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2011 PRO TEAM

Based on the unprecedented success of the 2010 7SYSTEMS team, the entire team is returning to compete again in 2011.  As well, there are three new additions to the team that are remarkable individuals committed to DOING MORE and doing it better.

NEW 2011 TEAM MEMBERS

Plus Paula Findlay: Paula Findlay is young triathlete with an impressive list of accomplishments. This year alone she has won three World championship series races consecutively, one each in Sydney, Kitzbuhel and Madrid and took a third at the Mooloolaba World Cup.  Read more about Paula.

Annamay Pierse: Annamay is a member of Canada’s national swim team and the current world record holder for the women’s 200m breaststroke.  Annamay was a member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic team in Beijing and is currently preparing for London in 2012.

Max Plaxton: Perhaps one of  Canada’s top male mountain biker and is a London 2012 hopeful.  Max is a professional mountain biker, five-time National Champion and two-time World Champion in the relay event. He currently is one of four team members in USA factory team Specialized/Sho-air which is a professional cross-country mountain bike team.  This year he has won the Canadian National Championships and is the US Pro Cross-Country Tour overall champion with 3 wins. Read his full profile.

Reid Coolsaet: He’s been running cross-country ever since the sixth grade and hasn’t missed a single season.
Reid is a 7-time 5000m Canadian Champion and also credits the 10 000m,  marathon and cross-country running titles to his name.  He has participated at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 4 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and 2 World Track & Field Championships.   Coolsaet just ran 2:11:23, the fastest time ever run by a Canadian on Canadian soil, at the 2010 Scotiabank Toronto Marathon. This time is 6 seconds faster than the Canadian Olympic marathon standard.

RETURNING ATHLETES FROM 2010

Jasper Blake www.jasper.is: Professional Triathlete, Ironman Champion

Mike Neill www.mikeneill.com: Professional Triathlete, Owner/Head coach Human Powered Racing

Simon Whitfield www.simonwhitfield.com: Multiple Olympic Medalist Triathlete

Adam Van Koueverden www.vankayak.com: Multiple Olympic Medalist, World Champion Kayaker

Lauren Groves-Campbell Lauren Groves blogspot: 2008 Beijing Olympian Triathlete

Adam Campbell Adam Campbell Blogspot: Top Canadian Runner

Ray Zahab www.rayzahab.com: Ultra distance running legend

Malcolm Howard http://malcolmhoward.ca/: World champion, Olympic Champion Rower

Kyle Jones www.kylejones.ca: Canadian Short Course Triathlon Team

Erinne Willock Profile for Erinne Willock: Professional Road Cyclist, 2008 Beijing Olympian

Megan Brown Profile of Megan Brown: Top Canadian Runner

7SYSTEMS works with individuals not only as company ambassadors but as athletes who are committed to using the product and sharing the benefits with others. Last year there were hundreds of applicants and the team was picked on the basis of podium finishes, amazing athletic feats and strength of character.


Lauren Groves- Olympian

lauren1_vantriworlds“I’ll be the first to admit that I have always been a little skeptical about supplements. I have always been a believer that simply eating a nutrient-dense diet and eating the right foods at the right time was all that was necessary to perform at a high level in our sport. At the end of my 2007 season I decided to take a closer look at my diet and recovery nutrition as the Olympics were on the horizon and I want to be sure I have done absolutely everything in my power to be ready when I start that race. I had heard positive things about 7SYSTEMS from friends and training partners so I decided to test it out during my winter training block. It was a huge load of training so it really gave me the chance to put 7SYSTEMS to the test. Within a week of taking it, I started to notice differences in my recovery and energy levels. I have never been much of a morning person but I started to find myself more energized and motivated at the start of each morning swim. Plus, I managed to escape catching some colds that were lingering around this winter, which rarely happens when I’m training hard.”

“Thank you to 7systems for helping get me to the start line in Beijing healthy and ready to race. Now I am hoping it will help me heal faster. My disappointment in Beijing has only motivated me even more for London 2012. I look forward to working with 7systems to help achieve that goal.”

Lauren Groves is one of Canada’s most accomplished triathletes.  She is a National Champion and top five finisher at the World Triathlon Championships in 2006.  Her career is highlighted by being named and competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.  After her spectacular crash in Bejing Lauren is focused on recovering and getting ready for London 2012.

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Adam Campbell- Sub 2:30 marathon runner

adam22“So everyone is looking for the magic formula – how do I get faster and what can I take to improve my performance? The answer to these questions is easy.  Train more and train faster.

