Monday, November 7, 2011

Indoor classes starting this week

The weather has been unusually warm in the afternoons for November, but it is particularly chilly when the sun goes down and now that the time has changed it is dark and cold by 5:30pm when class begins. Since the elements are against us for continuing to workout outdoors the classes will be moved inside this week. Starting with Wednesday's class (Nov 9th) we will be holding classes at Fitness FX (6330 Quinpool Rd).

Don't forget that the first time you attend a Julie Mac Fitness class, it's only $5 to try it out!  Email me at to let me know when you will be joining us.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

3 Months Left!

From what I've read, it is normal to be extremely tired during your first trimester of pregnancy, then you get your energy back for the second trimester, followed by more tiredness throughout your third. Tomorrow I will begin my third trimester and I'm hoping that will be my chance for some renewed energy! :)

I have been continuing to workout twice a week with my trainer as well as my 3 kettlebell workouts per week. I just have more rest time and naps in between to compensate. Overall though I'm feeling great! I'm actually feeling like I'm pretty lucky as I by passed the morning sickness stage all together and I haven't had any major issues so far (knock on wood).

The biggest change to my kettlebell workouts has been using a lighter bell. I've moved down from using a 45lb bell for swings and 35lb bell for overhead to using a 25lb bell for pretty much everything. I don't get quite the burn that I'm used to with the lower weight but it's easier to keep my heart rate at a reasonable level and I think my little girl appreciates me not pushing my limits. I'm hoping that pacing myself will help me stay healthy and continue with my workouts until close to the end of my pregnancy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mini Mac

I've been a bit absent from blogging, tweeting, and facebook for the past few months. Partly because I've been really busy with classes and training but also because I've been super tired. I do have a very good reason for my lack of energy, my husband and I are expecting our first baby! We're extremely excited about our little addition which is due to arrive February 4, 2012. I am continuing to train and my classes will continue for as long as I'm able to yell :)  My plan is to take a break from teaching classes when the baby arrives but start back by next summer. I'm hoping that once my energy returns and I'm back to blogging regularly you will enjoy some updates on training with kettlebells while pregnant.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Natal Day - No Classes

Enjoy the long weekend and get ready for a tough class on Wednesday August 3rd to burn off all those extra calories you consumed!!  ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Schedule

I am currently holding 6 outdoor classes per week:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7am & 5:30pm.

There will be a few class cancellations during the summer so keep an eye on the schedule and blog as I will update it as necessary. Here are a few cancellations that are coming up soon:

Wednesday June 29th - 5:30pm
Friday July 1st - 7am & 5:30pm
Monday July 4th - 7am & 5:30pm

My new system this year allows my clients to attend any of my Halifax classes with their punch card or by paying the drop in rate, there is no longer a monthly rate and no need to worry if you can not make one of your specified class times!

If you'd like to try out a class send me an email at:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coming Soon.....Outdoor Classes!!!!

Spring is here and the weather is starting to catch up with the season, that can only mean one's almost time for classes to move outdoors!!! Monday May 2nd will be the first official kettlbell class outside for 2011. Watch for a few free intro classes in April (as weather permits).

If you're looking for a fun workout that's tough enough to get you into shape for the summer then you should be there.

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7am & 5:30pm
Where: Halifax Commons
How Much: $150.00 for 12 class punch card or drop in $15/class (1st time drop in is only $5)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday March 18th - Class Cancelled

Class is cancelled tonight due to the weather, we'll be back indoors next week!

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Halifax Class Location

The location for my Halifax class has changed for the week as I will not have access to Evolve Fitness. If you are interested in attending classes during the week of March 13th please contact me at for more details.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Julie Mac Fitness is now selling punch cards!

The punch cards will contain 12 classes for $150 (same rate as I previously charged monthly) and I will now be holding classes continually instead of starting new sessions every month. Now you can start up mid-month without having to pay drop in fees and if you have to miss a class due to illness or a scheduling conflict you won't be paying for something you're not getting.

I will also still be offering the first timer's drop in fee of $5 and the regular drop in fee of $15 for those that are interested.

*Please note that the punch cards can only be used for my Halifax classes

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day Workout

Snow day and no kettlebell at home? Well there are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do at home that require zero equipment and very little space. Grab a timer and try this workout :

30 sec of activity & 20 sec of rest for 3 rounds of Set 1 then 3 rounds of Set 2

Set 1
alternating lunges
push ups

Set 2
sit ups
leg raises

And remember you will also burn lots of calories shoveling and playing in the snow!

