Karen’s Guide to Glide

Karen’s Guide to Glide

As most of you know, I do the programming for all of the movements in each Fuse45 workout. I have been in the fitness business since I first began teaching aerobics my freshman year of college. Back then, I was armed with a “ghetto blaster” for my music, a leotard, tights, usually a belt and most definitely leg warmers. My hair was always big and I strategically wore a headband without flattening my hair down at all. A lovely sight!

I really knew nothing about body alignment, structure, muscular or skeletal function. I just had big hair, a cute leotard and I was athletic. In case you are wondering how long ago this was, keep in mind Madonna wasn’t even a celebrity yet. But once she became a hit, she was in every playlist! Needless to say, the risk of injury in my aerobics class did not even enter my thought process.

Fast forward a million years (not exactly) and many orthopedic issues later. I know how important it is to take care of your body. I know the difference between working out hard and hurting myself…yes, there is a huge difference. I respect and appreciate clients who know their limitations (as we all have them) and understand when they need to slow down as much as knowing when they can really push themselves. There is so much more to the programming aspect than just working one muscle group. Creating bodies that perform at their best is my personal goal. It’s about using stabilizer muscles as well as the large muscle groups (think quads and glutes) and digging deep into the fibers of our bodies. I want to make sure everything works together for functionality rather then just for looks.

As many of you know, I consider myself a “core junkie.” It started many years ago when I had a skiing injury in Colorado. I took a bad fall and thought that I may have seriously injured my neck. An MRI showed my neck was fine, but the doctor told me that I had the beginnings of arthritis in my low back and that if I didn’t really strengthen my core, by the time I turned 40 (I was 33 at the time) I would most likely need surgery and be in constant pain.

That experience started me on my journey to outrun the inevitable. I learned that there are so many things physiologically you can do to prevent injury. It was probably the first time in my life that I started to work out to protect my body instead of just looking good!

My quest to have a super strong core began. There is so much science behind the need for a strong core and the benefits to doing a plank, in particular, are overwhelming… in a good way!

If I had to pick just one move to do for the rest of my life, it would definitely be a variation of a plank using gliding discs.  Anyone who knows me would have guessed that! I love gliding discs. Here are some of my favorite moves you can do at home. Here are some of my favorite moves you can do at home!

The ones we use at Fuse45 are by far the best I have found. There are so many different things you can do with them that take a normal plank and turn it into a metabolic, total body movement. These are things you can do in your home every day. If you don’t have discs, you can use towels under your feet on your kitchen floor. Yes, I have been seen doing a gliding plank throughout my kitchen. Everyone can do their best to outrun the inevitable. We all age, but that doesn’t mean we need to like being old. Nor should our bodies feel old. The moving plank is one of the single best exercises you can do.  Have some fun with it!

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