September Challenge 2018 Starts On The 10th!

We want YOU to join our September Challenge!

How are you doing with self care lately? Want to improve your sleep, get your diet back on track, or fine tune your fall exercise plan? Contact Anne today to sign up for this program.

September Challenge Details:

  • Who: YOU! And your friends who want improved sleep, stronger muscles,  and reduced stress.
  • What: 21 day challenge that includes daily physical activity, healthy eating, and mindfulness activities.
  • When: September 10th – 30th (we will meet Sunday the 9th at 10:30 am for the kickoff )
  • Where: Anywhere! Clients meet with me in person for initial kick off. The rest of the program is completed online.
  • Why: Kick start your winter self-care program. Increase your body/mind awareness, reduce stress, and improve body composition.

FAQ’s:
  1. How do I sign up? Call or email Anne today at (503)-705-4762.
  2. Do I need to live in Portland to participate?
    Nope, we will have one in person meeting, then the challenge is entirely done via email. In fact, I encourage you to enlist the help of your out of town friends/ family. If you live outside of Portland and would like to make other arrangements for the kick off let me know.
  3. Do I need any special equipment? Nope, I have specifically chosen these exercises for you because no equipment is required. For a couple of the exercises, you may choose to use a weight (5, 8, or 10 lb) and a foam roller, and for some of the standing exercises it may help to have a chair or wall nearby. I am happy to supply you with any gear you need.
  4. My diet is healthy, can I just focus on the exercises? Yes, this is a personalized plan and you decide your goals.
  5. I exercise regularly, but am under a lot of stress. Can I just do the mindfulness exercises? Yes! Five minutes a day of “sitting” is a huge accomplishment!
  6. I already have a meditation practice, but my diet is hit or miss. Can I just get help with meal planning? Yes! This program is totally customizable. You choose how to participate based on your goals. How can I support you?
  7. How much does this program cost? Daily videos in your inbox, support from your lovely group of like minded friends, a kick off party with yours truly, plus long lasting, positive changes all for $108!
As of  Saturday September 8th there is one spot left! Contact Anne to sign up today!
(503) 705-4762

~Anne

New Pilates And Yoga Class Times Start This Week!

Want to meet a group of fun and irreverent ladies who will encourage and support you? Come to one of Fluid’s classes! This is not your typical fitness class. Depending on how stressful the day has been, you may hear some cursing, or office war stories. One thing my ladies always say at the end of class is “man I feel so much better now than when I came in here!” Think of this as your self care, happy hour, stress reduction, and ladies night, all rolled into one.

Plus you get to visit with me for an hour! Oh and we do lift weights, stretch, and otherwise move our bodies.

Our current evening class schedule (all classes run 6-7 pm):

  • Monday yoga
  • Wednesday Pilates
  • Thursday Energy Flow

Fall 2018 we are we meeting for a quick 30 minute strength session:

  • Monday at 1:30
  • Wednesday at 11
  • Friday at 11

And if Saturday is your me day:

  • 10 am Barre

 

Click here for class schedule and descriptions. Call or text me (Anne) at 503-705-4762 to sign up!

Client Case Study – Couples Training Love Story

I have several couples who train with me – some together, some separately. Training together works well if both partners have similar goals, schedules, and learning styles. Also, if they don’t mind allowing me to focus more on one partner during the session; say if one partner is injured, working on something specific, or has questions about how best to approach an exercise and needs a little more time and attention from me.

I have also had many clients who have recommended me to a spouse (or friend or coworker) for awhile. “You really should go see Anne, she can help you with your shoulder pain, back pain, weight loss, meal planning, stress reduction…” I love it when the friend or family member does finally come in to see me and they say “Wow, I should have done this years ago!”

Here’s an awesome love story for you about one of my couples. Nancy has been my client for ten years. She has taken Pilates classes; done private training and massage; organized family Pilates classes with her adult daughters and their friends; traveled with me to Hawaii for one of our group vacations; and she even invited me to her daughter’s destination wedding to offer massage and yoga classes to the wedding party. She truly is a gem and I have appreciated getting to know her.

