Exploration and Assessment of Movement
This class is designed to examine pain patterns in movement. We will explore lying, standing, sitting, crawling, kneeling, and a wide variety of other movement patterns to look for possible pain and/or to discuss potential injuries within the movements. This class will be part hands-on and part lecture, designed to help you understand how to apply the methods to your own exercise practice. The class format is designed to support the work and interest in the neurodevelopmental sequence of human development and strength and conditioning principles. The focus of our discussion is pain and learning the different signs, symptoms and assessments we can perform to see and overcome our current limitations. The class structure is based on fundamental movement principles: alignment and posture of the neck, shoulder, thoracic spine and core principles, relating to breathing and postural restrictions.
Active Isolated Stretching/Mobility
The Comprehensive Stretching & Strengthening Solutions approach is based on the principles of Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening; pioneered by Aaron Mattes over 40 years ago. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic flexibility system derived from extensive research in kinesiology, the study of muscles and movement. AIS takes into account each joint, its movements, and the muscles that create those movements. It is the most in-depth stretching system currently in use in the world.
Active Isolated Stretching is a system that takes your core and foundation into account. It utilizes precise exercises to achieve local joint stability, stamina, and power. This will give you the dynamic strength you require for optimal function. With greater flexibility and strength your body can maintain balance that reduces stress on joints and allows release from a multitude of physical restrictions and weaknesses that impair health and well-being.
Tai Chi Chuan
Kevin has been exploring and practicing Tai Chi and Chi Gong since 2003. His approach is based on Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. He has studied with Michael Gilman, who had studied with Master Choy Kam-man. Kevin is interested in the martial application and movement patterns of each form and his teaching approach is based on principles of posture, root and breathing to explore their relationship within the body. The class will include discussion and application of movement and breath and the understanding of the principles of Chi in the body. It is open to any fitness level but the ability to be standing, bending and balancing multiple times are required. All participants will be led in a safe, fun and comfortable environment.
StrongFirst Kettlebell Training
Kettlebells are some of the most powerful tools for improving your fitness and physique. They combine strength training, mobility, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. As a result, you spend less time working out, yet get extraordinary results. Kettlebell and bodyweight movements makes workouts challenging, yet flexible enough for individuals of most fitness levels. Programs focus on joint mobility and stability, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular flexibility, total-body range of motion, and injury prevention.
Kevin has an enthusiasm for Kettlebell training and teaching the principles to those who are interested in learning. Kettlebell training can offer you a challenging and rewarding journey into health while learning higher level training concepts and strategies to gain strength while also not allowing the kettlebell to own you in the movement. We will learn the fundamentals of the following:
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**Classes are challenging and require some preparation before beginning. Class structure and intensity depends on the level of fitness. Each class will be designed to help with general conditioning and strength training principles.