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Meet some of the members of the SydFIT Health Centre family, from young champions to boxing fitness members to competitors. They are sharing their stories and, although they might not realize, they are incredibly inspiring!

New posts each week. We hope you enjoy them.

Photo Credits: Alicia Wynter Photography


firecrackerThere’s no stopping this little firecracker!

Heidi is 47 years old standing 5’1″ and weighing in at 110 lbs

She has struggled with Fibromyalgia for 15 years and couldn’t do anything without loads of pain. Heidi says, “I don’t take my capacity to walk for granted. I carefully manage my sleep, nutrition, and emotional environment to optimize my energy and allow myself to engage in activities that are life-giving.”

“It has taken me a long time to reach what might be significantly easier for someone younger, but I know it is possible. Over the last 2 years with the creative ideas and encouragement from Jynelle, I have managed an entirely new level of empowerment.” she remarks. “I used to think lifting an 80lb block was questionable and unwise, it probably was, then. Now with the new ability to double that, I am just a different person.”

It’s no surprise that her favourite thing about strength training is the personal empowerment it gives her.

The Dynamic Duo

dynamic duoWhen you are high school teachers, you definitely need to make the most of your summers. These two are not wasting their summer break. They decide to spend a week in Thailand in a real hardcore Muay Thai training camp.

Here is a little bit about their experience so far:

We have hit the half way point in our training. Each day (with the exception of the morning run) seems to be getting a little easier. The trainers seem to be having a little more fun with us and joking around. I feel like I am making progress in my Muay Thai. By the way, thanks Zain Ansari for giving me great skills to begin this journey – I felt well prepared and thanks to Syd Vanderpool for the mean boxing skills – they have come in handy during sparring practice and I have had very little correction on my arm work. I am definitely making progress in my fitness – I have never worked this hard in my entire life but it feels good.

Here’s the run down for those who are interested:

Morning session is 3 to 5km run, 3 rounds of shadow boxing, 4 to5 – 3 minute rounds of pad work with 1 minute breaks, 4 to 5 – 3 minute rounds of bag work and a whole bunch of pushups and sit ups between each round (1.5 hours of work total in the morning).

Afternoon session is 10 to 15 minutes of skipping with the heavy Muay Thai ropes instead of running, the same shadow boxing, pad and bag work plus 3 to 5 – 3 minute rounds of light sparring. Another 1.5 hours of training but they sometimes go overtime. Also ended afternoon session with 50 more pushups and 200 sit-ups.

Keep in mind this is all in 35 degree weather with a ton of humidity which means I am completely drenched in sweat within the first 10 minutes. All in all I am working very hard, pretty sore but having a blast. Hopefully will take some videos to post tomorrow.


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