Sore muscles? No worries, we got a sport massage therapist in the house!

Meet Satu, she started at Stadifit as a Sport massage therapist on Wednesday this week.

Satu has graduated as a massage therapist in 2015 and worked as one ever since.

There are many reasons what made Satu became a massage therapist.

First of all I have always enjoyed massaging others. Though the final decision was made when I got into my gym training hobby and wanted to elaborate from that.

My strengths are definitely my joyful, humorous and service-minded attitude. Also helping other people gives me so much power.

Satu’s customers scale is wide, varying from young competitive athletes to people doing sedentary work.

My areas of specialty are mobilising massage for joint areas as well as dry needling.

Do you feel like massage could be the thing your sore muscles needs? The fact is that every athlete needs regular massage. And that’s why we want to give you a special discount to Satu.


Be one of the firsts to try Stadi Sport Massage:

3x 45min massage, only 120€ (norm. 158€)

Buy the package at Stadifit reception.

Book sessions below (pick Satu Soronen from the list) or book at the Stadifit reception.

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Lisa Koivunen
Member of the month for January - Marja
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Marja began with Stadi CrossFit eager to learn, progress and with an eye for getting the details right so she could safely reach her goals while continuously evaluating and addressing her weaknesses.

As we got to know her more, we also saw the key ingredient that has made her a stand out member in the community as well as a member who keeps growing from strength to strength: that is a genuine, enthusiastic and supportive energy that is a joy to be around. Her coaches and fellow members know when she is in class, the energy lifts immediately.

From the time she joined up until today, Marja has consistantly gone about improving on all levels. From addressing areas she wanted to improve by engaging in-depth coaching from all expert areas at Stadifit, to inspiring her Dad to also take up ”perfecting human movement” with her, and achieving multitude of personal bests, goals and high fives along the way.

We are super proud of our members and community and Marja is a perfect example of the best of Stadifit and a well-deserved recipient of the member of the month award.

p.s. We are very happy to give an update on our previous month’s member of the month recipient, Eeva, who was expecting her first child with partner (and also member at Stadi Fit) Henri. We were informed by the couple that they welcomed their baby girl to the world at in the start of January!!! Mum and baby are both doing well and we couldn’t be happier for them. A big welcome to the new family member to the Stadifit community!

First name & age

Marja, 32

What was your initial goal when you joined Stadi Fit? 

My sports background before starting Crossfit was mainly ballet and latin dancing. When I moved away from those hobbies, I started running and doing bodyweight training at home, but had trouble with my shoulder and knees, most likely from training without coaching and attention to form. I started CrossFit because wanted to try something new and learn to train properly.

But as some have noticed, I haven’t left my dancing background behind either :)

What goals have you already reached and how have you gotten where you are at now? 

My goal at first was to learn correct technique, and that’s what I focused on for the first six months. I’m quite competitive, but I’m glad that I was able to keep that focus. Once I got comfortable with the technique, I really started to enjoy olympic lifts - the clean is now my favorite!

I have also learned to listen to my body better, noting when I can push for PRs and when I have to take it easy. Still, I think I’ve achieved every single one of my PRs with the strength that comes from cheering fellow athletes. So a big thank you goes out to our great community!

I try to motivate newcomers who have just started with us, because I can still remember how hard it was in the beginning. 

What are your next goals? 

My next focus area is gymnastics: getting those first strict pull-ups, ring dips and handstand pushups. But I need to continue listening to my body, as I’m now expecting a child :)

It’s going to be an exciting year!

Lisa Koivunen
Member of the month for November - Eeva
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Our member of the month for November is Eeva. Despite the pregnancy Eeva has continued training with an excellent attitude while respecting her own body. And this is the reason we chose Eeva.

"pregnancy is not a disease" but a reason to take care of your body and condition even better so that it would be able to carry the extra weight the pregnancy brings.

What was your initial goal when you joined Stadi Fit? 

