During both of these days out I couldn't help but be blown away by how my training has benefited my riding. Keep in mind that I opened Wilcox Wellness & Fitness because I wanted to make an impact in my community. I had known Mike & Paige Wilcox for many years and was impressed by what they had created in Bangor, and I wanted to share it with my community in Brunswick. I've never been a gym goer. My past experiences at a gym included a clip board and a monotonous routine that I quickly became bored with. My lack of regular strength & conditioning training started to become more evident as I "got older". I noticed that I would injure myself more easily, which landed me in physical therapy on a couple of occasions, but even more so my overall strength & mobility was suffering.
During my day in New Hampshire I noticed how much stronger I felt as I literally shredded the mountain. We only had 2 hours so we wanted to maximize our time and we rallied to get in as many runs as we could. As I carved the edges of my board into the soft snow I noticed how my ab engagement would support the most gracious carves through the snow. I was able to lean into my turns with power and control. When on my heal side edge I could sit into a squat position without the quad burn of years past and power into my turns in the opposite direction. I felt AMAZING! I had never felt so strong in all of the years that I've been snowboarding.
Within two runs I had it figured out. When navigating through tracked powder each turn can be unpredictable. The snow gets piled up into soft moguls by the skiers and riders who had been down the hill in front of me. In the past these kind of conditions would have felt intimidating. I would have to work hard to maintain control, moving my board nearly 180 degrees from side to side to maintain a checked speed. I would use my legs to power my board from side to side.
But this time was entirely different!
I realized that my thoracic mobility was markedly improved.
I could comfortably look up hill behind me, yet the clothes I wore were exactly the same.
The strength through my core and obliques were working for me.
I was able to use this strength to almost effortlessly move the board from side to side.
This gave me the confidence to go much faster, knowing that I could easily correct my trajectory if the line I had picked was different than I had imagined and I would need to change course without warning. My legs also feel stronger, so as I surfed over the unpredictable moguls choosing to carve in between some, bank off of others, and ride up and over...maybe even catching a little air.
I love the feeling of recognizing the benefits of my commitment to my training sessions.
Remember, before making this big decision to open my location of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness I didn't visit a gym regularly. Although I have spent a great deal of time in preparing for the opening of this business studying and learning about nutrition, exercise science, and the skills of being a great coach I wasn't super fit. I'm on this journey right along side the people within the WILCOX community who have also made themselves a priority and take the time each week to invest in their health & fitness.
When I feel the impact of my training I get so excited. Not only because I'm able to live my very best life because of the time I take to be healthy, but because it provides me with so much perspective around what each client is experiencing.
Everyone is on their own journey, finding their own path to their commitment to wellness, and learning and growing at their own pace....but I know that with each day that they spend in the gym, each opportunity they take to step outside of their comfort zone and try a new movement, each time they commit to the movement, they are contributing to some greatness outside of the gym. I love hearing the stories that clients share with me about where they feel the benefits of their training program. Whether it be doing household chores, playing with their kids, or embarking on a new adventure of some kind or another the benefits of their commitment to their health & fitness is seen.
I love what I do. I love impacting people's lives in a positive way. I love that I have the opportunity to share this experience and provide people with the tools that will allow them to feel absolutely amazing in what ever it is that they love doing.
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A few years ago I had a flu shot that caused a lot of pain in my shoulder. When the pain didn't go away after a few weeks my doctor referred me to a physical therapist.
I learned that the whole issue stemmed from poor posture!
And wouldn't you know that as soon as I corrected my posture through my chest, shoulders and upper back I started to notice issues in hips and as that got corrected the issues traveled down to my feet.
My time in PT was a process of correcting my posture.
This investment in my posture over several months provided an opportunity to learn more about my body. I began to take more notice of how I moved and how I felt as I moved in different ways.
From that point forward I became much more aware of how I walk.
I notice that when I pay attention to how I walk my body feels better.
During my time in PT I learned that when I walked I wasn't engaging my feet with the road with each step. Because of that I wasn't fully engaging my quadricep and glute muscles (thighs and butt) as I walked, and as a result I wasn't properly absorbing the impact of each step, and this was causing me to have lower back and hip pain after a long walk.
So, now when I walk I pay attention to all of this. I engage my feet with the road, I flex my quads and glutes as I propel myself forward, I engage my abdominal muscles, which in turn gives me strength through my trunk and supports my posture through my shoulders. I pull my shoulder blades back and make sure my shoulders aren't kissing my ears as is often the case in this cold weather, and I hold my head high.
When I am mindful about how I walk my body feels so much better. I end my walk feeling refreshed and strong rather than sore and tired.
I've noticed something as I've become more aware of my walking stride, and I'm going to tell you what it is!
I noticed that I'm strutting as I walk!
I'm walking with confidence, with strength, with purpose.
It seems that as we get older it becomes taboo to strut as we walk. Why is this the case? Strutting is actually good for you!
It's interesting to consider the definition of strut vs. walk.
To walk is to move on the feet by alternately setting each foot forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Simple enough, right?
Now, think about what a strut is. A strut is a brace or support that will hold something in place or to strengthen it. To walk with a strut is to move while in a position of strength and support, with a proud step, and with the head erect.
When you strut while walking you are literally holding yourself with a strengthened, upright support. You are in control of your posture and you are walking with purpose and strength.
My challenge to you as we enter the new year is to pay attention to how you walk and to walk with purpose.
We know that our behavior affects how we feel.
When we walk with strength we feel strong.
When we walk with purpose we feel purposeful.
When we walk with our posture in mind we will be more aware of our posture in our other activities.
To your health...and to good posture in 2020!
Our posture impacts so much in our lives. It's worth it to invest some time in good posture. I have a free gift for you to help you gain proper posture.
Our Restore Your Core guide will help you become stronger from the inside out.
This guide will show you how to improve your posture, protect your back and neck, and gain core strength in and outside your training sessions. To download your free copy click below.
It's important to incorporate exercises that include movement in all three planes of movement since that's how we move in real life!
Our bodies move in the transverse plane when shoveling snow and chopping wood and also quite likely when you're moving groceries from your cart to your car, picking up your kids and moving them from one place such as the floor to another place like their chair, rotating the body to change the position. We rotate constantly....in fact, if you really pay attention you're actually moving in the transverse plane when you walk as you swing your arms and rotate through your thoracic spine....the mid back and portion of the spine that is connected to your ribs.
Transverse movements are incredibly important, and when designing training sessions it is important to create a balance of sagittal, frontal and transverse movements. This ensures that there is balance in how our muscles are being trained to move and allows us to move through our lives freely, gracefully, and with reduced chance of injury.
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Our POSTURE is critically important to living a healthy life. Restore your core and become stronger from the inside out. This guide will show you how to improve your posture, protect your back and neck, and gain core strength in and outside your training sessions.
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.