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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Inactivity 'kills more than obesity'

posted by Fitness Focus    |   January 19, 2015 23:25

A lack of exercise could be killing twice as many people as obesity in Europe, a 12-year study of more than 300,000 people suggests.

University of Cambridge researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight.

They concluded that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits.

Experts said exercise was beneficial for people of any weight.

Obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand.

However, it is known that thin people have a higher risk of health problems if they are inactive. And obese people who exercise are in better health than those that do not.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, attempted to tease out the relative dangers of inactivity and obesity.

Obese versus Inactive

Researchers followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years. They assessed exercise levels and waistlines and recorded every death.

"The greatest risk [of an early death] was in those classed inactive, and that was consistent in normal weight, overweight and obese people," one of the researchers, Prof Ulf Ekelund told BBC News.

He said eliminating inactivity in Europe would cut mortality rates by nearly 7.5%, or 676,000 deaths, but eliminating obesity would cut rates by just 3.6%.

Prof Ekelund added: "But I don't think it's a case of one or the other. We should also strive to reduce obesity, but I do think physical activity needs to be recognised as a very important public health strategy."


Prof Ekelund, who is based in Norway, is into cross country skiing and clocks up at least five hours of vigorous exercise each week.

However, he says all it would need to transform health, is brisk walking.

"I think people need to consider their 24-hour day.

"Twenty minutes of physical activity, equivalent to a brisk walk, should be possible for most people to include on their way to or from work, or on lunch breaks, or in the evening instead of watching TV."

The diseases caused by inactivity and obesity were largely the same, such as cardiovascular disease. However, type 2 diabetes was more common with obesity.

Tackle both

Commenting on the findings, Barbara Dinsdale, from the charity Heart Research UK, said: "This study once again reinforces the importance of being physically active, even when carrying excess weight.

"Changing your lifestyle is all good news for heart health, but physical activity is always easier to achieve and maintain without carrying the extra 'body baggage' of too much weight."

Prof John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said changes were needed to make exercise easier.

"We need substantial investment in cycling infrastructure to make our streets safer.

 

"If more people cycled or walked to work or school, it would make a big difference in raising levels of physical activity."

Beyond The Weight Room — Melissa Leier At Nationals

posted by Fitness Focus    |   September 17, 2012 00:08

Beyond The Weight Room — Melissa Leier At Nationals

After winning Saskatchewan Figure Provincials (see excerpts from my journal in the May issue of Saskatoon Well Being Magazine), I went right into contest preparation for Canadian Nationals four months later. As I start this journal, it’s two days to show time. During the last few days leading up to the competition, I really have to make the best use of my time, at home, in the gym and in my leisure time. Oh wait! There isn’t any leisure time at this point!

 

This time around I have the opportunity to compete at the same show as my boyfriend, Chris! We’ve each done our share of competitions in the past and supported each other through a few, but this was the first one we both were able to do together. Not only am I lucky to have him along with me to help me out with my suit, competition colour, motivation and support, but I also am extremely excited for him to compete in the Men’s Physique category and I can’t wait to see how he does. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s going to rock it on stage!

Read more about Melissa at Well Being Magazine

Meet the Personal Trainers: Vince Wawryk

posted by Fitness Focus    |   August 12, 2012 19:18

Vince

Vince is the head trainer at Fitness Focus.  He created Team Wawryk Training in hopes of sharing first hand experience with weight gain, weight loss and healthy lifestyle with clients to achieve success in life and in competition. Vince entered his first bodybuilding contest in 1991. Over the past 20 years, Vince has dedicated his life to the sport. Bodybuilding is important in fitness as it instills discipline and dedication, it also teaches healthy and proper weight management methods; very important pricipals to lead a healthy lifestyle. Vince is an expert on these methods like no one else.

Vince has dedicated himself to research, studying nutrition and working hard everyday.  Vince is always trying new ideas and tweaking his diet and different training methods to be the best that he can be and pass on these experiences to his clients. His motto has always been..."compete against yourself" he tells competition clients "don't worry about somebody else on stage, and work towards doing better than you ever have 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.

If you would like to contact Vince you can email to vince@teamwawryk.com or go to www.teamwawryk.com

Meet The Personal Trainers: Jamie Polson

posted by Fitness Focus    |   August 1, 2012 12:19

Meet the Personal Trainers: Jamie Polson.

