Christian Confidential | Adidas
Events, Fitness, Lifestyle

Join The Boost Movement – Event Recap

Christian Confidential | Adidas Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating on a cool men’s training initiative with Adidas Canada. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know how much of an integral role fitness plays in my lifestyle. I’m very competitive when it comes to sports and working out (blame it on the countless years of running track and playing football) – so when it comes to the type of workout gear that I wear, I want it to be the best. Recently, I was introduced to a new pair of men’s training shoes by Adidas called the Pure Boost ZG‘s  and I’m not going to lie, they’re pretty bad ass! They’ve got just the right amount of boost technology to keep you feeling light on your feet and stable enough to react to quick movements.

I invited a few of my boys to come out and put these kicks to the test during a high intensity training session. My personal trainer, Adam Reynolds and co-founder of Catalyst Health curated a crazy circuit for us to complete including the use of weights, medicine balls, rowing machines, Airdyne bikes, Woodway treadmills & much more! Christian Confidential | Adidas To say that this training session was a tough one is an understatement but at the end of it we were all happy that we pushed through it! In regards to the apparel and footwear, they held up to the hype that I shared with the guys before the session. To see more of what went down during the bootcamp, my team put together a little video for you to take a look at below!

Until next time,

Christian Christian Confidential | Adidas Christian Confidential | Adidas

Adam Reynolds, Kyle Mottley, Jordan Addesi, Luke Bilyk, Ish Morris, Kyle Reid, Brandon Kaplan, Steven Bole, Daniel Hundertmark, Jason Oliveira

What We’re Wearing 

Men’s Prime Tank – ADIDAS | Men’s Pure Boost ZG Trainer shoes - ADIDAS | Men’s Standard 19 Shorts – ADIDAS |

photography by Shayna Desir & video by Alexander Kim for Christian Confidential.com

Equinox | Christian Confidential
Events, Fitness, Lifestyle

Christian Confidential x Equinox Presents: STACKED!

Equinox | Christian ConfidentialEquinox | Christian ConfidentialA little over a week ago, the Christian Confidential team had the pleasure of collaborating with Equinox Toronto in putting together an influencer event! I’ve been working with the brand for a year now creating digital content and we felt that it was time to spice things up and do something bigger! We decided to throw an intimate fitness event for some of my friends who happen to dub as some of Toronto’s top male influencers and fitness enthusiasts.

The class that we selected is one that the brand is highly recognized for, STACKED! – led by top fitness instructor Eva Redpath! This class is no joke and is definitely a sweat burner. 45 minutes long 12 different exercises in total, 30 seconds to perform, and 30 seconds to recover… let’s just say you’ll never leave this class feeling like you didn’t get pushed to your limits. Equinox | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

Basic Tank – HM | Training Shorts SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Training Tights SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Ultra Boost Shoes – Adidas |  Equinox | Christian ConfidentialDaniel’s Shoe Game: Men’s Energy Boost ESM by AdidasEquinox | Christian ConfidentialTo let you guys get a real glimpse of what really went down during our workout session, we’ve put together a short clip for you to take a look at below.

 

 Video Directed by: Silvex for ChristianConfidential.com

Equinox | Christian ConfidentialA healthy dose of cardio and strength training, STACKED! might have you questioning your decision of taking this class while you’re doing it but once it’s over you’ll be more than happy that you did! This is only one of the numerous classes that Equinox has and with the launch of Equinox Yorkville (coming soon), I can’t wait to host my friends again (and maybe a few of our readers) in 2016.

