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Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends 2019

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

1) Functional Fitness (#1 in 2018, #2 in 2017; #1 in 2016)

Functional fitness stays put in the top spot. Using multiple muscle groups to strengthen in a holistic way (versus one specific muscle group at a time), functional fitness programs include practical, balance-challenging movements that simulate activities like shoveling snow, carrying groceries, or unloading the car. This focus helps prepare for the physical activities of daily life and counters the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

 

2) Active Recovery (#4 in 2018)

 

Recognizing that the ability to work out is limited by the ability to move, active recovery exercises focus on movement and self-care with foam rollers, balls and low-intensity workouts to name a few. If we can take care of ourselves and move as freely as possible, our everyday lives are better, and training is enhanced.

 

3) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (#2 in 2018, #1 in 2017)

 

HIIT is a training methodology involving intense periods of exercise followed by durations of rest. This high-intensity approach is increasingly popular because it provides a good workout in a shorter time than steady-state cardio and because it works for all fitness levels. As Canadians work longer hours and try to maintain balance amidst a busy schedule, HIIT addresses that time crunch, burning fat and improving cardiovascular benefits quickly and effectively.

 

4) Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#8 in 2018, #5 in 2017)

 

Combining exercise with healthy eating is the best approach to see the results of your efforts sooner — whether it’s weight loss or advancing your overall fitness level. More Canadian fitness professionals are taking additional training to improve their nutrition expertise, including canfitpro’s Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach certification.

 

5) Older Adult Training (#3, in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

This signals the growing demand from Baby Boomers looking to adopt healthier habits to maintain their health and quality of life into their 60s and beyond. Fitness professionals are taking specialized courses and certifications to learn how to train older adults safely and effectively. canfitpro’s Active Aging Certificate is an example of the type of education required to serve this market, while organizations like the International Council on Active Aging are working to build awareness and skills to support active older adults.

 

6) Express Workouts (#5 in 2018, #4 in 2017)

 

Express workouts encourage participants to perform multiple exercises at a fast pace to generate maximum results. This is an effective approach for people on a tight schedule – perfect for lunch time or after work. Providing the ultimate convenience, an express workout typically lasts 20 minutes or less.

 

7) Body Weight Training (#9 in 2018, #9 in 2017)

 

Using your own body weight to create resistance is a growing workout trend among Canadian fitness professionals and consumers. This form of exercise builds strength and muscle and burns fat without the need for equipment, making it easy to get started and less intimidating for beginners. Enabling people to use their own body weight while doing movements like lunges, push-ups and pull-ups makes training anywhere possible.

 

8) Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#7 in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

Circuit training involves a series of exercises performed in rotation with minimal rest. The goal is to build strength while burning maximum calories. A fitness boot camp mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. Both types of workouts are designed to push participants harder than they would normally push themselves. Both are low-cost, efficient and challenging, combining strength and aerobic conditioning to generate positive results.

 

9) Branded Fitness Experiences (#6 in 2018)

 

Branded Fitness Programs are pre-choreographed programs offered by a company. Examples include Les Mills International programs offered within GoodLife, Orangetheory classes, and a variety of others including the latest technology workouts with Peloton or Echelon for example. When attending these programs people know what to expect and can choose a workout that they enjoy no matter where they are located. The brand awareness, efficacy, and convenience of these workouts are very attractive features to their devoted fans.

 

10) Fusion-style Group Fitness (#10 in 2018, #7 in 2016)

 

New types of group fitness classes and workouts that combine disciplines — like yoga and cycling or Pilates and boxing — are springing up across Canada. Mixing totally different types of exercise to create a new workout provides variety and something new. Changing up what we do helps develop more strength, agility, balance and coordination than a single exercise discipline.

 

Top 10 Health & Wellness Trends for 2019

 

Mindfulness

Diets (ie Clean Eating, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo)

Meal Planning / Meal Prep

Self-Love

Meditation

Increase Social Time (spending time with family, friends, pets)

Life & Wellness Coach

Education through documentaries, apps, etc.

Holistic Nutrition / Holistic Medicine

Using apps to track nutrition


Happy New Year 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year 2019

A New year with a New Word to take for a whole year.

A few years ago one of my participants suggested this & was doing it.

Pick A Word.  The word must have an importance to you. 

Something you wish you could do, a place you have not gone to, a change for the better, somthing you struggle for positive changes.


A word that has meaning to you and will challenge you all year long to use each day.

