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FF is super excited to welcome Megan Kamei, long-time client who has made steady changes in her own life over the last few years, to our team as our Jump Start Co-ordinator.  Here are a few words from her!


My Journey with Fukumoto Fitness began four years ago when I signed up through a Groupon offer. I still remember how intimidated I was when Johnny phoned me to get me signed up for orientation. What was this place and how was someone like me going to fit in with a bunch a fit, healthy, weight lifting enthusiasts? I was scared of what I was getting myself into but was desperate for a change. I had no idea then how important this place and this group of people would become to me.

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Fitness and a healthy lifestyle have become a passion of mine and when I look back to the intimidated woman I was four years ago I hardly recognize her. Since being with Fukumoto Fitness I have done Dirty Donkey, Colour Me Rad and several triathlons. I never would have dreamed this would be something that I would accomplish in my life but the confidence I gained at Fukumoto Fitness and the encouragement from my fellow fit fam has changed what I thought was possible. IMG_7652-e1436367257790-225x300

I am super excited to be joining the staff at Fukumoto Fitness as the Jump Start Coordinator. I’m the lucky one that gets to talk to those individuals who are curious about Fukumoto Fitness and want to join our program. I can’t think of a better fit for me. I have benefited so much from being a part of this family and now I get to encourage and welcome others to join us and experience those same positive changes. I have a soft spot in my heart for those who are struggling and need a helping hand to get them to a better place in their life as I that was me four years ago. I’m very thankful to Fukumoto Fitness for helping me make my way from someone who needed a hand up to someone who offers a helping hand.

Currently I train at MWF10am usually so say hi if you see me! I’ve been married to my husband Areimei for 7 years, and we have a  2 year old son, Aadon.

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To see more about my journey, check out my Wall of Fame information HERE (which will be updated in the next few months as this is about 2 years old and so much has happened!) or check out how I overcame my fear of water and ‘got off the sidelines’ HERE.

Fukumoto Fitness is hosting its 6th Annual Pumpkin Charity Workout!

What: A fun, full body workout using pumpkins for ALL FITNESS LEVELS to make you feel good and in honour of those who struggle with mental health!

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Cause: Raising awareness and funds for mental health, specifically ADAM – Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba)

Goal: 80+ Participants and $2000+!

Date/Time: Saturday October 31, 930am (please arrive just after 9am)

Location: 50 Burnett Ave. (Fukumoto Fitness facility in North Kildonan)

Bring: Costume, Indoor Shoes, Water Bottle, FRIENDS (this is a bring-a-buddy style event!)

Cost: $15 Cash (100% donated by Fukumoto Fitness to the cause) *tax receipt can be given for extra donation of $20+

Health Form: Par-Q+ must be filled out prior to make sure we can keep you safe!

Register: Click HERE

Any further questions? Call 204-282-9507 or email info@fukumotofitness.com

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If you were here for Member Appreciation Night on August 31, you heard many announcements for the rest of the year including the selection of our next coach for our Coaching Development Program (formerly known and the internship program).

Stephanie Hamm will become a familiar face over the next few months and we hope you’ll make her feel welcome as she contributes to our community!

This year she has already completed (save for one final exam) the Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Functional Movement Systems (FMS), CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist (PTS), and First Aid/CPR courses!


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I had a lot of energy as a child. I remember spending hours skipping on my front sidewalk or kicking our beloved Nerf soccer ball against the screen door of our house until it essentially disintegrated. I would ride my bike through the entire Assiniboine bike path multiple times per week during summer vacation and not think much of it. It was something to do and I’m sure my parents were eager for me to expend as much of my energy outside as possible.

Unfortunately, as I got older, I became extremely self-conscious and lacked the confidence to do the things I wanted to do. I was too shy to pursue the things that interested me because athletics did not (and in many way still don’t) come naturally to me.

Instead, I gave up on myself and resolved to allow the genetics that blessed me with a smaller frame carry me through life. I figured that not having to worry about my weight equated to being in good health. So I lived a very sedentary life through most of my teens and young adulthood. Though I felt very unhappy and wanted more for myself, I was too embarrassed and shy to ever venture out from the bubble of safety I had created for myself. I dabbled in a few gym memberships and tried fitness classes here and there but nothing felt natural to me and the atmosphere in many of those gyms reflected an attitude that didn’t fit with my vision of what I wanted in a community of like-minded people.

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After my first child was born, I fell deep into postpartum depression. After my initial diagnosis, I began going for long walks with my son to clear my head. Those walks gradually built themselves into jogs and later runs. I began to look at my health in a much different light. I’d started running with my husband after we got married as a way to be active together but what I discovered after becoming a parent was how fitness goes so much deeper than the physical. It was essentially part of what brought light back into a very dark time in my life. The mental and emotional benefits for me were undeniable.

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Since then, my confidence has grown tremendously. Not because I’m the best at what I do but because I’ve learned that confidence doesn’t come from being the best at something. Confidence comes from learning to step outside of your comfort zone to try new things. In doing that, I’ve discovered that I am capable of so much more than I realized and I continue to surprise myself with the things I can do. In 2013, I participated in a 12 person, 200 mile relay run through Southern California. I’ve run 4 half marathons and completed a 10k and a relay race while pregnant with my third child. This past year, I participated in a Spartan race and the Dirty Donkey KickAss run; both of which I enjoyed immensely.20150714203519

I started training at the warehouse in November of 2014 and from the first day, I felt as though I had come home to family. I’m excited and humbled to be able to join a team of like-minded people who live out the values and passions that I subscribe to. I look forward to learning from them and being able to pass on my love and passion for what I do to everyone who comes through the doors. Whether you’re stepping into the warehouse for the first time or have been around for awhile, I can’t wait to walk alongside you in whatever phase of your journey you’re in and to offer you all the encouragement, motivation and high-5’s you need to keep moving toward your goals. And if we happen to do a 200 mile relay or a Spartan race together one day, even better!

 


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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