Work Force Strong (by Fitness Artist) Fully Endorses the New Army Combat Fitness Test




We as a country are of the elite in military strength and prowess. To maintain our position in the global military ranks, we understand the considerable efforts placed on holding our troops to the highest physical standard; our Armed Forces are the backbone of our nation after all.


And with the announcement that the Army is changing their Army Physical Fitness Test to develop a more accurate representation of strength and fitness, Fitness Artist was very excited to hear the news. The bar has certainly been raised with the introduction of the Army Combat Fitness Test in 2020.


The strongest military in the world is about to become that much stronger!


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Our troops are the finest representations and extensions of our country’s ideals: bravery, honor, specialized training, enterprise, power, discipline, and physicality, to name a few. Because we are the best of the best, it is imperative that we start testing that way. The Army Combat Fitness Test certainly is a huge step in the right direction.


Army Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, says that the new test will “reduce attrition and it will reduce musculoskeletal injuries and actually save, in the long run, the Army a heck of a lot of money.” And he is absolutely correct to state that money will be saved through a more robust, modernized testing standard for fitness.


But the exceptional fitness accomplishments of our Armed Forces can always be improved. There are many facets of fitness that need specialized attention. Most nuances in functional movements, injury prevention, and training lie outside of the purview of fitness tests.


That’s where we come in!


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Because the new Army Combat Fitness Test will be more difficult, more resources will be expended, and more training will need to be implemented for your targeted test results in recruits.


The new test is also far more strenuous than the current system; some strategic backup will be needed. We know we can be a difference-maker in whatever capacity our team and program is utilized. Our Work Force Strong Program (WFS) can be the necessary guiding force for those who are training to pass this more difficult test.


As one of the quickest growing names attached to the vertical market for both private and public sector injury prevention, Fitness Artist’s WFS Program is the product of thousands of hours of development and implementation. We know our stuff; we will do everything in our power to keep our troops as healthy and strong as we can.


There is nothing more important to us than making a positive difference wherever we can. And at the very least, we thought it was important to extend our hand as a way of saying that we fully endorse the new ACFT.


Reach out to me, Travis Gil, and let’s discuss this in more detail.


Best Regards,


Travis Gil

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We first heard about the amazing news from the Army News Service on July 9th, 2018. The article is titled, “Army Combat Fitness Test set to become new PT test of record in late 2020” and was written by, Sean Kimmons.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 18:23

Rethinking the Company Gym

Rethinking the Company Gym


Maybe it is time to rethink the company gym. Despite the good intentions of the business owner, CEO, or individual taking the initiative to increase workplace wellness, dropping thousands of dollars on gym equipment for employees is...well...most of the time just a huge waste of money.


Now, don’t get me wrong, a gym anywhere is a good thing. And mostly, we can assume that employers are genuinely concerned for the welfare of their employees; it is also true that a happy worker is indeed a productive worker.


While most employers have great intentions when creating their companies gym, others are just looking to check off a box for legal or positive PR reasons. Yes, opening a gym can provide positive press for a corporate entity--the money spent can then be written off as a measurable donation for workplace wellbeing even though, for the most part, the equipment gathers cobwebs.


This all begs the questions though: why aren't employees using this new “state of the art” gym and why drop the money on something that isn’t guaranteed to work? It seems too big a financial risk to undertake for meagre results. And think about this: when spending the money on expensive gym equipment, what happens when employees aren’t motivated to change, get injured on the job because an on-site fitness expert was never hired? The answer: unproductive workers, expensive legal liabilities, workers’ compensation claims, and missed time.


Injuries are bound to happen when there is no one correcting form or keeping a watchful eye. And without a reliable fitness expert, who will be there to direct workouts or motivate employees to really workout instead of falling asleep at the treadmill? No one.


That’s the tradeoff for most company gyms. Yes, for the few who actually do utilize the equipment, they can experience very positive, morale-boosting results. What if you could get those great results while spending a fraction of the price? What if these results can be replicated with just an open space, a fitness professional, a mat, some resistance bands, and their own body weight? All it takes is for willing employees to show up and apply themselves, and the same sort of benefits can be obtained. These benefits range from better attention and focus during a shift to the collective reduction of absenteeism and sick-leave. We’ve found that the success rate of the program significantly increases when an investment is made in firing a Human Performance Professional and team to spearhead various Injury Prevention techniques, workouts, provide some excitement, and motivate those who have already spent a lot of energy working their jobs. With this dynamic you skip the expensive gym equipment and get a personalized, highly-varied solution.


