SICFIT Scottsdale Preps for Pat’s Run


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, April 24, 2015

Tomorrow is a big day! SICFIT Scottsdale will be participating in the 11th annual Pat’s Run at ASU in Tempe. Our team will run/walk the 4.2 miles in honor of Pat’s great sacrifice. All proceeds earned at the event directly support the Pat Tillman Foundation, which is an organization granting higher education scholarships to military members and their families.

The scholars chosen show extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a true sense of vocation, and a deep commitment to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, education and the arts.”

If you are joining us for the run/walk and kid’s run, or just want to support the cause as a spectator, meet us at the gym tomorrow morning at 5:30 and we will carpool over to ASU. We look forward to enjoying another year of this memorable event with you!

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Dynamic Warm Up
Band Mobility
PVC Rotations
5-7 Minutes to Build Heavy 5 Rep Push Press
6 Rounds
5 Push Press
7 Touch and Go Shuffle Runs
9 Toes to Bar
2 Minute Rest
LIFE: 9 Lying Leg Lifts or 25 Crunches
FITNESS: Hanging Legs Lifts
30 Sit Ups + 30 Second Plank
20 Sit Ups + 20 Second Plank
10 Sit Ups + 1 Minute Plank


Finding An Appropriate Squat Stance Part 2


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, April 23, 2015

In yesterday’s post, we discussed how pelvic and femur anatomy affects your squat and how to find your perfect stance. Today we discuss two more considerations to make when determining squat stance: Medial Arch Stability and Lumbo-Pelvic Stability.

#2: Hip Mobility and a Strong Arch

It is often useful to assess an athlete’s ability to squat with the feet pointing forward.  Excessive foot turnout is often caused by poor hip internal rotation limiting hip flexion.

Poor medial arch stability causes tibial internal rotation as well as internal rotation of the femur, which forces an athlete to turn out the feet in compensation.  While many types of squats require the feet to be turned out allowing for a wider squat stance, it is important to note if you have the mobility for a narrow squat, so that you have the stability when placed into a wider stance.

Improving hip internal rotation and strengthening the ‘short foot’ position will allow you to use a turned out foot position for increased hip torque for a stronger wider stance squat.  In other words, ‘screwing your feet into the floor’ increases hip torque for an active hip, rather than taking a toed out position to compensate for a collapsed arch or poor internal hip rotation.

#3: Lumbo-Pelvic Stability and Squat Depth

Once you have assessed your hip flexion and rotation to find a good squat stance and addressed any mobility limitations, you can use two tests to access your core stability.  Holding a change plate in front of you or a kettlebell (goblet squat) may help you maintain a better knee position and improve your squat depth. Athletes that have the natural range of motion and hip mobility for a deep squat sometimes need to learn to groove the pattern of squatting itself.  Holding a weight out in front helps engage the anterior core for better motor control.  This counterweight often immediately helps improve squat depth.

A second option for improving squat depth is to wrap a band around the hips.  Tying a band to a pole in front of you and then having the band pull the hips forward provides a counter-pressure that forces an athlete to resist the band and actively use the glutes and hamstrings to sit back into a deeper squat.

- Kevin Kula, “The Flexibility Coach” – Creator of FlexibilityRx™ –

Related Resources

The Movement Fix: Why People HAVE to Squat Differently 
Aaron Lipsey: How Deep Should I Squat? How To Test Squat Depth


20 Minutes
300 Meter Run + Max Pull Up
Curtis P’s


Finding An Appropriate Squat Stance Part 1


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Squat width (hips) and foot placement both affect squat depth, knee position, and the ability to keep an upright torso. While the default stance for a bodyweight squat places the hips under the shoulders and has the feet turned out to 15-30 degrees, it is important to find a stance that’s best for you.

Hip anatomy, hip mobility, and motor control during the squat affect your ability to keep your weight on your heels, keep the knee inline with the second toe, and progress your squat depth overtime.

Here are some anatomical, mobility, and stability factors to consider when selecting an appropriate squat stance…

#1: Anatomical Considerations

  • Hip socket depth and shape
  • Femural head length and shape
  • Height
  • Anthropometry (femur versus torso length)

The hip is a ball and socket joint.  The head of the femur (thigh bone) comes to a head and fits into a socket called the acetabulum.  The acetabulum is surrounded by a layer of cartilage called the labrum that can become impinged during squats.  While this condition can be genetic (femoral acetabular impingement) it is important to find an appropriate squat stance and suitable depth to prevent abnormal stress to both the head of the femur and hip socket, which can cause abnormal bone growth.

