5 Things To Buy at Sports Experts For Back To School

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Sports Experts Store

The summer season is almost over which means there are only a few days left before back to school fever! To make sure your little ones feel the excitement, Sports Experts presents its new Back to School collection.

Proud to promote the practice of physical activity, this new collection features “sport-chic” items that can be worn on all occasions. Don’t worry ladies, there is something for everyone. Let me introduces 5 items to buy at Sports Experts to rock your “sport-chic” outfit.

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Under Armour Threadborne V Graphic Twist T-shirt (price: 39.99 $) and Under Armour Favorite Leggings (price: 59.99$)

The Under Armour Threadborne V Graphic Twist t-shirt has the ideal specifications for gym classes such as Zumba, Bootcamp or Aerobics. No matter how much you sweat, you will feel comfortable and confident thanks to the Threadborne Siro new fibers that are lighter, dry faster, and won’t stretch out.

Soft and breathable, this V-neck t-shirt can also be worn outside the gym with your favourite jeans. Moreover, to fit with your closet, this t-shirt is available in pink or in dark green at Sports Experts.

Since back to school also means returning to gym, the Under Armour Favorite Graphic legging is perfect for a workout but also in everyday life to keep a sport trendy style. Fitted next-to-skin without the squeeze, this legging is soft and comfortable.

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Under Armour Twist Hoodie (price: 69.99$)

To complete your “sport-chic” look, this Under Armour Fleece Twist hoodie is ideal for upcoming fall season cooler days. Engineered with the ColdGear® technology, this hoodie repels water without sacrificing breathability.

Its Under Armour fleece is light but will keep you surprisingly warm while its breathable and stretch fabric will enhance ease of movement. This hoodie is available in pink or in red at Sports Experts.

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Fashion Outfit – Adidas Advantage Clean QT Shoes

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Adidas Advantage Clean QT Shoes (price: 84.99$)

For a fashion “sport-chic” outfit, let’s opt for a minimalist style. Those Adidas Neo Advantage Clean QT sneakers are the definition of “less is more”. Adidas Neo is a lifestyle sportswear brand for young minded consumers.

Those luxe court-inspired fashion sneakers feature perforated and stitched decorative stripes instead of the regular Adidas 3-Stripes. Designed with comfort in mind, the shoes have a clean and elegant look with feminine lines. Dare to wear those shoes with a dress, it’s a perfect casual look to attend a weekend brunch. This pair is only available in grey at selected Sports Experts.

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Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage (price: 84.99$)

If you prefer to opt for the regular 3-Stripes, the Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Advantage will “feet” your needs. This 70’s look with luxe comfort give a timeless vibe to your fashion “sport-chic” outfit. Those comfy shoes match very well with a capri flared pants or a boyfriend jeans.

Thanks to this trendy Back To School collection, we hope you will follow the Sports Experts signature ” Stay fit. Leave well”. For fitness tips, read Sports Experts blog or follow them on social media. To find a store near you, please visit www.sportsexperts.ca.

Activewear – 3 Things To Buy At L’Équipeur

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L’Équipeur Store at Alexis Nihon Shopping Centre

L’Équipeur recently opened its first downtown location in the heart of Alexis Nihon Shopping Centre. For the occasion, we were invited for a festive happy hour launch in presence of hosts Étienne Boulay and Maika Desnoyers.

Known as Mark’s outside of Quebec, the store offers a wide selection of men’s and women’s work clothes and outdoor wear to casual apparel from a variety of brands: Levi’s, SUNG Alfred Sung, Timberland, Skechers and many more.

If you are looking to get back in shape or to refresh your old activewear, here are 3 suggestions of items now available at l’Équipeur.

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Nike – Women’s Flex Trainer 7 Training Shoes (price: 94.99$)

The Nike Flex Trainer 7 Women’s Training Shoe is designed for comfort and support with breathable mesh and hexagonal flex grooves for flexibility in any direction. According to product description, Nike used Roman sandals as inspiration for these sport shoes, incorporating forefoot cables for a secure and locked-down fit when you’re working out at the gym.

