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Artemis Scantalides Teaches the TGU

The Turkish Get-Up

The Turkish Get-up (TGU) is a fantastic movement that is useful for all ages. The movement is so important because it brings us back to the ground.  As adults we don’t spend enough time doing ground work (exercises performed on the ground). Examples of beneficial movements in this category include rolling, rocking, head nods, bird dogs, bridges, dead-bugs, creeping, crawling, and the unloaded TGU. Together these exercises help to stimulate the vestibular system, encourage the body to respond reflexively, promote mobility and stability simultaneously and take us through all of the planes of movement using the key functional postures . Getting up and down from the ground easily and pain free is a movement pattern that escapes us as a result of being sedentary or simply not spending time in these positions.

When we introduce the kettlebell to the TGU it gives us the opportunity to experience all of the benefits listed above in loaded positions. Everyone can do the TGU as long as you build it from the ground up using the exercises named above and practicing the TGU transitions  step by step.

At Iron Body Studios and Albany Movement & Fitness we determine your readiness to perform the TGU using the results of your Functional Movement Screen combined with our observations of you while practicing your ground work. The TGU takes a lot of coordination and can be very challenging for some people, therefore, it is extremely important to learn all of the steps first before adding weight.

Artemis Scantalides is the Co-Owner of Iron Body Studios in Needham, MA, www.ironbodystudios.com, author of the blog Iron Body By Artemis, www.ironbodybyartemis.com, and Co-Founder of The Female Fitness Formula Workshop www.thefemalefitnessformula.com.

Written by Artemis Scantalides and Seth Thomas

Make the Switch

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Make the Switch

We want you at Albany Movement & Fitness not because we are less expensive but because we are better. What do we offer that makes us better?

  • One-on-one training
  • Smaller, more personal class sizes
  • Excellent location and facility
  • No long-term contracts
  • All instructors have degrees in Education with years of experience
  • All instructors teach well, model well, and move well.

We practice what we preach!  We will listen to you and consider your input regarding your training program.  It is our goal to earn your trust by operating with complete transparency.  We are not asking you to switch for cheaper; we are asking you to switch for better.  Albany Movement & Fitness is the better choice.  Move in the right direction. Join the movement!

 

Aleks Salkin Teaches the Crawl

Original Strength is at Albany Movement & Fitness. Original Strength is about movement restoration through developmental sequencing. Our bodies were made to move, and you will learn how to move better by practicing the very first movement pattern you ever performed – breathing. Then we will focus on improving head control, rolling, rocking, and crawling. As babies we earned our movement exactly in this manner, and we can reclaim that movement as adults using the Original Strength process. Original Strength exercises contribute to the stimulation of the vestibular system which creates a sensory rich environment, this in turn facilitates reflexive proprioceptive awareness. In essence, the Original Strength methodology is designed to turn on your internal motion detectors and encourage your body to stabilize reflexively. Regular practice will reverse the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and make you resilient! In this video Aleks Salkin teaches the progressions that lead to a proficient crawl. Thank you so much Aleks. You Rock!

Reclaim your mobility by booking your Original Strength session at Albany Movement & Fitness where our goal is to help you lose weight, move better, and get stronger.

Personal or Transactional 2

Recently, I posted a blog titled Personal or Transactional. I would like to follow that up with more about the transactional experience.

In the fitness industry, as in any industry, there is a lot of noise. Many people are competing for your attention.  Many people will tell you that their methods are the correct methods or that their new device has magic-wand capabilities. Remember the machine that shook away excess fat? Think of the thigh master or the shake weight.  These quick fixes cannot provide the guidance, support, motivation, and accountability required to produce results.  Yet people continue to purchase them.

How do you cut through all the noise to the path that will lead to success? First, you have to determine if you want your fitness experience to be personal or transactional.  Here are just a few of the differences between the two:

Personal

Transactional

  • Client-centered experience
  • Experience dictated by a curriculum
  • 1-on-1 training option without the high price tag or the feeling that you are letting the company down
  • Herded into large groups with no choice,  forced to give up the personal coaching experience
  • Individualized programming allowing you to be progressed at your rate of readiness
  • Strict progression through pre-set classifications that  segregate you and create a ceiling for you that makes scheduling more difficult
  • Individual attention
  • One-size-fits-all mentality
  • Dedicated to creating connections and providing what the customers need
  • Dedicated to making as much money as fast as possible by doing whats best for the company

If the sky is the limit, then why are you bumping your head on the ceiling? Once you have determined that you value a personal fitness experience, it should be easy to decide that Albany Movement & Fitness can help you get there.  We understand the need for training that is personal.  It’s what we do.  Join the Movement!