Former CW MVP Farthing Fuelling Fitness Success
Brian Swane, Special to Canada West
As a teenager and throughout his 20s, Dan Farthing was an
incredible football player.
So one can only imagine how unstoppable he’d have been if
present-day Dan, renowned tness and training expert, could meet
the younger version of himself.
“I’d say rst, we have to have a beer,” Dan laughs.
A Saskatchewan football icon who was an All-Canadian and won a
Vanier Cup with the Huskies before playing eleven CFL seasons for
the Roughriders, Dan now runs Level 10 Fitness in Regina.
Dan works daily with everyone from pro athletes to weekend
warriors, using the same mindset responsible for much of his
success on the gridiron. Only now, as a certi ed strength and
conditioning specialist and certi ed exercise physiologist with a
Masters of Physical Activity Studies and a Bachelor of Science in
Physical Education, he is in nitely better informed.
“There’s a relationship between the work that you put in and
the outcome that you can expect, and I carry that with me in my
leadership at Level 10 tness and my parenting and everything,”
says the native of Saskatoon.
“If you want an outcome that’s di erent than the one currently you
have, a whole lot of work and a decision has to happen before you
can initiate the action and create that di erent outcome.”
Based out of a fully-equipped 18,000 square-foot facility, Level 10
comprises exercise specialists, performance coaches, registered
dietitians, mental trainers, physiotherapists and registered massage
therapists, providing a spectrum of services to a diverse clientele.
The organization has earned a wide reputation for championing the
importance of a kinesiology education and its requirements of gold
standard certi cations.
Level 10 was started by Dan in 2001 after he retired from football,
though its roots can be traced back to his time at the U of S.
Dan was not yet 18 when he became an overnight sensation with
his hometown Huskies in 1987, racking up 31 receptions for 759
yards en route to capturing both the Canada West and national
Rookie of the Year awards.
But while Dan had enjoyed individual success, the Huskies went
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just 2-6 in 1987 and missed the post-season. Unhappy with
the outcome of their season, Dan and several of his teammates
conceived training that – while relatively rudimentary – shares
many of the same philosophies that shape Level 10.
“There was a nucleus of us, a core group, that just decided we
wanted to compete with the UBCs and the Calgary Dinosaurs and
the other teams in Canada West, and felt that the only way we
could do that was to address the o -season,” recalls Dan.
“So a lot of us started a culture of being very disciplined with our
commitment to strength and conditioning in the o -season. That
helped transform the type of athlete we were bringing to the
eld, but it was also instrumental in making football a year-round
thing for us … in the weight room and running track and doing
all those things that we needed to do to actually compete with the
powerhouses of the conference.”
The approach worked, for both Dan and the team. In 1988, Dan led
the country in receiving and was named Canada West MVP. The next
season Saskatchewan won the Hardy Cup as Canada West champs.
And nally, in 1990, with Dan serving as captain, the Huskies won
their school’s rst Vanier Cup.
“To nish our time there as a national champion, that was
pretty special,” says Dan, whose name is proudly displayed on
the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame. “It was a
culmination of us deciding we wanted to dedicate ourselves to
something, and that’s the ultimate reward.
“I do remember though, the week after we won the Vanier cup,
I was in the weight room, because it was a step. We de nitely
enjoyed our victory, we celebrated throughout the whole winter,
but it didn’t come at the expense of ending up where I eventually
wanted to go.”
The Riders made Dan the second overall pick in the 1991 CFL Draft.
He played sparingly his rst three years with the team, before
having seven consecutive seasons with at least 35 catches and more
than 450 receiving yards. He ended his career among the team’s
all-time leaders with 384 receptions for 5,098 yards, and has since
been enshrined in in the Roughriders Plaza of Honour.
Throughout his time in the CFL, Dan steadfastly pursued a
post-playing career in kinesiology. He completed his studies at
Saskatchewan and received the President’s Medal as a distinguished