Paleo Tortillas. You’re Welcome.


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

For all those on a mission to Look Better Naked during the SICFIT Scottsdale Spring Nutrition Challenge, this post is for you! Only a few days into the challenge and already missing the Southwest fare we all love so much? We get it. Because what good is a burrito without the tortilla, right? Well thanks to, we don’t have to forsake the folded goodness for the next month! And the best part is…. it’s stupid easy to make! All you need is the following ingredients!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon melted ghee (sub: melted coconut oil)
  • Update: 1 Tablespoon water makes the batter more spreadable / thin
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • Pinch of salt

For the rest of the delicious recipe, click here!



Spend 20 min to establish a 5x rep front squat
Spend 15 min to establish a 5x rep deadlift
Spend 10 min to establish a 5x rep strict press
Spend 5 minutes in the plank position
Record all of these scores/weights/misses and makes in your success journal
Photo by:  medea_material

Yoga Workshop This Saturday!


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, March 3, 2014

Time is running out to sign up for the SICFIT Scottsdale “Yoga for Athletes” workshop. Kari Ann Levine, certified yoga instructor and Strength in Conditioning athlete will teach you how yoga can unlock your potential in the gym and outside of it. Join us from 3pm to 5pm this Saturday and you will learn the following:

  • How yoga can remove physical obstacles limiting your body’s mobility,
  • How yoga can teach you to access your core strength and channel it to maximize efficiency and power,
  • How yoga can train the mind to remain focused during challenges, both in the gym and out.

Sign up today at the gym or by clicking here!


Barbell complex
1 Power clean
3 Hang power clean
1 Jerk
25, 15, 10 burpee + chest to bar pull up
LIFE: Ring row or jumping pull up
FITtness: Bands ok
SPORT: Hand release burpee + chest to bar

Participation requested!


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, March 1, 2014

How do you think the most interesting man would hang at SICFIT Scottsdale? Fill in the blank with SICFIT-isms by commenting here and on Facebook!

I don’t always ________________. But when I do, I ________________.


20 Minutes to establish heavy snatch
5 Minute rest
20 Minutes to establish heavy clean
5 Minute rest
3 Minutes of max burpees

Private Training… Are you Ready?


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, February 28, 2014

SICFIT Scottsdale offers much more than daily, totally kick @$$ Strength in Conditioning group classes. We also provide exclusive and invaluable one-on-one coaching with our Private Training Program. Let our expert coaches help you achieve all of your health and fitness goals and then some! From losing weight to building muscle to finally running that marathon, SICFIT Scottsdale Private Training can help you get there! E-mail us today at or ask about how you can benefit from exclusive coaching next time you’re in the gym!



Dynamic movement
5 Rounds at 80%
300 Meter run
300 Meter row
Strict pull up + strict dip
10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1, 1
LIFE: Ring row+ parallets
FITness: Negatives + bar dips
Death by 10 meter turn arounds
20 Minute time cap

Who Doesn’t Want to Look Better Naked…?


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get ready to get rid of those extra pounds once and for all! If you are ready to restock your kitchen with only paleo goods that are going to make you look and feel great, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the SICFIT Scottsdale Look Better Naked Spring Nutrition Challenge! You will be given all the support, advice, and encouragement you need to make this lifestyle shift a lasting one. Join us for the prelims, this Saturday, March 1st from 9am to 12pm where you will get down and dirty with eating clean! The only thing you’ve got to lose are those extra inches! Sign up TODAY at, by emailing, or sign up at the gym!


Foam roll upper thoracic spine
Up dog, down dog sequence
Muscle up progression
LIFE: Ring row + tuck holds
Split jerk
5, 5, 3, 3, 1, 1
LIFE: Push press + skill of split jerk
2k Row for time

The Hip Bone is Connected to the… Everything


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It’s all connected, baby! This is especially true for the muscles and joints that keep our core strong, stable, and mobile. If you are experiencing pain or tightness in, say, your lower back, it may actually be a result of tight glutes. Hip flexors causing you trouble in your squats? Or maybe your lats limit your mobility in overhead presses? Releasing some low back tension may be just what the doctor ordered. Try these Lower Core Four stretches from FlexibilityRX everyday and the gains in the gym you have been trying to achieve may suddenly become yours! Keep checking back to the SICFIT Scottsdale blog for more fitness tips and tricks!



50 Sit ups
50 Super persons
50 Pelvic thrusts
300 Meter run
150 Meter walk
Single arm kettle bell swing: russian, goblet squat, deadlift
Goblet squat + kb swing + push up
5 min rest
Ball slam + windshield wipers + med ball sit up

Yoga for Athletes Workshop: Unleash your Potential


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Think Yoga is easy? Think its for skinny chicks who have never picked up a barbell in their lives? Think again! Yoga is an ancient practice designed to unleash one’s fullest potential physically, mentally, and energetically. The benefits that yoga offers athletes and fitness-focued individuals are countless. Just like Strength in Conditioning FITness, Yoga is a discipline requiring hard work and dedication. If you are ready to challenge your body, mind, and spirit to unlock your potential in the gym and outside of it, join SICFIT Scottsdale and Kari Ann Levine for this exclusive, Yoga for Athletes Workshop on Saturday, March 8th at 3pm. Make sure you reserve your sport here or at the gym before it fills up!


