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Johnny Fukumoto

We love to reflect and celebrate at FF and so much has happened in 2016 that its really hard to remember. We hope you enjoy a little trip down memory lane!

Special Events

FF Winter Games (1st Ever) – 40 people, 8 teams, 6 events + other challenges…amazing! 12799140_10154614755939535_5580346912699602948_n12819208_10154622688999535_1593428510236197448_o 13094344_10154848849009535_7158935992955149522_n

FF Winter Potluck at Jackie’s – 100 of us had a great evening of food and conversation!

Burpees For Romania raises $30,000!our most successful campaign to date with 2 weeks of pre-workout burpees, a special burpee night, fundraising and more! Also contributed to a ‘family farm’ project to provide a long-term safe place for at-risk youth/adults in Romania.

Dirty Donkey 5km (FF brings almost 100 people)took our own heat!

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Member Appreciation Night/Week! – free workouts, flexible steel, warrior fit, and great evening of workouts, announcements, treats, and prizes! 14202766_10155215310384535_1415957679861472349_n14199220_10155215309804535_4905482476503723198_n

 

 

 

 

7th Annual Pumpkin Charity Workout for Mental Health!over $2000 raised for A.D.A.M. and 80+ participants!14732124_10155411288244535_6450275860244279_n

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FF Fall Games (1st ever) – building off our Winter Games, this one was even better!

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Food Bank Drive gets over 200 items! – PB, Jam, Cereal to local food bank!

Get Fit for Christmas 3-Workout Program – 3 fun, different workouts to add to fitter December!

Extra Free Christmas Workout – usually have 1 free workout, but had 2 this year!IMG_1226

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Flexible Steel Integration – members were introduced and began to develop skill in tactical frog, active hip flexor stretch, rib pull, KB pullovers, USB around the world, active toe touch combinations to increase mobility, recovery time, ‘feel better’. IMG_0392

Pullup-Training Plans – bars were finished installed in both training rooms and around 30-40 members began ‘hanging’ and working on progressions to get to a pull-up! 12795298_10154614755914535_3643805850451462760_n

Turkish Getup Mastery – part of almost every pre-workout, some training session integration, we saw dozens more people learn the TGU and many get proficient and hit new PRs!

Other Exercises – the hollow body, single arm band row, single leg deadlift progressions, feet elevated TRX pushups, SFG glute bridge, racked KB carry were a few exercises that were introduced or got a little more love this year. IMG_0907

A/B Format Integration – we ended up running 2 phases of the “A/B” format to follow-up on the results we saw in the first phase.  Up to 6 attempts per session for 3x/week members and up to 4 per session for 2x/week members saw more progression, movement memory, etc. Sometimes less is better!

FMS Re-Screens & Technique Days – we saw hundreds of re-screens this year and had 8 or 9 technique days that were better attended than in previous years. It is no surprise that people who come to these things have a higher chance of reaching their goals! IMG_1195

Equipment – pull-up bars, red boxes, knobby foam rollers, blue airex pads, complete new set of USBs, new battle ropes, new bands, and of course more KBs (including more main sizes of 12kg, 16kg, 20kg, 24kg, 28kg, 32kg, 36kg and some big ones….40kg, 44kg, and the BEAST 48kg).

Phase List – we did training themes Adrenaline Abs, Supersets (x2), Bodybuilding (x2), Unilateral, Density Training (x2), Undulation (x2)


Other Training

FF Nutrition Coaching (12-Month Habit Program) – We tested and officially launched 20 participants on this game-changing program based on habits over time, progress not perfection, and changing mental and emotional factors. First in province and in first group in world on this particular program and a huge success so far!

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FF KB Courses 1 & 2 – had 5 courses (3h each) getting people dialed in to higher level KB work. 40-50 people perfected swing variations, cleans, as well as double-KB work and pressing!

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KB Club – once a month KB skill practice for course grads was launched!

OCR Training – from April to July we had 1x/week fun on our newly started outback OCR course including 8 different walls, rope climb station, and other fun carrying/dragging type challenges. This helped people prepare for Mud Hero, Dirty Donkey, Spartan Race, Battlefrog, Tough Mudder and life! 13000130_10154799303399535_4174266472917714786_n

Rocktape Workshop – Barbara ran about 3 courses teaching people the why and how of athletic taping for pain, posture, performance, and pregnancy!

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Grocery Store Tour Workshop – had 8 free workshops with almost 50 people working on 1 habit and getting solid introduction to the freeing nutrition philosophy at FF

Next Level Fitness & Nutrition Workshop – about 50 people attended this in fall where we focused on 2 nutrition habits that make the most difference (eat slower, eat until 80% full) as well as fitness progressions (both in class and at home) to get elite results FullSizeRender 4

Flexible Steel – ran on Saturday morning for a full hour of ‘feeling better’ type activities to create an owner’s manual for your body using your own strength to create flexibility. DSC_0581

Warrior Fit – ran Saturdays again for 4th season by Jethro using the excitement of martial arts to get a killer total body workout! 10645323_10154192072029535_5371904175732717252_n

FF Pregnancy Manual – groundbreaking work done by Jen who put together our in-depth first edition to help our mom’s and mom’s to be navigate different trimesters, situations, exercise progressions to make sure you have the best shot at great health during/post-pregnancy (awesome to see about a dozen of our FF members have new babies!)


FF Staff Team

15676064_10155626068089535_7729451208921499754_oJenn and Emily joined our Cleaning Team while Tyler and Mara, Erica moved out of those roles.

Jethro went back to teaching full time and kept training Saturdays at FF.

Craig moved out of SGT coaching to focus on full-time job, university courses and more.

Keith joined the Coaching Team!

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Our coaches were involved in the Strong First KB certification (February), Flexible Steel certification (April), Precision Nutrition certification, CPR/First Aid as well as various ongoing education through reading, weekly meetings, and in-services.

Johnny attended accountability/business meetings in South Carolina, Ohio, and Kentucky to continue to invest learn how to do FF better for both the staff and member family! IMG_1146

We welcomed Bruce Fukumoto (May), Kailea Bartelings (June), and Anora Kamei (June) to the staff family and enjoyed some great staff family meals/activities in August, Thanksgiving hosted by Barbara, and Christmas brunch hosted by Steph to name a few.

