Beat Blue Monday


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, January 20, 2014

Today is both Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day, and according to some scientists’ calculations, a little phenomenon known as Blue Monday. Based on weather predictions, average motivation and debt levels after the holidays, and a few other variables, there comes a time every late January that is thought to be the most depressed day of the year. To help counteract the negative effects of this day, and to honor Dr. King and his historical work towards equality, SICFIT Scottsdale is offering a day full of free classes! In addition, check out the tips below to make the most out of your Blue Monday! Classes are at 8am, 12pm, Teens at 3:45 and 5pm, only.



Four Tips to Beat Blue Monday with SICFIT Scottsdale
  1. Get up half hour earlier – (you’ll immediately feel more productive)
  2. Get out of the house (even for 15 minutes) and walk, jog, bike, etc. (seeing the sun revitalizes your soul)
  3. Eat a light, healthy breakfast with plenty of protein (skipping the carbs helps you avoid feeling sluggish mid-morning.)
  4. Do or say something nice to someone ASAP! (The good Mojo will carry with you throughout the day.)
Now you are ready to tackle the most depressing day of the year.
Afterwards, burn off the day’s stress in a supportive, team environment with a free Blue Monday workout at SICFIT Scottsdale.
Air squat + push up + burpee + dynamic movement
5 Rounds
5-8 Bench press
5-8 Single arm dumbbell or kettle bell row
5-8 Dumbell hang squat clean
5 Burpees
10 Strict sit ups
20 Flutter kicks each leg
3 Minute walking rest 3
1k row sprint
Photo by: D. Sharon Pruitt

SICFIT Scottsdale 2014 Fitness Challenge

SICFIT Scottsdale is doing big things in 2014, and we’re taking our community of fitness focused friends along with us! Kicking off the new year is the SICFIT Scottsdale 2014 Fitness Challenge! Even if you aren’t competing, come out and enjoy the festivities beginning today (1/18) at 9am. Athletes of all fitness levels need your support and energy as they challenge themselves against this two-part test of strength and aerobic capacity. Come our and let SICFIT Scottsdale light your fitness fire and keep it burning all year long! ..



Heat Assignments: New Year New YOU FITness Challenge!



The challenge is finally here! The New Year, New YOU FITness challenge is tomorrow! It starts at 9:00am so be sure you are at the gym and checked in before go time! Bring your family and your friends to come help cheer you on!! We have prize packages for the top winners in all Life, FITness and Sport Categories and for both male and female along with our Teens and Tweens divisions as well. Below you will find your heat assignments- good luck athletes and we will see you in the morning!

Part 1

10 minutes to find a 3RM Back Squat

You may have as many attempts in this part as you can in the 10 minutes. Bar is taken off the rack for the start of all attempts. Hip crease below the knees at the bottom and full extension of the knees and hips at the top.

15 minute rest between part 1 and part 2

Part 2

                                Life                  Fitness                      Sport

20 Deadlifts          45/35                  95/65                       115/95

10 Thrusters         45/35                  95/65                       115/95

Row                      200m                  250m                         300m

4 Rounds for Time


                                 Fitness                      Sport

10 Deadlifts           25/35                       35/45

10 Thrusters          25/35                       35/45

Row                          200m                         250m

4 rounds for time

Athlete Name: Heat:
Ganine Davis 1
Alicia Beardsley 1
Laurie Laird 1
Mary Arabyan 1
Taylor Webb 1
Ashley Bucko 1
Youssef Dri 2
Yassin Dri 2
Sarkis Arabyan 2
Zac Scope 2
Antonio Lasater 2
Ashwin Sundaram 2
Justin Olsen 3
Rohit Sarkar 3
Michael Talarico 3
Jeff Schwartz 3
Elizabeth Zapata 4
Kristin Hudgins 4
Nicole James 4
Laura Lucky 4
Alex Heath 4
Chris Tommarello 5
Dustin Anderson 5
Alex Thien 5
Jeff Rifkin 5

New Year Fitness Challenge

Strength in Conditioning for Friday, January 17, 2014

With 2/3rds of the 1st month of 2014 already behind us it’s time to put your resolutions to the test with SICFIT Scottsdale’s 2014 Fitness Challenge. Come get a taste of the action tomorrow (1/18) at 9am and experience how a little competition can inspire and motivate us to make 2014 our fittest year yet! This challenge is designed for all levels of fitness, so no matter where you are on your FITness journey, you can do this! This challenge is open to both members and nonmembers, and our doors are open to your friends and family to cheer the competitors on! Sign up at the gym today or call 480-922-3253 to reserve your spot!



Dynamic warm up + mobility in the movement
Kettle Bell swing
LIFE: Russian swing
FITNESS: #55/35
SPORT: #75/55
5 Minutes of jump rope
10 Kettle bell swing + 5 hand release pushups
09 Kettle bell swing + 5 hand release pushups
08 Kettle bell swing + 5 hand release pushups
07 Kettle bell swing + 5 hand release pushups
…. down to 1
5 Minutes of jump rope

Fuel Your Fitness


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, January 16, 2014

As we continue prepping for the Level 1 test, coming 1/23 at 7pm, it is important to consider how nutrition plays a major role in your fitness — and potentially in helping you earn the White Band. When it comes to health and physical fitness, food is the foundation. We cannot expect to thrive in our workouts or in our daily lives if we are not fueling our bodies with the kind of energy it responds best to. To learn more about this essential component of wellness, please come to the SICFIT Scottsdale Food as Fuel seminar tonight at 7:30pm. The information you will learn in this class may be just what you needed to level up in your fitness and earn that band!