However if you are going to buy into that little motto, then you need to make sure that you are recovering between sessions. I think it was the US marathoner and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor who said “there is no such thing as over-training, just under-recovering”. A key element to recovery is through diet. Anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. How could diet not affect performance? It is the building block for your cells, muscles, bones, blood…As a hard training athlete, you are also more likely to leach essential nutrients and minerals from your body as you stress the system.

I have always enjoyed pursuing physical challenges, from Ironman racing to running marathons.  My new love and passion is mountain running. When I began training for the Jungfrau marathon, an uphill marathon with over 5000 feet of elevation gain, I knew that I would need improve my ability to recover if I was going to be able to handle the workload and stress of training for such an arduous event. I was fortunate enough to come across 7SYSTEMS at the beginning of my prep for this race and with the help of 7SYSTEMS I was able to complete my biggest run mileage ever, and proceeded to have the best ever finish by a Canadian at a mountain running world championships.

So if you care about your health and you care about your performance 7SYSTEMS is more than worth a shot.”

Adam Campbell is the 2007 Canadian Mountain Running Champion and has a 2:29 marathon personal best.  He is currently at law school studying to become a lawyer.

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Ray Zahab- Ultramarathoner, Adventurer, Founder of impossible2Possible

May 2011

On November 1, 2006 former “pack a day smoker” Ray Zahab and two other runners set out on an epic expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One hundred and eleven days and 7500 kms  after leaving the coast of Senegal they completed their journey stepping into the Red Sea. The epic expedition had the trio running an average of 70km’s a day, without a single day of rest. National Geographic tracked this epic expedition by web, and the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’ – produced by Matt Damon, directed by Academy Award winner James Moll – was filmed in an effort raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in Northern Africa.  After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis in northern Africa, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and believes in. Running The Sahara would begin a journey of discovery- of learning that some of the largest barriers to success are the ones we put upon ourselves. Breaking these down, we can truly achieve extraordinary things.

In 2007, Ray ran the three coastal trails of Canada, back to back and non-stop. The Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island, East Coast Trail Newfoundland and West Coast Trail in British Columbia.

Motivated by the Sahara run- Ray conceptualized the CanadaONExONE Run in May 2008. Along with a team of runners, Ray ran an average 80 kms per day in each of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories in so many days. Schools were visited, students participated, and communities became engaged in many of the child based issues  ONExONE is addressing. In Saskatoon alone, several thousand students and 27 schools were involved in school rallies and a city wide relay with Ray and the team.

Two years after touching the Red Sea, Ray, and two other Canadians, broke the world speed record  for an unsupported expedition by a team to the South Pole, In the process, Ray trekked this traditional route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole solely on foot and snowshoes- without the use of skis. Students and classrooms from all over North America joined the team as they trekked to the South Pole on a daily basis- communicating and actively taking part  in an educational resource– becoming “team mates” of the expedition.  This expedition was completed as part of Ray’s organization, impossible2Possible.

In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, and inclusion and participation in expeditions.

Ray is a proud member of the board of Directors of the Ryan’s Well Foundation, is the official Athletic Ambassador and a board member of the ONExONE organization, and is a representative of SpreadTheNet.  Ray was the recipient of the ONExONE Difference Award in 2007, and the Torchbearers Award in 2010.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, expeditions have included: an unsupported 13 day run the length of frozen Lake Baikal, 3 Youth based expeditions to Baffin Island, Tunisia and the Amazon. All of these expeditions supported various initiatives through an Experiential Learning program in which thousands of students participated as active team members during the expeditions, from classrooms all over the world.

Ray has appeared multiple times in the media, including CNNi, The Hour, CBC, CTV, BBC, Jay Leno, Discovery, etc.

In addition to his running adventures, Ray speaks around the world at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, Idea City, The Economist World in 2010 and 2011, World Affairs Council and countless major corporate events- spreading the message that we are all capable of the extraordinary in our lives and that in fact, the impossible is possible.

August 2009 
Ray has been using 7SYSTEMS to help him achieve some truly amazing adventures.  Always full of energy, he is an example of someone who is always striving to DO MORE.  Which is exactly why he is a member of the 7SYSTEMS 2010 Pro Team.  Below is his take on this year’s accomplishments and his answers to 7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS.
 
“This year has been amazing. A 650+ km unsupported run across Lake Baikal in Siberia (in winter running an average of 50 kms per day!) and the impossible2possible RunningTunisia expedition in which 4 Youth Ambassadors ran 260+ kms through sandstorms, searing heat and endless dunes.
The Ambassadors recorded their experiences by video which CNN then used to broadcast updates twice a day! Even more amazing…they communicated LIVE to close to 10 000 students that tracked their daily progress using the latest technology-and the students in classrooms participated in an Experiential Learning Program based on the topic of water.  The students in the schools following have raised close to  $20 000 for water projects in Africa!”
 
