Mike Billera has earned SICFIT Scottsdale’s Athlete of the Month Honor’s


Congratulations Mike Billera on earning SICFIT Scottsdale’s Athlete of the Month Honor’s. 

You are the most consistent minor we have had in our program to date.
You Show up and never quit,
you always have a smile on your face and most
importantly you are extremely respectful and polite.
Thank you for your hard word and dedication
to your own personal health and fitness.


Optimize Your Fuel. Optimize Your Life!


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If there is one thing that we are more passionate about than Strength in Conditioning at SICFIT Scottsdale it would definitely be nutrition! After all, the work we do in the kitchen forms the foundation of the work we do at the gym. It’s step one to any thoughtful and comprehensive fitness plan.

But at SICFIT Scottsdale, we do much more than tell you to watch what you eat and hope for the best. Nope! We set you up for success, arming you with all the information, advice, tips, and tricks you need to knock your nutrition out of the park!

Join us this Thursday night at 7pm for our Food as Fuel seminar. In this free class, we will discuss the ins and outs of our preferred nutrition plan, which is a “practically paleo” diet. “Practically” meaning, yes – there is a bit of wiggle room, and that it is practical to put in place for you and your whole family!

For those of you who can’t make it, below is a recording from one of our Food as Fuel seminars. Please send this link to anyone you know who you feel would benefit from this information. We do hope that you can make it in person however, as the video just doesn’t capture the motivation, inspiration, and commitment you feel by being a part of this seminar first hand!

5 Rounds
30 Second Squat Hold
30 Seconds of Air Squats
30 Seconds of Push Ups
30 Seconds of Top of Push Up Hold
Hang Power Clean Progression
Work to Heavy Single
3 Rounds
10 Hang Power Cleans
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Air Squats
LIFE: Barbell
SPORT: 80%



Final Lil’ Beast Summer Camp Session This Week!


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, July 13

It’s not to late to enroll your Lil’ Beast in SICFIT Scottsdale’s kids FITness and nutrition summer camp! This is our final week long session of the summer. Sign your kiddo up for the whole week or have them drop in for just a session or two!

While participating in our camp, your child will be playing, learning, and growing in an environment that makes exercise and healthy eating fun, exciting… and dare we say… COOL! This culture helps to instill the values of a healthy and positive lifestyle in our children’s hearts and minds, where the lessons they learn will last a lifetime!

Camp is in session this week everyday from 9am-12pm. Register your Lil’ Beast here or bring them by the gym any morning this week and we’ll get them squared away!


PVC + Shoulder Mobility
Build to a Heavy 5 Rep Seated Strict Press
4 Rounds
5 Dumbbell Bench Press
50 Mountain Climbers
6 Touch-n-Go Shuffle Runs
2 Minute Rest
200 Russian Kettle Bell Swings
Alternate as Needed
Partner B Holds Slam Ball Over Head


Post Workout Protein Pointers From Coach Najla


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, July 11, 2015

Muscles need protein for recovery and growth, and the best time to deliver protein is right after a Strength In Conditioning session. Fueling muscles immediately after intense exercise stimulates both repair and growth.

However, the type, amount and timing for consumption of protein depends on whether your goal is fat loss, performance improvements or muscle gain.

Quantity needed is also greatly impacted by your size and the type of workout you perform. Your best bet? Consult with a nutritionist or personal trainer to discuss your situation and goals.

In the meantime, remember muscles don’t care if your protein comes from a hard-boiled egg, glass of chocolate milk or a protein shake as long as the source is “clean” and the protein “complete”.

Best Protein Options

  • Hormone free whey (dairy) protein isolate
  • Egg protein
  • Leaner cuts of meat (chicken, turkey, deer, beef)
  • Protein shake

Najla’s Favorites

  • Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
  • Protein Packed Paleo Cookies
  • Egg Quiche Cups
  • Turkey Roll-Ups with Cucumber and Avocado

More isn’t always better. Muscles only need 20 to 30 grams of protein for amino acids (the building blocks of muscle). Anything additional is waste.

Losing Weight?

If you are you trying to loose weight, wait 45 minutes post workout to consume anything. When you do eat, it should be real food – such as a balanced zone (protein, fat, carb) type of meal.


Snapshot of the Kayyem’s Kitchen!

Big, Fun, Dynamic Warmup!
8 Minutes: 100 Meter Alternating Partner Rows
Movement Prep
WOW #13
12 Minute AMRAP
LIFE: 3 Deadlifts + 5 Burpees + 7 Lying Knees to Elbows
FITNESS: 3 Deadlifts 135/95# + 5 Burpees + 7  Leg Raises Hanging from Bar
SPORT: 3 Deadlifts BW/ 80%BW + 5 Burpees + 7 Toes to Bar


What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, July 10, 2015

This 4th of July weekend I was at someone’s house and opened the pictured medicine cabinet.  Hoodia if you want to suppress your appetite, and anti-diarrheal pills if you eat too much.  If your head is throbbing or your ears are ringing; if you are coughing, inflamed, and or in pain – there is a remedy.  Even sleep pills if you want to “Knock Yourself Out.”

