Conviction Client of the Month – February 2016

Linsay 2This month we would like to recognize Linsay Kwiatkowski and all the hard work she’s put in through our Winter Warriors program.

Linsay was a last-minute addition to the program back in October but was excited to get started. Our first workout as a group was a tough one intended to separate those who were serious about getting in shape from those who just wanted to pretend.

Linsay passed with flying colors.

The challenge could have broken a weaker individual, but it only motivated Linsay to push harder and see what she is truly capable of.

After struggling to do a few push-ups at the start Linsay is now a pro. That’s her repping out perfect push-ups with a giant rock on her back in the photo above!

Linsay is now doing pull-ups, heavy stone deadlifts, squats with other people on her back, and is crushing everything we throw at her!

Not one to rush through a workout just to get it over with, Linsay focuses on form and executing each rep as perfect as possible.

It’s because of this attention to detail and tremendous work ethic that Linsay has come as far as she has.

Thanks for being a huge asset to the team, Linsay. You are the definition of Warrior!

If you’d like to see Linsay in action as she helps our team take on our 20,000 + burpee challenge this Saturday, tune-in to the live stream here!

How Working Out is Like Watching Seinfeld

Do you remember how funny this was the first time you saw it?

A classic!

Is it as funny now, though, as it was the first time you saw it?

Probably not.

Usually, the first time we see these something is the best time. Once we’ve seen it, we know what to expect.

“I’m unemployed and I live with my parents,” isn’t surprising or hilarious anymore. It’s funny, but nowhere near as funny as the first time you saw it.

We know this, though.

We realize that the more we try to recreate that first magical moment, the less benefit we get from it.

Working out is the exact same.

Jogging on streetWe all have workouts or routines we love.

Maybe a certain arm workout had you feeling like Hercules. Perhaps jogging five kilometers, four days per week is how you lost twenty pounds.

Whatever the reason, that particular routine had you feeling like a million bucks. So you try it again.

And again, and again, and again.

For some reason, though, it just isn’t the same. You don’t feel like Hercules. You’ve stopped losing weight.

The reason for this is simple.

Your body isn’t “surprised” by your efforts anymore, so you stop getting great results.

Eating and exercising a certain way is how you get from Point A to Point B. But it’s not how you get from Point B to Point C.

This is why it’s important to continuously challenge and push yourself in new ways.

Lift more weight. Run further. Jump higher. Go faster. Try something new.

Your body is smarter than you give it credit for.

In the same way you can’t expect Seinfeld reruns to once again bring you to tears, you can’t just “jog for forty minutes” and expect to see continuous improvement.

When was the last time you tried something new?

Boots, Blankets, and Burpees

What’s the most burpees you’ve ever done?

Thirty burpees, the penalty for missing an obstacle in a Spartan Race, will get your heart going and lungs burning.

One-hundred burpees, done as fast as possible, can be an entire workout.

Three-hundred burpees? Well, that’s not too much fun.

I used to do 300 burpees while watching NFL football Sunday afternoons and I can tell you that after about ninety, you’re questioning your sanity.

What if we tried for more, though.

What if, instead of 300 burpees, I went for 400 or 500?

What about 1,000? I can’t even imagine what 2,000 would feel like.

But I think I’m about to find out.

Without challenges, the human body will soften. We thrive when we push our boundaries, reach goals, and blast personal records. We perform better, we look better, and we feel alive.

– Dan John

Our next Winter Warriors Give Back Final Challenge is almost here.

Last December we finished off the 8-week program by collecting 897 pounds of food and carrying it nearly 11 miles to the Regina Food Bank. This time around, we’ve partnered with the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living.

Donate Clothes Change LivesOver the next three weeks, our Winter Warriors participants will be collecting clothing donations for Community Living.

On Saturday, February 27th we will gather as a team to complete our final challenge. For each item donated, one of our participants will do fifteen burpees.

It sounds simple, but this challenge is guaranteed to push us to our physical and mental limits.

Help us help the community while pushing ourselves to our breaking point.

Don’t leave your old clothing, footwear, or blankets lying around. It’s not worth waiting for a garage sale. There are people in our community that need these things right now.

Interested in donating? Contact us for more information.

Let’s all work together and help change lives.