Check out the video journals in the Experience the Run section of www.runningtunisia.com
 
 

 

February 2009
canada-at-south-pole“I’ve completed many multi-week expeditions before but I have never recovered as well, day after day, as I did on my way to the South Pole. 7SYSTEMS was integral in providing our bodies with the support they needed to complete this grueling expedition.”

In December 2008, three world-class adventurers, including ultra-runner Ray Zahab, legendary arctic explorer Richard Weber, and elite adventurer Kevin Vallely began a self-supported trek from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole; a distance of over 1,100km. With an existing record of 39 days and a goal of 40 days, they dragged sleds weighing over 170 pounds (73 kilograms) each, and arrived at the Pole on January 6th, 2009 in a new record time of 33 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. Their choice of supplement: 7SYSTEMS endurance sport supplement. Ray Zahab is a world renowned ultra marathon runner and adventurer. His story is as compelling as the adventures he undertakes.

www.southpolequest.com

7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

RZ: The day I finished my first impossible2Possible Youth Expedition…to see young adventurers do and complete an expedition that very few people would attempt was incredible! I am also very proud of each of the expeditions I have been fortunate to complete- from running all 3 of Canada’s coastal trails back to back, to running across the entire Sahara, from west coast to east coast of Africa.

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

RZ: Whenever I have a bad day or start feeling sorry for myself to remember that guaranteed someone is having a much more difficult time then me. In other words, never lose appreciation for what I am so fortunate to do day to day.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

RZ: There are several factors. I do love to challenge myself and push my limits, but lately on expeditions such as Siberia, the difficulty of the conditions and the running are insane. With very little sleep, frigid conditions and exhausted body, i am still so-o-o pumped at the end of each day on an expedition to fire up the BGAN and communicate with the students. They inspire me!

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

RZ: Again, many people. Some of note… Phil Fontaine, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Marshall Ulrich, Richard Weber, Lisa Smith. These are all people with conviction and dedication to what they believe in- and in my opinion are pioneers.  

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

RZ: Celebrating Inuit Art 1948-1970 with assorted essays by folks like Anne Hanson. It would be my piece of Canada.

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

RZ: Potato Chips, burgers, pizza, poutine…help, I can’t stop!

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

RZ: Some funky little place in a small community in Mali halfway across Running the Sahara that had chicken. First chicken i ate in 50 days, and it was awesome!

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Linda Wagar

linda-marathon1“In January 2008, I had an opportunity to try a product that is meant to help endurance athletes.  I have a body type that has a few issues, and I was intrigued by how this supplement was different from others, and how it might be of help to me.  My approach has always been preventative. When I set a goal, I like to achieve it, and feeding my body what it needs, and preventing issues is a fine balance. I had not run long distances in 2 years, and with my plans to run a marathon in May and a 50K endurance run in July, nutrition would have to be a priority in my life. As fate would have it, my diet was not the best in April & May.  My training surprisingly went quite well. I know the supplements helped me not only with stamina but with my recovery.  I was able to go beyond my physical limits, and the realization that there was no residual pain, no inflammation, and very little tightness.  This was my reward: in July I turned 50K into 53K and felt like I had gone for a nice long 6 ½ hour run. I attribute this to taking 7 Systems.

I recommend it for high performance athletes or for runners, like myself, who wish to make nutrition a priority no matter what sport they choose to embrace. My 51 year old body thanked me for taking in 7 Systems and rewarded me with a performance which was beyond my expectations. This former couch potato is happy and I can only imagine what I could do if I was disciplined enough to take them religiously every single day.”

Linda Rainville Wagar
Ottawa, Ontario
linda@lindawagar.com
www.CanadianMarathonStories.ca

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Anthea Seeton

“I have taken the product and I really loved it.  I found out about it on line while preparing for a 30 day Bikram challenge.  All my fellow yogis had all sorts of cramping, stiffness, etc., that thanks to 7SYSTEMS I didn’t suffer from.  I am off to do teacher training in Palm Desert for 9 weeks and decided instead of putting together my own supplement program that I would take the 7 systems.   I don’t take it all the time, but for those times when I am pounding my body it is amazing.”


Mike Neill- Ironman/Coach

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“Over the years I have discovered that the only way to improve my performance is to recover properly and put together days, weeks and months of solid, consistent training. Since I have been using 7systems I have been able to put in some of the best blocks of training in my entire Ironman career. I am seeing improvements across the board in all three sports.  I recommend 7systems to all the athletes I coach and anyone who is looking for a simple convenient way to stay healthy and improve their performance.”

