KPFA 94.1 – Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 6.55.27 AMDo you know what it means to be functionally fit? One in 3 people – and 60% of those over 65 – suffer from a functional limitation limiting their ability to carry out daily activities – like climbing stairs, bending over to tie their shoes, picking something up off the floor, or carrying groceries.

If you’d like to hear my radio interview on Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness on About Health, here it is!

About Health is a live weekly call-in radio show and hosted this week by Dr. Will Courtenay on KPFA 94.1.

New! Anti-Aging Exercise Class

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I started a new class from 10:30-12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays (HealthStyleRx2) and it has already gained popularity. Here’s why…

The Goal:  To increase metabolism and improve functionality because you have to move, lift, balance, and support your body in this class. Intensive flexibility training improves and maintains mobility.

Rx2 is an ‘advanced’ class and therefore, not for beginning exercisers. It is more challenging, but is still inclusive with plenty of modifications.

How It Is Different

The main difference with the Rx2 class compared to Rx1:

  • Semi-private and limited to 4 people maximum per session
  • More time spent on strength training routines
  • Pilates floor work instead of the Pilates reformer

Specific exercise sequences focus on:

  • Strengthening and lengthening muscles (upper/lower extremities)
  • Targeting postural muscles
  • Improving bone health and cardiorespiratory function
  • Protecting the spine

These sequences incorporate bodyweight, stability, and resistance training techniques plus circuit and metabolic training.

Building muscle and bone mass are the keys to longevity and weight loss. 

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Pre- and post-blood pressure readings are taken and recorded just like other Rx classes.

Who Can Benefit from Rx2

Rx2 is for the ‘experienced’ exerciser, but that does not mean you must be able to perform at a high level. Rx2 participants have engaged in some type of fundamental exercise training and are highly motivated.

Cost

You can add the Tue/Thu Rx2 workout to your current weekly routine or substitute when you miss a M-W-F session. The price is the same as Rx1, so you can choose whether you want to attend the Rx1 class on M-W-F or the Rx2 class on T-Th or both.

I’m excited to offer this new class! Feel free to contact me with any questions: (925) 413.6207.

Location: IMX Pilates and Fitness, 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 112 | San Ramon, CA

 

New Partnership with the Sports Basement!

Sports Basement logoThe Sports Basement and HealthStyleRx, affirmed an exciting partnership on Friday which will further support my friends and followers’ fitness goals and cultivate fun in moving.

If you haven’t discovered the Sports Basement yet, it’s a sporting-goods retailer with seven locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They’re known for selling the “best brands at basement prices”.

Guided Adventures

Sports Basement is more than just a retailer. What I’m most excited about is that it’s a community center for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, families, and visitors. Yes, you can get gear to enjoy hiking, cycling, running, swimming, and birdwatching. And if you’re more adventurous, you can buy (or rent!) camping gear, skis and snowboards, and triathlon wetsuits.

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Mountain Biking I (Beginner Class)

But it’s not just about things to buy – it’s about things to do, together. Sports Basement hosts weekly events, such as:

  • Group rides
  • Backbacking trips
  • Rockclimbing classes
  • Snowshoe camping trips
  • Potlucks
  • Talks
  • Yoga classes
  • Bicycle maintenance clinics
  • Wilderness first aid courses

Rent a Bicycle

If you want to join the flock of cyclists making their way along the Iron Horse Regional Trail, you can rent a bike at the Sports Basement and hop right onto the trail. You can rent a tandem bike for double the fun and even rent a trailer for your little ones.

Shopping Party!

Coming up… we’ll be celebrating our partnership with a Kick-Off Shopping Party! on Thursday, August 3 from 5-9:00 pm.Group people with balloon on party.

The Sports Basement San Ramon is located at 1041 Market Place, San Ramon, CA  94583. (925) 202-0230

HOURS
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm
Sat & Sun: 9am-7pm

Watch His Transformation

You’re never too old to learn new tricks. Meet George. He’s 93 years old and this is how he walked at the beginning of our first private functional fitness session. He walks with the typical elderly shuffling of the feet and is bent forward at the waist. (Notice how his nose is beyond his feet.) The more he tilts forward when walking, his center of gravity shifts further out in front of his body which increases his risk of falling forward. George had a stroke last year that affected his balance.

This is George after working with him for one hour. (Notice the time on the clock that’s on the wall which validates the time.)

George is taking actual “steps” whereby he is pulling his toes up rather than shuffling flat-footed across the room as he was an hour earlier. There is less drag across the floor which reduces his risk of falling. George is also walking slightly more upright.

Training Location: IMX Pilates and Fitness Bay Area (San Ramon)

Pre-Exercise Hydration

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When you’re working out, sweaty and thirsty, you’re likely to think about drinking some water. But it’s just as important to think about it BEFORE you work out and here’s why.

Exercise and Water Basics

When exercising, your muscles contract and generate internal heat. To prevent overheating, the heat must be promptly dissipated via your body’s cooling mechanism (sweating). Sweat cools the surface of the skin and decreases your body temperature.

Maintaining good hydration levels during exercise is critical to regulating body temperature (thermoregulation) and regulating blood pressure. When you’re dehydrated, your body’s mechanism to get rid of heat shuts down which can result in heat exhaustion or worse yet, heat stroke.

Neuromuscular Activity

By keeping your body adequately hydrated, you can perform at your optimal level. Without adequate water, your neuromuscular activity slows down which affects how fast and how hard your muscles can contract. As a result, you can experience a loss of strength, reduced endurance and/or slower reaction and response times.   Continue reading “Pre-Exercise Hydration”