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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.

 

Zenfit Group Training Bootcamp-Saturday

Dalton_R_1Do you want to seize the day and perform at your highest level? Join us for our Basic Group Training Bootcamp, and get started! Check our weekly bootcamp schedule for details and options.

Don’t let the name fool you, this bootcamp will  be a challenge. Using bodyweight resisted movements such as push ups, lunges, squats, direct and indirect core work we focus on form, range of motion, strength and endurance. We will use some equipment relating to the structure of the class such as Smart Toners, Fitballs, skipping ropes etc.. There will be agililty and HIIT challenges to get the heart pumping and turn you into a calorie burning machine.

Meet Kim..!

Putting it all together…

 Zenfit_KIM_MSometimes you wonder if you are making the change you want to see in the world. You put your money where your mouth is and you work toward the greater good. This is a letter from one of our Zenfit Tribe members; Kim has been with us from the beginning. She has done the work and its paying off; she’s an amazing inspiration to anyone that enters one of our camps and we wish her continued joy and success throughout her “living fitness” journey.

I just want to say a little “thank you” to both you and Lynn for running such a great program. I love coming to ALL your classes.  In the past I have gotten bored with exercise programs, and usually quit as soon as my “pass” or paid sessions run out.  I feel great, and truly have more energy than I have felt in years. (People actually comment me on that) Not only do you make it fun to be put through the paces, but you make each week different which motivates me to do a little better each time.

Most importantly … I am beginning to see the results! I never realized the potential I had. I owe that to you both!   I never thought in a million years, I would be joining such a thing like “Tough Mudder”!  I welcome the challenge and look forward to keep working with you & being in the best shape of my life in 2013.

Thanks again!

Kim.

Thank you Kim for the kind words this makes our efforts worthwhile..!

Bart and Lynn.

Ron’s Story

I would like to introduce you to Ron Clark. Ron has been training with Zenfit for nine months now, and this is his story.

My Journey, by Ron Clark:

On Christmas 2011 my son Ryan and I started to plan a seven night eight day remote coastal hike on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Trip considerations for this experience were backpacking 50 to 60 pounds for six hours a day, river crossings, scaling slippery logs and rocks, muddy long jammed trails, walking soft sand beaches and climbing. My son Ryan is 37 years old, is in great shape, and lives in Fort Worth Texas. I’m healthy, but wasn’t in the physical shape to really enjoy this trip and avoid injury, so I knew I needed to do a little work to prepare for this experience.

 After Christmas Ryan sent me some links for local fitness clubs. I went through the list and started calling some, that same day Bart from Zenfit Inc. returned my call and we talked about Zenfit’s Group Training boot camp. What interested me were the variable scheduling, and the fact that I would be able to work at my own pace in a group setting. I started in February 2012 averaging two nights a week. I met some great people and lost 12 pounds without even trying. I made major gains in strength and flexibility, as well as meeting my goals of improved core strength and endurance. Bart changed the routine weekly, which kept my interest piqued as well as challenging me. My confidence surged and I felt that I was now ready for this trip.

 On September 14, 2012 the seaplane dropped us at the starting point, we hiked eight days through beautiful coastal British Columbia, we met the seaplane and returned home. This was a great trip, it included some hard work, cuts and bruises, wet boots, fantastic scenery, as well as history lessons, but he most gratifying experience, was quality lifetime memories with my son!

 Thank you Bart and Lynn for helping me achieve the fitness necessary for this adventure:

 Ron Clark.

 Note: I need to add to the story the fact that Ron is 63 years old and a true inspiration to all of us who are part of the Zenfit family. Thank you Ron for setting an example of what true health and wellness is all about.

Walking Toward Fitness

Every journey begins with a first step, walking is a healthy first step toward your fitness goals.

Walking is probably the best and most overlooked fitness movement we can do for ourselves.In modern society walking has become a “last resort” as a mode of transportation. We drive, cab it, take the bus, and ride a bike all in hopes of storing up those elusive minutes of free time, so walking has lost its top of mind status in our high tech way of life. Walking is “free” so it’s difficult for companys and MLM’s to market and make money from it, so walking and its benefits get little high level exposure. The truth of the matter is we need to slow down and take ownership of our health and wellness needs and walking is a great foundation.

Have you ever heard the phrase move it or lose it? All it takes to get started is 30 minutes in oxygen each day. When walking focus on breath, core integration and glute engagement. If you are unsure if your glutes are engaging simply reach back and grab them, you should feel them engage and release through each step. Walk at a pace that will get your heart rate into a range that is 55-75% of your aerobic capacity. If you can walk and carry a conversation but feel like you are slightly outside your comfort zone then you are there. Even a leisurely stroll will begin to build a healthy sustainable mindset. Walking is a great form of stress relief, amazing for joint mobility, and great for fat loss when combined with healthy food choices.

Walking is an extremely progressive form of movement. As your fitness increases it is easy to add challenges like the ones in our Primal Walking Program inspired by Mark Sisson. Progress from flat surfaces to hills, then to trails, change the tempo; even add bodyweight movements such as lunges, push-ups or side planks. Do a series of farmers walks, carry a knapsack or use a weighted vest, even take portable fitness equipment like a TRX and turn your walk into a full on training session. You can add performance breathing techniques designed to sharpen your focus and deepen your concentration, all great progressions to enhance your life and longevity all thanks to taking a step.

We have lost or forgotten some of our walking skills in modern times. Due to the use of bulky athletic shoes designed for heel contact we have lost our natural gait, in the process we suffer increased joint and foot pain. I became a big fan of barefoot walking after a bout of Plantar Fasciitis. At first I went through the normal channels, the doctor, the specialist, sports therapist, and orthotics all with no relief. I came across an article on the Tarahumara. They use the toe strike method of running, which is natural for barefoot runners. In this article it talked about their low incidence of foot ailments, so being in a great deal of pain I said “what do I have to lose”. I started a barefoot walking program and within 3 weeks my symptoms had disappeared. Today I use New Balance minimus trail shoes as they add some protection from the elements and still have the benefits of barefoot walking.

 Walking is truly an activity that connects Body Mind and Soul. Walking is an amazing meditative activity. “Mindfulness”, when walking is a great way to stay in the moment and dissolve that dreaded past and future cycle which forces us out of the present. By focusing on our breath and each and every step we take we get closer to our inner being and true purpose. When it comes to fitness health and wellness, make small consistant, long term changes that are sustainable, and enjoy the journey.

By Bart Wagar.

“If a fine sword is not constantly polished, it will never show its luster. If you don’t practice, you will never be able to master universals and particulars. Plenty of people can talk about Zen, but not many can live it. Get to work!”

Deishu