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Other Awesome Stuff!

Brand new roof put up in February (to combat massive leaking…) 20160730_134248_HDR

Progress Not Perfection Wall (featured 2 in-depth profiles per month of real people celebrating wins and being honest about struggles)

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New Website Launched! Looks cleaner and updated.

CSA Veggies & Farm Chickens – another successful year of having access to amazing local farms and delivered right to our door!

We finished our first year of our FF Business Family program (and started our 2nd) where we’ve had great partnership from 4 families/businesses who have had a great presence at our special events and beyond! (Two Rivers Chiropractic (Dalkes), Unruh Real Estate (Unruhs), Freshii on Corydon (Turners), and RBC Royal Bank (Hollidays)

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6 Challenges Done! We did Meal Prep Challenge in February/November, Sugar Reduction in March/October, Summer Stay-on-Track Challenge in July-August (which included Fruit & Veggie Challenges within) that helped create accountability and a variety of learning styles.  Great habits were formed that can be tapped into for a lifetime!

FF wins 4th consecutive “Revolution for a Cause” philanthropy award for the work the community did with Impact Romania

Johnny shared his international nomination of OCR Humanitarian Award with many in his life, including the FF community. 14322602_883083385154895_6416828065062587307_n

 

 

 

 

 

 


The biggest highlights for our team are when we hear and read about not only your ongoing progress but the evolving way in which you define your success (hint: its not being perfect or always about losing weight). You guys are resilient and are continuing to shine by taking positive action even when you don’t feel like it! Every good decision you make when the ‘feeling isn’t there’ is a huge step forward and you aren’t alone.

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We’re thankful to meet the many new people who started off in 2016 with us! Your fresh energy brings a renewed sense of life to the group. We’re blessed for the great number of you who have been with us for 2-7+ years (a very long marriage in the ‘gym world’!)…as this is evidence of ‘fitness maturity’ in that you are more interested in building a sustainable mind and body amidst all the distractions in the industry. Some of you had breakthroughs that gave you new life and others of you had what you would describe as ‘worse’ years than before BUT you didn’t quit even though you may have felt like it.

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Thank you for believing in us, each other, and yourself…2017 here we come!

After months of searching for ‘our next coach’, it is our pleasure to officially welcome Keith Holliday to the Coaching Staff at Fukumoto Fitness!

img_2143-2dsc_0697Keith will be going through an intensive process starting immediately and well into 2017 to be ready to coach multiple groups.  He will be observing, co-coaching, and getting to know you guys more personally very soon. Read below to hear part of his story, his significant involvement with FF already, and his goals!

 


Some Background

From the day I was born I loved to eat! I am told that as soon as I was able to be mobile on the floor, I put everything in my mouth.  When I was 11 months old it turned out eating the wrong things almost ended my short life.  Because I was so young and had asthma nobody knew I had swallowed anything, but my mom found me turning blue on the living room floor.  I ended up in the hospital hooked up to a respirator and an IV.  It wasn’t until a week later after a lung collapsed that I coughed up a crayon (wax does not show up on an X-ray).  I recovered nicely, just had less lung capacity, I now have 50% lung capacity.

I spent most of my childhood on my bicycle or in an arena playing hockey in a town in Saskatchewan.  By the time I was 10, I was also training horses for some families around the area as well as jumping from barn to barn and climbing hay bails.  I was a very adventurous youngster with no fear; I was and am a bit of an adrenaline junky.  I found out at a young age that if I wanted to play competitive hockey, which I did until the age of 13, I would have to push my limits further than most.  It taught me work ethic and perseverance.  I learned my limitations, but also how to push my mind and body just shy of my limits.  I also learned we are capable of way more than we believe we are.

When I was 18, I was extremely thin and all I wanted to do was bulk up, so I hit the weight room. Unfortunately I never educated myself on the proper nutrition to do so, so I just ate more of the wrong foods to put on weight.  At that age that plan worked out ok, it allowed me to gain muscle….but some unwanted fat as well.  By the time I turned 23-24 I had stopped working out but the diet remained the same.  Like many I got busy, had a young family, was working on my career; and eventually my health and nutrition fell to the waste side.  I lifted weights on and off through the years and played some recreational hockey but nothing consistent.

Fast forward a few years later, I was very fortunate to know some great people that attended Fukumoto Fitness, and along with the encouragement from my beautiful wife, we both joined in April 2015.  Fukumoto Fitness reignited my passion for exercise and created an interest in nutrition that I had never had; which has lead to a weight loss of over 40 lbs so far (check out my Progress Not Perfection Story HERE), as I continue to work on improving my nutrition habits every day.  I still have a love for lifting heavy, so I am so thankful Fukumoto adds in the cardio that I so desperately needed but was not adding to my fitness plan.

My Family

img_1271My family consists of my beautiful wife Andreina, we’ve been married for three glorious years and have two amazing children, Danika who is 17 and Nicolas who is turning 15 in December.  They keep us busy with their school, activities and work schedules.  We also have 2 adorable puppies, Rocky and Tango who are both 3 years old and keep us moving in the house when we are lucky enough to be home.

Life at FF

Since joining Fukumoto Fitness I have completed my Level 1 & 2 KB courses, and I have attended KB Club regularly since.  I also participated in the 2015 and 2016 Dirty Donkey Mud Run, as well as the 2016 FF Winter Games.  As an active member of FF I have enjoyed being a part of other extra activities such as the 12-month FF Nutrition Coaching Course (powered by Precision Nutrition), OCR training, Member Appreciation nights, Pumpkin Charity Workouts, Burpees for Romania, Rocktape Workshop, Flexible Steel and Warrior Fit…so basically almost anything FF has to offer, I’ve been lucky enough to attend and learn from it!

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2015 Pumpkin Charity Workout! (don’t worry, this is not my normal attire for coaching)

2016 Pumpkin Charity workout...don't worry I smile a lot more than this guys!

2016 Pumpkin Charity Workout…don’t worry I smile a lot more than this guys!

I have surpassed many of my goals while at FF; I have been able to do a one armed pushup, accomplished a TGU with the white Kettlebell (only for a 48kg bell to show up a couple months later), and squat to press overhead with the largest bag.  Also, just being able to complete a full 20 minute tornado for me is a huge accomplishment.  These are all things that when I walked through the doors for my first workout I would have thought were impossible.

