2018 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Champion - Jake Allison
Whistler Core athlete, Jake Allison took the bull by the horns at the 2018 CPU National Championships and won his category, beating out the reigning World Junior Champion. Jake also took the overall for all the Junior weight categories.
Squat - 227.5kg/502lbs, Bench Press - 137.5kg/303lbs, Deadlift - 277.5kg/612lb - over 4x his body weight! 505 Wilks Score
It was about a year and a half ago when I took my first class at The Core. I was unhappy with my strength and endurance which was starting to effect my skiing. As a retired ski racer who spent countless hours in the gym preparing for long physically demanding winters, I was looking for a workout routine that would challenge, motivate, and help me to get stronger on my skis as well as improve me as an all around athlete. Little did I know that a local gym minutes away from my house offered hour long workout classes that could help me reach my fitness goals. These classes are typically made up of 5-15 Whistler locals looking for an extra 60 minutes of physical activity between all the hiking, biking and skiing that goes on in our little town. The trainers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, which creates a positive environment and motivates me to come back day after day. When it comes to my goals, Mountain fit and Cardio circuit are the classes I look forward to most each week.
Mountain fit is an hour long work out that focuses on getting your body ready for ski season. The weighted squats/deadlifts, core work, upper body strength and some form of cardio (most often high resistance spinning) condition your body to work at higher intensities for longer periods of time. This class in particular has had a huge impact on my skiing. All the hours of work I’ve put in has given me an undeniable sense of confidence on and off the mountain. It’s enabled me to ski longer without fatigue, allowing me to spend more time doing what I love.
As for Cardio Circuit, it is an hour long work out that’s made up of three to five, five-fifteen minute micro-circuits concentrated on building stamina and endurance. Consistently showing up to this class has noticeably enhanced my ability to do the things I love around Whistler. Hikes that I used to struggle with have become substantially easier and ones I would have never imagined doing have become possible. Ski touring has grown into an enjoyable pastime rather than a strenuous chore. And for someone who used to despise running, the fundamentals of this class have helped me achieve things I never thought possible.
Becoming a more well rounded athlete and reaching my fitness goals is what initially drew me to The Core, what’s kept me coming back has been the community and the support system it’s given me to focus on my overall health. In a town with so many people passing through it’s nice to spend a few hours a week connecting with the ones who live and work here. I never took my nutrition very seriously in the past. Now with all the hours I put in to strength and conditioning, what I choose to fuel my body with has become a top priority. Eating healthy provides me with the energy I need to enjoy all the things I love around this beautiful little mountain town. Over the past year and a half the Core has given me a sense of community, helped me build self confidence, and given me the strength to live out my passions. It’s difficult to express how important these classes have been for me, I owe the trainers so much for the work they put in with us, and to The Core as whole; thank you for providing me with a little sanctuary right outside my doorstep.
Rescue Dogs Are a Mountaineer’s Best Pals
Mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, and hiking are exciting activities that pump up the adrenaline while you enjoy the great outdoors.
They are healthy activities that improve cardiovascular functioning, strengthen muscles, enhance endurance and stamina as well as flexibility and agility. These sports also foster mental health and improve concentration. Above all, they are social and fun but can be dangerous because of the risks involved. Factors such as falling rocks, avalanches, ice and injury can happen in addition to altitude and weather issues.
When unfortunate events like these occur, rescue dogs have been instrumental in finding lost or injured victims. They are specifically trained to hunt for survivors, scavenge bodies or track wounded mountaineers in alpine surroundings. These animals are tireless in their efforts to recover victims from the rubble of an avalanche or find missing persons who have fallen off cliffs. From recovery and rescue to therapy and healing, man’s best friend is simply incredible. Amazing stories of the brave and heroic acts of rescue dogs can be read in this article.
Bob and Joe's adventure on Yellow Brick Road, above Pavilion Lake in Marble Canyon, BC. The rock is loose and chossy, but the setting is amazing and yes we would do it again!
Taping your hands for crack climbing is a skill that can make or break your crack climbing experience. Recommend planning ahead and taping your hands before you trash them.
For two great methods for taping your hands for crack climbing, check out Beth
Rodden's video on how to tape your hands for crack climbing.
Bob and Joe taking advantage of some unusually warm winter weather and getting out for a climb on Finestone Cowboy on the Showcase Spire at the top of the Blackcomb Mountain.