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A letter to NYRs at the gym

To New Year’s Resolution-ers at the gym and on the trails:

We regulars see you come every year. You crowd the gym/trail, make our lives a little more inconvenient for about 3 weeks, and then you disappear. It’s not that we don’t want you to get fit, it’s just that we see this EVERY SINGLE YEAR – you’re here for a while, then you’re gone, back to your old habits.

My wish for you is that you stick with your resolutions and keep coming to the gym. Start slow. Learn the etiquette. Don’t expect results immediately. Be in it for the long haul – stick with it.

Get to know us regulars, maybe we can help. After all, many of us were once in your shoes.

All the best in 2013,

Tori, the one swimming in circles in the lane, tapping your foot to pass, like you’re supposed to.


Instructions for a kick-ass Halloween bike class


  • One (1) Hallowe’en playlist (found in my Workout Music section).
  • Two (2) Greater Victoria YMCA Freewheel (spin-type bike class) volunteer instructors; one carrying candy and wearing huge bear suit  (John Kelley), the other working the music (me).
  • Seventeen (or so) participants to fill up all the bikes.

Mix together. Whoop it up for 40 minutes. Sweat like crazy. Repeat every Hallowe’en.


  • Make sure you work out how to do the Time Warp on the bike BEFORE trying to lead it in a full class.
  • To get the bear-suit wearing guy to keep the costume on the entire class, bribe him. Several of us agreed to donate $10 each to the YMCA if he did it. Mission accomplished.
  • When in doubt, throw more candy at the class participants.

I’m teaching the one-hour version Sunday morning Oct 31. It’s your last chance until next year to get in on the fun! (Alas, John and his bear suit won’t be there, and I’m not putting that thing on now. Ew.)

Playlist here.