After one week trying those shoes, we can confirm that they are very comfortable and they efficiently absorb impacts during workout session.

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Shambhala – High Impact Sports Bra (price: 39.99$) and 100 Wash Yoga legging (price: 59.99$)

Shambhala High Impact Sports Bra is tailored for high-intensity activities and delivers a good support. The bra is really soft and fits next to the skin without squeezing. Moreover, we really like the adjustable back closure which allows to modify the size when needed.

Shambhala 100 Wash Yoga legging made in nylon features the CURVE-TECH® shape-enhancing technology. This innovation includes butt lifter contouring that “puts things in place” and also tummy control for a slimmer appearance. In addition, this legging has the 100 Wash guarantee against fading, shrinking and pilling.

To help you get started or to boost your fitness routine, here are 2 basic exercises from BodyBuilding.com to work your lower body and your abs.

1. Reverse Lunge
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Reverse lunge

Begin in a standing tall position with your hands on your hips or hanging at your sides or overhead. Look directly forward by keeping your chest up and your feet shoulder-width apart.

Initiate the movement by taking a large and controlled step to the rear, allowing your hips and knees to flex to lower your body. Lower your hips so that your front leg becomes parallel to the floor with your knee positioned directly over your ankle. Your back knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your back heel lifted.

After 2 or 3 seconds, return to the starting position by driving through the heel of the front leg to extend the knees and hips. Repeat the movement on the same leg or alternate with the other leg.

2. Dead Bug
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Dead Bug

Being lying on your back with your hands extended above you toward the ceiling. Bring your feet, knees, and hips up to 90 degrees. Your knees should be directly above your hips, forming a straight line with your thighs. Deeply exhale to bring your ribcage down while keeping your back flat onto the floor and squeezing your glutes. Hold this position throughout the movement.

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Dead Bug

To initiate the exercise slowly lower one arm and extending the opposite leg down to the floor simultaneously. Lower them down just above the floor and slowly return to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side and continue the movement for specific number of repetitions or period of time.

L’Équipeur

1500 Atwater Ave, Montreal

 

3 Things To Do at Montreal Bota Bota Spa This Summer

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Bota Bota Spa

Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau is anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and easily accessible by Bixi and public transit. Surrounded by a unique decor, this atypical floating spa offers proximity to the St Lawrence River. When you come aboard, you feel the natural lulling movements of the river.

Relaxing at spa is one of our favorite activity for all the healing benefits that it brings to the body such as improving circulation and releasing stress. When combined with healthy lifestyle habits, spa makes a positive difference over the time.

Bota Bota consists of five decks which include: two saunas with incredible views onto the river, three outdoor whirlpool baths, two eucalyptus steam baths, four cold showers and baths, resting areas, a restaurant, terraces and a garden.

This summer, Bota Bota invites you in its enchanting space with new weekly and monthly activities at affordable prices. Come enjoy the following events…

1. 5@7 Tuesday’s With Live Music
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5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music – Bota Bota Spa

In the heart of the Bota Bota Gardens, enjoy a mix of live music, pools, and spa facility. Every Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM until September 26th, live music sessions feature a variety of musicians such as pianist Charles Trudel, House of Jazz, and many more.

During the 5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music, you also have access to the water circuit until 11PM. Tickets can be booked online in advance  for 45$ including: live music event, a journey water circuit (valid from 5PM to 11PM), bathrobe, towel and locker.

2. LolË Yoga @ Lunch Pose
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Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose – Bota Bota Spa

The Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose happens every Thursday until September 28th at the entrance of Bota Bota Spa! While overlooking the Old Port of Montreal, relax your body and mind by joining a free 45 minutes yoga class.

Looking for more reasons to try yoga? Among the list of benefits to practice yoga let us share our top 5: helps you focus, improves your balance, helps you sleep deeper, perfects your posture and builds your muscle strength.

No reservation is required for this free event but you have to bring your own yoga mat. Since it is an outdoor activity, note that in case of rain the event will be unfortunately cancelled.

