by James Owen
As a 78-year-old man who found my path to fitness just seven years ago, I’ve got a message for every American: We all get older, but we don’t have to get old. The good news is you can keep living your life and doing the things you enjoy if you know how to be functionally fit. And if you’re 20-, 30-, or 40-something? The same message applies—but with one big difference. You’ve got the next 20 or 30 years to work at getting and staying functionally fit, rather than trying to counteract decades of couch-potato living in a matter of months, like I did.
Functional fitness is a straightforward concept, but one I only discovered late in life. It means training your body for the activities of daily life, rather than trying to improve how fast you can run a mile or how good you look in a bathing suit. It’s about being able to handle everyday movements with ease, and without pain or risk of injury. The way to do that is by working on all five dimensions of fitness: core strength and stability, flexibility, balance, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance.
Being physically equipped for your day-to-day activities may not sound like a big deal right now. When you’re 30 or 40, you can take your body’s strength and suppleness for granted. But trust me, it doesn’t stay that way. Consider, too, that you don’t have to be an AARP member to start noticing some effects of age. Our bodies typically begin losing lean muscle mass and strength sometime in our thirties; that’s one reason the average American gains a pound a year, every year, after about age 25. Then there’s our ability to balance, which typically peaks in our twenties and gradually spirals downward from then on.
Functional fitness isn’t a new idea; physical therapists and a subset of athletic coaches and physical trainers have understood it for years. But training that’s “well-rounded” and “balanced” doesn’t generate the same media buzz as “five moves to make your body bikini-ready.” As a result, many people across all age groups still come at fitness from a relatively narrow perspective. Some are convinced all they need is cardio machines, or a spin class, or a daily run. Others, mostly men, go in for old-school bodybuilding, ignoring how often they get hurt. Still others, often women, swear by yoga and never go near a dumbbell. The hoary notion that strength is “unfeminine” has had surprising staying power.
Don’t get me wrong—any kind of physical activity is a good thing. But one-dimensional approaches may not be sustainable over the long haul, and they certainly aren’t enough to keep you young.
On a positive note, functional fitness seems to be catching on with this younger generation. Compared with the baby boomers I know, millennials strike me as much more intent on balancing intense career work with vigorous, varied physical workouts, no matter how early they have to get up to do it. A lot of young guys seem smart about strength-training, too, focusing on whole-body movements, endurance, and agility work rather than showing off with heavy weights. I’ve also been impressed by how many young women put into practice the belief that “strong is beautiful.”
Do I wish I’d started working out more seriously and sensibly at their age? Of course I do, but there are no do-overs for the last 40 years. I’m just glad I got there eventually and I’m inspired by the upcoming generation’s growing effort to educate and prioritize health and wellness. We can all rest a little easier knowing those that the proceeding age groups have the chance to do better, stay healthier, and learn from their elders’ mistakes.
Fitness October 11, 2018
by Lindsay Miller
Empowered women empower women. Simple, right?
For the first time ever, the Movemeant Foundation is bringing their “We Dare to Bare” (#wedaretobare) pop-up workout to Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday November 4, 2018. Their partnering with Shawn Booth and BOOTHCAMP Gym to bring you a one-of-a-kind fitness festival.
Joining Shawn Booth and BoothCamp in the workout will be Kate Moore of getFIT615. As an advocate for body positivity, Kate’s belief that our bodies are a magnificent vessel for who we actually are, and her dedication to the practice of self-work and continuing growth in order show up more presence in this world, are just a few of the reasons that her partnership with Movemeant is so perfect.
We Dare to Bare has hosted thousands of participants and spectators in both New York and San Francisco, raising money by taking part in inspiring, high-energy group fitness classes. Empowering women to use fitness to find self-confidence and positive body image, Movemeant Foundation encourages participants to step out of their comfort zones as they dare to recognize and embrace the strength of their body. With attendees encouraged to participate in Movemeant’s symbol of confidence, the We Dare to Bare sport bra, the event demonstrates to women of all ages, particularly young girls that all body types are strong and should be celebrated.
“We Dare to Bare is a day to recognize and honor beauty in all its different shapes and sizes,” said Jenny Gaither, Founder of Movemeant Foundation. “Together, we want to help women build positive body image through fitness and shift the dialogue from focusing on you want to lose to what you can gain – confidence, strength, and a positive sense of self. The funds we raise will help provide access to life-changing health and fitness programs that can help transform the lives of women and girls.”
With an annual fundraising goal of $500,000, Movemeant Foundation plans to dedicate $100,000 to its body-positive scholarship program with She Plays We Win, helping girls from around the word build self-worth through sport by providing individual athletic scholarships, equipment, mentors and funding.
“I’m so excited to bring this event to Nashville and partner with Movemeant Foundation in their efforts. At BOOTHCAMP, we believe that community support is essential in reaching for our best selves, and that we are stronger together,” said Shawn Booth, founder of BOOTHCAMP. “What the Movemeant Foundation is doing for young girls and women across the country is such important work, and I couldn’t be happier to support this event and their message.”
