If you’re into fitness in Calgary, you’ve likely run into Helen Vanderburg. After winning Canada’s junior championship in synchronized swimming in 1973, she went on to a stellar amateur career in the sport, winning multiple world championships, and being named Canada’s female athlete of the year in 1979.
A member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, she’s just as well known in Calgary for her years as owner of Heaven’s Elevated Fitness. A noted expert on exercise, and an instructor and trainer, she is a regular speaker at conferences around the world, and writes a monthly fitness column for the Herald.
Vanderburg’s new book, Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre combines those disciplines and presents illustrated routines. Vanderburg explained the book further recently for the Herald.
Q: You’ve been an exercise expert in Calgary for many years. How did you get interested in working out? When did it become your passion and profession?
A: My background in working out began at the young age of 11 when I began competing in synchronized swimming with the Calgary Aquabelles. At the age of 19 I retired from competitive sport having won gold medals at the World Championships and completing my degree in Physical Education at U of C. It was then that I turned my attention to sharing the message of how being physically strong can change everything from your physical health to your emotional well-being. In 1982, I opened the doors of Heavens Elevated Fitness to deliver high energy, motivating and effective workouts. My passion has continued to grow over the past 30 plus years with the clients at Heavens and training instructors globally on the most current programs, training techniques and fitness trends. As well as fitness, I have been teaching yoga and Pilates for over 15 years.
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