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DID YOU KNOW??
The femur (thigh bone) is the largest bone in the human body, and is about 1/4 of your overall height.
Inspired by Dee's story about using the Gymstick whilst on holiday? The new camouflage appearance and the extremely durable construction and materials of Bootcamp Gymstick suits intense training indoors or out. The Boot Camp bag is designed to fit tight (with a shoulder strap and waist strap) even when running or during the most demanding training sessions. Boot Camp Gymstick comes with two different levels of exercise bands allowing you to adjust the resistance according to your training level or type of workout. A free workout DVD and poster is included in the package. Click here to buy now!
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Welcome to the October edition of Marietta's newsletter!
I want to say a huge thank you to the 6 Program Coordinators that recently attended a workshop that Ange La Scala and I conducted last month. Judy Davenport, Khairul Nor (Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre), Kris Anderson, Debbie Cowan (both from Nunawading Leisure Centre), Kirsty Nield (Adelaide) and Kay Gooiker (Casey ARC). In 2006, Ange and I were sitting around chewing the fat discussing the merits and foibles of program coordinators that we worked for when an idea was born. One of the greatest challenges for a Program Coordinator is learning how to do an effective job. There is no one let teach you the ropes, or tell you if you are on the right track, or if there is a better way to deal with a situation. No, this is simply left up to the individual to work it out. As most coordinators come from being an instructor, there is little preparation for the role and understanding the big picture and the strategies of dealing with a team of charismatic personalities, demanding customers and fulfilling the requirements of management. And so often, the glue that the coordinator is between these three groups of people can literally become unstuck.
These 6 coordinators and the ones who have attended the education previously, are passionate about doing the best job they can. They want to find ways to improve their programming, strategies with dealing with difficult customers and most importantly, methods to keep instructors happy and enthusiastic in their desire to improve people's health and wellbeing. I thank them for taking the time to share and learn different ways to improve one of the most reliable ways to keep people exercising.
Also want to thank my colleague Ange. Still active in her role as the Program Coordinator at Melbourne University, Ange is constantly aspiring to be the best coordinator that she can be and hence in developing this education, her input as been invaluable. I very much enjoy our hourly sessions each week working on this project and know that moving forward in our own little way, we are making a contribution to our industry.
Article of the month. Margaret Sanger by Michelle Wright
Margaret Sanger was an American woman who opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, USA in 1916. Sanger challenged the belief of the time that state, church and husbands had more control over women's reproductive bodies than the women themselves. Sanger worked with underprivileged women who were suffering dreadfully from frequent childbirths and self-induced abortions. Nine days after her birth control clinic opened, Sanger was arrested by the police for a 30-day stint in jail. As she was being transported away, women were seen running after the police cart yelling out "Tell me the secret! Tell me the secret!"
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Fun, Fitness and the Pelvic Floor
**WED 9th NOV** 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.
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We are also pleased to announce the release of the Pelvic Floor Fitness Videoconference webcast, available for you to view click here. An excellent resource for everyone in the fitness industry to deepen understanding of a vital part of the core muscles.
www.simplecue.com is an exciting new website, which aims to create amazing tools that make the experience of creating fitness choreography painless, affordable, fun and very social. SimpleCue is creating a new way to bring together music, video, choreography and beautiful software. Our belief is that it's time for you to have the best technology possible, that works with all the devices that you use, and makes things simple.
