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DID YOU KNOW??
All the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes
Gymstick Aqua is designed specifically for water and it caters well for sporting groups, rehabilitation clients, individual training or group exercise in the water. Launched in 2007, the design differences include a shorter length (to fit between pool lane width), foam is closed cell foam to prevent absorption of water. The bands are chlorine resistant and the material straps have a buckle so it can be tightened around the foot.
I attended your presentation at the Masterblaster conference. I just wanted to say thank you for a great informative presentation, I enjoyed it a lot. I decided to make to next few weeks at my gym (Club Salamanca) and in mobile Personal Training business, pelvic floor awareness weeks.
I have had some great success with 3 members/clients coming forward saying they were suffering some of the symptoms of pelvic floor weakness (urine leakage) and are now seeking a medical opinion.
Thank you again
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Functional training – it’s hard to let go
There is a movement. There is a new way of exercising. There is change. There, I said it, the most challenging word in the any language. CHANGE.
Recently I was teaching a Gymstick PT course and discussing the ins and outs of functional training, the whys and hows when an instructor put up his hand. This instructor has just entered the fitness industry, and was keen to learn all things, but he had a question. The question was – “but what if I want to get big?”.
Out of the mouth of babes, this young man said so much of what challenges our current fitness industry. The first word or letter, I should say, was “I”. What if “I” want to get big…and here we are in a personal training workshop. My first thought was “how often do we confuse ‘I’ with ‘client’. How many clients or members have I dealt with personally that come to a fitness facility to get big, is very few. In fact, most want to get smaller (usually) and the rest really want to feel better in their own bodies. Is it the 23 years of experience that has taught me that the focus should be on the client otherwise you will surely loose them, or is it my age that has taught me that moving well and feeling good inside was more important that the size of my biceps or how ripped my abs were? Maybe both, but the first question that I had from this one little statement was – how many other personal trainers and group fitness instructors think the same way.
The next word was ‘want’. I remember my favourite TV personality – Dr. Phil saying, it is not want you want, but what you need that you should place your focus – or something to that effect. True muscular size requires discipline and commitment. You can’t get there by pumping out a few reps with really heavy weights, enough to impress your friends. Usually that ends up in an injury and a membership that goes to waste. Isn’t our job to ensure that people get what their bodies need and to educate what is more important – moving well and feeling like the everyday challenges are easier. Some people’s wants match with their needs, and sometimes it does not. The public come to us for advice, guidance and assistance to achieve their goals, a bit like how people go to a doctor to feel better.
Big – it says so much. In my mind it conjures up mental images of isolated training, single joint movements and exercises that are muscle specific. I have been around long enough to remember that this was the only way to train. If you wanted to lift weights then you had to plan large muscle groups to small ones and have a specific order for the exercises. Is this still valid – in some circumstances, but now we look at the anatomy and way we move differently. This is what we refer to as Functional Training. Personally, I love it. I love that the training can be different every time, only because after being in ‘fitness’ for 27 years, you could not excite me with a normal bicep curl (or preacher curl or concentration curl – they are the same thing in different positions). Functional training is the way we are moving forward – embracing the totality of the body and movement rather than splitting it up into little pieces. The body is a whole and though there are circumstances to do isolation and specific muscle training (not discrediting this form of training), functional training is where it is all heading.
What did I say to this wonderful young man – as hard as it is to leave old ideals, just let it go.
Network’s Small Group Training Summit 21-22 Sept Click here for more info and bookings
Tricks, Tools and Trades of Program Coordinating 3-4 Oct Click here for info and bookings
Gymstick for Older Adults 6 Oct Click here for more info and bookings
Gymstick for Personal Trainers 7 Oct Click here for more info and bookings
Exercise of the month – Step Lunges
Testimonial of the month – Antony Densham
This is Antony here, I attended the PT workshop with you on Sunday. I just wanted to say a big thanks, it was fantastic! I felt bad because I didn’t get to thank you in person because I had to dash to catch a bus.. It was really interesting what you were saying about core stability and muscle inbalance. I think the gymstick is a
Thanks again, Im looking forward to exploring more possibilities with the magic stick!
The Gymstick Bootcamp is one of the most popular selling Gymstick products and even the Police and Army have taken up the oppotunity to use this amazing tool as part of their training!
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.