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27 Oct 2014

Starting from the GROUND up!

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Hello Friends! 

Last week we touched base going through the movements for you to feel the proper alignment within your body. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE BEEN PRACTICING! We are going to go through some of the same movements as of last week, to warm up the body BUT of course I have new things for you all to enjoy! 

If you have a Lacrosse ball or a yoga strap, PLEASE bring them!

Practice..practice..practice!!

We will be doing more HIP and SPINE work, and stability WODs.

Homework:

I want you all to find your alignment, constantly, find it!  Where ever you are and whatever you are doing, find it, control it, and keep trying to always be aware of it. 

If you have any questions, please email me! 

20 Oct 2014

Lets Connect the Dots!

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Happy MONDAY! :)

 

There will be Mobility this Wed. @ 7:30! I really hope to see you there!

I attended a Balanced Athlete seminar this past weekend, and I have learned a lot more of small significant adjustments to fundamental movements to bring you ALL to have awareness within your “home”, where you live, YOUR BODY! We will be connecting the DOTS! 

I am strong an very passionate about what I am brining to you all, for a few reasons, my past experience, overcoming obstacles, I had to re-train my mind, and re-train my body. To have a natural alignment, to be connected to my neuro-musculooskeletal system to my kinetic chain. Basic fundamental movements, daily activities, how I sat down, how I stood, and how I walked. Trust me, I am not just a believer, I know. 

Here are a few things I want you to think about, things of how you carry your body(your home, where you live) throughout the day. 

How do you sit?

How do you stand?

How d you walk?

How do you run?

How do you sit, when you a driving in your car OR on your bike?

How do you pick something off the ground?

Where do you live?

What are your principles, or do you have principles? 

 

Principles + Process + Practice = ???…..

Synchronization + Stabilization + Stretching = ???…

 

Wed. night is going to be SIMPLE, we are going to be doing movements that will be SO simple BUT will really open your mind to seeing things, daily activities and Oly lifting in a different way. 

Oh and you will be sweating, so BRING WATER :)

 

MARK MY WORDS, AND TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. 

It may not happen over night, but it will happen! You will feel, you will understand, and you will see the changes in many ways. 

YOU WILL KNOW…YOU WILL RE-TRAIN…AND YOU WILL LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE! 

 

There will not be a class this Wed. the 15th. BUT Alex is holding a seminar, “Fuel for Strength”. It is a nutrition seminar that will open your eyes to giving your body fuel. So, I hope to see you there!

 

Practice your alignment, your breath in ever movement and the Vinyasa. You want to make the moment in a flow that will let you open more in every movement! 

I better see you all practicing before and after classes or your own workout! 

 

 

06 Oct 2014

Basic Premises

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Basic Premises

Focus your attention within the body. While you are going on with your day, focus on your body, the movements of walking, standing, and sitting.

Be aware of your breathing. Think about it, its quiet yes but its calm and you think nothing of it. 

Your foundations within your body. What are they? While you are standing think of, and analyze the muscles that are active in how you are standing. Think outside the box, your foundation is in more depth than just being your feet, and your legs.

 

These are a few things to be cautious of during the day, think about it, and try to really feel how you treat your body day in and day out. We all know how to do olympic lifting, but do we all know, or think of how within our daily duties, how we treat our bodies?

Rolling out your muscles is very important, but do you think opening your joints and really understanding your body isn’t important? If you are not scared of challenges when it comes to CrossFit, why are you against challenges in performing human movements that are difficult? Human movements, where your joints are given a lot of attention, and your posture is being trained to be naturally aligned? 

Here are a few poses that are modifications to the Camel pose. Both of these poses are opening your spine, it is within relaxation to really feel your body opening. So please do this AFTER working out. If you are not flexible you can place something under your head, like a pillow or if you are in the gym, a bag or roll up a hoodie/Jacket.  

Lay on a small dynamic ball, placed directly under the lumbar region it is relaxing to the lower back IF it is healthy! If you can not relax you abs or thighs, then you have lower back issues.

Lay on a small dynamic ball, placed directly under the lumbar region it is relaxing to the lower back IF it is healthy! If you can not relax you abs or thighs, then you have lower back issues. SO DONT DO IT!

The ball is placed under the mid-chest (females bra strap), prevent the pelvis to drop to the floor, and mobilizes many joints through your spine, and ribs.

The ball is placed under the mid-chest (females bra strap), prevent the pelvis to drop to the floor, and this will mobilize many joints through your spine, and ribs.

 

28 Sep 2014

“Be a powerful athlete”

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Investing in your fitness though WODS is not enough. Without mobility, every WOD or Olympic lifting tightens you up muscles by muscle you start feeling aches an pains. Your joints do not have the flexibility, strength and balance they need to perform at a higher rate. Don’t sit there, shake your head thinking “BS”, and stay away from something because it is not easy to do. You have the desire and drive for Crossfit so find it within, so commit yourself to Mobility. This is the method to achieving the best your body can attain. I want you to join me, so I can help you reach the next level of fitness through mobility and yoga. 

