The Kananaskis Nordic Spa

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa, a brand new (and very welcome!) addition to the Kananaskis Village opened its doors couple of weeks ago.  Set to open in stages, the first stage of the spa includes a series of outdoor heated, and one chilled, pools, as well as eucalyptus infused saunas and cedar steam rooms.

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Sleek and modern, this new build looks like it belongs on the landscape and it is almost impossible to believe that it popped up over the last months. I recently had the opportunity to test out the spa, and I wanted to share photos and a bit of narrative from my incredibly relaxing night there.

The spa is nestled in behind the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, accessible by an elevated board walk. Once inside, warm woods and warm accents help to set the mood the second you walk through the door. I love the logo for the spa; it is simple and sleek, yet suits the setting.

More than just a spa; the K Nordic spa also offers a licensed restaurant with luxurious couch seating (even a patio for summer!) as well as an adorable boutique, stocked with a great selection of Lululemon and an assortment of Canada tartan accessories for you to recreate the spa feeling at home after you leave.

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Upon check in, guests are given a robe and slippers, as well as a waterproof fob bracelet that electronically lets you into a locker.

The change rooms were some of the most luxurious I have ever seen in a fitness or wellness facility; in the ladies there was an entire room with counters and hair stations to ensure you leave the spa looking as great as you feel.

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Once through the change rooms, outside you go! The gathering pool, a two leveled warm water pool, awaits. This large pool is the perfect way to start or end your spa experience (or do like me, and go a couple of times 😉 )

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My favourite pool by far was the hot pool; it once again has two levels, but a much cozier and more intimate feel. Bonus: has a waterfall.

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You’ll notice the glowing red lights over the robe hooks? Those are heated robe shelters to ensure your walk between pools is cozy even in the winter.

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This fire pit was a wonderful addition to the spa; there are few scents more relaxing than a camp fire, and the muskoka chairs and hanging fire pit make it both medieval and sleekly modern.

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This is the pool I was only brave enough to go in once. Very briefly. The cold pool. But it is a part of the process, so you need to try it 😉

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Cedar sauna and coming soon, heated hammocks!

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Can’t say that I have ever sat by a camp fire in a bathrobe, but I loved it.

Not pictured, due to adverse camera conditions, are the eucalyptus steam rooms. There are two of them located in one cabin, both rooms spacious enough for large groups. Sleek dark tiles, mixed with cedar make for an incredibly aromatic experience. I also loved that there was a self-filling bucket of cool water with which you can douse yourself when you get too warm in the steam room.

My night spent at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa was exactly what I had needed to cap off an incredibly busy and physically strenuous week. It was such a relaxing environment, with great amenities. The staff were warm and welcoming and the entire facility was spotless. I will definitely be back very soon. I am also excited for the upcoming phases of the spa which will include massage treatment rooms, yoga/fitness studios and much more.

Have you visited yet? Let me know what you thought!

 

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Couch to 5K

I have never been a very good runner.

Let’s be honest… I hate running.

But unfortunately, if I ever want to get hired on as a full-time firefighter, it is something I need to learn to love. If you make running fun, I am all over it. Like obstacle races? Yes, please! I love Spartan races! But when it comes to just running to run… ew.

So on top of my current gym plan for weight lifting, which just had me doing one day of cardio a week, and boxing, I have started using an app called Couch to 5k. It starts you out slow, running mixed with intervals of walking and gradually works you up to more and more actual running. I started doing this with a fellow firefighter, but joined part way through his program in like week 3, so I decided to do things right and start myself from the beginning (this is partly due to him sleeping through the run we had planned this morning, thanks Mike :P).

Today I completed the official Day 1 of C2-5K. The intervals were one minute of running followed by a minute thirty of walking for a total of thirty minutes. I was reminded of the fact that running is 90% mental for me. It would be so easy to make excuses for why I didn’t need to run, or other things I could be doing, but once I get started and get into stride, I have to admit that it felt good. I started off the first running intervals doing a light jog and by the final intervals was going at a full run. Running feels good. It feels good to see what your body is capable of. I look forward to seeing my running improve and want to run a 5k race this fall. I’m not sure which one yet, but I will try to find something fun. If you have suggestions for a fun 5k in the Calgary/Canmore area, drop your suggestion in the comments!

Ready To Rumble

20229084_10213688362753063_205585877112026510_nRecently I have been putting in a lot of time at the gym and following an awesome workout plan (thanks Workout Labs!!!! ), but I still wanted to spice things up a bit, find something fun and try something new.

So say hello to boxing. I have always wanted to try boxing and I finally decided that there was no time like the present. I had started following a boxing studio in Calgary called Rumble on Instagram a few months ago, and seeing their posts was the final push that I needed.  About a month ago I logged into their website and on a whim booked myself into a class.

20229113_10213688363273076_7391214987261958464_nI will readily admit that I was nervous walking into the studio. I had no idea what to expect. Was everyone going to be better than me? Would I be the only new person? Was I going to look ridiculous? The answer to all of these questions ended up being yes, but I still had the most fun that I have ever had in a workout session.

I got there and their friendly staff helped me get checked in and gave me a quick tour. I was handed gloves and hand wraps and scampered off to the change room (which is frigging beautiful!!!Seriously the most modern and sleek change room I have ever seen) to get ready. I quickly realized I had no idea how to wrap my hands, but luckily the instructor Janice was there to help me. She walked me through the process and then welcomed me into her class.