But what does that say about your perspective and approach towards health?  Are you planning to cope with an ailment or do you have healthy habits in place that extend beyond the gym or kitchen?

While you may be on point with your training and dialing in your nutrition – this week take some time to improve one other aspect of your health.  Below are some ways to improve your quality of sleep – you can find out more in this great book.

While most people fail to get 7-9 hours of sleep on a consistent basis – here are some three recommendations to optimize sleep.

Pitch Black Room at Night

The most important sleep factor is how dark your sleep area is – the room should be pitch black.  External light can be blocked with a blackout curtain whereas internal light (clocks, chargers, VCR, etc) can be blocked with black electric tape.

Avoiding Blue Light Before Bed

Sleep is governed by hormones; melatonin secretion at night prepares us for sleep, whereas cortisol levels should be low at night and high early in the morning.  Avoiding blue light that is emitted from computers and hand held devices an hour before bed supports normal hormone secretion so we can fall asleep.  If you have work to do late at night, consider using a program like F.LUX (link) that changes the color emitted from your electronic device.

Morning Sun Exposure

Sun exposure in the morning helps us maintain our circadian rhythm.  Lack of natural light exposure during the day and artificial light into the evening disturbs this rhythm.   One great tool for people that are not able to wake up to natural light is a wake up light (link).  Thirty minutes of light exposure before the alarm goes off is a much gentler way of waking up – then spend some time outdoors during lunch and watch your sleep cycle improve.

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

Related Resources

Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way To Better Health
Dr. Mercola: How the Cycles of Light & Darkness Affect Your Wellbeing

4 Minute Row + 3 Minute Jump Rope
2 Minute Burpee + 1 Minute Reverse Lunge
Power Clean Progression
8 Minute EMOM
3 Deadlift + 2 Power Clean + 3 Front Squat
1 Minute Plank from Hands
1 Minute Plank Right Side
1 Minute Plank Let Side
1 Minute Plank Forearms
1 Minute  Plank Push Up


Muscle Up Clinic Tonight!


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, July 9, 2015

Is today your day to finally get on top of those rings? Even if you don’t go home with your first muscle up tonight, attending SICFIT Scottsdale’s Muscle Up Clinic will definitely get you closer!

Join us tonight at 7pm for a specialty class focused specifically on the muscle up. In tonight’s clinic you will learn the ins-and-outs of proper technique and receive lots of coaches’  feedback on exactly what you need to focus on to help you get over the rings for you first time, or to help you make your muscle ups more efficient.

This clinic will be informative, hands-on, an fun! So come hang out on the rings with us tonight! Who knows, you might go home a member of the muscle up club!


1k Row or 900 Meter Run
10 Curtis P’s w/ Barbell
5 Rounds
10 Lying Knees to Elbows + 10 PVC Overhead Squats
50 Pull Ups for Time | 5 Push Ups Every Break
11 Minute AMRAP
5 Burpee + 7 Push Press + 9 Push Ups
LIFE: 1 Round Fast + Rest 1 Minute, Repeat
FIT/SPORT: 95/65


Rowing – Total Body Training

Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When it comes to full body workouts, we kinda know our stuff here at SICFIT Scottsdale. In fact, as the original functional fitness gym in the Phoenix Valley, there aren’t very many exercises we do that don’t benefit the entire body.

But out of all the full body functional movements we do — from burpess, to snatches, to toes-to-bars — there is one that is the pinnacle of all our total-body torture methods. Er… training methods! We meant to say training methods!

For us at SICFIT, this all-in-one workout is the rowing machine. Targeting nearly every muscle group in the body, a few minutes on one of our rowers will leave your legs shaky, your arms feeling like jello, and your back and core sore and your heart rate raging!

And if you’re thinking this sounds like a bit to much to handle, thinking again! Just like all of our exercises as SICFIT Scottsdale, you control the intensity. We do encourage you to push yourself to get the most out of your workout, but we also acknowledge and respect that this looks different for each and every individual.

Another reason we love the rowing machine at SICFIT is because it can be used to help our members achieve all sort of fitness goals, whether you are trying to lose weight, strengthen and build muscle, or are an athlete in training — the rower can help you get there!

We incorporate the rowing machine into our warm ups and conditioning programming several times a week.  To see these rowers in action and to try one out for yourself, give us a call at 480-922-3253 and schedule your free intro session!


Dynamic Movement
5 Minutes
30 Seconds: Sit Ups & Pelvic Thrusts
5 Rounds
10 Stiff Legged DB Deadilft (31×1)
21 Air Squat AFAP
5 Broad Jump| LIFE: Lunge in Place
2 Minute Walking Rest
3 Rounds
250 Meter Row + 15 Kettle Bell Swings
LIFE: Russian Swings
FIT/SPORT: 55-75


3 Fitness Options to Turn Tuesday Into Your Highlight of the Week


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

When is the last time that you looked forward to a Tuesday?

If you’re answer sounds something like, “Uhhhhh?” or “I haven’t the slightest clue,” Or “Never,” it’s about time for all that to change!

