Athlete of the Month: Rohit Sarkar!

We are please to announce the January Athlete of the Month, Rohit Sarkar!          

Rohit is a fairly new addition to the SICFIT family but is well deserving of Athlete of the Month.  This gentle giant started his fitness journey back home in India.  Rohit battles some pretty severe asthma and was limited on what he could do.  His coach instructed him to lift and to lift heavy so he could build his lung capacity. Well not only did in help with his asthma it also turned him into a BEAST!  Squats 400 pounds like he was warming up and deadlifts 500 something pounds like he was folding laundry.  He puts technique first before big weights and is very eager to ensure his technique is correct.  A great student to have in class and also one of the friendliest personalities I have had the pleasure of coaching.

                Keep up the good work my friend.  I look forward to seeing what you get done in 2014! – Sensei


A Deadly Combo: Wall Balls and Burpees


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, January 3, 2014

As if wall balls and burpees weren’t bad enough on their own — together they form the couplet from SICFIT hell! Remember to maintain a steady rhythm of breath throughout this gasser of a workout. The oxygen will be like fuel for your fatigued muscles and racing heart while at the same time giving you something a little less painful to focus on. Stay strong SICFITTERS!

Scottsdale CrossFit goes Balls-to-Wall


5 Minutes in the bottom of the squat
5 Minutes in the top of the push up
Fast twitch drills
Deadlift to 75% of 1RM
Wall balls
10 Wall balls + 1 burpee
09 wall balls + 2 burpees
08 Wall balls + 3 burpees
07 Wall balls + 3 burpees
06 Wall balls + 4 burpees
05 Wall balls + 5 burpees
LIFE 8/10 | FITNESS 14/20 | SPORT 20/30
Rest 3 minutes
10 Minutes
10 Deadlifts at 75%
15 Wall balls
30 Second rest

Paleo and Power Lifting: A Perfect Pair


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, January 2, 2014

When it comes to eating paleo, a little time and effort is required. We have to maintain a full stock of fresh produce and meat. Microwave dinners and fast food is out of the question. And more than a little prep work is usually required to get dinner on the table. So for those nights where quick and easy is the name of the game, here is a super simple baked escarole recipe from that will complement virtually any protein you decide to dish up!
  • 1 large head of escarole, cut into quarters (or 3 heads of radicchio, cut in half lengthwise)
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Sunny Paris seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar

“I preheated the oven to 400 F and grabbed a 9×13” glass baking dish. I coated the dish with ghee before putting the escarole in a single layer. I drizzled the remaining ghee over the top of the greens and seasoned with Sunny Paris, salt, and pepper. I roasted the greens in the oven for 15 minutes before flipping them. After an additional 8-10 minutes, the escarole was finished — tender yet crunchy on the edges. Before taking the dish to the table, I drizzled on some aged balsamic vinegar.”


Spend 20 minutes to establish a heavy front squat 3RM/ 1RM
Spend 15 minutes to establish a heavy deadlift 3RM/1RM
Spend 10 minutes to establish a heavy strict press 3RM/1RM
Spend 5 minutes in the plank position (go to failure, record max)
Record all of these scores/weights/misses and makes in your success journal

Make 2014 Your SICEST Year Yet!


Happy New Year SICFITTERS! Begin the new year by joining us for open gym, today from 10am to 2pm, and make day one of 2014 one of strength, dedication, and wellness. The first of the year is a great time to hone in on a skillyou struggled with in 2013 or to retest a WOW that you know you can improve upon. By attacking your weaknesses head on as the first thing you do in 2014,  you will be setting yourself up to have your SICEST year yet!




Exclusive Coaching Client: Mary Mag Wilson


Meet Mary Mag Wilson- The 17 year old equestrian rider and full time student who is wise beyond her years, and stronger than most kids her age. Mary has been riding horses her whole life, and has had the honor of serving on the Young Rider Team, and has won several championships at her young age as well. Her dedication and love of riding has led her into an opportunity to become a pro rider in the future. Knowing of this dream and goal, she wanted to step up her game and focus on her fitness to build strength and form.