GYMSTICK FOR PERSONAL TRAINERS SAT 8 OCT
This simple, yet clever concept from Finland is the answer to every personal trainer's prayer. Light, portable and with the ability to vary resistance in seconds, the Gymstick can be used in and outdoors and can be adapted to suit any client need. This session will demonstrate how using the Gymstick will effectively and efficiently provide a total body muscle conditioning workout that will also incorporate balance and stability training. Every personal trainer will not only walk away with creative exercise ideas using the Gymstick but also clever exercise combinations that can be performed with a partner
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"I use the gym stick for my clients and myself. The gym stick improves balance, strength and core stability. It is great for an all over body work out, from a simple bicep curl to a compound movement. I have found it great for training anywhere; as it is portable and light weight and functional. My clients have found it more fun than just lifting weights. I would recommend it for anyone. Give it a go; you will be surprised."Allison Jenkins
AQUA GYMSTICK SAT 15 OCT
Using exercise bands in water fitness classes is not a new concept, but what is truly unique about the Gymstick Aqua, is it's attachment to the stick. With this innovative design, stationary, propulsive and travelling exercises can utilise the added resistance of the bands. This is ideal for catering to different strength and fitness levels, especially in a water exercise format. This worskhop is suitable for all fitness instructors, personal trainers and health professionals who wish to deliver water workouts. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE
GYMSTICK MUSCLE FRI 21 OCT (AQUA4U PERTH)
GYMSTICK MUSCLE is a unique Group Fitness Program that uses Gymsticks to provide a muscle conditioning program that can be employed for a wide range of specific client groups. The Gymstick Muscle Workshop teaches instructors how to develop a progression based technique called Trios.
HARD CORE CORE SUN 23 OCT (AQUA4U PERTH)
This 6 hour workshop will explore exercises you may have never seen on a ball before!
To book on to either of the Aqua4U workshops please contact www.aqua4u.com.au ph 0408919297 Pam or 0428284298 Tracey
Setting Sail with Gymstick
"Recently I took part in my first Gymstick course run by Marietta one week before going on holiday. It was the Gymstick for PT workshop held in Narrewarren and I purchased a Bootcamp Gymstick with a view to using it in my Personal Training sessions
My alternative motive was to take the Gymstick away with me to maintain my fitness. You may be thinking what's so special about that! Well our holiday was on board a sailing ship. A clipper to be precise. There were 159 passengers on board and 80 crew, no gym, two small plunge pools one of which enabled anyone at the bar to peer through the portholes into the pool.... The Aqua fitness class was viewed by all and sundry!
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**NEW RELEASE** GYMSTICK CORE DVD
Want to spice up your core exercise repertoire? The Gymstick, a new and exciting fitness tool from Finland, can be used to create a total body workout. This workshop will highlight with multi-planer and multi-dimensional ways in which the Gymstick can be used to develop functional core strength. if you ar a personal trainer or group fitness instructor and are 'over' your traditional exercises then this workshop is not to be missed.
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Exercise of the Month- Swiss Ball Step Touch
A step touch is executed when one foot steps to one side and the other moves across to join it e.g. right foot steps to right, left foot steps to right and taps floor ready to return back across to left. Repeat the movement to left side by starting with the left foot. This exercise shifts the bodyweight from side to side and so that body is challenged to stay in the centre and on top of the ball.
Progressive levels include:
1. add arm actions
2. travel around the ball
3. increase repetition of step touch tap across
4. lift foot on the tap together 'soccer kick'
5. on tap out, keep leg off the floor
Step touch is one of the very few moves that can travel around the ball. This adds interest and fun and it can be a goal to move around the ball in fewer and fewer step touches. This will increase heart rate as the steps required to move around the ball will become wider and wider.
Testimonial of the month - Naomi Ling
Try to get to know Marietta Mehanni and you will find that she is a fitness maniac, burned with passion to get everyone moving. You cannot be helped but to be motivated, inspired and influenced by her.
Marietta's generosity, caring and hardworking spirit is well known. Not to mention her popularity and the wealth of experience in fitness arena as a national and international presenter, lecturer, mentor, educator, coordinator, writer and instructor. She has earned her success, and gains many great tips/knowledge by working through many challenges, without giving up. Her achievements are recognized by many awards and living testimonial of others, who were taught or mentored by her – many, became highly skilled and sough after instructors, and presenters. I am also one of the very lucky one to be mentored by her. Starting as a participant in her class (not knowing how to do cut the corner), to becoming an instructor and now a presenter.