“Fight Hunger” is the first of what Hannah and I hope to be several events throughout the year to benefit our community. We are of the mind if you want the world to be good, you have to do good. This is our attempt to help that along.
In putting this event together we wanted something that could impact people on multiple levels. While we are helping to fill empty bellies we are also educating people on the capabilities of their body. The better we understand how the body works, the more confident we are in our ability to defend ourselves.
What to wear: Sweats or workout clothes are fine. Jeans and a shirt are fine too. I would suggest something you don’t mind getting a little sweaty or a little stretched out.
The experience: The popular thing to do these days is to yell and shout, the idea being that you train for that stressful encounter. I find that to be counterproductive and frankly produces people with poor skill, especially if it’s your first time being introduced to these skills. It has been my experience that if you can’t do it in a relaxed environment you can’t do it in a stressed environment. This class will be a little more light-hearted, focused on proper body mechanics, but you’ll still get to hit pads and knock people around. Questions are welcomed and smiles required.
Material: This class will focus on empty hand encounters. We’ll cover topics like signs of conflict, operating under stress, body state, escaping grabs, controlling your opponent, and counter striking tactics.
The class is scheduled to last an hour but I do tend to talk a lot so time may run over a bit. We look forward to seeing you there!
vincere et oriri
TRX Has Me Hanging Around...
TRX has me hanging around... Literally and physically!
Yeah.... I'm going to admit something that probably isn't the best for a studio owner- but I really don't like working out. *GASP*
Time. Being sore. Lifting weights. Getting sweaty. You can ask my lifetime fitness coach (my Grandmother) how much I hate sweating! The only way I can deal with any of this- is through an artistic or healing art.
Dance- I danced for 20 years. From ballet to jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, heck- even belly dancing! It was everything to me. It was a way for the introverted soul I was to express myself.
Once I stopped dancing- I found yoga! And oooooh did it give me the same feeling that dance did, but even deeper. Through yoga I started working through my fears (I am not strong enough. I am not good enough.) and quickly realized that negative talk was what was always holding me back in life. Through yoga I discovered that I am strong (hello- have you held plank for longer than 5 seconds?) and I am enough. Yoga also opened me up spiritually to what I like to call the Divine.
Then one day I stumbled upon this awesome TRX & Yoga studio named Outpost Training Co. (which I now own with my business partner David and we are Horizon Training Center!) and started teaching yoga there! The OTC owner had me try some TRX classes. Holy Hades! Muscles I had not felt in years- even with ALL of the yoga I do! I began to notice my body becoming to flexible (there is such a thing) and I knew I needed to work on strength to balance that! TRX did that!
TRX changed my yoga practice! I became stronger immediately from all of those lovely TRX Atomic PushUps! My legs started redefining in a way that helped me in my Warriors and Lunges through the endless amounts of TRX Jump Squats! I even, for the first time in my 30 years on this planet, realized that food is fuel. I needed to consume calories to help me with my workouts, yoga practice, and teaching all the time!
TRX is an amazing workout! I LOVE to workout now! You can find me hanging on these straps all the time expending some energy or working on my strength! Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises. TRX is infinitely scalable and anyone, no matter what your fitness level is, can get a fast effective full-body workout!
TRX is designed to get you moving, increase your mobility, and find what works for you! This workout will make your muscles burn, ignite your core, challenge your cardiovascular engine and will get you in shape – fast! 45 minutes.
Every TRX workout begins with a few stretches and exercises to get your body warmed up for the cardiovascular journey you are about to embark on.
Typically, each class will be comprised of two separate circuits of alternating exercises, 12-15 minutes each, challenging your body, your mind, and getting your heart rate pumping so you can burn calories and build muscle.
After the two circuits a short series of stretches offer your body a nice cool down and allowing the muscles to relax before you leave the gym.
Modifications are always offered in each class depending on what your fitness level is. Each class has a wide range of fitness level participants, but everyone is there for the same goal- health.
If you haven't tried TRX yet and you are looking to change your life- then come "hang" out with me on the straps! Your first class is FREE :)
Find Your Yoga Body...
Some people say, “Oh my goodness – she doesn’t have a yoga body,” like a yoga body supposed to be this one hundred pound, super-toned pretzel of a person – and there are plenty of people who have that!
But yoga is for every body. Seriously – every body! Yoga does not care how much you weigh, what color your hair is, what color your skin is, how flexible you are, if you are rich or poor; yoga only cares about the truth that lies deep within you.
I can’t even begin to tell you how strong I feel and in love I am with my “body” through the beautiful practice of yoga. My yoga body.
Holding myself up in downward facing dog; standing firm in my feet, my shoulders, my biceps, my triceps, my hamstrings, my quadriceps, my abdominal muscles, my back – most of all my mind and my heart!
By having my own practice – flowing with my own breath, holding my own weight, listening to the rhythm of my heart – I have connected with my inner truth. My inner light.
But society still creeps in and breeds insecurities: magazines, Facebook, Instagram, tv, movies, music – all of these images in our face telling us who we should be, rather than to be who we are already – who we have been from the beginning of time.
Yoga brings us to that place. It is “the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
Through my own practice, my own journey, I have found a copious amount of self-love that I am not sure I would have ever discovered without yoga.
I can look in to the mirror and see beauty and a true friend. “And I said to my body softly ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this…'”
How long have we all been waiting to love ourselves? We tell ourselves: “Oh, well I’ll be perfect if I get into that size 2 dress,” or “I will be perfect if I have a rock hard six pack.” We always place stipulations on loving ourselves.
Yoga teaches us to live in the present, not the future and not the past. This exact moment – this is the only moment that matters; a second ago no longer matters and a second ahead no longer matters – in this exact moment – why not be happy with that beating heart that is supplying blood to your organs? Those lungs that are providing oxygen to your blood, that goes to your heart, that goes to your brain?
Be thankful for all that you are.
To learn how to connect better with your body and develop a self-love, you can begin by: