The “Power Position” is Present in all Disciplines- Kung Fu and Yoga Alike

If all this sounds like Chinese to you, let me put it in a simpler form.

The “Power Position” tells your body to recover, to learn this space, this is a safe zone and this is where the body should find comfort and recover.

The power position carries across many disciplines:

•The “Plank”plank

Samasditihi•In Yoga, “Samasdetihi”

 

 

•In Shaolin Kung Fu, the start and end position in all forms.KungFu recovery pic

•Bosu Elite , Flat jacks,  a supine plank position is the same as a standing upright power position.flatjacks bottom

They all have the same purpose, neutralize posture for greater stability and force transfer !

Coincidence?…NOT

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In peace, health & with much love, 

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Establishing The “Power Position” and “Pelvic Perfection”

Everything begins and ends here. Let’s define the “power position”:

The “power position” creates the neutral basis for your body. Training in this position results in a stronger and more balanced relationship between center of gravity and base of support ..center base and base to ground leads to better gait mechanics.

Training on the BOSU Elite provides mechanical advantages for enhancing gait mechanics both neurologically and structurally which means you can get into positions and reach a range of motion that you were unable to achieve without it.

Power postion thisoneEstablishing the Power Position:

• Stand with your feet hips-distance apart and toes straight ahead
•Squeeze the glutes, a.k.a. your butt (pelvis tilts and shifts forward, hips externally rotate
•Engage the abdominals to lock that position in
•Tuck chin slightly, head as if “suspended from above”
•Think wide and low through the shoulders
• Flatten the curve in your lower back-think longhand wide through the lower back

Training stimulus results in…

*Dorsiflexion with inversion that creates a springloading effect through the body.
*Efficient Natural positioning at ground contact during walking and
*Creates an optimal mechanical leverage for efficient force transfer

Basically the BOSU Elite surface and the exercises in the power position help to cerate a tighter suspension within the system creating a coil like effect in the body that will transfer to a more enhanced efficient, stronger maximum engagement and force transfer through the spine. The spine then becomes a better transmitter of force and the hips become the fundamental driver and the hinge for force. Through this we are able to maximize core stability and hip mobility throughout the greatest range of motion and improve force transmission to/from the ground.

 

Better foundation,Better stability, Better squatting, Better motor skills, Better movement!

MORE BETTER EVERYTHING  : ) !

More on the “power position” to come …

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

3 Myths & Truths about Women & Weight Training Revealed

In honor of  National Women’s Health & Fitness Day -September 24th  here are a few tips for the ladies…

3 Myths & Truths about women & weight training revealed.

weightsMyth #1:  Women who weight train look manly

Truth: A hormone called testosterone gives men the ability to gain greater muscle mass than women. Although women have small amounts of this hormone, the average woman doesn’t produce enough to cause her to “naturally” grow large muscles like a man.  If you bulk up your diet is the culprit not the weights.

Myth # 2:  If I start weight training and stop, my muscles will turn into fat.

Truth: Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissues. If you began a resistance training program and stop, your muscles will become smaller through a process known as atrophy. When you gain weight, your body stores excess units of energy in your cells in the form of fat. These tissues are different in form and function. One does not turn into the other.

Myth # 3: Consuming protein will help me gain muscle.

Truth: Your body uses protein to build and repair muscle tissue that’s been stressed by external resistance, such as weight training. Consuming protein alone will not increase muscle size or strength. It requires both lifting weights and eating protein.

Cardio alone does not build lean muscle tissue that changes the shape of your body and metabolism.

The benefits of weight training far outweigh those of just cardio alone.

What you will be with weight training is stronger, leaner, fitter, firmer & just overall BETTER!

Woman on weights see picture to the right….

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Going Off Track & The “Rain Shower Effect”

There’s a term I believe it’s called the “rain shower effect”.  Say you’re writing a paper or working on a project and you get stuck in the midst. How do you get unstuck.  You leave what you’re doing and do something totally unrelated.  This allows your mind to free itself of this stuck pattern you have fallen into and then suddenly you find yourself free flowing with ideas. Like a rain shower!

What does this have to do with going off track?

Sometimes we get so stuck in our routines that it feels like we are going in circles & going nowhere.  Stepping off the track can help us gain that freedom and suddenly your mind is flowing with inspiration or the ideas we were looking for to finish or even start that project.

If you’re on a training or nutrition program you may find it helpful to step off the track once in a while, so long as you don’t fall off completely and take what you’ve learned and bring it back on the track.

Routines are great they help accomplish goals. But don’t get so stuck in your way that you close your mind off to learning new things and opening the door for other opportunities.

Here’s something to try:
Change your training routine and do something completely different or maybe even go a little crazy & have dessert  : P

Sometimes by letting go we can gain so much more.

Live outside the lines ; )joycethumb

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GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer