My name’s Rob. I’m the one on the right in the above pic. I’ve been teaching fitness to group classes and private clients since 2005. I had some dance training from the age of 18-22, and aside from a couple years of baseball as a kid, had a pretty inactive life growing up. I couldn’t even skate, which, in a small Alberta town, rendered me quite peculiar. After volunteering with the Animal Voices radio show in 2003, I became more interested in nutrition and fitness, and joined the Y. I took some group classes as they were the only cardio that interested me. One day the instructor had an injury and was limping to class. “You should teach it,” she said to me. “Yeah right, I wouldn’t be able to do that,” I replied. “No, you should really consider becoming a teacher.” So I did.
That’s Bryan on the left. He wasn’t active either growing up. But his story is different. In his teens, he managed to lose 100 pounds and keep it off through yoga and fitness. If you ever want to learn how to lose weight, talk to him. If you want to know anything about anything, really, ask him. He’s an old soul. I think that’s what makes him such a good yoga student and teacher; his wisdom comes from the process of learning as opposed to the act of knowing. I ask him about his weight loss and yoga in this video here:
We have two other blogs, a cat blog and a new travel blog, and I don’t really know how I’m going to manage all three. Though Bryan offers a lot of input, I’m the writer who only works part-time. But now that I’ve got a template that I like with the other 2 blogs, I might as well complete the hat trick! And I do believe BJ will be inspired to write as well. He’s a brilliant person and his thoughts need a place to be written down and archived somewhere other than the black hole of Facebook where posts get lost and forgotten about. He doesn’t have time to do it himself so we are now going to be “Muscle and Mat” (get it? Muscle and mat? Fitness and yoga? Is this like explaining a joke that you should never do?) We were going to go with RnBYogaFit, but damn that’s a mouthful, and doesn’t make any sense. And not that I’m the “Muscle” in this equation, but it kind of stands for fitness, and the alliteration is nice.
We also want to provide a better way to categorize and discuss our videos for optimal use. While we haven’t been as diligent in filming new stuff, we do have plans for more and I think this blog will be good motivation.
Only time will tell, but I’m hoping our plans will come to fruition. In the meantime, we’ll be posting on all things wellness that we want to share, and Bryan’s already got a couple vids in the pipeline that should be ready soon.
At any rate, we’ll always be focused on creating a space that’s happy and healthy and hope that you’ll join us along the way.
Rob & Bryan