Over the years, I’ve visited with her husband James at different family events. Right now he is unable to train with me due to his travel schedule, but the two of them have been talking about exercises that could help reduce his inflammation and pain. He has specific limitations that preclude traditional strength training, specifically hand issues that do not allow him to grip weights. He also sees the value in adding strength work to his already active lifestyle. In other words, he is ready, motivated, and willing, but not sure where to start. When Nancy came in for her movement + massage session last month, she challenged me to come up with a short strength session that I could show her so that she could teach him. It had specific requirements: exercises that didn’t require traditional strength equipment, no weight bearing on his hands, and it needed to be fun so he would want to continue to do the work.

Looking at her current program (exercises she was already familiar with), I thought about which ones would be suitable for him, what we could add to round out his program (core, back, legs and upper body), and I talked to her about her motivational language to make this fun for him. For example, he is a gear head, so when cueing Flight, a back extension exercise, she could ask him to imagine a hood ornament.

mermaid hood ornament

After he completed his workout, I suggested she reward him (steak dinner, foot massage, etc.). We kept it to ten exercises, and I included in the list a few that she and I had done together so she would be familiar with them, thus comfortable teaching the moves to him.

This is a perfect example of how couples can work together to be positive influences on each other. Without nagging or haranguing (and using gentle positive reinforcement), Nancy can provide her husband with simple solutions to help him relieve his pain and stiffness, thus improving his quality of life.

After checking in with Nancy this week she has this good news to report:

James is doing his exercises with purpose and enthusiasm.  They’ve become part of his plan to “get healthy” along with some dietary changes and more cardio.

Who do you know who could benefit from a movement makeover? Can you send your special person my way? Call (503) 705-4762 or email me (Anne@FluidPortland.com) and I will be in touch with your person to set up a complimentary consultation. To receive the latest news in the land of Fluid (healthy recipes, The Monthly Five, workshops, and other events) please subscribe to my monthly newsletter over here on the right ->

 

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She works with her clients one on one and in small groups using a combination of movement + massage to relieve pain, build strength, and reduce stress. 

The October Five Exercises – Burpies!

The Five are up! Can you go through one minute of each of these moves every day this month? Let’s start with burpies.

This exercise is a complex, multi joint movement that increases upper body and lower body strength, improves hip mobility, and gets your heart rate up. Click here to see full descriptions of the October Five and click here to see beginner to advanced burpie options including videos.

Jenny burpies 1 10.15

Jenny burpies 2 10.15

Jenny burpies 3 10.15

 

Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. Please see your medical professional before beginning a new exercise program.

 

Release, Organize, Strengthen, and Stretch

R.O.S.S. strategy for efficient, pain free movement!

If you have seen me for a class or one on one training session you have no doubt heard me talk about my R.O.S.S. concept. A few years ago during yoga class I was explaining the order of operations I prefer when doing any kind of movement (yoga, Pilates, strength work, interval training etc…) and one of my ladies came up with the acronym – R.O. S. S., for Release, Organize Strengthen and then Stretch. Thanks Maureen!

Why R.O.S.S.? By working in this order, you strengthen and stretch efficiently, allowing for freedom of movement without pain or injury.

Want to be able to garden for four hours on Saturday without injuring your back, or play on the floor with your grand kids without being hobbled with knee pain the next day? Well listen up because I have a plan for you!

So what does R.O.S.S. mean exactly and how would you incorporate this concept into your workouts? In five to ten minutes you could easily go through one of two of each of these moves for a quick, well rounded program, say when you first wake up in the morning. For one of our sixty minute classes we may start with five minutes of release work, another five to ten of organization, the next forty minutes or so of strength work, then the last five stretching.

When training a client who is recovering from an injury we might flip that equation, doing primarily release and organization work, and less strength work, depending on what her body needs that day.

