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Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Ignite Fitness

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Ignite Fitness Red Deer is where I called home for quite a few years until my schedule became too hectic to keep up with an ongoing membership. This is where I fell in love with Olympic lifting, where I worked out throughout pregnancy, what inspired me to dabble in obstacle course racing, where I brought my baby to workout, where I was pushed to the limits and challenged to compete in the Crossfit Open, and where I made many friends. It’s been four years since I’ve been to Ignite, so it was nice to visit the gym again and see what was new and what remained the same.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

About Ignite Fitness Red Deer

Ignite Fitness is not the place where you’ll walk in and feel intimidated by the athletes working out. It is somewhere you can walk in and feel like part of a family. Whether you’re a mama looking to get into shape after baby, the average Joe looking to workout after a long day at the office, or an athlete wanting to strengthen your skills, there is something for every walk of life here.


Ignite offers Crossfit, focusing on functional fitness for all levels and abilities, personal training for specific one-on-one or group training sessions, sports training for teams or individuals looking for extra conditioning and training, and kids training, which gives kids a chance to discover fitness in a fun and safe environment.

The gym itself hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a basic warehouse, set up with all the equipment you need to get an effective workout. There are shower and change room facilities available as well. This isn’t the gym you come to you if you want to workout somewhere pretty. This is the gym you come to when you want to get sweaty and gritty.

New clients are invited in for a free trial and then a consultation to discuss goals and how Ignite can help them. From there, recommendations can be made on which level of commitment would work best for the client.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

About the Classes

There are over 20 Crossfit classes a week as well as open gym times where you can come in and work on your skills of fit in your WOD (workout of the day) outside of a regular class. They also offer Crossfit Mamas class daily that allows you to bring your kids along to play while you get your sweat. The evening Crossfit classes are surprisingly quieter than the daytime classes, which comes with the bonus of receiving even more focused attention from the trainers.

A typical class begins with a warm-up, a strength portion to work on Olympic lifts, and then the WOD. WODs can have different formats such as AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) where you complete as many rounds of the prescribed movements within a certain time frame, or Tabatas, when you do as many reps in 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 8 times. Our workout when we visited last week consisted of 30 seconds burpees, 30 seconds rest for a full 10 minutes. Gross, right? But man did we feel it the next day!

Hours

Monday-Friday

6:00am-11:00am

2:30pm-7pm

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

Cost

Prices Range from $125 – $210 per month.

There are three commitment levels, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and within those there is a 2 times per week package and an unlimited package.

3 months:
2 times/week – $160
Unlimited  – $210

6 months:
2 times/week – $145
Unlimited $195

12 Months:
2 times/week – $125
Unlimited $175

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

What I Loved Most

I really just love Crossfit in general but I love that this gym, in particular, feels like family. Classes are small enough that you are getting basically personalized training and they are really focused on helping you reach your goals above all else. If you’ve never tried Crossfit or Olympic lifting and are looking for a new challenge, this is your place. Plus, you’ll feel like a total badass slinging all those heavy weights, I promise.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

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Family

The Anti-Pinterest Party

When I think back to my childhood birthdays, the things that stand out in my mind are getting to choose my favourite food and finding money in my cake. There was never any elaborate theme, decorations, activities, or fuss. What mattered most was that I got to enjoy my special day, eating my favourite food with my family.

Somewhere in the age of social media, parties have grown into elaborate affairs. I’m guilty of spending too much money on the perfect decorations and party favours for a kid not even old enough to know what’s going on. It’s definitely fun to go all out for a party but I think sometimes we lose sight of why we are doing it. Are we doing it because we feel like we have to in order to keep up with everyone else on social media? Are we doing it to show off on social media?

This year, for Liam’s 5th birthday, I didn’t want to bother with keeping up with the brag-worthy, Instagramable, Pinterest-inspired party. I wanted Liam to be able to celebrate his special day simply, with his favourite people. I wanted his birthday memories to be about who was there and how he felt, rather than what theme he had and how pretty everything looked.


At the end of the day, does he really care that all his food matches a theme? Nah, he just wants to eat an acceptable amount of food so he can eat cake. Does he care that you spent $80 on custom decorated cupcakes? Nope, he just wants a cake. Is he going to notice if there are decorations or not? No, he’s going to be too busy tearing apart his gifts. So why would I stress myself out and shell out way too much money finding the perfect venue, matching decorations, and theme appropriate food?

This year I said forget it.

I decided I was going to order in pizza, make a simple cake with money hidden inside (just as I got as a kid), let the kids open presents and entertain themselves. I didn’t curate the guest list, I let Liam decide who he wanted to invite. There was no fuss and nothing that produced beautiful, inspiring party pictures to post on the internet.