Until next time,

ChristianEquinox | Christian ConfidentialPhotography by: Shayna Desir for ChristianConfidential.com

Guests from Left to Right

Barrett Lucak | Jay Oliveira | Ish Morris | Daniel Hundy | Nykeem Provo | Daniel Ocean | Kyle Hoto Reid | Eva Redpath |Isaac Levy

#MogoPerks | Christian Confidential
Events, Fitness

(How To) Get The Shot

#MogoPerks | Christian ConfidentialLast week I had the pleasure of hosting MOGO Financial‘s first influencer event in Toronto. If you haven’t heard of MOGO, it’s a financial company based out of Vancouver that has a focus on helping it’s customers be more conscious  on their spending habits by promoting pre paid credit cards as well as providing low interest rate for various types of loans. The thing that I like about working with this brand is that they’re always pushing the envelope, listening to what their customers want and introducing their ever growing #mogoperks community to cool concepts and ideas, such as this event!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetInstagram, is a huge phenomenon for our generation and with that comes the pressure of getting the perfect shot. Mogo with the help of Kastor & Pollux came up with a dope concept to combine fitness, photography and social media all together. My friends Daniel & Luke came out to help me host a small group of influencers + a few #mogoperks members. We ventured out to  Sky Zone to get our sweat on and learn how to grab the perfect motion shot from two of Toronto’s prominent photographers Othello Grey and Neva.#MogoPerks | Christian ConfidentialIt was a blast and  the results were… well take a look for yourself! Clean, in focus and Insta-worthy!  To get in on the fun, sign up to become a #mogoperks member by heading to their website here.

Until next time,

Christian 
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RUNMORE | Christian Confidential
Fitness, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

#RunMore With Adidas | Nov. 1st. 2015

RUNMORE | Christian ConfidentialRace season is in full swing and my friends over at Adidas Canada are about to take things to the next level. November 1st at 1:00 am (yes you read it correctly) be prepared to #runmore. The distance is 10k and is open to all levels of runners. It’s daylight savings that night so we’ve got an extra hour and what better way to use it than to get your sweat on. After the run it’s the after-party (in my best Jay Z voice) and it’s going to be LIT! Lights, Dj’s, drinks and the city’s running community all together celebrating! Sounds like a fun night to me. For more information and to register for the race check out their official page here.

Christian 

 

 

 If you’re coming here from Instagram, this is the extended version of the video that my team and I shot for the #runmore 10k campaign.  We had a lot of fun working on this one so I hope that you guys like it!

Directed by: T.M. Reid of TinMantra for Christian Confidential.comRUNMORE | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

- click on the highlighted words to go directly to the featured items!

Ultra Boost Running Shoe – Adidas

 | Supernova Storm Jacket – Adidas | 3- stripes chelsea shorts – Adidas | Supernova Long Tights – Adidas | Supernova black tee (similar here) – Adidas

The Ride | Christian Confidential
Fitness, Portland, Travel

#TheRide – Nike Headquarters

The Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetA little over a week ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon to visit Nike headquarters. If you’re a true enthusiast of the brand, visiting headquarters also known as campus is a pretty big deal. This is where all the big decisions get made, products get tested, innovations are perfected, and athletes like Lebron James come to have their meetings.

I got the chance to explore campus and visit the buildings and facilities that are all named after prominent people affiliated with the brand such as; Tiger Woods, Bo Jackson and everyones favourite Michael Jordan. Not only was I able to explore headquarters I got to sit in and learn about Nike’s commitment to revolutionizing the sport of Lacrosse.The Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialEven though Lacrosse is Canada’s national sport, I didn’t really know too much about it as I was committed to other sports in high school. After listening to various lacrosse players like Kara Cannizzaro and the Thompson Brothers, I learned that the sport takes a lot of finesse, agility and speed. Right now, I’ve been participating in the brands ‘Find Your Fast’ challenge which is all about being a faster and smarter runner. Therefore hearing about how important speed is in the sport of Lacrosse was pretty cool.The Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialMyself along with a few other media outlets got to see the current apparel, footwear and equipment offerings that Nike has available for the sport + see the unveiling of the new Huarache V cleats inspired by  athlete Jeremy Thompson.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetThe Ride | Christian ConfidentialAll in all, visiting campus + learning about the brands commitment to elevating the sport of Lacrosse was a really cool experience. It definitely opened my eyes and interest to the sport and gave me a glimpse into how much work it takes to be great at it. Take a look through some of the photos that I snapped along the way and shoot me an email to let me know if you’d give the sport a shot… I’m not going to lie the shoes alone had me ready to sign up!

