Tails from ICU, Part 1

On April 25th 2018 my life changed forever.

It started out like most mornings, little did I know I was about to be engaged in a battle for my life.

I woke at 4:30 am and  prepped for the day ahead.  I had  6:30, and 9:15 am fitness classes to coach, and then returned home to remove the lids for the septic tank so it could be pumped out. As I waited for the honey wagon I decided to go in and do some business of my own.  All seemed normal until it was time to stand up. I felt the most excruciating pain between my shoulder blades. Nothing like I had ever felt before it felt like I was stabbed in the back. At first I thought, I was having a heart attack? I checked my pulse and felt there is no way it could be. I then thought it may be a rib has displaced, I tried to stretch it out but nothing would relieve the pain. I couldn’t breathe and thought this is serious! This all took about three minutes.

I called 911, called my wife Amy and waited for the Cavalry. My wife called a neighbor just in case I needed some back up and she kept me talking. I believe staying ambulatory and distracted was the first step in saving my life. I walked around the yard in the rain until the Ambulance arrived. They asked “where is the patient” and I said “I’m right here” I stepped in to the ambulance they took my vitals and nothing seemed out of line. My blood pressure was borderline and we all thought it must be a rib. We saunter off to emergency at Ross Memorial in Lindsay. There seemed to be no sense of urgency. My wife Amy even beat us to the hospital and she came from Port Perry. I think she was speeding. Then my son walks in.  I’m thinking they wasted a trip, that they will just send me home. They slid me into the hall and I waited for the doctor to come and check me out. I had to stand as I couldn’t lay on my back. The pain was a 15 out of 10 and believe me I have a high tolerance for pain.

The ER Doctor comes to check me out, feels my back, takes my vitals and says “It could very well be a rib but I’m going to send you for a CT just to make sure”. I will soon find out I owe Dr Lerm my life. Off I go, my first CT scan, I was stoked! Well maybe not. The CT was as unpleasant as I thought it would be. Now, I’m just pleased they had one. I go back to the hall to wait. The wheels don’t even stop on the gurney and all hell breaks loose. I’m rushed into triage where another Doctor, the amazing Dr. Robinson breaks the news to me that Dr. Lerm suspected I may have had an Aortic Dissection, and it was confirmed with the CT. I’m told that they have an emergency call out to all the hospitals in Ontario that can perform vascular surgery  and Orange has been called to transport me when they get confirmation. The response was quick, Orange has been dispatched and I will fly to Toronto General Hospital.

They begin to prep me for surgery before I even leave Ross Memorial, now the gravity of the situation sinks in.  I say to Ames “I don’t want to die we have too much to live for”. Amy tears up, my son tears up, and I’m just refusing to accept what could be the inevitable. One percent of Aortic Dissection patients live past the first 24 hours. Everyone was hustling, there was a quiet panic. Catheter inserted  (that was fun), arterial line x 5 unsuccessful attempts  (even more fun), blood pressure monitor, IV’s etc.  I was wired up like the 6 million dollar man. I must be crazy, or the pain meds had kicked in, because I was quite jazzed about the Helo ride to Toronto General. Then I’m told the weather was too bad to fly. Enter the Orange Ambulance guys! These guys I have to say knew their shit. They checked all the equipment hooked me up, loaded me up, and off we go. What I didn’t know, and Amy told me later, was that she said to them “please get him there safely”,  and one Medic pointed to a giant box of blood and said, “no problem we’ll make it.” Sirens blaring, full throttle down the shoulder of the 115, 401 and the DVP.  These guys were awesome. Less than 30 minutes later they were pulling into Toronto General.

Watch for Part Two. Tails from ICU




Health and Wellness Seminars

October is Health and Wellness Month!

Hey Zenfitter’s!

Are you having troubles reaching your health and wellness goals? Unsure how to set a goal? Is it realistic? How do I approach nutrition, and what about health care. Well if you have any of these questions or more, come and join us for our free seminars commencing on October 14th.  see ad for details

16050 Old Simcoe Rd. Unit 6 Port Perry Ontario. 905-436-5734

Meet Kerry Marchment , Life Coach. Dr. Stephanie Sciuk, Naturopathic Doctor and Tina Ward Nutritionist.


Are You Really Too Busy

At times it is hard to balance a busy lifestyle and a health and wellness program. We become so wrapped up in our daily responsibilities that we fail to see we how important it is to make time for ourselves and our mental and physical well-being. Please make no mistake they are connected.. Here is Caitlin’s story..!

