KYLE MCCARTNEY, 26
University of Manitoba education student, educational assistant in the Seven Oaks School Division and assistant coach with the Manitoba Gryphons junior B lacrosse team.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Growing up playing lacrosse in north Winnipeg's Falcons program, McCartney had to leave the province to play the game at the junior A level. After playing for the Burlington Chiefs (Ontario) and in B.C. for both the Delta Islanders and the Victoria Shamrocks, he earned silver with the Shamrocks in the 2008 Minto Cup national junior A lacrosse championship. These days, he's back home and is an assistant coach with the Manitoba Gryphons junior B lacrosse team, sharing his knowledge of the game with young Manitoba players. He and the Gryphons will host the national junior B lacrosse championship, the Founder's Cup, Aug. 19-25 at St. Norbert Arena. A former personal trainer at NRG Fitness, McCartney leads the Gryphons by example, training five to six times per week.
Anything power based, such as cleans, presses and deadlifts. I also love pull-ups for their functionality and versatility. A jog around the neighbourhood with music is always relaxing.
Favourite workout song?
This changes a lot, but as of right now, The Art of Dying by Gojira; Asator by Amon Amarth
"Check your ego at the door." I see so many people lifting incorrectly. Form and control are essential to completing an efficient and safe exercise. Exercise is a progression, and overloading your skeletal, muscular and nervous system too quickly can lead to injuries and regressions. Start slow, research the movements and alternatives, and master the form before piling on the weight to impress others and your ego.
Although I am a big fan of chicken/tuna/beef, my favourite snack or pre/post workout meal is a concoction of 1 to 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 chopped banana, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
Candy. I love anything licorice. Pull-n-Peel, Super Nibs, All-Sorts.