This Sunday I’m super excited to be photographing 2.0 Toronto 2015. In its third year, the event is a holistic fitness experience fusing various movement-related disciplines with nutrition education on health and fitness.
The founder, Julian Ho, is himself a multi-sport athlete, holistic trainer, and fitness coach. Julian graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where he attained a BA in kinesiology, and along the way to where he is today picked up several more certifications. Another of his notable accomplishments is his 1st place finish at the 2012 Sears Great Canadian Ultra Run for Kids Cancer, a 100-kilometer ultra marathon (yes! that’s 100 kilometers…) from Toronto to Collingwood, a superhuman feat which he completed in an impressive time of 10 hours and 45 minutes.
Evidently Julian’s quite a radical and inspirational guy; someone who is genuinely passionate about health and fitness, and, perhaps most importantly, wants to share his knowledge and experience with those who want to push and challenge themselves, both mentally and physically. In his own words: “In my ideal world, exercise would not be a chore. Body image would not be a leading stressor in our lives. Diet and healthy nutrition would not be a struggle.”
The 2.0 Toronto event will be taking place this coming Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 8 am – 12 pm, at 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto. In tune with the mandate of providing a holistic fitness experience, the entire schedule following the reception will be broken up into 15-minute-long segments. Each session will be lead by a Toronto-based fitness professional, starting with an opening keynote speech by Dr. Michelle Crispe (one of Toronto’s top fitness professionals of 14 years), after that, somewhere in the middle — that is 10:25 am sharp — you can take part in an exhilarating hybrid taekwondo session with Quentin Vitko (a certified fitness instructor and Lululemon ambassador who recently travelled to Tanzania, East Africa, where he had the privilege of instructing over 1,000 African children in the basics of taekwondo), and, at 11:25 am, right before the ending keynote speech, Chris Csak will be leading a pilates workout (Chris is a professional personal trainer of 15 years, having had done work for clients as original as The World luxury yacht residence, the only private residential community-at-sea whose inhabitants travel the globe without ever leaving home).
Interspersed with yoga, dance, athletic conditioning, and strength training… needless to say the itinerary is wildly diverse. Delivering a schedule whose variety is uniquely multi-disciplinary as well as practical — a sequence of classes together offering a holistic workout. All of the instructors are top-notch and highly sought after. Also, snacks and fresh juices will be provided by well-known, health-savvy Toronto food retailers: Pre-workout snacks will be supplied by Nomz, recovery fuel by Kupfert and Kim, juices by Village Juicery, and water by Flow Water.
Finally, ticket prices are $50 each, though proceeds will be donated to The Stop Community Food Centre, a non-profit organization providing access to healthy food by confronting the underlying issues leading to poverty and hunger.
2.0 Toronto 2015 is getting me feeling pumped! — I’ll be there, will you?
For more information about the event and to purchase your tickets click here.