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Training basket: Lawrence (Spatch) Mulhall

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LAWRENCE (SPATCH) MULHALL, 55

Executive director of the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, vocalist, songwriter and bass player with Eagle and Hawk.

 

Accomplishments: If you've heard the song Sundancer by Eagle and Hawk, then you know Mulhall. He is the lead vocalist on that song, one of the band's most famous, and he co-wrote it with Vince Fontaine. Mulhall and Fontaine started Eagle and Hawk in 1997. Since then, it won a 2002 Juno Award and has over 70 nominations and wins for music awards across North America. After growing up in Toronto, music brought Mulhall to Winnipeg in the early 1990s, where he joined Chris Burke-Gaffney with The Dead Beat Honeymooners. He became the BNC executive director in 2002 and developed a performing arts program and the Just TV program, which creates videos and other music projects in the on-site professional multimedia and recording studio. Revenue generated goes into BNC programs.

Mulhall said the BNC offers about 30 programs on a modest $300,000 budget. BNC recently redeveloped its green space with a community garden and soccer field and added a new gym floor.

"Crime in the area is down by 80 per cent because people are outside more," Mulhall said. "We have about 15 projects on the go, and part of our social enterprise is the youth that are in the programs that have reached a certain level get hired to work on the projects and get paid competitive wages."

Favourite workout?

My favourite workout is interval training in a boot-camp environment at Advantage Fitness. They have a great selection of boot camps for all fitness levels. I train three to four times a week, play coed sponge hockey and try to get to Bikram Yoga once a week. I also enjoy long runs. It really helps me to unwind and to work through any end-of-the-day business. Running is also a great, inexpensive way to see new places when you are travelling.

Favourite workout song?

My favourite workout song is, of course, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

Fitness tip?

I always recommend that anyone starting a new fitness program start by setting personal yet achievable fitness goals. Go online and look for activities that you might find exciting. Start with that. If the activity is something that you enjoy, then chances are you will stick to it.

What's in your fridge?

I keep a variety of fruits and vegetables on hand, as I really enjoy a smoothie in the morning to get off to a great start. My smoothies include things such as spinach, kale, chard, mixed berries, Greek yogurt or peanut butter for protein. I also buy a variety of nuts and make my own trail mix. They are great to graze on throughout the day at work.

What's your guilty pleasure?

White cheddar popcorn. It's soooo good yet sooo bad for you at the same time.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 1, 2014 D15

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