May 9, 2017

 dur-UH-bil-a-TEE/: the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage. This class is focused on restorative movement and recovery. Using ground-based movement, soft tissue release, and functional mobility to promote longevity and sustainable long-term progress.


If you haven't noticed, most of our yoga classes have been swapped for a new name -- DURABILITY. A student asked why and it dawned on me that, while I had been thinking about the new name for awhile now, I hadn't talked about it aloud. My bad!


So what's the deal?


A while back, I talked about how I quit teaching yoga, or at least the version of yoga most are accustomed to experiencing. I wasn't planning to ditch the word yoga, entirely, but it happened.




1. Traditional flexibility training is important, but doesn't go deep enough.


Hence why you are finding more and more that I am incorporating self-applied myofascial release with the help of my favorite rubber drugs. There's even a whole series of workshops underway on how to apply these techniques before and after class, from home, on the road, wherever the mood or need strikes. But, I digress. (As usual).


2. Multi-planar, multi-directional force builds stronger bones & joints.


Ground-based bodyweight exercises that load the pelvis, vertebrae, and femur (thigh) bones through multi-planar, multi-directional movements, puts the sort of torque in the joints and vertebrae that research suggests contributes to improved bone mineral density. Expect to see turns, alternating arm and leg movements, transferring weight from hands to feet, left to right, as well as movements that take the femur (thigh bone) and humerus (arm bone) through a full range of movement in the hip and shoulder joints, respectively.


3. Improving vestibular fitness for improved reaction & performance.


Why do we abandon the notion of improving vestibular sense after childhood? It's a skill often lost from lack of practice, but is essential to maintaining gross motor skills (e.g. walking, running, jumping, hitting a ball with a bat), fine motor skills (e.g. holding objects, turning pages of a book, drawing), visual spatial motor skills (e.g. following moving objects). Notice something here? These are all the skills that fall wayside as we age. So balance training absolutely gets into the mix in this class.


4. Core strengthening for lower back health.


The most common complaint doctors see? Lower back pain. Plain and simple. The most common advice offered? Strengthen your core. Only, most people consider the abdominal muscles the core. Hint: there are way more muscles involved! Only wait, the stuff around those core muscles are just as important and get a hearty workout in class, too.


Who should take this class?

  • High intensity exercisers looking for recovery or down regulation

  • Low intensity exercisers who cannot participate in high impact classes

  • Those nursing injuries or joint conditions where range of motion needs improvement

  • Those suffering from chronic issues related to the lower back where core needs strengthening

  • Anyone with a body and a pulse


Okay, that last one is only a half joke. Truly, this is the workout that is suitable for all bodies, but particularly nourishing for bodies that have endured a lifetime of stress.


New to the Club? Check out this class totally free when you snag your free trial online. Check out our schedule and see when the next DURABILITY class is happening and be sure to check it out!




Disclaimer: Fit Club is not a medical doctor and the information contained herein should not be taken as medical advice. These are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem. Recommendations by Fit Club are not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional. Please consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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