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The Power of the Deadlift

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 but 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

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.

As the Summer Winds Down

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

 

Bring Your Friends to The Gym and You Shall Be Rewarded.

If you're a member of Fitness Focus, it pays to bring your friends to the gym!  Bring in a friend, a family member, a co-worker, a teammate, or even a stranger off the street, when they sign-up for a biweekly membership and mention your name we will reward YOU with a free month. You aren't limited to just one referral for one month; you can refer as many people as you want. You could even refer 12 people and get a full year free!

Some rules apply,
Contact Fitness Focus with any questions at info@fitnessfocus.ca

Saskatchewan Amateur Body Building SABBA 2015

Fitness Focus, we make it our mission to empower everyone in the gym to challenge themselves everyday.  A dedicated gym routine, no matter how casual or how intense can affect so many other aspects of our lives. So many reasons keep us coming back day in-day out; some people are trying to get in better shape for health reasons and some people need to burn off extra energy.  Lots of people are even training for a competitive event like a marathon or sanctioned fight, and a lot of the time we walk past them in the weight room without even knowing it. 

Here is a group of members from Fitness Focus that we usually do notice when they are training for their event.  We notice that their clothes might be fitting a bit loose, or their faces have leaned out from 2 weeks ago when we last saw them, or maybe the jug of water they've been toting around with them.  The body builders and physique competitors; we may not fully understand them, but like any other competitive athlete we know they are giving 100% to do what they love to do. We want to take a moment to recognize the members that represented Fitness Focus on May 23rd at the 2015 Saskatchewan Amateur Body Building Association Provincial Championship (SABBA 2015). Their dedication to training and diet for the past 16 weeks is a prime example of what challenging yourself everyday can accomplish.

 ROHAN BARNETT Men's Physique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NANCY MONTEITH Physique Short

 PETER NGUYEN Body Building

 AMY SHOUT Bikini

 EVAN SHOUT Body Building

 DEB COUTTS Bikini

 JESS FRIESEN (Personal Trainer) Figure Short

 SHERRI HUNCHAK Women's Figure Tall

 JOHN GOERTZEN Body Building

 GARRETT SMETHURST Body Building

 ANDERSON NUTTAL Men's Physique

If you have photos from any sport you do that you're proud of, please share them on our Facebook Page tag us on your INSTAGRAM (@fitnessfocussaskatoon) or email them to info@fitnessfocus.ca

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