My word last year with great deliveration was "LISTEN"

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.

 

Found I struggled most days with this and at the end of the year found was still not listening well.

I was not always listening to others, I was not listening to my innerself and how I come across to others, how I beat my self up not being perfect, how my body feels (sick - tired, weak, strong, helpless not seeing or hearing) why and how do I need to do things differently to be happy.

I need to listen this year to be able to take on new challenges:

  • building a strong team of like minded TRAINERS to help grow Fitness Wellness and Health Professionals out there so the many stuck unfit can see there are so  many ways to get fit for a life time, unhealthly struggling with weight gains / losses, right foods for themselves,   
  • To look at:
  1.  Body - right Fitness program for each individual - some forms of exercise heal some break down and injure others. When the body is not right so to the mind and spirit
  2.  Mind - being mindful - the world has so much information with Fake news, lies from Global leaders who are self centered, scamming everyone without being held accountable to their actions.  So many people with mental health issues that affect the body & spirit 
  3.  Spirit fitness -  again is so much out there with policital correctness we forget there is right and wrong.  Often those who want their own way will use there way to make you feel right is wrong.  Do we have to give away living with acceptance to accept, love each for what they are, live without lying, cheating others, or being good and kind to all Impact our Body and mind..

  • I will take this word on for another year.

With hopes I will listen better this year!

Happy New Year 2019 for the BEST YEAR Ahead one day at a time, one minute at a time.

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH a LOT!  CHEERS Anne

'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

CTVNews.ca Staff

Published Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00PM EST



 little-known and life-threatening condition is showing up increasingly often in Canadian patients, according to a doctor who studied the condition's prevalence in Ontario.


Aortic dissection occurs when the aorta the main blood vessel in the chest is torn open.


Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes the dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.


PHOTOS

A doctor points to a scan of a person's heart.


Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon

Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes aortic dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.


Nurse Shelly Johnson

Nurse Shelly Johnson suffered an aortic dissection, a potentially-deadly condition that is often misdiagnosed.


"We often see them being misdiagnosed as a heart attack or a stroke," she said.


Many people who suffer aortic dissections are sent home from hospital and then return complaining that their pain has not stopped, Ouzounian said.


Symptoms of an aortic dissection can include:


sudden onset of severe chest pain

pain radiating to the back, neck arms or jaw

dizziness

vomiting

difficulty walking and speaking

Shelly Johnson nearly suffered that fate earlier this year. When the 51-year-old Ontario nurse developed a sharp pain in her chest, her first thought was that it must be a heart attack.


"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, just like other people would describe a heart attack," she said.


Johnson underwent blood tests, an X-ray and an ECG, none of which showed any issues. The doctor ordered one more test a CT scan which showed what was really going on.


"He went one step further and did the CT scan and … he is the first person to save my life," Johnson said.


Johnson was then taken to Toronto General Hospital, where Ouzounian performed surgery to repair the tear.


Without that surgery, Johnson could have died. The dissection significantly limits the amount of blood flowing from the heart. Ouzounian pegs the risk of dying with a Type A aortal dissection at one to two per cent per hour.


"The sooner we get the patient to the operating room, the better our chances of saving the patient's life," she said.


The deaths of actors Alan Thicke and John Ritter have been attributed to aortic dissections.


A recent study found that the number of aortic dissections in Ontario has risen steadily since 2002. Between that year and 2014, there were a total of 5,966 dissections reported in the province.


Dr. Scott McClure, the lead scientist on the study and a cardiac surgeon at the University of Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre, believes Canada as a whole is seeing a similar trend.


Why that is happening remains an open question. McClure suspects it has something to do with Canada's aging population, since high blood pressure is a known risk factor for aortic tears.


"If you are going to live longer, you are going to have a higher time to be susceptible to higher blood pressure, therefore you have an increased risk of dissections," he said.


Johnson, who recently returned to nursing, is on her own mission to warn others about the risk of dissections, and the need to press for extra tests in patients with unexplained chest pain like hers.


"If somebody goes into the (ER) with chest pain, the only true diagnosis (for an aortic dissection) is a CT scan so if all the other tests fail, take that step and have a CT done -- push for it," she said.


With a report from CTV News' medical affairs specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip


World Fitness Expo!

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We are officially 2 weeks away from the World Fitness Expo!

 

To celebrate, we will be giving away some awesome prizes from our amazing exhibitors/sponsors!

