Hi ZŪM Fitness! I am your new Yoga Lead, Annie King. I’m the barefoot girl bopping around in and out of the Mind Body Studio, studying on the pilates equipment, or improvising with weights as I attempt lifting things for the first time (SOS). I began at ZŪM in June 2017 and I teach an all-levels power yoga class on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons.
I remember my first few weeks here vividly. It was my first time teaching yoga in a gym and not a yoga studio. I wasn’t sure if my approach would land on my new students or how I would like teaching in this new setting. So many things were different from my previous experience; no mirrors, no heat or humidity, no rules or set sequences that I had to teach. It was an exciting and unfamiliar experience to have freedom and trust to create my own class. You all were so genuine and open-minded and this inspired me. ZŪM turned out to be exactly the teaching place that I needed and would thrive in.
Insulin and Cortisol are two hormones in the human body that can either be your best friend or worst enemy. We’ll be discussing these two hormones in relation to fat loss. In our modern day world we’re inundated with choices. One of the most abundant choices we make a day is food. What to eat? How much to eat? When to eat?
Foot pain is the 2nd most documented pain in our culture, following the lower back and can be caused by changes in physiology, biomechanics, environmental changes as well as genetics.
In my years of practice I have been commonly asked what is the weakest area of the body I see. Although most think it is the core, and often that is weak, it is only third in line after the neck/head, with the feet winning the first place position.
Foot problems are nothing new. Dr. William Scholl (June 22, 1882 – March 30, 1968), a world famous foot specialist and pioneer of foot care reported 7 out of 10 people had painful feet. With sundry avenues from which foot problems arise, you may wonder whether the foot was one of evolution’s few architectural mistakes. And, is there anything we can do to create better health for our feet? I definitely think so.
Posture, is it the same for everybody? Yes, and no. That didn’t help a whole lot, did it? Yet please allow me to explain. Posture, defined by Merriam-Webster is a position of a person’s body when standing or sitting. Posture, defined by biomechanics is when the central nervous system, internal organs, brain and skeleton are stabilized and supported by the coordinated action of working musculature to obtain it’s segments aligned and maintained.
Posture starts at your feet and works its way up to your ear. As well, it starts at the head and works its way down to your feet. It also dissects you in half, creating a left side and a right using your belly button as the midline. Yet, let’s make this simple. If I was to ask you to stand up tall and give me your best posture, 9 times out of 10 you will be standing backwards of your midline.
(Note: this is the final blog post from trainer Jordan Sahlberg, who has moved on to exciting new professional challenges. Good luck, Jordan!)
Wearable fitness trackers have seen a massive increase in popularity with the everyday person interested in more accurately measuring and quantifying their fitness level. Companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, Apple, Garmin, MOOV and more offer many different devices aimed at doing just that. But before you go out and buy a device it is worth asking yourself a few questions. First, do these devices actually measure what they say they are measuring? And if so, how reliable are their measurements?
In the November 18th issue of The Seattle Times, Nick Vannett, tight end of the Seattle Seahawks, was interviewed about his experience with Pilates. “Third-year tight end Nick Vannett embraced Pilates to help treat a herniated disc in his back. Months later he’s having his best season in Seattle.” Nick goes on to say, “it just gets your hips right. It gets everything in your core right. Even just walking around, I can feel the difference. It really just feels like I’m lighter on my feet, because my core is more activated now and it’s honing everything in and taking more of the load as opposed to my quads and my hammies and all of that.”