I am currently working on my pull-ups, I have a long ways to go, but just like all the things I mentioned above, I know this is possible and it will just take time.  In order to accomplish them I am working hard on my body composition with the help of FF Nutrition Coaching. As well, I purchased a pull-up bar for home to practice, and every day after class I work on the next progression.  I am also working on my cardio to improve my limited lung capacity.  But even though I believe this is impossible to do today, the ultimate goal for me is to be able to do a TGU with the BEAST (48kg) kettlebell.  My wife Andreina (AKA little beast – approved by her to say!) is also a future TGU progression (ever see a human TGU?) so that is a fun goal too.

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These days I enjoy playing tennis with my family (a round of golf and playing recreational hockey. I love going for rides on my motorcycle and taking anyone that will come with me.

My Goals With Coaching

I am so excited to join such an amazing group of individuals that each bring their unique gifts to the team, and I am hoping to be a person that you may be able to relate to as I’ve had many struggles and also victories in my pursuit of better.  I will be finishing up several coaching courses in the next few months to make sure I am up to date completely with the high standard set at Fukumoto Fitness. I have years of experience coaching people and am excited to utilize this skill in such a dynamic and passionate environment. I have set and accomplished many goals with how I feel, look, move, and perform and I’m excited to help you (members of FF) do the same. I am a very positive and energetic person and I look forward to finding out what is important to you so please don’t be a stranger and say hi!


Thank you Keith for sharing and we are thrilled to have you on board. There is a very long and thorough process to be considered for our coaching team and we take much pride in only hiring the right people. We believe in you and that you are an amazing fit for our community!

On Saturday October 29, Fukumoto Fitness hosted its 7th Annual Pumpkin Charity Workout (for Mental Health)!

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It was a fantastic time and we wanted to give some photos, videos, and details to show how everyone made a difference and had a great time!

WHY: mental health still carries a stigma. this is not acceptable. many of us and loved ones struggle with mental health issues and often suffer in silence and shame. this event helps bring awareness to this issue. exercise is one excellent way to help manage mental health issues!

WHO: we partner with Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba (ADAM) as they are a small organization that really needs funding. they provide peer support groups and resources to people in Winnipeg to help manage their mental health.

 

WHAT: dress up in costume, grab a pumpkin, workout, sweat!

VIDEO FROM THE EVENT!

The NUMBERS:

Workout Participants: 78

FF staff on site: 6

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MONEY RAISED: $2848 (a new record!)

These funds came from entry into event, extra donations for event attendees, donations from FF members who couldn’t attend event, and $5 donation per new person from FF

First-Timers to FF: 25

# of Pumpkins: 50

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People to Thank:

All participants and especially the FF members who brought out buddies!

New people who had courage to come try it out and have fun!

Mary and Sangeetha from A.D.A.M who told us about what they do.

CJOB, The Herald, and Ace Burpee Show who promoted the event.

Prize Donors: Unruh Real Estate, Two Rivers Chiropractic, Andreina & Keith Holliday (with RBC), and Freshii on Corydon.

Pumpkin Donor: Niverville Homegrown farm (check out on Facebook!)

The entire FF staff team!

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Thank you for having a great attitude and helping this event be incredible each year. We look forward to next year and hope you’ll come back for more energy for this important cause.

 

I’ve have been training consistently since March of this year for the OCRWC (Obstacle Course Race World Championships) which just occurred at Blue Mountain, Ontario (Oct 14-16) which is beautiful ski resort village not too far north of Toronto.

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This post will focus on the actual weekend experience as I get a lot of questions about these kinds of things (as opposed to the rigorous training and race schedule I followed this year).

Make sure to find the 3 different video link embedded to see some of the action!


How to qualify? 

There are several ways and categories to qualify for this event (visit www.ocrworldchampionships.com to find out more) and since the event is just 3 years old, they are still ironing out the kinks. Many of you reading this who are FF members or people in ‘decent shape’ would be surprised to know that it not very hard to qualify when compared to any other world championship type events. Having ages of 13-50+ give the event a very diverse feel and also enables more likelihood of more participants which helps to put on the expensive event.

What were the events?

On Friday, there was a 3km short course event that ran in heats and contained about 20 obstacles. On Saturday, there was the classic 15km course that had around 50 obstacles.  On Sunday, there was a 3-person team relay event about 5km in distance where each participant had a focused leg on either speed (run fast with easier obstacles), strength (carrying heavy stuff up and down mountain), or technical (lots of upper body rigs).

The 15km Course Map

The 15km Course Map

What were the categories?

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There were PRO divisions for men and women (harder to qualify for) and also Age Group divisions broken down into 5 year increments.  For example, I competed in the Men’s 30-34 age group division (although qualified for PRO did not register on time before it filled up and felt for my first year seeing how I stack up in my age was a good step). Furthermore, there was a Journeyman category where people who did not qualify but still race quite a bit and show a passion for the sport could be considered to race. Overall, there were well over 2,000 competitors. There were over 40 countries represented!

What were the obstacles?

There is lots of info and footage online (OCR World Championships, Mud Run Guide, or Obstacle Racing Media Facebook Pages or websites for example) but there were quite a few different style walls (shorter, taller, ramp, slip etc.), many rigs (think Ninja Warrior, or things where you need to use upper body to monkey around and not fall off), and a variety of other things of which no one really knew much about ahead of time. Some were original obstacles whereas others came from various Race Companies from around the world (i.e. Battlefrog (R.I.P), Savage Race, Toughest…..etc).

The Weaver (over under)

The Weaver (over under)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you can’t do an obstacle? 

What I love about this event is that it is “mandatory obstacle completion”. You can’t just do burpees and run away. You can try as many times as you want and keep persevering until you either complete it or you succumb to reality. This results in ones “band” being cut off whereas now you can’t be considered for the prize money or legitimate rankings for the race.  It is a harsh reality but gives you information on what to work for in the future. To avoid people being there all day and for some safety reasons, there was a 5hour course time limit on the 15km (I think so anyways). Hundreds of bands were cut off across the weekend! If you got your band cut, you keep doing the race and giving it your all and hopefully you can complete as many of the rest as possible.

