#YMCAOttawa Connexion: Fitness Professional Workshop

So the adventures of becoming a group fitness instructor continues…

Today was one of those days, awesome, filled with adventure and challenges!

The day started early (yes, this isn’t unusual in our household), but I was up early for a different reason today. I attended the YMCA’s annual Fitness Connexion.

What an inspiring morning!

I got to hang out with some of the finest fitness professionals, who are all on a mission to share their healthier lifestyles and to teach others how to be able to become strong, fit and healthy. Such an empowering time!

wpid-dsc_0483.jpgMy day looked a little something like this:

  • Registered at 8:30am at the Ottawa Convention Centre
  • 9:15-11:00 – Workshop on How to work out with a step!
  • 11:15-12:30 – Workshop on Learning more about body composition as you age
  • 12:30-1:30 – Veggie Lunch and Exploring of the Fitness Expo
  • One of the best parts of the day included running into some of the individuals who taught my the in class theory parts of the program.  


  • I will never be a Step class instructor (thank goodness I am all about strength and resistance!)
  • The above point leads me to my second, I am not as “coordinated” as I originally thought I was.
  • I am IN LOVE with squats and lunges, these exercises make me feel A-Mazing.
  • I can be shy, especially in situations where I am outside of my comfort zone and in a field that is unique to my entire professional and personal background.
  • I love the energy and support like-minded fitness professionals provide each other
  • I might be become a fitness professional because I love LOVE love work out clothes (and how empowered and strong I feel! I know I know, sounds vain!)

On a bit of a tangent … 

Of course I had to shop along the way for my upcoming business meeting! (Totally off topic, but I am loving the dress selection at Victoire on Dalhousie!) Follow my instagram @mymamajourney for some fabulous pictures of my finds this week. 



If #swimming outside is not possible …


Canadian winters can be long, and it can leave parents and kids a little stir crazy!


Thankfully, our city has many amazing indoor pool facilities. As a family with a busy toddler (who seems to have been a fish in her past life), we like to take advantage of these indoor pools.

For the close to ocean “experience” check out one of our local wave pools (Splash Wave Pool will entertain the entire family not only does it include a decent size wave pool and a small heated toddler pool, there is a small water slide).

A simple family outing to the Taggart Family YMCA, where the bright open window concept allows for the warmth of the sunshine even on those cold winter days won’t be a disappointment. Enjoy family swimming, playing with the pool toys and the comforts of a heated pool.

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Cool Part? Kids are able to start swimming lessons as early as three months old at the YMCA.


Even “Cooler” BONUS Part? After swimming, don’t forget to check out the indoor play structure (all covered by the costs of the pool pass). It’s on the second floor of the centre, clean, safe and bright (again, surrounded by windows!).


Both experiences cost only about $6 per person (children under 18 months are free at the Y and free for under 3 at the city pool). Totally worth it!

Both experiences cost only about $6 per person (children under 18 months are free at the Y and free for under 3 at the city pool). Totally worth it!

Finally, the hidden gem — Brookstreet Hotel. Equipped with two amazing indoor saltwater pools, and if our daughter hadn’t started swimming lessons with Aqua Life, we would not have discovered this gem.



What’s cool? One side is a children’s wading pool which includes a small slide and ‘sea saw’ right in the water.