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The Power of the Deadlift

posted by Fitness Focus    |   May 16, 2019 23:34

Deadlifts have become one of the most popular exercises in the weight room.  You've probably noticed more and more people spending a significant amount of time training with Olympic weights in recent years bu more specifically doing deadlifts, and there's a good reason for this.  For such a primitive and simplistic exercise, it carries numerous benefits which can help nearly anybody, no matter what their training goals.

The simplicity of a deadlift is perfectly described in the exercises' name; it's literally the action of lifting dead-weight up off of the floor, usually with a long bar and weights on either side.  Traditionally, you would have seen deadlifts done in one form of competition or another; maybe in a strongman contest or Crossfit type of setting where the goal is to lift as much weight as possible at one time.

But, deadlifts don't always need to always consist of lifting one's maximum amount of weight.  In fact, that can be the most detrimental mistake when performing the exercise. The term quality over quantity is the best rule of thumb in the case of both an average person in the gym or anyone training with a specific purpose; focus on a quality form and technique versus the quantity of weight lifted.

 

While lifting a dead weight off of the floor seems like a simple task, performing a deadlift with proper technique is another story and is essential for 2 reasons. First of all, no matter the amount of weight you're trying to lift, if you're doing it with improper form you will, at some point, injure yourself.  Second, there are numerous benefits to performing a deadlift correctly so you want to make sure it's being done efficiently and effectively.

A Fitness Focus Trainer would definitely the best recommendation to learn how to deadlift for efficiency and effectiveness; but let's dig more into why you should incorporate deadlifting into your workout and what benefits you can expect to see.


Posture

Some general aches and pains we deal with in our normal day to day life can be related directly to our posture.  Tight chest muscles and ribs, lower back soreness; even stiffness in the knees all tie directly to our posture while we're walking, standing or even sitting.  Adding proper deadlifts consistently into your routine can activate and develop and strengthen the muscles around these areas and helps improve posture, ultimately alleviating these common aches and pains.

Reducing the possibility of Injuries

Legs and back have the most and largest muscles out of every body part.  They are also the body parts which are used the most for a majority of your day to day functions such as going up and down stairs carrying objects and balancing.  Weaker muscles in your legs and back means there's a higher likelihood of an injury accompanied by a longer recovery process.    Developing and conditioning the muscles in and around your legs and back are your best bet for avoiding injuries in the first place.

 

Use More Muscle Groups

Deadlifts use more muscles than any other exercise. Core muscles including abs, obliques and lower back are engaged through the entire exercise.  Grip strength improves through the use of hand and forearms.  Upper back and trapezius muscles which tie into the neck. So, if you were only allowed to use one exercise for the rest of your life, your best choice is a deadlift; it incorporates all the major muscles groups which mean less need to target many of the secondary muscles.

If you're convinced about the power of the deadlift, and you want to learn how or to improve your technique on this or any other exercise in and out of the gym contact a trainer trainer today.

The Most Adorable Yoga

posted by Fitness Focus    |   January 21, 2019 22:30

This February we're beyond excited to present to Saskatoon, Puppy Yoga!  This is our first ever time offering this event which we've aptly called Mutts & Mats: Yoga for a New Hope. What could be more enjoyable than a relaxing Yoga class, surrounded by adorable 3-month old puppies? While this class is currently sold out, the initial response has been so overwhelming, we plan to provide this class again in the very near future.

If you've ever been to our gym you've likely met our Gym Dog named Dak.  Having Dak around, and the reception he's gotten from all of our member, we've realized what an admiration you all have for dogs.  We've also realized just how many of you out there all have a furry family member of your own. We figured it was only fitting to combine something as lovable as dogs with something so many of you are so passionate about as Yoga.  And hey, if yoga can be made more popular with the addition of cats or goats, then puppy yoga might just be the best thing ever invented.

Our friends at New Hope Dog Rescue in Saskatoon will be bringing their newest litter of German Shepherd cross puppies to explore and play around the Fitness Focus yoga studio while all the participants find their zen. All proceeds raised by Mutts & Mats will be going to New Hope Dog Rescue, which provides financial aid for emergency surgeries, housing, food and other expenses associated with the process of finding dogs a forever home.

