Monday, April 2, 2018

Brains & Balance Past 60

This weekend I'll be attending four NEW Brains & Balance Past 60 workshops.  I'm excited because there is always something new to learn!  Clients' workouts can get repetitious, or they can get bored doing the same thing during each workout.  This helps me to keep things fresh, fun and challenging.

Here are the names of the four separate workshops I'll be taking:

1.  Living Fearless:  Exercise, Balance & Core Strength

2.  Walking Tall:  Mobility Drills for Seniors

3.  The Vibrant Senior:  Putting the FUN in Functional Training

4.  Strong Minds:  Exercise & Cognitive Function

Monday, March 19, 2018

Functional Fitness For The Mature Woman

In our busy lives, sometimes we put other's needs first.  As women, we've been doing this all our lives.  First as children, then as wives and mothers, and even later as caregivers to aging parents.

Let's face it, life is busy, and we can always find excuses to put off exercise.  This is a big mistake!  As we age, we start to lose muscle.  So strength training and exercise is even more crucial than you probably thought. If you don't make time for fitness, you may find that you need more and more assistance doing things that you used to do without a second thought!

In addition to strength training to help you stay independent well into your old age, it is important to work on your balance, agility, mobility, stability and even your cognition. These are elements of functional fitness.

I've taken many workshops which focus on baby boomers and seniors to help with each of these aspects of fitness for the mature body.

Sometimes, in order to be able to put yourself first (for a change), you should schedule your workouts as you would a doctor appointment or a business meeting.  Write it on your calendar, if that helps, and don't cancel.

As an baby boomer myself, I understand a woman's aging body.  My goal is to help a woman get a good workout without the fear of her getting injured. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Silver Sneakers Classic Workshop for Trainers

I'm excited to find out that a Silver Sneakers Classic class workshop will be held less than 1 1/2 hours away!  I missed taking this when I took the last 2 Silver Sneaker workshops because I thought it would be overkill taking them all at once.

Unfortunately, when the others were taught, they were 5 minutes away.  Now I will have to travel over an hour to attend the workshop.  But I'm thankful that I don't have to wait another year in order to take this workshop. 

This is the most basic Silver Sneakers class.  Many of the clients can be seated, if they need to be. I think this would be a good starting class for me to start teaching Silver Sneakers!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fun With Silver Sneakers!

I have been wanting to become a Silver Sneakers instructor for the past couple of years.  I'm happy to say that the trainer workshops were finally taught in my town.  I am now certified in the Circuit class and the new Stability class.  I am hoping to find a local gym to teach either of these classes.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 2016 Studio Updates

Since the last time I posted, I have updated equipment and gotten new equipment for my studio. Since my clients enjoy the Pilates Power Gym Pro, and it wasn't gliding as smoothly as it did when I first got it, I upgraded to the Pilates Power Gym Plus.  It elevates higher, which can make the workout more challenging.

I finally got my TRX wall mount up and have started incorporating more TRX training in my client's workouts.

Last week I got a Pilates Supreme Toning Tower.  It gives a whole new dimension for my client's workouts. I have trained about 5 clients on it so far, and they all love it!

I started taking Pilates classes the past couple of weeks.  As I continue taking classes, I'm learning more and more things I can use with my toning tower not only for myself, but also with my clients! 

Panoramic picture taken tonight of my studio.

Pilate Power Gym Plus in the highest setting.

Pilates Power Gym Plus in the lowest (flat) setting.

Toning tower with sculpting bar attached to the coil springs.

Toning tower with the straps attached to the coil springs.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Studio Pictures

In the above picture you see a Pilates Chair, Ballet Barre, Kettlebells and free weights.

 The picture above shows my vibration exercise platform and my Pilates Power Gym Pro.

After using a Total Flex for over a year, I found out that it was a knock off of Thane Total Flex.  I found out accidentally, after buying replacement resistance cords that included the leg extension piece and the head rest. At that time, I noticed a big difference in quality! After thinking about this for a couple of months, I ordered the Thane Total Flex.  I am so glad I did since it is a much better piece of equipment.  This picture shows it without the leg extension accessory.

Vibration Exercise Platform

Shortly after setting my new fitness studio, I purchased a vibration exercise platform.  I had done a lot of research on this type of equipment after trying it out at a yoga studio.  My clients use it as a warm up prior to their personal training sessions and for a cool down at the finish of their workout.

One can do various exercises while on it, which increases the benefits.  However, this machine is great for those that aren't able to exercise because it helps with balance, helps circulation, and helps the muscles work passively.

It is a great addition to my studio, and everyone that has used it, loves it.  I use it every day myself. In addition to standing, stretching or exercising on it, I sometimes also use it as a massage while lying on the floor, for my calves, quads or hamstrings!