I met Mary back in August as she was a new student coming in to try a Teens class. After her first workout, I knew she was something special. Her endurance and strength was so unreal for her age, and after learning more about her I knew why. She was focused, and eager to learn more about functional fitness and how it can better her form and riding technique. After a week of training, she was moved up into Adult classes and personal training. We set a plan in place to get her core stronger, and continue to focus on strength training as she prepared for a huge competition coming up in December.61204_10151727907232560_977853582_n

After 5 months of commitment and training, she was stronger than ever and ready for her next step in her riding career. I had the privilege of training her every step of the way, and I know how much hard work and effort she put into her training week by week, and day by day. She pushed her limits, and trusted the process. She soared through PR’s when it came to all Olympic lifts, and pushed past her fear of the handstand and even accomplishing a 90 second handstand hold. She has hit the “100 club” in many lifts including the clean and jerk, the thruster, and push press. She has hit every goal and FITness challenge I have put in front of her, and I am beyond thrilled and excited to continue to work with her towards her next set of goals leading into 2014.

Mary, you are truly an inspiration. Your commitment to the sport of riding and FITness shows in your strength and technique. It is an honor to work with you and see you get stronger. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you!

Coach Ashley


Goal Seminar at SICFIT Scottsdale!


Don’t Forget the Goals Seminar is NEXT Monday!

Are you signed up? Do you have your 2014 goals lined up? Here is your chance to get prepared for a successful year!

You are invited to join our business coach Troy Henson, President of EVŌC, on January 6th at 7pm at SICFIT Scottsdale to set your focus and create big wins in your personal and professional life.

This event is FREE and open to friends and family! Be sure to attend this not to miss event and get you set up for success this New Year!

In this upcoming seminar expert business coach, Troy Henson, will help you to set your focus and establish a process to help you reach your goals efficiently.


Sign up today at the gym or by emailing

2014 Here We Come!


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On the last day of the year, what are you going to do to close the chapter of 2013 and begin writing your future in 2014? With the new year comes opportunity for new beginnings, new growth, and new ways of seeing the world.  Let’s resolve to take only the lessons we have learned and the memories we have created into the new year with us and leave everything else that no longer serves us exactly where it belongs… in the past. SICFIT Scottsdale wishes you a very happy, healthy, and FIT New Year!



5 Rounds
Row 2 minutes + Lunge 1 minute
10 Burpees
Lunge for 1 min + Row 2 Minute
5 Minute rest
Run big lap + 50 air squats
Run a big lap + 40 air squats
Run a big lap + 30 air squats
Run a big lap + 20 air squats
Run a big lap + 10 jumping air squats
Walk a small lap
5 Minute rest
 3 Rounds
Jump rope 3 minutes + push up 30 seconds
Jump rope 2 minutes + push up 20 seconds
Jump rope 1 minute + push up 10 seconds
100 Sit ups

New Years Schedule


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, December 30, 2013

We have a bit of a limited schedule early this week to accommodate the New Year Holiday. Please review the gym schedule to ensure you are able to stay committed to your fitness regimen. If you are unable to join us during the times we are open, we have supplied you with a few quick and effective workouts you can do at home. SICFIT Scottsdale wants you to ring in the new year as your healthiest and happiest self, so don’t let your training fall to the wayside!

4 Rounds
Back squat x6 reps
Reverse barbell pull ups x12 reps *from a low rack advanced athletes put feet up on bench or box
Reverse lunge 24 steps
2 Minute rest
10 Rounds or 15 minute cap
5 Pull ups + 5 push ups + 5 air squats + bear crawl 20″
LIFE: Ring row + negative pushups
FITNESS: Band/hand release pushups
SPORT: Kip/chest to bar/deficit or clapping pushups

Paleo Recipe: Apple Pie Balls

Craving a sweet treat? Here is a great recipe to hit your sweet tooth and one that the whole family will enjoy! Want to learn more fun and easy recipes? Be sure to join us for Food as Fuel on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30pm. This FREE seminar will give you all kinds of tricks and tips to stay healthy in 2014! Sign up at the gym or email to reserve your spot for the seminar!


1 C cinnamon apple chips (look for a brand that has 2-3 ingredients: apple, coconut oil, cinnamon)

1 C cinnamon apple rings (recipe to make your own in Eat Like a Dinosaur)

1 C coconut flakes

1 C soft medjool dates

3/4 C raisins


♥ Add all ingredients, except raisins, to a food processor and pulse until they come together to form a ball when molded in your hand – about 1-2 minutes and the apple chips will be 1/4″ shards

♥ Add raisins and pulse a few more times, so that there’s still chunks of them (if you don’t want chunky raisins in your balls, then add raisins to main batch and save yourself this step, but we like the treat of surprise raisin bites!)

♥ Form tablespoon size balls, the dough shouldn’t be too sticky so we skipped rolling them in coconut flakes this time – but you can do that if you’d like.

♥ EAT!

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