Pilates core strength exercise

May Five Exercises

About the May Five: Each month we work specifically on five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. I include these in my classes and training sessions, and my hope is that you will go through these on your own at home. Some moves, like this month’s baby bear,  you could do every day. In fact, you could baby bear in bed!

  • Baby Bear
  • Criss Cross
  • Roll Up
  • Deadlift
  • Tricep Extension

Our first May Five exercise is everyone’s favorite, Baby Bear! This is a capital “L” LAZY move. Not always easy to do (to be lazy that is). My goal is to reclaim this word, so that we view being lazy as a positive thing. Really do try to release any tension in your back, neck, and hips, and let yourself roll side to side as if you were a baby being rocked to sleep. I’m also excited about our deadlift, a big strength move for your back and hamstrings. As always, if you need assistance with any of these moves please call me for an in-person demo, or come to class! We would love to have you!

Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.

Baby Bear
Criss Cross
Rollup
Deadlift
Tricep Extension

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

Join a class

Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

Client Testimonial – R.O.S.S. virtual live classes. Safe for seniors working through injuries, or returning to exercise.

Are you looking for a safe, welcoming environment where you can exercise at your own pace, without fear or judgement? Join us for R.O.S.S. class Thursday at 9:30 am.

To my delight, Anne came into my life 3 1/2 years ago. I immediately recognized her kindness and was intrigued by her work. In my 70s I’m active (pickleball for fun not competition, backseat rider with my husband on our tandem, gardening, walking) but never have been what would be considered athletic. It’s fair to say that designation might be applied to my husband, son, and daughter.

Perhaps that explains some of my reticence to go to a gym. My insecurities of not meeting someone’s standard or appearing foolish have kept me from availing myself of that instruction. I think I would have even braved this with Anne, but she lives about 1 1/2 hours one-way from me.

Enter Covid19 and all the adaptations to shelter in place. Anne’s Zoom class has been perfect for me. I knew from conversations that she cares deeply about inspiring people who are working through injuries or even seniors with age-related movement issues. I decided to try her R.O.S.S. Zoom class. I’m hooked!! Anne sees my moves, offers helpful corrections (keeping in mind my concerns-osteoarthritis of the spine) all without commute time. As others have “Zoomed in” it remains non-threatening and my body feels the benefits. I told Anne today I hope this option will remain available even if “live” classes resume.

~Marilyn K., The Dalles, Oregon

Better Balance Workshop Saturday April 18th

Click here to sign up for Better Balance Saturday April 18th!

If you’ve been doing The April Five with us this month you should be getting familiar with the Rolling to Standing exercise. Why are these types of mobility exercises important? The chances of us falling increase as we age. By practicing getting up and down from the ground effortlessly, we become skilled at falling. If we stay loose as we fall, we can minimize the change of serious injury like a broken bone.

Want to improve your balance? Join us for Fluid’s Better Balance Workshop Saturday April 18th!

  • Who: you (and your friends!)
  • What: 90 minute class. Be prepared to move your body. This is not necessarily a sweaty workout, but wear comfy clothes, like sweats or yoga pants.
  • When: Saturday April 18th from noon to 1:30
  • Where: From the comfort of your own home! All classes and workshops are now virtual!
  • How much: One person for $35, two people for $60.

Click here to sign up on Dance With Joy’s website.

Head over to Dance With Joy’s website to preregister. you will find the class under the “workshops” tab. Questions? Call me (503) 705-4762

The April Five

About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. Could you do these exercises for one minute each every day this week, and see if your strength and mobility improve?

  • Cat/Cow
  • Leg Pull (Back)
  • Warrior II
  • Side Raise
  • Rolling to Standing

This month we feature a fun mobility exercise – Rolling to Standing!

How easy is it for you to get up and down off the floor? While we can use a variety of markers to gauge our health (waist measurements, cardiovascular tests, and strength tests, for example) an often overlooked aspect of fitness and longevity is mobility. If you have trouble getting up off the floor, this move is for you!

Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now. Want to learn how to safely work into Rolling to Standing? Click here to purchase a video tutorial of yours truly walking you through these moves.

Cat/ Cow

Leg Pull (Back)

yoga standing balance, leg strength
Warrior II

shoudler strength
Side Raise

mobility exercise, fall prevention, core strength
Rolling to Standing

 

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

Join a class

Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

Three Tips For Staying Healthy

The coronavirus has arrived in Portland. What does that mean for you and me? For me, this means a wonderful opportunity to communicate with you about self care. What can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy?

  1. Frequent hand washing. First, and most important – wash your hands! I am asking everyone to wash their hands when they enter the studio. This is a great habit to get into. Come home from the grocery store – wash your hands. Just walked the dog – wash your hands. Used the restroom – wash your hands. About to prepare food – for sure wash your hands. You get the idea. How you wash and the length of time you spend washing is important. I’m not talking like you told your kid to wash up for dinner and he showed his hands to the faucet for .5 seconds. Really get in there with soap and water, working your fingernails, in between each finger, the front and back of your hands, and your wrists, for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Regularly disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, computer keyboards, and your phone. You can use disinfectant wipes, or 70% alcohol, or a vinegar and water solution (see below for recipes).
  3. Stay home if you are sick. Sniffle, runny nose, tickle in your throat, feeling extra tired, and not sure if it’s allergies or a cold? Don’t chance it – stay home.

If you have not yet checked out The Five videos, NOW is the time! Each video is only $5! The whole year’s worth of the Five are up, that’s a catalog of 60 exercises! I also have thumb drives here with the whole series so if you don’t want to sign up for Vimeo I am happy to drop one of these babies off at your house or pop one in the mail to you.

Want to join us for a virtual class? As of Monday March 16th we are going live baby! All you need is a small amount of space, some optional gear, and an internet connection. Email me at Anne@FluidPortland.com to get in on a virtual class this week!

If you would like help strategizing your self care plan, or need to discuss your schedule give me a call. (503) 705-4762

Want more info? Here are some helpful links:

Click here for the latest recommendations from the CDC. Make your own disinfecting wipes here. And here’s a recipe for a vinegar based spray. Click here to see how to make your own homemade hand sanitizer with alcohol and aloe. And here is the silliest hand washing video you will ever see.