LIV North Fitness Management Wraps Up Nationwide Amazing Race Challenge

With COVID numbers rising across the country, the LIV North Fitness Management team set out to plan a fun, engaging and completely virtual challenge. Understanding the effects of lockdowns and working remotely helped the team to plan a challenge that was not only fun but would also help participants lower stress levels, increase physical activity, and improve productivity. Being that Spring was arriving, the team also planned for many outdoor options.

A registration fee was charged to enter the race – ½ of which was used for prizes and the other ½ was slated for donation to the winning teams charity of choice (which was selected at registration).  

One essential part to the planning was gamification – the process of applying game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.  We add these elements to any challenge or program we run as this makes the entire event more motivating, engaging and successful!

Following the guiding principles of the Amazing Race television show, participants were provided with one ‘envelope’ at a time with the details about that leg of the race.  Starting in Vancouver, BC, they completed area based challenges, with time sensitive detours and roadblocks thrown their way.  After Vancouver, our teams headed to Edmonton AB, Toronto, ON and Halifax, NS.  Along the way each team member completed over 115 km in distance as well as a variety of mindfulness, healthy eating and plain old fun activities, submitting proof and trying to climb the standings with each leg.

When all was said and done, 63 teams from 9 different LIV North managed facilities across the country ended their adventure in Halifax, NS.  

Overall, 126 people made a positive impact on their health and wellbeing over the 4 week challenge.  The Breast Cancer Society of Canada will be receiving a donation on behalf of the winning team, helping to positively impact even more lives.

To celebrate the following video was put together to highlight some of the challenges and fun the participants had along the way.

Would a motivating challenge such as the Amazing Race benefit your organization?  Contact us at Virtual@livnorth.com.

LIV North’s new Virtual Corporate Fitness and Wellness services contribute to employee resilience and productivity

As a Canadian leader in Corporate fitness management, we recognize that 2020 was anything but ordinary.  As challenging as this time continues to be, it has provided an opportunity for us to reimagine how we deliver corporate fitness.  With the workforce dramatically shifting and employee mental health and wellbeing concerns at an all time high, companies have been asking us:

  1. How can fitness and wellness services be delivered to all employees in the organization?  
  2. How can fitness and wellness services cultivate social connection among all employees, including those who are working remotely?
  3. How can fitness and wellness services contribute to resilience and productivity?   

In answer to these questions, LIV North has created Optimal – Your Corporate Gym Online! 

Currently over 150,000 employees across Canada, from over 27 corporations, are accessing our virtual services daily, with numbers growing monthly. In the new office environment Optimal is an excellent tool to maximize productivity amongst all employees and create community across your company.. Our contests, challenges can be tailored to your company and results tracked to monitor activity in broad strokes to provide continued opportunity for improvement. 

Why LIV North?  Our years of experience and the experiences we deliver.  In managing fitness facilities and onsite wellness programs for over 40 years, LIV North realizes that  improving the health of individual employees contributes to the healthy culture that organizations seek. We saw the opportunity to take our physical on-site programming and translate it digitally into a platform offering live and on-demand programming from our expert team.

What separates LIV North from other online fitness offerings?  

  • We are more than a content provider.  A successful online fitness & wellness program needs to be managed much in the same way that a physical fitness centre does.  As your partner, we build a program plan that is managed against clear defined and measured goals that align with your organization.  
  • We are people led and people driven.  While we deliver Optimal services on a virtual platform, we recognize that our success comes from our dedicated team of experienced fitness professionals delivering fresh programs daily. 
  • All programs are delivered with a focus on increasing social connection.
  • We have programming options for everyone: novice exercisers to fitness veterans, those seeking  mindfulness meditation to high intensity class enthusiasts.  

Our core programming includes: 

  • Live streaming mindfulness & fitness sessions
  • Goal specific fitness programming
  • Wellness and educational workshops/series
  • Motivating monthly and quarterly challenges
  • Personal, small group and nutrition coaching
  • And more!

To learn more about LIV North’s Virtual Services and how they can benefit your organization, contact Virtual@livnorth.com or visit us online

To learn more about workplace wellness trends in 2021, click here to download our e-book Virtual Wellness: a virtual solution for a virtual world!

An In Depth Look At The Connection Between Physical and Mental Health

Ryan Wright shares insight into his health journey, both as a competitive athlete and non athlete.

“Health is a journey and every step, no matter how small, will lead you towards your healthiest YOU. No matter how you are feeling or what kind of wellness support you need, we are here to guide you on your journey.” Read more about Ryan’s sharing insight on the connection between physical and mental health.

Top 10 Home Gym Picks

A home gym is a big investment and needs to be thought out based on your lifestyle, training requirements, space and budget. We’ve put together our top picks for home gym equipment + accessories that are guaranteed to take your home gym to the next level.

  1. Life Fitness IC5, IC6 & IC7 Indoor Cycles
  2. COREFX Strength Bands
  3. Woodway Path 
  4. COREFX Kettlebells
  5. UMAX plates/sets with bar 
  6. COREFX Plyobox 
  7. UMAX Dumbbells 
  8. Life Fitness Heat Rower
  9. COREFX Medicine Ball 
  10. TRX SWEAT Kit 

We’re here to help with all your home gym needs; from equipment to flooring to suggested layouts. Contact us to discuss your next project or dream home gym and let us get you started on the right path.

LIV North has showrooms with consultants in Toronto (Head Office) Calgary and Edmonton. Distribution centre’s also include Vancouver.

Life Fitness Heat Rower
Life Fitness Heat Rower

LIV North Strengthens its Senior Management Team Preparing for Future Growth

LIV North Inc. is pleased to announce Lisa Kendall as President and CEO.  Lisa served as Vice President, Amenities for LIV North Inc. after acquiring Health Systems Group in 2018. Lisa brings 15 years of experience in corporate finance and has spent the last four years at a senior level at the forefront of Canada’s corporate health and fitness industry. “I am honoured and thrilled to have the opportunity to build on the legacy of our collective group of companies and to continue inspiring LIV North’s impressive growth.” 

Brian Townsend has been appointed Vice President, Operations.  Brian has over 25 years of experience in operations, change management, and sales & marketing for manufacturing and distribution.  Brian is tasked with consolidating operations into a new 28,000 square foot head office, showroom,  and distribution centre to support our national residential and commercial dealers. “I look forward to implementing our plan to build LIV North’s operations and ensure that we are the number one customer-focused company in the fitness industry.”  

Brian Townsend, Vice President, Operations – LIV North Inc. 

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Trevor Irwin has been appointed Vice President, National Sales, and will be responsible for managing LIV North’s team of 16 direct sales reps and our national dealer network.  Trevor previously held the position of Sales Manager for Western Canada and brings over 17 years of experience. Trevor has managed some of Canada’s largest fitness projects and is an established leader in the industry. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead our sales team into our next chapter. The LIV North team consists of leading experts whose passion, enthusiasm, and expertise drive them to deliver exceptional results. We will remain committed to pursuing creative and insightful solutions to help Canadians meet their health and fitness needs.”

Trevor Irwin, Vice President, Sales – LIV North Inc.

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Guided by the belief that fitness and wellness services have the power to build healthy, resilient, and socially-connected communities, LIV North proudly serves more than 500 organizations from coast to coast, employing over 1,200 Canadians. 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Lisa Kendall, President, CEO – LIV North Inc.

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