‘I am very passionate for what I bring to the table; for my knowledge, power, and confidence that I can teach. Mobility/Yoga has helped me gain strength in many ways, mentally, physically, and has brought me to a high level of fitness. Trust me when I say, I don’t just believe, I have proven through experience.” 

Wed. night class @ 7:30 – free of charge.

“Touch up” – 30 min session for $25. ONE on ONE to go through basic movements to understand my cues within class. If you haven’t done the basic vinyasa yoga movements, I would highly recommend choosing this option so you are more comfortable in group setting. 

45min session - $75, ONE on ONE to go through your own specially designed class. I will talk though your particular mobility goals, assist every movement, and truly understand what you want to accomplish during class.

SMALL group session - 3 cap, 60min for $115 Split coast between the class.

 

You do not have to be a member at CFB. If you have friends or family that you like to attend the small group training, they are more than welcome. If you would like to bring a nonmember to classes the cost is $20 a class (for your guest). The sessions can be booked anytime, for what works best for our schedules. If you are interested, please don’t be shy. email me! 

Give your body some love, and your mind power to overcome every challenge!

28 Sep 2014

Mobility

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Looking at work outs this week, here is my suggestions on Mobility work before classes. 

Everyone that as been coming to Mobility, you better be doing what we have done in classes!! 

You need to do active stretching! DO NOT be doing any deep stretching or holding a stretch with a band or something on like ‘pigeon’. Please listen to me, consistently performing a movement that your body does not have flexibility, flexible rotation in your joints or proper alignment is doing nothing for you. 

Movements after Warm up:

5 Piece Squat: 

This should not be done in a fast pace, you want to go though with a flow of movement, like a tempo.

1. Touch Toes with fingers under your shoes.

2. Pull your feet hard, “Boot Strap” Your ARMS are on the INSIDE of your knees with a FULL extension, and NO BENDING YOUR ELBOWS. Press FIRMLY towards your knees, spine is neutral really get your back flat and press your chest forward. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

3. Raise ONE arm over head so your hand in directly over your shoulder, and bicep in next to your ear.

4. Do the same with the other arm. You wan to feel like you are reaching to the sky, and pushing you knees outward. Hold this for about 15 seconds.

5. Stand.

Inclined Plane: Head back, lift hips high, knees straight, feet flat to the floor, and press shoulder blades together.  

1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight, feet flexed, and your hands behind you. Allow your head to drop back.

2. Inhale as you press your hips as high as you can. Hold this for about 10 seconds, keep your knees straight, exhale and lower back to the floor. 

 

 

 

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08 Sep 2014

Video!?

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Hey Friends! 

First thing, PLEASE send me your video! :) Thor was first..WHO is second!?

Before classes, go through a quick flow of what we did starting class. DD, plank, Updawg, leg raise and then to a lunge. Do both legs a few times! The “Vinyasa” is important so trust me when I say practice. 

 

Class this week will be upper body. Of course your entire body will be in action but your breath, your mind and you ability of awareness. Can’t wait to give you guys some more loving! 

 

VIDEO’S!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

01 Sep 2014

First Mobility Class

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Mobility is FINALLY here! Every Wed. @ 7:30pm is YOUR new Mobility class! Class will be an hour long, BUT if anyone wants to stay after class for a little while and continue working on some movements, that is fine with me! Just please let me know ahead of time, so I can plan on staying. 

Now, the first class, I will be communicating on the reasons in why I am bringing Mobility to CFB, and I want to know what everyone needs to pay attention to with your own body. In my experience of working with clients in mobility, hands on, assisting and cueing, I am used to working with different injuries, ages, and body types. So, trust me, YOU are in good hands! You will absolutely be doing mobility but you will be doing movements where I can read everyone’s bodies, being aware of limitations and alignments. Everyone will obviously be different, but I am sure there will be MANY of you having common difficulties or annoyances.   

Equipment: (IF it has a * it is required)

- Lacrosse Ball*

- Mat

- Strap*

- Blocks 

I hope everyone who said they will be coming, ACTUALLY comes! For those who decide to commit to Mobility, YOU are going to have a lot fun and be excited about what I have in store for you! We will talk about it more in class, but I will be having everyone who COMMITS to mobility, video tape yourself in performing a FULL Snatch or a lift you are able to perform. You will start off knowing where your body is tight, disconnected, and needs a little LOVE. A few months down the road, I will have you be doing this again. So you can SEE what I am talking about every time I speak of mobility and you will also SEE what has helped you, and will CONTINUE helping you reaching every goal you are working towards! 

