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With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter, I don’t blame you if you’re feeling a bit less energized and motivated. A commitment to a healthy lifestyle is very much like a commitment to a romantic relationship: you’ve got to work on it in order to spice things up and keep the flame alive!

When I need to shake up my fitness routine or get back on track with healthy eating, I like to try a new workout class or discover a new restaurant where I can treat myself to a nutritious meal. So when Mansfield Athletic Club invited me to discover its facilities through the M360TOUR event, I jumped on the opportunity to get my sweat on and enjoy a blow-dry session courtesy of O Coiffure & Spa and a post-workout meal at the Mansfield bistro. The Mansfield bistro is a great discovery because you don’t need to be a member of the club to have a meal there. It’s perfect for those days when you are running around downtown and you don’t want to eat greasy fast food.

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Mansfield Athletic Club has locations in downtown Montreal and Brossard. It is a high-end gym offering personal training services, a big variety of group classes and beautiful facilities where you can train to your heart’s content. There is also a health clinic where you can book a physiotherapy appointment or a massage and a bistro featuring a healthy menu.

During the M360TOUR event, Lolitta, Joe and I got a 30-minute taste of two fitness classes: Insanity, taught by Marissa Huber, and Rockin’ Bottom, taught by Geneviève Pouliot. Insanity is a fitness franchise that became popular through its high-intensity workout videos (it involves a lot of jumping!). Rockin’ Bottom is a mix of cardio and strength-training movements that focus on targeting the core and lower-body.

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The classes had my heart pumping and my muscles crying. But what really stood out was the incredible energy and professionalism of both Marissa and Geneviève. I have trained with many different trainers and instructors and I can tell you that these ladies are some of the finest fitness professionals that Montreal has to offer.

After sipping on a smoothie and getting my hair blow-dried (the O Coiffure hairdressers worked magic with dry shampoo), I got to sample dishes from the bistro’s fall menu: An avocado tartare, a salad with butternut squash and pumpkin seeds as well as a salmon dish served with lentils. Everything was fresh and flavourful but the avocado tartare was my favourite. It was a clever spin on the traditional steak or fish tartare and as an avocado lover, I was more than happy to polish my plate (especially with the spicy mayo that was served on the side).

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Sometimes all you need to renew your focus and energy is a well-spent afternoon!

Anouare x

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