 

Starting on Tuesday, July 24th 2018 until Thursday, August 9th 2018, we will be posting 1 contest a day on our Social Media accounts!



Nutritional Summer Treat

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I love Ice Cream �� but dairy is not my friend. �� Thankfully my friend Amy Powers shared this GREAT recipe idea for Summer Entertaining! ������ it’s packed with vegan protein and nutritious fruits for guilt free indulgence! Yay!

After blending your banana ��"ice cream" place scoops in a muffin tin lined with plastic wrap & freeze. You can prepare the scoops ahead and pull them out as needed!

 

Raspberry Vanilla "Ice Cream" Recipe:

For 12 servings use:

■3-4 FROZEN chopped bananas��

■2-4 scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein

■4 cups or so frozen Raspberries

{Blend in a very high-powered blender, until desired consistency. You may need to stop the blender or food processor several times to stir your ice cream. Drizzle with almond butter, top with sliced almonds, or dark cacao if you want. Enjoy!

 

From Aislinn's Good Friend Susan:

PS: if you’ve never had our protein-pop me a note & I’ll make sure I get ...

Thanks have a wonderful Summer Solstice!  Anne

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All about Melaleuca (Tee Tree Oil)

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

ALL ABOUT MELALEUCA:

 

More commonly known as “Tea Tree,” Melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect.

 

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca promotes healthy immune function*, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin and diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.

 

Uses:

 

For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.

Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.

Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.

Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.

Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

 

ALL ABOUT MELALEUCA:

 

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Massage face improve Chapped skin increase energy

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If winter's chill has chapped your skin and sapped your energy, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help: Stroking your face with herb-infused abhyanga oil tones the skin and can release stagnant energy. You'll find the oil in health food stores. (If you're not used to oiling your face, choose a lighter variety, such as sunflower or almond.)

Start by pouring two tablespoons of room-temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and the ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner rims of your nostrils. With three fingers of each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the entire ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jawbone to the base of your neck. When you're through, you'll feel centered, refreshed, and ready to face the world.

Some products I use are amonda oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil.   My grandmo nther used rose glycerin also use when I was young.


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energize your skin Anne

Saying yes to the Universe

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Saying Yes to the Universe

 

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Saying Yes to the universe opens the gate to receiving what your soul really wants.

 

The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don't like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we say yes to the things we don't like, we will be stuck with them forever, but really, it is only through acknowledging the existence of what's not working for us that we can begin the process of change. So saying yes doesn't mean indiscriminately accepting things that don't work for us. It means conversing with the universe, and starting the conversation with a very powerful word--yes.

 

When we say yes to the universe, we enter into a state of trust that whatever our situation is, we can work with it. We express confidence in ourselves, and the universe, and we also express a willingness to learn from whatever comes our way, rather than running and hiding when we don't like what we see. The question we might ask ourselves is what it will take for us to get to the point of saying yes. For some of us, it takes coming up against something we can't ignore, escape, or deny, and so we are left no choice but to say yes. For others, it just seems a natural progression of events that leads us to making the decision to say yes to life.

 

The first step to saying yes is realizing that in the end it is so much easier than the alternative. Once we understand this, we can begin examining the moments when we resist what is happening, and experiment with occasionally saying yes instead. It might be scary at first, and even painful at times, but if we continue to say yes to every moment through the process, we will discover the joy of being in a positive conversation with a force much bigger than ourselves.

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indoor cycle certification

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

New Indoor Cycle studio opening in the New Year 2018

There is no other indoor bike on the market that focuses on 3-dimensional movement, balance, stability, core strength and cardio-conditioning.

 

We'd be happy to share more about the unique features and functional training benefits that RealRyder Bikes provide, as well as the differentiating value they will lend to your fitness business. We are also eager to learn what your specific goals are, and share how we can support you across a few key business areas.

 

In the meantime, here's a link to our 2017 brand video, which shows the growth of our brand, a sampling of who we serve and the variety of fitness levels that benefit from our multi-planar cycling platform. I'm also including a link to a review featured in the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) Journal.

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Indoor Cyle will be at Cycle Path / Fresh Air Experience.

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Interviews have begun.  

Best in the NEW YEAR.

Anne

Face massage get the winter healthy flow

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If winter's chill has chapped your skin and sapped your energy, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help:

Stroking your face with herb-infused abhyanga oil tones the skin and can release stagnant energy. You'll find the oil in health food stores. (If you're not used to oiling your face, choose a lighter variety, such as sunflower or almond.)

