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Fluid Fitness Expands!

Fluid Fitness is proud to announce the addition of our new classroom.  We now have a dedicated space for group classes and teacher trainings. Check our "Classes" page for our expanded schedule.  Along with Gyrokinesis®, we will be offering other movement classes and specialized Gyrokinesis® workshops. Join us!

Look who's doing GYROTONIC®!
(an article from the Wall Street Journal)

Blazing a Trail Back From Knee Pain and Injury
By JEN MURPHY 

Justin Halloran's injury list reads like that of an NFL player. In the past 18 years, he has had six knee surgeries and four ACL replacements. 

"I blame it on genetics, a couple of dirty fouls playing soccer, and too much weekend-warrior action," says the 39-year-old chief executive of Portico by Exclusive Resorts, a private club made up of more than 170 luxury vacation residences around the world. 

A competitive soccer player in high school and recreational player during college, Mr. Halloran continued to play on a men's league when he started his professional career. Long days at a desk interrupted his conditioning routine. As a result, he says, "I'd play, get injured, rehab, play again, get too competitive on the field, get injured again."

Knee pain and repeated injuries led Mr. Halloran to give up soccer and running for a time and then return to them—a cycle he repeated several times over six years. "I realized I needed to start thinking about exercising for my health, not so I could win on the field," he says.

Mr. Halloran began to look for lower-impact forms of exercise. Three years ago he took up Pilates and noticed a machine in the corner of the room that looked like some sort of medieval torture rack, he says. Called a Gyrotonic machine, it was made up of a seven-foot pulley tower with straps for hands and feet and a movable bench with two rotating disks.

Intrigued, he gave it a shot and liked how it stretched out his muscles and relieved his stress. The exercise was invented in the 1980s by Romanian dancer Juliu Horvath. Gyrotonic exercise is based on circular movements and combines elements of Pilates, Tai-chi and yoga.

Mr. Halloran says his new regimen, which includes active release therapy that involves massage and stretching, has allowed him to exercise and run short distances twice a week without pain or injury for the past two years. "My muscles feel younger, less stiff," he says.

In May 2012, Mr. Halloran moved from Austin, Texas, to Boulder, Colo. with his wife and four children, to become the CEO of Denver-based Portico. Mr. Halloran says he had to adjust to the altitude and chillier weather when exercising since moving to Boulder. He schedules a workout for every day, knowing he may have to cancel at least one or two days due to his busy schedule.

The Workout

During the week, Mr. Halloran does a spin class, runs, and goes to Gyrotonic sessions.

Every Tuesday Mr. Halloran sets aside an hour for his one-on-one session with a Gyrotonic instructor. Class starts with a series of rhythmic movements and breathing exercises. It typically transitions to exercises that work on his pelvic area and his spine. The Gyrotonic machine's pulleys and straps provide both resistance and support during exercises, which can be performed seated, standing, and lying down. For example, with a foot in a strap, Mr. Halloran will work his legs and core doing leg extensions, with the pulleys providing resistance.

On Wednesdays, Mr. Halloran takes an hour-long spin class. He runs three to five miles outdoors on Mondays and Fridays. He will sprint 100 meters then jog about 50 meters until his heart rate comes back down, and then repeat.

After his run, he performs a series of drills in his bare feet. Mr. Halloran will take 30 paces walking on his toes, walking on his heels, walking like a pigeon, and walking backward on his toes, something he learned from running trainers.

On weekends, Mr. Halloran will either hike with his wife and children, play soccer with his children, or cycle with his dog in tow.

The Diet
Mr. Halloran credits his wife for his diet makeover, which began about 10 years ago. He says she stopped buying foods that had ingredients she didn't recognize.

Mr. Halloran mostly eats fish and organic, green, leafy vegetables. He eats red meat once a month and avoids white foods. He weighs 15 pounds less than he did five years ago. After working out at his gym, he buys a smoothie made with peanut butter, oatmeal, whey, and acai.

He says he adds flavor to many foods by putting serrano or habanero chilies on almost everything.

Cost & Gear

Gyrotonic classes can cost anywhere from $60 to $150 for an hour and requires nothing but shorts and a T-shirt. He spent $5,000 on a Cervelo triathlon-bike and a mountain bike from eBay. His favorite fitness accessory is his pair of Newton sneakers, which "have a forefoot ramp that forces you to strike on the front of your foot instead of your heels," he says. He has two pairs for trail and road running that cost about $150 each.

Portico pays for its approximately 50 employees to have a free gym membership to the Colorado Athletic Club, which is across the street from the office.

On the Road

Mr. Halloran is on the road at least once a month and estimates he visited 33 countries in 2012. He always packs his sneakers. "I love to run in new places and get lost," he says.

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Power Plate® Reviewed at Dr. Mercola's Website

"Russian Invention Blasts Away Excess Belly Pounds Twice as Fast..."

 

Here's an excerpt from Mercola.com about the benefits of Power Plate. 
Click here to read the whole article.
 

How the Power Plate® Works

The Power Plate works by vibrating in three-dimensions, or three planes: vertical, horizontal and sagittal (front to back). If you have ever been in an earthquake, you have experienced this sort of complex motion—right and left, front and back, and up and down—it's very hard to stand up in an earthquake! But the Power Plate moves very quickly (25 to 50 times per second) across very small distances (one to two millimeters), so you aren't knocked off balance, but just enough that your muscles must accommodate.

When the Power Plate vibrates up and down, your muscle tone improves.

Left to right and front to back movements improves your balance and coordination.

So the net result is a dramatic improvement in strength and power, flexibility, balance, tone and leanness—for starters.

When you stand on the vibrating Power Plate, each muscle in your body reacts in a continuous flow of micro adjustments, contracting reflexively. Just like when your leg automatically jerks after your physician taps it with his reflex hammer, your muscles react automatically to the Power Plate's vibrations—25 to 50 times per second.

Stimulating your muscles and nerves this way results in more work being done by your body in a shorter period of time—with FAR greater recruitment of your muscle fibers.

Think about it...

If you apply 30 Hertz (30 cycles per second) for 30 seconds, you are triggering/stimulating your neuromuscular system a total of 900 times in just half a minute. This means you can train to athlete status with about 12-25 minutes of Acceleration Training, three days a week. 

Hilary Cartwright in Dance Teacher Magazine

How I Teach Yoga for Dancers

In this article in Dance Teacher Magazine, Gyrotonic guru and Yoga for Dancers creator Hilary Cartwright speaks about the benefit of somatic practice.  Click here to read the whole article!

You can also watch a video where she demonstrates two exercises to develop students' arabesques. Targeting the hamstrings, deep rotators hips and psoas muscles, these exercises can be added direcly to dancers' daily classes. Click here to watch!
 

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