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 sicfitscottsdale.com, by emailing info@sicfitscottsdale.com, 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 anytimefitness.com, 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 SICFIT.com 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.



Debating Your Workout Today? Read This, Now!


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thinking about skipping your workout at SICFIT Scottsdale today? Well here are 10 reasons you shouldn’t, courtesy of thegymlifestyle.com. Want to read more reasons? Check out all 51, here!

You should workout today because exercise….

1. Lifts your moodphoto 3
2. Sharpens memory
3. Boosts creative thinking
4. Improves eating habits
5. Fights dementia
6. Increased sports performance
7. Builds self-esteem
8. Increases sex drive and satisfactions
9. Improves sleeping patterns
10. Decreases osteoporosis risk

Jump rope 1 min + 10 dumbbell superset (bicep curl, lateral raise, hammer curl, front raise, press)
5 Rounds
Run a big lap or row 300 meters + 2 minutes of sit ups + 50 crunches anyway
LIFE: 3 Rounds with 1 minute rest after each
FIT/SPORT: Use double unders and strict sit ups

Hip to the Hip Joint


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The hip joint capsule is both strong and flexible; it bears the weight of our body as well as the tremendous tension created by it’s neighboring leg and core muscles (which are the largest muscles in the body). On top of this, the hip joint capsule enjoys the second widest range of motion of all the joints (the shoulder joint takes first in this category). Within this mighty joint is Synovial Fluid, a lubricant which minimizes friction during movement while delivering nutrients and flushing out toxins from the joint. By stretching and mobilizing the hip joint capsule, we can stimulate the the flow of Synovial Fluid which can promote healing from inflammation and past injuries (1). Try these FlexibilityRX Stretches this week!



Turkish get up no weight
PVC mobility
Turkish get up | 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 each side rest as needed
Plank push ups | 10 seconds….increase by 10 each set…. 50 seconds,
Double/single unders | 50 seconds… decrease by 10 each set … 10 seconds
12 Minute AMRAP
Farmers carry small lap, then…
Run small circle + 7 kettlebell swings
*Score is total laps around small circle
LIFE: Russian swing
SPORT: #55/35

Nutrition Challenge for a ‘Nude’ You!


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

…Or is it a ‘new’ you? Both! Who doesn’t want to look better naked? Even if it is just for our own satisfaction when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror after a shower. Feeling confident in the buff translates to confidence in all areas of our lives. So let’s lose the inches and gain the self-esteem and boundless energy we all deserve and sign up for the SICFIT Scottsdale Look Better Naked Spring Nutrition Challenge! The challenge kicks off March 1st with a Pre-game Huddle and a Grocery Store Tour to set you up for success for the following 30 days. Sign up at the gym or by e-mailing info@sicfitscottsdale.com, today to reserve your spot. What have you got to lose besides those extra inches?



1 Pull on rower + 1 push up
2 Pull on rower + 2 push ups
… all the way to 10
Handstand hold
Level I test prep — 70 seconds
5×10 Press barbell/pvc | 1 Minute rest
5×5 Push press | 90 Second rest
4×25 barbell bicep curl barbell | 90 second rest
500 Meter row sprint

Instructor Training Program (2 Day Seminar)

Your life’s been changed; now change someone else’s…

Are you searching for a better quality of life? Has SICFIT Scottsdale influenced and changed your lifestyle? Has it inspired you to become a better person and do bigger things? Are you sick and tired of sitting at a desk for 8 hours counting the minutes until you get to the gym?
As our student body has grown, so has its knowledge and experience. While our fitness training program delivers the goods as far as developing athletes, it does not address those that want to grow as mentors, coaches, ambassadors, business associates or partners of the program. The industry isn’t going anywhere FITness is here to stay.

Some of you are ready to take it to the next level. Many of you have expressed an interest in learning more about SICFIT, how to become a Coach, how to open your own gym or how you can work here. Those of you that have already attended a fitness certification – great! … that’s a crucial step. But after returning from that, what is next? How do you continue to grow and develop beyond being just an athlete – so that you are someone who is knowledgeable and capable of teaching a great strength and conditioning class?

We know that there are at least a few of you who are interested in teaching, without having to quit your job, or change careers to do so. Our world-renown Instructor Training Program was designed to address both – the person who is looking for a career change, and the person who just wants to learn more, share it with others, and teach a kick-ass class. The ITP program is the cornerstone of our program and the pre-requisite for coaching at our facility. This program has quickly become a requirement for many coaches in the industry and a training tool used by gyms around the world to educate their team in client, coaching and business excellence. To date, we have trained over 70 coaches and helped to open 6 facilities.

If you are interested, please register for the Instructor Training Program 8.0 (2 day intensive training seminar) scheduled on Saturday March 29th and Sunday March 30th from 8am-5pm using this link:


The course is ideally suited for anyone interested in learning how to teach Fitness, all emerging coaches/trainers, and anyone serious about learning how to operate a gym business and developing quality in coaching techniques. Attendees will enhance their understanding of fitness and nutrition, program design and implementation, business management and advance their coaching skills. Come prepared to be heavily engaged. Peers and instructors will provide coaching, evaluation, and feedback as you actively participate in lectures, workshops and specialized small group work.

We’re looking forward to taking this next step with many of you. It’s going to be fun, exciting, and the next phase of our growth here at SICFIT.

Instructor Training

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