“Wow, all this is the ladies only section?”

When people walk past or first walk through our doors, they don’t expect to tour a 22,000 square foot gym.
Yes, it really is that big – and no matter where you go in the club, whether it’s ladies’ only, co-ed, the group fitness studio or even the change rooms, you will never feel crowded.
One of my favourite things about the club is giving a tour to a new lady and stopping at our ladies’ only gym (a full fitness center with cardio, free weights, machines, squat racks…the list goes on!) and hearing her say “Wow, this is all ladies-only?”   Yes, yes it is!
Usually the next thing I hear is, “this is great because I’m not comfortable in co-ed.” …and then many of these ladies, once comfortable with their routine, slowly head upstairs to our  co-ed gym and realize they’re completely fine.
They just needed a little more confidence to feel okay working out “with the guys”. Of course, it probably helps when they see that everyone here is really just there to workout – nobody’s here for a fashion show!
We would know – we’re in our sweats all day long.
Sandcastle’s the place to be when you want to feel relaxed, right at home and motivated to get your best workout no matter what. (Having said that, even though I’m confident in my workouts, train hard and and comfortable with everyone around here – I LOVE our ladies-only gym…it’s still my go-to!)


What a weekend with the pros!

Well that was one serious bodybuilding weekend at the Van Pro Show!  Congratulations to our own competitors at Sandcastle!  We did amazing and are off to Nationals!

The BC Bodybuilding Championships were combined with a Pro Show so it was quite a treat to watch our own competitors share the stage with the Pros!

2017 Figure, Fitness and Physique Canadian Nationals

are coming up at the end of July and we cant wait to see how Sandcastle does!

These are a little different than the traditional bodybuilding categories.  There is so much more to competing (and to enjoying the shows) than years ago.

So exciting!  Best of luck to our Physique athletes!


12 days out….

We are 12 days out before the Vancouver Pro Show / BC Bodybuilding championships.  Over the next almost 2 weeks you will start to see extremely lean  zombies walking around the gym in a daze, grouchy,  crying, laughing,  and then crying again.    Its a crazy game that these incredibly hard working and dedicated athletes play within their own heads!    This particular show (for our local competitors) is a bonus because they are competing on the same stage, the same weekend, as the pros!   I am super excited that we have athletes from our gym competing all weekend!   If you have never been to an event like this, what a great way to start.  There is an expo all weekend full of  fun events, lots of free stuff, and the expo is only $25. (not including the finals for the competition)

Sandcastle is SO PROUD to support members of our Sandcastle family that are giving it their all!   We will be there for you!!  You are almost there!!!!



My first show

A long, long time ago, I went to my first bodybuilding show.  My brother was competing and it was all about bodybuilding.  The men and women were all heavy duty competitors.

This was the 80’s so there was no such thing as a bikini class, or physique.  The bigger and “freakier” (yes, this is the truth) you were, the better you did.

Over the years, the sport  has changed and doors have opened for more gym athletes to be able to take the stage.

It is so exciting to see competitors from all categories.  Sandcastle is so lucky to have so many athletes to learn from.

We are very proud to show our support to Brandie Mabee who has been a loyal and awesome member for some time.  (Member being a Sandcastle family member cause we wouldn’t have it any other way)

Brandie is a (more than)  full time pharmacist  who is also a National Level Athlete and we are very excited to share a bit about her with you.


Competitor or Builder?

So, not unlike other sports, the sport (or art) of bodybuilding takes a huge amount of dedication.  Once you decide to take it on stage, a whole new world seems to open up.

What and who you have in your gym will, to some point, dictate how you hit the stage.

Does your gym offer you a little extra?  Will they stay open a tad later because you still have 10 minutes of cardio left of your 2nd cardio workout of the day before bed?

Do they have a fridge for your food because your 6 pack lunch kit  is too full?  Do your fellow members know that you are not  ignoring everyone  but that your show is just around the corner and at any second you think  you may have a breakdown!

and…..how is the support?  The bodybuilding world is a community of not just bodybuilders but “builders”!  These are the family, friends, and co members of your gym  that are there to support you!   They will  sit in the audience for 5 hours to cheer you on, to build you up so you hit that stage knowing the seats are full of “builders”, there for you!

“Tis the season of many a show coming up.   If you are not a competitor, will you at least be a “builder” for your fellow gym mates?

Bring on the love, baby!

Good morning, Sandcastle family!

Some of you might know today as Valentine’s Day. Some of you might be celebrating S.A.D. (Single’s Awareness Day). Whatever your choice of holiday, today is all about the love – and what better way to start it than by talking about self-love?

We’ve all seen the Instagram posts and motivational quotes about how important it is to show yourself love – but did you know that it’s actually backed by science? A study put out by Health Psychology found that by showing yourself compassion and kindness, you’re more likely to adopt healthy habits and behaviours (like hanging out with your friends at the Castle!). We know, though, that it can be hard to find ways to show yourself love – so as our Valentine’s gift to you, we’ve put together a list of six simple ways to do it. Give ’em a try!

1. Take a mental break.
It doesn’t need to be a long one. Take ten minutes away from your computer to reset. Grab a coffee, take a quick walk around the office or maybe step outside to get some air. Your brain and body will thank you!

2. Drink enough water.
Your body needs sufficient hydration to get you through your day. Drinking enough water ensures that you perform at your best, avoid headaches and sluggishness and rid your body of toxins. Plus, filling your water bottle is a great way to get mini-break from work (see point 1). Drink up!

3. Consider your language.
Throughout the day, pay close attention to your self-talk. What are you saying to other people about yourself? What are you telling yourself? Would you tell somebody else some of the things that you tell yourself? If you wouldn’t, try to change up your language.
Example: “I wasn’t productive at work today. I’m not good at my job.” 
Instead, try: “I didn’t get quite as much done today as I wanted to. I’ll try again tomorrow.” 

4. Call a friend. 
Sometimes all you need to brighten your day is to hear a friendly voice. Take five or ten minutes today to call somebody who’s special to you. You’ll probably make their day!

5. Choose food that will make you feel good. 
When choosing what to fuel your body with, ask yourself what will make you feel your best. Pick foods that will make you feel satisfied and will support you in your day.

6. Don’t forget that workout!
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? In all seriousness, though, getting your sweat on helps you sleep better, improves your strength, flexibility and heart health, helps boost your immune system and contributes to your overall happiness. Also, you’re guaranteed to see some friendly faces when you walk through the doors at the Castle. Drop by the gym today – you’ll be so happy that you did.

That’s all, folks! Try out some of the tips listed here and no matter whether your attached or unattached, make sure you show yourself some love today. After all, you’re stuck with you for the rest of your life – so learn to be kind to yourself!