Cut bands after failed rig completions

Cut bands after failed rig completions

What was the most difficult part?

By far for me it was simply trying to get up and down the mountains as the angles and impact on the body is very hard to master without practice and for someone like me who is in his infancy of developing his running game. As I write this 10 days post-race, I still have calf cramps and tightness which is kind of amusing.  I had no issues with any of the man-made obstacles due to my training routine this year which was nice!


Why again do you do this?

Many reasons to be honest but one that may surprise you is related to my mental health. We are focusing on mental health at the gym this month through various activities and charity events so its a good time to bring it up! I am just not the person I want to be mentally/emotionally when I lack consistency in my physical training…ask my wife…its probably a 75% difference in the man she gets to partner with.

Therefore I need something to train for that will get me up and get it done no matter who I feel. I can’t let emotion, motivation, or feelings dictate if I take action or not or else I am in BIG TROUBLE. As soon as I register for an event like this I have something specific to move towards. I make a plan. I train for it because I want to do well, I want to be prepared and every day I train its likely I will eat better and also likely I will go to bed at a good time. This works for me. It is part of the “Johnny Fukumoto Handbook” that is aware of some of my weaknesses and prepares for them.

I don't do it because I enjoy making "race face'

I don’t do it because I enjoy making “race face’

I do enjoy the races and literally overcoming physical situations that can be a metaphor for life’s challenges. I enjoy working towards a goal and seeing small changes over time. I feel a need to demonstrate a work ethic and integrity in an industry where there is very little of that. I like having things in my calendar to look forward to. It is rewarding seeing others try new things in life and as a partial result of my journey.

However, every day I train along the way for this race is a day where my family, my colleagues, the people at our gym, my friends have a higher % chance of getting a better version of me. That is the BOTTOM LINE. That is my WHY.

 

 

 

 


What events did you do? How did they go?

Saturday 15km Race, Men’s 30-34 Category

Time: 2:16:11 Official Result: 31/199 (159 Men completed all obstacles)

Synopsis:

Slow Start But Gaining Ground Very warm day (over 20 degrees) and got off to my usual slower start off the line in about 40-50 place for first few minutes. We hit our first ascent and many men starting to struggle immediately and began walking so focused on guys ahead of me and tried gaining ground step by step. By the time I got to Dragon’s Back where some of my family were waiting maybe 3-4km in I had managed to creep up to about 14th place! Coming up to some steep hills to run down, I decided to run backwards to ease the forces on my quads and knees and found I was passing quite a few people and in little to no discomfort at all but definitely got a few weird looks! I definitely found I was hiking or power hiking more than I would have liked but I was still feeling confident.

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Dragon’s Back

14721479_10155357100984535_9212586963124832888_nReferee Issues and Cramping After another ascent I hit up a Platinum Rig that was very short and a fun challenge. This is where things got interesting…I completed the rig, got my feet over the line and asked the referee if I was good to go and he said “yep!”. Online tracking had me in 17th place at this point about 9km (I was super pumped as I am a strong finisher and was doing better than expected at this point). As soon as I jogged away, another referee came and said I had to go back in the “re-try lane” and do it again and I was baffled. He said I had touched the outside of the apparatus after standing up therefore was relegated to go into a long line of other ‘failed attempters’ which is a big problem. There are usually long lineups and not enough lanes to keep a good flow coming…coupled with the fact that I was cleared to go by the first referee, there was not clarity pre-race or during (in my opinion), and several people around me and in lots of online footage were doing the same thing and being cleared to go. I thought “I’m screwed. My goal is now crushed…and when you’ve put in 100 runs and 120 gym workouts in 7 months up to that point, its a bit upsetting to say the least. I went to back of line (although going into the ‘first attempt’ lanes would have been quicker yet against the rules) and stood there for about 8-10 minutes waiting and beginning to cramp. I got through the 2nd attempt and found myself now in 42nd place.

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Stairway to Heaven (No Legs Allowed)

The Short Platinum Rig

The Short Platinum Rig Mentioned

Coming Back I decided to keep pushing! I got caught in another log jam on the Weaver right after the Platinum Rig before I tried to run hard downhill through windy trails, some of them pretty steep (for a prairie boy at least). In the last km, there were about 7 obstacles (most of them upper body or rig types and you can see a few on the video below) and I pushed HARD. I managed to pass about 10-12 guys in the last 5km of the race and collapsed at the finish line (after winning a great sprint battle with a guy from the Netherlands).

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Urban Sky (Rotates When You Grab)

Content and Frustrated At Same Time! I was happy with my performance but to be honest, quite disappointed with something in the race that was out of my control.  I was proud that I kept my integrity in that instance even though It cost me a top 20 finish and maybe a top 10-15. I had to exercise more patience as I was after the race, incorrectly assessed a 10 minute time penalty and ‘incomplete’ obstacle ruling for another rig that I completed (thus relegating me to 156th and an ‘incomplete’ race status). Thank goodness my little sister had videotaped the obstacle in question which I submitted for review and was approved (that rig completion is on video below)!

THIS LINK SHOW VIDEO CLIPS FROM 15KM EVENT!


Sunday Team-Relay 5km, Men’s Open Category

Time: 42:40:07 Result: 14/111 (85 Teams Completed All Obstacles)

Strangers! I had trouble finding a team for a few months but connected with a few guys a month back and we decided to go for it even though we really hadn’t met each other before! I was supposed to be the ‘speed’ guy as the other 2 are more suited for other things and are more ultra-distance runners in their own right. We called ourself the “Undrafted Canadians” and represented Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Wet and Fast Start It was POURING rain for this event which was super fun and actually felt it gave us an advantage as we didn’t really let it affect us too much.  I gunned it off the line and was in about 12-15 in the early minutes. It was very muddy and noticed that many men were having a lot of trouble running down very slippery slopes. Some were falling quite a bit and even beyond the safety tape and into the bush! My shoes were quite good for this event so I just ran with abandon and a few times did a 10-20m butt slide as it was so wet, it seemed like a good tactic.

Team Work!

Team Work!

THIS LINK SHOWS VIDEO CLIP FROM TEAM RELAY!

