RECIPE – Braised Chicken Thighs with leeks, bacon and white wine

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! As we get into the week and reality sets in (…wine at 1pm isn’t appropriate on a Tuesday?!?!?!) it’s always nice to plan some meals for a few days so that the tempting piece of pizza or donut doesn’t pull you off track. This recipe of Braised Chicken Thighs with Leeks, Bacon and … Read More

Transformations – Will Kinash

Welcome to another installment of our TRANSFORMATIONS series! This week we hear the inspiring (and hilarious) account of Will Kinash’s personal fitness journey. The self-professed “Mayor of Kerrisdale” takes us through his last 3 months at Yard Athletics, and the gains he’s made in strength, endurance and overall body composition. We love stories like these, so send them in as … Read More

Gut Bacteria, Probiotics, and the Future of Health

Arguably one of the most fascinating frontiers in modern health science is the study of gut “flora”, bacteria, probiotics, and the profound effect they have on our body as a whole. For example, much of the leading research on autism is pointing towards poor microbial activity as an accelerator, or even cause of the condition. There is even compelling research … Read More

TRANSFORMATIONS – Ilan Cumberbirch

Hi Everyone, As some of you may or may not know, Yard Athletics recently performed a body transformation challenge. Sam Shaw and I challenged our clients to see how much weight they could lose or gain (depending on their goals). Sam and myself had 1 month to complete the challenge, our clients had 2. So here you have it, my … Read More

RECIPE – Bone Broth

  Despite the power of the food trend juggernaut (Poke bowls? Kale Caesar? Turmeric in everything?), “bone broth” is nothing new. Since humans started using water as a medium to cook with, meat, bones and vegetables have been boiled together to extract more nutrients and make the digestion of food easier. Bone broth can be as simple as simmering a … Read More

Hotel Gyms: Maximizing Your Time On The Road

When traveling for work or pleasure, it can be hard to motivate yourself to workout, particularly if there’s an early morning conference or a beach less than 100ft away. Luckily most hotels are now equipped with at least some form of exercise room, and many are even making it a selling feature of their properties, such as EVEN Hotels. The … Read More

RECIPE – Hummus 4 Ways by Natalie Cumberbirch

So I am in no way a dietitian, but I have read my fair share on health and nutrition, and feel I have a pretty good grasp on what we should be putting in our bodies. I’m currently working in Paris as a pastry chef; I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat croissants, cheese and chocolate on a … Read More

Looking for a better sleep? Start stretching before bed.

It’s no secret that adequate sleep is crucial to promoting good health and immune function. The classic advice of getting “8 hours a day” hasn’t changed much, and there are countless studies to back up the fact that more sleep equals better overall health. If you’re a highly active individual exercising several times a week, sleep allows the body to … Read More

RECIPE – Healthy Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

This is a healthy, quick recipe for any night of the week. Can be made gluten free with the addition of GF breadcrumbs or cooked rice. Ground meat of your choice (pork, beef, veal, chicken, turkey) with a reasonable amount of fat Breadcrumbs (regular, gluten free, or plain cooked rice) Fresh ground black pepper Fennel seeds, ground Fresh grated parmigiano … Read More