Class Cancelled - Feb 2nd

Along with many other places in HRM today I've decided to cancel class due to the snow storm.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tommy Europe - Shred Bootcamp

My husband wins stuff to shows, gift cards, and we even have a set of house speakers still in the box if anyone is interested in them :)  He only enters free contests so we don't have much hope of winning the lottery but it's still pretty cool. When I saw that there was a contest to win tickets to the Tommy Europe Shred Bootcamp in Halifax I knew that if we entered as a team, his luck would win it for us, and it did!

The bootcamp was put on as part of the Optimyz Expo at Exhibition Park. Around 200 people showed up to work out with Tommy, I was surprised we all fit AND had room for burpees! The workout was an hour long and included a variety of exercises that worked every muscle in my body. There was a small stage where Tommy demonstrated the movements, giving beginner and advanced options, then he walked around giving participants tips and motivation. The workout itself was pretty tough and it didn't help that I wanted to do the advanced version of every exercise, what can I say....I like a challenge!

The best part of winning though was that I was able to go to the VIP reception during the first night of the Expo where I had a chance to have a one on one conversation with Tommy. I asked him for some industry advice, he was really nice and genuine. I'm glad I got the opportunity to go, not only did I get some good advice but I also learned some new moves to torture use with my clients!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 12th - Class Cancelled

Please note that class is cancelled for today due to weather.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Weather

Since there is a snowfall warning for tomorrow I thought it would be a good time to let everyone know that if a class needs to be cancelled due to weather I will post it here as well as on facebook and twitter. I will give as much notice as I am able but if you are unsure when you are leaving for class please also feel free to send me an email at

Monday, January 10, 2011

The holidays are O-V-E-R!

Today I tried to keep myself busy. I got my snow tires put on my car, had lunch with my niece, hung out with my sister-in-law, and then got myself ready for class. The reason I was purposely trying to busy or distract myself is because today the holidays were finally over.....Steve went back to work. He'd been off for 3 weeks and I got kind of used to having him around all the time: running errands with me, working out with me, and just being there to hang out. 

While I was thinking about how much it sucked to have him go back to work and how much fun we had over the last 3 weeks I remembered the Christmas workout that we created. I hadn't been able to put a class through the whole workout over Christmas because there are a lot of exercises involved requiring a certain amount of technique, and each class had brand new people attending. We tried once and got part way through but the teaching time necessary wouldn't allow us to complete the workout. Tonight however, I knew I would have a class of only experienced clients so I put on my workout gear as well and we completed the "12 Days of Kettlebell"!

Here's how it goes: 

*Just like in the song each set (or day) starts with a new exercise followed by the entire previous set!*

On the first day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 1 full minute of swings
On the second day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 2 Turkish Get Ups (1 per side)
On the third day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 3 jump squats
On the fourth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 4 clean and press (per side)
On the fifth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 5 evil jumps!
On the sixth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 6 bootstrap
On the seventh day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 7 swings per side
On the eighth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 8 mountain climbers
On the ninth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 9 leg lifts
On the tenth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 10 long lunges
On the eleventh day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 11 perfect push ups
On the twelfth day of Kettlebell my trainer gave to me - 12 deep deadlifts

With a total of 430 reps and 12 minutes of swings we ended up going over time for the 45 minute class but no one wanted to stop until we finished all 12 days. It was AWESOME!!!

Now what can I think of for tomorrow's class...... ;)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Steve is taking an extra long holiday and since he's been home with me I've been bouncing ideas off of him for workouts. This afternoon we were discussing workout possibilities and we decided to make a themed workout, since today is January 5th it became the day of fives. We did 5 reps of each exercise and 5 rounds of each set. We did this because sometimes when you look at your whole workout it can seem impossible BUT if you just think about the next 5's easy!  Here's what we did:

5 rounds of:
5 Windmill followed by 5 snatch on each side

5 rounds of 5 burpees

5 rounds of:
5 rows feet together (each sides)
5 rows with one foot back (each sides)
5 rows with one foot in the air (each sides)

5 rounds of 5 burpees

5 rounds (without stopping) of:
5 double handed swings, 5 swings right, 5 swings left, 5 alt swings

5 rounds of:
5 cleans, 5 presses, 5 clean & press (each side)

At the end we were tired but smiling because together we finished a pretty intimidating workout, one which we all agreed we could not push ourselves to do on our own but together and in sets of five it didn't seem so impossible.