We take inspiration from three main sources of fitness education. Scott Sonnon, owner of RMAX International, developed several programs that we feel is the absolute best combination of fitness and neuroscience. His program, Tacfit, has been named the worlds smartest workout, and he is currently using this program to condition Special Forces officers. We also integrate knowledge from NASM, Baptiste Power Yoga, Clubbell Yoga and Steel Mace Movement. We feel that by combining these programs our clients get the best mix of mobility and joint health, active recovery, static strength and dynamic strength and movement patterns that truly maximize your time. Our classes may be a hour, but that includes specific warm up, education based on the coaching plan of the week, a strong 30 minute work out and specific cool down. There is no need to beat the body up for hours on end. We help you train smarter, so that when you go harder, you go farther.
Awaken/Condition/Practice - We teach in this specific sequence in every level of class in order to unwind compensation patterns in the myofascia that can prohibit optimal function. Myofascial chaines can be weak (compensated) or tight (compensating) Both are highly injury prone and will leak power over time.
Residual tension - When you train a movement, the myofascia retain the tension to some degree. This pre-tense tissue will leak power because it will not be able to contract to the same degree as non pre-tense tissues. Without releasing the pre-tense tissue, adaptation will occur and it will lead to myofascial density.
Myofascial Density - Over time, when you neglect to release residual tension, the pre-tense tissue lays down collagenous fibers to make it easier to maintain; in order to substitute for muscular activation. The fascial bag will then increase in thickness in order to use less effort to hold pretension, diminishing mobility. The myofascial densitiy must then be pulped in order to break down the leathery adaptations to restore mobility and ability to express power. Without pulping, the area will become less and less mobile, resulting in diminished innervation. More dense tissue, less mobility over a long period of time, leading to motor amnesia.
Sensory Motor Amnesia - When tissue is not moved through a degree of freedom, the fascia adapts to less use and phases down its innervation. It is not just atrophy, but more importantly a disconnect between the brain and the innervated tissue which results in the loss of movement pattern. If the movement pattern remains dormant for long enough, it will develop a protective mechanism to further avoid the movement, which leads to fear reactivity.
Scapular Movements - scapular retraction refers to moving the shoulder blades (scapula) towards the spine. The opposite is protraction – moving the shoulder blades away from the spine. If you give yourself a big bear hug your shoulder blades will protract. If you try to pinch your shoulder blades all the way together they will retract. If you fully protract, fully retract, and then find the spot in the middle you will have found a good approximation of neutral.
Scapular depression refers to moving the shoulder blades down away from your ears. The opposite is elevation, which is bringing the shoulder blades closer to the ears. Shrugging is elevation, the opposite movement is depression. As with retraction, a good approximation of neutral is the spot in the middle of elevation and depression.
Knob - Rounded bottom closest to where your hand is positioned on the clubbell.
New Client Info
So you have made the move, bit the bullet and joined the bullet. Now what?
Be patient with yourself!!
We teach fitness a little different than you’re probably used to. Everyone has their own learning curve and their own trajectory. Each body has its challenges, so be patient with yours. Understand that this is a journey, while the fitness goals may feel like the destination, the journey to get there and then surpass them is in our mind even more important. Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower each client to reconnect to their body in order to create lasting changes that will fascinate their best life. Along the way, we will teach not only about the exterior, but also dig into the neuroscience behind it. You will understand the “why” and not just be barked at to get one more rep in. While the external results are fantastic, we love hearing the internal results too… Things like sharper mind, better sleep, lower stress, proper movement patterns, reducing chronic join pain, getting off blood pressure medicine to name a few.
Hands on coaching and barefoot training.
We take your training and education seriously and the best way for us to help you progress is to be direct and hands on. We use a combination of coaching cues, verbal, exemplary and physical to make sure that you are building the proper new movement patterns. It is normal for us to point out specific areas to notice and improve on. We may apply gentle pressure to help you reestablish that mind muscle connection and correct your body from the inside out. If that aspect is uncomfortable to you just let us know and we will find another way to communicate.
We also train barefoot on both sides of the lab. Working barefoot increases proprioception as well as stability. Did you know that 30% of the body’s joints are found in the feet and ankles? It is for this reason we train barefoot. If you really do not feel comfortable with that concept, you can definitely wear shoes in the gym floor but please make sure they are clean.
The Movement is timely.
Please arrive 5 minutes before class starts so that we can begin together. Each workout has a specific warm up that will prepare the body for the work ahead, it is important that you complete the warm up before the workout. In order to make sure you get the most out of class, please arrive on time. This extends respect to your coaches, yourself and your classmates. Of course, we understand that life happens, and if you are running late please still come, just try to not make it a habit, or we may tease you :) When you arrive, check in at the front desk and then leave your shoes, jacket and items on the rack by the change rooms or the cubbies that separate the two floors. Feel free to hang out in the seating area until class starts but if the class is quiet, please be mindful of your volume.