And you know what? It was perfect. He had the best time.

He woke up on his birthday to the annual tradition of balloons and gifts waiting for him at the kitchen table. We spent the day at the zoo as a family, and with his best friend, before coming home for pizza, cake and gifts with four of his other closest friends. The kids loved finding coins in their cake, they worked together to build a new Lego set Liam was gifted, and ran amok having a blast until bedtimes were lingering. It was not fancy, but it didn’t matter.

At the end of the day, snuggled up in bed on the verge of sleep Liam said, “Mom, this was the best birthday.”

 

Family

Five

Dear Liam,

5 years.


1,825 days.

43,800 hours.

2,628,000 minutes.

That’s how long you’ve been alive. It feels like just yesterday that you came into my life and yet it also feels like a lifetime ago. I couldn’t be more grateful to have you to and to be able to call myself your mama.

This has been a big year for you with the start of kindergarten. You’ve been asking to go to school for a couple years now and your excitement for the first day was infectious. There were no tears shed on my end because I was so darn proud of you for walking into school with no fear. Your teacher has already commented on how smart you are. You don’t really like answering questions though, which is something we need to work out. Not only so you can continue to show your teachers how smart you are and succeed in school, but because we always want to know what’s going on in your life and we can’t know unless you tell us! I hope this is something you will eventually grow out of.  You were quick to make a new friend right off the bat and I can see that you’ve taken to liking the other kind-hearted kids in your class. I hope you’ll always stick by those kids. You haven’t forgotten your day home buddies though and certainly not your best friend in Calgary.

You were quick to make a new friend right off the bat at school and I can see that you’ve taken to liking the other kind-hearted kids in your class. I hope you’ll always stick by those kids no matter where you go. You certainly haven’t forgotten your day home buddies, they are still special to you and so is your best friend in Calgary. You haven’t quite connected with other kids like you did with Caden so long ago, which is how I know your friendship is truly special.

Sometimes I feel guilty that I wasn’t able to give you a sibling close to your age so you have someone to play with all the time. While you are around kids a lot at school and day home, you often hang out with mostly adults when you’re at home with me and visiting family. Because of this, you tend to pick up some pretty hilarious phrases, including, “after you, my mama” while you hold a door open for me. Don’t ever stop being a gentleman. And don’t even stop being the funny guy you are.

Speaking of being a gentleman, you still love to dress nice. You picked out some nice pants and button up shirts for school and still love to rock a bow-tie. You’ve taken to carefully choosing an outfit and laying it out before you go to bed at night sometimes. I’m not even sure where you picked that up from because it certainly wasn’t me. You just went through a growth spurt and we had to replace most of your pants and shoes, just in time for the change of season. You’re wearing size 5-6 clothes and size 12 shoes. You also just moved to a booster seat, which will make the winter commute to school in a snowsuit much easier than in a 5-point harness car seat. I can’t believe you’re big enough for just a booster seat. Weren’t you just a tiny little thing in a bucket seat? You’re still a pretty good eater even though you don’t usually like to stop for supper. It takes some convincing to get you to finish your dinner and we always stress the importance of each food you eat. You love pizza and sushi and currently are on a huge sandwich kick. Yogurt and pancakes still remain a favourite too. Famoso is probably your favourite place to go out to eat and is the location for most of our date nights.

You impress me so much with how well you can build things. Lego has become your favourite thing to play with over the past year and you can now follow the directions and build your Lego sets all by yourself. This doesn’t come as a surprise since you’ve been an amazing builder since you were little. Much to my chagrin, you’re still weapons obsessed, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kind of want to buy you an arsenal of Nerf guns. We have some pretty epic Nerf battles with Grandma and Grandpa. You also really love your stuffed animals. You have to find a stuffy for all the new animals that you learn about and love, like camels and sloths. Do you know how hard it is to find uncommon animals like that? Your double bed is getting a bit crowded.

Everyone comments on how well behaved you are. And for the most part, it’s true. But at home, you can be just as strong-willed as ever and you have some pretty crazy meltdowns. I’m looking forward to the days those are a distant memory. Regardless of what happens during the day, we almost always end the night and start the next morning with some giggles, fierce hugs and kisses. I love the way you wrap your arms so tight around my neck and give me the gentlest kisses. One of my favourite things is lying in bed with you, playing our little games and listening to you giggle.

I’m excited that you will soon have a backyard to play in, a park down the street that we can walk to and more space to be the wild and crazy boy that you are. I absolutely cannot wait for the year ahead and to watch you learn and grow more.

I love you to the moon and back and to the moon and back and to the moon and back. Happy birthday.

Love,
Mama