Some Serious Strength Skills

I struggle to do a home strength exercise routine at the best of times, even more so since I quit going to the gym. But the need to make sure I am doing it right and to learn modifications with the resources I have around the house is also important. So I decided to check-in with the new local physiotherapy and exercise business in the Allendale community: Connect Physiotherapy and Exercise

I usually use circuit training in gyms and seldom use free-weights or kettle balls and certainly don’t have much in terms of gym equipment at home. But what I needed was a refresher for many of the basic strength exercises. It turns out Connect offers a four week group strength training class.

Jonathan Chui was our instructor. His personal knowledge and ability to explain and show us examples of the training was extensive. When it comes to people who need to counteract declines in muscle mass (i.e. getting old like me), improve their strength, posture, balance, and mobility, Jonathan’s guidelines were easy to follow. Most of all, I learned the proper form using hand weights. He also made suggestions on what I could use at home to supplement a gym workout. Now I just need to continue this for winter sports like ice skating and navigating our sometimes icy sidewalks!

The facilities at Connect are on par with private or public facilities. Being local also means you can get in a bit of cardio by power-walking over there from home. The best part is they also offer a drop-in Exercise Club, which is priced very competitively. But this is the better deal when you don’t have to battle traffic both to the gym and home if you decide to walk or even jog over there. Check it out.

2021 Yoga [On Hold]

COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared

Please review the our Covid information

Greetings fellow yogis!

Our fall 9-week session of yoga at Allendale Hall is back again. Although yoga will be a little bit different this year, rest assured Yoga with Kelly will still take you through yoga postures to strengthen the body, enhance, flexibility, improve posture and balance, calm the mind, and synchronize breath with movement.

LocationAllendale Hall, 6330 – 105A Street
Time: 7:30pm to 8:45pm Doors open at 7:20pm.
Dates: September 28, October 12, 19 & 26. November 9, 16 & 23 and 30, December 14
Cost: $100 / 9 sessions

Registration and payment are required in advance of the first class. To complete your registration, use the following form then contact Karen Brown Fournell to arrange payment (cash, cheque or e-transfer available). (780) 441-5591 or kbrownfournell@gmail.com.

A Community League Membership for 2021-2022 is required to secure your spot! Need to purchase your membership? If you are from Allendale, please contact Catherine at membership@allendalecommunity.ca or (780) 469-0361. Valid memberships from other Community Leagues are welcome. Registration is incomplete without a valid membership.

What to bring with you to be comfortable: yoga mat, water bottle, layered clothing and a blanket or any other props that you feel are necessary.

A staggered entry with face coverings is mandatory for participants entering and exiting the building. Face masks are required when physical distancing is not possible or when participants are not actively participating in the class

Important: All participants will receive further details on COVID-19 safety protocols via email before the first class. Proof of double vaccination is also a requirement for participants.

We hope you can join us!

Karen Brown Fournell,
Independent Arts Administrator
780.441.5591

June Community Bike Challenge

community league bike month

What is the Community League Bike Month Challenge?

It’s to see which community league can bike the farthest in a month.

Why?

Bragging rights – last year some communities felt like Ritchie had the upper hand partly because Ritchie organized it, so THIS year we thought we’d throw our hat into the ring. Rest assured if we win this year, they’ll be hearing about it all year long.

Who’s invited?

Every Allendale community resident who rides a bike. Bar none.

When?

Start tomorrow May 31 just because it’s a Monday and its easier to track a whole week.

Where?

Everywhere, across the city, mountains, roads, single tracks, anywhere a bike can go adds to the total km’s.

Information

Allendale Community League members AND non-members alike are invited to track their cycling and pool their kilometres with their neighbours on Strava

Download the Strava App to your mobile device and search for the club “Team Allendale” to join. (View our club right now through the website)

Tips and Tricks

1) You can MANUALLY input activities into Strava even if you track your distance with a different device, just look for the plus sign [+].

  • On mobile, this is found on the “Feed” screen.
  • On a computer, go to the Strava website, set up or sign in to your Strava account and choose the “Training” dropdown menu at the top. Select “Activities” and find the plus symbol [+] in the top right corner by your profile picture.)

2) For those without access to the Strava app: submit your total distance (in kilometres) to: vicepres@allendalecommunity.ca every week.. To keep track of the leagues totals, Ritchie Community League will post the results on their website.

3) If you take your family out for a ride, your children’s distance counts as well! So if your family of four takes a four-kilometre spin, you can report 16 km total!

Bonus Challenge

Participate in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge by downloading the free ParticipACTION app and track all kinds of physical activity. It’s part of a nation-wide search for Canada’s Most Active Community. Now, more than ever, physical activity and sport participation is important to help us stay healthy in mind, body, and community spirit.

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bikes and ride!

Thanks Everyone!

Thanks also go to Dan at Ritchie Community League for organizing this. Also check out their Bike Information link.

Registration is now open for the 2021 Soccer Season.

REGISTRATION MARCH 15 – APRIL 15

Registration includes training fees only as there are NO GAMES at this time. Once AHS lifts the COVID 19 restrictions, SWMSA will collect additional fees.

Registration for the 2021 Soccer Season is online at emsasouthwest.com/play/registration.

Allendale does not have a volunteer soccer coordinator so no plans were made to have a team. But keep your community in mind since Allendale has large field spaces so close by. If you are interested, possibly for this year or next, complete our volunteer page to join the board then get in touch with EMSA.