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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.


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!


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.