Kevin Pedrey uses a unique blend of movement based modalities in order to help you achieve your fitness goals. He believes the most important piece to any movement or fitness regiment is to learn how to move well and with out pain. Here is a list of some of the modalities he uses in his practice:
Functional Movement Screen
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS Screen, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries. The FMS consists of seven movement patterns which require mobility and stability.
- Deep Squat
- Hurdle Step
- In-line Lunge
- Active Straight-leg Raise
- Trunk Stability Push-up
- Rotary Stability
- Shoulder Mobility
Ground Force Method
Ground Force Method (GFM) is a movement system where the focus is on the quality of your movement. We believe that before you move more, move stronger, or move faster, moving bettershould be the goal.
If you don’t move well, you are putting your fitness, skill, and strength practice on top of a faulty foundation. Thus, inefficiency and potentially breaking becomes easier. GFM is all about helping to create a solid movement foundation that will allow you to do life better.
If a slightly longer explanation is needed, you can add that we have used knowledge from Gray Cook and Lee Burton, Stuart Brown, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Istvan Balyi, Eyal Yanilov, Pavel Tsatsouline, and many others. GFM is about movement hierarchy—hence the slogan: movement from the ground up.
Quality of movement and the incorporation of play and flow are foundational to GFM. But also important is the practice of strength, power, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and agility.
In the FMS performance pyramid above, GFM is part of the foundation of the pyramid—the movement base. In our case, it is a strong and wide foundation, a foundation that creates stability for all of the components of the higher-level skills.
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Functional Training and Weight Lifting
This type of exercise routine is the foundation of any and all fitness programs at Northwest Fitness. Functional Training focuses on learning to use our core and back while learning proper posture, knee, hip and shoulder mobility and strengthening exercises. Utilizing a wide variety of strength training exercises we learn how to use our bodies to be more flexible and stronger.
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.
StrongFirst’s Founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, has been developing and refining kettlebell curriculum and training methodology for well over a decade. Instructors must prepare physically to meet the demands of the intense training required to become a Kettlebell instructor with StrongFirst. SFG Instructor candidates learn a principle-based kettlebell system and the safe, proper way to use kettlebells and teach kettlebell training to others. SFG Certifications are taught by the most qualified kettlebell instructors on the planet, each hand-selected by Pavel or our Chief SFG Brett Jones. Each candidate must meet a high standard in strength, movement skill, and coaching.The following six foundational skills are taught and tested at the SFG Level I Certification:
Read More about KettleBells here: http://www.strongfirst.com/why-a-kettlebell/
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a martial art. Tai Chi was accredited to a Taoist Monk named Zhang San Feng as its creator. Its origins date back over 700 years with some accounts of over 1500 years. Tai Chi is a type of Qigong (Chi Kung) practiced by millions of people worldwide every day. Tai Chi/Qigong practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movements and deep rhythmic breathing.
Developed originally in China as a self-defense strategy, Tai Chi is practiced today as a gentle exercise program. Tai Chi is known for its myriad of health benefits and promotes stress reduction, peace of mind, greater balance, pain reduction and many other scientifically proven benefits with regular practice.
Kevin offers Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan 34 movement. Kevin Pedrey has studied with Michael Gilman who studied with Master Choy Kam-man whose father, Choy Hok-peng studied with Yang Cheng Fu, who is credited with introducing Tai Chi to America in the 1940’s. With over 13 years of study with Tai Chi Chuan, Kevin Pedrey has been certified to teach Tai Chi Chuan through the Gilman Studio as of May 2016.