In this issue
DID YOU KNOW??
Each muscle fibre is thinner than a hair and can support up to 1,000 times its own weight.
Fit Girl: Your Guide to Getting In Shape
Kira Langolf interviewed Marietta at Sara City Workout Convention in Orlando in 2008.
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In this interview, Marietta shares how she got started in fitness. She was an overweight teenager and got started with group fitness because of it. See, all fitness queens (and she is one!) were not born fit!
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Master class with Marietta
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On the one hand...
FUN, FUNCTIONAL AQUA DUMBBELL TRAINING
What a wonderful feeling it is to be weightless and suspended, literally floating in liquid. No other conventional form of group exercise or fitness program comes close to the uniqueness of exercising in deep water. The sensation of reaching down with your feet but not touching anything solid challenges the neuromuscular system's lifetime of familiarity with the effects of gravity. In fact, proprioception can be so altered that exercising in deep water can very effectively improve coordination and neuromuscular function.
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Pelvic Floor with Mishfit
We are delighted to share with you Mishfit's excellent videos and articles regarding Pelvic Floor muscles. Want to know the 3 golden ruls for for effective pelvic floor contractions?
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Welcome to the November edition of Marietta Mehanni's Newsletter
Age – is there an age limit in this industry?
Is there such a thing as 'too old to teach'?
Of course everyone would poo poo the idea, but it is here.
There are two clubs that I am aware of in Melbourne that are now asking 'older' instructors to move aside for younger instructors. The excuse? One is to 'give' new people a go, which is ludicrous considering there is a massive shortage of group exercise instructors and the other is a 'younger' instructor will attract 'younger' people. Let me think...why do participants enjoy a class? I believe it is because it is delivered by a experienced, enthusiastic, passionate and engaging instructor. I don't see age here. I do not want to discriminate against any age as brilliant instructors come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, ages, and cultures, but to be asked to move aside because you are past your used by date is definitely going beyond what this industry is all about. I thought fitness was for everyone. Perhaps it is, but only a certain age can teach classes.
Ageism is a slippery slope. None of us will stand still in time and every year, everyone gets one year older. Let's embrace the wisdom that comes having taught many classes, dealt with many issues and developed rapport with numerous members. Experienced instructors are like golden eggs – to be appreciated, to learn from and to be admired to have stood the test of time in an industry that turns over faster than a windmill.
Article of the Month Aqua Gymstick – Its Aquafabulous! by Suzanne Shardlow
Health and fitness has always played an important role in my life, so after a Breast Cancer diagnosis 4 years ago, at age 45, I changed career paths from a stressful office role to Fitness/Aqua Instructor, and more recently have started my own Aquatic Personal Training Business called Aquatone Personal Training. The mental and physical health benefits for me have been huge – not only in the transition from Breast Cancer Survivor to Thriver, but also in regards to managing back pain and mobility from a 45 degree scoliosis curvature.
It is from this perspective that I want to pass onto others the benefits of an amazing Fitness tool called the Gymstick – in particular the Aqua Gymstick.
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Pelvic Floor First
www.pelvicfloorfirst.com.au presents an evening for all women to find out more about the pelvic floor on Wed 9th Nov at 7pm in Moonee Ponds. The evening is for all women to find out more about the pelvic floor. We all know we should be doing pelvic floor exercises. We will be taking a light-hearted look at the pelvic floor and ways of avoiding problems. Click here to find out more
PELVIC FLOOR FITNESS WORKSHOP
The Continence Foundation of Australia invites you to attend a half-day workshop as part of the 20th National Conference on Incontinence being held in Melbourne 16 - 19 November 2011.
The Pelvic Floor Fitness workshop will teach you how to empower your clients to gain control over their 'inner fitness'.
Facilitated by Lisa Westlake, physiotherapist and leading exercise professional, and featuring an exciting line up of local and international guest speakers, including Marietta Mehanni and Kari Bø. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING FORM AND MORE INFO
Gymstick Muscle Music release 4!!!
Another fantastic CD! License free, specially produced for Gymstick Muscle and Aqua trios. Includes Dirty dancer originally made famous by Enrique Iglesias, The Edge of Glory originally made famous by Lady GaGa, Last Friday Night originally made famous by Katy Perry and many more hugely popular tracks!
Buy your copy now!
GYMSTICK MUSCLE MELBOURNE- SAT DEC 10TH
Virgin Active, Bourke St - click here to book your place
**Featuring special guest Sanna Kasurinen**
With over 20 years experience, Sanna has established herself as one of Finland's most highly respected and sought after Fitness presenters. After graduating from the Finnish Sports Institute, Sanna went on to complete qualifications in a multitude of disciplines including Aqua, Chiball, Climbing, Boxing, Step and a number of other instructor educations.
Her expertise in Nordic walking and Nordic blading gave her the opportunity to develop the now hugely successful and award winning Gymstick fitness tool. Gymstick now has a presence in over 40 countries worldwide and Sanna was key to creating the group fitness element known as Gymstick Muscle. Sanna now travels all over the world to establish, deliver and develop Gymstick Education in her role as International Master Trainer.
Exercise of the month- Aqua Gymstick Trio
Emphasis - Triceps and posterior deltoid
Primary: Feet in wide stance, shoulder extension – underhand grip
Progression 1: Jack with shoulder extension – underhand grip
Progression 2: Ariel jack starting with feet wide apart and shoulder extension – underhand grip
Testimonial of the month- Carla Bond
Fitness has only played a key role in my life for a relatively short time. I have most recently had the great privilege of meeting Marietta Mehanni and would like to share some of the wonderful changes that have occurred as a result.
In 2007 an American professor, Dr. Randy Pausch, delivered an upbeat speech at Carnegie Mellon University. Terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and with only months left to live, he entitled his acclaimed speech 'The Last Lecture'. Amongst his many lessons on leading a fulfilling life, he said that you had better decide early on if you are a Tigger or an Eeyore.
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