To get back on track with CrossFit training since I moved to Helsinki on 2017 from Tampere. I used to train there at Tampere CrossFit several years since 2013 to be exact. I've always liked CrossFit. It got me hooked right after the first workout. It was hard to start all over again for the reason of challenging work life. It took me almost over a year and during that time I didn't workout that much. One of the challenges was the idea that how could I find the same spirit which Tampere CrossFits' community had. My boyfriend recommended StadiFit to me since he was already a member. I remember the first time I came for a workout. The gym and the other athletes seemed really nice and I knew that I have found my new box to be.

What goals have you already reached and how have you gotten where you are at now? 

The most important goal was to train with more laid back attitude than earlier. It was important to me to find right balance between intensive training and work. After one year break from training I found the motivation all over again on December 2017. 

One off my goals at the moment is to keep myself in good shape during the pregnancy. And scaling the exercises and be satisfied with my self-demanding mindset. 

What are your next goals? 

Right after having a baby my goal is to combine motherhood and goal orientated CrossFit training when the timing is right. Top of that handstand walk would be really cool and more practical goal. 

Lisa Koivunen
Member of the month for October - Finn
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Our member of the month for October is excellent example of what we value most in our community and service at Stadi Fit, including an unwavering commitment to the foundational principles of health and fitness. He started his journey toward “perfecting human movement” several years ago with patience, consistency and always leaving a positive impact on those around him when coming to Stadi Fit. Whether practicing yoga with Elina, getting expert support from our team of fysios or working up a sweat with his personal trainer Simon, Finn has committed himself to improving on all levels and overcoming any obstacle that has come his way. Finn, congratulations on everything you have achieved and your continual commitment to practicing the basic things well with the support of your Stadi Fit team and community. Keep up the good work!

What was your initial goal when you joined Stadi Fit?

Lose 10 kg, increase mobility and strength.

What goals have you already reached and how have you gotten where you are at now?

Lost 10 kg. greatly increased mobility and strength.

What are your next goals?.

Lose another 5 kg and further increase my mobility and strength (1 pull-up?)

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Lisa Koivunen
Member of the month for September - Vesa
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My main motivation for trying Crossfit was that I was very interested in learning more about “functional training”. I decided to drop in to check the gym, and the workout they were doing seemed fun. I was also very relieved to notice that not everyone else at the gym was an elite athlete, which was one of my initial fears.

This month, our decision was pretty clear. This athlete has always been really focused on technique and eager to learn. But what we’ve seen in him during the past months is the persistent work that he has been doing for to strenghten up his weak links. No it’s not always the most fun part of working out, but the part that keeps you progressing long term and that keeps you safe from injuries.

Vesa, you are setting up a great example to all of us for how being really clear on your goals and having a plan for how to get there really leads into long term success! Great work! Keep that mindset of always learning and always wanting to improve how you move and we see no limits for how far you will still get!

What was your initial goal when you joined Stadi Fit?

I have been doing some kind of sports most of my life. I used to train swimming when I was a teenager and after I finished competing in swimming, I was for the next 20 years mainly working out at the gym and at times jogging a couple times a week. Now looking back, I have realized how monotone my gym routine was during that time. I was basically doing the same 3x12 sets at the gym for years with only slight variation in movements, staying mainly on my comfort zone and avoiding the movements that I was not good at. Quite boring and also ineffective.
I had been considering trying Crossfit for a while, when In August 2015 noticed that there was a Crossfit gym, Stadi Crossfit, right next to where I live. My main motivation for trying Crossfit was that I was very interested in learning more about “functional training”. I decided to drop in to check the gym, and the workout they were doing seemed fun. I was also very relieved to notice that not everyone else at the gym was an elite athlete, which was one of my initial fears.
Another of my fears was my ”bad knees”. Before I first started at Stadi Crossfit, I had had some knee issues for the last 4 years or so, and during that time I was not able to run at all and going up the stairs felt on my knee on each step.
After discussing the knee issues with Coach Lucas, we did some mobility and strength tests, and were able to spot the most likely causes for the issues. We then decided to start knee rehab PT sessions once a week. During that time I split squatted + foam rolled + stretched etc. my feet each and every day for half a year. At times these daily physio exercises were quite boring to do, but I always tried to find time for them and stuck with the plan, and yes, finally the hard work did pay off.
After that period, I was able to run again, which seemed like a miracle to me because I had already couple of times given my hope on it. Today I have no knee issues whatsoever (knock on wood), and additionally, I’m now running better and faster than ever before.

