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The Skater Squat From FlexibilityRX


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The skater squat is an great single leg exercise that builds single-leg stability and trains the glutes and external hip rotators for a strong ‘knees-out’ position during squats. The skater squat can be performed as a bodyweight exercise. Using dumbbells for counterweight makes the movement easier by shifting the center of weight forward, which makes transfers the lever arm of the movement from the knees to the hips. Single-leg exercises can easily be incorporated into a warmup or used to build stability in the weaker leg. Here’s a great T-Nation article on the skater squat.



10 Rounds
Row 100 meters
Rest 20 seconds
3 Rounds for quality
500 Meter row
8 Deadlifts
8 Box ups
5 Minute rest
100 Jump ropes + 10 burpees
80 Jump ropes + 8 burpees
60/6…  40/4… 20/2

SICFIT Scottsdale’s 6th Annual Jump-Rope-A-Thon


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How many jumps does it take to make a difference in a child’s life? Join SICFIT Scottsdale for any of today’s classes and help us jump our way to helping Playworks of Arizona fulfill their mission of harnessing the power of play to bring out the best in Arizona’s youth! The more jumpers the merrier! So brings your friends and family along for the fun and they can help us contribute to this great organization and get a killer jump rope workout at the same time! Donations can be made as a flat amount at the door or in the amounts of $.01, $.05, $.10, or $.25 per jump. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and jumpers!

SICFIT Jump Rope Flyer-1



Everything is SICFITter in Texas!

Strength in Conditioning for Monday, June 23, 2014

Things in Texas just got a whole lot bigger… and stronger, and faster, and FITter! From San Diego to Scottsdale to El Paso and beyond, SICFIT is spreading the Strength in Conditioning love far and wide and YOU are a huge part of it! So keep working hard putting in those hours at the gym and know that you have comrades in SICFITness around the country sweating right along with you!


10 Minutes of jump rope
Hollow rock
Build to a heavy 3 rep back squat
Deadlift, hang clean, push press
15 Minute EMOM
2 Deadlift + 2 hang clean + 2 push press
SPORT: 155/105

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, June 21, 2014

For today’s workout we will be working in teams of three to accumulate as many reps as possible while spending six minutes total at each station. This is a ‘GO-ALL-OUT’ kinda day at the gym. But it’s not just you whose being asked to step up to the plate, its your entire team! Encourage each other to push through the fatigue and soreness from a long week of conditioning and finish out the week strong with this test of teamwork, determination, and of course… FITness!


Row for calories
Front squat
Sit up
Pull up
Jump rope
LIFE: Barbell | jumping pull up | push up

We Love Our Lil’ Beasts


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, June 20, 2014

As the first session of SICFIT Scottsdale’s Lil’ Beasts Summer Camp comes to and end, we reflect on the experiences we shared, the fun that we had, and all of the lessons that we’ve learned. We burpeed, and air squatted, yogaed, and rowed. We talked about sugars, fats, proteins, and carbs. We played games, made friends, ate healthy snacks, and even had a water balloon fight! And if your Lil’ Beast missed out on all the fun, have no fear because session two is next month, from July 14th-July 18th!



2 Minute row @ 75%
2 Minute air dyne @ 75%
2 Minute jump rope @ 75%
1 Minute lunge @ 75%
1 Minute plank
1 Minute burpee @ 75%
Deadlift 5.5.5
EMOM 12 min
2 Deadlifts
4 Burpees
8 Kettle bell swings
LIFE: Kettle bell dead lift + russian swing
FITNESS: Weight from last set of 5 deadlift + 55/35 kettle bell
SPORT: 275 Deadlift + 75/55 kettle bell

Switching Gears: Total Body Tension & Fluid Movement


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lifting weights to get stronger is about capacity, whereas the ability to execute fundamental movement patterns is about competency. Fundamental stability exercises like the bird-dog that teach competency, are also great for learning to use a low-threshold strategy of movement.