Tagging Off and Great Finish I only had to hurdle a few small boards, traverse a pretty easy pipe, climb a wall or two, and do Dragon’s Back again in the 3-ish km leg before handing off to my teammate who did a quick rig. We were in 11th place at the time. He then passed the torch to our strength guy who took a 50lb sandbag and trekked a half mile up the mountain and back with some good slipping and sliding along the way. He tagged our technical guy back in and we ran to meeting area near the end as we had to summit a wall maybe 12ft high all together before crossing the finish line. We did it in one fun and epic attempt and then sprinted hand-in-hand across the line for a memorable finish to the weekend!

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Final Thoughts

Excellent Experience Overall, it was a fantastic weekend because I was with my family, the venue was fantastic, the organizers and racers contributed a very special experience, I was injury free and performed to my expectations. I was frustrated by the inconsistencies in the results but want to extend grace as the event is only in its 3rd year and will continue to get better and better.

Apparently I missed the Team Photo!

Apparently I missed the Team Photo!

Let’s do that again I am excited that it may be in the same location next year and will be ready to set new goals (after I rest up a bit!). I also look forward to my wife joining me for a potential co-ed team next year and seeing her develop as an OCR athlete next season after much interrupted training in the last 3 years with the arrival of our 2 boys.

 

 

Allan Ajoy - winner of 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award

Allan Ajoy – winner of 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award 

Humanitarian Night Highlight I also want to mention it was a privilege to attend a dinner highlighting the 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award on the Friday night and connect with a few more people in the OCR community who love helping people, using their strength to do good, to give and not simply just race for themselves. It was an honour to be recognized as a finalist and to anyone reading this who has had any active part in the humanitarian work my blood, friend, and gym families area  apart of, thank you.

This is a professional VIDEO done on the event to give a better vibe!

Thanks for reading and I hope you were informed, encouraged, and perhaps have a fire starting in your heart about something you can work towards no matter what that is! Thanks for my family (especially my wife Jen), friends, and Fukumoto Fitness family for the support and encouragement and for every person who helped with training, childcare, fuel, gear or just a listening ear along the way.

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This past weekend (July 16 and 17), about 35 total FF members completed a Spartan Race (or two) in Grunthal, MB in what was very beautiful weather.

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The Spartan Super (13+km) was held on the Saturday and we had about 15 people challenge that race that saw uneven terrain, sand hills, 3 river crossings, and 29 obstacles including walls, carrying heavy things, balancing, and climbing.

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The Spartan Sprint (5+km) was held on Sunday and we had about 20 people challenge that race which had many of the same obstacles.

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Its hard to explain WHY people sign up to do these things unless you have just done it yourself. You face uncertainties, fears, both physically and mentally…with many people wondering “Am I strong enough to do this?”.

 

 


Below are a few of our clients who’ve sent in some reflection on their experiences. Our racers included those from kids (6 years old all the way to almost 60) and of all fitness levels!

As you read their highlights, challenges, and favourite obstacles you will see the theme of overcoming both mental and physical situations and celebrating progress, not perfection in a supportive community!


Torrey B

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This was the longest race (either road or OCR) I’ve ever run and by far the best race I have been in to date! I loved every step, every obstacle and sadly…every burpee.
It was an amazing day full of perseverance, celebration and inspiration. One that I think may have ignited a monster inside of me. 😛
The OCR training this year helped take my confidence to a whole other level. Don’t get me wrong, I was still a mess of nerves and went through some self-doubt leading up to the race, but I am aware of my ability to complete the obstacles and was able to attempt the ones I didn’t feel so confident about (ultimately, the ones I ended up having penalty burpees on).
One highlight: Crossing the finish line and celebrating with the rest of the team, the camaraderie between all participants and the new friendships you make while on the course. Or how about when the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun shined right before the race started.
Favourite obstacle: It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say the Hercules Hoist
One mental hurdle/fear overcame: Failing the spear throw left me feeling crushed and defeated. I was so close, I knew I had it and then the line wrapped about my leg and pulled the spear back. I had a moment of self-doubt moving along to the Hulk Hoist. I had to take a moment to get my head right before I gave the Hulk Hoist a shot. When I pulled on the rope to hoist the sand bag I immediately thought “wholly crap, I don’t think I can do this”. I didn’t expect nor was prepared for how heavy it actually was. I sat there for a second, with the bag hanging 3 inches off the ground and decided it was now or 30 burpees. I chose now, burned my hands and ripped the heck out of my callouses, but I did it and was able to finish the rest of the race with a positive frame of mind.

Kimberly MD

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It was an amazing race.
I was in near tears at the start line from nervousness and fear. I have never run so far in my life, (I usually run 5km races) and the not know what we were going to come across really. But then once we started I just tried to settle in, and go steady paying attention to how I was feeling and take in the beautiful surroundings.
When I got to the traverse wall my calf started seizing up severely and I could see that bell at the end, just wanting to hit it. All our training made me know I could get there if I just kept going and used what we learned to stay close to the wall. Getting to the end and hitting that bell as my calf was burning felt great!

I had to slow my pace a bit, but that was ok, I made it to the finish line in one piece injury free, just a few bruises to wear with pride this week, and feeling a bit like a bad-ass! Aroo!


Shawna P

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It was awesome! I felt stronger than at dirty donkey…was able to run the entire way and only missed ‎2 obstacles. Even the 60 burpees weren’t that bad with my FitFam right there with me (and my son counting for us!). Empowering day and seeing my kids participate made me proud as a mom :). I’ll be back!

 


Coach Steph

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Highlight: It’s always awesome to accomplish something like this but what never fails to keep me smiling long after the race is done are the smiles, pictures and achievements of everyone who participated on either/both days (translation: I spent way too much time of Facebook and Instagram checking out everyone’s pictures and memories)!

Favorite Obstacle: Rope climb.

Mental Hurdle/Fear: I never once told myself “I can’t”. The thought never entered my mind. That’s huge for me. I approached everything knowing I had the ability to complete the task. And even on the 2 obstacles I didn’t complete, I didn’t (and don’t) view it as “failing the obstacle” I see it as an opportunity to challenge myself with burpees (and my ability to count to 30)


Andreina H
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-1 Highlight: The camaraderie, help and encouragement from FF team mates throughout the race.
-Favorite Obstacle: Rope Climb
-Mental Hurdle/Fear: Having to do burpees during a race terrified me and kept me up a few nights, but thankfully I only failed 3 obstacles…way less burpees than I anticipated.

