Hey Gang, meet one of our most senior Tribal Elders: James ‘Tinkerbell’ Alexander.
James has a sweet pair of tear-away warm up pants, likes EDM, married a Belgium girl, and refuses to give up on his grunge era workout shoes.
He trains anywhere from 6a to 730p. Usually, book-ending long days spent helping others.
Despite the busy schedule James always shows up with a smile on his face.
You’ve been with Madlab Vancouver for the better part of a decade now. How have you been able to manage the stresses and strains of hard training for so long?
"I’m in this for the long-haul. My focus has shifted to the stress management and longevity side of things — more-so than setting deadlift PRs or sub 3min Fran times.
This focus has made me more resilient and durable.
How else could I have made it through so many years with a gym-name like Tinkerbell?"
Where did the nickname come from?
"Shout-out to my buddy Colm, and old coach Charlie Palmer who always commented on my silent box-jumps:
“He’s light on his feet folks! Light like a fairy – like TINKERBELL!”
And the name stuck, much to my chagrin".
What keeps you coming back?
"Madlab has been changing my life over the last nine years – one burpee-box-jump at a time.
In the early days, it was the sense of camaraderie in group classes that hooked me.
That, and the blood, sweat, and tears we shed along the way.
But I quickly learned the positive atmosphere and the physical outlet were doing great things for my ability to cope with stress, emotional upset, and mental exhaustion.
Improving the ‘bounce-back factor’ from life’s stressors.
I operate a private practice with my wife (focused on clinical counselling), and the importance of having a physical outlet for managing stress is a frequent point of discussion with my clients.
The military had taught me about this concept originally, but Madlab Vancouver provided a tangible example of this in practice".
Where can people find out more about what you do?
"My wife, Lynn, and I recently opened the Aster Wellness Centre.
We offer a comprehensive & holistic approach to health & wellness for people mending a variety of injuries.
Our consideration is that while the body may require physical rehabilitation, the mental & emotional components of recovery are often under-served.
Aster provides a variety of services to accommodate all of our recovery needs; counselling, massage, osteopathy, and nutritional services - all in one spot".
You can find more information at www.asterwellness.ca
James is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (specialising in stress, grief & trauma repair), a military reservist, and all-around stand-up guy, who’s coming up on his 10 year anniversary at Madlab Vancouver.
— And we’re lucky to have him.