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BIG HIT KICKBOXING: YOU vs YOU

Health and fitness has always been very important to me. Whether that’s taking a good workout class or switching up my diet, fitness has always given me the balance my hectic lifestyle needs and honestly, there is no better cure to stress than a good workout! That being said, there is nothing I love more than taking a good kickboxing class.
South paw, right jab, left cross, right hook, left swing kick–


My favourite local spot to sweat it out is at Parklawn Big Hit Kickboxing. It’s open to ages 14 and up and has 4 locations stretched across the GTA (with a 5th opening later this summer), making it easily accessible.

Typically when most people think of kickboxing, they think of an old grunge-style kickboxing gym. This is where Big Hit is a hit above the rest! Their studios are clean, modern and have an energetic vibe. They offer a range of group inspired fitness classes that are inviting to anyone at any level which differentiates them from the every-day gymThis in itself eliminates the pressure to spar or hold pads with partners and takes away the intimidation for those who’ve never tried any type of kickboxing class. You learn newly created strikes on a man-like punching bag (ie. B.O.B.), with customized playlists to keep your heart pumping and energy up, giving you the best of fitness and kickboxing. If you love a challenge and want to switch up your workout routine, you have to try Big Hit!
To me working out is all mind over matter, with my fitness goals ever evolving over the last couple of years. That used to mean working out to look good and it still is to that extent, but now I’ve switched my focus to train my body to be healthier and stronger while pushing my mind (#YouvsYou). I’ve trained at Big Hit for over a year and I can definitely say there have been classes where I’ve wanted to stop, but kept at it because the results are worth it! There is no better workout than the one that pushes you to the limit and I can guarantee you will get that at Big Hit. All thanks to their classes and incredible trainers I’m in the best shape and cannot wait to take the next step with pad training.
Big Hit offers 8 classes found below:
-PowerBox
-CoreBox
-KickBox
-Revbox
-SmartBox
-IronBox
-BallinBox
-RoundBox
My personal favourites are Corebox, BallinBox and Powerbox. If you’re new to their studio, they have a new member trial which includes 2 weeks of unlimited kickboxing classes, a pair of boxing gloves, hand wraps and a glove bag for $59. You can also buy a range of unlimited class memberships (1 month- $199, 3 month-$179 & 6 month- $159) or try one on one with a trainer (another personal favourite).
For those of you that live in the east end, their 5th new location opens on the Danforth on August 26th!  More info on Big Hit can be found here.
Have you tried kickboxing before? Been to Big Hit? Share below. XO
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5 TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL BLOG

As a new blogger one question you’re probably asking yourself is how do I stand out in a space where blogging is highly competitive and blogs are a dime a dozen? By no means am I an expert, but I’ve learned quite a bit over the last couple of years that have helped shape my path as a blogger. These can be resourceful to some of you (especially if you want to turn this into a career). Read on for 5 tips that I’ve found helpful in creating a successful blog:

BLOGGER OR INFLUENCER

What’s the difference between a blogger and an influencer and how does this relate to me? Knowing the difference between the two will help you understand what platforms to focus on, how often to post and who you’re catering to. You can be an influencer by having a smaller to larger engaged audience and your feed or photography isn’t perfectly laid out. Brands may only be looking to you for sales or awareness within your audience reach. You may or may not have a blog and have Instagram as your initial platform. A blogger can be both, posting consistently on their site and instagram while working with brands and putting out beautiful content. Their feed is cohesive and planned in advance. Kylie Jenner is a great example of an influencer while Song of Style is known as a blogger.

WEBSITE

A first impression goes a long way. People will decide within a couple of seconds if they like your brand or not. Having a cohesive theme across your social media platforms, especially on your blog will help reflect your aesthetic and professionalism. When designing your site, it’s always best to keep it simple with a clean layout and easy navigation. You don’t necessarily need to hire a web designer either as that can be costly. A design template can be purchased on etsy or pipdig and can be customizable.

BRAND PERSONALITY 

Who are you as a brand? What does your brand stand for? Are you feminine and love simplicity or are you dark and edgy? Really focus on solidifying these details and creating content that reflects this so your audience connects with you. That said, the best advice is to always focus on putting out unique content. This can be shown within your style of photography, in the captions you put on your social media and your voice within your blog. No one else can copy that. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and really own it.

CONTENT

Understand who your target audience is and create content that they would want to read. Do you want your posts to be in trend or ones that can be re-shared no matter what time of the year? Something to think about. When it comes to the length of your blog posts, they should be a minimum of 300 words to rank well in google or your post will automatically be marked as not having enough information. I usually try to follow the minimum word count, using the right key words and titles within my blog posts. Using tools like google analytics and webmaster is also extremely helpful as it analyzes what content is gaining the most traffic and gives you insight to the types of google searches that leads readers to your blog. Having this level of understanding will help you create the right content catered to your audience.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is extremely important for your blog and creates that lasting first impression to anyone visiting your site. Whether you are sharing a product, brand or your own content, having well lit images that are properly edited makes a difference in the world. This means using the right equipment, lighting and photo composition (rule of thirds). I usually look for locations that have an interesting backdrop that works with my aesthetic, shooting in natural light with a DSLR. If you can’t invest in a good camera, a smartphone works just as well. You really don’t have to spend a lot to get good quality images anymore! For editing, my favourite apps are VSCO, Facetune & Photoshop.

As with anything, success doesn’t happen over night. Stick to your vision and enjoy the process. It takes hard work and commitment to see results so put in the time, post quality content and post consistently. If you ever feel stuck, take a step back to regroup and keep at it. Remember every pro was once an amateur. xoxo

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A TOUCH OF PLAID

PLAID SHIRT (similar) | RIPPED DENIM SHORTS | CHLOE CROSSBODY BAG | HEELS

This time around, wearing yet another favourite transitional piece for fall i.e. the universal plaid button-down. As many of may know, I love a good basic. Whenever I’m shopping for new pieces each season I keep an eyeout for the ones that have that special detail, whether it’s in the fabric, print or embellishment, something that really makes it special. This top is a great example of that. It’s not your typical red plaid shirt and what I love most about it is that it’s incredibly soft and comfortable, which is a perfect layering piece for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking to introduce plaid into your fall wardrobe, don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing and matching it with different textures and patterns. You’d be surprised that plaid is one of those patterns that can coexist so well with a variety of pieces. Think leather and denim or khaki paired with a cozy sweater. Just keep in mind that you dont want to go overboard with it either. Let it shine within your look while keeping it a little subtle. xoxo

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