Kevin Saria

Highlight: seeing the elite racers at the start line
Favourite obstacle: Hercules hoist

Mental hurdle: running the 13.5km run


Andrew W

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Highlight- Watching our kids participate in the youth and junior Spartan races. To see them working hard and achieving a goal was the biggest reward of the weekend.
Favourite Obstacle- Hoist. Felt awesome to pull that up to the top.
Mental Hurdle/Fear- Can I compete at some level in this event? What was overcome was that now I have a barometer of where I stand and what I have to do to improve.  The fear has been turned into an understanding of what I need to focus on to obtain a better result.


Leanne B

My highlight was finishing strong. I knew that I would no matter how long it took, but I was glad to finish and feel like I gave it my all.

For me my fav obstacle was the inclined wall (2nd to last), I was tired, I was drenched in mud and I did it on my own and it was tough. Ricky was an awesome partner and helped me over all the walls, but I did that one on my own.

Biggest fear that I overcame was the giant ladder wall. At the top I was pretty shaky and I knew going over the top of it that the obstacle wasn’t there for its physical difficulty but for a mental mind bend. It was high, it was slippery and I was tired and ready for it to be over but I talked myself through it and succeeded.

In the end, I was just so proud to have completed it and done it with my strong partner


Coach Jethro
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Highlight: making the spear throw both days
Favourite obstacle: rig and herc hoist
Hurdle/Fear: despite failing the balance beam again on the second day, I didn’t even let it phase me. I jumped right into burpees and focused on what was ahead of me.

Wayne F

My high lite is finishing 7th place overall in elite!
Favorite obstacle was the spear throw….success this year after having a whole year to think about last years miss

I started the race at the back of the group and stayed there for the first half of the race. I was beginning to think that this wasn’t my day or the field was just to strong to compete against. I kept telling myself to just run my own race and not get caught up in the early sprint. As time went on and we got into some long carries things began to change. The field began to slow down and I was able to keep up my pace. I’m still amazed at how 3×45 minute workouts a week can give me these kind of results. Thank you for challenging me to keep getting stronger:-)


Ricky R
Highlight- was the rope climb, we had the option of choosing without knots in it or with  knots, I heard Johnny voice in my head telling me to push my self, so I decided I would rather fail on the knot free rope rather than succeed on the knots. With about 5 feet to go I was drained, I made sure I got a good “j” hook and just chilled for a second and then in pops Jethro voice telling me to find another gear! This combined with my supportive fiancé cheering me on from below and I managed to hit the bell.
Favourite Obstacle- was the “rig” as it was the only one that I couldn’t do and it challenged my upper body strength like nothing else on the course (and Jethro running over to cheer us on)
Fear/hurdle- for me it was the barb wire crawl, last year I overcame a huge fear by taking part in a swift water rescue training course in Indiana. The crawl reminded

me of that, knowing I couldn’t stand up and just had to push through till the end caused a lot of anxiety for me.


Mike B
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Highlight: Being able to push through on the bucket carry on Saturday. Tough obstacle for me and my back.
Favorite Obstacle: Hercules Pull/Lift ( sand bag & Pulley ) << Loved it.

Mental Hurdle: Just getting there on Sunday! I was so sore, but once I got there, the atmosphere and people made it worthwhile and gave me the boost I needed.

 


Aileen A
The highlight of this day was the simple fact that it was my first Spartan Race, and the atmosphere was amazing! There was great camaraderie all around from both racers and spectators. Although some obstacles were challenging people were motivating and willing to help if needed.
My favourite obstacle was the Hercules Hoist. It was very challenging, but I also found it fun. As you already know, what I most feared going into this race was the water portion of it. Having had a traumatic experience as a child has made me fear swimming and getting into water that went past my chest. When I got to that part of the race, the volunteer had given me the board to assist in floating, but even with that I was internally freaking out, especially with the bottom being so uneven, and not knowing if the next step would be deeper. Luckily, another racer and a fellow Fukumoto Fitness member (Andreina) stayed with me and guided me through the rest of the way. They were so kind and so patient, I will honestly never forget it!

All in all, I enjoyed myself and am looking forward to doing it again next year!


Melodie S
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Highlight – sounds wimpy but just being able to go!  I wasn’t sure I would be able to with a toe injury.   So going and being a part of it was really awesome!  I love our group!
Favorite Obstacle – I think the cement block carry.  I took the men’s weight because I didn’t see the women’s!  That sucker was heavy!   When I was done, a guy said whoah good job on that weight!
Mental Hurdle – Heights!  The really high climbs were mentally challenging for me.

On the height thing, I felt like the OCR stuff really helped me.  At OCR training over the weeks I realized fear was really dwindling. It started loosing its place in my mind.  For me this was such a good accomplishment!


Nicole D

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Highlight: Conquering the Angled Slip Wall (second obstacle before the end) on my third try just because I couldn’t bear to do any more burpees. The encouragement from my FF FamJam before after and during (Jethro cheering me on through my Rings obstacle burpees, Jen letting me know that I was near the end and within shooting distance of making my goal time, Johnny encouraging me through the A-Frame heights… he always seems to appear when I’m freezing up at the top of a wall (12’ wall in the OCR Training yard, high walls in Dirty Donkey).

Favourite obstacle: Aside from the Spear Throw (nailed it!!!)… Inverted Wall because I managed to do it unassisted when I had never done it unassisted in OCR Training (I remembered your advice, Melodie S.)

Mental hurdle/fear that you overcame: Heights (A-Frame, Cargo Net Climb)


Dana W
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YES! It was a blast! It was an amazing weekend. We had some top personal and family moments.
Highlight: Seeing our kids motivated and inspired to do the Youth/Junior Spartan races, and how their accomplishments gave them such joy and life.  (And- hitting my spear throw.)
Favourite Obstacle: Dare I say multi rig?