Low-Threshold Strategy: Slow, tonic, local stabilizer, stabilizing muscle contractions that are for low-load tasks and reflexive postural control.  This is necessary for joint centration.

A high-threshold strategy is generally used during strength training when the goal is to increase capacity. A RKC plank that teaches total body tension has a great carry over to the front squat when athletes need to maintain as much tension as possible during the movement – a high threshold strategy.

High-Threshold Strategy: Fast, phasic, prime mover, global mobilizer, mobilizing muscle contractions that are for high-load tasks and force production.  This is necessary for strength training.

But what happens when high-threshold strategies are used during basic movements – breathing is dysfunctional, stability is compromised, and mobility is impaired. 

Athletes need to be able to switch gears between strategies – creating enough tension during a squat and having the flexibility and stability to perform basic movement patterns with a high level of competency.

The bird-dog is great for learning stabilization, proper breathing, hip extension, shoulder flexion AND learning to stabilize effectively with a low-threshold strategy.

Definitions above are from this great blog by Aaron Swanson.


Bench press
Strict dip
LIFE : 8-10 + 5-8
FITNESS: 5-8 + 4-6
SPORT: 3-5 + 1 muscle up + max dips
3-5 Minute rest
WOW #20
For time:
50 Double unders
10 Burpees
40 Double unders
10 Burpees
30 Double unders
10 Burpees
20 Double unders
10 Burpees
10 Double unders
10 Burpees
LIFE: Single jump ropes x5 burpees each round
FITness: Double unders
SPORT: All unbroken double unders
Want to perform better on this WOW next time it pops up in the programming? Make sure you attend the Kayyem Signature Series workshop on double unders tonight at at 7pm!

Those Damn Dubs!


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Whether the title of this post reflects your usual reaction when you see double unders in the workout for the day or you are a regular dubbing aficionado, you better believe you will be getting better at those damn dubs by attending this workshop! The Kayyem Signature series tackles the most elusive exercises in the craft of Strength in Conditioning. Make yourself a regular attendee of this series and watch as your weaknesses in the gym become the game changing strengths you have been waiting for! Start by joining us tomorrow night (6/19) from 7:00-8:00pm!

Kayyem Signature Series

Partner rows | Teams of two
150 Meter sprints | Complete 1500 meters
Power clean
10 Rounds AFAP
3-5 Power cleans
5 Pull ups
10 Push ups
15 Air squats
1 Minute rest
LIFE: Hang power clean | 5 reps for each movement | ring rows
FITNESS: Power clean | 3 kipping or jumping pull up
SPORT: Touch and go power clean 155-185/75-115

Four Minutes to Fat Loss!


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If your looking to shed the pudge and pooch around the middle, today’s conditioning workout is right up your ally! First, High Intensity Interval Training workouts like the Tabata you will be challenged with today work wonders for fat loss. On top of that, the mountain climbers will take your core to a new summit of results! Who would have thought that four minutes could be so powerful!


Shoulder mobility/pvc/bands/dynamic
Press 1.1.1
Push press 3.3.3
Push jerk 5.5.5
Split jerks off rack
Tabata mash up
Jumping alternating lunges + mountain climbers

Unleash The Beasts!


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, June 16, 2014

SICFIT Scottsdale’s Lil’ Beasts Summer Camp begins this week! From 9am-12pm everyday this week our Lil’ Beasts will be learning how great it feels to be active and healthy! With different educational activities, kid friendly functional fitness workouts, yoga, and games planned for each day, this is definitely a camp your little one doesn’t want to miss out on!

OLY snatch progression
12 Minute EMOM
Odd minute: 3 tough power snatch not touch and go
Even minute: 7 burpee box jump/ step up
12 total minutes
7 Rounds
7 Power snatch + 21 double unders 7x rounds
LIFE: 45/35 + 30 single unders
FITness: 75/55
SPORT: 95/65
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