Start by pouring two tablespoons of room-temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and the ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner rims of your nostrils. With three fingers of each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the entire ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jawbone to the base of your neck. When you're through, you'll feel centered, refreshed, and ready to face the world.

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ICYMI ΓΆΒ?Β? Fitness Trends

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

ICYMI – Fitness Trends Survey results are in:

 

1. Functional Fitness (#2 in 2017)

2. HIIT (#1 in 2017)

3. Older Adult Training (#6 in 2017)

4. Active Recovery *NEW

5. Express Workouts (#4 in 2017)

6. Branded Group Fitness *NEW

7. Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#6 in 2017)

8. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#5 in 2017)

9. Body Weight Training (#9 in 2017)

10. Fusion-style Group Fitness (returns to the Top 10 in 2017, was #7 in 2016)

FIT Yoga LU Hanger

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

FIT Yoga

PLACE: LU Hanger - Aerobic Studio

TIME: 10:15 - 11:45 AM

DATES: Nov. 4  - Dec. 18th 2017

Investment $70 or $15 each time.


Register online http://thunderwolves.ca/ chick  on Fitness Schedule Tab on right will bring you to a new page "register here" Click on that

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Class description:


FIT yoga is a beginner to advanced class for participants not comfortable with hot yoga & or need options to choose for their protection & safety. Hatha & Namate, soma yoga & structural integration are taught. These methods assists in limbering up all joints, improving oxygen levels with conscious breathing techniques, releasing tension in muscles with a variety of yoga asanas sequences. This class is progressive with many options to choose from making this class specific to your challenging needs. If you have never tried yoga, have many injuries or other chronic conditions this is the perfect class for you. Experience total body balance, posture & alignment restored and much more. Learn yoga techniques you can use in daily life.

Anne Parr FIS 35 + years experience 


HIIT trend doing it correctly

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From IDEA

Most of our clients are short on time these days, so it’s no surprise that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the top 5 fitness trends of the year (again).

The challenge is that HIIT classes can be unnecessarily tough on the body if not taught or performed properly.

Learn how to teach safe HIIT classes that utilize all intensity variables and get your clients results with the new HIIT Certificate Program (earn up to 9 CECs)!

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-products/high-intensity-training-certificate-program?couponcode=HIIT30&utm_source=educationmay2017hiit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5-6-17%20Ed%20HIIT%20HIIT30%20(1)

We will also have a similar workshop with canfitpro CEC at Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT June 17th


For more information contact Anne Parr anneparr@tbaytel.net


Thanks have a great day.

Happy New Year 2017

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope that your Christmas was filled with Joy!

Your New Year Brings Prosperity and Hope for all!

Coming up time to register for best price NOW!


canfitpro FIS CERTIFICATION COURSE/EXAM

2017 COURSES Dates & Times

Jan 28 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan 29 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 100 pm - 4:00 pm

Feb. 4 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Feb. 5 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Theory Exam Mar. 4 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Want to start the New Year off on the right foot?

Come join Jackie as she completes her FIS certification

her Practium will be Monday 

DAY & TIME: Jan 2 2017

PLACE: College Fitness Centre room 201

FREE.

Friends welcome.

CHEERS


Healthy Stocking stuffers

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Leading Edge Gym moving

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Leading Edge Gym is Moving !!

 

Leading Edge will be opening October 1 st in their new location inside the Sports Dome located on the CLE grounds.

Our new gym will feature an MMA cage , boxing ring , 12 station heavy bag rack, grappling mat , pro shop and a fully equipped fitness area perfect for all of your functional strength and conditioning needs . Leading Edge's experienced and dedicated coaching staff are offering classes in Boxing , Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bang Muay Thai & Kickboxing ,Kids MMA and fitness, Self defence, group fitness classes ,fitness only memberships and personal training .

Call 355-0293 to set up a tour or to try out your first class. Many classes have limited enrolment so call soon.

 

Leading Edge Fall Schedule

 

Mon & Wed:

 

5:30pm - 6:30 pm - Kids MMA (12 kids max starts mid to late October)

 

5:30 pm – 6:30 Fighter fitness

6:30 pm – 7:30 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi)

7:30 pm – 8:45 Boxing ( all levels)

 

Tues & Thurs:

 

9:30 am - 11am - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( gi & no- gi )

 

5:30 pm – 6:30 Submission Wrestling / No-Gi BJJ

5:30pm- 6:30 - Fighter fitness/ Fundamental Boxing.

