A 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. What I’m Wearing
Basic Tank – HM | Training Shorts SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Training Tights SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Ultra Boost Shoes – Adidas | Daniel’s Shoe Game: Men’s Energy Boost ESM by AdidasTo 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
A 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,
ChristianPhotography 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
Warm 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 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! What I’m Wearing
Sleeveless Shirt (old) similar one – NIKE | Training Shorts (old) similar one – NIKE | Pro Hypercool Woodland Tights – NIKE| Metcon 1 – NIKE |
It’s been about 5 months since I’ve joined the Equinox family and I must admit it’s been such a great experience so far. I’ve learned a lot about my body in regards to my fitness and health and continue to be exposed to new and different ways of taking care of myself. I feel a little embarrassed admitting this but until recently I’ve never had a facial. I have fairly sensitive skin and I get really nervous when it comes to trying new products in fear that I’ll have a bad reaction. After speaking with Equinox’s aesthetician Cassandra, she ensured me that I was in good hands.I opted for the standard men’s facial and had the option of using all organic and non scented products. The whole experience was pretty great; dim lighting, the perfect music, and someone giving your face a gentle massage, I mean how can it not be? Cassandra broke down the experience in a series of 7 steps (cleanse, skin analysis, exfoliate/microdermabrasion, steam, extract, massage and mask). My favourite steps were the steam and the massage.I asked Cassandra for a few pointers on how guys should maintain their skin on their own and she highlighted the importance of using a serum at night, which helps keep the skin hydrated as well as adding a toner to your skin care regiment. It’s generally recommended to see your aesthetician for a standard facial every 4-6 weeks which will help in the pursuit of anti aging and regular maintenance of the skin. This was my first experience and I’m sure it won’t be my last. The spa also offers a variety of massages, waxing and a few other services for men. It really isn’t just fitness at Equinox it’s a lifestyle. Click here for the complete service list!
It’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!
What 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!
One of the most important things that I take into consideration when joining a gym is the diversity of classes offered. If you’ve been to Equinox, you know first hand how seriously they take their group classes. You can try anything from yoga to boxing, pilates to precision running, athletic conditioning to high intensity training. As for me, I’m a sucker for anything that gets my heart rate up and keeps me sweating from the beginning to the end, so I tend to lean towards the high intensity classes. MetCon3 happens to be one of those classes and has very quickly become one of my favourites to attend.
Using varied equipment each class, the only thing that remains consistent is the blue print on how the class is going to run and knowing that you’re going to walk out of their drenched in sweat. Each class starts with a warm up, followed by a set of exercises that you’ll repeat 3 times throughout the workout targeting all areas of your body, ending off with a cool down. MetCon3 is one of those programs that it doesn’t matter what level of fitness you’re at, you’ll find it difficult while participating but you’ll feel amazing once its completed. If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your regular training routine, this is one class that I’d recommend taking for a test drive!
What I’m Wearing
Pro Training Shorts – NIKE | Dri- Fit Short Sleeve Training Shirt – NIKE | Free Trainers 3.0 V3 – NIKE | (all items shown here are available at Nike stores across Canada)