To review, the people need to come first; and often, corporate and company gyms don’t offer the one-on-one experience that many people need to stay properly engaged. So, instead of wasting money on expensive equipment, consider contacting us about our program, Work Force Strong.


We can guarantee that your money will be spent wisely and effectively at a fraction of the cost it would take to invest in expensive equipment. Trust us, it will resonate much more to your employees if you extend financial resources to their personal wellbeing. And this in turn will save you more money. For injury prevention, higher productivity, reduced healthcare costs and workers’ compensation claims, get in touch with a Work Force Strong team member today!



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Friday, 02 November 2018 19:07

Smart Solutions for Back Pain

Is pesky back pain making it difficult to put your best foot forward in life? Maybe you can’t exercise as enthusiastically as you want? Or you are having trouble performing your professional duties in the workplace because of a back injury? Don’t beat yourself up over it! Injuries to the back (and the resulting pain) make up the majority of work-related injuries, as well as the reasons for missed work (globally). 

This 2010 study, shows the alarming nature of what its authors call the “global burden of lower back pain” And since 2010, the numbers have stayed consistent for workplace injury rates, the type of injury (often musculoskeletal disorders like spinal or lower back injuries), and the industry (private sector laborer, nursing assistant, and factory worker). 

But just because these types of injuries are so common, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be remedied or prevented! And we know how hard it is to be motivated while experiencing chronic pain. Fortunately, there are solutions for alleviating your back pain! Let’s start by reviewing some ways to relieve the painful symptoms of your injury. 

After you have been assessed by a medical professional regarding the severity and origin of the injury, the most common treatments for the back can include the following: 

  • Modify Activity: Realize that your back is in pain and that pain response is your brain telling you not to over do it. So reduce the intensity that you have been going at whether in the gym or running around doing errands and be a little more cautious as you move!
  • Ice or Heat: This is a very frequent question that we get, which is better, what should I do. Our general response is what feels better. I typically recommend contrast 20 minutes of heat 20 minutes of ice, but if you're someone that a hot shower really helps your back in the morning then maybe you use just heat!
  • Staying Active: There are a lot of advocates out there for “active recovery” types of routines. And indeed, it is an extremely effective approach towards remedying pain by stretching, walking, and doing light exercise. Put simply, if sitting is causing you considerable pain, taking a thirty-minute walk or even just changing position is great for pain management. 

There are many other ways to treat back injuries, such as exercises for lumbar spine stabilization and utilizing Positional Preference Exercises. But after you heal using these very effective methods, wouldn’t it be a really good idea to prevent the injury from reoccurring? Let’s orient our thinking now, towards the prevention of back injuries!

To do this, we must be proactive. But what does being proactive about prevention look like? To be proactive means the following things:

  • To get into the routine of a dynamic warm up before every work shift or workout. 
  • Utilizing proper lifting techniques and form before any light-to-heavy lifting.
  • Getting a personal trainer to teach the necessary techniques required for safety.
  • Adding foam rolling exercises to your routine: sometimes what feels like back pain isn’t really back pain! glutes or hips might be the culprits.  Head to our Fitness Artist Foam Rolling Video for some step by step instructions.
  • Doing exercises that strengthens the back to lessen the chance of aggravation or injury. 
  • To strengthen both “front-to-back” back muscles as well as “side-to-side” muscles. (Biomechanical imbalances can cause injuries.)

Now, all of these tips are great, but they are just tips. It is one thing to read about the information, but another to apply it. And trust us, even we struggle sometimes with wanting to follow our own advice; but fortunately, we have sustainable support systems and help for doing so. We also have programs and resources at our disposal that make it easy to continue practicing preventive habits. If you personally want our help with keeping you safe, accountable, and injury-free in your personal life or on the job, consider contacting us for a consultation. If you're an employer who is concerned with keeping your employees healthy feel free to check out our Work Force Strong program and don't hesitate if you have questions.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 03:25

Should You Consider Buying a Standing Desk?


Should You Consider Buying a Standing Desk?


To answer the question posed in the title, maybe! Standing desks are most likely healthier for you than conventional desks. Because, let’s face it: unless one has a manual labor job or an active occupation, we sit quite a bit during our lives.


For those who have an office job, the amount of time spent sitting can be upwards of forty hours a week, excluding the time it takes to commute to work, after-work leisure activities, or when we are stuck with Santa-duty at the office Christmas party--the point is that we could use a little more standing time in our lives, all of us.


According to the research: “Sedentary time is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.” And a logical way to combat these increased risks is to do everything in one’s power to stand up a few times an hour. In short, standing at your work desk is a much better alternative than sitting all day.’s more complicated than that. According to a study done in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 74 people were fitted and measured for the amounts of oxygen they consumed while doing various activities. The most relevant of these activities were the measured effect on energy expenditure while standing or sitting. And the results were well...not very noticeable. In the study, those who stood at their desk only burned 8 calories more per hour than those who sat. Nothing to write home about at all. There’s more though, fortunately!


There’s evidence to suggest (but not completely prove) in the aforementioned study that standing over prolonged periods may help fight hypertension, as well as the previously listed risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but this is just an educated guess at this point. There haven’t been enough studies to prove the efficacy of a standing desk. And just recently, CNN deflated all the standing-desk hype with their claim that they are largely unnecessary. Walking and movement should be stressed over anything. Staying still in a different form doesn’t solve anything, according to the research.


So, should I get one or not?


Try it out. If it motivates you to do some stretches or calf raises while you are checking emails, it seems like a no-brainer to purchase a standing desk. If you find your back pain is lessened because you aren’t hunched over in your chair for multiple hours a day, then buy the desk! Here is a handy-dandy guide for doing so: Buying Guide. If not, try and take a short walk every hour or two while working; your overall health will improve immensely.

Published in Work Force Strong
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:31

Introducing Work Force Strong

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fitness and nutrition. Unfortunately, a lot of exercise programs are just that – giving a “broad strokes” approach without taking the individual’s specific needs into account. This is a trend I also noticed in workplace wellness programs. It’s not enough to just get people away from their desks and moving. The trainer and client should have specific goals in mind. Does the client want to increase productivity? Reduce workplace injuries? Cut down on sick time? All of the above?

The corporate world needs a more in-depth and personalized approach. Enter Work Force Strong.

Work Force Strong (WFS) is a corporate wellness program designed to increase employee productivity, prevent workplace injuries, and introduce healthy alternatives to companies and government agencies. The program is individually tailored to give your company a competitive edge, while also giving employees the opportunity to meet fitness and mobility goals.

We place great emphasis on injury prevention as we feel other wellness programs downplay this aspect or leave it out altogether. Meanwhile, New York has emerged as one of the states with the highest average total workers’ compensation claim costs. The more employers I work with, the more I learn that most of them believe workplace injuries only occur in dangerous environments.

The truth is injuries can happen anywhere. That’s why a proactive approach is so important. The health and well-being of a company depends heavily on the health and well-being of its employees. WFS sets out to identify threats before they occur and offer the corrective measures.

Prior to initial training sessions, our team will first evaluate each participant through a Functional Movement Screen. This will help us identify functional limitations and asymmetries that may lead to injury or chronic pain in the long term. Once this is determined for each participant, our trainers will provide a personalized exercise program aimed to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. All of this is delivered in one-hour training sessions either on-site or at a Fitness Artist location. Goals will be reassessed at the mid-point of the program. We will also bring in a registered dietitian for nutritional coaching. She will present information and tips on basic nutrition, healthy food options, and create custom meal plans (upon request).

We’re focused on changing your employees’ lives for the better. We know you want to see benefits. The success of a company depends greatly on the health and well-being of its people. That’s exactly why we’re dedicated to customizing what we offer based on your employees’ particular needs.

For more information on Work Force Strong and how it can benefit your workforce, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us through this website. 

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