Blog Post: October 12th 2012
Mrs. Vanessa Woznow was kind of enough to host E3 Fitness on her radio show on 100.5 co-op radio. The hour long segment is entitled the “Story Telling Show” and is described as women’s storytelling in all its variations: novels, short stories, mythology, and people with experiences they want to give voice to. Check them out at: http://www.coopradio.org/content/storytelling-show
or on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Storytelling-Show/83938902474
For those of you who missed the show (probably because I was so nervous I opted to tell NOBODY) here is the script that was prepared beforehand (the show didn’t go exactly by the script but had the same general idea).
September 30th 2012:
|Good evening and welcome to The Storytelling Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FMMy name is Vanessa Woznow, and I will be your host for tonight, Sunday September 30.
It’s quite incredible to think that we are on the cusp of October, newly into the Autumn season as we are. The weather is still warm enough for shorts and sundresses – and it’s been quite a long time since I last remember prancing about barelegged in the sunshine this late into the calendar year.
Today I had the awesome opportunity of running in the Surrey International Half-Marathon. Running in large scale races is always such an invigorating, inspirational experience. You are surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands of other runners, all out for the same reasons: to have fun, to push themselves, to take part in something they’ve trained and prepared for – sometimes ad nauseaum – and to bask in an amazing athletic accomplishment. It’s just such a rush, such an energy high to take part in race with such a diverse group of people – including the oldest marathoner in the world. At a spritely 101 Fauja Singh completed the 5k race today, and I’m not sure about you dear listeners, but I very much hope to be as active as Mr. Singh when I close in on the century mark in age.
On the topic of athleticism, and the importance of moving our bodies – no matter what our age – I am very excited to introduce my guest for this evening. She is no stranger to health and fitness in both her personal and professional life. Jackie Collins is a certified exercise physiologist, and is the founder and owner of E3 Fitness here in Vancouver. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 with a Bachelors in Human Kinetics and is a functional movement systems provider. Jackie has worked with some of Canada’s leading preventative health management clinics,leading physiotherapists, Naturopathic Doctors and Exercise Physiologists in Vancouver, as well as the Canadian Forces, Primary Care Paramedic Association and The Greater Vancouver Transportation Police Service, implementing and coordinating their fitness requirements. Jackie is also active in philanthropic initiatives and has helped raise over $100,000 towards the BC Cancer Foundation through various cycling and running events throughout the province. With a focus on healthy culture and community, her goal is to inspire the world through health and fitness, one person at a time.
Throughout the show, I will be chatting with Jackie about her work as an exercise physiologist, her commitment to promoting health – as both a cultural and community-based narrative, as well as her experience as a young entrepreneur here in Vancouver.
|So my first question for you Jackie is have you always been an active person, throughout your childhood/teenage years? Or was it more one day you woke up and decided this was a path you wanted to pursue?I am fortunate enough to have participated in various sports since I could barely walk. My parents put me in gymnastics, jazz, ballet, swimming, and the list goes on. I attribute the activities that I did when I was young to my passion for health and fitness today.
Was athleticism something encouraged by your parents? Were you an active family together?
My parents were an immense encouragement all my life. Specifically my Dad who volunteered his time to coach me in various sports and took the time to take me out to practice with him and teach me all the necessary skills. He was my softball coach for 10 years along with coaching me in soccer.
How important is it to instill the idea of health through physical activity at a young age?
Instilling the importance of staying active at a young age is incredibly important – Keeping children active fosters growth and development, and teaches them how to work with others in a team environment. Children don’t necessarily have to be the best at their sport or the most athletic in order to be successful. It’s more about teaching them team work and the importance of staying active.
We keep hearing about how so many Canadian youth aren’t getting enough exercise. Do you think there are any “right” solutions to this problem? Or is it a combination of a number of factors playing into this dearth of physical activity?
I think there isn’t just one “right” solution out there nor do I think there’s one contributing factor. A few contributing factors include:
1. Time: Kids having too much homework or the parents not having enough time to take them out to play).
2. Over reliance on technology: Technology is now more accessible in the home and on the go making it easier to spend time on their virtual lives then in their real ones
3. Space: Many people are choosing to bring up their children in smaller houses or apartments especially in Vancouver. Also, many parents may feel it’s not safe for their children to play outside.
Some solutions include: Limiting T.V and video games and getting creative. For example: Playing “hide and seek” for preschoolers, going on family walks, going skating outside when the weather is cooler.
Physical activity should be fun and parents need to be role models.
You graduated from UBC in 2007 with a Bachelors in Human Kinetics. What drew you to this program?
Growing up being immersed in various sports and activities it only seemed like a natural progression. When I started the program I wasn’t quite sure where it would take me but I knew it was a passion of mine. UBC has a wonderful program (which is now called Kinesiology) and I met a lot of great people (students and teachers) along the way.
Could you tell us a bit more about exercise physiology?
My Title “Exercise Physiologist” is a certification received through CSEP “Canadian’ Society for Exercise Physiology” – They are the principle body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada.
Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity. We improve and maintain one’s health and fitness, we rehabilitate heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities and we guide and counsel athletes and others interested in athletics and sports training.
Was it during your time at school that you began to get involved in the fitness community here in Vancouver?
I was active in the community at the time through my various sports leagues I played in, however, I didn’t get into the training end of things until I graduated and received my CSEP – CEP designation.
Had you always thought about starting your own business? What made you want to branch out on your own?
Ever since starting in the fitness industry it was my main goal to start my own business. The last company I was with helped mold me and made me a better trainer and after 5 years at that company I decided I was ready to venture out on my own and do my own thing.
Your business is E3 Fitness. Could you tell us why you chose this name?
The name E3 Fitness actually came to me while on a hike with my family in the interior. We were brainstorming names and I liked the idea of an acronym to go along with the name. E3 stands for Energy, Endurance and Education – All important aspects of fitness and what I strive to achieve in my clients.
What would you say has been the biggest surprise in terms of starting your own business?
No big surprises yet… I understood that more time would have to be spent doing the accounting and administrative end of things, however, I’m enjoying the challenge and am incredibly happy with my decision.
What is the greatest “pro” in terms of being a young woman entrepreneur?
I think the biggest “pro” to being an entrepreneur in general is that I have the flexibility and freedom to create my own hours, run my business the way I want to and meet a ton of fabulous people along the way.