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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

From the Ironman, to Surgery, to playing with tape and hockey sticks, this is the truly Canadian story of Spincore Fitness 

The story of the development of Spincore truly dates back to the spring of 2002. On March break of 2002 Dr. John Brennan was on a skiing trip with his family in Waterville Valley New Hampshire. He was due to compete in the July Ironman Lake Placid and was out for a training run while on his ski vacation.

Unfortunately, he fell on some ice and landed hard on his shoulder. He knew that he had injured himself and his shoulder was continuously sore even after competing in the 2002 Ironman Lake Placid. By December of that year he required surgery to repair torn cartilage and tendon in his shoulder.

While trying to rehabilitate from this shoulder injury and surgery in the spring of 2003 he found himself with very little time on his hands and with a challenging rehabilitation in front of him.

From Dr. John’s experiences kayaking, he knew that the motion of paddling and continuous revolution exercises could help speed up recovery and subsequently strengthen his rotator cuff.

Unfortunately Canadian winters do not allow getting out on the water. In a flash of inspiration the first Spincore unit was made out of a hockey stick that had ankle weights taped to it and some surgical tubing attached to a wall to create resistance.

After a long struggle with rehab, a few broken hockey sticks, and the ever-important “EUREKA!” moment, Spincore Fitness as an idea was born.


Our Partners and Contributors

Georgian College Barrie Campus

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Edward Leach (Professor at Georgian College)

Scott Heinson (Kaon Furniture)

Barrie Shepley (Canadian Cross Training Club)

Shawn Charlebois (Village Gym) www.villagefitness.ca

Vince Whiteman ( Slightly Human Video Production) www.slightlyhuman.com

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