I have a deep spiritual life—I have been a student of metaphysics, philosophy and personal development since a very young age and have developed I think a unique set of daily practices that are now simply ingrained in my personality and way of approaching my day.   It is a practice however and my life is not always rosy…and I experience major upsets, but I don't dwell there for long and when you turn towards a creative solution and get busy doing something that feels good, one emerges—especially if your intention is clear.?

5. What are your favorite quotes?

I could give you hundreds!  Words are spiritual nutrition to me. 

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ?Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.

Virgil: ?Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

Og Mandino : You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis: ?Never complain and never explain.

Walt Disney: ?The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain: Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

Aristotle: Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

6. What are your upcoming projects?

I am writing a book and creating a series of online courses and events that help people find their daily inspiration (and move with it of course!) ?

7. What dreams do you have for yourself?

Aside from my book, I would like to mentor 100 new instructors and trainers to create their own amazing brands, signature classes, products and programs that combine and reach 1,000,000 people over the next 10 years.   That would be an amazing legacy to leave this world by serving an industry that feeds me so deeply everyday.

You are such an incredible human being, Lashaun, Thank you for being a part of the fitness industry, and more importantly, for being the inspiring and generous person that you are. 

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