Smart Saver

It’s Sunday and therefor Smart Saver day again.

And since the summer is just around the corner, everybody wants to get in summer shape. But we all know that Gyms here are expensive and often full, so we were looking for a cheap way to work out and we found five ways to workout on budget in Vancouver.

 

And not only that its cheap, but you can as well discover new places of this great city, spend a lot of time outside and of course meet new people and have fun with them!

And don’t forget that one of the most popular summertime events in Vancouver is back too! The Chevron Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park – “in the park after dark” free outdoor movies – returns every Tuesday from July 8 to September 2.

Get more information as well as the exact location and the program here.

 

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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock!

Hey everybody,

This weekend I want to tell you about my culture shock (experience) when cycling in Vancouver! The second day in Canada I bought a nice looking mountain bike via Craigslist.com. (for just $100!)  I’m used to cycle in The Netherlands and it’s a cheap and fun way for travels.

I thought, it would be easy to move around with a bike. I was wrong.. Vancouver is not that so flat as The Netherlands is. There are a lot of mountains and hills so sometimes the ride feels like a big challenge.
Everyday I cycle around 7 km towards downtown. In this direction it’s really easy. There are only hills that are going down so you can gain some speed! But after work, it’s a hell of a job to climb up those hills. I’m really glad that I bought a mountain bike with a lot of gears. Otherwise it would be to difficult 😉
Now after two weeks I get quite use to this route. The length of my ride is getting shorter and at the same time I work on my fitness as well!

When you are coming from the east the best cycling route is the Adanac Street. It takes you all the way towards downtown Vancouver! All the cars have to yield for you so this makes your route saver and faster. One important thing that you have to remember is wearing a helmet. In the Vancouver area it is permitted to wear one. If you don’t you will risk a fine.. It’s up to you!

Enjoy cycling in Vancouver and stay safe!

Have a good Sunday and enjoy,

Jelle

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INTERNeX Canada: Grouse Mountain records!

Good afternoon everybody, how is your week going so far? The weather isn’t that good as it was last week right now but perfect for a long working day I guess.

I live in a homestay close to Rupert Park where you have a perfect view of all the surrounding mountains. So last week, I asked my homestay family about climbing those mountains. There must be some awesome views of downtown Vancouver..

They told me that the Grouse Mountain can be seen as a challenge for the Canadian people living around Vancouver. From the base to the top it’s around 1,5 hour climbing for a normal fit person (Grouse Grind Hike). However, most Canadian people want to make it a more challenging thing. Every year they want to break there own record going to the top. You can even buy a card that will record your time to the top! But for us as students, the time of the walk to the top doesn’t matter that much..

When you are on the summit of Grouse Mountain (1127 meter) you have some beautiful views of the city of Vancouver. On clear days you can see as far as the border with the United States! In other words, it’s defiantly worth the climb guys. And if you are tired of the walk you can choose to take the tram back down. But if you want it cheap trust only on your feet. 😉

So the next time when the weather is clear and good again, grab your walking shoes and prepare yourself for a good workout!

I’m going to do it too sometime!
Have a great week!

Cheers,

Jelle

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

Summer is just around the corner, which means the dreaded Bikini season is also upon us.  Here lies the dilemma… You want to get in shape and workout but you don’t want to pay for an expensive gym membership that you might not even have time to get to enough in order to get your moneys worth.

I have experienced this problem myself, but now that the weather is starting to warm up and the rain is easing off I have discovered the beauty of Outdoor Fitness Parks. In my opinion exercising and working out out in the fresh air, beats a stuffy, expensive gym any day and this is exactly why I think outdoor fitness parks are the perfect solution to a tight budget.

Most cities and suburbs around Vancouver have these outdoor fitness parks.  They have several machines that work just as well as those in a membership gym enabling you to work out your arms, legs, abs, etc.  These parks are getting more and more prevalent around Vancouver and I’m sure there are some right near you that you don’t even know about!

Photo Retrieved from Wendy Cutler’s Flickr Page

There is a really great outdoor fitness centre in Tisdall Park right near the Langara 49th Canada Line Skytrain Station.  If you’re looking for a cheap way to bulk up or tone down, I highly recommend this option.  All you need to do is jog down to your local fitness park and use the exercise machines in the sun and you have the perfect workout with cardio and weight training. And the cost?…. FREE 🙂 Now that is my kind of workout!

Cheers,

Kristina

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How was your weekend?

Hi INTERNeXers,

Welcome to a new week with the INTERNeX team!

How was your weekend? I know that some of our candidates and our new intern Elke did the Grouse Grind, a 2,9km long trail up the face of Grouse Mountain. It is often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” the trail has become part of the fabric of Vancouver. More than 100-thousand hikers a year take on the challenge of the rugged terrain and steep climb, up an approximate 56 per cent slope (30°), which starts at the Valley Station of Grouse Mountain and finishes at the Peak’s plateau.

Well, I wasn’t in for such a tough workout, so I just chilled at home, doing some stuff for university and going out on Saturday night. I went to the Roxy’s on Granville. It is a great bar with an awesome live band! You should check it out!

Cheers,

Ziska

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Vancouver Must-See 2010

Hey everyone,
So the last blog post I was talking about New Year resolutions. I asked you guys to share some of your resolutions with me and some of you were kind enough to do that. So since I asked you guys to do that I thought I’d return the favor and share one of mine. Probably the most important one since it is number one on my list. So I’m sure some of you might share this one with me…my goal is to get into shape. So I got a gym membership to the Steve Nash Sports Club but I needed something else to keep me motivated as the gym can sometimes get a little boring and repetitive for me. So this past weekend a friend of mine and I decided to go up to Grouse Mountain. This amazing site has actually been listed as one of Vancouver’s 10 must-sees, so I really encourage you guys to hike your butts up there. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, this mountain offers you a quick little getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. We decided to walk up the mountain by doing the Grouse Grind, which was a pretty grueling 2.9 kilometer hike but it was well worth it. Once you get to the top you are faced with an amazing view of the Vancouver area. If you’re too tired to hike back down, which we were, you can take a gondola ride down and take in more of the dramatic views. If you are interested in trying something new and getting in a little bit of a workout check out their website!