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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!

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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