Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Toes Never Go In

Hi All,
I don't normally post in this nature but felt it important that I hit this one. 

I had a young athlete come to me today and tell me that his trainer told him to squat with his "toes in" to overcome the imbalances created by being a hockey player and skating all the time......Now I do not know everything, far from it, and I do not pretend to know everything.  I am always learning and look to our professional community to help inspire that learning and for take home pieces of education.  So I pondered this, I tried this, then I pondered some more, but I came to the same conclusion.  This is ridiculous!

Dear Mr. Trainer,
Please go and do some more reading on foot position, knee/ankle/hip position bio-mechanics before you injure a young athlete or person.  Toes should never point in during the squat.  We can go back and forth over a debate of toes forward vs. toes out, but there is no debate on toes in.  If you seek to fix imbalances, then address imbalances through corrective drills, exercises and positioning cues.
Thank you for your time

Happy squatting everyone and if anyone tells you to turn toes in, then pack your gear and check out

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

High School Strongman Event Poster and Info

Here is the info poster for the upcoming Calgary High School Strongman Challenge.  Contact info for registration and questions is at the bottom.  See Mike De Boer

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Calling all High School Strength Athletes

Bearspaw Barbell Club out of Calgary will be hosting two high school strongman contests this year.  The contests will be administered and organized by long time strongman competitor Mike De Boer and Bearspaw Barbell Coach and competitor Jesse Roest.  It will have many traditional strongman events in it and looks to be an amazing time for any young strength athletes who may be interested in the sport of Strongman.

Contest Dates/Locations
November 18, 2017 - Location To Be Determined
May 5, 2018 - Location: Bearspaw Barbell Club/Bearspaw School

I will have more information as things continue to shape up, but if you are interested check in with Mr. Gillespie in the Fitness Center.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ASDC Athlete Enhancement Program Opportunity

Alberta Sport Development Center is currently accepting applications for its Athlete Enhancement Program.  Please see the information and application form at the links below for information and if you are interested.  Application forms go to ASDC not to Mr. Gillespie in the LCI Fitness Center.

AEP Invite Letter
AEP Application Form

Information about ASDC can be found on their website at

Monday, August 28, 2017

LCI Fitness Start Up

Here are the temporary start up hours.  Regular hours are not in effect until September 25, 2017.

Please pick up a waiver form from the fitness center or print one a waiver, and fill it out, from the "About Me" drop down menu.

More information to come in the following week or so.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Closed for Summer/September Opening

Hello Everyone,
We are at that time of year where we are closing up our doors for the Summer.  We will resume services in the Fall September 25, 2017.

At that time programming will be posted to the main page and the "Programming" drop down menu link.

Hours will be updated on the "About Us" link of the home page (Top right hand drop down menu). In that menu you will also find information about myself, our mandatory waiver form, and donation information (That's right we are free but survive on your good graces :)).

Keep training over the Summer and I hope to see you all in the new school year