Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - January 2016
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Name: Olivia Awad
Age: 24
Sport: Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Your November feature in the Calgary Newspaper mentions that you have been doing martial arts since kindergarten. What brought you up to this level of competition in Muay Thai?

I have always been extremely competitive when it came to martial arts. In judo and wrestling, the tournaments were too easy and after many years being involved with those sports, I didn't find them challenging. I was in search for a martial art which would test my physical and mental strength; the training for Muay Thai is very intense and requires an immense amount of dedication. With that being said,  the athlete needs "drive". Drive to train harder and drive to face tougher opponents. With each fight that I have, the level of competition increases. The level of competition which I am at, at the moment, is a natural progression for this sport  - I just have to stay dedicated and have drive.

Who has been your biggest influence in your martial arts?

My coaches, Mike Miles and Sandra Bastian, are my biggest influences. Mike is an incredibly seasoned fighter and coach who has trained hundreds of fights and is a master of Muay Thai. Sandra is a big influence because she also had an incredible professional fighting career, but is also a female coach who I can relate to.

What is your most memorable moment as a fighter? And what are your greatest accomplishments?

One of my most memorable moments as a fighter was when I was fighting at the World Kickboxing Association Tournament in Virginia, in March 2015. It was the first time I delivered a hard enough punch to "shake" my opponent. It was almost a technical knockout, but the bell of that rung. It was memorable, because it was the first time that I was able to do a technique like such. My greatest accomplishment to date would be my last fight in November 2015. I was fighting a girl from Winnipeg who beat one of my teammates a few months prior. She has been my toughest opponent to date and it was such an accomplishment to take that win!

How has training at the Athlete Factory affected your performance in the ring? What's the biggest difference you notice as a fighter?

My training at AF has greatly helped me. My power has increased immensely, especially in my kicks, explosiveness off my punches is something else which I notice. As well, the energy systems [training] really helped my stamina and being able to "dig deep" in those tough times in the fight when I feel like giving up. 

What is your ultimate goal in fighting?

I want to compete at the World Championships of Muay Thai and bring home the belt for me, for my team and for Canada.

What advice can you give young fighters who aspire to get to your level?

I would tell them: (1) always be dedicated to their training (2) never turn down a fight (even if the odds are against them, because in those moments is where you shine) and (3) ask for help when you need it.

Our Sports Therapy Clinic will now be offering a new service called Shockwave Therapy. Shockwave Therapy uses a high amplitude pressure wave that is able to penetrate deep into tissue to irritate and stimulate new healing of damaged or chronically injured tissues.

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong sound wave energy pulses are applied to the affected area.  Shockwave therapy is most effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.

BENEFITS - There are numerous benefits from shockwave therapy:
• Non-Surgical • No Side Effects • Accelerated Healing • Ease Of Use • Affordable • Covered By Most Insurance Companies 

The beneficial effects of shockwave therapy are often experienced after only 1 or 2 treatments. The therapy eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Treatment on these conditions and many more have been shown to be 70-90% Effective 

These treatments will be 15 minutes in length and cost $79.00.

Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic
We offer Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Athletic Therapy. Call 403 255 7703 to book your appointment.

Feel Better. Move Better. Perform Better!

Performance Assessments

- Saturday Jan 9th 2:00pm
- Monday Jan 25th 8:00pm

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

- Vince Lombardi

Athlete News

Coleman Vollrath was the WHL's FanChoice pick of the week in December. 

Hakeem Dawodu fights in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) in Vegas.

Mustangs Lacrosse Athletes are at the 2016 Adrenaline Challenge in San Diego.

Jayden Davis made Team Alberta Hockey.

Stephen Wihak was selected for the Dog River Howlers invitational rugby team for their goodwill  trip to Columbia. 

Banana Steal Cut Oats
Start your morning off right and ready for performance - not your ordinary oatmeal!

2 cups steel cut oats (aka Irish Oats)
2 very ripe bananas
1" vanilla bean (optional, but delicious)
1 handful fresh berries - or frozen berries thawed/heated
4 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter (no filler or sweetener) - heated to make a drizzle

In a small pot over high heat bring the 2 cups of oats and 4 cups of water to a boil, once at a rolling boil, bring down to simmer heat allow to simmer, stirring continuously, until oats have soaked up all the water peel ripe bananas and mash on separate plate or bowl, mix in vanilla bean seeds fold in mashed banana vanilla bean mixture into cooked oats sprinkle on hemp seeds - 2 tablespoons per serving pour over berries and drizzle over peanut butter drizzle. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of AF Athlete Michele Helmeczi

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Wishing all our athletes, clients and patients all the best in 2016!

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