Christian

Lacoste | Christian Confidential
Brand Ambassador, Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

Live Beautifully – The Lifestyle Series Pt. 3 | By Christian Confidential & Lacoste


Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialLacoste | Christian ConfidentialThis past weekend I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone and experience something that I’ve never done before. If you’ve been following along via social media you’re aware that my friends and I took a short trip to Hamilton, Ontario to part take in some outdoor activities. 

With that being said, I’m excited to share with you all the third instalment of my #LiveBeautifully lifestyle series in collaboration with Lacoste. This time around I wanted to highlight the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, specifically the importance of being active and the benefits of eating healthy.
The last few weeks, we’ve been having beautiful weather so I wanted to find something that my friends and I could participate in that wasn’t apart of our regular physical activities (running, training, basketball) that still allowed us to catch up and be social. My creative partner suggested that we head over to Hamilton and go on a hike and that’s exactly what we did. I’m a city boy so I never really thought of hiking to be my ‘thing’ but after talking to my friends and seeing how enthusiastic they were about it, I was down to try it out and face my fear of heights!

Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialWe made our way over to Dundas Peak and Webster’s Falls which are both equally beautiful. It’s crazy to think that places like this have been so close by to us and it’s the first time we visited them.

The hike itself was great for a beginner. It wasn’t super long and had a lot of moments where you wanted to stop and take photos allowing you to take short breaks. We made it to the peak and decided to set up shop to eat our lunches courtesy of Belmonte Raw and take in the view. Lacoste | Christian Confidential
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It was a hot day and my friends and I know the importance of staying hydrated and consuming  the right types of food when being active. We all had specially made raw organic meals that were full of nutrients and vitamins to keep us happy and energized, along with juices and plenty of water. My favourite juice this time around was ‘Hydrate’  – it has activated charcoal, alkaline water, lemon and coconut sugar which is great for post workouts. It’s also great for hangovers but we’ll save those details for another post!

This was my first hike and I couldn’t of thought of a better group of friends to experience this with. We laughed, caught up on life and documented the experience through video and photos. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into our experience.

Video Directed by: Alexander Brian Kim & Photography by: Shayna Desir for Christian ConfidentialLacoste | Christian ConfidentialProcessed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetYou guys know that I may not know the most about outdoors and or hiking but I do know a thing or two about fashion. I couldn’t talk about living beautifully and not mention my footwear or apparel. Call me crazy but hike or no hike, crisp white sneakers get me all the time. I decided to wear my new Ampthill LCR SPM sneakers on this hike and they provided me with the right amount of comfort and stability to run around with my friends all day. If you’re not as much of a risk takers as I am to wear white on a hike, they also offer them in a grey colour way with red accents.  The thing that I love about Lacoste and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before is that they offer classic pieces that no matter what you’re doing (hiking, golfing, brunch, the movies) you always look sharp, which to me is what I call living beautifully! Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialI had such a great time on this little adventure and I hope that it encourages you all to be more active and to try new things! Be active, eat clean, explore new places, wear nice clothes and shoes while doing it all!

Christian

#LiveBeautifully #ChristianConfidential
#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL
Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

#BETRUE – Promoting Equality in Sports & Athletics | Lifestyle & Fitness

#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

If you’ve been following @ChristianConfidential via social media you may have noticed that my team and I have been working on a  special project with Nike Canada to promote their latest #BETRUE initiative.

#BETRUE is a capsule collection inspired by the LGBT community and celebrates the passion and pursuit of sports by all athletes. The brand helped fund the LGBT Sports Coalition and continues to provide it with support through the  #BETRUE collection.

