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Debbie Whaley-Hayes Teaches the Kettlebell Swing

Albany Movement & Fitness has the pleasure to present a Kettlebell Swing educational taught by Debbie Whaley Hayes. She is one of the strongest and smartest women in our StrongFirst family. Although we come from the same StrongFirst community, often times the lineage of instructors that we learn from is different, making our instructional styles and cuing different as well.  No matter how good you think your swing is, it can always get better.  A new look at a familiar movement may revive your swing and help you take it to the next level.

In this video, Debbie skillfully walks us through the progressions that lead to a proficient swing, focusing on nailing down the foundation, making sure that each prerequisite movement has been sufficiently practiced prior to proceeding to the next step.  Debbie’s expertise as a fellow Functional Movement Specialist mandates that movement competency be achieved for the sake of safety prior to executing the movement.  So make sure that you can touch your toes, that you have a 2/2 on your Active Straight Leg Raise, and that your deadlift is solid before practicing the swing.  Remember:  Quality over quantity.

Thank you so much, Debbie, for being part of our blog project.  You rock!

Time and Money

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When someone shows interest in becoming a member at Albany Movement & Fitness, the first thing we do is a complimentary consultation.  This allows us to get to know the client by gathering information about their goals, health-related issues, and current activity level. We also determine if they need nutritional support and take them through a Functional Movement Screen. We need all this information in order to make a professional recommendation. The final question that we ask provides the link between results and reality, perception and behavior. We expose the (false) truths that individuals tell themselves, the habitual mini stories that ultimately formulate their personal worldview. This view predetermines the value that a person places on any given thing, not only the financial value but also the relative value based on the individual’s priorities. The question is: What are the obstacles that you face in achieving your specific goals?  The two most common responses are time and money.

People say they don’t have the time. This actually means it isn’t important enough. It isn’t a high priority or urgent enough to make it to the top of the list. Most of us have the inner voice that tells us, “I’m gaining a little weight.” Or “When did it get so hard to walk up the stairs?” Or “I don’t have as much energy as I used to.”  We experience fatigue, weight gain, little annoying aches and pains that were not there months ago, and we are noticeably weaker but we ignore them because we tell ourselves it is normal for our age and we do not have the time to address them.  We prioritize everything above our own bodies.  A sedentary life contributes to a life full of limitations and dependency in the future, but we ignore the signs.

Where does time come from?  Running out of time is mostly a story that we tell ourselves to cover up an ugly truth: we refuse to choose ourselves and take action.  In the hierarchy of our daily responsibilities, we come last.  We make lists and develop routines. We do the next thing that helps us to fulfill our obligations. After we complete these things, we feel responsible but still we have not addressed what is most important. You decide how your time is spent! The solution has nothing to do with finding more time (you can’t) and everything to do with creating more urgency, more of an itch, more desire.  As human beings we are always recalibrating what is most important to us.  It is time to chose your health and wellness. Time is finite, but unlike money, time is also replenished every second. At Albany Movement & Fitness we specialize in Personal training and Functional Movement. We can help you Lose Weight, Move Better, and Get Stronger! You were made to move. It is your birthright!  Be vibrant and youthful with Albany Movement & Fitness!

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!