Mental Hurdle/Fear: Signing up- I was uncomfortable with the uncertainties of what I would face and how I would do


Emily T
I was really happy that I was able to complete the monkey bars and do them really well!  And I was running by myself for most of the race but strangers always offered to help me if I needed help or they thought I might which was nice because I’m too shy to ask.  I liked a lot of the obstacles. One that I really liked was the really tall triangular thing we had to climb over.  I’m not a huge fan of heights (climbing the rope at the gym is terrifying) but this obstacle was fine because of all the times I’ve gone over the 12 ft ladder at the gym.  And I wasn’t feeling 100% that morning but I am very glad I did the race, even though I didn’t push myself very hard with the running.

It was a blast!  I’m looking forward to running it again next year!


Stephanie D
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– Highlight: completing the transverse wall when I fell off last year
– favourite new obstacle was the hercules hoist, or whatever that one was called
– motivation for next year – conquering the rope climb!
 

Alissa OB

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My favourite obstacle (even though I wasn’t able to complete it) was the Hercules Hoist. Moving forward, I’m feeling challenged and am excited to get advice and work on my technique at next years OCR training  after Johnny and Travis build a similar obstacle in the “outback” – Hint! Hint! Hehe
My highlight from the race (aside from completing the race) was completing the Traverse Wall.
My biggest mental hurdle was actually getting the courage to sign up for the Spartan Super in the first place. I have a lot of work ahead of me to improve for next years race but in the end, I am so happy with the outcome !

Aroo!!!


Melanie B
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I was so happy I came to a training session or I would never have completed the 90degree turn on the transverse wall.

Not that there weren’t very scary parts to the race, but one of my main fears is getting lost!! Was very thankful to have the chance to meet at the gym and caravan

 


Alex R

Two highlights for me – made the spear throw and the fact that I am alive and doing this – sounds weird I know – but I am weird that way.


Ryan M
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1 Highlight: being my first ever OCR, the entire day was a highlight, but I’ll go with  killing all the ladders and walls.
Favourite Obstacle: there was a few, they were all fun and challenging! but I’ll go with the Hercules Hoist.

Mental fear/ Hurdle: I’ve overcome a lot of self doubt and anxiety.  I’m a very self conscious person.  I remember writing my name down to sign up for the race back in March, I needed reassurance from coach Barbara.  Then I emailed Johnny once I signed up for OCR training to once again get reassurance. Fast forward to yesterday.. amazing experience! I even ran the race shirtless… (for me, that’s a huge mental hurdle to be confident in my self, my image and my abilities).  If you were to tell me that I’d of done this 17 months ago, I wouldn’t of believed it for a second. Have the Fukumoto Team to thank for all the support


Travis C

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I did not have a fear or hurdle either but more like a story…….i ran to the 8’ wall to scale it jumped, grabbed it with both my hands and got one leg hooked at the top….then the race official said hold on you cant do that. As I am still hanging there he got up walked over to me and asked if I used the 45 degree cross brace to boost myself ( keep in mind im still hanging there) I said no, then he just says ok keep going! So I got myself over the rest of the way and kept going! I don’t know how long I was hanging there , im thinking 10-15 seconds but it felt like an eternity!…….so this could be considered the highlight and hurdle!

 


Cathy D

my highlight was getting the spear throw – first time ever in my life.  Grateful for Johnny’s advice to take the time to catch my breath and not hurry through it.  I was for sure doing a happy dance – though not for too long because I still had racing to do.

My mental hurdle was at the 8 foot wall. In OCR training I’ve always used the 2×4 assist to get my hands to the top of the wall.  If I can get to that point, I know I can get over.  The 2×4 assist at the race was too high for me to use.  I was convincing myself that there was no way I was going to be able to jump high enough to get my hands on the top of the wall – and was just going to get right to the penalty burpees.  At which point I decided to have a positive mind set – and at least try…. and I GOT IT!!!!!!!!


Gerry D

Loved the 115 lb rope pull. mental hurdle was the spear throw which was sucessfull


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I was very encouraged that I felt good on back-to-back days as it was affirmation for the training and lifestyle choices I’ve been making on an ongoing basis. I always feel so much pride of those in our community who give these races a try and furthermore, seeing about 6-10 kids do it and look up to their parents in this way.
My favourite obstacle was the rig because I’ve had trouble with these all year and it makes it more satisfying to complete it successfully. (but felt most badass doing the Hercules Hoist).

Mentally, I continue to struggle with comparing to the pro racers and how I fall short as opposed to focusing on the victories I do have. I did everything I could possibly do on both days and I’m excited to make a plan moving forward to get even better!


We look forward to what these challenges bring out of you as it usually is something BETTER and something exciting that can translate into other areas of your life.

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Its been a few weeks already but just wanted to highlight how awesome our community did at the Dirty Donkey 5km Mud Run this year at the Assiniboine Downs on June 25th!

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10 amazing facts about our group:

-we had about 70% people (out of the 100+) who were doing this for the very first time!

-we had some who have done 2, 3, 4, or even 5 Dirty Donkey events since 2012!

-we had 35 friends/family who joined our team who are not usually a part of the FF community!

-we had 12 people who took up the challenge to do the Kickass Heat (with some tougher challenges)

-we had people ranging from teenagers, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s…and 3 who turn 60 this year or next!

-we had husbands and wives, mother-daughter, mother-son, father-son, father-daughter, sisters, aunt-nephew, co-workers and many more awesome combos!

-we had many different fitness levels which is awesome! (we had 5 of the top 10 finishes in the Kickass Category and the first and “last” place in the regular 5km)

-some people have been registered for 8 months while some registered just that week!

-there was huge dance party and cheer in front of the DJ booth before the race that was awesome to be apart of (and those running the Kickass Heat could hear it…sent chills down the spine!)

CLICK HERE TO SEE CHEER!

EVERYONE had a mixture of excited and nervous and overcame both mental and physical hurdles that day


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The race included very wet sand from the storm the night before as well as carrying cinder blocks, crawling under things, a potato sack hop, going over various height walls, crawling under barbed wire, carrying jugs up stairs, crawling over a cargo net on a transport truck, pulling through mud, monkey bar apparatus, doing many squats in the bleachers, carrying a water tube over a balance beam and more!