#BeTrue is a movement that I’m very proud to endorse as it promotes both positivity and equality in sports and in life in general. With the help of Nike Canada, the Christian Confidential team put together a digital campaign that features three awesome guys and myself who are all from different walks of life that come together for our love of athletics, in this case running. With that being said, I think it’s time for you all to meet the guys!#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

 Meet my friend Nykeem Provo. He’s an up and coming actor and an all around great guy! We met a few years ago at Soho House Toronto and connected instantly over our interest in the arts & entertainment. Nykeem’s favourite sports include basketball, soccer and running. ” I support equality everywhere, but especially in sports. That’s solely due to the fact that no matter what a persons sexual preference is, it doesn’t make them less human. Straight, gay, asexual, we’re all one! – N.Provo

Favourite athlete & why: My favourite athlete is Kobe Bryant. His talent is undeniable and his work ethic is relentless.

Favourite music to work out to: As weird as this may sound, my favourite music to listen to while working out is classical. – More specifically, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

What does ‘Being True’ mean to you: “Being True” to me, means to love yourself and others with one objective in mind, growth!#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

While growing up, sports and athletics have always played an integral role in my life. I honestly couldn’t picture what I would be like without athletics, whether it be earning the running back position in football, playing the middle position in volleyball or going to Ofsaa in high school for triple jump. Sports have helped shape the person that I am today. It builds character, discipline and grace – all traits that are just as useful on and off the field. I stand behind the ideas of the #BETRUE initiative as I believe promoting equality in sports and life all together is important. No one should be discriminated based on their sexual preference or discouraged from playing their favourite sport. I wear this shirt with confidence & pride and encourage you all to #BETRUE.

Favourite athlete & why: I would have to agree with Nykeem and say Kobe Bryant. He’s been in the game for a long time and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

Favourite music to work out to: Hip hop and Trap music always help keep me going when I’m ready to give up.

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means being as honest as you possibly can with yourself about who you truly are. For some people it’s more difficult than others but when you’re capable of accepting and embracing your core, the good and the bad, it’s truly a beautiful thing.


Get a glimpse into the speed training session that Nykeem, Christian, Daniel & Benjamin participated in to showcase how discrimination based on sexual preference has no place in the realm sports and athletics. #BETRUE #NikeRunning #ChristianConfidential #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

 Meet my friend and Christian Confidential contributor, Daniel Hundertmark. He works in social media and is also a model based in Toronto, Canada. I was introduced to Daniel by a really close friend of mine and originally connected over our passion for fitness and health. His favourite sports include football, basketball and running. “I support equality within sports because it’s the 21st century and this shouldn’t even be an issue at this point. Whatever an individual’s sexual preference is does not make them less competent than someone that identifies as heterosexual.“ – D.Hundertmark

Favourite athlete & why: My favourite athlete is Connor McDavid. I admire him for his commitment to physical fitness, nutrition, and his willingness to share his knowledge with others on and off the ice.

Favourite music to work out: Trap music is my go-to, when it comes to working out!

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means not having to put up a façade in order to impress the people around you. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Nelson Mandela #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

Meet my friend Benjamin Fraser, he’s a recent marketing graduate, a social media influencer for IN Magazine and one of the nicest ‘cool’ guys you’ll ever meet! We both grew up in Ottawa and made our way to Toronto. We connected over our love of fashion and street style and have been friends ever since. Ben’s favourite sports are snowboarding, running and cross training. “I support equality in sports because it can seen as the ultimate equalizer. I think it gives people the opportunity to be seen for their talent and dedication rather than their sexuality.” – B.Fraser

Favourite athlete & why: I can think of a few professional athletes that I admire but my favourite athletes have to be the ones that I interact with on a regular basis – either through run club or cross training. They are the ones that truly inspire me to push harder and reach new fitness goals.

Favourite music to work out to: Cyril Hahn and Kaytranada always keep me going!

