I’m Back! But Why?

It’s been more than a year away from the blog, but I’m back!

Back…Ha ha… get it? (I’ll be here with the Dad jokes alllll day, don’t worry!)


After graduating from University in June of 2015 and moving to NYC, I found myself at the computer much less, and consequently spending much more time “doing” and “learning”.

Blogging is like getting into a fitness routine- it’s the motivation that gets you started, but the habit that keeps you going. During university, blogging was a great way for me to express myself, and be productive while procrastinating school work. Writing about health and fitness was so fun for me, and I loved connecting with other like minded individuals through the blog-o-sphere.


I’ve spent much of the last year and a half learning about health and fitness through coaching and training at Body Space. A lot of the energy and time spent blogging, was now spent learning from others, coaching others, and being coached myself.

Squash on Squash – Moving Forward

With this new phase of Squash on Squash, posts may look a little different. Instead of long random musings, or recounts of my day, posts will likely be a little more educational or informative. Expect to see more recipes, workouts, and exercise tips/form corrections.

Since I’ve also been traveling much more for the pro squash tour, I’ll also be doing some recaps of my tournaments and travels.

If you’re not into reading a blog consistently, I’ll also be upping my Instagram game. You can find me @squashnic.


Later days!

Squash in Seattle, Victoria, and Calgary

Hello hello!

Yes, Squash on Squash lives on. It’s been a very busy past few months, hence the lack of blogging. However, these past two weeks I’ve been away travelling for squash tournaments, which has given me some time to reflect and plan out some blog posts. We’re back!


A couple weeks ago I flew from New York to Seattle to play in a squash tournament. Overall, it went pretty well, and I managed to qualify for the main draw before falling to the number 1 seed.

I felt pretty good during all of the matches and practice sessions, which may have had something to do with my classic breakfast which I kept consistent every day!

Every day, my parents and I went to the Cherry Tree cafe, where I got either a cappuccino (they were amazing) or a normal coffee, and oatmeal. I was a huge dork, and brought everything back to our hotel, where I added some almonds, banana, and protein powder. One day I was an even bigger dork and brought an individual packet of protein powder with me to the cafe.

IMG_8004Whole Foods also made a regular appearance for lunches, with the exception of a delicious Buddha Bowl from Sweetgrass Food Co.




After Seattle, I went home to Victoria for a couple of days to train and hang out. This of course meant time spent at my second home- the squash club!

IMG_8014And a trip home wouldn’t be complete without at least one appearance at the Parsonage Cafe.



After a nice (but short) visit at home,  it was time to fly off to Calgary for another squash tournament.

IMG_8016The tournament went okay, but I didn’t play as well as I had wanted to (more to come on that in another post), and ended up losing in the final round of qualifying. I was pretty annoyed following the match, but after several chats with my coaches, I’m now feeling better. There are always lessons to be learned, whether you’re experienced, or new to the tour (which I am!).

I’ve since spent my time doing some good old Canadian stuff, such as attending hockey games and running in the icy (yet somehow warm) outdoors.


IMG_8035I head back to New York early tomorrow morning, where it’s back to real life! (Meaning, training and work).

What Am I Doing in NYC?

Hello friends!

In typing up this post, I realize that a big update is long overdue. I’ve been so preoccupied setting up and beginning this new chapter of my life (post-college/real world), that I struggled to integrate regular blogging into my schedule. Until I really settle into things and find a new and improved role for the blog, I’m going to take a bit of pressure off of consistent blogging, and stick to product reviews and updates for the meantime.

Okay so update time! Here we go…


Body Space Fitness

I have a couple different jobs here in NYC: coaching squash, and personal training/group fitness instructing. Yes, I am putting my squash ability and NASM cert to use!

IMG_3301The studio I work for is called Body Space Fitness. If you’re a longtime reader of Squash on Squash (hello, grandparents!), you may recall me raving about BSF when I visited NYC last summer. Well, earlier this summer (after graduation), I reached out to the owner, Kelvin Gary, and inquired regarding any opportunities. One thing led to the next, and voila! Since the beginning of July, I have been an employee of Body Space Fitness.

IMG_3297The first month was mainly training (aka me shadowing and watching in order to learn), but soon progressed to teaching the group classes, and am now working with clients.

IMG_3300I’ve learned a ton these past couple months, and don’t foresee the learning decelerating at all any time soon. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by a small but mighty team of very positive, smart, and encouraging people, and am so glad that I am able to put my athletic experience to use!

Squash Coaching

I’ve also been coaching squash a couple times a week, mainly up in Westchester, NY. There aren’t too many female coaches around the area, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to work with a lot of junior girls throughout the year. I was lucky to have a few female squash mentors as a junior, and I’d love to give back and provide any sort of knowledge that I have regarding the game, or even college!

