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Personal Fitness Programs

Our bodies are good at adapting to different situations. Some adaptations lead to pain, discomfort, and even injury, while others can lead to coordination, strength, and endurance. Our programs are tailored to your specific needs to put you in control of your movement, balance, and well-being. Your progress will look like this:

Restore Function – Develop a Foundation – Become Your Personal Best

We support our clients with four coaching formats. After assessing your situation, we recommend a plan of action that includes the select use of our coaching services to integrate with the lifestyle you already enjoy.

Private Coaching (1:1)

You are different than anyone else. You have a unique history that is rich with experience and may include injuries, health issues, and medical treatments. Or maybe you simply know you could be healthier and have better energy or vitality. Or perhaps you’ve got your fitness dialed and you’re striving for the next level. In any case, your situation will be one of a kind! To improve conditions that are unique to you, we recommend personalized, one-on-one attention. Private coaching can help with:

  • Recent Injury
  • Chronic Pain or Limitation
  • Worsening Function
  • Neuro-Muscular Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Lack of Improvement

Movement Academy

Humans all share the same basic design. Our ability to move through our full range of movement must be maintained if we’re to be healthy and independent. It’s the foundation of fitness. We at Integrative Fitness Programs have mapped this movement foundation and organized it into a simple system to be learned. Our movements and exercise progressions will be easily integrated into your life, while empowering your efforts and boosting activities you already enjoy. We guide our clients through this curriculum in semi-private sessions so that each person gets the individual attention they need, while benefiting from participation with others. It is the most efficient way to develop your movement literacy.

Group Cross-Training

Once your body is moving well and you have a good foundation, it’s fun and challenging to build it up. You want a coordinated and resilient body that buffers you from injury. Our group programs improve strength, conditioning, agility, speed, and power. The variety of exercise is interwoven specifically to enhance your ability in recreation, athletics, movement arts, and physical labor. Our training results in real gains where your movement matters. For example:

  • on Trails
  • on Bikes
  • in Boats
  • on Fields
  • on Courts
  • on Slopes
  • in the Water
  • at Work
  • on the Stage

Group Recreation and Team Development

It is so easy to stay engaged when we are part of social groups that share purpose. We coordinate group recreation and we coach competitive teams because this is some folks’ favorite way to engage in fitness. Communities and teams accelerate growth in ways that cannot be achieved individually. Coordinated groups can uniquely challenge and develop abilities that are beneficial to individual health. Integrative Fitness professionals coach adult teams and guide activity groups. We provide opportunities in the following:

  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering

Our coaching services can be used selectively to transform your health and fitness. Our methodology is meticulously thought out and continuously tested.

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Corporate Fitness Programs

Companies routinely focus on employee wellness as a business strategy to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Employee buy-in makes it more likely you’ll achieve your strategic objectives.

We help individuals do their normal, daily activities in ways that make them healthier, happier, and more productive. With our programs, you’ll find employees increasingly taking ownership of their fitness, wellness, and well-being.

Take sitting, for example. The hidden truth is that sitting is a form of exercise. Over time the body molds itself to the way we hold it, so how we sit and how we function in a chair matters a lot to our health.

There are two ways to sit. Each produces completely different outcomes.

1. Sit Passively. Let gravity mold the body to the surface it’s sitting on and allow dysfunctional motor behaviors to take over. Typical sitting at a computer lets the spine slump, the shoulders hunch over the keyboard, and the neck strain unnaturally to see the computer screen. Passive sitting leads to a progressive cascade of health problems that we like to call “office body.” When discomfort or pain reaches a tipping point, employees might mask the problem with soothing remedies and ergonomic aids, while their productivity sags and health costs increase.

2. Sit Actively. Use the body’s natural strength to sit upright against gravity, thereby activating its various systems throughout the day. When employees use their bodies correctly, they keep their metabolic system active while developing healthy core strength and improving body mechanics.

Three ways we help people switch from passive to active sitting:

1. Identify the habits that get in the way.

2. Transition the person into healthy positions so the difference can be felt.

3. Teach the skills they’ll use to maintain correct body mechanics.

Our coaching practice focuses on what an individual can do today that they previously couldn’t or wouldn’t do. We empower them to own their success.