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means knowing and understanding yourself and drawing confidence from that. It brings me a lot of happiness and pride to be able to say that I work with brands like Nike that show their acceptance and support by promoting campaigns like this! It’s a huge step forward and I’m proud to be apart of it. #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

I would like to say thank you to all of those that followed along and engaged with us during this two day digital project. I hope that we were able to shed some light and raise awareness to the movement of inclusion, equality and positivity within sports and athletics. This is a subject matter that means a lot to me and if even only one person read this post and felt empowered or encouraged to not let ignorance get in the way of them participating in sports, I would consider this a huge success. Be the the change that you want to see, always #BETRUE

Video Directed by: Alexander Brian Kim | Photography by: Shayna Désir 

Apparel and Footwear courtesy of: Nike Canada

#BETRUE Capsule Collection is available in the Nike Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre as of Saturday, 20th.

Featured Items: ShoesNike 3.0 Flyknit + Nike LunarGlide 6  Shorts: Nike Phenom 2 in 1

Shirts: #BETRUE Collection . Nike Dri-Fit Knit Tank . Nike Dri-Fit Contour Shirt

Shockwave | Equinox | Christian Confidential
Brand Ambassador, Fitness, Lifestyle

Summer ‘Conditioning’ | Equinox Made Me Do It

Shockwave | Equinox | Christian ConfidentialWarm weather, laying out by the pool and tropical travel is finally upon us and it seems like it’s here to stay for a few months. This is my favourite time of the year and I plan on making the most of it. That being said, I find that my  regular schedule gets a little more hectic and because of that my training schedule gets a little lighter. If you’re like me, you worked really hard over the winter months to have the body that you want and now is the time to show it off.  Now that I can’t spend as much time in the gym I had to find a way to not only maintain what I’ve worked hard for but still see more results.  

Shockwave | Equinox | Christian ConfidentialShockwave is one of my favourite classes at Equinox and it checks off two main focuses for my summer training program 1. full body workouts and 2. high intensity training. A 45 minute session that gets your heart rate up with various circuit challenges that can consist of rowing, the use of body bars, kettle bells and Bosu balls just to name a few. You know that saying “The more you give, the more you get back”? It’s honestly the truth when it comes to this class, if you go in there and push yourself really hard throughout the whole class, the results can be insane. I definitely recommend trying it out! Shockwave | Equinox | Christian ConfidentialShockwave | Equinox | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

 Sleeveless Shirt (old) similar one – NIKE | Training Shorts (old) similar one – NIKE |  Pro Hypercool Woodland Tights  – NIKE| Metcon 1  – NIKE |

Christian Confidential | Equinox
Brand Ambassador, Fitness, Lifestyle

1 On 1 Training Programs | Equinox

Christian Confidential | EquinoxIt’s been almost four months since I’ve joined Equinox and honestly I continue to learn new things regarding fitness and health every time I go. I’m no stranger to having a personal trainer so when I was approached by one of the clubs top trainers Marvin to do a few sessions with him, I immediately said yes. I told him the specific areas of my body that I wanted to work on (a stronger back to perfect my posture, more definition and maintain or lean out a little more) and he created a customized program for me. He introduced me to a couple new workouts that I could implement into my routine and helped me get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The thing that I love the most about having a personal trainer is that they expose you to new exercises and never let you quit. During the workout it’s perfectly normal to hate your trainer but trust me once it’s over you end up leaving with a huge smile on your face.  If you feel like you’ve plateaued or are bored of your workouts, I’d suggest speaking to one of the personal trainers at Equinox and having them create a program for you. -Remember, Summer is right around the corner! 

Christian Confidential | EquinoxChristian Confidential | EquinoxWhat I’m Wearing

I got my hands on the MetCon1’s from Nike and let’s  just say they’re quickly becoming one of my favourite shoes to workout in. – Pretty stylish as well, don’t be surprised if you see them in a street style post soon!

Christian