Squash and Training

Now that my knee and back are doing much better post-accident, I am training again in full force! I have found some good coaching and hitting partners here in the city, and have been doing a combination of HIIT strength/cardio classes at Body Space as well as spinning to cross train.

While I was interviewing for several different jobs in June, I knew in the back of my mind that I didn’t want to pursue a normal 9-5 office desk job. Working in the fitness industry has allowed me to engage with others in an active environment, as well as fit in my own training during the day. Oh yeah-I get to wear workout clothes everyday too!

IMG_5763So far things are going well (knock on wood), and as things get busier throughout the fall season, I’m still fairly confident I won’t miss the long days of class followed by hours of homework. It’s time to take a break from that!

Well that’s all from me. Because a post wouldn’t be complete without some sort of food item or workout, here’s a picture of my lunch from yesterday: Trader Joe’s “cruciferous crunch”, with black beans, edamame, avocado, and sweet potato, dressed with a little olive oil and Trader Joe’s spicy black bean dip. IMG_7375Yums!

TKO Jump Rope Review

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m currently hanging out at work typing up this post, partly because I am between a workout and a meeting, and also because I don’t have wifi yet at my new apartment.

On the plus side, we are actually making great progress getting settled into the new apartment! And it no longer looks like we’re living in squalor (which it really did while I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a few days).

Anyway, the rest of this post is mainly focused on my latest toy- the TKO jump rope!

IMG_7256For me, jump rope is kind of like the game “tag”. It’s that thing you used to be good at, and used to be easy when you were a kid, and now is ridiculously hard.

So when I received a jump rope from TKO, I decided it was time to revert to my childhood roots and work on my coordination.

IMG_7304The jump rope is small, lightweight and compact, and fits easily in a side pocket of my squash backpack.

IMG_7308So far I’ve been mostly been using the jump rope as a warm up, especially when I don’t have access to a stationary bike, or much room for jogging. It gets my heart rate up, and makes me focus on my coordination!

I’ve also been integrating jump rope into some of the fitness classes that I teach at work. I’ve got to say- it’s definitely an eye-opener when most people realize just how hard skipping rope can be. Fortunately, there are always ways to regress jump rope exercises to modify them for every level.

If you’re looking for a versatile piece of equipment which is small and lightweight, look no further than a jump rope! Combine it with a TRX and you’ve got endless options for a full workout. (A TRX trainer is that black and yellow thing hanging in the background of the pictures of me skipping). Those two pieces of equipment are especially great if you’re constantly travelling and are looking for an easy way to fit in a hotel room workout.

Alright, time to go grab some food and get back to work! Have a great rest of your day!


Do you ever use a jump rope to warm up? 



Open Faced Egg and Avocado Toast

Hello people! I cannot believe it is almost August. The long summer days go by fast!

I’ve been a little MIA over here the past week or so, but only because I’ve been busy studying NASM, visiting with my mom (ok ok that was last weekend), and working.


In other news, I’ve also been very into open-faced sandwiches. Specifically, sourdough + avocado + egg. If I’m feeling a little adventurous, I’ll add some cheese in there too.


I’d seen so many pictures of avocado toast blowing up blogger’s posts and Instagram feeds, I knew I had to try it for myself. However, I wanted to kick the flavour (and protein) up just a notch, so I made a couple eggs and tossed them on top.


You know when you make a recipe and it’s so good that you think to yourself, “man, they would charge like $20 for this at a restaurant”! No? Yes? I admit, this may be the first time that’s ever happened to me.

I’m not even a fan of egg sandwiches, but thanks to the hefty amount of avocado, sourdough, and minuscule amount of cheese (eggs + lots of cheese = yuck), I was loving it.

Open Faced Egg and Avocado Toast

Serves 2, or 1 very hungry person (aka me)

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 eggs; fried with slightly runny yolks (sunny side up, I believe that’s called)
  • 1 avocado
  • a little bit of cheese (I used cheddar the first time, and goat cheese the next, and they were both great)
  • seasoning/ salt and pepper to taste

Toast the bread, cook the eggs, mash the avocado, top em up, and voila!



I inhaled two open faced sandwiches this morning when I came back from Flywheel. It was my first time back at Flywheel in a couple of years, and I’d completely forgotten how hard you work when you’re competing against the others in the class! To make matters even more intense, I was seated beside an instructor, so I was constantly trying to keep up with him the whole time. Let’s just say I earned my breakfast this morning, and I will need to keep re-hydrating for the rest of the day.

Now I’m off to a meeting, followed by some NASM studying, and then squash later on this evening! Shaping up to be a good day so far!


Are you a breakfast sandwich kind of person? If so, what’s your favourite combination?