Posts Tagged ‘gym’

New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

by Russel Sean Fitness.

RSF calendarThe No. 1 Strategy to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolution…

Don’t make one! What is so magical about January 1 that you must wait until this day to start your journey?

As humans, we make a lot of unwise and questionable choices when the holiday season comes around. We drink too much, eat too much, make a fool of ourselves at our office parties by dancing on table tops to the latest Justin Bieber song… But that is fine and justifiable, because you have made a New Year’s resolution. As the clock strikes midnight on December 31 (okay… let’s be honest… Maybe after nursing that hangover, let’s call it afternoon of Jan 1) you have made a resolution to get fit, drink less, eat better, and get more sleep. Sound familiar?

Let’s face it, we have all done it, and probably all forgot about them faster than we forgot who came second in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. In one study, 78% of people did not stick to their New Year’s resolutions and a staggering 25% of people actually fell off the wagon by the second week of January!

Here are some things you can try to increase your chances of achieving your goals:

  • Start now! The moment you decide that there needs to be a change in your life, make that change! Don’t wait until the magical day of January 1 to start.
  • Make measurable and achievable goals. Be sure that you can gauge when you are on the right track and when you may need to head in a different direction.
  • Plan for set-backs. Keep in mind that we all occasionally lapse in our resolutions. If we respond to these set-backs with negative emotions, we may be more inclined to give up.
  • Talk about it. Don’t keep your goals a secret. Tell your friends and family; people who will be there to support you. The best-case scenario is to find a pal who shares the same goals.
  • Sacrifice… But not too much. Keep in mind that while you have goals to smash, you also have a life to live. Build your goals accordingly so that you are still able to join your friends for poutine at Blue Canoe, or meet the boys for a pint at O’Hare’s, without feeling like your entire world has come to an end.

Happy Holidays ~ Russel Sean Fitness

Russel Sean Fitness

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

web_RSF_Before_After_Palla_Media_StevestonBefore and After ~ Geoff Bryant

Prior to joining Russel Sean Fitness, the struggle of remaining consistent and making a more physically active and healthful lifestyle more of a priority was definitely a reality for myself. My attitude to staying on top of my health in the past was usually secondary and like many of us we prioritize other people, work, and every other “to do” item which comes ahead of exercise.

I first came to learn about Russel and his fitness services through a fellow member and friend. After hearing about Russel’s fitness concept of intensive group exercise I automatically assumed it would not be for me. I had never participated in group exercise before and had preferred working out in a traditional gym environment. Six months later, I still wasn’t working out and was lacking energy and motivation – I was ready to make a change.

After sending Russel an e-mail, he invited me to come by and try out a class. We spoke about my fitness goals and challenges before and after my first RSF Conditioning class. After taking one class, my interest level was higher in trying out more and seeing if this would be a fit.

The variability, intensity, attentiveness and style of the trainers make Russel Sean Fitness unique and effective.

It is unlikely that most of us will have the self discipline and rigour to execute these types of fitness programs ourselves at a traditional gym. The group atmosphere, the scheduled classes, the constantly changing routines have allowed me to achieve a level of physical fitness that I of all people did not expect.


Cartwheels Gym

Monday, February 17th, 2014

If you have spent any time at Cartwheels Gym you will have heard children enthusiastically call out “motorcycle” as they jump off equipment. This safe landing technique is taught to prevent injury and children can easily relate to the fun image. Motorcycle has become such a large part of their psyche that Cartwheels students have even been heard calling it out at playgrounds.

Katherine Campbell and Lisa Lacamell are the co-owners and founders of Cartwheels Gym. They opened the Richmond location in 2002, followed by the Surrey location in 2004. The business partners are lifelong gymnasts who are committed to delivering quality gymnastics and activity programs to promote health and fitness for children. Their goal is to inspire a devotion to fitness through fun, challenging gymnastics and movement activities.

Campbell is the club’s Chief Director Programs and Operations. She brings the magic alive in the gym, inspiring both the children and the talented coaching staff of 25 young women and men. As President and CFO, Lacamell manages the business development for Cartwheels Gym.

Dana Kimura is the energetic and enthusiastic program director of Richmond’s Cartwheels Gym. She has been involved with gymnastics virtually her entire life, first as a student and then as a coach. Prior to Cartwheels Gym opening, Kimura worked at Nuana Sports Academy. When Campbell and Lacamell opened Cartwheels Gym in 2002 Kiruma was thrilled to join the new business. She enjoys the sport, loves teaching and watching kids, in fact she cannot believe that she “gets paid to play with kids all day.” As the program director she is responsible for lesson plans, administration and alongside the other Cartwheels instructors she teaches classes from Parent & Tot all the way up to Gymstars.