Saskatoon Puppy Yoga Be sure to watch for upcoming announcements for the next available Puppy Yoga Session.

Membership Referral Rewards

posted by Fitness Focus    |   November 29, 2017 12:32
Attention Members, it's time for your reward for referring your everyone to your favorite gym in Saskatoon!  Right about now you're asking, "Reward, what reward?"  The answer is yes, your reward of one free month for every friend, family member, co-worker or even a stranger on the street that you refer that signs up at Fitness Focus.
One Month Free on your membership is as good as money in your pocket.  That's like a dinner out at a restaurant, almost a tank of gas (if you don't drive an over-sized truck) or a chunk of your cell phone bill. But you don't have to stop at one referral; there's no limit to how many free months you can earn. In fact, you could get your whole workplace started at the gym to all receive corporate perks.a
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Friend Referral Rewards Ends January 31st

posted by Fitness Focus    |   January 6, 2017 17:38

Attention all members; bringing your friends to the gym is about to payoff.  Starting October through January, when you refer your friends, co-workers or family members to sign up at Fitness Focus you receive a month free added to your membership. 

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How do you get them in to the gym?  2 Week trial passes** are available to anyone that has never been to Fitness Focus before. The pass can be found on our website (link at bottom of this page) and can either be printed at home or displayed on their phone on their first visit to begin their trial pass. You can also pick passes up at the front desk to hand out at work or to your friends.

Make sure they mention your name, and once they sign up for a biweekly membership, we will credit 2 payments towards your membership.

**2 week trial passes are available to any first time user at Fitness Focus. User must be a resident of Saskatoon or surrounding area.

Christmas Gift Certificates

posted by Fitness Focus    |   December 20, 2016 15:43

A Gift Certificates for a gym membership makes the perfect gift, especially around Christmas. Let's face it, January is coming which means your friends and family are starting to catch the health and fitness bug.  So with the shopping days quickly counting down, knock a few names off your Christmas shopping list and grab Gift Certificate for a loved one. 

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Gift Certificates are available year round.  They can be used to start a new membership or the value can be put towards an already existing membership, juice bar purchases and even merchandise. 

Company Fitness Memberships

posted by Fitness Focus    |   October 27, 2016 17:39

Did you know Fitness Focus offers Discounted Gym Memberships to employees from many businesses and corporations that operate in and around Saskatoon. Many people aren't aware of it, but they already qualify for Corporate Membership Rates because the company they work for has a Corporate Fitness Account already set up with us.  There is no need to purchase annual an membership upfront or lock into a contract. Our Corporate Rates are discount rates to the employees of companies that promote the benefits of health and wellness in the workplace.

What is a Corporate Fitness Account?

A Corporate Account is a discount given to the employees of a business when there are 5 or more memberships with Fitness Focus. The discounted rate is also extended to family members and friends of the business' employees once the account is created.

How to Start a Corporate Fitness Account?

If you're the owner of a business or the employee and are interested in setting up a Corporate Account, we're happy to come to your office to meet with you.  We have No Contract membership information as well as 2-week trial passes for all of your employees and their families. If you're an existing member already but your company doesn't yet have an account started, we can adjust your membership once the Corporate Account is created.

What is a Corporate Fitness Account?

A Corporate Account is a discount given to the employees of a business when there are 5 or more memberships with Fitness Focus. The discounted rate is also extended to family members and friends of the business' employees once the account is created.

Not a Member and Don' Know if You Qualify?

A brief list of existing companies and corporations include:
City Of Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Health Region
Catholic School Board
Public School Board
Provincial Government
Federal Government
University of Saskatchewan
Federated Co-op
Loblaws
FFUN Motor Group
Quorex
Graham Construction
Saskatoon International Airport
For the full list of existing companies including many local businesses, please see our Prices Page. 
 
