Introducing a New Look for The Manual Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Spring has already arrived (hard to believe in some parts of the nation, we know) and summer is quickly approaching, and that means bathing suit season for everyone -Wahoo! After hibernating through the winter months we realize that we need to get back into the routine of working out and looking good so we can hit the beach with confidence.If you don’t already know about them- SoulCycle is an intense 45 minute workout program that has developed a cult following. SoulCycle is expected to expand from its current fourteen locations to an upwards of 40 locations nationwide over the next five years with additional studios in New York, Los Angeles, London and beyond. Offering a variety of classes for cyclists of all levels.The Manual spoke to SoulCycle instructor Tomas Mikuzis about getting back into shape and asked for some helpful tip to get us to the finish line.“The hardest part of getting back into shape for summer is the initial ‘step through the door’. Stay motivated and remember it gets easier every time you workout” Mikuzis says.We know we can’t eat barbecue every day (sigh), what do you suggest for beach body confidence?1.Eat clean and healthy when you are starting to get back into shape. Organic produce is a great way to go. Check out your local farmers market or grocery store.2. Be sure to eat enough clean protein (grass fed, organic, no artificial additives) your body will absorb more of the nutrients when its cleaner protein.3. Eat your veggies! Veggies are great for anytime of the day to eat and snack on.4. Watch how much you eat… don’t over eat. Make sure you are consuming enough calories but don’t overdo it!How many times a week should we visit SoulCycle to see results?I believe that if you take three SoulCycle classes a week you will definitely see results and see them quickly. There is no real limit to how many classes you can take to start. Listen to your body and see what is comfortable for you. Giving your body rest is just as important as working out. Give your body rest so that it can recover and make you stronger!How does training differ for men from our lady friends?Training can differ from male to female, but a combination of cardio and strength training is a must when trying to get back into shape. If you are looking to bulk up a bit try using heavier weights with less repetition and for more of a leaner sculpted look, light weight with more repetition is the way to go.If you are looking to lose those extra “Winter Pounds” just remember that it took some time to add those pounds and it will take time to get them off.Stay with a fitness routine people! And maybe go for a side salad instead of those fries and chips at the next summer backyard food fest.For locations or to set up a class, visit http://www.soul-cycle.com
by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential $4 billion in investments CALGARY – The Alberta government has approved three oilsands projects that it says represent about $4 billion of potential investments, though it’s unclear whether any of the projects will go ahead.The projects include the Blackpearl Resources’s Blackrod project, Surmont Energy’s Wildwood project, and Husky Energy’s Saleski project that together total about 95,000 barrels of potential production.The approvals, announced Thursday, are the first projects to get the green light since the government established a 100 megatonne greenhouse gas cap on oilsands emissions.“They’re not the first to be approved by the (NDP) government, but they are the first under the Climate Leadership Plan,” said Energy Minister spokesman Brad Hartle.Together the projects are expected to equal about 2.5 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions if built to the design capacity.The government is still working out how to implement the emissions cap, which it says it put in place to encourage innovation and cost-effective emissions reduction strategies.The government approvals come after multiple environmental assessments, consultations with local indigenous and non-indigenous communities, and recommendations by the Alberta Energy Regulator that the projects be approved.“This is a major step that’s been several years in the making,” said Mark Smith, chief executive of Surmont.He said the company’s application process started in October 2012 and Surmont has had to contend with changes to regulations, the energy regulator, and in government along the way.“It took a lot longer than we imagined it would,” said Smith.He said the company had interest from backers in the past for the roughly US$375-million, 12,000-barrel-a-day project, but the private company will now have to work to secure firm financial backing.Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said Saleski is a 3,000-barrel-a-day pilot project that has not been sanctioned yet by Husky.“It’s something we’ll have to review in light of our current budgeting process,” said Duvall.The companies still must make final investment decisions on the projects and work with regulators on specific licences and approvals.The NDP government last approved an oilsands project in October 2015, with Devon Canada’s 9,000-barrel-a-day project near Cold Lake, Alta.-With files from Dan Healing in Calgary.