3. DrifT Away After Dark
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Drift Away After Dark – Bota Bota Spa

Every first Friday of the month until September 1st, Bota Bota is offering an evening experience with an exclusive after hour access to Bota Bota Gardens. For this occasion, relax by the water while listening to the sounds of a DJ, enjoying cocktails, and delighting your taste buds with food prepared by restaurant La Traversée.

During Drift Away After Dark event, silence policy is exceptionally relaxed from 11:30PM to 2AM. Tickets cost 35$ and give you access to the event in the gardens including a towel and a bathrobe. Places are limited for this monthly event so it is highly recommended to reserve your ticket online.

Bota Bota Spa

Corner McGill and De La Commune W., Montreal Old Port

Summer Great Escapes at Aventures Plein Air in Laurentides

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Jeep Tour – Aventures Plein Air

Located in the Laurentides region at Saint-Hippolyte (50-minutes away from Montreal), Aventures Plein Air offers a full range of activities and packages all year long. With over 16 years of expertise, their guides are specialized in various outdoors activities such as water sports, snowmobiling, ATVing, jeep and much more.

In collaboration with 4-star Auberge du Lac Morency, Aventures Plein Air proposes several long and short term packages including meals and accommodations for a full experience. Among the summer great escapes, you have the choice between: Off Road & Spa, Laurentian Living, Corporate and Summer Fever.

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Lake Morency

In partnership with Aventure Écotourisme Québec, I was invited for the weekend to live the adventure Off Road & Spa. This summer great escape is the perfect package to explore the Laurentians area, to take advantage of all the free activities offered by the Auberge (pedal boats, kayak, tennis, etc.)  and to pamper yourself at the Nordik Spa.

The package include a driving lesson, half day of quad or 1h30 of Jeep with guides, accommodations for 2 nights, meals, 60 minutes Swedish massage, access to the Nordik Spa, all equipment for the activities and much more.

 

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Massage Room

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Spa

The Aventures Plein Air weekend getaway was a great experience and I strongly recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy amazing outdoor activities this summer. I met a passionate and devoted team who took good care of me.

Moreover, the stay at Auberge du Lac Morency was relaxing and very comfortable. The area offers a stunning view which makes every instant memorable. Also, I had a notable gastronomic experience by choosing the vegetarian menu at the Auberge restaurant. From starter to dessert, each dish was tasty and delicious.

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Pedal boats

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Vegetarian menu

For more informations about the packages and activities please visit aventurespleinair.com.

Aventures Plein Air

42 Chaumine Street, Saint-Hippolyte (QC)

Brunch and Bath Sundays at Strom Spa Nordique

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

Strøm Spa Nordique combine a Nordic spa with urbanity to provide a relaxing and energizing experience. With several locations in the countryside, only minutes away from city, Strøm Spa Nordique offers a wide range of services including massotherapy, beauty treatments, healthy dining and culinary tasting workshops.

I used to visit Île-des-Soeurs location because it’s close from downtown Montreal (less than 15 minutes) and easily accessible even during rush hours. The site has a moderate size compared to other spas that I visited which tends to create a pleasant intimate atmosphere. Moreover, the passionate team of employees is very professional, cares about your well-being and makes your expectations a priority.

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

During Victoria Day long weekend, I was invited to Brunch & Bath Sundays event at Strøm Spa Nordique at Île-des-Soeurs location. This monthly event starts at 9 am and continues until 2 pm where clients enjoy thermal experience, gourmet brunch buffet, glass of mimosa (or fresh juice) and relaxation.

The buffet is served from 9 am to 10:30 am where you have plenty choices of pastries, fresh fruits, cheese, homemade bread, salmon, yogurt and granola including drinks and much more. To enhance your experience, you have the option to book a Swedish massage. Please note that the number of places is limited so it’s highly recommended to book your ticket in advance online or by phone with the customer service.

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

In 2018, Strøm Spa Nordique will open a new location at Brown Bassin in Quebec city with unique and innovative experiences such as inside baths with windows overlooking the river. Visit Strøm Spa Nordique website to receive exclusive news and promotions.

Strøm Spa Nordique

Île-des-Soeurs/Mont St-Hilaire/Sherbrooke/Québec