2018: The Functional Year

Happy New Year!

2018 is here, and this is going to be your year, we can feel it!

Time is always limited, and we want you to be getting the most out of your gym time. If you’re already here, taking advantage of some of our classes can help augment any level of fitness. Left to our own devices we often start neglecting a few areas of our workout without even noticing. Doing an occasional class helps bring our focus to areas we might be forgetting, and contributes to a well rounded routine.

So back to functional Fitness:  What is it? Simply put, it’s exercise that improves daily activity by challenging balance, co-ordination, strength and range of motion. It’s training for life, not events. And that makes it easier to stay fit, year round, while also improving the rest of our workout. You are probably already doing some workouts that include functional fitness (good for you!) but most experts recommend that at least 20-35% of our workout should be committed to functional fitness in order to minimize injuries, promote full body strength and flexibility, and compliment other routines. (FYI: if you haven’t thought much about it, now is a great time to start because we are running TRX programs with Stefania that are going to help).

If you haven’t seen our new cage set-up, it’s been too long since you’ve been to the gym! And while most people have an idea of what TRX Training looks like (think: balancing from suspended stretchy ropes with controlled movements) most people don’t know how to use it most effectively or how it can work with the rest of their work-out routine. If it’s also news to you that TRX stands for Total Resistance Exercise, then read on!

TRX is a core superhero. Most people think core only means abs, but it includes pelvis, abs, back and chest muscles. Working on these areas reduces risk of injury doing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and also maintains our abilities as we age – helping to extend our active years. Core exercises also help improve posture, another important element that helps us maintain integrity in our other work-outs. Think, if you’re on the rowing machine, and you’ve worked your core, your posture is going to be so much stronger, you’re not only going to get a more challenging workout in your legs, but you’re also going to reduce your risk of injuring your back.  A win/win! (for more history on TRX Training, click here!)

If you have been thinking about adding some core training to your workout, you can sign up at the front desk to take a TRX Class with Stefania, which run Mondays 5:15pm – 6pm, or Wednesdays at 12:10 pm – 12:50 – Free for members! To see some more ideas for adding TRX movements into your routine, find @fitness_stefania on instagram, and featured below:

 

Pull yourself up keeping your shoulders back and strong, pulling your elbows down. Keep your feet flexed and legs engaged working your entire body.

 

Grip the handles of your TRX cord, keping your legs engaged and straight, and extend your arms. Keep your core (abs, pelvis, back and chest) strong and engaged through the movement.

 

Hope to see you out here soon, and thanks to all our members for making 2017 a great year!

Here’s to an even better 2018, cheers!

 

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