6:30 pm – 7:30 Bang Muay Thai kickboxing

** Our MMA program includes the no-gi and the Muay Thai program.

6:30 pm - 7:30 Essential BJJ for beginners

6:30 pm – 8:00 Self defence

7:30 pm – 9:00 Competitor training class / open mat (MMA , Boxing , Muay Thai kickboxing and BJJ)

 

Friday:

 

Open Mat – 5:30pm-7 pm.

 

Saturday:

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Fighter Fitness and Boxing (all levels)

1pm – 2:30 BJJ (no-gi) Starts mid October.

 

Sunday:

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm BJJ (gi)

cool

Cold water Showers to refresh

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

2-MINUTE COLD WATER SHOWER CHALLENGE

End your morning shower with 2-minutes of cold water. It’ll be tough the first couple times, but you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it becomes.

This was posted by

Michael DiCroce

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/99851/99851-6179634018603061248" target="_blank">Co-Creator of Awake and Alive


Thanks for the great post Michael would be refreshing.  I have always used cold water baths when I have injured myself.  The sooner the better 5 - 15 minutes and continue for 3 - 5 days depending on the injury.  It works, must have a tolerance for cold.  

Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS 

Connection in Yoga?

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

There is so much HOT YOGA out there these days, love to share what the HOT Yoga Dr. suggests.

TIP: What do you mean when you talk about ‘connections’ in yoga? Is it physical, metaphysical, cosmic?


It’s such a huge metaphor. So, in this email we’re talking of your hot yoga "interconnectedness".


If you’re after even more practical applications of all the poses then I recommend you take a look at:

 

 http://www.hotyogamasterclass.com/?ref=1

 

Hello super yoga peep,

 

As promised, here's the second last instalment of this 4 part mini-series. There’s a tiny mention here of the last 2 emails. Now, down to business… This third system is the core of your yoga practice and follows on from the last 2 articles about how I recommend you take a systemic approach to Hot Yoga.

 

One System To Rule Them All! (Hehe)

 

Making improvements sometimes means you stand back from a ‘pose’ and look at how your body pieces movement and function together. If I can help you with one thing it is to find practical ways to think of your body in ‘systems’. You get to remove risk AND get better focus and become more present in your body and practice. A real win/win, wouldn’t you say?

 

The systems we already covered (last 2 newsletters) are:

 

1.Neck, shoulders and arms

 

2.Legs, knees and feet

 

Here’s the crucial link: You tie those systems together with the engagement of your muscles in your torso. It’s a real physical link! And I am going to show you some great examples of how they interconnect as you read on.

 

Just before we move on, these 3 big systems are simply examples that I chose for you to focus on - but there are many more which we explore in The Hot Yoga MasterClass.

 

Core Engagement

 

What is core strength and why is it so vitally important?

 

Actually let's not think of it as core strength but as your core system. Because, broadly speaking it is a system of abdominal support for your spine!

 

For want of a better term, you have a floating sac of organs in your abdominal cavity which literally hangs off the inside surface of your back.

 

Surrounding this bag of goodies are some muscle layers.

 

The organs are protected around the back side by your back itself (by spine bones, scapulae and ribs). While at the front it's expandable and pliable so that you can do 'regular' things like eating, overeating(!), process your food, have babies and deliver them.

 

You need your core muscles to do just about anything:

 

* Walk effectively;

 

* Breathe;

 

* Perform exercise;

 

* Lift;

 

* Sit;

 

* Lean; and

 

* Just about everything else … to your best ability.

 

The better your core system functions, the better you can do all the above. Of course you can probably do ALL those things above to a reasonable extent so it is very hard to even see the need to improve something when it’s not clear it needs improving!!!

 

Having great abs DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE A STRONG CORE.

 

You heard me! Yep, that strong looking, buff-looking yogi next to you (or staring back at you from the mirror) may have a 6-pack, be toned and fit but have POOR CORE STRENGTH. It’s hard to believe.

 

[Aside: I should ask you, do you think that you get a strong core by sucking in your stomach? (read on for the answer, because every Bikram class I have ever been a student in, has always told me to do this.)]

 

On the one hand many people let their abdominal muscles go. They have no abdominal tone, they are prone to back aches and abdominal conditions.