The spice of life is all about trying new things and constantly learning, growing, and evolving. At SICFIT Scottsdale we take this philosophy to heart and are constantly switching things up to challenge our members in new and interesting ways.

We offer several different training options to suit various lifestyles, fitness goals, and personal preferences.

  • The first training option is participating is group classes. In this option you will workout along side of your classmates during one of our general fitness classes that run throughout the day. Each class is always facilitated by one or several coaches who provide over all instruction as well an individual guidance. This option is great for all levels of fitness and experience.
  • The second training option is to work individually with one of our expert coaches in our private training program. With this option, you and your coach will work together to devise an over all health and fitness plan that is based off of your individual goals and needs. This option is the perfect fit for you if you are working towards very specific goals or prefer training outside of group settings.
  • Finally, in our corporate/organizational wellness option, our expert coaches come to your business or organization to provide fitness training that is proven to increase employee/member health, happiness, and intrinsic motivation and satisfaction! Each company’s/organization’s training plan is designed based on their specific goals and needs.

Follow this link to read more about these three fitness options and then call us at 480-922-3253 to get started!

Ranger group 3

1k Row
Dynamic Movement for Hips and Shoulders
2 Times Through with Increasing Weight
2, 4, 6, 8
Back Squat
Ring Row
Single Arm Russian Kettle Bell Swing
2 Minute Rest After Each Full Set
FITNESS: American Swing + Negative or Strict Pull Up
1 Minute Max Push Ups
5 Minute EMOM
1/2 Max Push Up Score


Bigger, Faster, Stronger Teen Summer Camp


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, July 6, 2015

The most valuable lessons we learn in life happen through facing challenges. SICFIT Scottsdale believes that we learn best in these challenges when we have an encouraging community behind us, supporting us along the way.

SICFIT Athletes of all ages, ability, shapes, and sizes get to experience this week in and week out in our Strength in Conditioning facilities across the nation. And starting this week at SICFIT Scottsdale, we get to offer this same transformative environment to our teens in the Bigger, Faster, Stronger Teen Summer Camp.

Everyday this week from 9am to 12pm, teens ages 12-17 will face physical and mental challenges related to teamwork, leadership, integrity, and communication. By teaching our kids these lessons through functional fitness, we don’t only develop and train their bodies, we also develop and train their character.

If you want your teen to get in on this action, click here to sign them up!


3 Rounds
Mobility in Movement
Barbell Strength Progression
100 Single Jumps
3 Rounds
3×10 Leggels
8 Perfect Air Squats with 3 Second Hold at Bottom
3 Rounds
Dumbbell Superset with Progressive Weight
10 Each: Press + Curl + Push Press + Hammer Curl
Rest 1-2 Minutes
6 Rounds
30 Seconds Max Air Squat + 30 Second Rest
30 Seconds Max Burpee + 30 Second Rest
1 Minute Rest


The Benefits of Foundation Training

Strength In Conditioning For Saturday, July 4, 2015



What is Foundation Training?

Foundation Training is a training system that focuses on strengthening the back of the body to eliminate chronic pain and restore normal movement. Eric Goodman, developed the approach based on his experience treating patients as a chiropractor and trainer noting that, “Ninety percent of people with back pain symptoms will feel better within two months, no matter what treatment is used, but the pain will return.”

His training system restores movement and muscle function to eliminate chronic pain by strengthening the back of the body.  A key component to upright posture and lumbar spine health is learning to avoid lumbar flexion and restore movement through the hips.

The graphic below is an illustration of what Tom Myers refers to as the superficial back line.  Many of the movements in the program strengthen the superficial back line as well as the glutes and lats – muscles that extend the body and decompress the low back.



The book outlines three workouts that last about 20 minutes.  The first workout is meant to eliminate back pain and focuses on five positions including the foundational exercise, “The Founder.”  The workouts can easily be incorporated into an existing training program and used as a warmup or cool down from exercise.

The video above is a sample Foundation Training workout.  For more information see Dr. Mercola’s blogs on Foundation Training below. Eric’s book, “Foundation” can be purchased here (available on a kindle or ipad). I highly recommended his simple and effective training system for back health and good movement mechanics.

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

Foundation Training Related Resources

Foundation Training Website

Dr. Mercola: Foundation Training Can Help You Maximize Strength

Dr. Mercola: New and Revised Foundation Training Exercises

Breaking Muscle: Foundation Training – Relieve Pain & Improve Performance

2 Minutes Row + Run + Airdyne
Rope Climbs + Squats
Stones/ Heavy Medicine Balls
10 Push Ups + 20 Meter Sprint
9 Push Ups + 20 Meter Sprint
8 Push Ups + 20 Meter Sprint
7 Push Ups + 20 Meter Sprint
…. All the Way to 1 Push Up
5 Air Squats + 30 Single or Double Unders
10 Air Squats + 30 Single or Double Unders
15 Air Squats + 30 Single or Double Unders
20 Air Squats + 30 Single or Double Unders
25 Air Squats + 30 Single or Double Unders
300 Meter Row + 10 Burpees
200 Meter Row + 20 Burpees
100 Meter Row + 30 Burpees


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