Cartwheels Gym is mindful of what parents want and what children need; dynamic, fun programs that develop fitness levels and abilities, small classes, progress assessment and encouragement, qualified professional staff, a safe, clean and fully equipped facility, convenient family-oriented class scheduling and exceptional customer service.

Kimura is exceptionally proud of the staff; many of these young adults went through the Cartwheels program, and Kimura personally coached some of them when they were children.

Children are in excellent hands with Cartwheels qualified instructors who are required to complete a criminal record check, receive certification through the National Coaching Certification Program, possess current first aid certificates and participate in Cartwheels Gym intensive staff training sessions.

By the time your child can walk she is ready to register for the Parent & Tot class. Careful consideration goes into designing classes to build social skills and self-confidence and to develop physical and motor attributes. Music, free play, creative movement, games, themes, individual and group activity make the preschool classes plenty of fun.

As children mature more instructional time is spent on skill development. The Achievement Program is a fast paced program for boys and girls (Grades 1 to 7) who want to experience the fun and thrill of gymnastics. The Achievement Program promotes physical fitness and allows children to achieve new skills by focusing on their strengths and encouraging development of their weaker areas. The Olympic apparatus includes vault, uneven & parallel bars, balance beam as well as mini-trampoline and trampoline.

Gymstars is a program is for children who wish to advance their skills and spend more time at the gym. Students have the opportunity to participate in fun meets and attend the annual province wide Gymnaestrada event.

Cartwheels Gym also offers both recreational and competitive cheerleading classes. This program is for school aged girls wanting to get involved with one of the fastest growing female sports in North America.

These classes are a great way to keep fit and have fun as well as being a great training ground for Cartwheels competitive Adrenaline All Stars cheer program.

Holiday camps take place during the spring, summer and winter breaks. Each week is action packed with gymnastics instruction, special activities at the gym and field trips to local attractions such as Splashdown Park, Science World, Playland and the Greater Vancouver Zoo. In addition, Cartwheels monthly Kids’ Night Out is action packed with games, gymnastics and a big screen movie.

Receiving an invitation to attend a birthday party at Cartwheels is a child’s equivalent of hitting the jackpot. Parties include games and gymnastic activities led by a coach, and use of the party room to carry on the celebration.

Satisfied clients measure the success of any business. Lingly Wilson, a Steveston mother whose children attend Cartwheels Gym says, “The young coaches are good role models. This is not a competitive gymnastic club and it’s alright to not all make it to the Provincial teams but just have fun. It’s nice to see how much children enjoy being there, the hugs and high fives they give their coaches and team mates, along with the hugs when they fall.”


Cartwheels Gym
145-12417 No. 2 Rd
Richmond BC V7E 6H7
Telephone 604-275-0020

Russel Sean Fitness

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Russel Sean Favel and I recently sat down to talk after he returned from a week’s vacation.  As the owner and head trainer of Russel Sean Fitness (RSF) he felt a bit restless partaking in some downtime, as he is completely devoted to his business.

The busy fitness facility, which opened in January 2012, offers a variety of workouts. Russel Favel runs the boot camps and personal training while Yasmin Alexandria instructs yoga and Wendy Young and Terri McGinley lead spinning classes. In addition, registered dietitian Carolyn Berry is available for personal nutrition consultations. He is full of ideas and is eager to introduce more classes into the mix.  Anne-Louise Parry of Lulu Family Fitness has recently come on board to assist with body sculpting and indoors mum and baby classes.

Believing that your body is the best fitness tool you have, Russel Favel helps his clients create goals and focus on how to attain them.  Specializing in fat loss and high intensity training, workouts are designed to be fun, challenging, and realistic. He stresses that the gym is a non-competitive environment, and the only person you are competing with is yourself.

Many people look at celebrities and envy their ability to afford a personal trainer to attain their fitness goals. Undeniably working with a personal trainer is one of the most successful ways to improve your health and fitness.  Unlike many gym owners, Russel Favel is determined to make fitness affordable and provides very reasonable rates for all of his programs as he feels “fitness shouldn’t be a financial burden.”

The boot camps are both mentally and physically challenging through full body strengthening exercises, and cardio activities that can be reached by all fitness levels.

Spinning classes will take you on an indoor journey through hills, flats, mountain peaks and sprints. These high-energy sessions are accompanied by motivating music, and Russel Favel promises indoor cycling will leave you “covered in sweat and smiling ear to ear.”

