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… 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!



Featured member Brandie Mabee who also has a 2 page layout in Muscle Insider this fall!

Brandie says:

I can’t thank Sandcastle Fitness Club enough for their support through the SWFC prep!

New Members

Becoming a member at a gym you know nothing about can be a little scary, especially if you don’t know anyone there.
Luckily for those who step foot into Sandcastle Fitness Club, they feel comfortable in an instant.
We have friendly and fabulous staff members, confident and helpful trainers, and most of all, we are all one big happy family…
When I first entered Sandcastle, my first thought was, “this is such a unique-looking gym!”  It wasn’t like any of the other gyms I’ve been to. Nothing fancy, but it felt just right. Like home.
The minute I was introduced to the staff and some of the members, I couldn’t wrap my head around how lovely everyone was. It was surreal to be in a place where people weren’t snooty and overly competitive like everywhere else I’d been.
I had positive vibes being here, and I think I can speak for most people in that regard.
I recall that the other gyms I’ve been to certainly couldn’t measure up to Sandcastle. The front desk service was a huge thing for me, personally. Just like everyone, I like getting great service. I didn’t have to worry about that at all. All staff behind the desk were kind, courteous, and intelligent. They didn’t give you the feeling that you were inconveniencing them by getting up off the stool and handing you a small towel and a lock.
I’m so grateful to have been led to this wonderful place where I can feel COMFORTABLE working out in a supportive environment.

Gym Buddies

gym buddy

Gym buddies…

Everybody has one, right?


I have found over the time I have been attending Sandcastle Fitness, that most of the regulars have their own group, or gym buddy.

Some (I’ve noticed) decide to go alone.

I myself have a gym buddy and wouldn’t know what the heck to do without one!!!

Maybe for some people it’s easier to focus working out alone? Perhaps it’s too distracting to be working out with another person, let alone a few? Sometimes you get to talking, then decide to stop and grab a bite to eat after only completing two sets.

Whoops. I can’t say that’s ever happened before… *wink wink*

For me personally, having a workout buddy is a fantastic thing. It’s like having a personal cheerleader rootin’ you on to lift. It’s a wonderful thing. That’s why I love the partnership. Whether it’s a friend, school colleague, sibling, or other half, getting that motivation from them just makes you want to do better, does it not?

I would love to hear from those who workout alone!

What are your methods? Why do you like working out alone?