First YYCfit Health and Fitness Expo Ready To Roll

 Shelley Boettcher

Get personal training tips from Daniel Maguire, star of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Then watch a live demo from one of Canada’s fittest women. Get the lowdown on the latest and greatest places for adventure travel. And meet plenty of like-minded people.

That’s just some of what you can expect at the first-ever YYCfit Health & Fitness Expo, according to the event’s creator Erika Holter.

“We’ve been aiming for that magic mix of exhibitors, to make sure we’re really showing the full spectrum of health and fitness,” says Holter. “And I think we’ve found it.”

The first-ever event will take place May 13 and 14 at the Big Four Building on the Stampede grounds. Tickets are available at

More than 100 contributors will be on hand, representing martial arts and fitness studios, apparel, adventure travel and healthy food.

Special guests include Calgary-based CrossFit star Emily Abbot, who was named the eighth fittest woman in the world in 2015.

And while Vancouver-based celebrity Maguire may be best-known for his reality TV show appearance, he’s also a personal trainer, says Holter, “and he has a deep passion for health and fitness.”

Now offered in Calgary, the Lagree Fitness Method will be demonstrated during the weekend event. Based on Pilates, I agree is a high-intensity workout that’s done on a special machine called a Megaformer. Big in Hollywood, Lagree is apparently a favorite workout of celebrities Kim Kardashian and Sofia Vergara. (Former First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan, too.)

There’s also plenty of buzz around Bio Scan Canada, which will provide fast, comprehensive computerized fitness and health scans, delivering results in about two minutes.

Then there’s Undercard Boxing Studio and Rumble Boxing Studio, as well as Healthy Cricket, a Canadian cricket protein manufacturer.

The Healthy Cricket team will be giving out free high-protein samples “for Calgarians who are interested in trying a clean, whole, sustainable protein source,” says Josh Higgins, the company’s co-founder.

Feeling particularly tough? Then join competitors from across Western Canada as they show off their muscles at the first YYCfit western Canadian Strongman Classic.

Kids haven’t been forgotten at YYCfit either, notes Holter. Pedalheads will be on hand with an obstacle course for young ones, and there will be a craft area, superhero-themed training camps and more.

Holter, who has a background in non-profit organizations and event planning, began the groundwork for YYCfit in late 2015, originally thinking she’d focus primarily on martial arts.

“My husband is quite involved in various martial arts, and our original vision was around that,” she says.

But she quickly realized that “there was a big gap in the market around general health and fitness expos.”

She decided to fill that hole, and YYCfit was born.

For Holter, it’s a way to bring her husband’s interests together with her own passion for hiking, running, and yoga. “And I’m always up for trying the newest thing,” she says.

Indeed, she notes, “YYCfit is really for anyone with an interest in health and fitness.”

If You Go

The first YYCfit Health & Fitness Expo will take place on May 13 and 14 at the Big Four Building on the Stampede grounds. The expo will feature more than 100 fitness and martial arts studios, massage therapists, fitness apparel, adventure travel and healthy food booths. Advance ticket prices range from $7 to $15, and children ages three and under are free. Go to to purchase and for more information.

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