Meet Caitlin

CaitlinWhen Bart asked me to write about my training, I thought, what can I offer other working moms that might help them take steps to improve their health? What motivations can I share? So I thought, why do I train? How do I make time to train? And what has making the time done for me?

During my later years of university I knew that I needed to start exercising regularly before it was too late. But as with most young people I’m sure, “too late” seems so far off and I was SO busy how could I ever find the time to work out?

Then I graduated, got engaged, went to teachers college, planned a wedding, started my teaching career and bought a house. Plenty of time to work out, right? Then I got very sick. I lost a lot of weight. I spent a lot of time sleeping and being tested for every possible cause imaginable. It was nothing, just stress the Doctor said. I was shocked! I’ve always been an anxious person, I’ve always been stressed out about things…how could stress have become so debilitating? I needed to find a way to change the path that I was on. I needed to find a way to deal with everyday stress and the challenges that would surely present themselves in the coming years as a teacher, wife, and, a few years later, the mother to a beautiful baby girl.

I tried a variety of things with my mom at my side. We went to the gym (treadmill and machines), outdoor boot camp for women twice a week, indoor boot camp twice a week.  They were a great help but I still found myself in a rut and stressed on my days “off”.

What changed my life was Bart’s October Challenge. It was a little contest that he posted to his tribe – Who can attend class the most days in the month of October? A simple concept for sure, but not an easy task for anyone with kids or other priorities (or a life for that matter). There is no way I could go to the gym every single day! What about those days when I get home and all I want to do is sit and relax? What about the weekend? Who goes to the gym on a Sunday? I mentioned the preposterous idea to my husband when I got home that night. He laughed when he noticed how worked up I was about it.

“I know what that means” he said, “it means you want to do it”. He was right, I wanted to prove myself wrong. With my husband on-board, I didn’t want to lose face and now I was super motivated to accomplish what I had set out to do! My husband was amazing throughout; he dealt with baby bedtime every night so that I could go to the gym. My muscles hurt and I was tired but I was less stressed than I had been since University. Over a few short weeks, I noticed a HUGE difference in how my clothes fit, how I looked and, most importantly, my physical and mental abilities. I was proud and glad to be out of my rut. I was terrified to stop and go back to my stressful and unmotivated days!

I attended class everyday in October and when the month ended, I kept the challenge up and I continue to make time everyday for these classes. I always told myself that I was too busy to work out but what I have learned since is that life just always gets busier! Is my house always clean? Are the dishes always done? Do I watch all my favourite shows? NO! I give up things that I have decided are less important in order to be healthy and happy and less stressed. I also decided that since I was devoting my time everyday to the gym, I would be motivated to work as hard as I could while I was there. After all, this is time away from my family so I’m not going to waste it.

My advice for other moms? Find your balance. Do you need to go to the gym everyday? Maybe not. But vigorous exercise should be a part of everyone’s life and it is important to find the balance that works for you.

I can’t thank my husband enough for the support he has given me through this journey my mom for joining me and supporting me along the way, and Bart and his team for pushing me further than I ever knew possible 🙂

Caitlin McWade.

Bart_Mudder_2aAs you can see there is really no excuse to not have a health and wellness journey in your life. It’s important to make that commitment to yourself. You would never skip an important appointment with your doctor, dentist or court appointed attorney 🙂 so why not make an appointment with yourself.. are you less important? Book time to go for a walk, ride your bike, or engage your favorite activity.. Just get off the couch and move. Don’t get fixated on how you look, or the fitness level you currently maintain, its all relative, movement energizes and heals. Movement is life..!

Bart Wagar,
President and Founder of Zenfit Inc.




Zenfit Transition Meet Kathy Roznicki

Well its been awhile… a long winter with it’s amazing challenges and distractions has kept me from blogging about the things that make Zenfit tick, but now it’s time to get back to work.

March is here and spring is approaching quickly so I thought I would introduce you to Zenfitter Kathy Roznicki and inspire you’re seasonal transition with her story.