Release:

Often when we are injured or suffering from muscle tightness we think “oh I should stretch”. Yes that is true. I would add that you should stretch after doing all of the above. By starting with even a minute or two of release work you allow time for your muscles to get the message, “hey all you tight muscles can relax, we don’t need you just yet”. A lot of us suffer from chronically tight neck, shoulders and hips (or upper traps, pecs, hip flexors, quads and glutes to be more specific) especially if you spend a large portion of your day in front of a computer, or driving, or both. By spending a few minutes at the start of your workout allowing these muscles to relax you are training your body to work more efficiently.

Here is Baby Bear, an example of release work:

Anne baby bear 2 5.16

Anne baby bear 1 5.16

Anne baby bear 3 5.16

 

Organize:

Our next step is organization, or stabilization. Now we ask the small organization muscles (paraspinals – the muscles that run along your spine, the group of shoulder muscles that make up your rotator cuff, the smaller glute muscles – medius and minimus, and your obliques for example) to get on board. These helper muscles keep us injury free by kicking in a millisecond before your large prime movers. For example, as you reach down to lift a heavy box your pelvic floor and deep abdominals engage, then your legs, back, shoulders, and arms activate to lift the box.

Bird dog is a nice example of stabilization work:

Anne Bird Dog 6.10

This work is about only using the muscles you need to (again, efficiency) to do the task at hand. For example during bird dog can you use the least amount of effort to lift your arm? No tensing your upper traps, rounding your back, or holding your breath.

Strengthen:

Ok we released, we organized, now it’s time to strengthen. ACSM guidelines call for 2 -3 days a week of strength work, including exercises that train major muscle groups. As you are lifting weights or executing body weight exercises can you breathe, maintain proper form, and perform your movements in a controlled manner, and through a full range of motion? If not, stop and reorganize yourself. Depending on your strength goals, shoot 2-4 sets, with 8-15 reps of each exercise. My favorite anywhere strength workout is a quick warm up (brisk walking or stair climbing) followed by two to three rounds of one minute of each – Squats, Pushups (or Plank hold), Lunges, and Dips.

Rows, one of my favorite strength exercises:

Anne Rows beach 6.10

Anne rows beach 2. 6.10

 

Stretch:

Now we stretch! The manner of stretching I do with my clients (and myself) has changed quite a bit over the years. Instead of holding long static stretching (or God forbid – straining, holding your breath or trying to muscle through tightness) I try to find ease and gentle movement while stretching. That might look like gently lifting and lowering your leg during a passive spine hamstring stretch (see photo below).

When we force our muscles into an overstretched position our bodies believe we are in danger of muscle injury and work like crazy to protect the area by shortening it. If we stretch in a relaxed fashion, breathing and moving with curiosity rather than force our muscles naturally lengthen and relax. Doesn’t that sound less like torture?

Here is an example of a hamstring stretch done with ease, moving gently in and out of the stretch:

Maddie Leg Circles 1. Jan 2013

Maddie Leg Circles 2. Jan 2013

 

The R.O.S.S. method allows you to be mindful about your movements, and also helps you prevent injuries.

Have you ever gone to a yoga class thinking “This is going to be great, I’m gonna feel so good after all this stretching!” only to injure yourself by overstretching? Next time try applying my R.O.S.S. principles – get to class a little early and go through a few baby bears and bird dogs. As you are holding static poses check in with yourself to see that you are staying organized. Often yoga poses incorporate strength and flexibility. For example in triangle (see photo below) can you avoid hanging out in your joints by unlocking your knees and elbows. Can you provide support by engaging your core, leg, shoulder and back muscles? Can you find length in your body without overstretching?

 

Anne triangle 2.16

 

Want to learn more about Anne’s R.O.S.S. program, or how to work pain free and injury free? Contact Anne today for your complimentary consultation. (503) 705-4762

 

Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers classes, and movement + massage sessions to help her clients reduce stress, and improve strength, flexibility and balance.