Fitness / 19 posts found

How to Get Started on Your Fitness Journey

by Chuck
Recently on social media, we were asked one of the most frequently asked questions for any coach or trainer. How often should I exercise? If there was a simple answer it might be: 30-minutes a day at a moderate exertion level. That’s what the American Medical Association recommends. The problem is, nothing is ever that simple and the truth is, as it often is, “it depends.” When I first meet a client, we sit a while, while we talk a bit about their goals, their history, their overall health,…

Are You Ready For On-Line Training?

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re all well and keeping yourself and others safe! A few months ago Artisans Restorative Fitness began beta testing our Online Training Service by training a handful of individuals across the United States via the internet, using all kinds of web-based tools.  Even though we haven’t completely worked out the kinks, we recognize that now more than ever having access to an online personal trainer is important for so many people. So, we are launching our Online Training…

De-stress With An Easy Holiday Challenge

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. There just seems to be so much to do – family gatherings, Christmas parties, work functions, food prep, meals, gift-giving (and making, buying and wrapping), etc.   It’s easy to lose sight of yourself and your needs.   One of the things that can help is to take a little time for yourself – a sort of reset on the day – to help recalibrate where you are in the cycle of stress/needs met/relaxation.  One of the best…

All the Time You Need

I have a client, a 74-year-old quilter, who routinely complains about how, if she does all the things I would like her to do at home, she’ll never have enough time to work her quilting. She had a back surgery about seven years ago, did her physical therapy, and when it was done, went home and didn’t move much (or enough) for over a year. She got so weak she couldn’t get off the couch (while laying down) without rolling over onto the floor, onto her hands and knees and then having her husband…

Welcome to Artisans Restorative Fitness!

Movement for Makers is changing and rebranding to Artisans Restorative Fitness – we have a new name, website and things to share. But our mission is still the same! Why are we changing? Check out the video link to find out!

Free Facebook Live Chat

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in a free Facebook live video, answering questions from you. We’ll hold it on Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm ET, 5pm PT. While we have some things lined up to talk about, if you have any questions about us, what we do, something specific about yoga, or fitness please let us know (put them in the comment sections below). You can join the discussion live and/or watch it later – and ask questions after it’s over – even if you can’t make it. It…

Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in our second Facebook Live Class of the year: MfM Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance! This 30min class will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 8pm ET, 5pm PT and shows you two yoga flows to help you build leg strength and develop your balance. As we age our strength diminishes – as does our sense of balance (they’re very much related). As they diminish, our quality of life goes down, and we lose the mobility to go about our daily lives…

Supine Pigeon

For people who have lower back issues – and especially with sciatica – one yoga pose I use (a lot!) is the Supine Pigeon Pose. The supine pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. The main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus, the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside of the leg. Move and relax these and for…

Pinwheel Pigeon Pose

Between the Half Seated Twist and the full variations of the Pigeon Pose, is the Pinwheel Pigeon (also sometimes called the Shin Box). It is a basic to intermediate pose that hits the same muscle groups and connective tissues as the HST, and the full Pigeons. It’s just a step in-between. Try it out! In the video I only show one side while doing the stretch, please remember to do both sides so you make sure to open up the piriformis, IT band, and the glutes on both sides.

Half Seated Twist

by Chuck
If you have trouble performing pigeon pose (any variation), this pose will hit the same muscle groups. It’s called the Half Seated Twist, and it’s a little easier on the hips and knees. Let us know what you think, or if you have any questions!