Celebrity trainer Erin Oprea, The Bachelorette’s Shawn Booth and Vancouver’s own Kaitlyn Bristowe brought fitness sensation CitySTRONG across the border to Canada, and Vancouver hosted its inaugural event outside of the United States.
Oprea whose clients include Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, and Jana Kramer, turned up the heat at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place as hundreds turned up to work out and get top training tips from Oprea who also authored 2016 bestseller The 4×4 Diet. Bristowe best known from her time on The Bachelorette, was on hand to spin some tracks and get the crowd excited and ready to workout.
Not only was the event an opportunity for Vancouverites to build up a sweat, but it was also a chance for them to give back, as a portion of CitySTRONG’s proceeds goes to CreatiVets. The organization provides disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art, music and creative writing to address service related traumas, a cause close to Oprea’s heart as she served two tours in Iraq during her time in the Marines.
We sat down with Oprea to find out more about CitySTRONG and her advice on how to live a healthy life.
You all have a great passion for what you are doing, how did you all decide to collaborate and how did CitySTRONG come to be?
Shawn and I were on a bicycle ride in downtown Nashville just enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon. When you start exploring your city outside of a car, you end up seeing so many things you normally just pass by on the street. We ended up at the Farmer’s Market and dropped into our beautiful amphitheater attached to the Bicentennial Mall and started thinking how cool it would be to host a workout together at that spot in the middle of our city! From that moment it took three weeks to put together our first CitySTRONG, and we haven’t stopped showing off cities across the U.S. since!
What do you think sets your events apart from other bootcamps?
We bring the party aspect to what would otherwise be a group workout. Also, they tend to be about 500 people in size, and that is really something to be a part of when you’re struggling and getting stronger with so many others like you! There’s nothing like that many people all energized, dancing, and moving together.
You are donating a portion of CitySTRONG proceeds to Creativets.org. It seems more crucial than ever now to care about our community and beyond. Are there any other causes you feel strongly about?
We had debated how to donate in the beginning knowing that we wanted to give back from the very start. It was actually between helping veterans or associated with shelters in some way because of both of our love of pets. These both were very important to both of us. CreatiVets had such a strong leadership that we were instantly drawn to Jeremy Durbin and his cause!
Being a trainer myself, we know staying motivated long term is an ongoing challenge. Any tips for staying on track?
Try your best to keep boredom at bay. Grab a buddy, try out a personal trainer, jump around to different classes, find a specific passion to continue mixing in like boxing. All of these will really keep you motivated and happy to show up and sweat.
What is the worst fitness myths that need to stop already?
That your one hour in the gym is all, you need each day. Staying active, even just by walking around, keeps you more fit than you realize. That’s why I always recommend 10k steps each day. You may not even get that many from your weight training session, and you need to realize that activity last all day for the fit individual!
Looking forward to the next time they come into town!