We are all athletes to a certain extent. I feel like an Olympian if I make it through the day with all my peeps in one piece! But how about that last road race you ran? Did you recover well? Or did you feel it for weeks? How about that surfing trip to Costa Rica you have planned for spring break? Are you prepared for it? Or are your knees already bothering you when you go up and down stairs? (This can start in your 30s!) No matter our generation, maintaining mobility, defined as the ability to move freely and easily, is important as we age.
I recently spoke with a young 30- or 40-something dad who requested “a specific exercise program that, when done consistently in conjunction with our normal workout, allows us to continue to do the things we love.” Those activities include cycling, playing soccer with the kids, lifting heavy stuff overhead, you name it. Also, my best guy friend just started surfing pretty regularly. He’s in his early 50s and is a total hunk (it’s Gina’s husband if you’re wondering, sorry, don’t text me for his info!). He knows he needs to stay mobile and nimble in order to continue to participate in the activities that make him happy — surfing all the livelong day and spending time with his three daughters.
What’s the theme here? As we go through life, we need to do the right movements and routines that keep our muscles and joints flexible, our strength balanced, and our bodies injury-free so that we’re able to enjoy an active lifestyle at any age.
In response, we’ve crafted a unique formula of specific Pilates moves, targeted yoga poses, and overall functional mobility techniques to help you keep doing the things you love to do. And guess what, you don’t need a machine…or any equipment:
Read all about our new mobility workshops:
Are you looking to increase flexibility, mobility, and body awareness? This monthly mobility workshop is for athletes and movers of all types and levels. We use a creative blend of Pilates and yoga to target the stabilizing muscles that are typically underutilized. We’ll also release those muscles that are overused during workouts like running, cycling, and CrossFit.
Participants will learn useful tools and techniques that can also be practiced at home to compliment an existing training program. These techniques, when practiced consistently, can help you perform better and recover faster, whatever your preferred workout.
Learn how to nourish your body through movement. This workshop is meant for athletes, non-athletes, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into daily movement for health, injury prevention, mobility, and strength. Students will move through mobility drills, Pilates-inspired exercises, and the basics of Animal Flow.*
Enhance the way you move through a combination of Pilates and level 1 Animal Flow* movements. Learn how to utilize movement for self assessment and injury prevention, motor coordination, athletic warm-ups, cardio drills, core activation, and creating mindful flows. The class will include a full, fun, energized, group flow to integrate what you’ve learned.
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Use the code BLACKFRIDAY at check out (web only, does not work on the app) for 20 percent off of all workshops, including the above, gift certificates, class packages, and specialized series now through Cyber Monday.
Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.
Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.