The Gym Is Inside the Body

When we bring movement and exercise into your company, the physical footprint is small. That’s because we use few exercise aids, like dumbbells, medicine balls, elastic bands, and kettleballs. The bulk of our work is done with body weight, emphasizing control, balance, and accuracy. We utilize a person’s internal biologic systems as much as possible because we understand “the gym is inside the body,” inherent in our natural abilities.

We show how real fitness can be integrated into a person’s routine without turning their lifestyle upside down.

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Methodology

The Integrative Fitness Method (IFM) empowers your body to change for the better as you go through your normal activities each day. IFM is a way to access your physical capacity in ways that minimize the effects of our “convenience laden” environment that unfortunately leads to sedentary behavior. It is a systematic process that works on your whole body and mindset. You can feel energetic, look fabulous, and be the person you want to be, and it starts with becoming movement literate.

Movement Literacy and Foundational Movement Skills

To be movement literate means using your body the way it is designed to function, and appropriately adapting to your environment.

IFM provides the map for learning basic movement skills that are foundational to all types of physical activity. The IFM exercise progressions are specifically designed for the “gym inside the body” so that fitness travels with you.

Body Self-Awareness

While we are generally not paying attention, the body is constantly adapting to the environment all around us. The body is wired to find an easy way to do things. It goes along with most of what we subject it to. When we fall into bad habits, the body doesn’t always realize it immediately. But when we repeat that mistake over and over, the body eventually lets us know through pain and performance plateaus.

Practicing IFM develops an awareness of habits and the body’s responses, whether that is toward desired results, or away (which allows for correction).

The Integrative Fitness Method

A. Assessment and Recommendations

We assess every one of our clients before providing guidance and coaching because we know that each person experiences their body differently. We want to figure out how and why you move the way you do. Once we figure out the strategies that have become your habits, we can evaluate how effective these are at serving your needs and goals. That way the adjustments we strive for are appropriate and focused.

Our path of action considers the many factors that influence your time, energy, and internal resources. We ask: “What opportunities, guidance, and efforts would best help you achieve the results you want and need?” Our recommendations may include a combination of our integrative programs, efforts at home and work, and/or coordination with other health professionals.

B. Habits, Tools, and the Three Body Systems

Over time our bodies compensate for problems—that is, develop habits that exert wear and tear—which limits our ability to do the things we want or need to do, in the way we’d like to do them.

Once you understand how the body compensates, and you become adept at using the tools inside of you, you’ll redirect how your body functions and develops. The moving body engages a large network of nerves, muscles, bones, and fascia to make three essential body systems work cooperatively. They are the lumbo-pelvic block (core), leg chain, and shoulder complex.

The Integrative Fitness Method shows you how to use these three systems correctly. We’ve created short, on-point movement programs that will rebuild your approach. The exercises are carefully selected, sequenced, and coached to make embodied learning accessible to anyone.

C. Foundational Movement Patterns

A basic level of fitness is critically important to your health. A healthy person performs normal daily activities without compensating for deficiencies in coordination, endurance, strength, or quickness.

The Integrative Fitness Method maps out an individualized, effective sequence to build basic physical skills so that anyone can develop a comprehensive movement foundation. Our learning progressions were created as a lead-in to any high level activities you may want to pursue. As you master these fundamental movement skills, your body will develop resilience to injury and compensation.

D. Higher Level Movement Skills

Conditioning for personal fitness is important and should be done in ways that prepare you for the activities you love. When you get this right, other objectives like weight loss, building muscle, and shaping the body take care of themselves.

Building on foundational movement skills, you are going to explore a variety of whole body movements. Adding load, volume, and speed will accelerate your conditioning and further establish your brand-new good movement habits.

You can expect your new levels of physical resilience to be expressed as:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Agility
  • Quickness
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Adaptability

E. Staying Engaged and Active

Getting exercise as recreation and while you go about your usual work has many more benefits than trudging away mindlessly on the proverbial “hamster wheel.” When you exercise, you are developing mastery. It is helpful to remember that practice makes permanent; so ask yourself, “What would I like to be good at? What do I enjoy practicing?”

Some people prefer to engage in just one area, while others like to mix it up. What’s important is how your practice engages your entire body, mind, and emotional self.

Mastery is even more fun when you integrate your skills with those of other people. You can get together to go hiking, cycling, or rowing. You might play on teams for volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Or maybe you prefer the movement arts, like dance, gymnastics, or martial arts. Because you now have intentional control of your movements, starting with a comprehensive foundation, you can participate in a variety of enjoyable activities, while getting all the exercise your body needs.

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