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

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

Fitness, Lifestyle, Paris, Travel

Nike France

Nike France x Travel With ChristianNike France x Travel With ChristianOne of the things I love most about travelling and blogging is being able to find cool ways to incorporate some of  the brands that  I work  with on my journey. I got the chance to visit the Nike media showroom in Paris and discuss fashion and fitness for the upcoming Fall/Winter season. We touched on key items for both men & women, the start up of their  Paris Run Club (which I also participated in) & I got to preview some of the fall collection that’s not yet in stores!Nike France x Travel With ChristianNike France x Travel With Christian

Discussing this seasons Air Max colorway direction with Nike’s head of PR. Nike France x Travel With Christian

  The Sportswear collection for women is pretty amazing, the Roshe’s were a definite highlight for me.

Nike France x Travel With Christian

Last year’s Aeroloft 800  vest saved my life when it came to running outdoor, so I’m excited to test out this new outerwear piece for men when it’s available in Canada.

Nike France x Travel With ChristianRunning with the Paris Run Club was such a great experience. I think that running is such a great way to explore a new city and doing it with an enthusiastic  group can make it that much better. The run group along with the run captain Jay of Black Rainbow were so welcoming and really pushed me with my pace. After our run we did a short core and muscle building circuit, followed up with some stretching. All in all; it was a great experience training with the Parisian team and amazing to see how they executed their program. Thank you to both my Canadian Nike family for making this happen & my new French Nike family for the warm welcome! Until next time Paris!Nike France x Travel With ChristianNike France x Travel With Christian

Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Nike Lunarglide 6 | Running


Nike LunarGlide 6 | Christian ConfidentialNike LunarGlide 6 | Christian Confidential

Last week I got the chance to test out the new LunarGlide 6’s from Nike and I must admit I was pretty impressed. Great support and even better colorway this shoe did not disappoint. If you’re in the market for a new pair of kicks or training for an upcoming fall race, these could be the perfect shoes for you. Did I mention that these may or may not have helped me keep up with Lebron James during the #RunWithTheWinners ‘Toronto Edition’ run this past Sunday?! 

Nike LunarGlide 6 | Christian ConfidentialNike LunarGlide 6 | Christian ConfidentialNike LunarGlide 6 | Christian Confidential

What I’m Wearing

Lunarglide 6 – NIKE | Leather Snapback  – VINTAGE | Fuelband SE – NIKE Hoops Elite Max Air Backpack   NIKE |  Sphere Short Sleeve Top – NIKE ( Red Option) | Tech Run Tights – NIKE (similar here)

Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

Nike Free 5.0 + | Spotlight

Nike Free 5.0 | Christian ConfidentialNike is celebrating one-decade of its Free Run sneakers & I was lucky to receive these as an anniversary present.  As colourful as they are comfortable, these 5.0’s are designed to support the natural flexibility of an athlete’s foot.  Wear them & stand out whether you’re starting your Spring training or just running errands.

Nike Free 5.0 | Christian ConfidentialNike Free 5.0 | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

Aeroloft 800 Vest  – NIKE | Free 5.0+ – NIKE |  Pro Combat Hyperwarm Compression Top – NIKE |Pro Combat Hyperwarm Compression Tights  – NIKE | Dri-Fit Gloves – NIKE

Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle, Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street StyleAs much as I enjoy it, outdoor running is a season pursuit.  This time last year I had definitely fled the elements and let mother nature reclaim the streets.  That’s changed (for now, anyway) thanks to Nike’s Flash Pack collection.  With an emphasis on comfortable warmth and heightened visibility they have made early winter runs something that I can actually look forward to.  The Nike 5.0 + Shield kicks are more than just a beautiful pair of shoes – super light and form fitting I can’t imagine leaving these at home any time soon.

The Winter Athlete | Street Style

The Winter Athlete | Street StyleThe staple piece in this collection is definitely the Nike Shield jacket – something you truly have to wear to appreciate.  Ultra lightweight and perfectly temperate, I couldn’t be happier with how it kept me warm and dry throughout my run.  The vibrant colours are both eye-catching and are also your best friend when it comes to staying safe on a dark street!  Anyone who knows me personally will know that I’m not a fan of the cold – this piece has definitely changed my mind and expanded my winter workout regime.  If you’re in the market for some high-quality outdoor winter workout gear this winter, I highly recommend giving this collection a test run!

The Winter Athlete | Street Style What I’m Wearing

 Nike Shield Flash Jacket | Nike Free 5.0+ Shield Shoes|  Nike Pro Combat Running Tights | Nike Pro Combat Long Sleeve Top |