Mike has been Canada’s top overall finisher at Ironman Hawaii in each of the past 3 years, breaking 9:00 each time, and has over 15 top 10 overall Ironman finishes in his career.  Mike is also a coach to over a dozen athletes of the Human Powered Racing Team and the Island Triathlon Club

www.humanpoweredracer.blogspot.com

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Andrea Perego

andrea-perego-run_2“I began taking 7Systems when I was determined to make the most of my recovery time between two Ironman races and I have been taking them ever since.  I am not the fastest or the fittest triathlete out there, and despite my coach’s best efforts, I don’t always do my workouts the way I am supposed to.  I have been known to stack hard workout on top of hard workout and fill my days off with things like squash or just running around trying to get a thousand things done at once.  Despite all that, I still recover quickly and am ready for the next workout.  And I just don’t get sick.  I travel now and then for work and it is so easy to take along.  You just can’t argue with all of that.

Thanks for making a great product that is so easy to use.   I am a believer.”

Andrea is an accomplished age-groupers who juggle straining with her busy job on Bay Street in Torono.


Gord Henderson

I’ve often found it difficult to get the balance right between ‘fitness’ and ‘health':  training for and racing endurance events, parenting a young child and stress from unpredictable work often left me feeling run down – even while I was fit enough to race well.  Although I thought that supplements would probably help with some of these problems, I was confused by the range of products on offer and concerned about using something with uncertain efficacy whose composition I didn’t understand.  7Systems addressed each of those issues:  it contains everything I need and nothing I don’t, and since starting to use it, I’ve felt healthier than at any point in the recent past.  I’m better able to juggle work, training and parenting, and have more energy and mental focus;  I’ve found that 7Systems does exactly what it claims to.

Gord Henderson


Lucy Smith- 19 Time National Champion

“I can honestly say that energy and recovery is a pretty big deal for me. I do most of my training in the morning and then I am on the go for the rest of the day with no down time. I think that the supplement has really benefited me. There are certainly no negative side effects and I feel that my recovery has been really good and my training and racing has been very strong since starting on the supplement in April ‘07.”

 

Lucy Smith is a 19-Time Canadian Champion and internationally ranked athlete in triathlon, duathlon, and distance running.  She is also the mother of two.


Rich Pady – Ironman/Coach

pady-success-story“I started using 7 Systems about 4 months ago to keep my health in balance while I juggled the rest of my life. I’m a father of two young kids, I have coaching company, a personal training company and, oh I almost forgot, I was training for Ironman USA. After a winter of many colds and feeling run down I started using 7 Systems and since then I’m happy to say I have not had a cold. I feel stronger and more energized than in the past 4 years. In the past when my kids were up a lot at night it would hurt my training the next day but since starting 7 Systems I did many big training days on 4-6 hours of broken sleep. It was amazing how it helped to keep my body going and healthy and I love how easy and convenient it is to use. I’ve been in the sport of triathlon now for 20 years and I’m finding since being on 7 Systems my body is recovering better than ever before. I had a great race in Ironman USA and I am already back to training. I will not hesitate to recommend 7 Systems to all my athletes.”

Richard Pady is the Head Coach of Healthy Results Training.  He leads dozens of athletes to personal victories every year and has a firm grasp on what it takes to achieve your personal best having been a 3 time member of Canada’s national triathlon team and the overall winner of over 50 multi-sport events.  Richard is also the founder for Race4kids, a not for profit initiative to raise money for kids battling cancer.  Richard and his wife Heather are the proud parents of two.

 

www.healthyresults.ca

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Brad Cunningham – Ultra Marathoner

brad-in-water“The reason we train is to see if we can be better than our former self. In order to be better we need to do things differently than we have done before. For me, that was moving beyond just running all the time. I started to pay attention to the details that affect performance, like diet and recovery. 7SYSTEMS helped me become better.  I found the world of supplements to be confusing and expensive. The 7SYSTEMS team made that world simple for me. Everything I need is in one packet – simple, portable, and smart. Now I’m getting everything my body needs in order to be better than it was before, while saving money at the same time.  What I like about 7SYSTEMS is that it’s designed by athletes. These are people who have done what it is I am trying to do, and they have found a way to simplify the confusing world of supplements.   One packet per day, that’s it! And everything is covered.   The difference between average and good is training.   The difference between good and great is details. 7SYSTEMS has helped me take care of the details.”
Brad Cunningham is an ultra-runner, coach and teacher.


