Rockin’ & Rollin’ & Runnin’ with SICFIT


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, January 16, 2015

Looking for something to do this Sunday? Gather up your fam and head out to the PF Chang Arizona Rock & Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

SICFIT Scottsdale has quite a few folks participating in this grueling test of endurance, stamina, and mental toughness. Wear your SICFIT gear and cheer them on as they race the clock, their fellow runners, and their own personal best!

Check out the course map below and find yourself a sunny spot to enjoy an exciting and relaxing day! Bring some healthy snacks, some tunes, and good company. The positive energy of this spectacular fitness spectacle will inspire your whole week!

PF Chang Marathon

Coaches Choice
6 Rounds
8-10 Single Arm Dumbbell Row
8-10 Stiff Leg Dumbbell Deadlft 8-10
Then, Walk 2 Small Laps
6 Rounds
5 Strict Pull Ups
5 Broad Jumps x5
60 Seconds of Single or Double Unders
Then, 2 Minute Rest
2 Rounds
300 Meter Run or Row
Row/Run Time = Rest Time Between Rounds


Food as Fuel Tonight!


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, January 15, 2015

Don’t quote us on the numbers, but from our experience (and we have a lot of it in this industry!) 75-90 percent of the results people want from working out, in reality, come from changing their diets. And for many, this is the most difficult aspect of their lifestyle to alter.

SICFIT Scottsdale has got ya’ covered, though! Join us tonight for Food as Fuel, our free, one hour seminar on the the basics of practically-paleo clean eating and our favorite strategies to set you up for s SICessful transition.

Bring your friends and family who could use a diet-tune-up, as this nutrition seminar is free for members and non-members of our gym. See you all tonight at 7pm!


5 Rounds
30 Second Squat Hold
30 Seconds of Air Squats
30 Seconds of Push Ups
30 Second Top of Push Up Hold
30 Seconds Rest
Power Clean Progression
Ascending Weight
5 Rounds
10 Hang Power Cleans
10 Burpees
LIFE: Barbell
SPORT: 80%


Core Stability: The Rotary Band Hold


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The rotary band plank (also known as the rotary band hold) is a core stability exercise that strengthens the abdominal obliques.  The obliques resist unwanted rotation at the lumbar spine.

Anti-exercises build core stability, which is the ability to resist and/or control movement.  Core stability is different than core strength.  Stability is about movement competency, while strength is about movement capacity.  The ability to move well is dependent on a balance between stability and mobility.

Anti-movements are one way to train stability. Anti-extension, anti-lateral flexion, and anti-rotational movements like the front plank, side plank, and rotary band plank are an easy way to add stability training to a warm-up.

The band used is a red EliteFTS Pro Mini Resistance Band.  This band can be used for half-kneeling face pulls, rotatory band planks, banded breathing, and shoulder mobility exercises (straight arm overhead pulldown).

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

Rotary Band Plank

5 Minute Row Clinic
500 Meter Row at 60%
2 Minute Rest
500 Meter Row at 80%
6 Rounds
8 Push Press with Ascending Weight Each Round
12 Total Kettle Bell or Dumbbell Single Arm Rows
50 Total Mountain Climbers
Small Lap Jog  at 50%
No Rest

500 Meter Row at 80%
2 Minute Rest
500 Meter Row at 100%


Prepping for Paleo with Food as Fuel

Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Are peanuts paleo?

What exactly is a tuber?

How soon after I workout should I eat?

Is there such a thing as too much bacon?

All of these questions and more are going to be answered on Thursday night’s Food as Fuel Paleo seminar at SICFIT Scottsdale. Learn the basics or come to reignite your accountability for clean eating!

This one hour class, beginning at 7pm, is free for our members and their friends and family. The more people surrounding you who treat their food as fuel, the more successful you will be at sticking to your guns in the kitchen. Bring your inner circle to this seminar and that circle is going to get clean, lean, and mean in the gym!