I am BEYOND excited and full of joy to give you all the feeling of my passion, in the reasons why I do, what I do! Mark my words, you WILL thank me. You DO NOT have to say it, but I know you will feel thankful! 

Athletic Mobility Yoga:

 

I’m starting a class that will allow you to feel your body out a lot more than you did when you walked through the door at CFB. That might sound harsh but I mean it in a peaceful manner. Give it a chance, breathe and give your body some love.

 

Be present in every movement your body makes. Trust your breath to lead you toward depth, feeling open, and proper positioning through your entire body.

 

All of us can say that we are athletes, Crossfitters, Olympic lifters, and very fit individuals. We are all strong in our own ways and we all know the methodology of CrossFit, trial & error, input & output, measurable, repeatable, and observable. We truly understand the results of the methodology. “The Code”, Constantly Varied, Functional Movements, High Intensity. Lets not forget about Olympic lifting. The flexibility, the control, and the power/speed you need to perform a lift. Through every movement your body makes with these functional movements or Oly lifts that you are performing your technique will never be perfect but it can always get closer and closer. You are able to feel every inch of each move your body makes. Being able to have the mind-set to do that is to actually be able to control your mind in a calm sense. To have strength mentally and actually go through a functional movement at a slower pace, to hold, to breath, and to control every move you make.

 

With all of that said, ask yourself this, how does you body feel? We ALL work pretty damn hard on our bodies but do we ever actually give our bodies some love?

 

There is mobility at the beginning of class, there is some stretching going on and of course “rolling out” before and after every class. That is legit, seriously that is awesome but it is not enough. Think of what you do to your body weekly, literally, you work your ass off. For as often as you work out hard do you do anything to love your body? I don’t mean get a message every week; I mean what kind of exercises besides “rolling out” do you actually do?

 

You NEED to do more. You need to do more mobility than just before and after classes. Give me two months, once a week for my Mobility Yoga class and you will understand everything that I am saying.

 

GPP: General Physical Preparedness. Making YOU better at life. Hands down CrossFit will be a huge provider of that but so will Mobility Yoga.

 

10 General Physical Skills:

 

-       Cardio Vascular/ Cardio Respiratory Endurance

-       Stamina

-       Flexibility

-       Strength

-       Coordination

-       Balance

-       Agility

-       Accuracy

-       Speed

-       Power

 

As you read this list, in the back of your mind you ask, “strength or weakness?” Every single one of us asks, even if we have already read it a MILLION times. Keep working hard and do NOT give up on any weakness or injury. I promise you that in addition to the work you put your body through and the strength that you gain, you also need to exercise your MIND in a powerful way, without weights. Learning to work with this kind of power will help prevent injuries. You will understand what “balance” means and how you can gain a lot more power to what your strengths are and your weaknesses will NO longer be weak.

 

Mobility is very important. Dr. Kelley Starrett knows his stuff, that’s a no brainer. But, he is opening a lot of people’s eyes to see that Mobility Yoga is necessary. You should ALWAYS do Mobility before and after classes. Additionally you should do Mobility yoga once or twice a week.

 

 Classes will start on Sept 3rd. as of the time, I will post, write it on white board and print outs ALL over the gym :)

 

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10 Aug 2014

Get Moving!

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I hope all of you had a GREAT weekend :) 

Now, down to business!

So, all of you guys come into class early, roll out on a foam roller and do static stretching. But, here is my concern, you guys shouldn’t roll out, or do static stretching on rested/cold muscles. Do a little dynamic stretching before, and work with the PVC before you grab a band for mobility movements. If you are trying to stretch muscles, when you are not warm yet, you won’t get anything from it. Give them some love and loosen up! Then you will get a hell of a lot more, rolling out and doing static stretching. 

Lets look at the works outs this week..

Monday: Front Squat AND Fran…oh boy! 

Tuesday: Strict Dips, Strict TTB, and Clean + Jerk.

Wednesday: Burpees, Giddy up! Deadlifts, and Turkish get up!

Thursday: Row, Ring Rows, Push ups, and V-ups.

Friday: Rope Climb and GTOH. 

 

So, for Mobility this week guys, do DYNAMIC stretching before you roll out. PLEASE, do me a favor and try it! Now, you know what your doing for work this week, so get the PVC and do a warm up with the exercises you are doing. PRACTICE FORM. Grab a bar, and do some reps to wake your muscles up! For dips, TTB, Turkish get ups, ring rows, push ups…you know what I am going to say..do 5 reps, 4 reps or 3 reps of each. THEN break into the band, 4 way, rolling out on a foam roller or a lacrosse ball. Mark my words, you will be thankful if you actually try this. So, for the WOD you won’t just be ready to go…you will already be going! 

ONE more thing. Down Dawg, Upward Dawg…DONT forget them, ALWAYS DO THEM! 

 

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