And now for a little science...
The joints of the human body are ingeniously designed to alternate between those meant to be stable and those meant to be mobile. Quite often though, our daily habits undermine this system, which when functioning properly creates a synergistic balance that facilitates mobility throughout the body and prevents pain and injury.
Take the back for example. Too often we have tight hips and an unhealthy fixed thoracic region of our vertebrae (mid-back) from too much sitting and screen time. The large muscles of the back, which support the spine also tend to be underdeveloped, which places yet more strain on the vertebrae and joints to make up for the lack of muscular support. This means that more load is placed on the low back (the lumbar spine) and shoulder area (both of which should be stable joints) as people try to use these areas to twist and lift because of the lack of mobility in the rest of the back.
Check out the information below to learn more about each aspect of the training we offer.
Is this class for me?
Have you ever gone to pick something up and realized that it's a struggle to reach the ground?
Do you make noises when getting up off the floor?
Do you feel pain in your neck and back after working at your desk all day?
Daily life requires a lot of our bodies, but how often do we put effort into improving the quality of our movement?
In order for our bodies to function optimally, they need to be strong and stable with supple muscles and joints.
Traditional training methods tend to focus on strength or cardiovascular fitness to the detriment of flexibility and proper alignment, leading to joint pain and injury.
In this class we will focus on stability, flexibility, and mobility. Through core strengthening and conscious movement we create stable spines and joints. We then use yoga inspired stretching and breath work to make our muscles longer and improve our range of motion in our joints. As an added benefit, we will calm our minds and soothe our nervous systems with short meditations at the beginning and end of class.
Consider this "pre-hab" so you won't have to go to sports rehab down the line to take care of pain and imbalance in the body.
When: 7-7:50pm Thursdays
Who can attend: Everyone 10 years and older. All shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are welcome
Cost: $10 per class for family members of current Navarrete's taekwondo students; $15 per class for everyone else.
NBBA Families: 5 Classes for $50; 10 for $90
General Public: 5 classes for $75; 10 for $135
*First-time students can try a class for $10 before deciding which package they'd like to purchase
The ability to control the movement and position of the muscles of the central 'core' of the body which are responsible for posture and limb movement. These include the muscle groups of the lower back and abdomen. Good core stability will allow the sportsman/woman to maximize their sporting performance and minimize injury risk. A well-conditioned core will control and increase the power of muscle movement, resulting in more efficient and coordinated limb movement and limiting potential injury by excessive or abnormal loads. Core stability is improved through a regular and repeated exercise program.
Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine by Churchill Livingstone © 2008 Elsevier Limited. All rights reserved.
Without adequate flexibility, daily activities such as getting out of bed, lifting a child, or squatting to pick something up can become more difficult to do. In addition, inadequate flexibility can affect your athletic performance by preventing you from reaching the full potential, strength, and power of your muscles.
Flexibility is defined as the range of motion of your joints or the ability of your joints to move freely. It also refers to the pliability of your muscles, which allows for more movement around the joints.
Like any other skill, flexibility takes time to develop, but with regular practice you can reach your flexibility goals no matter where you start.
Often flexibility and mobility are used interchangeably, but there are significant practical differences between the two. Having flexible hips does not mean that you will necessarily be able to do a deep squat. Mobility includes the concepts of strength, alignment, coordination and balance as well as flexibility. In essence, mobility can be defined as the ability to move without restriction. For our purposes, we will be doing exercises that develop control throughout a wide range of motion while focusing on good form.