Sad But True

Yes the Pre-Grand Opening Special is over….. But that doesn’t mean the deals have gone away.

Group Training Rates November 2010

Kettelbells, TRX, and More……..

Fitness in Tucson  will never be the same

I promise you, you won’t want to miss out on these specials.

I know the holidays are coming up but rates will not be this low after the New Year. Only $49 to start on losing weight and gaining strength.

6 Month

$149 $49 Initiation and $135 $129/month Only pay the $49 enrollment and the

the first month is free!!!! That’s right start for only $49!!!!!!!


$ 149 Initiation and $99/month

Month To Month

$150 intiation $49 and $150/ $139/month

Are you ready for this!!! and

Call us at 520-445-6800 Please leave a message if we don’t answer,

Danny Sawaya CSCS, RKC, CK-FMS
Owner Evolution Fitness Systysms
4815 E. Speedway Blvd
Tucson AZ 85712

Initiation and first month are due at the same time. All plans are billed monthly on Credit Card or checking account Electronically. Each package comes with and introduction workshop that must be attended before attending any classes on the schedule

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Kettlebell Workouts and Losing weight

The fad has begun. Jilian Michaels is now a kettlebell guru with a DVD and no professional instruction using the kettlebell. I guess I know a few stretches since I have been a trainer for over 10 years and I have watched numerous DVD’s and read books on stretching, maybe I will start teaching Yoga!!! Just kidding. But back to the original point of this blog. What about weight loss? Are kettlebells great tools? Yes, but it really comes down to how you use them. Dumbbells, body weight, barbells, bands…… all can be great tools but how are you using these tools. If I use barbells like a worthless Les Mills Body pump class then barbells are useless for for more than anything except to tell your friends you workout at the gym.  I have seen numerous videos of people using kettlebells in the same manner. Poor form, high repetitions daily, and using them as an aerobics tool rather than a tool to build strength and anaerobic conditioning.  A recent study that used kettlebells and touted them as “twice the workout in half the time” used a training protocol that was effective and, yes! pretty intense. Again, it was the protocol used with the kettlebell as well as the kettlebell itself which allows for dynamic and ballistic movements to occur in a very fuctional manner. If you follow just anyone using a kettlebell that has no idea on how to design an effective workout then don’t waist your time with it. A magic Genie won’t appear out of a kettlebell just because you buy one at the store or your gym has some in the corner for you to curl like a dumbbell. 

The secret to success with kettlebell training is to work on correct form and technique. In order to have effective weight loss, a good amount of volume is needed. If your form isn’t good then you have lots of repetitions with crappy form which will lead to injury. After your form is dialed in, then progress by adding the intensity.  Seeking an RKC trainer is a good starting point. Visiting is a great tool to find certified instructors in your area. You may notice with the videos below that there are lots of detail and progressions, the answer is yes!!!!! If you are not getting this type of detail when it comes to your training then it is time to ask yourself why???

Here are a couple of videos of some technique workshops that we have done at Evolution Fitness,

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Neck Rubs and Lower Back Massages??

I often here people tell me about how tight their necks are and how badly they ache and they tell me that they keep receiving back and neck massages and it only helps for a bit. I also hear a lot about tight legs. Many people complain of tight hamstrings and want to know how to best stretch them. First things first, we need to figure out if the muscle needs to be stretched in the first place. Many times muscles have a feeling of tight because the muscle is actually over stretched and pulled very tight which is causing the pain. So going deeper in to a stretch is actually furthering the pain and disfunction by stretching an over stretched muscle? So if this is the case then what is the answer? Well the answer with me is always screen the body to see what the overall movement looks like. I am a firm believer in the Functional Movement Screen developed by Physical Therapist and Strength Coach Gray Cook. The screen consists of Seven Movements that can help define whether there is a stability or mobility issue behind the tightness or poor movement. I will have a post on that soon!! But in general terms the site of aggravation or tightness is usually not the culprit but usually the symptom.

Evolution Tucson, Corrective Exercise, Kettlebell Tucson, kettlebell training, Post Rehab Training, Personal Training, For Neck and Back pain

A perfect example are those that complain of having a tight neck and shoulders. They are constantly rubbing their neck and asking for neck rubs. Many time these symptoms are caused by muscles in the chest and neck that are “tight” or in shortened and contracted state that are pulling the shoulders forward. This in turn then puts the back of the neck and shoulders on a constant stretch which can then cause the pain. If you have been going to a massage therapist with these symptoms and they have not addressed your chest and front neck muscles then fire them immediately. Sounds harsh, but that is my opinion. Same thing if you are being told to stretch your shoulders and neck in ways that stretch the affected area. The goal is to stretch the chest and anterior neck muscles while strengthening the back muscles. Next time you are feeling that in pain in the neck actually look up at the ceiling and squeeze your shoulder blades together and see how it goes. One of my favorite stretches is called the Brettzel and the video link in below. Poor thoracic spine mobility is one of the biggest culprits of neck and back pain.

