Monthly Archives: September 2012


Meet The Hard Working Sebastien

Meet Sebastien. He’s hard working, listens well, and is a blast to coach. We’ve had a lot of fun working with him and his sister, Nicole, since they’ve joined the family here at JustLift. Not only that, but he’s really strong too! We’re honoured to have their family choose JustLift as their place to train. Sometimes you just get lucky!



Watch out though, he’s pretty tricky! He sure keeps us on his toes. Glad to have you Sebastien!

By |September 30th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet The Hard Working Sebastien

Weightlifting Shoes, Socks, and Shirts

I admit it, I’m a bit of a weightlifting slob. My shoes are pretty beat up and have a hole in the toe from me slamming my lead foot forward in the jerk. My socks get holes in the toe in the same spot. They also get holes in the shins from where the bar slides up close to me off the ground. My knee sleeves look like they’ve been used as a chew toy for the gym dog (where are you George? You need to come back! cough cough…Esther). I usually start with clean shorts and shirt, but it doesn’t take long before they’re covered in chalk. So when it comes to lifting in style, and matching your shirts and socks with your shoes, Matt and Nancy are the resident King and Queen.



I mean, anybody can put a weightlifting outfit together when they have black or white shoes, but pink and shock yellow? That takes some real talent! We’re still waiting for Matt to get some real weightlifting shoes though. His kryptonite infused weightlifting sneakers are sucking the power I gained from my Superman tape.

By |September 26th, 2012|Blog, News|Comments Off on Weightlifting Shoes, Socks, and Shirts

JustLift Announces Grand Opening

Ottawa, ON – Local strength and fitness facility, JustLift, will be having its grand opening on Saturday, September 29 starting at noon and ending at 3pm. Located at 1023A Merivale Rd., JustLift will be offering visitors a chance to see and try out its current service offerings that include: Olympic-style Weightlifting, Fitness, Kettlebell, and Sports Conditioning programs. Included at the event will be food, giveaways, and engagement with the local community and patrons interested in learning more about what the facility can offer them. JustLift staff will be available to meet and answer any questions people may have about its programs and services as they relate to strength, fitness, and health.



About JustLift

JustLift is the collective effort of owners Greg Chin and Ian Haya, to bring Ottawa residents a premium strength and fitness experience. They specialize in Olympic-style Weightlifting, and precision-engineered fitness programs, designed to offer clients the most efficient path to achieve their athletic and fitness goals. JustLift is a company founded upon a virtue of community and culture. They are a group of individuals who believe that strength and fitness are a worthy pursuit anyone should be able to pursue. Their community is one where camaraderie, accountability, and integrity are both the expectation and the norm. JustLift offers members an environment that is non-judgmental, encouraging all who participate, of all fitness/skill levels, to be the best that they can be.


To learn more about JustLift please contact:

Greg Chin
Just Lift
1023A Merivale Rd.
By |September 25th, 2012|Blog, News|Comments Off on JustLift Announces Grand Opening

Olympic Bronze Medalist Christine Girard in the Capital

Earlier today, Christine Girard, Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Women’s 63kg Weightlifting category, stopped by the Nation’s Capital for a visit as part of the Olympic Heroes tour.

She managed to have some downtime to have lunch with the MP’s:

Lunch with MPs!

— Christine Girard (@ch_girard) September 19, 2012

She held a conference at a local high school in Gatineau to speak about the Sport Etudes program, that incorporates athletics into the school’s curriculum. This is a great program and is in drastic contrast to the recent development in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board that sees many of the schools not offering extra-curricular activites this fall season.

It was a quick visit for Christine though, as the Canadian Olympic Committee had her on a train to Toronto by the end of the day. An Olympians work is never done!

Meanwhile back at the gym…



Brad is just starting to learn the lifts and is very explosive. Once he learns to properly harness that energy, watch out!

By |September 19th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Olympic Bronze Medalist Christine Girard in the Capital

JustFit Free Trials

We’ve been trying our best to describe to the rest of the world just exactly what it is that we do here at JustLift. While many of us do Olympic Weightlifting, we are just as experienced and knowledgable in the area of strength and conditioning. Our JustFit program is a one of a kind program based on everything that we’ve learned studying other core strength and conditioning programs.

Of course, the best way to get a taste of what we do is by coming in for a free trial session. Our staff will put you through a structured and intelligent workout designed to get you stronger, faster, and on your way to building an athlete’s body.

