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Moving Into Spring: Movement Labs at Conquer Fitness Bloor West

by | Feb 7, 2024 | News

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Workshop I: Conquer members / Workshop I: Non-members

Workshop II: Conquer members / Workshop II: Non-members

Come out of winter hibernation and join us at Conquer Fitness for two fun and informative movement study workshops!

These 2-hour sessions will give you opportunity to:

  • Explore options for healthy, sustainable movement.
  • Refine your understanding of how your body moves, and how it can move.
  • Get answers to questions about your movement and mobility.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to move well and with ease.
  • Connect with a community of curious movers.

Workshop I

Getting Down – Negotiating the Ground

Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Yoga Room

How comfortable are you with being and moving on the ground? How easily can you get up from and down to the floor? Do you know how to fall in a way that helps to avoid injury?

Much of our modern lifestyle is geared toward avoiding being close the ground. Which is why getting down to and up from the ground and falling can be fearful prospects – now, or later on in life.

The truth is that humans have worked close to the ground – crawling, squatting, etc. – for thousands of years and reaped all the benefits that come with doing so – strength, joint mobility, coordination, balance, and stability.

If you’ve lost (or never had) the confidence that comes with having these benefits, this workshop is designed with you in mind.

After a brief warmup, we’ll dive into exploration of ground-based movements. Learn how to turn and roll your body with ease, ways of transitioning from reclining to sitting to upright, dynamic use of your arms and legs to aid propulsion and much more.

Cost (per workshop):

Early-bird (until Monday, March 4):

Conquer members: $20
Non-members: $30

Regular pricing:

Conquer members: $28
Non-members: $40

Suggested to wear/bring:

Long pants. A t-shirt and/or long-sleeve shirt. Socks. Water bottle and a snack.

Workshop II

Up and At Them – Upright Movement

Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Yoga Room

Have you ever examined the way that you walk and/or run? Can you travel across the ground with relative ease? Did you know that your spine is the main driver for your upright movements?

 These days, if we’re walking or running, it’s typically either to get to a destination or for exercise. Humans have largely lost the habit of using these movements purely for the enjoyment of the journey.

Adding to this, how we coordinate our body in movement can often inhibit those efforts, and keep us away from other upright activity, like jumping, climbing, or dancing.

Whether you are looking to boost your weekly walks/runs, seeking to improve athletic capability or simply want to explore ways to make the journey more enjoyable, this workshop can help you get there.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • how to effectively use your spine in upright locomotion
  • about the psoas muscle and its role in bipedal movement
  • about the hip-knee-foot complex and how the three joints work together in walking, running, and jumping
  • how to use your arms to aid in propulsion
  • how to foster more joy and freedom in your movement

Cost (per workshop):

Early-bird (until Monday, March 18)

Conquer members: $20
Non-members: $30

Regular pricing:

Conquer members: $28
Non-members: $40

Suggested to bring:

Comfortable clothing for movement. Water bottle and a snack.