As Canada enters our second summer of battling COVID and coping with pandemic restrictions, we are all growing tired, frustrated and fatigued. While physical activity opportunities are limited or unavailable, we know that being active helps significantly with managing stress and depression. This year especially we want to highlight the ways people can get active and how important activity is for physical and mental health.
National Health & Fitness Day is June 5, 2021. To help Canadians be more active and stay safe, LIV North’s Fitness Management team is launching outdoor, audio guided workouts on their virtual platform – Optimal by LIV North.
These audio guided tracks include:
Walk/run tracks (great for beginners and advanced runners alike);
Mindful walks (combining mindfulness and activity, ideal for a break or at lunch) and;
Outdoor workouts (take your fitness class outside with the instructor in your ear).
From June 5th to 11th, LIV North is letting everyone try audio guided workouts!CLICK HERE to learn more and to try some of the audio tracks out in celebration of National Health & Fitness Day!
Over 3 years ago, our sales staff started working with Ryan Hawkes, on what seemed to be, a pipe dream of opening a new concept 24 hour club. Ryan was so committed to his philosophy on health and fitness for the community of Barrie that nothing stood in his way, not even a pandemic.
Thursday September 17th, Athletic Kulture opened for members to use with all the proper safety precautions in place; as well as an excellent offering of virtual programs. Congratulations to Ryan and Joe for a great job on opening their first Athletic Kulture. LIV North has worked with Ryan Hawkes through many drawings, product changes and updates to ensure the product mix was exact. We are proud to be part of Athletic Kulture in Barrie.
Kudos to Erin Pietz, Dealer Manager, LIV North and Glen Buchanan, territory Manager on excellent teamwork to make this project successful. Visit Athletic Kulture at 154 Reid Dr, Barrie, ON
LIV North is proud to be the fitness partner of Oxford Place in Vancouver, BC. Oxford Properties’ commitment to the health of its tenants during the COVID pandemic has enabled LIV North to continue to offer fitness and wellness programming to the employees of the building while they have been working remotely from home. Our programming has included live streaming classes, access to hundreds of online workouts, and virtual wellness challenges & events.
It is well recognized that regular physical activity is not only an important contributor to maintaining a strong immune system, but also to improving overall mental wellbeing. Activities such as wellness challenges, if they are designed to be engaging, creative and fun, are a great way to bring people together and foster a healthy community, particularly in these times of isolation.
Check out our wellness challenge that many of the employees at Oxford Place recently participated in! Employees participated in a 4 week ‘Oxford Amazing Race”, which was comprised of 3 challenges each week (1 Road Block and 2 Detours). The video is a summary of the Oxford Place Amazing Race.
Thank you to all at Oxford Place who participated in the challenge and made it a success. You sent us such heart-warming feedback.
“The good news is I walked 20.6kms last Wed, biked 15kms on Sunday and walked/ran > 7km yesterday ( to get the final challenge done) One of the offshoots of the detours was I got to explore so much of North Van that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Already looking forward to scheduling hikes (accessible pretty close to my home) with my daughter. Plus – I cannot help but make animal pics on my Strava now! It’s a thing – tons of amazing drawings on the intra-web. ” Participant Feedback
Congrats to all and thanks to our own awesome Emma Cotten, LIV North Account Manager!
The sheer size and scope of the Cor Van Raay YMCA in Lethbridge, Alberta is impressive enough—more than 260,000 square feet consisting of amenities like a large field house, massive aquatics center, an indoor playground and a well-planned fitness center. It is by far one of the largest installs done by LIV North.
It’s no easy task outfitting a facility as large as the Cor Van Raay YMCA, but LIV North employed a well-planned approach. The work started by combining three key components—space, product and the YMCA’s vision of community. Together with our team first approach, we were able to deliver top of the line fitness equipment for members to enjoy for years to come. After 3 1/2 years of planning ended, the opening of the standout facility was in May 2019 and members have been enjoying it thoroughly ever since.
There were several key steps that contribute to the success of this install and partnership:
Complete buy-in from both sides. YMCA chose LIV North due to the involvement of the entire team. Sales, Logistics, Ownership, Delivery Crew, and the ability to bring everything together. Both sides were in constant communication over 3 1/2 years of meetings both in Calgary and Lethbridge.
The delivery happened on one of the coldest weeks of the year in Lethbridge reaching -30 degrees celsius. There were complications like the elevator going down on days 3-5 but the team manually moved items up two flights of stairs. 75% of the floor plan needed to be revised overnight as changes to the electrical outlets were moved in the final stages of construction. We seamlessly addressed these at no cost to the client.
Set Expectations and deliver on set goals. Life Fitness and LIV North showed that no matter the size of the project, deadlines, and expectations were not only met, but exceeded the customer’s vision. The budget was in line and the delivery time was under what was expected. This came from us being able to use expert install crew from both cities.
Customization. The ability to customize a project based not only on the demographic but the client’s vision. This YMCA has a different look in the performance area with turf being used. In addition, we did the teen room with billiards and air hockey/foosball tables. Small customizations that we are able to pull from our partner Life Fitness.
It’s the first time Life Fitness have showcased an installation outside of the US for their promotional video. The project spotlight was spearheaded by LIV North’s Russ McLean. This project was 100% Life Fitness, and their partner products except the dumbbells and plates. Footage from this site is part of the Global rebrand, which highlights Canadian fitness, service, and teamwork.
The goal for Cor Van Raay was to have 6000 members before September 2019 – they hit that in July. A very impressive feat and one we were delighted to help facilitate with the install. Jennifer, the CEO of Lethbridge YMCA, confirmed that before the COVID-19 closure, the member number was 10,084. The largest amount of members they have ever had.
The best partner in the business is LIV North and Life Fitness.