We had a few people come in and give it a try today, and they left sweaty, smiling, enthusiastic, and feeling like they just had one of the best workouts in their life.

We work hard here, and hard work is what really produces results. Register for a free trial today! Aaron and Lans did, and here they are hitting the sledge!




By |September 17th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JustFit Free Trials

Make Sure to Say Hello

There are a lot of new faces starting to show up at the gym. Slowly everyone is getting to know each other, but if you see someone new, please, don’t be shy and make sure you say hello and introduce yourself! Even though there’s a few of us who have been around longer than we’d like to admit, don’t worry, we’re (mostly) harmless!

There’s nothing more exciting though than having new people come in, smiling, eager, and willing to learn. It’s a bonus when you get the odd naturals that come in and blow you away. Tonight was one of those nights, and newcomer Nicole was hitting positions in the snatch and clean that take months and sometimes years for others to get to. She’s also very strong at such a young age already. I’m glad that she was able to discover this sport at a young enough age that she’ll have a great chance of improving beyond her wildest dreams.



By |September 13th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Make Sure to Say Hello

Bit By Bit, More Pieces Falling Into Place

Over the last couple days we’ve managed to get a couple other pieces of the puzzle solved and put into place. We got a nice new camera for the gym, and the girls (and Nico) had a lot of fun tonight posing for our future full colour calendar. They might think I’m joking, but I can see us putting something together that celebrates our awesome athletes. We’re hoping to get a lot of nice action shots now that we have a camera that can keep up with the incredible speed of the sport of weightlifting.

Also, after some careful deliberation, it looks like we will be switching our scheduling and registration service from MindBody to ZenPlanner. I know some people have had problems signing in to MindBody and the site wasn’t reliably working how we wanted it to. I have used ZenPlanner in the past and find it much simpler on our end, and just as simple on your end. It’s early enough that switching isn’t a lot of work and it will be better for everyone in the long run. This should reduce a lot of the headaches and allow you to do what’s really important, and that’s “JustLift”ing!

For now, I leave you with a preview of the JustLift 2013 Calendar…





We also put in an order for the first round of JustLift t-shirts. They should be in by the end of the month. Looks like Nico doesn’t need one though…

By |September 10th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bit By Bit, More Pieces Falling Into Place

It’s All Coming (Back) Together

We had our very first open-house/orientation session yesterday, and our turn out was better than we possibly could have expected. It was great to see so many old and new faces. For the first time in months, we had just about the entire gang of lifters from the old club back together again, playing with barbells just as we did months ago. On top of this, we had plenty of new people come by to checkout the new place. I don’t want to brag, but the reception we received from these new prospects was even better than any of us could have hoped for. I don’t think anybody, old or new, was anything short of enthusiastic about what’s going down at JustLift. For me, it felt like too much was going on to say that we’re finally starting to come together as a new club, or that, with all the original folks, we’re coming back together.

It’s something different, something I don’t think I have ever experienced before. I don’t know if there’s a word to adequately describe it. All I know is it seems to me that the best elements and attitudes of the old club are returning to us, and we’re starting to see something new and exciting emerge.

If you’re a returning member, I can promise you that we’ll be even better than we ever were before, and if you’re a newcomer, you’re in for something special.

By |September 9th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on It’s All Coming (Back) Together

Reminder – Free Orientation Session


Don’t forget to stop by our new location at 1023A Merivale Road in central Ottawa tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, 2012 for a free orientation session. We’ll be there from noon to 2pm. You’ll get a chance to come and chat with the whole team here at JustLift, and give some of our workouts a try. Make sure you bring your workout clothes!


By |September 7th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reminder – Free Orientation Session

Free Orientation Session Saturday Sept 8, Noon-2pm



We’ve had a lot of people poking their heads into the new space as they walk by and getting some information, but this Saturday we will be hosting a free orientation session and it will be a chance for you to try out our program offerings firsthand. All of us will be around and you’ll be able to give the olympic lifts a try, swing a kettlebell, and get a run through some of our conditioning workouts. There may even be a heavy tire in the parking lot that you can have a go at!

If your idea of a gym includes ellipticals, convoluted pulley systems and machines, then you really have to check us out first hand to get the full experience of what a true strength and conditioning facility is all about. We have programs for all ages and abilities, and we have the knowledge and tools to help you reach your fitness and performance goals.

By |September 6th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Free Orientation Session Saturday Sept 8, Noon-2pm