Stuart McGill points out that the depth of the hip socket depth has a strong genetic component.  Great Olympic lifters are often from Bulgaria and the Ukraine who have shallow hip sockets, whereas the “Scottish hip” is characterized by a deep hip socket that is better suited for rotation and less suited for producing power at the bottom of the squat.

The important point is that your hip anatomy will determine how deep you can squat comfortably and what types of exercises are best supported by your own anatomy.  The images below show two very different femoral heads and acetabulums, which require different squat stances.


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“The depth of the anterior labrum of the hip joint acetabulum is a major determinant of the ability to squat deeply.”  – Dr. Stuart McGill

The following two assessments in this video can help you determine your optimal squat depth and what squat stance supports the greatest depth.

Quadruped Rock Back

“In order to find the optimal hip width (or amount of standing hip external rotation), have the athlete adopt a 4-point kneeling stance. From neutral, rock or drop the buttocks back to the heels. Mark the angle at which spine flexion first occurs. Then repeat with varying amounts of space between the knees. Look for the optimal knee width that allows the buttocks to get closest to the ankles without any spine motion. This is the hip angle that will produce the deepest, and ultimately the highest performance squat.” – Dr. Stuart McGill

Rotation During Hip Flexion

The second assessment in the video above is examining the degree of internal and external hip rotation available during hip flexion.  By looking at what degree of hip rotation best supports hip flexion, an athlete can find a squat stance that will maximize squat depth.

Check out tomorrows post for two more tips on how to find the strongest squat for your anatomy.

- Kevin Kula, “The Flexibility Coach” – Creator of FlexibilityRx™ –

Related Resources

The Movement Fix: Why People HAVE to Squat Differently 
Aaron Lipsey: How Deep Should I Squat? How To Test Squat Depth


1 Mile Run
50 Push Ups + 50 Air Squats + 10 Burpees
Walk Small Lap
800 Meter Run + 25 Push Ups + 25 Air Squats + 10 Burpees
Walk Small Lap
400 Meter Run + 15 Push Ups + 15 Air Squats + 10 Burpees
Walk Big Lap
LIFE: 15 Minutes: 300 Meter Run or Row + 10 Push Up + 10 Air Squat + 5 Burpees + Walk Small Lap


Are You Seeing Red? Take the L2 Fitness Test


Strength In Conditioning for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

You surprise your self in the gym with new skills week after week. Sometimes you don’t even believe the numbers you record in your PR journal.  Your mile row and run times you never thought were possible.

Bottom line, you getting pretty darn fit. Fitter than than you even thought you could be.

You’ve put this new found strength and stamina to the test and earned your level one band. Looking back on this test now, you know that the new you would blow that test out of the park.

If any of this rings true, it’s a pretty good sign that you are ready to take the Level II test.

If you think you’re ready, your next chance at the Red Band is this Thursday night at 7pm.

Come out to test your skill and strength, judge, or cheer on your fellow SICFITTERS!


Barbell Work
4 Rounds
Front Squat | 10-12 | 8-10 | 5-8 | 3-5 | 1-2
20 Second Rest
5 Pull Ups | FITNESS & SPORT: Max Effort
5 Burpees
20 Second Rest
20 Second Row | 80% | 90% | 100%
2-3 Minute Walking Rest
3 Rounds
8 Single Arm Kettle Bell Swing Each Side
6 Box Step Ups Each Side
30 Mountain Climbers
30 – 20 – 10
Sit Ups + Double Under


Summer Camp for Kids!

The heat is rising and the kiddos are counting down the days until Summer! How do you plan to keep them active over the long hot break? Bring them to SICFIT’s Summer Camp!

SICFIT Scottsdale Kids empowers children and young adults to develop body control, teach basic nutrition concepts and form a foundation for healthy habits both physically and mentally. Camps include fun workouts, learning exercise skills, nutrition education, healthy cooking, active games, water fun sports, goal setting and other health and fitness activities.

We have TWO sessions for kids, June 22th-26th, and July 13th-17th.The cost  is $189.00, Mondaythrough Friday 9 am to 12 pm. Ages 5-12 and space is LIMITED! Don’t wait, register online by clicking here or call us at 480-922-3253!

Got Teens? We can Help!
Have a Teen? Don’t worry, we have them covered too! The Bigger, Faster, Stronger Athletic Camp is BACK! July 6th-10th, help your tweens and teens take a dive into training during the summer to help get prepared for upcoming sports. Students learn the basic physical skills including strength and balance. They will also take a more in-depth exploration of the movements and programming consistent in Strength and Conditioning. Register your Teen or Tween today (ages 12-17) by clicking here or by calling (480) 922-3253





Strength in Conditioning for Monday, April 20, 2015

This week we’re kicking off the programming with the most complex and dynamic movement we train… the snatch!