 

At the other end of that continuum are people who have well-toned muscular systems that support the spine in ALL their activities, from walking, yoga, lifting, bending and so on.

 

What's the middle ground?

 

Well one group of people LOOK, for all intents and purposes, as if they are healthy and toned and fit. They have strong abs. They work on their 6-pack. Their rectus abdominis or RA. They may even be the yogi next to you in class. But that’s just a perception that hides a different truth.

 

What makes up your Core Strength?

 

Core strength is often touted by fitness professionals and even some yoga teachers as abdominal strength.

 

This is a huge - and possibly risky - simplification.

 

It's a common misconception to think that because you have a 6-pack or strong abs that you have good abdominal support for your spine.

 

WARNING: This next section does contain the technical names for some muscle groups! However, it WILL help you really understand how to pay attention to some *very* important parts of your body ...

 

In broad brushstrokes we have the rectus abdominis muscles (the washboard muscles or RA) and the transverse abdominis (which we can refer to from now on as TA) and the external obliques.

 

While it's nice to have that external tone (of your RA or rectus abdominis that comes from crunches and sit-ups) the tone that REALLY matters and has a HUGE impact on your health, vitality, ability to breathe and keep a good posture (even your yoga postures) is that of your TA or Transverse Abdominis and the way all 3 muscles work together to form a complex brace.

 

So washboards and protective strength are mismatched if you don't have the underlying tone in your TA and your obliques.

 

What's worse, ab training (RA) to get a 6-pack can actually mean a LOSS OF STRENGTH in the exact area that you need it.

 

In fact an over-focus on abdominal muscle training (of RA) can be the cause of back pain.

 

We've all heard the phrase to 'suck in the stomach'. What that does is work your RA. This MAY but does NOT guarantee the engagement of your TA.

 

It only works for people who know HOW to do it.

 

But for those who don't - for example:

 

>> If you have had an operation

 

>> If you gave birth

 

>> If you sit a lot

 

>> If you slouch in your chair

 

>> If you are a chronic desk user who crosses your legs,

 

>> Or if you lean back into your chair

 

>> If you struggle in some of your yoga poses! ... then

 

... if you are keen on creating that tone in your abs, you could actually be contributing to a WORSENING of your problem if you only ‘suck in your stomach’.

 

This happens because you are overtraining the WRONG MUSCLES and causing a weakness in your TA. That's definitely an unintended consequence that has incredibly far-reaching results.

 

How do you discover or re-discover your core?

 

Well, if you know how to pick up a box or a child correctly then you know you'll be keeping your back straight and bending your legs and keeping a good center of gravity.

 

When you do this you will stack the cards in your favour to create effective hydraulic pressure in the abdomen which will protect your back.

 

This is because the sac of organs is made up of about 90% of water. Do you want that sac of water slopping out of control all over the place? No way!

 

Your core muscles work together to brace the liquid bag firmly against your spine, helping protect it.

 

As you can see this is a complex subject to tackle in one email. I just can't stand to short change you!

 

So rather than making it any longer I'll leave you to ponder whether you think you have good core strength. Next issue I'll give you some practical and SIMPLE ways to learn how to engage your core.

 

I'll also tie this entire series together for better understanding!

 

Namaste,

 

Gabrielle

 

PS. Read the latest Customer Reviews for the Hot Yoga MasterClass here:

>> http://www.hotyogadoctor.com/shop/free-shipping-hot-yoga-masterclass-full-color-package/#customers-review

 

You'll get some idea how other people are getting even more of that wonderful feeling you get when you practice this yoga!

 

 

Journey Into Self: A Healing Retreat

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Early Bird Registration ended June 30th and we still have lots of room in the lodge or in a tent for this fall's gloriously juicy healing retreat <3 Yes, that's what it is!

Our team of guides will leave you with your well full to the brim.

 

Announcing our JULY SPECIAL:

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EACH of you will receive 5% off your registration!!!

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Level 1 Foam Rolling Principles & Practices

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Note there will be a Level 1 certification course

Foam Rolling

Principles & Practices - Level 1 Certification

With Andrea Johnston, BFA, PTS and TriggerPoint MT


Date: July 9th

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Place: Chase Fitness, 12 St. Paul St, Thunder Bay

Cost: $199 + HST

Register June 30th **You will need a GRID Foam Roller for this course which can be purchase with registration.

To register contact Andrea at Foam Rolling Course Registration

http://stretchfit.ca/upcoming-courses.html