2017 Food Bank Beast

The 2017 Food Bank Beast was everything we hoped for!

20 of our athletes from our Spartan SGX, Kettlebell Club, and Online programs, gathered to carry a grand total of 1,891 pounds of food all the way from our gym to the Regina & District Food Bank, 20 km away.

Undergoing challenges like these makes us who we are. These challenges provide us with the realization that we can push through anything – that our bodies will take us wherever our minds are willing to go.

The obstacles we had to overcome as a team yesterday were tough. But we managed. We grew closer together and proved to each other that, without a doubt, we are family.

Help Out With Hill Sprints – 2017

Our Help Out With Hill Sprints challenge for 2017 has officially come to an end, and it was a great success!

Through the month of February, our athletes were raising donations for Carmichael Outreach, a local organization working tirelessly to end poverty and homelessness. To help motivate others to donate, we promised that one of our athletes would run a 50 meter sprint up Mount Pleasant for every item donated.

After everything was counted, our athletes were able to raise an outstanding 2,070 items! From frozen meat and canned goods to warm winter coats and blankets. With every item going to help someone in need in our community, our team was able to do a lot of good through this challenge.

On Saturday, February 25th, it was time for us to uphold our end of the bargain. Our team gathered at the hill at 9:30 am, warmed-up, and ran hill sprints for four hours.

And it was every bit the mental challenge I had hoped for.

This challenge, first and foremost, was about giving back to the community and helping those in need. Giving back is a huge part of who we are and what we believe in. It’s what we choose to do with our fitness.

But challenges like this also help to push our athletes out of their comfort zone. After completing a challenge like this they realize they are capable of much more than they thought they were. This new found confidence helps them not only in their fitness and athletic training, but in all aspects of their life.

And if you don’t believe me, go and run 185 fifty-meter sprints up a 30 degree incline like Matt Yarnton did. Then tell me you haven’t changed a little bit.

By 2:00 that day, the eighteen of us managed to run a total of 2,191 sprints.

We fought through muscle cramps and sore legs, and are still walking a little funny, but it was worth it.

Having the freedom and ability to train and play the way we do is a privilege. Sometimes this is easy to forget. Through challenges like this we try to remind ourselves of just how good we have it.

Sure, running over 2,100 hill sprints is tough. But nowhere near as tough as battling homelessness, living in poverty, or fighting an addiction.

This challenge would not have been possible without the commitment and support of the following Conviction Fitness athletes:

Ryan Holota, Jess Irvine, Samira Nadoroznick, Divyesh Patel, Ara Steininger, Clayton Bakke, Nick Dalrymple, Murray Musqua, Wayne Morin, Troy Gabel, Linsay Kwiatkowski, Cynthia Fiori, Adnan Khandoker, Amanda Isted, Tiff Hersak, Matt Yarnton, Evan Zolc, and Nisa Ahmed.

Another huge thank you to Loraas Disposal for donating the use of a portable toilet during our hill sprints. It was much appreciated!!!

Help Out With Hill Sprints

Our next Conviction Fitness Gives Back challenge is just 5 days away now.

I’m equal parts nervous and excited.

Last February our athletes did the unthinkable by completing nearly 34,000 burpees over the course of 24 hours to raise clothing donations for the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. We’ve even got video to prove it.

The past two Decembers our athletes completed the “Food Bank Beast” by raising donations for the Regina Food Bank, then carrying them all the way from our gym to drop them off in person. During this past December’s event we carried over 1,100 pounds of food 20 kilometers.

Now this Saturday, February 25th, we will be taking on our first “Help Out With Hill Sprints” challenge.

For this challenge we have partnered up with Carmichael Outreach.

Our athletes are currently raising donations of food, clothing, and small appliances to help people in our community that are struggling with addictions, poverty, health issues, and overwhelming life crisis.

As an incentive to get people to help out, one of our athletes will complete a 50 meter Hill Sprint for every item donated to our challenge.

We are hoping to raise well over 2,000 items for the Outreach Center – which is going to result in a lot of hill sprints for our 14 athletes.

We have no idea how long this challenge will take, but we’ll be there until it’s done. And while we leave beaten, battered, and bruised, we’ll keep in mind how lucky and privileged we are – not only are we able to train for and compete in sports and activities that we love, but we also have a safe place and warm food to come home to.

Not everyone is so lucky.

What we’re doing with this challenge is nothing spectacular. It’s just our small way of helping out in the community. It’s part of who we are and what we believe in. It’s what we choose to do with our fitness.

We don’t train hard, eat right, and treat our bodies with respect for our own vanity. Our goal isn’t to stand on stage in a swimsuit or take shirtless selfies. We do it to be better people, and to help make this world a better place.

As Georges Hébert, the creator of the Natural Method (one of the biggest influences of today’s Parkour), said back in the 1900’s: “Être fort pour être utile” – Be strong to be useful.

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.

An Open Letter to the Winter Warriors

Dear Winter Warriors,

Words cannot express how proud I am of all of you.

What you accomplished yesterday was, simply put, incredible.

Through your hard work and effort, 897 pounds of food was raised for those in need and transported (by foot, nonetheless) over 17.5 kms to the Regina Food Bank through wind and snow along icy sidewalks.

You are without a doubt waking up in pain this morning.

Embrace that.

Let the pain that you feel be a reminder of just how hard you worked to help people you may never meet. You pushed your body to it’s absolute limits for people who won’t even be able to say, “Thank you”.

It takes a special kind of person to do that.

What I hope you learned from this experience is that there are no limits to what you are capable of. The words “I can’t do that” should never again cross your mind.

You are strong, tough, and able to do anything you put your mind to.

I’ve seen you do it.

Use this new confidence, knowledge, and pride to not only better yourself and your own life, but to help and inspire others along the way.

Thank you for everything. You are an amazing individual.