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In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike Dirks talks to you about how to overcome training plateau. What is “training plateau”? Essentially, it’s when you stop seeing results. You keep doing the same things over and over again and your body is not really benefiting from the exercises the way it used to. Why is that? What are some ways that you can avoid that from happening, making your workout time as efficient and effective as possible? Well there are a few ways listed below, further explained in the video.

  • Increase your weight
  • Focus on the negative or eccentric phase of the exercise
  • Change your routine

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Gay & Lesbian Events & Nightlife In Vancouver

In: Saturday Submissions

Vancouver has a large gay population which boasts numerous venues and yearly events. Visitors from all over the world attend two annual parties, The Gay Pride Parade Day and Whistler’s Gay & Lesbian ski week.

Pride day this year will be Sunday August 1, 2010 starting at noon. The parade has an audience of over 600,000 and is lined up in colorful fashion throughout the 20 block progression ending at the “Sunset Beach Festival Site” for a continued celebration. The entertainment is non-stop and talented people wanting to participate can contact [email protected]

Winter Pride at Whistler, BC usually held in February, was moved to March 1-8 to accommodate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The host hotel was the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa but there are many other available hotels to choose from when visiting this spectacular tourist location . This popular Gay & Lesbian “week long” party celebrated it’s 18th year displaying the proud diversity of thousands of visitors and locals attending the numerous venues at the beautiful Whistler/Blackcomb location. Events included a “wild pool party“, fetish themes, snowball fights, dog sledding tours, yoga, zip lining and even cooking classes.

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Yesterday, yours truly along with a few of the Homorazzi cast attended Opus Hotel’s 8th annual street party. This was my fourth time enjoying this yearly event and one of my favorite events of the summer. It’s the perfect kick-off to my Vancouver Pride weekend festivities. Once again the organizers pulled off an amazing event that drew over 300 invite-only VIPS to the trendy Yaletown location.

This year’s party had an Arabian Nights theme and featured the beautiful sights and sounds of Morocco. Guests were served delicious cocktails and canapes. As you’ll see in the pictures below, we definitely enjoyed the lime-flavored Miller Chill. A beer with only 100 calories. You can’t argue with that. In addition to our taste buds being treated to tasty treats, our eyes were wowed by the Middle-Eastern entertainment and belly dancers. Breakfast Television’s Riaz Meghji hosted this year’s festivities.

Sure the purpose was for everyone to have fun, but the hotel also made a conscious effort to raise money for The Opus Foundation. This year the foundation pledged their ongoing support of UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign. They presented UNICEF Canada with a $10,000 donation as part of their commitment of $50,000 over the next 5 years. Other monies were raised via a raffle. Lugaro Jewellers generously donated a stunning 14-karat white and yellow gold ring set with a 12.70-carat oval cut Blue Topaz stone as the feature raffle prize. The hotel encouraged all guests to open their wallets and donate to the charity at

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Fitness Tip of the Week: Band Workout

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

Another beautiful day today in Vancouver as we kick off pride weekend! I know a lot of you are still sleeping because you were out last night… Not to brag (but I’m going to anyways), but I got up at 5:45am as per usual to go to bootcamp – haha.

Today, we worked out outside and below Mike Dirks, our instructor/trainer has outline four exercises you can use outside (or anywhere) using an exercise band. These four exercises engage the full body, using all major muscle groups. They are as follows:

  • Squat Row To Toe x 10 reps
  • Squat Press x 10 reps
  • Chest Press x 10 reps (each side)
  • Squat Reverse Fly x 10 reps

* Repeat the sequence 3 times.

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s trendiest neighborhood, Opus Hotel provides all the top-notch service and world-class amenities you can expect from a luxury boutique hotel in a stylish intimate setting. With their ninety-six vibrant modern luxurious guestrooms, Opus is the perfect oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city, especially during the around-the-clock partying at pride weekend.

Just in time for Vancouver Pride, Opus is offering two gay-specific hotel packages for you to enjoy. Whether you’re partaking in the festivities solo, with a group of friends or your partner, there’s a unique package that’s just right for you. So why not relax, recover and love at Opus Hotel this Vancouver Pride.

The Celebrate Pride Package offers mini-bar ‘raiding’ credits, drinks at the newly renovated (and stunning) OPUS Bar, and accommodations in a Superior Queen room, appropriately enough. For the more romantic, OPUS also offers Propose on Pride Package, with champagne, breakfast in bed, late check out and more options that promote lovey-dovey canoodling.

detailed information for both packages after the jump

The Odyssey Is Finally Closing

In: Nic, Totally GAY!

Well, after what has seemed like years of the historic Odyssey Nightclub in downtown Vancouver closing, it’s finally happening. The Odyssey has gotten word of it’s closure and the last night it will be open will be September 5th.

The club has fought long and hard after BC Housing declared that the site would be used for social and supportive housing in May of 2008. A site was originally set for the club to relocate to Denman St. in the westend of Vancouver, but locals and the city made sure that it never happened after complaints, protests, and petitions. Yet after a letter writing campaign to the mayor and city, headed by General Manager Will McGuire, and backed by all of us at Homorazzi and the GLBT public and supporters, BC Housing had to admit that they were not ready to make the move and start the project, thus the club was bought more time.

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In this week’s fitness tip, Mike talks to you about a great lower body (legs) & shoulders workout you can try out at the gym today. The workout includes a four part complex designed to push you to your limit, providing little rest between each of the sets.

As with any workout, it’s important to remain focused on the task at hand – really engage your muscles and don’t focus on rushing through the exercises. It’s better to go slower and do the exercise properly, as this also works your muscles harder and leads to better results…and that’s what you want, isn’t it?

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Hellcats Rehearsing & On Set!

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

There is a lot of buzz for the new show, Hellcats filming here in Vancouver and coming to your livingroom this fall on the CW (right after ANTM!) It’s Bring it On meets Glee, in the wild world of competitive college cheer leading.

The cast & cheerleaders have been rehearsing and filming like crazy lately, and we have some photos for you to give you a first hand look at some of the behind the scenes action, some of which is taking place today! The photo above shows the stars Ashley Tisdale (left) who plays Savannah, and Aly Michalka (right) who plays Marti, rehearsing their routine over the weekend, prepping for filming this week.

Exclusive photos after the jump…

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