What goals have you already reached and how have you gotten where you are now?

Besides having fixed the knee issues, I have been able to improve my overall physique a lot and my body recovers better and tolerates today much more training than when I first started. During these three years I have been able to make quite steady progress, and I am very happy to be able to say, that now at the age of 39 I am in the best overall shape I’ve ever been. - How many people can say that at this age? I’m super happy that I can.
In some areas the progress has sometimes been frustratingly slow, but the direction has always been right. If I may brag a little, I’d say that one of my best personal qualities in is that I am quite good at making long term plans, and sticking patiently to them. This journey with slow but steady progress continues, and hopefully I can say I’m in the best shape ever also in many more years to come.

What are your next goals?

There are many of them. I actually have an excel file on my computer with concrete measurable goals that I’m working towards. Main target is improving in my biggest weakness, which are the overhead position and back chain strength. I’m also now planning to participate in CrossFit open for the first time in 2019.
The overall BIG goal is however not measurable by numbers. The big goal is to live healthy and to have fun while doing so.
Since my main goal is health, I’m very much digging the “perfecting human movement” approach that Stadifit has. I have some posture imbalances, which easily leads to that I’m not always using the correct muscles when exercising.  The detail and technique oriented approach in Stadifit is thus very well suitable for me, and I’m also myself becoming mature enough to realize that it is not wise to compromise technique when lifting heavy weights. Staying injury free is not a bad idea at all. I wish coaches to never stop reminding me to ”lock the elbows”, ”keep the external rotation” and ”not to loose the hollow”. because otherwise I will.

Any other comments you'd like to make?

I’d like to use this opportunity to thank my dear fellow athletes. We have a bunch of such amazing people and I’m very thankful for being part of this community. It is so much more fun to train with people that I have learned to know, and enjoy spending time with, than training surrounded by complete strangers. Let’s keep on inspiring each others towards better performances. I hope I can give back to you even a fraction of the support and energy you’ve given to me. 
Lisa Koivunen
July Member of the Month
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"With many things in life (crossfit included) you have to be consistent and patient in order to improve. Unfortunately since I got a small injury in my back in the end of last year I have been forced to really test my patience during last months. Even though the progress with this “back healing” process is sometimes (or at least feels) a bit slow, there is definitely improvement."

The reason why we picked Noora as the Member of the Month in July, is definitely her attitude. Noora has experienced some setbacks last year as she got her back injured and had to quit CrossFit for a while. 

Despite the injuries she is not just staying home but really working hard to recovery. Noora's goal is to get back to CrossFit as soon as possible, stronger than ever. Her story is a great reminder for all of us, that even a slow progress is progress. Congratulations Noora, keep on going and show everyone that giving up is not an option. 

 

What was your initial goal when you joined Stadi Fit?

For me personally it is really important to have a good balance in work / freetime. I completely lost it for few years, worked really intensively and didn’t have almost any sports in my weekly schedule. I wanted to get back on track with sports since I really love to do it and was sure that I would love many elements in crossfit and wanted to give it a try. I really appreciated small group workout style since I had a lot to learn with all the basic techniques.

What goals have you already reached and how have you gotten where you are at now?

I guess with many things in life (crossfit included) you have to be consistent and patient in order to improve. Unfortunately since I got a small injury in my back in the end of last year I have been forced to really test my patience during last months. Even though the progress with this “back healing” process is sometimes (or at least feels) a bit slow, there is definitely improvement. For me the best way to get myself where I want to be is to show up to gym several times a week and do the workouts needed. It of course helps to have a great coach on my side, so thanks Simon for all the help and support!

What are your next goals?