Thrusters off rack
LIFE: 12 – 10 – 8 + 12 + 10 + 8 | pvc/barbell
FITNESS: 9 – 7 – 5 + 9 – 7 – 5
SPORT: 3 – 2 – 1 + 3 – 2 – 1
5 Minute rest
Level I prep
2 Minute max air squat
2 Minute max sit up
20 Box jump/step downs

Wear Your Fitness on Your Sleeve


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It’s a brand new year and level testing is back in action at SICFIT Scottsdale! Come out and fight for your chance to wear your fitness on your sleeve and sport the White SICFIT Scottsdale Band on January 23rd at 7pm. To help you prepare, we are including one of the test elements into today’s skill portion: the handstand hold. Hold yourself inverted against the wall for 70 seconds or more and you can consider this task “in the bag” on test night. We encourage all our students to give this test a shot, even just to identify which areas of fitness you need to focus on. Who knows, you may even surprise yourself and earn that band after all!
Level III test at CrossFit Scottsdale


Med ball fun toss, slam, wall ball, thruster, sit up
Handstand hold level I test prep
Press 3×5 | 2 minute rest
Push press 3×3 | 90 second rest
Split jerk | 1 minute rest
8 Minute AMRAP
 3 Air squats + 3 burpees + 3 wall balls
6+6+6… 9+9+9… 12+12+12…. and so on by 3s

Stretch of the Week




Ready, Set, Rest!


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fitness isn’t just about your ability to sustain work over an extended period of time. It isn’t even just about being able to exert tons of force in an instant. In many ways, fitness is also about your ability to recover quickly and efficiently. Today’s conditioning portion will not only test your capacity for recovery, but also cultivate and expand it. During each rest cycle be sure to breathe deeply and slowly, helping to slow the heart rate and prepare the body and mind for the work that lies just seconds ahead.


Dynamic Movement
1 Minute row/run/jump rope
1 Minute air squat/push up/sit up
20 Back squat
3 Minute rest
4 Working rounds
8 Strict chin up | 30 second rest
12 Strict push up | 30 rest
150 Meter sprint or row | 2 minute rest
LIFE: Tempo ring row | barbell back squat | tempo push up | AIR dyne :30 sec
SPORT: Weighted chin up | 7 strict HSPU
5 Minute plank AMRAP

Are YOU up for the Challenge?

New Year New You Fitness Challenge

This is an in house fitness challenge for all of our members and friends taking place this Saturday at 9am! Test yourself with the workouts and see what all of that hard work in class has done for you. We will as always have the LIFE|FITNESS|SPORT categories to choose from and it is not too late to sign up! Sign at the gym or email The cost is only $30! This is a fun get together for us all to start off the new year right. The workout has movements that are the basis for how we all train here. Good Luck and Work Hard!

Part 1

10 minutes to find a 3RM Back Squat

You may have as many attempts in this part as you can in the 10 minutes. Bar is taken off the rack for the start of all attempts. Hip crease below the knees at the bottom and full extension of the knees and hips at the top.


15 minute rest between part 1 and part 2

Part 2                    Life                  Fitness                      Sport

20 Deadlifts          45/35                  95/65                       115/95

10 Thrusters         45/35                  95/65                       115/95

Row                      200m                  250m                         300m

4 rounds for time


Team Effort for the Win!


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, January 13, 2014

Let’s start off our week with a little dose of accountability, communication, and camaraderie. There’s no better way to access these attributes than with a team workout. Today during your training, don’t just show up for yourself but show up for your teammates. Be vocal with your comrades. Let them know when you are about to reach your max effort and when you are ready to take over. Most of all, be there to support and encourage one another. A little team effort goes a long way to keep the mind determined when the body is beat!
Rowing Machine Workout at CrossFit Scottsdale
Teams of 3-4 | 1 works at a time only
1000 Meter Row
100 Kettle bell swings
100 Sit ups
750 Meter row
75 Kettle bell swings
75 Sit ups
500 Meter row
50 Kettle bell swings
50 Sit ups
250 Meter row
25 Kettle bell swings
25 Sit ups

Rest to Reinvigorate: The Importance of Rest


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, January 11, 2014

SICFIT Scottsdale doesn’t just close it’s doors on Sundays to give our coaches a day off. We close up shop to give YOU, our athletes, the rest you need. The body needs rest just as much as it needs work. And its not just the body that benefits, but rather the whole person — body, mind, and spirit — that craves, desires, and needs time set aside for rejuvenation. But let’s be clear about this… rejuvenation does not mean laziness. Rejuvenation means giving your self the time to do the things you need to do to achieve your highest potential during the coming week. So relax your mind by taking some quite time. Fuel your spirit by spending time with loved ones. Prepare the nutritious meals you will enjoy during the week. Use your Sundays to rest, relax, and reconnect and start your week reinvigorated!



Dynamic movement + partner stretch + pose running drills
Prowler sleds #50-135 on each side
Pose running
2 Rounds: Sleds high/high + run small lap 80% + walk a small lap
2 Rounds: Sleds high/low + run small lap 60% + walk a small lap
2 Rounds: Sleds low/low + run a small lap 40% + walk a small lap
5 Minute break
1000 Meter run + sled up and down + 1000 row

Photo by: The Heathman Kirkland


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