He decided to offer yoga to complement the gym’s high intensity workouts. Classes include a variety of postures with a meditative flow and an emphasis on breathing, alignment and safety. This candlelit class helps you find inner peace.

RSF is housed in the same business park as Cartwheels, The Arts Connection and Renaissance Kids Early Learning Centres.

Multi-tasking Steveston mums in particular take advantage of this convenient location to drop off their children and squeeze in a workout of their own. Russel Favel says his “clients are the best” and he is motivated to help them attain their goals. As much as he receives accolades for inspiring and motivating his clients, he derives satisfaction from what they give back to him.

Erinn Bryan, owner of O’Hare’s GastroPub is a devoted RSF client.  She says, “Russel is a great motivator, very serious about fitness and also a lot of fun. I am addicted to going to RSF. The boot camp workouts are always very challenging and the results are awesome. I’ve met some really amazing people and I’m delighted to have boot camp as part of my work/life balance.” Indeed Russel Favel verifies that the gym is very much a community where people are made to feel welcome and a place where they look forward to catching up with friends.

The Favel family moved to Canada from their homeland of South Africa when Russel Favel was six years old.  After a brief stint in Vancouver they settled in Richmond and have called the area home ever since. Always industrious, from an early age Russel Favel had summer jobs and chuckles when he reveals that his first job was in Grade 9 at Pajo’s cutting potatoes. Not long after graduating from Steveston High he earned his certification to become a personal trainer.  Starting with boot camps and word of mouth marketing, his business began to snowball as friends told their friends. Subsequently, social media has become a great communication tool for RSF devotees.

With his vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Russel Favel (26) is mature beyond his years. He is quick to thank his parents for his work ethic and credits his father Mike Favel for his exemplary commitment to fitness. From the time he was young he recalls seeing his dad run marathons and participate in triathlons and Iron Man competitions.

He points out that his father is his role model. When Russel Favel was in Grade 7 his father’s true “fighter mentality” exhibited itself when he was diagnosed with the first of three bouts of cancer.  Mike Favel has been completely clear of cancer for seven years. Russel Favel says, “seeing someone who was so strong battle cancer for so many years, and being so resilient, taught me and gave me motivation for everything that I do in my life today.”

His mother, Sandra Favel, helps with business decisions, and assists with some of the gym’s administrative work. Russel Favel calls her “his rock.” When problems arise she imparts words of wisdom and offers solutions. He says, “If I am still not able to work it out, then it’s probably just the way it was meant to be. I like to believe I have inherited my mom’s emotional and mental balance, which allows me to keep going, even through those tough times.”

Although Russel Favel has very little free time beyond his business, he continues to enjoy his favourite sport, soccer. He also makes it a priority to spend time with his girlfriend, Michelle Kwieton, his sister and brother in-law, Teri and Justin Wachtel, and his newborn nephew, Hudson. Judging by his commitment and passion for his career and family, he seems to have found the perfect balance.

Another source of inspiration is his uncle, Martin Smith, who formerly owned and ran one of the biggest gyms in Johannesburg.  He was one of the first people to bring the whole “fitness lifestyle” to the gym, with the swimming pool, circuit classes, and aerobics and has provided Russel Favel with many helpful ideas and tips.

Martin Smith is a friend of Jon Jon Park, the CEO and founder of Legacy Gym in Los Angeles. Legacy Gym is named in honour of Jon Jon Park’s father, Reg Park, who was a professional body builder and held the title of Mr. Universe three times. It was Reg Park who inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger to pursue his career in bodybuilding. Jon Jon Park emigrated to L.A. from South Africa to follow in his father’s footsteps, and is now one of city’s top trainers to celebrities and professional athletes.

While Russel Favel has not met Jon Jon Park, he hopes to, “so I can let him know how much of an impact he has had on me. Jon Jon’s pictures and his father’s pictures are one of the first things you see when you walk into RSF gym. I use them as a reminder that hard work and genuinely caring for your clients and what you believe in will get you furthest. It is not about the equipment you have, it’s about you. The equipment doesn’t do the work, you do.”

It is Russel Favel’s authenticity and ability to learn life lessons at such an early age that distinguishes him from some young entrepreneurs who are driven by monetary success. While he is certainly ambitious, his ultimate quest is to help as many people as he can by bringing them happiness and helping them feel good about themselves.

Russel Sean Fitness

Unit 9 – 12491 No. 2 Road

Richmond BC V7E 2G3

Telephone 604-341-4288