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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.

Try Fitness Focus Saskatoon Free for 2 Weeks

Are you looking at gyms in Saskatoon for the very first time?  Maybe you're on the hunt for a new gym; a change from where you're at now; Well, this is where you focus!  Strength and functional training, Powerlifting, Yoga, Spin class, Boot Camps.   We encourage you to come check out all that and everything else Fitness Focus has to offer.

If you're a resident of Saskatoon or surrounding areas like Martensville, Warman and Delisle, we welcome you to try us for free for 2-weeks; just print your Trial Pass at home or display it for the staff on your phone.

For 2-weeks you'll have access to the Strength & Function Area, the entire Group Fitness Class Schedule, Cardio Theater, Childcare, Tanning, Lockers and Free Towel Service.  You can see and experience everything else we have to offer including affordable Childcare, Personal Training, Sports Training and Conditioning, Diet and Nutrition Consulting, Massage Therapy, and if you ever need help just ask one of our Friendly Staff.  All this in a clean and mature atmosphere. 

 

As one of the longest running gyms in Saskatoon; right near downtown and just minutes from Lawson Heights & Hampton Village, you're going to love your time with us because at Fitness Focus you won't be just another number.  Learn all you need to know about our memberships with No Contracts and flexible membership packages that you can customize anytime.

 Free 2 Week Trial Pass

Contact us with comments and questions about the club or memberships by phone at (306)244-6413 or by email at info@fitnessfocus.ca

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Find out how to get your first month free... Before you start your 2-week pass, don't forget to ask the front staff about turning your trial pass into your first month free!

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.

Take a Minute to Meet Our Trainers

Take a minute to learn why our Trainers are so unique and among the best in Saskatoon. Team Wawryk Trainers are passionate for wellness, living a healthy lifestyle, have a drive for personal improvement and the desire to help their clients discover and reach their goals. 

Team Wawryk Trainer - JESS FRIESEN

Personal Training Saskatoon at Fitness Focus

Hard work, perseverance, motivation and determination are just a few of the traits that have fueled her passions throughout her life. From a very early age, she discovered her athletic abilities and excelled at many sports including volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and hockey. After high school however, the demands of post secondary education forced Jess to lose focus on sports and a healthy lifestyle and soon 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. Once realizing that she allowed herself to lose sight of something that she had been so passionate about for so long, she decided to embark on a journey down the path of health and fitness and has never wanted to look back. Her own experiences battling weight issues, self image and emotional eating, she understands the effort, energy and support that it takes to get the desired results. Jess' ultimate 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.

 

Team Wawryk Trainer - DENISE KOMINETSKY

 Saskatoon Gym Personal Training

She completed the CanFit Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist Course (FIS) in 2013, and the Personal Training Specialist Course (PTS) in 2016. Denise has been a Figure Competitor with the Saskatchewan Amateur Bodybuilding Association since 2011. She placed well in each competition and qualified for nationals after only her first year competing.  

 

Team Wawryk Trainer - Chris Pylypchuk

Chris is a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Trainer with a B.Sc Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. He has always had a passion for fitness and sport. He is a firm believer in practicing what he preaches and as such is not only a trainer but also a competitive fitness athlete. Chris' goal as your trainer is to be 100 per cent honest with you on your progress, on what is achievable in your trainer-client relationship. Chris continues to educate himself to provide you with the latest and most effective techniques to help you achieve your goals through functional training and focusing on proper intensity. "I will not only help you condition your body but also your mind, to make my teaching something you can live with and enjoy."

 


Qualifications:

  • Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer Specialist
  • WBFF Pro Fitness Model
  • B.Sc Biochemistry University of Saskatchewan

 

 

Hey Saskatoon, It's Telemiracle Time!

Saskatoon, it's once again time for Telemiracle. We're calling on all gym members, friends and staff to pitch in and buy a helping hand in support of Telemiracle 41 on March 4th & 5th.  You can make your minimum $2 contribution to any of the front staff by cash or at point of sale. 

Thanks to your donations to Telemiracle, the Kinsmen 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 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 are covered by health care, the patients and their families must pay for their own travel, meals and accommodations. By easing the financial strain,

 

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Friend Referral Rewards Ends January 31st

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.

Are We a Part of Your Social Media Feed?

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

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

Inactivity 'kills more than obesity'

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."

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