A couple weeks ago we talked about Cortisol, the stress hormone. At the time we mentioned that exercise is a good way to help with stress. Exercise seems to give the body a chance to practice dealing with stress leading to an increase in stress tolerance.
To explore this further we are going to split exercise into two categories: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Low Intensity Steady State training (LISS).
You have probably heard of HIIT, after all it is all the rage in the fitness industry. During HIIT workouts you go really hard (often approaching maximum heart rate) for short periods of time mixed in with short periods of rest. These are u...
You guessed it...its that stress hormone we all love and hate.
How does it work?
When your body senses danger your adrenal gland releases cortisol which shoots out to receptors all over the body triggering the fight or flight response. In some parts of the body it increases function, for example your heart rate will go up and your vision will focus. But cortisol will also trigger less needed systems in a fight or flight situation to slow down like your digestive or immune system.
Cortisol can be a great thing; It’s what makes you feel energized and alert! It’s why you feel more productive when you are approaching a deadline. It can help you win a race, fi...
Natural movement is a lens through which we look back in human history to see what activities were essential in the evolution of our bodies. It is a belief that we can not effectively train our body through isolation of body parts and muscles, but only through regular practice of whole body movements that are varied, complex, practical and adaptable.
So what are natural movements?
From many anthropological studies we know that humans were great movers and even better manipulators of tools. In fact, it is our ability to work with tools that may have forced us to be more up right creatures so we can squat, stand, or sit while manipulating something in fro...
You are probably familiar with Tutors from your academic days. They were someone you could meet with to help you with a problem or subject you were struggling with.
If you are like me, you might look back on your college or high school days and wonder why you didn’t use the tutoring services more often. There was a crew of people available more advanced in the subjects I was struggling with. I’m sure there were people there who would have saved me hours of headache doing calculus homework, people who could edit my papers, and help me decipher the text of my religion courses.
But in those days I was a prideful young-un who didn’t think I needed help. No...
To be honest it’s a new term to me as well, but it’s a concept I’ve known to be true for a long time. Forest bathing is the act of going into the forest to take in nature in a way that is therapeutic. The term comes from a Japanese tradition called “Shinrinyoku” which literally means “taking in the forest”.
As a native to the Northwest I know how rejuvenating and invigorating a day in the woods can be!
In addition to my personal opinion on the healing powers of the forest, research shows that being in nature can reduce stress hormones, decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression and anger and increase immunity.
Today, I’ll answer my most asked question. “Why is everyone barefoot at your gym?”
Simply put, try walking on a balance beam with bulky running shoes, then try barefoot. Which is easier...probably barefoot.
When we are barefoot we can connect to the object we are walking on, our toes can spread to add support, and our feet can quickly respond to the balance needs.
Are feet are a crazy part of our body that has evolved to carry weight, run, walk, balance! But, for some reason we have over time decided to lock them in a box. Sure there are surfaces when some foot protection is nice like super hot sand or a little padding when you are running or walking a...
Ascent Coaches, are the foundation of the business and leaders of the Ascent Fitness Culture! We are seeking a fitness coach that values making fitness accessible to all! Our facility is a body positive space that serves primarily woman, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented populations in the strength and conditioning world.
We expect our coaches to be approachable, encourage appropriate challenge, and inspire joy. Further, we cherish an individual who desires to work in a collaborative and quickly changing environment. We value the opinions and ideas of our team and expect all teammates to care about the health and growth of our community and membership....
We all know we are supposed to set goals to improve our lives. But why do it? What's the point?
Goal setting doesn't just lead to a more successful life, but it can also lead to a more satisfying and enriching life. Setting goals that you are passionate about increases energy, provides purpose, and helps you grow. Goals help you stay focused on the things you care about and can help make life feel less overwhelming.
So set goals you care about.Often we set goals out of obligation or other external influences. As a fitness coach I see this all the time, people set goals and then don't stick to them. Because the goal they set wasn't theirs in the fi...
Four years ago, REI started the #optoutside movement. A movement that rings very true to us here at Ascent. This movement is about setting aside time to break up your routine and experience the world around you.
We recognize the importance of a meeting space, a convenient location, and a predictable and organized environment to practice new strength and movement skills as necessary to our mission to get folks moving and proud of their bodies. But we also think that nature is important to any health and fitness routine!
This year, REI reported in their #optoutside announcement, "Half the people in America don’t get outside even once a year to do outdoor...
At Ascent Fitness we take pride in our tailored and personalized coaching. We genuinely get to know each member and how to address their individual needs, goals and limitations. In order to meet this goals we generally do not allow drop-in students. When a student drops in to a class the coach has zero context of the persons wants, needs, experience and capabilities. This can be difficult for the coach as well as nerve wracking to the visitor.
During our Approach series we break down each movement, discuss goals and expectations and ramp up your exposure to weightlifting and fitness at your pace.
That being said, we understand you or friends may want to...