After drilling body position, bar path, and proper mechanics during the snatch progression, use the following EMOM to strengthen those motor patterns. With each rep, our body engrains the technique within our muscle memory and over time, this most complex lift becomes easier and easier.

Don’t let form go out the window during the snatch and jump rope metcon, however. Every time you practice bad form, you are one rep further away from mastering this OLY lift.

For a some snatch-spiration to get you pumped for todays workout, check out this video of our fellow SICFITTER, nailing a 190 pound snatch!

Snatch Progression
12 Minute EMOM
Odd Minute: 3 Tough Power Snatches
Even Minute: 7 Burpee Box Ups
7 Rounds
7 Power Snatch
21 Double Unders
LIFE: #45/35 + 30 Single Unders
FITNESS: #75/55
SPORT: #95/65


Love, Nutrition and Marriage a perfect FIT for North Scottsdale.


A match made in….Nutrition. Not your likely love at first site meeting place for two young college students but it was perfect place for one of our associates at SICFIT Scottsdale to find his love. David Sharp and his lovely wife Erica  met on campus at Cal state San Luis Obispo or SLO as the locals like to call it.

A little information and “WHY” we are so lucky to have David on full time staff and a key role player in our organization. Well let’s just say these two young, FIT coaches are living the life they had planned back in college and we only hope they will continue to follow their dreams. I am very excited to have David on our team as one of our managers and only hope the future holds everything they both want in life. Cheers to you both and may your family, friendships and finances fulfill your hearts, hands and homes with love and prosperity.

Luke, Najla, Kanon and Camille Kayyem














David Sharp

I grew up in Lompoc, a small town near an Air Force base about 1 hour between SLO and Santa Barbara. I played all sorts of sports growing up from soccer to water polo to basketball and baseball. My parents have about 20 acres of land so he was always running around taking journeys with the dogs, dirt biking and causing mischief.

When I got to Cal Poly, he already had his associates degree and was planning on becoming a dentist. That changed with all of the calculus I had to take and decided to switch over to nutrition, where I met Erika.

I have held just about every job that you can imagine over the last 10 years (sales, marketing, EMT, firefighting academy, administration and coaching — my true passion. I wasn’t getting the coaching exposure and direction that I wanted so I decided to expend my knowledge and recieved a certification with crossfit and joined a local gym. I found SICFIT and transitioned over to a more focused strength and conditioning program with a detailed system and amazing business leadership in the community. I have learned so much about fitness, business and life in general.

I still plays baseball on the weekends, where Erika attends nearly every game (unless its late or really cold) and brings her snack bag and fluids — in true dietitian form. My goal of running a SICFIT gym and eventually owning multiple locations is slowly coming true. I am now in charge of a lot of responsibility and have become an intricate part of the business development side of SICFIT. I have so much still to learn in the FITness industry along with what I have already learned in coaching, programming and maintaining the SICFIT culture.




















“I love what I am doing in my career and cannot wait for the future.”

Erika Sharp (Wincheski)

I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. All of my extended family is from the east coast, my direct family (brother, Kevin (17); sister, Morgan (23); mother, Joanne and father, Ken) all live in Half Moon Bay, California. Though I was born in Maryland, I grew up in a small town about 30 min south of San Francisco.

I was a gymnast for more years than I can even imagine, from age 2-17 (on and off due to injuries) and coached gymnastics (preschool – level 4) for 8 years. My family is very active in sports, hunting, outdoors, and eating (that’s where the Italian in me comes out).

I always knew that I would be in the health and wellness field since I was in high school. I pursued that in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I majored in Nutrition. This is where David and I met, as he was also a nutrition major — one of the few males might I add. My passion and interest was in sports, so I tried to incorporate that into all of my school projects.

At the beginning of my junior year (I was able to graduate in 4 years, so this reference works) I noticed that this cute guy was in all of my classes (I was taking most of my senior level classes because I am a bit of an overachiever). He would always show up on his street bike, holding his enormous helmet and acting really cool. So naturally, I walked up to him and struck a conversation that began with… “so, you are in all of my classes…why is that?” he proceed to answer with “because I am a nutrition major”….well DUH! and then class began and we didn’t talk much.

About a week later, we were at the downtown SLO farmer’s market on a thursday night — this is the place to be on a thursday night. They shut down multiple streets, have all sorts of food, drinks and live entertainment. I was downtown with my roommate at the time when I saw the guy that was in all of my classes. He was with his friend who was having a pretty good time at that particular moment. He started to approach me and my friend when David noticed that I was the girl who approached him last week. We started talking and then he hit me with “hey, it’s my birthday next week and I am going to have a party, so let me get your number” — not a bad pick up line thats for sure. So of course I gave him my number and we hit it off.

