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October 2016

Everything starts with your feet

By | Training | 37 Comments

I have for a long time been a proponent of working from the feet up when it comes to sports conditioning, such as in my specialties golfing, skiing, and skating. It is just starting to become in vogue. Yes, feet are not a fancy thing to work, but in my opinion it is the most necessary thing.

The human foot and ankle has 26 bones 33 joins 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.

The soles of the feet have more sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other by the body. What this means is, that your feet are the largest communicators to your brain, as to where you are in space. Therefore, The most important, and yet so often missed part of fitness, and recreational sports training,is that you must get strong from the ground up.

I find interesting, that Americans have for years tried to cover up their feet with shoes, heavy inflexible shoes, while in other parts of the world people are walking, and running barefoot and don’t  have as many bone, joint, and ligament problems as Americans. Could this be due to a profit driven shoe industry idea?

I often run into people, who cannot bend their toes, and  find it very painful. Yet, toes MUST BEND  in order to walk properly, and not shuffle your feet. Start bending your toes, flexing your feet, and my guess is your toes won’t break… but be healthier instead.

Joseph Pilates thought the feet to be so important he invented several foot  training apparatus just for this purpose.

My training therefore begins with a conscious awareness of your feet, especially arches which are connected to the core of your body. If this  bores you, then I will assume that being pain-free bores you as well.

However, if interested in improved balance, strength and endurance – the feet need to be at the base of your training.

The True meaning Behind Trendy Fitness buzzwords

By | Fitness | 28 Comments

Ever been confused with what the words functional fitness really means? The exercises and approaches to functional fitness are about as varied as lady Gagas hairdos! To weed out the erroneous, the stupid, and the dangerous approaches, I will give you a simple definition.

A functional fitness exercise is: Any exercise, or activity that moves you towards a specific goal which YOU have set, is deemed functional. In other words, you are looking for your fitness level becoming such, that it allows you to function effectively  in your daily life! Or, another one:  The demands that you place on your body throughout the day, be it your work, sport or leisure activity- you are able to do to your desired level of skill, and without injury. That to me is being FIT ENOUGH!

Lets take another word now: BALANCE! Many people experience balance issues, especially as they get older. Statements such as “my balance is bad, ” is a common expression – and so vague, that these words are merely a worthless complaint. The truth is, there are two kinds of balance, one is called righting reflexes, which keep your body up right when you moving over a stable surface, such as the ground. The other, is tilting reflexes, which allows you to keep your body upright if somebody bumped into you, or you are on an unstable object such as a bike or a swiss ball.

What kind of balancing exercises you need, depends on what kind of balance you want to improve. All balance however is dependent on muscle mass and your neuromuscular Communication system! In other words, no muscle, no balance, and if your brain is not able to communicate with your muscles- also no balance…

Next, let’s take the expression “Flat abs”! Who doesn’t want flat abs?! The answer is, we all do, but what are we willing to do to get them. By now I think we’ve all come  across Some piece of information, to yhe effect that crunches won’t do it, sit-ups wont do it, etc. The answer is all too simple, straightforward, and maybe even a bit uncomfortable. The truth is, when you abdominals Are bulging over your belt, it is the effect of undigested food in your gut. Plain and simple, end of story. Get rid of the undigested food that is sitting in your belly, fermenting away, because of over eating, and you abs will be flat immediately. There are many good cleanses out there, and if one doesn’t work for you, then try another kind. Something will work, and you’ll be healthier and have more energy in the process!

CORE- yes, CORE. This has got to be The biggest and most misunderstood word of the 20th century. Few people if any take The time to do a little research, and read up on what somebody with a bit of education has written about it, and defined core to be. The same people hire a trainer, with a wide variety of hypothetical certifications,and experiences, and allow that trainer, to tell them what the core is and how to activate it. Ha, I won’t go any further into it either, as I think there’s plenty of good information out there for those who are serious about finding out. What I will say, in conclusion is this: It is only, and I say ONLY  your thoughts/ imagery that can activate the Core.  Period. End of story.

How I became a Fitness Concierge

By | Fitness | 54 Comments

Once upon a time… That’s how the story begins… I, Ingrid Johnson, moved to Encinitas, to a town I fell in love with about 15 years ago, while still  living in Michigan.

After moving here,  I couldnt believe All The variety of fitness classes and trails available. I was like a kid in a candy store, so during my off hours, I would visit yoga studios, spinning classes, TRX and kettle bell classes, and anything I found interesting fitness- wise, all over the town. I walked, ran on trails and beaches, biked, hiked, met new and interestning people and had so much fun!

As I would tell people about my experiences, I started to get people asking ME for advice on where they should go for example yoga, spinning etc.

I now Had  a lot of different classes, studios, and teachers under my belt. I knew many beautiful trails, so I would give them advice on what I think they would like, what would be the most beneficial for them….

The next thing you know, concierge fitness, I started. It is no secret, that Encinitas is an amazing tourist town, with the friendliest residents, and most beautiful nature ..or, maybe it is a secret, in which case I want to reveal to people that it is more than just a town to visit, but a place to experience, embrace, and love, with an unbrideld passion.

All these fitness experiences, are part of Encinitas, which you can take with you everywhere you go for the rest your life.

Unlike a souvenir that wears out, and collects dust- your experience of fitness will continue to energize you, inspire you, and ravish you for the rest your life.