SpinRave Playlist: August 2013

One of my favourite new classes to teach this summer has very quickly become my SpinRave. Through Barreworks and Oakley Active Canada we have offered four sold out classes – and usually sold out weeks in advance – so I think that means you like them too! 😉

_MG_2468Black lights, glow sticks, and a whole lot of sweaty Cardio Party fun is the basis of this 60 minute ride. I’m often asked for my playlists, but especially after this hoppin’ ride. So here it is! Throw it on your Ipod and take yourself out for a high energy spin._MG_2538
Song Title. Artist
1. Cheers (Drink to That). Paulette ClickMix Remix
2. Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch). Calvin Harris
3. Get Lucky. D’Macy ClickMix Remix
4. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. Royals. Lorde
6. Lights (Bassnectar Remix). Ellie Goulding
7. Like a G6 (Disco Fries Remix). Far East Movement, The Cataracs & Dev
8. Lazy Eye (Jason Bentley Remix). Silversun Pickups
9. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. Michael Jackson
10. Safe and Sound Remix EP. Capital Cities
11. Run the World. Paulette ClickMix Remix
12. What I Wouldn’t Do. Serena Ryder
13. Three Little Birds (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix). Bob Marley & the Wailers
14. Follow the Sun. Xavier Rudd


What songs have you loved to sweat to this summer? Add them in the comments below!

Wondering when the next SpinRave will be? Be sure to follow me on Twitter to hear about it first!

Thank You for Sharing the Love!

July was an absolutely amazing month for feeling the social media love and support. I am constantly taken back by your following, sharing, and blog/twitter love. Thank you everyone who has read my blog and checked out my nomination in the Genuine Health Inner Champion Contest. My blog has just been nominated as Best Health Magazine’s Fitness Blog of 2013, so my ask for your support continues.

Best Health Magazine Blog of the Year!
I am now further honoured to have learned today that my blog has been nominated by Best Health Magazine in their Best Blogs of 2013 contest. There are some amazing blogs on this list and it is very heart warming to see my name. I have loved sharing my passion for healthy, active living with you and have learned so much from what you have taken the time to share back. If you have a second please continue to share the love by clicking here and giving my blog your vote! http://www.besthealthmag.ca/special-features/bh-blog-award

Taken March 2012, this goal will become my reality!

Genuine Health Inner Champion Contest
You made over 3000 votes during July in the Genuine Health $10K Inner Champion contest and I was beyond honoured to sit in first place because of you for the past 3 weeks. The contest continues through to the end of this month, so I am asking for this love and support to continue. You can vote daily here in order to help me make my fitness dream of opening an indoor cycling & yoga studio a reality. Sweating for social good is my intention behind Tribe, as we not only build community through fitness but we support the community. For more details & to vote click here: http://www.genuinehealth.com/innerchampion/heather-gardner/

Thank you everyone for your support and generous giving of your time to voting. Both contests take mere seconds to complete (nothing to fill in) and your actions are deeply appreciated.

You are my Tribe, my community, my network, and my fitness family.
Thank you for your continued support.

Building My Tribe – I need your help!

Physical activity has always been part of my life. Not in an over explicit way, as in “hey, let’s go for a bike ride because it’s healthy”, but in a “hey, let’s go for a bike ride because that’s what we like to do” – we grew up as active kids and as habit has it, my sister and I are very active adults. My dad continues to be an active role model (he’s walking the entire Bruce Trail) and being on the move is our way of life.

When I was in high school I fell in love with fitness, I still played spots, but loved working out, loved moving and grooving and feeling strong. I looked forward to heading to the Hamilton YWCA Saturday mornings with my mum for aerobics (this was the 90s) and that’s definitely when and where my love for fitness grew. I got my group fitness certification, indoor cycling certificates, water aerobics certifications, and started leading classes right away – I loved it.  I loved inspiring and motivating others, challenging people to be their best self, live their best life, but even more, I loved the community that I became apart of  – my Tribe.

On March 17, 2012 I said this goal out loud. photo(26)It actually really scared me in spite of being something I had always wanted to do. I sat thinking “is this seriously what I’m going to write down, but then people will know”. Growing up I didn’t really know anyone who owned their own studio – I had no clue how to do it? is this even a “real” job? So I tucked that thought away, but as most you know it was never  far from my mind.

Moving to Toronto in 2010 showed me that yes it is totally doable and a real job! I met some amazingly fierce females who were following their dreams and I realized I can do it too – in fact I am!

My new goal is to open Tribe, an indoor cycling and yoga studio here in the heart of TO and I plan to do it next year (a year earlier, but hey why wait!). My goal is to build a fitness community, a supportive and inclusive studio where everyBODY belongs. A studio that is an electric filled energy mood lift – whether it’s a cardio party high and a calming yoga zen.

So I need your help.

I am currently in a contest through Genuine Health that will fund me 10K to make this fitness dream come true. All you need to do is vote – once a day. Nothing to fill in, just click the link and click vote!

Here’s the link. Please vote, share,  feel my gratitude, then get a sweat on when we open – and believe me you’ll know when that happens!


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. – Jane Howard