For more information or to inquire on starting a Corporate Account for your place of work please talk to Garret at Fitness Focus or email to info@fitnessfocus.ca

Are We a Part of Your Social Media Feed?

posted by Fitness Focus    |   August 31, 2016 16:08

You need to stay connected with your gym! You have all those social media apps on your phone and you're on them all day; why not add us to your network? When we have member exclusive promotions, contests, giveaways, updates, events or happenings around the club; you need to stay informed and there's no better way. 

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As the Summer Winds Down

posted by Fitness Focus    |   August 11, 2016 18:19

Its understandable if you have been just too busy for the gym during the summer; it happens to everybody!  But we hope you're still staying active, either playing with your kids, joining a sports team or a rec league, or pick up a new hobby. But if you feel like you need a challenge or something to work towards now that you've spent much of your summer focussed on relaxation, try a marathon.  Marathons are a great way to amp up your training and give yourself a physical and mental challenge after a few summer months of taking it easy.  It's also a great way to connect with some friends if you decide to do it together.  It's nice just to be social and get out to meet some new people or bump into an old friend you haven't seen in a while; and if nothing else help out a good cause.  Here are a few marathons and runs coming up in the next few months that you might want to consider.

Breck Scaffold Run for Mandi Schwartz

 
Date:August 14, 2016
Location: River Landing (Ave. B and Spadina Cres./Farmer’s Market)
Registration:1pm
Details: 5 KM Run/ 1km Family Walk begins at 2pm
Minimum donation: $40 Adults, $20 students, Kids Free
 register by email - runformandisaskatoon@gmail.com
Register online: www.runningroom.com
 
NHL and AHL Players to be in attendance - Jaden and Rylan Schwartz, Darcy Kuemper (Minnesota Wild), Brandon Gormley (New Jersey Devils)
- Live Music at the Event
- BBQ to Follow the run
- DOOR PRIZES
-SILENT AUCTION TO FOLLOW (some of the items include: signed NHL Jersey’s, Signed Sticks)


Saskatoon Police Services Race Against Racism

Sunday, September 18 2016 - 7:30am - 1:30pm
Saskatoon, Victoria Park (near Boathouse)
The Saskatoon Police Cultural Resources Unit will be hosting the 6th Annual Race Against Racism, a 2.5, 5, 10 km, and Half Marathon Run/Walk/Stroller Roll fundraising event. The cost is a minimum donation of $10 for adults and is free for those under 18 years old. Please bring one or more non-perishable food items to Cram the Cruiser for the Saskatoon Food Bank. All proceeds support the Children's Hospital Foundation. All registrants will receive a free race kit including a '70s style headband.

The goal of this race is to provide a positive environment for people of all ages, cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds to gather and promote an active healthy lifestyle, while encouraging positive police community relations. We hope to target both the competitive runners and those of all ages that want to come out for a fun walk or stroller roll in a family oriented setting.

Please register at http://saskatoonpolice.ca/events/173

 

Personal Training at it's Best

posted by Fitness Focus    |   February 12, 2016 17:43

Personal Training isn't about having your work in the gym done for you, it's about learning something new or building on what you already know, from someone with experience.  You want a Personal Trainer that you can build a relationship with, so that their success is your success.

Take some time to learn about the Trainers here at Fitness Focus, the TEAM WAWRYK Pro Trainers. Their passion for fitness makes them your ultimate weapon to reaching your goals in the gym. They specialize in every aspect of fitness from weight gain, weight loss, proper nutrition, training programs, fitness competitions, psychological approaches to fitness and much more. You have nothing to lose by sitting and meeting with a trainer, consultations are a no cost way to see if a Personal Training is right for you.

Saskatoon Gym Personal Training

Through the chaos of work, raising 4 kids, coaching hockey, moving and the failing health of his father, Vince never put the dumbbells down. He entered his first bodybuilding contest in 1991. Over the past 20 years, Vince has dedicated his life to the sport. He works hard, researches information constantly, studies nutrition, he eats, eats, and eats some more. Vince is constantly tweaking his diets different training methods to be the best that he can be. His motto has always been..."compete against yourself" he tells clients "don't worry about somebody else on stage, and work towards doing better than you did the time before. If you can do that, you will learn, grow and ultimately achieve your goal." That's what Vince did; and that is how he became the 2007 Canadian National Champion of Body Building.

