My name is Ben Barrett and I am new to fitfocused, but I have been in the health and fitness industry since the early 1980s. What originally drew me to working alongside Allison is her motivation and optimism, despite any setbacks, and her well rounded knowledge in the field. It quickly becomes apparent that she is the “real deal “, or as real as they come, with a heart of Gold.
As a young personal trainer In the early 1980s, living in Los Angeles, I was originally mentored by Terry Robinson D.C., coined The Trainer to the Stars in the 1960s. Later, as I matured, i had more in-depth mentoring from the legendary trainer Paul Chek.
Through applying knowledge in a high volume training facility in California, I developed my own style of getting people into shape, of all ages.
For my formal education, I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, in Physiology and Nutrition; I had in-depth study in cardiovascular/ Heart pathophysiology from Hoffman Heart Institute in Hartford, Ct ; I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS); and a licensed massage therapist.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be in the kind of shape, physically, as a Navy Seal?
Well now you can, but without the mental and psychological trauma associated with the Hell Week recruits must endure, nor the potential for injury from overuse.
The program has been put together by a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has trained, successfully, individuals leading up to their invitation to Hell Week.
The program is comprehensive, and works with you, from YOUR starting point. Get ready for summer early this year!
There are many different ways of stretching. Some forms are not very effective; other forms are downright dangerous.
But there is one form of stretching that is very safe and very effective. This form is called Active Isolated Stretching (AIS).
How it Works; why it’s safe: Every voluntary (skeletal) muscle we have in our body is paired with its opposing muscle: biceps versus triceps; Chest versus Back; Neck flexors versus Neck extensors, etc. By engaging a muscle to get its opposing muscle into position to be stretched, then holding that stretch for 2 seconds, there is no stretch reflex. Our muscles are hard wired with a stretch reflex, in case we go beyond our capabilities in a given stretch. This can lead to injury.
But by engaging the opposing muscles before stretching, and then holding the stretch for about 2 seconds, no stretch reflex occurs.
Why it’s effective: By using straps and or positioning our bodies in certain ways, we can target specific muscles we want stretched. By doing several repetitions of each movement, the muscle becomes more flexible with each repetition.
So whether you want to improve flexibility for martial arts, yoga, gymnastics, or just have greater range of motion, active isolated stretching is the ideal method to adopt.
Get spinning into shape on Tuesdays @ 6:30pm starting July 1st! Contact me for details!
Due to the lack of power I am canceling group training tonight!
Keep checking here for updates.
Follow this simple rule:
If you have a fever or symptoms below the neck such as a cough then take a break from exercise. If you have symptoms above the neck and you are congested with just a head cold go ahead and have a light workout if you feel up to it. Do not exercise if you have a bad cough or bronchitis as it can easily transgress into pnuemonia or more serious conditions.
Great class this morning guys: Roger, Jessie, Alicia, Allyson and our newest spinner Cher!
Twice a week spinning will make sure we stay focused and consistent with our longer term exercise goals. For me, its a great way to kick start the day and begin my 2012 goal of competing again in Lake Placid Ironman 2012. Thanks to all of you for your commitment and especially to Allyson for pushing me to run spinning twice a week in the early morning. Thanks Rod.