Fitness Tips from Fitness 2J2: From an epic journey to evacuees
- Joel Pedersen | August 02, 2015
July was a month that started off with an epic 260 km canoe trip.
The journey took us from the lower shores of Batoche along the amazing South Saskatchewan River to St.Louis, through Muskoday First Nation, past James Smith First Nation, to the forks where Fort A La Corne once stood. Then the North Saskatchewan River and South Saskatchewan River meet and become one river. We canoed past Wapiti and did a portage around the Sask Power dam to Nipawin.
This journey gave us a better appreciation to what our ancestors endured every single day when the rivers were the only highways. They were fit and healthy strong people, no question. Functional Fitness at its best!
It was also a month where many of our readers were evacuated from their homes in the North. Saskatoon was able to host at one point over 3200 people. Fitness 2J2 had the opportunity to work with the RedCross and provide programing, sports and recreation. At the two soccer centers, the community members from MLCN, LaLoche, Grandmothers Bay, LaRonge, and Hall Lake stepped up to assist in the day to day sports and recreation. They were an integral part of the community engagement, and running of programs by community for community. Huge shout out to all who stepped up when asked, these are the unsung leaders.
The end of the month was some family camping, and triathlon training for last big race in August in Waskisiu. I am hoping for a no-whitecap-waves-for-the-lake swim, and no elk on the road when riding this year.
Finally, for my own cultural connection, I was fortunate to attend a SweatLodge at Whitecap First Nation. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with people who are wanting and are living healthy and positive lifestyles the traditional way. Thank you to Lyndon Linklater and Elder Ron.
What lays ahead for August? It’s the last part of summer where we still are able to enjoy activities outside without having to put on parkas. A number of people in Saskatoon asking for when are the bootcamps and fitness classes starting up. Sipeyihtamowin!(Patience!) September we will be ramping up again and some new partnerships are occurring. In the meantime check out the www.fitness2j2.com webpage for daily workouts.
Here is a 18 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible):Start off with warm up 5 mins agility ladder drills, if you don’t have an agility ladder grab some chalk and draw one up. Make it about 10 to 12 feet long. Skill set 5 mins of skipping singles to double-unders. 5 mins of pullup progression, (no pullup bar? no problem go to the playground monkey bars). Then your 18min AMRAP: start off with 500meter run loop; in the time remaining as many rounds and reps of: 5 Pullups ;10 Double Unders (if you don’t have a double under yet then 20 single skips).
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