A good exercise plan is one that prepares you for the tasks you perform daily and for activities that add an extra dimension to your life. A good exercise plan my help through the after effects of injury, surgery and rehab. Or it may be instrumental in helping you avoid those things.
Your daily tasks may involve elite competitive sports, raising a family, or the challenges of a stressful but sedentary workplace. But the bottom line is, as the Boy Scouts say, “Be prepared”.
My goal for my clients is to help you make well-informed choices about your fitness and health. Whether you train with me once a week or three times a week, you should know how and why the exercises you are doing are right for you. It is also important to be informed as to how your choices with regard to meals, hydration, rest and work affect your health. In that way, you can learn to develop a healthier lifestyle, one that can be yours for life.
HOW WE TRAIN
When you train with me, we will first discuss your health and activity history, as well as your goals. We will then build a program based on your specific needs and schedule. Your time in the studio here will be spent on exercises and stretches based on a preliminary assessment of muscle pattern strengths, weaknesses, flexibility, range of motion and general stamina. Part of that time can be spent exploring the effects of the foods you eat, your workday habits, sleep patterns and coping strategies. I can also give you “homework” for your time in between sessions, so that even your workouts on your own will be more productive. As you progress, we will be continuously updating your workout so it matches your abilities and takes you to the next level.
As you will see from the photos here (that’s me), we use a variety of equipment and movements to develop core, balance, muscle tone, flexibility and strength.
Please see the “My Training Techniques” in the Blog section for more detailed descriptions.
ABOUT THE EXERCISES*
*It is important to note that all exercises can be modified for your individual level and restrictions, if any. These pictures represent a general concept of the program.
This area is a focus for our early training.
The deep trunk muscles, when properly activated, should stabilize the trunk to resist forces acting on the lumbar spine. The Primal Pattern exercises all rely on the core as well.
PRIMAL PATTERN© MOVEMENTS
Primal Patterns are the key movements involved all our activities, from primitive times until today. They are Push, Pull, Bend, Twist, Lunge, and Squat.
Balance is an ability that can be trained and improved upon just as other aspects of fitness. By practicing, we teach our brains to develop muscle activation sequences that keep us balanced.
Neutral posture refers to the correct alignment of our spine from head to tailbone, and the continuation of that alignment through the hips, knees, ankles and feet. You can count on postural retraining in your program, if it is needed.
Flexibility is essential to full range of motion. When muscles are shortened and tight, they do not allow movement to occur throughout the joint. This can lead to wear and tear on the portion that is being over used, and can develop faulty movement patterns as the body attempts to compensate for altered motion.