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Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - December 2017

The Factory News

December 2017


This Month's Featured Athlete

Hakeem Dawodu

MMA, UFC
Hakeem Dawodu is the picture of where hard work, persistence, and never giving up on your dreams can get you.
 
At the young age of 26, Hakeem has just reached one of the biggest milestones of his career as a featherweight mixed martial arts fighter by signing a contract with the UFC.
 
For those unversed in the world of mixed martial arts, the UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the biggest and most prestigious mixed martial arts organization in the world. If the names Georges St-Pierre or Conor McGregor mean anything to you, then you know Hakeem is about to be in good company.
 
But don’t be fooled by Hakeem’s current success: He has worked his way up with grit and determination to get to where he is today.
 
“When I look back at how I grew up and the adversity I had to overcome in order to get where I am now, that’s what drives me to keep training everyday, even when I’m sore, tired, and feel like taking the day off,” Hakeem says. “That’s when I think back at how things used to be, and it fuels my motivation.”
 
He recommends that all young up-and-coming athletes find what drives them to train as hard as possible at all times. He also emphasizes the importance of training hard, in the best place possible, and building good habits to fall back on.

“For a fighter trying to make it at this level, you’ve got to have a good team behind you” Hakeem says, “and if you’re looking to improve your strength and conditioning, you go to the best strength and conditioning gym.”
 
Hakeem has been training at the Athlete Factory for three years now.
 
“Training at the Athlete Factory is different because everything I do has a purpose,” Hakeem says. “From the weight room to the speed work on the track, I feel that everything I do is aimed at accomplishing something very specific.”
 
“Over the last three years training at the Athlete Factory, my strength, power and explosive speed have improved, without putting on any extra bodyweight,” Hakeem says. “We are always emphasizing increasing speed and power, all while I get continuously stronger.”
 
Hakeem has enjoyed exciting career highlights even before signing his first UFC contract, including winning the professional WMC Intercontinental World Title.
 
“My most memorable moment was winning a gold medal in Thailand in a Olympic style tournament,” Hakeem says. “There is no Muay Thai in the Olympics, and this tournament is the equivalent. I had to fight five fights within the span of a week and I ended up winning a gold medal.”
 
Coming up, Hakeem has four fights in his UFC contract to focus on.
 
“I plan on winning all four of my fights by knockout,” he says. “I want to land a new contract afterwards, and put in run for the world title.”
 
There is no doubt Hakeem will keep up the drive, determination, and hard work needed to reach those goals.
Click here to listen to Hakeem talk about his journey to the UFC and his thanks to coach Nick Gies of The Athlete Factory

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from Our Athletes This Month

A special congratulations goes out to Linden Gaydosh of the Toronto Argonauts who won the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa last month against the Calgary Stampeders. Linden trains here at The Athlete Factory with Director of Athlete Performance, Paul Balsom and Head of Strength and Conditioning, Robin Bauer in his off-season. Linden has trained with us for 3 seasons now and it's great to see all of his hard work pay off by winning the Grey Cup. With a goal of getting back into the NFL, we're excited to keep working with Linden and to see what he can achieve over the next several seasons. 
Congratulations to our long time athlete Payton Krebs, being named Captain of Team Canada Red in the World U17 Hockey Challenge. Payton led his team to a silver medal in the gold medal match against USA where he pulled out an assist in the second period which lead him to being 5th overall for the most assists in the tournament. Way to go Payton! 
Another one of our athletes representing Canada is Carmen Izyk. She was named to the 2017/18 Canadian Women’s Sevens Rugby Roster. See the amazing athletes she will be joining this season, click here for the full roster and series dates & upcoming tournaments. Good Luck Carmen!
Running back, Kavantye Bailey with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Football team received 2017 OUA All-Rookie Honours. His hard work to prepare for this season led him to dressing in all eight games, finished fourth on the team in rushing, accumulating 105 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. 
Noah McDonough won defensive MVP for Kent School in the US, click here to see his highlight reel from this season.
Christian Bowman of the St. Francis Brown's football team showing off his gold medal with coach, Derek Weber after winning the High School City Championships this month in Calgary! His hard work in the Factory has paid off on the field.
Congratulations to Cecilia Medilo on her gold medal at the 2017 Ontario Open Judo Championships in Toronto this month, with all three wins by Ippon! Well deserved, we see how hard she works with coach, Olivia Mohtadi every week!
Brogan Mior is doing great things with the U16 Dog River Howlers Rugby Team, an international touring team in Columbia. Brogan is the Captain of her team who recently came first place in a tournament with teams from across the globe. Great job Brogan! 
Track and Field athlete, Ali Carruthers was invited to The Simplot Games, a track and field invite only competition for hurdles, in the US. Coach, Richina Foggo is working hard with her to get her ready to perform at her best. Good luck Ali!
Volleyball player, Grace McKale and her team won City Championships this month. Grace came to us as a Div 2 player and has recently just made one of the top club teams in Alberta. Great job Grace!
Conlan Sinclair won a bronze medal in sparring for his 11-12 year old first Dan black belt at the Destiny Martial Arts Taekwondo tournament in Calgary.
Hockey player, Oliver Betteridge, part of the Saints Peewee 1 team won the gold medal in the Lacombe Rockets Tournament in Lacombe, AB.
Addyson English finished 6th at the Calgary Winter Club synchro competition for age group 11-12 figures.

Performance Booster Options

Holiday Booster Program

Looking for a way to boost your results over the holidays and keep on track for your sports goals?! We are offering additional sessions over the holidays for current active, new and returning athletes.
Select from two, three or four days. Program 1 runs December 22, 27, 28 and 29 and Program 2 runs January 2, 3, 4 & 5.

More details to come!
Important Dates


Performance Testing
December 1 @ 6pm
December 9 @ 2pm

 
Holiday Hours
          December 9 - 8am - 3pm         
  December 10 - 930am- 5pm
December 24 - 8am - 2pm
               December 25 - Closed               
December 26 - Closed
           December 31 - 8am - 2pm           
January 1 - Closed 

Meet our New Massage Therapist

Call today to book your appointment with Deanna 403.255.7703

New AF Apparel for Sale

Just in Time for Christmas! Get your AF Apparel now. We have brand new t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, zip-ups, and much more.
Available at Reception. 

Do you still have Extended Health Care Benefits to use by the end of the year?

This is a friendly reminder from The Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic that most extended benefits plans expire at the end of 2017. Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Chiropractic care are all covered under most benefits plans and are all available at our Sports Therapy Clinic. We direct bill for the insurance companies pictured to the left for your convenience. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please call us at 403-255-7703.

See What's Happening Inside the Factory

Six Athletes - Five Sports - all working towards being the best in their sport.
Our coaches don't just train, they support! Coaches, Mark Salkeld and Nick Gies enjoyed cheering on their athletes this Fall!
Alactate energy systems are key for all power/speed athletes and these girls are putting in work.
Coach, Doug Brown leading an introductory presentation to the Kronos Triathlon Junior and Senior Teams. 
Coach, Mark Salkeld and his athletes showing off their Red and Black! 
Coach, Olivia Mohtadi hard at work with her athletes.
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