So the studio at rumble is a black room with white accents and when class starts and the lights go down… it all makes sense. This is like dance club meets fight club (according to their website) and it sure lives up to that expectations. The music was pumping and quite frankly the perfect workout playlist. Between sets of punches, the instructors have you doing squats, pushups, sit ups and all other sorts of moves to keep your heart pumping and give you an incredible all over workout.

Since starting boxing, I have been going 2-3 nights a week and I absolutely love it. It is such a great stress reliever and such an awesome environment. Everyone is very friendly, helpful and non-judgmental.

If you have ever contemplated trying boxing, I urge you to give it a go! You will have a blast! You can find out more on Rumble’s website, here: http://rumbleboxing.com/

 Check out some of the photos that I have snapped over the last month or so:

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I dragged my BFF along for a class and despite his protestations, he ended up loving it!

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You seriously get so sweaty!

 

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20246085_10213688364233100_8104410159704949854_n I learned how to wrap my hands! And got some badass pink camo wraps…

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Getting my @$$ in Shape


Part of me focusing on things that matter has meant that I have been actually working at getting into the best shape of my life (not that that is saying much LOL). This has been something that I have been working here and there for a couple of years, but instead of just casually working out now, I am training with intention (and goals!).

I was starting to overwhelm my main instagram profile with gym and firefighting stuff, so I started a secondary profile to keep fitness and fire stuff separate from all my nature and adventure stuff. In my first post on my profile, I explained what was going on in my life. I’ll copy it over here so you can see:

Hey all! This is a new account for me with a bit of a lengthy reason. Curious? Read on. 
I feel like I have struggled with my weight and being fit by entire life. This is something that's hard for me to even say 'out loud' (or in writing, same thing.). I have hated my body for most of my life. And unfortunately I know a lot of people feel the same way. 
Growing up, I always sucked at coordinated sports. I was clumsy, awkward and had zero confidence. When I was towards the end of being a teenager, I discovered being active wasn't all about being good at the usual things, that there were ways to be active that even I could do. And so began my love for the outdoors. I fell in love with canoeing, hiking, fishing and all those good things and I went on to become a park ranger for 6 years. 
I then found myself moving to Alberta, where 3 years ago I became a firefighter. As soon as I became a firefighter, my focus on physical fitness shifted. It was no longer an option, it was necessary to be fit. A friend introduced me to weight lifting, I started running obstacle races and have even competed in 2 Firefighter stair climbs. But I've still felt like I hate my body.  I have wanted to compete at Firefit for the last 2 years, but have been too nervous (scared) to even try. 
I've made the decision to stop being scared to try, and to train harder to actually reach my goals. Instead of just casually going to the gym, I have been inspired to train with intention and to commit to a plan. A plan that involves healthy eating as well as working out. If you follow my main Instagram account (@ThatCanadianGirl1) then you've probably seen a lot of my gym posts and food posts from the last couple of month, but there's a lot more I want to post but didn't want to overwhelm that feed for people who were following me for my nature photos. Feel free to follow me along here, but in all honesty this is more of a fitness diary, a way for my to track my progress and my journey.

firefitmissHey all! This is a new account for me with a bit of a lengthy reason. Curious? Read on.

I feel like I have struggled with my weight and being fit by entire life. This is something that’s hard for me to even say ‘out loud’ (or in writing, same thing.). I have hated my body for most of my life. And unfortunately I know a lot of people feel the same way.
Growing up, I always sucked at coordinated sports. I was clumsy, awkward and had zero confidence. When I was towards the end of being a teenager, I discovered being active wasn’t all about being good at the usual things, that there were ways to be active that even I could do. And so began my love for the outdoors. I fell in love with canoeing, hiking, fishing and all those good things and I went on to become a park ranger for 6 years.

I then found myself moving to Alberta, where 3 years ago I became a firefighter. As soon as I became a firefighter, my focus on physical fitness shifted. It was no longer an option, it was necessary to be fit. A friend introduced me to weight lifting, I started running obstacle races and have even competed in 2 Firefighter stair climbs. But I’ve still felt like I hate my body. I have wanted to compete at Firefit for the last 2 years, but have been too nervous (scared) to even try.

I’ve made the decision to stop being scared to try, and to train harder to actually reach my goals. Instead of just casually going to the gym, I have been inspired to train with intention and to commit to a plan. A plan that involves healthy eating as well as working out. If you follow my main Instagram account (@ThatCanadianGirl1) then you’ve probably seen a lot of my gym posts and food posts from the last couple of month, but there’s a lot more I want to post but didn’t want to overwhelm that feed for people who were following me for my nature photos. Feel free to follow me along here, but in all honesty this is more of a fitness diary, a way for my to track my progress and my journey.

 

19875130_10213533065990741_7799063700447856623_nSo don’t be surprised if you start to see more fitness related posts on here, over the past few months it has become such a huge portion of my life. Sharing my journey with people helps me hold myself accountable and the feedback I have received from people has been overwhelmingly positive. Its reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one who feels like this, and who has this struggle. Sometimes its nice to just not feel alone. A big thank you to everyone who passed along some love!  So if this is something that interests you, or something you can relate to, then feel free to follow me along on my journey here on my blog or on my instagram (@FireFitMiss)