Jamie's interest in health and fitness began as a young teenager.  He has devoted many hours and energy to improving his overall health, wellness and physique; and takes pride in sharing his knowledge with his friends and clients to help them achieve their goals and enjoy life. Jamie is very serious about train; not only his own training, but those who he trains as well.  He has a respect for hard work and believe if a person is going to embark on a path towards a goal it should be done right, without cutting corners and honestly.  Over the course of 25 years, he has amassed the experience along with certifications in fitness and nutrition.  From beginner to a well seasoned weight lifter, Jamie has the tools to help you exceed your weight management goals.

Jamie specializes in Individual Dietary Plans, Customized Fitness and Workout Programs, Weight Management and Lean Muscle Tissue Growth.  His qualifications include: Fitness and Nutrition Diploma and over 25 years in health and fitness 

You can contact Jamie directly by email at jamie@teamwawryk.com

Saskatchewan Sweethearts 2013 Calendar

posted by Fitness Focus    |   July 28, 2012 02:04

Supporting Telemiracle 2013.

Fitness is one of the fastest growing passions in Saskatchewan.  The Saskatchewan Amateur Body Building Association is becoming widely recognized for its innovative approach to promoting fitness, health, and well balanced lifestyles. While many individuals have the luxury of participating in these events, many others do not due to illness or other medical conditions.  Saskatchewan women are getting together to raise funds in hopes of assisting individuals whom are in need of special medical requirements.

Calendars to support Telemiracle 2013 can be purchased at Fitness Focus and Stellar Gear in Saskatoon

All funds raised from this project will be donated to the Kinsman Telemiracle Foundation.  The Kinsmen Foundation raises funds throughout the year in order to provide equipment or other requirements to those who are in need of medical assistance.  This can range from specialized medical equipment (for individual, groups, and agencies) to coverage of travel expenses when specific procedures are necessary.  The assistance of this foundation allows individuals and their families the ability to reduce stress and acquire services that they may not have otherwise been able to access.

The women that appear in this calendar represent hard work and dedication.  On behalf of all the women that participated in this project, I would like to thank you for purchasing our 2013 calendar.

About Telemiracle

Thanks to your donations, the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation has the opportunity to improve the quality of life and the independence of hundreds of people every year. Saskatchewan residents are able to access special needs equipment and medical assistance that wouldn’t otherwise be attainable.

Helping Individuals

Innovations like ceiling track systems, portable lifts and ramps, funded by the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation, are making it possible for people to live at home and still receive the care they need. And with equipment like specialized wheelchairs, electric scooters, vehicle conversions and communications devices, people are achieving a level of independence they didn’t think possible.

When people can’t access the level of care they need at home, they must often travel to health care facilities in other parts of the province or country. And while the medical procedures may be covered by health care, the patients and their families must pay for their own travel, meals and accommodations. By easing the financial strain, the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation allows families to focus on what only they can provide – love and care.

Helping Groups

All across Saskatchewan, loving care homes have been established with a family atmosphere to provide comfort and care to people with special needs. Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation provides funding for things like ceiling track systems, specialized tubs, lifts, specialty beds and personal care equipment to make those homes even better suited to provide quality care.

Helping Health Facilities

Every year, specialized medical equipment that is not fully funded by government is purchased in different communities to ensure healthcare facilities have everything they need. This year Kinsmen Foundation grants included:

  • $66,000 to the Lloydminster Region Health Facility for a portable ultrasound;
  • $1,250,000 to the Regina General Hospital towards and electrophysiology lab to serve people with heart issues throughout southern Saskatchewan;
  • $115,000 to purchase infant hearing screening equipment at Royal University Hospital;
  • $140,000 to the Preeceville Integrated Health for various pieces of equipment;
  • $150,000 to the Moose Jaw Hospital develop an equipped isolation room;
  • $161,000 to the South Saskatchewan Stroke Care Network to rehabilitate stroke victims
  • $500,000 to St. Paul’s Hospital for cystoscopy equipment at the new urology centre.

Combined with previous years’ contributions to Estevan, Yorkton, Lloydminster, Swift Current, Saskatoon and other communities, you can see that Telemiracle dollars reach out to every corner of the province.