Jordan Rapp- Ironman- Top Triathlon Cyclist

Measuring the efficacy of vitamins is a funny thing. It’s not like caffeine, where the effect is immediate, but short lived. The idea is that you want to slightly raise the overall functioning of your body consistently. Over the past month, I completed two and a half weeks of the most intense training I’ve ever done, in preparation for Ironman Arizona. I started taking 7Systems at the same time. During that time period, I had to occasional “off day,” as we all do, but I felt like I consistently recovered more quickly than I had in the past when taking on this sort of load, and as a result I was able to perform better during my key workout sessions. I believe that 7Systems was a definitive part of that. The convenience of not having to remember to take a variety of supplements was also very helpful; that may seem like a small thing, but simply having one packet that you open and take to get everything you need makes a difference when you have a lot going on.

 

Jordan Rapp is well known for his popular cycling and bike fit advice on the internet chat forum Slowtwitch, and has compiled 5 top 3 overall finishes at Ironman events in the past 3 years.


Tara Norton- Ironman

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“As a professional Ironman triathlete, I spend a lot of my racing season traveling to races all over the world.  With the 7SYSTEMS packages, I don’t have to spend so much time gathering all my supplements as the convenient daily packages make it simple.  I started taking 7SYSTEMS before Ironman Austria and not only did I have increased energy for my training, but I achieved a personal best time in my Ironman, and my recovery has been perfect.  Because of the intensity of my training and the sheer number of hours that I train each week, my immune system is compromised.  7SYSTEMS helps to keep my immune system built up and prevents me from getting sick.  I am thrilled to finally find a sports-specific supplement geared towards endurance athletes.”
 
Tara has been one of Canada’s top and most consistent female Ironman athletes over the past 5 years with 10 top 5 overall finishes at Ironman events.  Tara also has an active physiotherapist practice and coaches several age group athletes.

www.taranorton.com

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Peter Oyler

oyler“Training for the RACE ACROSS AMERICA (RAAM) required that I spend an incredible amount of hours on the bike in order to make sure I was super comfortable with my bike. With week after week of high volume training and some intensity, I needed to supplement my vitamin and mineral needs. 7SYSTEMS endurance sports supplement made a noticeable difference in so many areas for me. It is a great supplement for those who have great nutritional habits and for especially for someone like me who is always on the fly and not a great cook! Our bodies need what 7SYSTEMS provides in order to keep going strong mile after mile.”

Peter Oyler finished 8th overall in the 2007 RACE ACROSS AMERICA.  He has started training for training for the 2009 race again.

www.peteroyler.com

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Mike Greenburg

mike-greenberg“I must admit I was skeptical at first about the product but after about three weeks of using it I started to notice that I had higher energy levels (especially in the morning) and my recovery between workouts had greatly improved. However what really convinced me is when I ran out and was off the product for a couple of weeks. I became much more tired and was not recovering from workouts as well as before.. Now I am back on the product and feel great. I think because I have a hectic work schedule and don’t always eat properly; the product has been an important complement to my training and general well being. To me the ease of use of the product is a big advantage. I would highly recommend this product to anyone.”
Mike Greenberg was 3rd overall at the 2007 National Amateur Triathlon Championships and 1st at the 2008 Championships.  He is also an Investment Banker and soon to be father.


Jonathan Moncreiff

“Having taken several years off from competitive running and triathlons, I found that returning to competition and the fitness level I desired was not as easy or as straightforward as I would have hoped. In short, although the mind was willing, time had taken its toll on my body. While getting through the mandated workouts was possible, recovery did come as quickly as before and as a result it took longer to make the desired progression.  Moreover, whereas I could once focus much of my energy on my fitness pursuits (be it workouts, rest, dietary requirements, etc.), today’s reality is that I have many different and competing interests for my time. Each day only has 24 hours in it and I, much like most people I know, frequently find it difficult to get done (both work and training related) what I would like to before I need to get to bed to be rested enough to face the next day.  Thus, faced with these new challenges, it became evident that if I wanted to meet my lofty fitness goals, I was going to need to be smart about my training. Luckily, it was at about this time that I discovered 7SYSTEMS. Since starting to use 7SYSTEMS, I have noticed both increased energy levels (specifically when I wake up) and that my recovery is accelerated (both crucial elements in my book). The fact that all my supplement needs can be met in one product is also a huge advantage. Gone are the days of having to purchase, organize and carry around multiple individual supplement products. I highly recommend this product.”
Jonathan Moncrieff: Corporate Lawyer; Competitive Runner and Triathlete