Being from the fitness and dance industry for over a decade, I have experienced an emotion with each phase of fitness training. Licensed through the American Council on Exercise, we use an integrated fitness training model that meets the client where they are and helps them achieve success through different phases of training. Our life changes and so does our physical needs depending on the season we are in. Journey with me as we focus on exercise as a means to love our body in its current phase. Let’s get personal.
Think of the latest exercise frenzy being showcased in infomercials. Dynamic movements. Quick transitions adding twist and turns. It can be challenging when a person that should be focused on correcting muscle imbalances and improving posture feels compelled to skip steps and put their body at risk by jumping ahead of where they should be focused on. Yet the emotional drive to be on that level can intimidate a person enough to not start a program or put them at risk by skipping stability and mobility phase all together. After being diagnosed with three herniated disc from a car accident, my doctor shared that exercise is the most important step I can do to keep mobility. Strengthening the muscles around these areas will help me maintain mobility. Do not consider this a set back. Consider this a fresh start. If you have enjoyed a more athletic past, you know to not skip steps and each exercise is bringing your body to a stronger place.
Motherhood is the best way I describe movement base training. Bending to pick up toys, lifting the child, pushing the stroller, lunging up stairs with groceries, rotating the body to check on the baby in the back seat when driving the car, or pulling the child in for a hug. Movement-Based training is the perfect way to create good habits in executing these movements properly to enjoy day to day life. There is so much joy in being able to be active with what ever role you play.
Phase 3 & 4: Weight Training and Performance
In order to be a consistent dancer in my 20s, Weight Training built my strength while performance training sharpened my skills. Think of performance as getting that heart rate up and explosive movements. These forms of training bring me joy. As a bootcamp instructor for Legacy Fit that involves strength and performance in the program, I never feel like I am working while I am helping clients connect to that happy place where they can bond with the one body they have making it stronger, faster and feel youthful.
Life moves fast. Whatever phase of fitness you are in, embrace the journey. I incorporate all phases of training in my weekly workout routine. Emotionally connect to your workout time. Be in the movement and be in the moment. Your body will thank you.