Mission Statement - Fairfield Strength:

To cultivate growth opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, bringing together the learned and the learning, in a spirit of helpfulness and respect, to improve our health and wellness, using fitness and sport as a medium to teach life lessons.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thought for the day - become the change

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. —D. Elton Trueblood

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NO Training on Thursday - Early Dismissal

Fairfield Strength will be closed on Thursday due to early dismissal. We were open on Tuesday, nobody showed, so from now on we will be closed on early dismissal days. If school is closed due to emergency, weather, conferences, or dismissed early Fairfield Strength will also be closed.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Training is a Go for today!

Hi all - Our program will be held today during our normal class periods - 3-4 and 4-5. Will most likely be training outdoors and enjoying today's warm, sunny weather. TRX outside - doesn't get much better than that! Take care, Capt.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Training on Tuesday October 21 - Early Dismissal

Hi All -

As of right now the training scheduled for tomorrow is a go - the school has early dismissal but we will still run our program. If for some reason that should change we will make an announcement at school and I will post an update prior to 12 noon. Please check the blog before you go to our training session tomorrow.

Thanks much,


So what did you do this weekend?

The only time learning stops is when you are dead. While the quality and content of learning can become the subject of much debate, if you seek to be the best you can be, and if you seek to make a positive difference with your life by affecting the lives of others, then the challenge is to learn that which is important and to learn it well. The best way to learn something well is to plan on teaching that which you are learning. If you are to teach something you must learn it better.
That is what your instructors and future instructors did this week end in Stamford. Wendy, Mookie, George and Chelsea attended the TRX instructor certification program on Sunday. They learned from one of the best trainers in the country how to use the TRX training system to make you strong, flexible, and resilient. We will be posting some more information on their certification in the very near future. Fairfield Strength continues to provide the very best in functional movement training.

To keep what you have learned you must give it away.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Week at Fairfield Strength

World's Coolest B-Day Cake

Feeling the love from my brother's on the Fairfield Fire Department - "Youse guys are the best!" Thanks Much!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simple Cobble

In the firehouse we use the word "cobble" to describe the act of putting a meal together using materials at hand. It is the act which truly defines a great firehouse chef. Not to belittle the accomplishments of those who cook from recipes and carefully prepare a meal according to directions - good food is good food. The single variable that defines a the way firefighters cook is the way we approach the task. First you need to "feel it." Then you need to "make it happen."

The feeling it part is as unique as the cook - sometimes it happens at the coffee table talking about a meal somebody had, sometimes it happens at the store when you look at the flyer and see what is on sale. Don't have time to get into great detail about the feeling it part on this post - we can save that for another day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - you need protein and good carbs. This recipe is for simple breakfast cobble - one pan toast and eggs. You need the following:

One non-stick fry pan
Olive Oil
3 slices wheat or multi grain bread
3 eggs
Good Salsa

Heat the fry pan to medium heat, add some olive oil (about 2 table spoons)
Cut the middle out of the bread slices - leave about 3/.4" all around the outside.
Put the bread into the skillet after the oil has heated - crack one egg into the middle of each slice of bread - lift the corner of the bread to allow the egg to run under - cook until the the egg has firmed (about 1 min) then use a non stick spatula to flip the slices - cook until eggs are done - about another minute. Plate and serve with salsa - Prep and cook time approx. 5 min.



In all things we must seek balance. Without balance there is dysfunction and instability. Balance is illusive and fleeting. It can be gained and then lost as time and circumstance shift the loads we carry. As long as we are truly seeking our journey will be productive. We will accomplish great things in sport, in training, and in life.

Coach - what the heck are you talking about?

Time to put the seat belts on - the ride is about to get bumpy. We have been stretching our muscles - now it is time to stretch our mind. The brain is after all just another muscle.

We are about to enter in to the realm of the poet warrior, the cerebral athlete, the Renaissance man/woman. To seek balance in all things we must train our mind with the same enthusiasm that we do other muscles.

You are who you think you are - perception is reality - life is good if you say so. Today is good - if you say so. Today can also be great - it can be the very best day of your life - for in reality - today is all we have. Today is what you make it.

There is an old Sanskrit verse that puts things into perspective:

Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life.
For yesterday is but a dream , and tomorrow a vision.
But today, well lived, will make every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Live well therefore this day.

We had a guy on the fire department, long since retired, who with out really thinking about it, lived this proverb to the tea. He savored every moment and squeezed every second out of life. As is true with all great men, his words, or better yet, his catch phrases, have become part of our fire department culture. When he was asked about the food he was eating - his response was highly predictable - "the best I ever ate." It didn't matter what the food was - a sandwich or a steak - if it was lunch, dinner, or just a snack - the food in his hand became the best he ever ate. He was very grateful to have it and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Those who love dogs and truly know them understand this concept - dogs keep it in the now - they remember little, forget quickly, and appreciate this moment completely. They can be scolded and punished for peeing on the carpet but give them a bone a minute later and all is right with the world. The bad memories are forgotten and life is good once more. The dog bone is always "the best I ever ate."

So what does this have to do with anything - and why are you posting this on our blog?

Sometimes we need reminders to help us seek that which is important. The signs along the highway remind us to check the gas gauge on a long journey. They don't actually say "check your gas level" but they remind us with pictures, works, and symbols that gas is available. Running out of gas is never an accident - it is the result of misguided priorities. This translates into a lack of balance. Something else was more important than putting gas in the car.

Misplaced priorities can also turn a long and happy life into a tragic footnote. If we fail to take care of the machine through proper diet, exercise, and stress management we are setting ourselves up for failure.

Life is a journey -you choose the destination and the means of travel. This blog is but a sign along the way - seek the balance and enjoy the ride. Capt.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Pcts

Today's Photos

Photos from todays classes.

TRX and Kettlebells.

Today at Fairfield Strength

Fairfield Strength welcomes Craig VanSteenbergen as our new web master and program photographer. Thanks Craig!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kettlebell Training featured on News 12

Not sure if you caught last week's special on News 12 health watch but our very own Wendy Pond was featured. Her tremenous success with kettlebell training and her recent certification as RKC Kettlebell Instructor. Congratulations Wendy. We are in the process of forming a new kettlebell class. Please check back for details.