Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the SCW Fitness Expo in New York City. You may not be aware, but as fitness instructors we are required to earn continuing education credits to maintain our certifications. This can sometimes be costly. Fortunately, the JCC has generously provided a stipend to help defray that cost for their staff. In my almost twenty years of teaching I have never been given any help with those expenses and “I have worked at some premier fitness facilities.” I just thought that you should know how committed the JCC is to providing quality instructors to help their members attain extraordinary results!
The first session I attended was foam rolling for athletes. This was right up my alley as my foam roller is one of my favorite fitness tools. Although I learned several new tips and techniques on how to release restrictions, adhesions and distortions, to eliminate, pain, tightness and restore greater mobility. I realized that the pro-rollers used in our studios were more effective to massage and roll out trigger points. As were our tubing for full body strengthening and toning exercises.
Because I am so passionate about what I do, I stayed in my comfort zone and took mostly Pilates and Barre classes – there were just so many offerings. It’s so important to expand your knowledge, see what new props are being used out there, and to get new ideas for our classes and you the students.
There was one lecture I attended on The Science of Aging gracefully…. Wow, that was enlightening and it confirmed my believe that exercise slows the aging process! The presenter Pete McCall who is renown in the fitness industry, spoke in great length about the importance of including multi-planar exercises (i.e. Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Active Interval) to avoid overtraining joints and muscles that can cause injuries. He also made reference to the importance of doing aerobic exercise at least two times per week to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by fifty percent. I’m in!
Some of the best things are learned when working out of your comfort zone. I encourage you to push yourself in unfamiliar ways and participate in some of our 90 plus group exercise classes on our schedule. I guarantee you will find something that will interests you and your brain will thank you too!
See you on the mat!