In this issue
DID YOU KNOW??
Muscles play a key role during exercise, but did you know that there are a hidden group of muscles called ‘pelvic floor muscles’ which need special attention?
Click here for accredited online Pelvic Floor courses
“Aqua Gymstick provides a great overall workout. My physio has confirmed that I have greater mobility and strength since doing AQUA Gymstick on a regular basis.”
FILEX 2013 is set to be bigger and better than ever! Make sure you attend this not to be missed convention in Sydney this April! www.fitnessnetwork.com.au/filex2013/filex2013-home
A beginner again
Very shortly after we are born there are a lot of ‘firsts’.
Our first big breath, our first cry, our first feed. Then it is our first smile (genuine), first step and our first word. We actually have hundreds and thousands of first experiences in our tender years. Then there is our first friend, our first exam, our first kiss, our first car, our first job. By the time we hit our 30’s those firsts really start slowing down. A lot of the experiences that we encounter become variations and in fact, when we have a ‘first’ experience, it is usually more challenging to deal with.
Feb 10 Gymstick Muscle Melbourne click here for more info and bookings
Feb 16 Frothy Foam Ideas Adelaide click here for info and bookings
Feb 16 Hard Core Core and Cardio Adelaide click here for more info and bookings
Feb 23 / 24 Auckland’s Aqua Extravaganza – 2 day event click here for more info
Feb 28 Core Foundations NSW click here for info
March 2 Gymstick h20 Warrigul click here for info and bookings
March 16 Core Foundations QLD click here for more info
March 17 Gymstick Muscle Brisbane click here for more info
April 5 Core Foundations WA click for more info
April 6 Gymstick for Older Adults PERTH click here for more info
April 7 PERTH Aqua workshops Click here for more info
April 19 – 21 FILEX 2013 Click here for more info
May 5 Core Foundations Melbourne Click here for more info
July 28 Gymstick for Older Adults Melbourne Click here for more info
Gymstick Muscle change to format
As of 2013 Gymstick International will be encouraging instructors to change the structure of the class so that there is NO STICK warm up.
The change has been due to the following reasons (and they are not because it is dangerous or otherwise)
2.) After the warm up, the instructor usually has to teach the technique to quickly put on the bands and how to adjust the resistance. This decreases heart rate and somewhat lowers the motivation levels in the class. We are finding that starting the class having taught these techniqeus avoids this little ‘break’ in the workout.
3.) Warm ups with the stick are not given enough attention at the initial training. This has resulted in instructors deisgning their own warm ups. Sometimes these warm ups are not well designed and become like an aerobics class which defeats the purpose of keeping Gymstick simply effective.
We have done some extensive experimenting with starting the class with a Trio and have had much success. Any squat Trio can be used for the warm up and in the future, Gymstick Online will be removing the Gymstick exercises for the warm up and substituting them for appropriate Trio warm ups.
Gymstick Online is the easiest way to access all your Gymstick Muscle music and trio needs!
For a small monthly fee you can choose your music and exercises and have them in an instant on your mobile device.
And Then Someone Said “..Let There Be Android”
We are currently fast-tracking the creation of the “Android” application. We know this is really important and we are very keen to get it into everyone’s hands. We will have regular updates on our Customer Care Center and as part of. our Facebook Account..
We are super excited to deliver this to our Android customers…… so hold tight and we will be with you very shortly.
Pelvic Floor First
Did you know that almost every exercise your client does affects their pelvic floor? And that some exercises can actually harm these muscles, leading to bladder or bowel control problems that can significantly impact their lives?
Bladder and bowel control problems affect almost 4.8 million Australians – of which 80 percent are women. As a fitness professional you are ideally placed to identify people with, or at risk of, pelvic floor problems, and support them with a pelvic floor safe program. This is particularly important for people at increased risk of pelvic floor problems.
The Pelvic Floor First website (http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/) provides you with information about the pelvic floor and pelvic floor safe exercises. You may also want to view the resource Promoting Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise.
The Continence Foundation of Australia has partnered with the Australian Fitness Network to deliver a 2 part online education course. For more information visit the online education page (http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/pages/online-education.html)
Exercise of the month – Glute Stretches
This month we share with you a couple of fabulous Gymstick stretches for the glutes.
The first picture demonstrates how you can assist and intensify a regular glute stretch by using the Gymstick behind the leg, on top of which the opposite ankle is placed.
In the second picture, the Gymstick is placed on the outside of the shoe offering leverage to increase the stretch.
Testimonial of the Month – Maria Teresa Stone
“Have you been thinking on attending a course, do something new, upskill…?!! Well, stop thinking and just DO IT! I have been wanting for a while to attend a presentation skills workshop, because I want to be better at what I do, average is not enough for me. Well I organised/hosted the AMAZING Marietta Mehanni, the best person to learn from! for a three day “Master Trainer Training” in my home. The best investment in my career and life. I know Carolina, Elaine and Reece will agree with me as we were all sumerged in a learning process that has made a lifetime impact in all of us. I just want to encourage you to go out there and get what you want, do not wait to come to you. “
Maria Teresa Stone Zumba® Education Specialist (Master Trainer)
If you would like to know more about Master Trainer Training click here
Hard Core Core and Cardio
Can’t make it to the Hard Core Core and Cardio workshop in Adelaide?
No worries!get yourself a copy of the DVD!
This unique approach to fitness uses the Swiss Balls amazing properties to challenge not only the heart and lungs, but also the deep core and postural muscles whilst incorporating balance and stability.
Click here to watch the promo video for this DVD
Rayanne bought this DVD and below is her feedback.