Meet Kathy Roznicki

Kathy Before-2

In January 2013, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My doctor indicated it was strictly due to my weight, and if I could lose it he would take me off the medication. With having Diabetes in my family I had to get this weight off for both myself and my family. I started to cut calories and watch what I was eating. I did lose some of the weight but needed more in my routine to help and maintain my progression. In May my sister and niece introduced me to Bart and Zenfit. Zenfit’s living fitness and lifestyle program along with the support of a team like family atmosphere,  I have hit my 1st weight loss goal which was to be in the “non-diabetic zone with my sugar levels and medication free!


I thank them for their support as well as the support from my husband and my family, it made my progress easier. I continue my journey with Bart, Lynn, and the Zenfit team Kim, Laura, Jay and Meghan. I enjoy every workout with them as challenging as they may be. Nothing comes without persistence and consistency.

Thanks everyone,
Kathy R.


As you can see Kathy has shown a determined and solid effort rewarding her with a vital and healthy lifestyle. When you train for the feel of it first the rest will follow.

As a side note to this story, Kathy’s husband Adam started training with us, he has lost weight, gained strength and flexibility, and  improved his recreational hockey experience.. oh and he is off his heart medication. Watch for Adam’s story soon.


Bart Wagar,
President and founder Zenfit Inc.


The Fall Season is Upon Us

Zenfit Helping hands_1Hey Zenfitter’s:

I hope this finds you well..!

The fall season is upon us..! Do you need a helping hand to reach your fitness goals? The new schedule is up, and we are beginning to roll into a more structured fall routine. I hope everyone had an amazing summer. We are starting up the blog again and will update the sight on a regular basis now that the frenzy that we call summer is over. Things to look for are the implementation of our new referral program that will provide a discount to your membership fee, the addition of a 7:45 pm class and continued efforts to provide you with fun, diverse and efficient training systems.

Come and join us on our playground..!

Are you ready?
Bart, Lynn and the Zenfit Team.



Movement is life

Celebrate movement every day of your life:

You’ve heard the old adage “move it or lose it”, never in our history has this been more true. In this day and age of video games, convenience products and an entitled mindset we have lost our ability to perform basic movements. Our basic primal movements, bending, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, rotary, and gait have become secondary to sitting, lying, and leisurely strolls in the park. There was a time when we needed these movements to survive, now we just need a phone, a debit card, and a reason to use them.

People who have a job that includes primal movements are the lucky ones. Even these jobs are becoming easier with the onset of robotics and technological advancements in mass production and construction. The unlucky ones are chained to a desk and/or immobilized by their work environment. This is why it is so important to include primal movements in your everyday life. Its a choice that has to be made. The couch or movement. We need to choose forms of recreation that include movement, training mind and body to communicate. If you cannot move well, pain free, and confidently, you will not be able to play. Focus on recreating a body that is strong, mobile, and stable. It is never to late to enhance and create movement skills.

When re:energizing your life choose a program that will work on an energetic approach, by combining movement with stability and strength. I recommend a program that works a 3 dimensional form of training, after all we truly live life on our feet, performing movements on our backs or in a machine provide little if no benefit to real life challenges. You need your body to be stable and strong through all planes of motion, this will not happen if you are working out in a machine that provides stability. Choose primal movements that challenge your stability and use proper joint function to enhance your movement skills. Joint mobility is a major concern in this day and age because of our use of chairs and other means of body support.

Our joints breakdown into a series of specific functions. Our ankles are a mobility joint, our knees a stability joint, our hips “should” provide mobility, our lumbar spine stability, thoracic spine mobility, the scapula provide stability and the gleno-humeral mobility. It is important to know these joint functions when listening to your body during movements. For example you’ve just worked out and you feel some lower back pain. This may be an overuse or a new use issue, but it can also mean your hips or thoracic spine may not be as mobile as they should be, creating a need for the lumbar spine to mobilize creating pain. Therefore when starting  a program it is always important to be checked out for joint dysfunction before you suffer opportunity loss due to excessive body pain or injury. Remember to play, you need to be pain free. A joint by joint approach to programming may be beneficial to anyone starting a movement based program. Joint mobility exercises should be part of anyone’s daily routine.

In closing I would like to say that if you are looking to re:energize your life and regain your vitality, choose a program that focuses on primal movement, joint mobility, and functional strength. If you train for the feel of it first the aesthetic’s you desire will follow. Be patient, persistent and confident.

Bart_Mudder_2aRemember .. Purpose not Circus!

Bart Wagar..  Visionary and President of Zenfit Inc.


Fitness and Athletic Training, where mind meets muscle, Port Perry Ontario