Work Up to a Heavy 3 Rep Deadlift
AMRAP in 10 Minutes
3 Deadlifts + 5 Burpees + 7 Toes to Bar
LIFE: Lying knees to elbows
FITNESS: 135/95 + 7 Hanging Leg Raises
SPORT: 2x Bodyweight for Men /1.5 Bodyweight for Women
5 Minute Plank


New Year, New You Fitness Challenge! January 24th at 12pm!


Are you interested in participating in an awesome yet challenging fitness event based on personal improvement and fun? Friends and family welcome to watch and/or participate; bring out your biggest support base to help cheer you on!

 SICFIT Scottsdale’s New Year, New You Fitness Challenge. It is a chipper style workout involving 5 different movements scaled across the Life l Fitness l Sport categories. Choose a division based on your fitness level and complete the  assigned workout as fast as possible.

 A fun, challenging, peer motivated fitness challenge designed to test each individual’s general fitness and then improve upon it over a month long period. Get a taste for competition in a fun, safe, and community based environment while discovering your own fitness level and easily measuring improvements in that fitness level.

Available to members for $25 and non-members for $30 HERE to sign up!

When: Prelims- Saturday January 24th, 2015 from 12 PM – 3:30 PM

            Finals- Saturday February 21st, 2015 from 12 PM – 3:30 PM

(click below to view workouts!)

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Where: SICFIT Scottsdale

14885 N. 83rd Pl Suite 103

 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

How to Become Advanced

Strength in Conditioning for Monday, January 12, 2015

The key to becoming advanced in any discipline is simple. It is to master the basics.

We must not take the basics for granted, for within them lay all the secrets to success to their later, more complex counterparts.

SICFIT Scottsdale is putting this wisdom to practice today by focusing our skill portion of class on the air squat. Even if you’ve performed over a thousand air squats in your lifetime, focusing your time and energy on improving this basic skill will pay tremendous dividends in your training.

Everything from back squats, to snatches, to pistols, to wall balls, to simply being able to sit down on the floor easily, all depend on our level of comfort with our hips below parallel.

Be relentless with yourself today while we work our air squats. And then, be relentless with yourself tomorrow, the next day, the day after that, and every day following. By focusing on the basics with intensity, we transform ourselves from novice to advanced.




4 Minute Row
3 Minute Jump Rope
2 Minute Run
1 Minute Burpee
Power Clean Progression
Air Squat
LIFE: 1K Row + 25 Air Squats + 25 Hang Cleans + 25 Air Squats
FITNESS 2K Row + 25 Plate Air Squats 25/45 + 25 Hang Cleans + 25 Air Squats
SPORT: 2K Row + 25 Pistols + 25 Hang Cleans


SICFIT welcomes SICFIT Old Town with a FITness class and Grand Opening celebration

“SICFIT Old Town Scottsdale is open for FITness”

Scottsdale based lifestyle and fitness brand SICFIT is set to launch it’s fifth fitness and nutrition studio in downtown Scottsdale. SICFIT Old Town has been  designed with three separate floor spaces to train from. A main floor for weights and strength training, a mezzanine above for stretching, yoga and spin and one outside for general physical fitness and conditioning. “Utilizing Arizona’s gorgeous outdoor environment and active community we will always give the option to our clients to train outdoors if they choose so” says owner operator Chris Cannon. Training in the elements is a practice used at all locations across the Southwest. Programs will include exclusive private coaching, group fitness classes, weight loss, nutrition, TRX, bodyweight, Olympic Weightlifting, Yoga, spin, military training, corporate wellness and lifestyle coaching.

Chris along with his wife Megan have always been involved in sports, health and wellness. Chris attended Phoenix Christian High School where he played football, baseball, basketball, wrestling and soccer before graduating and attending Northern Arizona University. As fate would have you Chris met Megan on a business trip where they were seated next to each other and the rest is history. Megan was a dance teacher for 14 year and has had years of practice in Yoga. The Cannon’s live one mile away from their new business and are eager to get involved with the local community. “Scottsdale is well known for its commitment to health, from the Cure Corridor initiative to the many miles of recreational paths and trails, we are a community that embraces an active lifestyle,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

7000 E. McDowell Road
Suite 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Phone: 480.718.5041



“Raise your hand if you want SICFIT Old Town”

No Time Like the Present to Try Yoga


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, January 10, 2014

If you’re feeling burnt out, extra sore, or just a little on edge from the first full week back after holiday season, SICFIT Scottsdale’s yoga class is just what you need to hit the reset button!

