Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Facebook/Twitter Challenge

The PR Fitness Facebook page currently has just over 90 "fans". As soon as we hit 150 fans, we will have a drawing for a one month unlimited membership to PR Fitness. Click HERE to go directly to our page.

Need more incentive - okay, here goes.... we currently have 20 "followers" on Twitter. Once we hit 50 followers on Twitter, we will give away another month of unlimited sessions at PR Fitness. Click HERE to go to our Twitter page.

Do your thing, Social Media Ninja's, and tell all your FB friends and Twitter followers to hit up our FB and Twitter pages.

Look for more giveaways and prizes coming soon as PR Fitness nears it's one-year anniversary!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yoga for Functional Movement and Performance

Alright, PR Fitness Athletes, time to pony up and git yo butt into the Thursday evening yoga session. I know a few of you are excused due to time commitments and other obligations which make it impossible to attend. For others I know child care might be a challenge (check out Kidz Depot!). Yet, there are some of you who have yet to check out our yoga class because of your "priorities" - as in, "I can only come to class 'X' number of times per week and I want to get my butt kicked in class, not do yoga!" If this is you, I would challenge you to shake things up for 4 weeks and see what happens - forgo one of your regular classes with us and attend Yoga from 6:40-7:40pm. I guarantee you will see improvements in your movement patterns, you will feel better AND you will improve your performance.

My classes are not your typical yoga classes (whatever that might mean), rather, I emphasize postures and movement that enhances joint mobility, improves functional movements patterns, and boosts performance. Often, I break out the foam rollers, tennis balls and other devises of torture and doom for myofacial release, trigger point work, and self massage. What does all that mumbo-jumbo mean? You will move better, be more pain free, squat deeper, and posses the capacity to move your body/limbs through a healthy range of motion. Additionally, you will perform better in your day-to-day activities, get more out of your training sessions, improve athletic performance, and recover quicker after your workouts. Have trouble doing full squats? How about overhead squats? Have sticky shoulders, tight hamstrings or low back pain? Get to class this week! You will be glad you did.

How low can you go? Here, one of my private clients, Bob, demonstrates healthy mobility of the lower body, shoulders, and thoracic spine. The challenge is to stand as close to the wall as you can, extend your arms overhead, assume a full squat position, and then stand back up - all without touching the wall. The goal is to be able to complete this maneuver with your toes in contact with the wall

For those not currently doing the monthly unlimited, let me sweeten the pot to help entice you to come to yoga - from now through the end of September, those who are current members of PR Fitness, i.e. you are paying for at least one class per week, you can attend your first yoga session for free and each additional class will only cost you $5.

Be there!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Upcoming Race - Who's In?

Toeing the start line of an endurance race is a fantastic way to put your fitness where your mouth is. It's also an excellent way to overcome excuses and fears. Many "athletes" train day in and day out, yet turn the other way when it comes to signing up for a half marathon, ultramarathon, triathlon, adventure race, or other endurance event.

Where one places in an event matters very little. In fact, you learn far more about yourself when you don't win or don't even place well in your age group. The lessons and rewards come from committing to an event, training for the event, preparing for the event, and participating in the event. The key is to take each step with conviction and a light heart. Embrace the obstacles that crop up in your life which make getting in your workout a challenge. Embrace the days you have to miss a training session because of other responsibilities. Embrace the great workouts; embrace the one's that suck as well. Unless you are a paid, sponsored athlete, there should be very little pressure on you to perform - enough to keep you motivated, yet not so much that it creates undue stress in your life.

While participation in a short endurance race (5K, sprint triathlon, flat 1/2 marathon, etc.) is a great way to stay motivated and enjoy your fitness, I promise - you learn far more about yourself when you are 5 hours into an endurance event, on the brink of exhaustion, wanting nothing more than to quite, than you can learn in 10 years of therapy. When you are completely broken down, stripped of your pride, your ego, and your defenses, you discover who you really are - you always walk away (or limp away) a better person, regardless the outcome.

If you are interested in an upcoming endurance event that is taking place right in our back yard, check out the upcoming Eagle Creek Trail 1/2 marathon and marathon. Already, I know of two PR Fitness athletes who are doing the 1/2 marathon and I just signed up for the full. If you are interested, get signed up. If you are interested, yet nervous, get signed up. If you would rather get a root canal than run a 1/2 marathon on the trails of Eagle Creek - see a psychiatrist, then sign up. Okay, I'm kidding about the psychiatrist thing (a little), but sign up. Myself and the other coaches at PR Fitness are happy to help get you prepared for the upcoming race, so let us know if you need help. Richard and I are planning to host a few training runs and "special events" at Eagle Creek this fall, which will be great training opportunities to get you ready for your race.
Be sure to email me when you have signed up- chris@prfitness.net.

Here is the link to learn more about the race and get registered: http://planetadventurerace.com/trail/eagle/index.shtml
2009 JFK 50 Ultramarathon, Hagerstown MD - Race Result: DNF. Pulled from the course at mile 35 for reaching the checkpoint 15 minutes past the cutoff time. Personal Results: learned more about myself mentally, physically, and spiritually in 35 miles than most people will learn about themselves in a lifetime.