Archive: May 2016

Over the May Long Weekend, 3 coaches and a member of Fukumoto Fitness went down to Hudson, Wisconsin to tackle an obstacle course race called Battlefrog for the first time. Since OCR season is coming upon us (with Dirty Donkey, Spartan Race, and Mud Hero coming soon), we thought we’d share a bit about our experience with you.

This took place on a beautiful morning in rolling hills, open fields, near water and fresh clean air! There were 26 obstacles per lap and an option to do 1 or 2 laps depending on what you signed up for. Still a good deal of trail running but also about 10 different walls, natural elements, and carrying some heavy stuff!


The event was well-organized, had way more obstacles (in a good way) than other events we’ve done, and had many different levels of difficulty for obstacles that made it friendly to many fitness levels!




Wayne Feeleus – FF Member 6am MWF


Division: Masters Elite Male (40+), 2 Laps (14km total)

OCR Experience: 3rd Race

Highlight: I felt I had way more gas in the tank in terms of cardio (compared to last year’s Spartan which was half the distance of this race). I felt I could run another lap!

Challenge: Not completing the Platinum Rig was very humbling to go through physically and mentally. As a result, I had to get my bracelet cut off but I’ll be more ready next time and was still encouraged by my placement.

Learned: I need to work on grip strength more than I had planned.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn how much my training at Fukumoto Fitness transferred over to strong running as I had not run more than 4 miles leading up to this event and was easily able to run well through the 14-16km course.

Coach Steph

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Division: 35-39 Female, 1 Lap (7km total)

OCR Experience: 3rd Race

Highlight: The course was beautiful and not at all what I was expecting. It was also really awesome to see people encouraging one another along the course and helping each other out at each obstacles. There was such a positive vibe throughout which only added to the enjoyment of the event. Seeing our Fukumoto team after I finished was pretty awesome too.

Challenge: Course-wise: I found the terrain/hills very challenging to run on. I lost my footing several times and needed to remind myself to pay attention to the ground ahead of me.

Mental-wise: I struggle with knowing when and how hard I can push myself. I’m not the most confident person and don’t think I’m entirely self-aware of all that I am capable of. I have trouble recognizing my own strength which in turn causes me to hold back instead of competing to my fullest potential.
Learned: I would definitely have benefited from more running and hill prep. I was very focused on the obstacles and need to remember that you can’t complete obstacles you don’t have the energy to first run to.

Coach Jethro


Division: Elite Male, 2 Laps (14km)

OCR Experience: 6th Race

Highlight: Aside from simply soaking in the amazing environment, my highlight was completing the rig and keeping my Elite status. There was a moment when I weighed the option of simply moving on. I consider ignoring that thought an accomplishment.

Challenge: One of the challenges I would return to throughout the race was letting myself worry about how those ahead of me were doing. I repeatedly has to tell myself to run my own race.

Learned: I learn from my mistakes and areas of weakness. I was, once again, reminded that I need to refine my cardiovascular training so I can keep the engine running stronger and longer.

Coach Johnny


Division: Elite Male, 2 Laps (14km)

OCR Experience: 15+ Races

Highlight: Making a mental and physical comeback after some setbacks and qualifying for the World Championship Pro division. Also, crashing through the bush carrying a jerry can with power!

Challenge: I failed an obstacle for the first time in 4 race seasons.  Not once either…I fell off the rig (shown in Jethro’s photo) 8 times in a row (and 10 times total in the race). As minutes passed, and as my strength seemed to leave me I was left with my thoughts of self-doubt, comparison to others, and a bit of embarrassment.

Learned: Physically I need to work on upper body skills and grip strength as well as foot speed and running mechanics.  If I avoid work in these areas, I can expect the same outcomes in those areas. Mentally, I am just as susceptible to negative thoughts as the next person and need to remind myself pre-race what to do with those thoughts when they arise-stuff them! Also, thinking about important things (like my family, values, FF community) to push me harder in the race helps me persevere.


We hope you are excited to take on your OCR challenge this year if you’ve signed up. Its not too late to do so either! Any fitness level is welcome and you will overcome physical but more importantly mental barriers that are rooted deep in your being.

Please chat with us about how you’re feeling or if you’d like to sign up for something this summer as we have big teams from FF banding together!

Next year too we hope to have a few more of you join us down south to tackle this one again!


Business: Freshii

Address: 740 Corydon Ave


People: Emily (left, daughter), Coralee (2nd from R, Mom), Ian (right, son) are part of the FF Family!

Training Times: Various!

What we like about Fukumoto Fitness

Fukumoto Fitness is a very family oriented establishment where members encourage each other to challenge themselves in a positive atmosphere.  The coaches continuously further their education to help us work out smarted and safer.  Anyone can participate regardless of injury because of the many modifications that can be applied.  We also enjoy joining many other Fukumoto Fitness members in obstacle course races.  We are regularly encouraged to participate in nutrition challenges to help us feel better and live the healthiest life possible.  Through Fukumoto Fitness we have access to CSA boxes and pasture raised chickens.  All in all, they strive to help us be balanced mentally, physically and emotionally.

About Us


With a passion for health and feeding people, we embarked on a crazy journey in opening a restaurant called Freshii where we serve up meals that include tons of veggies and healthy housemade dressings.  Whether it’s a salad, bowl, wrap, burrito or soup, you will be served a super delicious and healthy meal that will energize you for your athletic endeavours.

Charity Promotion

Until the end of June 2016, $1 off of every $10 spent by Fukumoto Fitness clients at Freshii will go towards Impact Romania supporting the “Burpees for Romania” and “Family Farm” projects.

BONUS: All FF Members will receive an ongoing 10% off at Freshii on Corydon Ave! (we will have member cards available to hand out shortly!)

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At Fukumoto Fitness, we strive to create a place where you experience dynamic coaching, efficient training, effective accountability, and feel safe yet challenged.

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We are about RESULTS but are MORE than ‘just fitness’.

We CELEBRATE your story. We are about long-term PROGRESS, not perfection.

We are excited about your STRENGTH. We EMBRACE flaws.

It’s about what you CAN do today.

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