As we flow from pose to pose, we will be restoring blood flow throughout our bodies, healing and strengthening the muscles and joints we taxed in our workouts this week. Additionally, our focus on deep breathing within these poses will release deep tensions held in the layers of muscle tissue normally inaccessible. By the end of class, you will leave feeling stretched, revitalized, and strengthened!

If you’ve never tried yoga before, there is no time like the present to start! Join us today at 10am!


Follow The Leader Run
Build to Heavy 5 Rep Seated Dumbbell Strict Press
4 Rounds
5 Dumbbell Press
5 Burpee Long Jumps
6 Touch and Go Shuffle Runs
2 Minute Rest
Teams of Two Complete 200 Russian Kettle Bell Swings
One Partner Must Hold Slam Ball Overhead for Swings to Count


Free Personal Training Session for New Clients


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, January 9, 2015

With SICFIT Scottsdale’s Guest Week wrapping up tomorrow, make sure your friends and family take advantage of our New Client Personal Training offer. If they sign up for a membership before the end of February, they will receive a free personal training session valued at $99!

This is the perfect deal for the folks you’ve been bringing to Guest Week. They can use their free private coaching session to get a jump start on the skills they will need to make the most of their workouts at SICFIT.

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Free Personal Training at SICFIT

1K Row or 900 Meter Run
100 Lunges
5 Rounds
10 Lying Knees to Elbows
10 PVC Pass Through
AMRAP in 20 Minutes
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Sit Ups
LIFE: Ring Rows | 1 Round Fast + 1 Minute Rest


PVC Shoulder Mobility Drills


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, January 8, 2015

Many gym members are familiar with the shoulder mobility drills known as dislocates or pass through.  This, slightly different variation is called an overhead straight arm pulldown and focuses on restoring movement of the scapula during overhead movement.

Instead of using a pvc pipe or wooden dowel, a theraband or mini-band is used.  The tension from the band is a great way to practice scapular retraction combined with external rotation of the shoulders for a strong position for the overhead squat or snatch.

Olympic weightlifters often heard the coaching cues, “Pull the bar apart” and “Show me your armpits” which are used to encourage thoracic extension, scapular retraction, and external rotation of the arms.

Pay attention to the movement of the scapula during the exercise – especially the second part of this exercise.  The first part (lowering phase) involves squeezing the shoulder blades in towards the spine (scapular retraction) as the arms move behind the head and lower.

As the arms raise and return to the starting position the shoulder blades should protract and upwardly rotate.  This can be felt by wrapping the shoulder blades around the ribcage. 

This is an important part of the exercise and hard to do for many gym members.  Begin with an overhead squat grip and progress to a narrower grip (shoulder press width).  Upward rotation increases as the grip from the arms narrows. 

The overhead shoulder pull-down and the shoulder dislocate exercise both involve similar motions – the grip width is the main difference.  The key point is to learn to feel the shoulder blade movement on the ribcage as mobility and scapular control improves.

For an example of each exercise, check out this great video by Ido Portal.


Related Resources
Ido Portal: Scapular Mobilization Routine
FlexibilityRx: Improving Shoulder Position for the Overhead Squat
Kevin Kula, “The Flexibility Coach” – Creator of FlexibilityRx™ –
Level 1 Test Prep
1. Push Ups: 40 Consecutive (On Knees for Women)
2. Sit Ups: 65 in 2 Minutes
3. Squats: 80 in 2 Minutes
4. Burpees: 20 in 1 Minute
5. Hand Stand Hold: 70 Seconds
6. Thrusters: 15 Consecutive 75/55
7. Wall Balls: 15  Consecutive 20/14
8. Push Press: 15 Consecutive 75/55
9. Jump Rope: 500 Consecutive Singles or 15 Consecutive Double Unders
10. Box Jump: 20 Consecutive at 20
11. 400 Meter Run: Under 1:45/1:55


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