Six and a half year’s later, here we are! Married, 2 dogs (our children) and a pretty sweet 3-story condo — not smart for your electric bill though.

We have lived through quite a bit of a long distance relationship while I finished up everything that I needed to for my career. I am a registered dietitian (RD) and the Director of Nutrition at EXOS (formerly, Athletes’ Performance) where I manage 9 facilities across the country and work with high school, college and professional athletes of all sports — my favorite time of the year is baseball offseason! I interned with them in 2011 after I graduated college so that I could get some experience in sports nutrition. It was amazing and I loved every minute of it. After that, I moved to the DC area for 11 months to finish up all of my hours for my credential. David and I would visit every 3 months or so and he got to meet my giant Italian family.

Mid-way through my time in Maryland, I was offered my dream job in AZ working with EXOS as a facility dietitian so after finishing up on the east coast, I journeyed back across the country to AZ where David was meeting me. Since then, we have settled in, planned a wedding, attended numerous spring training games and rescued another puppy.

Even though I work at a gym and in workout clothes all day, I did not work out for over 8 years — lots of old injuries, plus working out in a gym was foreign for me who mainly just lifted myself and flipped around. Thankfully, I eat well, maintain good portion control and have some impressive muscle memory. David has always been the really active one in our house with all of his lifting, coaching, and weekly adult league baseball. In January I started working out to a program that David developed for me. I called it my “get jacked for the wedding” program, and sure enough I put on a decent amount of muscle and lost some body fat. I think I am now hooked on lifting heavy objects. Thank you for welcoming us to Scottsdale and making us both feel like family.




















SICFIT Spring Leaning Nutrition Challenge Finals!

Eight weeks ago athlete across the Phoenix greater land area entered into the Spring Leaning challenge at SICFIT. Over 60 competitors across multiple gyms including Scottsdale, Chandler, Scottsdale Old Town competed on daily basis. The challenge kicked off with a 6 minute amrap (as many repetitions as possible) and ended with the same workout. Today we saw athletes at each gym location fight to beat their original score. It was awesome to see some of the huge improvements from beginning to end.
Over the course of the eight weeks every athlete would log a daily score based on nutrition, physical activity, and public involvement (ie: did you cheer your friends on Facebook or post a delicious meal?).
Included in the challenge was a starting and final weight and body measurements.
The Grand overall winner will be announced after the weekend. Here are the category winners:
Most Weight Lost
Men – Ted Holmgren
Women – Wendy Allen
Most Inches Lost
Men – Chris Tousley
Women – Vanesa Romero
Top Workout Improvement
Men – Rusty Perry
Women – Marlyn Shults
Most Daily Points
Men – Ryan Clancey
Women – Wendy Allen
Way to go everyone! Post a comment and tell us how your life improved with this challenge.

Ready for Rope Climbs?


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, April 18, 2015

To get you into the rope climbing mood, check out this video of 2013 SICFIT Athlete, Tony Swann, performing WOW 19 – max legless climbs in three minutes!


10 Rounds
30 Second Row at 50%
30 Second Row at 75%
Rope Climbs and Rope Squats
5 Rounds
10 Ball Slams
Run Small Lap
Walk Small Lap
300 Meter Run + 50 Med Ball Sit Ups
300 Meter Run + 50 Hand Release Push Ups
300 Meter Run + 50 Lunges Each Leg
LIFE: 300 Meter Walk/Run or Row + 10 Reps Each Movement

Unlock Your Inner Ninja w/ the SICFIT Gymnastics Squad


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, April 17, 2015

You have the power to defy gravity. Deep within you, there is a ninja waiting to bust out one arm handstands, handstand walks, bar muscle ups, and more! The power is yours. All you must do is learn how to access it.

That’s where we come in!

Come learn the techniques, drills, and strengthening exercises to unlock your gravity defying ninja powers in tonight’s Gymnastics Clinic as SICFIT Scottsdale!

Join our Gymnastics squad and receive 2 hours of in depth coaching and instruction on movements like the hand stand, muscle up, and kipping pull up. The cost of this seminar is $25 and will be from 6:30pm-8:30 pm. All levels, ages, and both members and nonmembers are welcome!

Gymnastics Clinic

15 Minutes to Find 3 Rep Map Back Squat
15 Minutes to Find 3 Rep Map Strict Press
15 Minutes to Find 3 Rep Map Deadlift
10 Minute EMOM
1: 1 Burpee
2: 2 Burpees
3: 3 Burpees
….. To 10


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