Saskatoon Gym Personal Training

Fitness and sport have always been a passion of mine and I feel fortunate to be able to share this passion with clients and friends at Fitness Focus. I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach and as such I am not only a trainer but also a competitive fitness athlete. My goal as your trainer is to be %100 honest with you on your progress, on what is achievable, and in our business relationship. I will continue to educate myself to provide you with the latest and most effective techniques to help you achieve your goals. Additionally I will not only help you condition your body but also your mind, to make my teaching something you can live with and enjoy.

Saskatoon Gym Personal Training

 Hard work, perseverance, motivation and determination have fuelled my passions throughout my entire life. From a very early age, I discovered an athletic ability within myself and excelled at many sports including volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and hockey. After high school however, the demands of post secondary education forced me to lose focus on sports and fitness and I came face to face with the reality of not only being uncomfortably overweight and out of shape, but also dealing with an unhealthy relationship with food. Realizing I allowed myself to lose sight of something that I was so passionate about for so long, lead me to embark on a journey that I haven’t looked back on in over ten years and ultimately lead me to a career in the fitness industry. Having been through my own experience battling weight issues and emotional eating, I know what it takes to get desired results. My goal as a personal trainer is to motivate inspire and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. Results do not come over night, but with patience, persistence, and consistency anyone can achieve realistic goals. I am so excited to be working with Team Wawryk and I can’t wait to get you started on the right track to reach your goals.

Saskatoon Gym Personal Training

My fitness journey started simply from one word, Competition. I was just a young boy from Cape Breton, NS with a brother 7 years older than me who was not only my role model, but a guy the fed a fire that still is burning today. 

I began lifting weights at the age of 13 in a small Olympic Powerlifting gym that was set up in a garage for $20 a month. Over the next year I developed my body, learning proper form and gaining strength which helped me excel in Basketball; that’s when I fell in love with fitness. 

After High School and numerous injuries, I realized I was not getting anywhere with sports. But, still having the competitive fire and burning desire to compete I became interested in Bodybuilding. A few friends were competing at the SABBA Provincials in 2012 and I began to follow their “cookie cut” diet without anyone knowing, so with the thought of maybe competing I pushed myself harder in the gym. After a year of building my body and dieting myself, I entered the 2013 SABBA Novice show in the newly created Men’s Physique category. I placed 4th which did not stand well with me. 

Realizing experience is what I needed to get to the next level I decided to contact Vince with Team Wawyrk and worked alongside them ever since. Gaining incredible amounts of knowledge and developing my physique from a 4th overall SABBA Novice finish to a top 4 overall CANADIAN National finish in little under 2 years. 

Since then I have become a MAGNUM Nutraceutical Sponsored athlete, started prepping for future shows, such as the Arnold Classic Invitational and CBBF 2016 Nationals; also coaching clients towards their own fitness goals, from weight loss, strength building, fitness contests, and more. 

To me, fitness is not about flexing, taking selfies and being better than the guy next to me. It’s about a passion, shared with numerous individuals, with many different goals, dreams and definitions of what fitness means to them but, at the same time trying to be the best they can be! 

I’ve made many lifelong friends, been places I never thought I could be and developed connections that will help me in my own fitness journey. 

This isn’t a part time job. It’s my health, it’s fun, it’s a community and most importantly… It’s a lifestyle!

Help Stuff the Bus with Rock 102 for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

posted by Fitness Focus    |   November 17, 2015 13:33
Calling all Gym Members! Help Stuff the Bus with Rock 102 for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

There's a nice big donation bin here at the front desk at Fitness Focus; between now and December 10th we're collecting donations for the Rock 102 Stuff the Bus campaign. While Food Bank usage is down across the province, it has risen in some areas, such as Saskatoon in 2015; it doesn't take much time or money to help out those in need.
Most wanted food items include:
- Whole Grain Cereals
- Infant Formula
- Hearty Soups & Stews
- Whole Grain Pastas
- 100% Real Fruit Juice
- Canned Beans & Protien
- Canned Vegetables

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