My next goal is definitely to get back to WOD classes. I am also really much looking forward to participate Crossfit Open 2019 with healed back and hopefully no physical restrictions.
CrossFit & Fysioterapia

CrossFit & Fysioterapia

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Olin innoissani aloittaessani CrossFitin harjoittelun Stadifitin moderneissa tiloissa Stadiumin talossa Hietsun torin varrella, asiantuntevien ohjaajien valvovien silmien alla. Tämän tehokkaan liikuntamuodon ohessa erityistä huomiota on kiinnitetty lihasten liikkuvuuden ja kimmoisuuden ylläpitoon. Kunnollinen lämmittely ja venyttely ennen varsinaista treeniä on tärkeää. Raskaan harjoittelun ja kymmenien toistojen jäljiltä lihakset jumiutuvat helposti ja jumien avaaminen ilman jokapäiväistä huoltoa voi viedä pitkänkin ajan. Itselläni on tästä omakohtainen kokemus. 

Liikuntatuntien ohjaajien ammattitaito oikeiden liikeratojen löytämiseksi harjoitteissa ennaltaehkäisee virheasentoja, jotka esimerkiksi vipuliikkeissä (olkapäät) ja voimaharjoitteissa (selkä) aikaansaavat harmia. Virheliikkeitä kompensoivat puolestaan sellaiset lihakset, joiden alkuperäinen rooli ei ole anatomisesti tarkoitettu tällaiseen tehtävään. Ohjaajilla ei tietenkään ole mahdollisuutta pitää kaiken aikaa silmällä kaikkia kahdeksaa kuntoilijaa, jotka kymmeniä toistoja tehdessään saattavat jo väsymykseltään poiketa oikeanlaisesta tekniikasta lihaksiston samalla joutuessa aivan uudenlaiseen kuormitustilaan. 

Allekirjoittaneelle kehittyi keväällä kolmen kuukauden kuluessa kummallinen jumi oikeaan olkapäähän: käsivarren ulkokierto oli heikentynyt lopulta niin paljon, etten kyennyt kunnolla nostamaan laukun remmiä olkapäälleni. Säännöllisistä venyttelyistä ja crossball-hieronnasta huolimatta jumi ei tuntunut lainkaan hellittävän. 

Ratkaisu jumiongelmaan löytyikin läheltä! Stadifitin tiimiin kuuluvat myös asiantuntevat fysioterapeutit, joten varasin pikimmiten ajan asiantuntijavastaanotolle. Monipuolisen käsivarren hartiaseudun ja yläselän tunnustelun jälkeen fysioterapeutilla oli diagnoosi valmiina: Oikean olkapääni ulkokiertovoima oli miltei olematon hartian etupuolelta lapaan yltävän poikittaislihaksen jumittamisen vuoksi. Alkuperäinen syy olikin sitten yllättävän tuttu: tietokoneen hiiri, jota liikuttaessa käsi on päivittäin pitkiä aikoja jatkuvassa sisäkierrossa. Fysioterapeutin
ohjeistamana ryhdyin päivittäin suorittamaan lyhyitä liikesarjoja ulkokierron elvyttämiseksi. Vähitellen myös voimaharjoitteet tulivat mukaan, jossa puntti kädessäni, nojaamalla kyynärpäätäni polveen, laskin käsivarteni toistuvasti jarrutusliikkeellä pystyasennosta vaaka-asentoon. Muutaman viikon jumppaamisen jälkeen tuloksiakin alkoi tulla. Jumissa ollut lihas heräsi eloon ja muistutti minua olemassaolostaan pienellä kipuilulla, joka sittemmin hellitti. Kiitos tästä asiantuntevalle fysioterapeutille! 

Olkapääni nyt pikku hiljaa toipuessa mieleeni juolahti ajatus, että olisi aika ajoin luontevaa meille kaikille crossfittaajille käydä PT-tunnilla, jonka aikana perusliikeradat ja liikkuvuus käydään läpi, jotta tekniikka pysyisi hallussa ja harjoittelu pysyisi iälle ja kunnolle sopivissa raameissa, tavoitteita unohtamatta. 

Stadifit tarjoaa asiakkailleen paletin, jossa kaikki teholiikuntaan liittyvät näkökohdat otetaan huomioon. Itse aion jatkaa tästä eteenpäin lihashuoltoani kolmikannan merkeissä: CrossFit & mobility & physiotherapy. On edelleen upeaa todeta, että Stadifit seisoo sanojensa takana: ”Perfecting Human Movement”.

Juhani K.

Lisa Koivunen