Rope climbs
Handstand pushups
LIFE: Heavy med balls + rope squats + rope pulls + plank+ inverted push up
100 Wall balls + EMOM 3 hand release burpees
LIFE: 50 wall balls
FITNESS: 20/14
SPORT: 30 or Dballs

Functional Fitness for Functional Lives


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, February 24, 2014

At SICFIT Scottsdale we believe in Functional Fitness. We believe that this style of training breeds the fastest results (from weight loss to making the podium in the competitive arena) and rewards our daily life more than any other exercise regimen. So what exactly is functional fitness anyway, and how can it be so superior? We’re glad you asked!

According to, Functional Fitness uses multi-joint movements (i.e. full body exercises) to train the body for “daily life activities” and to “handle real-life situations.” These multi-joint, functional fitness exercises are unparalleled in their ability to simultaneously increase strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and stability — all while dramatically decreasing risk of injury compared to other exercise methodologies. Functional fitness is about using our bodies they way they were meant to be used, and creating the health and wellness we are meant to enjoy.

Join SICFIT Scottsdale to experience the benefits of functional fitness in your life! Enjoy our weekly classes or sign up for our Private Training program. You’ll never go back to the “normal” gym again!


Dynamic movement
2 Minutes of row/run/jump rope
4 Rounds
5 Back squat tough but successful reps | 30 second rest
8 Strict chin up | 30 second rest
12 Strict push up | 30 second rest
150 Meter sprint run or row | 2 minute rest
LIFE: Tempo ring row | barbell back squat

SICFIT Strikes Again in the Pacific West


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, February 22, 2014

Today’s workout is a preview of the upcoming SICest of the Pacific West fitness competition hosted on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. If the thought of testing your fitness in a tropical paradise makes you want to hit the gym in your bathing suit, make sure you sign up to reserve your spot! Or perhaps you’d rather judge, volunteer, or spectate while enjoying your island vacation? Make sure you sign up as well, by clicking here! And for even more of a sneak peak of what competitive fitness looks and feels like miles away from the mainland, enjoy this video of the HIFIT games, brought to you by in Hilo, Hawaii.

Teams of 2:
6 Rounds for time
250 Meter row
15 Kettlebell swings 55/35 | Russian kettle bell swings
15 Burpees
250 Meter  row
*Switch partners after each round, each partner will do 3 total rounds)

SICFIT Scottsdale Hosts USA Weightlifting Certification


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, February 21, 2014

Are you looking to add the USA Weightlifting certification to your resume? Or perhaps you want to become more proficient in your Olympic Lifting? No matter which camp you fall into, you won’t want to miss the SICIFT Scottsdale two day USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach Certification on April 5th and 6th, 2014. With the rapid growth strength in conditioning facilities offering the highest quality coaching available, our staff has decided to make it a standard to have this certification and to make it readily available for anyone wanting to learn the OLY lifts from the pros. That is why we asked for long time coach Patrick Cullen- Carroll to come out and teach the course. Register here to reserve your spot today!

3 Rounds
200 Meter run + 10 lunges + 10 inch worm + 10 side lunges
Clean & Jerk barbell progression
Build to heavy single Clean and Jerk
LIFE: Hang clean + push press
3 Minutes on 1 minute off | 4 Rounds
LIFE: 3 Power clean + 5 front squats + 7 burpees + 1 minute rest after each round
FITNESS: 3 Power clean + 5 front squints + 7 burpees | 3 Minute AMRAP + 1 minute rest

A Brief History of Olympic Weightlifting

The genealogy of lifting traces back to the beginning of recorded history where man’s fascination with physical prowess can be found among numerous ancient writings. A 5,000-year-old Chinese text tells of prospective soldiers having to pass lifting tests.

Ancient Greek sculptures also depict lifting feats. The weights were generally stones, but later gave way to dumbbells. The origin of the word dumbbells comes from the practice of removing clappers from bells, rendering them soundless during lifting.

The first modern day Olympics were held in 1896 and weightlifting was included as an official sport. Weightlifting did not appear in the 1900 Games, but returned in 1904, and has been a regular event since 1920. In 1932, three lifts were standard: the press (eliminated in 1972), the snatch, and the clean & jerk. In 1932, there were five weight classes. Today there are eight weight classes for men and seven weight classes for women.

The U.S. men, dominated the sport in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, By 1996, the U.S. Team was ranked 15th in the world after a successful Olympic Games performance in Atlanta, Ga. The U.S. junior men were ranked 13th in the world. In 2000, Oscar Chaplin III won the Junior World title in the 77kg weight class and the only Junior World gold for the U.S. Men’s Team.

Women’s weightlifting has been conducted at the World Championships level since 1987. The U.S. women have won medals in eight World Championships and continue to be a power in the world arena. In 1994, U.S. lifter Robin Goad was the World Champion in the 50kg class

Women’s weightlifting participated for the first time in the Olympics Games in Sydney, Australia. Tara Nott, a U.S. lifter in the 48kg class, was the first woman to earn a gold medal in women’s weightlifting in the Olympics and the first U.S. lifter to earn a gold medal in weightlifting in 40 years. Cheryl Haworth, 75+kg earned a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

In 2001, the U.S. Junior Women won the team championship at the Junior Worlds, including three gold medals from Cheryl Haworth. In the 2002 Junior World Championships, Cheryl repeated her performance and again captured three gold medals as a member of the U.S. Junior Women’s team.



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