BALANCED: Josh Pole, of Infuse Health at Adamstown, has started movement classes and workshops to help build “strong, supple bodies”.You might be familiar with the saying, “Move it or lose it”, which is the idea that if you cease to be active you will end up a bit like the Tinman from The Wizard of Oz.
I am a big supporter of anything that gets people moving in some way, so I was straight on board when I received an invitation a few weeks back totakepart in a ‘Movement’ workshop at Infuse Health in Adamstown.
“Movement”,I was told, “was gaining international notoriety in the fitness world”.
To be honest, I had never heard of it and was pretty intrigued to find out exactly what it entailed before I went along.
A quick internet search informed me that Infuse Health is a yoga studio and movement gym set up by Josh Pole and his wife Rachael.
“Through movement”, the website (www.infusehealth苏州夜总会招聘.au) read, “you can expand your physical capacity, control and awareness to do whatever activities you want in life.”
That sounded pretty good to me.
It explained:“Reconnecting the body to operate, as a whole, strengthening weak patterns and mobilising restrictions are the basis to improving your power, control and grace.”
The classes draw on “inspiration and basic principles from strength training, gymnastics, sports, animal locomotion, calisthenics, dance, martial arts, yoga and whatever crosses our paths, and reshape it for a generalist approach”.
When I attended the workshop, I was fascinated from the get go.
It was led by Josh,a 33-year-old structuralengineer who has always had a passion for sport and fitness.
He is a qualified personal trainer anddiscovered Rod Cooper at The Movement Collective in Newcastle three-and-a-half years ago.
A friend had told Joshto check it out because they thought it wouldresonate with him.
It did. After 12 months of training under Rod he started coaching himself before he and Rachael decidedto open a studio of their own, offeringyoga and movement classes.
“The whole movement world was very new and opened up a lot of new perspectives for me,” Josh told me.
“I liked the diversity of practice, I liked being competent across a broad range of things andI enjoyed that all of the sessions were challenging in terms of being new and out of the norm.
“They felt like they were more practical than I’d previously done in PT work and gym-based work. It made more sense to me. I felt more connected, I felt more mobile, I felt more capable.”
Doing the workshop were people of varying ages and abilities. We were put through a range of movementpatterns, working on the spine, feet, wrists, shoulders and hips, among others.
We also got to play some “games”, which included using sticks with a partner to encourage different movement patterns and to make us think about how we were going to move.
“It’s easy to keep focusing on your strengths and keep getting better at those and put a lot of things on the backburner that you’re not so good at,” Josh told me after.
I really likethe philosophy behind it and the fact that you are encouraged, in a safe and supportive way, to move all parts of your body.
In this day and age, it is easy to find yourself sitting in an unnatural and sedentary position for long periods of time.
The movement workshop not only got me physically challenging my body but also made me think more about the different ways I can move it.
I liked the idea that it “suits every body” and can reportedlyhelp with joint stability andinjury prevention.
“One of the benefits of movement is astrong, supple body,” Josh said.
“My goal is for people to be as physically capable as possible as well as balanced.”
I really enjoyed it and I tried out some of the playful movements we did in the workshop with my kids, wholoved it.
I think it is definitely something that is going to gain more momentum in the fitness world.
Upcoming fitness eventsNewRun, Newcastle Foreshore, April 15:Newcastle’s annual running festival with a range of distances on offer, all with courses that hug the coastline and arguably one of the most scenic events around. Courses includes 2km for kids, 5km, 10km and 21.1km. The perfect way to run off Easter.
Winery Running Festival, July 22, Hunter Valley:If you a need a bit more training time then this event is ideal. It is overthree-and-a-half months away and offers a range of distances, including 6km, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km. There is also a kids 2km. All courses have a beautiful country backdrop.
Autumn workouts #week 5This is the “Oh dear, did I really eat that many chocolate eggs and hot cross buns” weekly workout, because it will take that long to burn them all off.
Monday, Thursday, Sunday: Run, walk, cycle orswim 60 minutes.
Tuesday: 3 x [20 squats with alternating single-arm shoulder press, 10 push-ups, 20diagonal lunges with biceps curls, 10bent-over rows and triceps kickback, 10 glute bridge, 30 second hover/plank].
Wednesday:Running, riding, rowing intervals or combine all three. 20-30 minutes x 1min harder: 1mineasier.
Friday: Yoga, pilates, stretch session or swim.
Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.