Helping People Every Day

In the past year, 579 applications for funding were granted for amounts ranging from $125 to $1,250,000. That’s more than one grant for each and every day of the year, and every dollar comes directly from donations to Kinsmen Telemiracle. Your donations will make a difference – you really are “helping people every day.”

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Fitness Focus MS Marathon

posted by Fitness Focus    |   July 9, 2012 15:28

Come down to the gym to join everyone in the Group Fitness Studio at Fitness Focus on Sunday, July 29, 2012 for back to back group fitness classes in the Group Aerobathon for The 2012 MS Bike Tour in Regina.  The Marathon starts at 10:00am and runs until 4:00pm.  All Proceeds from the Aerobathon will go directly to The MS Society. Donate a little or donate a lot; what you give is completely up to you, every donation helps the cause and you don't need to be a member of the gym to participate, this event is open to everyone.

Can you imagine having Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up? Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It's estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.

About the MS Bike Tour

You can be a dedicated cyclist or just looking for a bit of recreation, pedaling in the MS Bike Tours means you will be a part of an extraordinary group of Canadians who are getting outside to raise money in the fight against MS. The MS Bike Tour is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country. Over 10,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 22 one-day and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September.

It has been a critical part of the MS Society’s fundraising efforts for over 20 years and proceeds from this event fund innovative programs and services and support ground breaking research dedicated to finding a cure.

Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world which is why we need your help. All you need is a bike and the passion to help find a cure for MS!

If you have any questions about our Group Fitness Classes or the Marathon please contact us at info@fitnessfocus.ca

Here is our favorite article from the July issue of Saskatoon Well Being Magazine.

posted by Fitness Focus    |   July 3, 2012 16:13

Here is our favorite article from the July issue of Saskatoon Well Being Magazine.  This month our favorite article forcuses on infant wellness.

Most experts agree that breastfeeding is the best way to go when it comes to giving your baby the nutrition she needs during those all-important formative years. Breast milk contains over 100 ingredients including antibodies that protect babies from illness and strengthen their immune systems. Plus, your breast milk is specially formulated for your baby and its composition changes as your baby grows.

Sometimes, however, breastfeeding is not an option or a mother may choose to switch from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. A study published in Pediatrics in 2008 showed that “Breast milk alone did not satisfy my baby” was the most frequently cited reason by mothers who decided to stop breastfeeding their babies. Early on, many women have problems with sore, cracked nipples or clogged ducts and infections of the breast tissue (mastitis), which can make breastfeeding an unpleasant or even painful experience. Some babies have trouble latching on in order to feed properly and this can be frustrating to the mother.

Whether it is a medical issue or a lifestyle choice that motivates the decision to bottle feed, Well Being wants you to know the basics of what you’ll need to do it correctly to make sure your baby is getting all the nutrition she requires.

INGREDIENTS

Although they cannot imitate breast milk exactly, commercially manufactured infant formulas contain many of the vitamins and nutrients a baby would get from breast milk as well as others only available in supplements. Infant formulas come in powdered, concentrated and ready-mixed versions and are either cow-milk-based, soy-based or specially formulated for specific conditions. An iron-fortified formula is recommended for babies younger than one year.

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada advise against attempting to make your own baby formula at home since it is difficult to make a homemade formula nutritionally complete.

HOW OFTEN AND HOW MUCH

Formula-fed babies generally have to eat less often than breast-fed babies. This is because formula is slower to digest than breast milk. (More complicated digestion is also the reason that formula-fed babies have smellier bowel movements.)

On average, your baby should consume between 150 and 200ml of formula per kilogram of body weight each day (between 2.5 and 2.5 oz per pound).

As your baby grows, feeding habits and amounts will change.

CHOOSING BOTTLES

When it comes to choosing the right bottle for your new little one, the choices can be staggering.

The first decision to make is glass or plastic. Glass is regaining popularity lately due to concerns over harmful chemicals in plastic bottles. There is a risk of breakage with glass, but they are made quite sturdy and you can purchase wraps made of silicone or foam to cushion the glass from falls. Plastic bottles are cheaper, but may not last as long as glass. Always look for BPA-free plastic bottles.

