Exercises Can Hurt YouHey, Everybody, It’s Ekemba from SolCore Fitness again and I want to talk to you about not basing your training on what feels good for you. Now, what I mean by that? So, I want to start by saying I’ve got some bad news for you. You don’t have total access to your body. You can’t tell all the different areas in your body and what’s going on because you’re not totally connected to it just yet, and that’s okay, that’s why you want to workout. You want to gain access to those areas, you want to feel alive and balanced. So, let me give you the story of why it’s bad just to do thing to feel good for your body, okay? So we have a member who came to us because she wants become balanced, but more importantly, she hurt her liver because of an accident. Her liver became inflamed, this whole area became jumbled up. So we did some very specific things for her to balance her diaphragm, her pelvis, to work with the different facial chains around this area, and she started to feel better. Then over the weekend she went to hang out with some friends and they did some gentle stretching as a group and she start doing a side bend, and it felt fantastic. As she kept doing this because it felt fantastic, it felt so good on her body. Sounds great, doesn’t it? No, the next day she woke up and her liver said, phew! Screw you. I don’t like what you just did because what she did felt good for whatever reason, but physiologically it took her rib cage and diaphragm and smushed her liver and smushed liver. And with a normal liver, sure that’s fine, you should be able to handle some pressure, but it’s already… it was already angry, so you can’t… you can’t force something it doesn’t want to do. Are You Doing This In Your Program? So, this will show up in your workout too, maybe not as extreme, but you know only doing the activities you like to do, what I feel good to you might not have immediately negative consequences. You might not feel how bad it is for your body right away, but then 10 years down the line, 15 years down the line – all of a sudden, your hip doesn’t move as well or maybe you need… you’ve worn to cartilage away, your spine doesn’t move as well. Right! You have to have a program that balances your body from the inside out to align the all different structures to enliven in the body so that you actually can feel where you are. So, if you’re interested in what that program looks like, feel free to reach out to us. You can call us at 505-577-2171 or just email us at email@example.com. We are more than willing to talk to you about what’s going on, and we have tons of free resources on our website, so check us out at solcorefitness.com. Thanks a lot. Have a great day. Find out more @ Facebook Google Plus Twitter Pinterest Instagram Youtube
Sitting At Your Desk Like This Will Help Your Back and Neck PainHow’s it going? It’s Ekemba from SolCore Fitness again, and I’ve gotten some questions about best posture for sitting. This could be in a desk or in a car. So there are some things you can do to have good posture. I start by saying that sitting, in general, is terrible, anything stagnant on your body is not good, it wants to move around, so that’s why this big shift towards standing desks has been okay, but now you have different problems. So instead of back problems, you have foot problems. Instead of hip problems, you have circulation problems. Your body wants to move, so get up and move around a lot. Take a walk around the block, do some jumping jacks, move your body around a little bit, break up the time in between sitting down. When you are sitting, you have three main points. First and foremost, you want to look at the top third of the screen, that way then your neck doesn’t go to too much extension or flexion and throws your posture off and throws you spine off. The other two is you want your elbows and hips approximately 90 degrees, that way you don’t have too much compression at the hip and the elbow. And you can see this is a little bad for me, but again, I want to look at the top of the screen, so I’ll sacrifice that a little bit. Use this Exercise to Open Up Your Shoulders While you’re sitting there, you can move too. So in this posture, everything rounds, so I can open up my shoulder girdle with what’s called a five-part shoulder. It’s a movement to generally open up the whole shoulder girdle. You start by sitting forward in your chair, getting as tall as possible, reach your arms out to the side and try and push your arms away and try and touch either wall. Staying tall as you push your arms away from your body, you lift up to the ceiling and trying touch the ceiling. You push your arms forward in front of you allowing your shoulders to come down with you, and once they’re parallel, you do a row. You keep your upper arms by your side and you stay tall, you open the doors and close the doors, and you do one arm at a time, try to point towards your opposite shoulder blade, and then you go back out to the other side. So, here’s how it looks all together. Push lift, forward, down, row, open close, one arm at a time, reach and repeat. Do it you know five to ten times provide periodically throughout the day, and you’ll notice, there are certain parts that are difficult, so opening up or bring your arm behind you, that says to you that you have specific areas you need to stretch. So the best thing I know is myofascial stretching ELDOA to open up different chains of muscles at different joints in your spine, so you sit with a little bit more with better posture. So try that five-part shoulder and good luck to you. Find out more @ Facebook Google Plus Twitter Pinterest Instagram Youtube