May FF members commented on how the OCR Training we did Tuesday evening was extremely helpful in preparing physically and mentally to get through the event (and many said that what we do is much more difficult!).

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Of very special note, Coach Barbara went through the course with her daughter Lisa. Lisa persevered with amazing resolve and they did the entire 5km together and were a definite inspiration and proud representation of what “better together” means at Fukumoto Fitness.

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It was great to see a bunch of you write down a highlight on the poster at the gym to celebrate your experience. Too often we don’t document and reflect on things and when things are a bit rough in life, we have trouble acknowledging the amazing things we’ve been apart of for encouragement and motivation.

 

 

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We hope you were challenged, inspired, and look forward to next year and perhaps other challenges you can sign up for to pull the best out of you in life!

There is a big album on the Fukumoto Fitness facebook page of more photos!

Thank you very much for all who came and cheered us on and supported us on that day!

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From late April to the end of May, the Fukumoto Fitness community partnered with Impact Romania for the 5th straight year to set forth with a lofty goal! To raise $25,000 to:

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a) send Romanian orphans to a healthy summer camp experience

b) provide funding for a farm land purchase to serve as a workplace and refuge for orphans no longer under the care of the state (a new project we’ve joined this year).

Together we were able to raise:

$28, 700.30

The total contribution over the last 5 years is now at: $67, 746.80


Here are some highlights of our journey!

  1. Over 2 weeks, members at FF paid $2 before a maximum of 6 sessions to do as many burpees as possible in 90 seconds. Fukumoto Fitness pledged to donate 5cents per burpee done in this time. The result? 676 different attempts made and 26,794 burpees were done (raising: $1352) + FF’s pledge ($1339.70) = $2,692.70 
  2. DSC_0489We started a baby pool guessing the correct gender and weight of the Fukumoto’s new addition which raised over $150 (all of which went to the cause).
  3. Over 70 FF members signed up to raise $ through their networks with the promise of doing 1 burpee for every dollar raised until May 31st! This plus other donations from FF members brought in
  4. Burpee Night May 9th from 4pm-8pm, we had over 40 people come and knock out hundreds and thousands of burpees to continue the awareness for the cause! Our goal was to do as many as our community had done pre-workout the previous 2 weeks and we passed that goal doing 30, 248 together. It was so awesome to see some family and kids come out to support! IMG_2096
  1. Coach Barbara’s son Yannick put together a bake sale in Wolseley that raised almost $400 for the cause!
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6. Our Business Family members (Unruh Real Estate, Two Rivers Chiropractic, RBC Royal Bank, Freshii) put together promotions that would benefit the cause. Thank you!

7. $1000+ was donated through the FF Referral program from October until now!

 

 

 


Thank You!

every single person who donated or raised money (from a few dollars all the way to $1500) you made a difference!

-the FF staff for organizing and leading the charge (special shout out to Coach Barbara who did a lot of the organizing and setup)

Sport Manitoba via Brent Lohmer who got his groups of clients to do burpees for the cause raising $1000!

our prize donors: Biosteel, GORP Clean Energy Bars, Heritage Lane Farms, Dirty Donkey Mud Run, Trail Run Manitoba, The North Face, Mud Hero


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When we come together, we can do amazing things! The less fortunate benefit from receiving resources, care, and hope that they may not have otherwise received. We benefit by having a sense of purpose, become encouraged, and get more healthy physically in the process.

FAMILY and GENEROSITY are two of our core values at Fukumoto Fitness and we are so happy and proud of how everyone worked hard to work towards this goal.  See you next year! (and we hope to have an update for you all on how the camps and the “family farm” projects are going later on this year!

FF Members, please send this to your donors in an email and make sure they know how thankful we are for their support. There is still time to donate online as well if you’re a bit late. And share this post online!

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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!

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Business: Freshii

Address: 740 Corydon Ave

Website: Freshii.com/ca

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

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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!)

Since 2012, Fukumoto Fitness has been helping raise money through exercise to send Romanian orphans to summer camp in a healthy, life-giving environment. Our gym community and their friends, family, co-workers and beyond have been making a real difference! Hundreds of orphans have been helped and about $40K has been raised along the way. Thank you for helping us with this!

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This year we hope to add to that with your help and also introduce an excited new project!


How does the campaign work?

For our participating rockstar clients at Fukumoto Fitness, every dollar raised, they will do 1 burpee.  This could be 100 burpees ($100) or even 500 or 1000! They can do them in little spurts along the way and so it is a great challenge yet manageable.


What is the goal this year? $25,000 by May 31, 2016!

What does the money go to?

Part A: $15,000 to Send 100 Romanian Orphans toCamp Discovery and Mini-Camps ($150/Child) 
In the summer we run several weeks of program (including Camp Discovery, mini-camps and special day trips & activities) where kids can play, sing, learn, laugh, and create in ways that strengthen positive relationships and promote personal and spiritual growth.

Part B (NEW!): $10,000 for the ‘Family Farm’ Project 
We are presently in a “preparation stage” for this 10-year project. Our hope is to build a central location (near where most of our 300+ orphans are located in institutions and group homes). The purpose is to provide a  “family home”, where deeper impact, real world preparation, experiential learning, and intentional community can be experienced in a “structured” and loving environment.


If I donate, do I have to do burpees? No. Your friend does! If you’d like to please do…the more the merrier.

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Is there a special event you’re hosting? Yes, Monday May 9th from 4pm-8pm at our gym we will have our clients who are participating come in and do burpees in teams.  This will help them pay their burpee debt and also create a great bonding experience as we help the kids! Please feel free to register to come watch or participate!



Do you have any more info from previous years? Yes.

2015 Burpees for Romania Summary

32,000 Burpees Done in 2 Weeks!


How do I donate? Click HERE to donate.

This link is also available on our home page (top right corner) and also at www.impactromania.com


Thanks again for considering helping the cause and making a difference!

Please call 204-282-9507 or email info@fukumotofitness.com if there are any further questions we can help with!

 

We are a caring community of genuine people who want to meet you where you are so that we can live better together!

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

We are DIVERSE yet we are one FAMILY.

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.

We are committed to being a HIGHLIGHT of your day.

We are committed to being a part of CHANGING YOUR LIFE.

We are better together!


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