Another symptom I hear all the time is lower back tightness and stiffness. Many people give receive chiropractic care as well as massage therapy with limited or temporary success. I think both massage and chiropractic care are great and  actually refer many of my clients to them. But if you are continually receiving treatments with no long term success it is crucial to start doing appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises. I see numerous people with lower back issues trying to “stretch” their lower back by reaching for the ground or trying to twist the lower back to feel a stretch it the area that hurts. This in many cases can make the situation worse. Many times the stiffness or tightness is coming from muscles in the legs that are pulling on the hips. In turn the muscles in the back are being over stretched and hence there are aches and pains. I could go on for pages on which muscles may be the root cause.  But massaging or stretching the area of pain is NOT the answer most of the time!!  After many of my screens on my clients I find that lower back tightness, stiffness, and mobility issues are really caused by the overactive and tight muscles in the front of the legs or hip flexors. Due to the fact that many people sit at desks and stare at computers all day are prime examples of how to get over tight hip flexors and over stretched neck and shoulder muscles. After watching the video below feel free to visit these other videos on opening up the T-spine.

If you have any further questions feel free  to email

As I should say only for legal implications, if you have chronic get cleared by  a medical professional. A Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, or Doctor that won’t just give you drugs for your symptoms, but actually knows something about human movement, the nervous system, and soft tissue work. The credentials to look for in my opinion are FMS, SFMA, or a professional that also knows ART(Active Release Technique). As for the services that Evolution Tucson offers is based on Corrective Exercise meaning you should be cleared by a Doctor if you have any health issues or current injuries.

Danny Sawaya CSCS, RKC, CK-FMS

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Evolution Fitness Remodel is nearly done

Evolution Fitness Tucson, Personal Training and Kettlebell training for Strength Conditioning and Weight Loss

It has been a little over 6 weeks since the renovation of Evolution Tucson began, and the results are amazing!! A huge thanks to all of you that have helped me along the way with this!!  Kettlebell and TRX Small group training classes are fully underway and people are signing up daily for them. There are only a few spots left for the Pre-Grand Opening special of $99/month.  For those of you that want to know what clients think about Evolution go and view the testimonials.  Visit the Class schedule to see what time works for you!  If you have been wanting to drop those few pound and finally lose the weight then group training may be the answer you are looking for.

The founding principal of Evolution Fitness educating our clients and always focusing on quality of personal training with form and technique in the forefront. Whether it is corrective exercise or high intensity training, proper technique is always the key.  If you want more information on the our training and philosophy. Visit Evolution Tucson

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HKC is Coming to Town

google57aed458c04b06a4HKC Kettlebell Certification in Tucson ArizonaFirst HKC Certification… Get Ready TucsonYes you heard correctly!! Dragondoor is coming to Tucson to hold an HKC certification. The HKC is the introductory Certification to the RKC which is the Elite Certification in the world. This Certification will allow you to get a taste of what the RKC is all about and to learn the fundamentals to take you to the next level.  Evolution Fitness is honored to host this event to spread the education of the best kettlebell training organization in the world. Dragondoor is an amazing organization that focuses on the highest quality instruction. Sr. RKC Zar Horton and Team Leader Andrea Chang will be leading the event and they are individuals are just great to be around if you want your training and knowledge go to the next level.  To Register go to Save $100 if you pre-register. Only a limited amount of space.  You can also reach Evolution Fitness Directly at 520-445-6800 or

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Kettlebell Training in Tucson Just Changed Forever

Tucson Kettlebell was started as kettlebell training has started to really flourish in the united states. There are numerous philosophies of training out in the world and we don’t think we know it all but we can say that we specialize in Hardstyle Kettlebell Training that has been developed by Pavel Tsatsouline and the RKC.  Hardstyle is the most functional way of training with the kettlebell to strengthen the posterior chain of the body and teach the principles of strength and condtioning. Within the RKC philosophy is that of safety going hand in hand with intensity, which unfortunately is not the case in many gyms today. Many people take the kettlebell and make it a tool of destruction rather than that of strength and others turn it into a toy that should be found in the children’s section at Walmart.

We are dedicated to having a unique experience as a school of strength having specific goals of performance always in mind. This isn’t your average spinning or fitness class at a gym and this also is not a workout with only intensity madness in mind either. There is a purpose for each workout based in technique practice, strength training, and conditioning.

If you are ready to take your strength and conditioning to the next level, and lose fat and gain muscle then give us  a  call.

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