The size and shape of the bottle are the next considerations. Newborns won’t need more than four ounces, but as your baby grows, she will need up to eight or nine ounces in a sitting. You may want to buy bigger bottles from the start and just not fill them up entirely for your newborn. Bottles with air vent systems and ones with an angled shape may help prevent your baby from swallowing too much air along with her food, which can result in gas and digestion issues. If you chose a specially shaped bottle, make sure it is dishwasher safe and that it fits in your bottle warmer (if used). Drop-in plastic bottle liners are another option for reducing your baby’s air intake while feeding and they also cut down on cleaning time since the liners can be thrown away after use. Of course, liners do have a larger environmental impact.

Finally, you’ll want to decide on the type of nipple for the bottle. If your baby is exclusively formula- fed, the shape of the nipple is not as important, but if you plan to go back and forth between breast and formula feeding, it is a good idea to choose a wide-base nipple that resembles the breast so the baby won’t get confused and have latching on problems. Different nipples are designed to allow a faster or slower rate of flow and you may have to experiment with flow rate until you find one your baby likes. Slower is usually better to start out with and you can increase as the baby ages.

PREPARATION

Before using bottles and nipples for the first time, you can sterilize them in a rolling boil for two minutes. It is unnecessary to sterilize bottles before each subsequent use. Proper washing with hot water and soap is sufficient. If you do choose to sterilize, you can boil, steam, microwave or use a sterilizing solution.

Follow the instructions on the package of formula to figure out the proper amounts of powder or concentrate and tepid water you should mix together in the bottle, then screw on the nipple tightly and shake. If your tap water is considered safe for consumption, it is fine to use for formula, but you can boil your water before making formula if you have concerns. Warming is not necessary, but if your baby prefers it, warm the bottle by placing it in a container of hot (not boiling) water or by using a bottle warmer. Don’t use a microwave as it may create hot spots that can burn your baby’s mouth.

The formula is ready to eat immediately, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If the bottle is left out for longer than an hour or two, throw the formula out. Discard any remaining formula when your baby is done eating.

COSTS

The costs of using formula can add up. Powdered formula is the least expensive option, followed by concentrated and ready-made formulas being most expensive. Specialty formulas will also cost more than basic ones. You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,000 for formula in your baby’s first year.

CONVENIENCE

You can’t beat the convenience of bottle feeding your baby. Being able to prepare bottles ahead of time means that you can enjoy some time away from your baby while your partner or other helpers assist with the feeding process. You may also be able to head back to work sooner since your baby won’t be as dependent on you.

BONDING

Some women worry about missing out on the bonding that happens during breastfeeding between mother and baby. If you spend time with your baby while you feed her, cuddling, making eye contact and placing her bare skin against yours, you should have no trouble creating a connection.

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TRX Suspention Training

posted by Fitness Focus    |   May 23, 2012 17:30

 

Try adding a component of TRX to your training in the gym.  We offer TRX based group classes as well as one on one personal training.  TRX Suspension Training was born in the Navy SEALS, develops strength, power, endurance, balance, flexibility, mobility, durability, and core stability.  The TRX Suspension Trainer is a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity the user's bodyweight to enable hundreds of exercises that can be instantly scaled for any user to reach any fitness or training goal. whether you're young or old, out of shape or a beast, injured or at the top of your game, TRX Training meets you where you are and takes you where you want to be.

6 Days Until SABBA Super Weekend

posted by Fitness Focus    |   March 31, 2012 19:02

It's been a long journey to next weekend's SABBA Novice and Provicial championships (April 6th 7th and 8th), now only 6 days away.  Competitors from around Saskatchewan have been training, dieting and pretty much living Fitness and Bodybuilding 24/7 for 12, 16 and even up to 20 weeks.  They have reached levels of dedication and discipline that few of us can only imagine.  For most, it will all be over this weekend; so we want to wish all our friends good luck on Friday at the Novice Classic and Saturday at the Provincial Finals.  

Also, many thanks on behalf of all your competitors throughout Saskatoon to the Personal Trainers of Team Wawryk Training from here at the gym; Vince Wawryk, Jamie Polson and Chris Pylypchuk.  Your knowledge and support has been invaluable.  As for all the athletes, we have seen all the progress everyone has made in the last year, it has especially come through over last several weeks.

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