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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.

 

Own Your Program

Own your fitness program:

Have you been following a fitness program? Are you thinking of beginning one? The first question you should answer is why.. Grab a piece of paper and randomly write out every reason you can think of for five minutes.. Now categorize these reasons. This is your first step to identifying your focus. Is it health and wellness? do you just want to look good? Is it for sport?

Once you have identified the reasons you can now select the action. Whatever it is, do your homework. Take on a training program that is sustainable. Not one that will leave you injured or in rehab more often than you are on the floor of the training room or enjoying your activities. If your coach has you doing things that you feel have no purpose in your active life ask WHY!

Remember you own your program and it should enhance your life not endanger it… Sure bones, muscle, and connective tissue heal but weigh the “opportunity loss” when it comes to living. Down time sets you back. Take your ego out of the game and stop doing “crazy shit” to prove a point to yourself, and especially others. Train safe .. enjoy life.

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Bart Wagar.

You can email me at bartwagar@zenfit.ca for Q&A’s .. If I don’t know the answer I will find it for you.

We’re OPEN..!

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Ok Zenfitters bear with me this week, We are open with a full schedule and I will be stretched to the limit  and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We are also welcoming 2 interns into the Zenfit fold. Tribe members, Kim McFadden, and Niki Seguin will be joining the team. They will be learning our Cross Training system and promoting our living fitness philosophy. Look for Meg Slute to be taking on some admin duties with Lynn Wagar.. As they work toward there own training goals. Jay Price will be contributing to our Elite Tactical fitness program as well.

Are you a trainer or know one that is looking for an opportunity to serve a community. Contact by email: bartwagar@zenfit.ca

At Zenfit we don’t jump on the band wagon we drive it..!

Check out our June Grand opening specials, follow the link in the Schedule tab to the Online Store and Scheduler. The Class schedule is under the ZENFIT CLASSES tab, Pricing is in the ONLINE STORE. Be sure to look under Contracts for the best Cross Training full access deal.

Major Atom A Predators Win the Spring Fling

Zenfitter Ethan Kraupa Makes it Count!

There are a lot of reasons why Lynn and I decided to do what we do. When you see people every week at your Group Training sessions progressing and growing stronger you think “wow they are really putting in the work” and you are happy to see the effort and advancement. What really brings it home though, is when you see how their efforts have combined with your own to show results in real life.

Here’s a few Pics of Zenfitter and proud Port Perry Predator Ethan in the “2013 East Gwillimbury Spring Fling”. Ethan plays Major Atom A.  They ended up winning the game 3-1… and the Tournament. Ethan scored two goals in this game.. and the last pic? That’s right, “Game winner”..!

I guess all the agility ladder work, Lunges, squats, and  indirect core work paid off !

Go Predators!

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Zenfit This Week

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What a week we had at Zenfit working toward our expansion! We welcomed Deb and Mandy out for their first sessions with us. We worked through the controlled frenzy that goes along with expanding our business as the tail was wagging the dog.. “so to speak”.

This week our Group Training sessions and Yoga fitness sessions are following the regular schedule. You can check out the website for details.

Watch for our June 1st Grand Opening specials, Items of interest will be our VIP Membership, and our Student Summer Training special. We know how tough it is when you come home for the summer after a tough College or University schedule, you want to save money, keep up with your training and have fun.. We have the answer for you.. so stay tuned!

If you would like to be on our mailing list email us at info@zenfit.ca and we can keep you informed..!

Tonight’s session is at Cartwright Central Public School starting at 6:30 PM.. Come check us out! Your first class is always free 🙂

Zenfit is Moving Forward

We’re Expanding

127It doesn’t look like much now.. BUT in 2 months Zenfit will have a new home. Its offical! We will be having our opening June 1st.

A 2500 square foot air conditioned Group Training/ bootcamp facility. Located beside the arena at Reach Road and Old Scugog in Port Perry. We will serving Durham Region.

We will focus on the body in motion serving all levels of fitness. Kettlebell, TRX, ViPR, Bootcamp, Power Fusion Yoga classes and spin classes. We will also be providing Adventure fitness with our watersports sessions, Stand-up Paddle Boarding sessions, including SUP Yoga. Stay tuned for updates. Follow us on Twitter or Join our Facebook page, please visit our website at www.zenfit.ca