Structure Dictates FunctionHey Guys, This is Ekemba from Solcore Fitness again. Here to talk to you about how structure dictates function. So, we all think about having bad positions in our body, bad posture as having bad movements, and I tell you you’re only partially correct. Structure dictates all function. So, function has to do with how I move, how I feel, my hormones, my digestion, how I sleep. Imagine a house, I want my house to be nice and good in structure. So, with that good structure, my house holds up the walls and the ceilings and it protects my family, and it seems to also lets my pipes run properly. It allows the heat to come in properly, allows everything to stay nice and balanced and a good homeostasis environment. It’s the same thing with your body. So, giving the example – we have what’s called kyphotic head forward posture – that right there, right? Now we can see that all the time because of our modern lifestyle, so with that posture, you can have issues with, of course, movements, right? I can’t lift my arm all the way up, right? I can’t look up without neck pain, back pain. If I have knee pain where the case is going to be, but at the same time, you have problems with your heart, your lungs, potentially your thyroid, blood flow that goes to your brain, all because of a bad posture.
Balance Your Structure to Have the Best Functioning BodySo, you know when looking for a workout program, if your goal is to be as balanced as possible to have a fully functioning body, then choose something that addresses all these different areas. There’s no easy fix, there’s no do these three things and you’ll achieve total success. You want to really dig in there and make sure everything is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. So, good luck to you. Reach out for any more questions, and thanks again. Bye! Find out more @ Facebook Google Plus Twitter Pinterest Instagram Youtube
Personal Training Success Story Santa Fe – Brian
Yipe! That is the sound Brian makes at the end of a class right before the wall stretch happens (L5/S1 ELDOA). This epitomizes what Brian is about. He is the ultimate dichotomy, a structured gypsy. He embraces both his mountaineering free spirit and team athlete mentality of making sure he puts in the work.
Brian graced Santa Fe with his presence about 4 years ago after growing up in Colorado, being a mountaineer for 20 some years, and working as contractor in Seattle. He has already lived a full life and wants to continue to do so, so when his back pain started up he started looking for answers.
You see after years of climbing up mountains and working with his hands Brian developed a lot of back pain to the point where he was in a lot of pain. You wouldn’t know it from his super positive, engaging, and happy demeanor but there were times when he would be down for the count for 4-6 weeks with back pain.
He fortuitously came to us when we needed some men for an ELDOA class that we were doing a photo shoot for. He was friends with the photographer and heard it was a class for back pain and was down to try anything that would fix it.
During that first class he was in shock (like everybody) about how challenging these simple looking postures were. But after the class he (like everybody) felt fantastic. He felt that he had finally found what he had been looking for and joined our class.
It has been over two years that Brian has been with us and his results have been remarkable. I’ll let him tell you in his own words, but because of that free spirit, joy and the hard work he puts in, Brian is our January Member of the Month.
1) What made you decide you wanted/needed to start a program?
My back pain was so bad that I was being knocked out of my life for 4-6 week blocks. I couldn’t do anything. This started infrequently, but was getting more frequent.
2) What did you do before?
Well, at the start I just pushed through it because it wasn’t that bad, but as time went on, it was becoming unbearable. I tried everything. I went to Yoga classes, worked out, and did those 10-pack Rolfing sessions they recommend.
3) What results have you achieved since starting your program that you are proud of? My back pain is pretty much nonexistent. I feel so much more aware in my body and I feel much stronger.
4) Do you have a favorite exercise? Least? What do you like or don’t like about them? The Frogs are really challenging, but I know that they are good for me. The wall stretch is great. I feel really good right after I do it.
5) What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?
I would like to continue to get stronger and have more freedom in my body.
6) What do you like best about our program/ having a trainer? I love the personal attention and the fact that this program really works!
7) What advice would you give to the other SolCore Fitness members?
Just keep coming and do what you can each day.
8) What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our program?
If you put in the work this program works.
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