We're excited to announce new movement based fitness classes on Mondays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. These classes are free to all current students, regardless of what training membership they have.

Why Movement Focused Fitness?

It's an unfortunate fact that the nature of modern life is very static. Most people wake up to sit at a breakfast table, then sit in the car for their commute, then sit at a desk at work or at school, then sit in the car for another commute home to spend their evening sitting on the couch in front of the television. When you add all of that up, a large majority of people spend more hours of their lives in a seated position than they do standing or moving.

In an era of modern conveniences where you can have groceries and food delivered to your door at the click of a button and decades worth of entertainment at your fingertips we have largely lost the necessity for movement and physical expression. This may not seem like a problem until you recognize how much of our biology works on a 'use-it-or-lose-it' system - the price we pay for an easy lifestyle spent in a comfy chair is stiff joints, aching backs, limited mobility, and a myriad other problems.

A fitness program built around natural movement patterns rather than the type of constrained movement patterns you get from modern fitness machines allows your body to reach its full potential by not only building the strength necessary to efficiently move your own body in whatever way you want, but the flexibility and the cardiovascular health to do it smoothly and efficiently without finding yourself doubled over and gasping for breath.

Movement Based Fitness for Martial Arts

Movement based fitness is particularly effective for the martial artist because of the way it develops all three of these areas - strength, mobility, and endurance - simultaneously in the same workout.

The very nature of martial arts and self-defense is efficient, powerful movement. Whether your goal is to become a professional fighter or just to develop the skills necessary to keep yourself and your loved ones safe being in total control of your body and movements is key. It's not just practitioners of the traditional arts like Silat and Wing Chun that benefit from this control and flexibility; the successes of MMA fighters who have embraced movement based training such as Connor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, and Carlos Condit is definitive proof that when you move better you fight better.

What Should I Expect in a Movement Based Fitness Class?

While each thirty minute class will be a little different, you can expect to balance, crawl, roll, carry, run, throw, lift, and fight. Classes will use a minimum amount of equipment so you can repeat these workouts whenever you want at home without having to invest in expensive machinery or pricey gym memberships. Occasionally we may also take our workouts outside into sunshine.

Every class will contain movements that improve your strength, cardiovascular conditioning, and flexibility/mobility. The workouts are also programmed out so that no movement pattern is left behind, pulling, pushing, isolaterally and unilaterally loaded movements, bending, jumping, isometric and dynamic movements, and more.

We're beginning with thirty minute classes and will eventually expand into hour long sessions. These classes are free to all students regardless of their chosen training program, and won't count against your class credits.

If you're ready to start improving your fitness in a functionally holistic way, come in for a workout Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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