For the full event details and more information on how to register for We Dare to Bare, please visit https://www.wedaretobare.com/nashville/
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400 Davidson St, Nashville, TN 37213
Owned and operated by multiple time MMA world champion Michael Chandler, Training Camp is Nashville’s newest multi-functional fitness facility located just across the river from the downtown area. Whether you want to reach your fitness goals, get in better shape, gain confidence in combat sports, or find a deeper “you” with your yoga program, Training Camp has you covered. With a high-end athletic club feel, the facility houses 10,000 sq. ft. of fitness paradise and offers personal training, group fitness classes, boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and yoga. Training Camp has 3,000 sq. ft. of fitness area decked out with brand new equipment, 3,000 sq. ft. of mat space for combat sports, and another 1,000 sq. ft. yoga room ensuring there is something for everyone. Seventeen years ago Michael and his father said they would one day build a gym together and Michael’s father, Mike Sr., would build it with his bare hands. Almost two decades later, that vision became a reality and Michael has lofty goals to help change lives through fitness and make Nashville a healthier city. “Anything is possible for those who don’t have to do it alone. I have made my name by surrounding myself with the best people possible and then working extremely hard. I have seen first hand how a fitness family can change peoples’ lives; Training Camp is Nashville’s gym.” Text 615-582-6250 to schedule a tour or to take advantage of their first class FREE offer.
2829, 1105 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
GrowHouse Method cultivates and pursues holistic physical wellness through 1-on-1 personal training, private group class, conscious nutrition, horticulture and art. Located on Woodland Street in the heart of Five Points, GrowHouse Method looks to serve as a unique personal training facility for all independent personal trainers and wellness professionals. Simply drop in during their business hours and use the facility for a flat drop-in rate. GrowHouse Method also offers 1 Hour (1-on-1) Sessions, 30 Minute (1-on-1) Sessions, Private 1 Hour (Group Training) Sessions, and 1 Hour (Group Classes). Co-Owners Shaun Guttridge and Molly Caroline are seasoned personal trainers and athletes specializing in fat loss, strength and conditioning, physique sculpting, correctional movement and holistic nutrition. While the immersion of plants and local art help with the overall aesthetic and wellbeing, they are also for sale! GrowHouse Method’s herbal supplement bar provides everything from Cold Brew Coffee, Protein Shakes, Kava, Creatine and BCAA’s to serve both your pre and post-workout needs. Also, later this summer, the herbal lounge will be open during nighttimes while providing live music and art performances, aerial fitness exploration, stimulating refreshments and a wide array of group workshops. Go check the out!
811 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Yogasoul is Nashville’s hottest new yoga studio in town, located in the Wedgewood-Houston area at 811 Wedgewood Avenue. Yogasoul’s mission is to provide a supportive and community driven space for yoga students to connect with others; to elevate and empower their souls; and to become the best versions of themselves. The studio features two spacious rooms offering hot, warm, and unheated styles of yoga. It also comes equipped with four showers so you can cool off after your flow. Be on the lookout for events and retreats, teacher trainings, and workshop from this studio. Stop in today and take advantage of their introductory rate: 30 days of unlimited yoga for only $30. Everyone is welcome!
Clean Eatz Nashville
4004 Hillsboro Pike Suite 115-R, Nashville, TN 37215
Clean Eatz Nashville is a meal prep company and healthy café located in the heart of Green Hills. The café opened in March 2018 at 4004 Hillsboro Pike. As the most affordable meal prep company in the nation, Clean Eatz is quickly spreading in cities across the southeast. The café menu features build your own bowls, flavorful salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbreads. Each week the Clean Eatz team crafts six new refrigerated meal prep options for customers to choose from. Meals can be customized to half carb, no carb, gluten free, and extra protein. Grab & Go freezers are stocked daily with a large variety of options accommodating a wide range of dietary needs. Clean Eatz also offers custom meals, the meals can be customized individually with specific protein, carb, and veggie portions. Owner Will Russ, saw firsthand the impact meal prep and Clean Eatz had on his own life and decided to make the move to Nashville to open the location in Green Hills. Clean Eatz is committed to helping people live longer and healthier lives, through portioned prepared meals! Mention this article and receive 50% off your first meal plan order with Clean Eatz!
206 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The Ainsworth plans to open midsummer at 206 21st Ave. S. in the Aertson Midtown development, just in time for the upcoming NFL season, and will boast a 75-foot U-shaped bar planted in the center of the space, garage doors that will open along 21st Avenue, big booths for group dining, and lots of greenery and wood details. The 10-year-old brand currently has four locations in New York City, two in New Jersey, and one in Kansas. The Ainsworth’s venues are multipurpose spaces comprised of full-scale restaurants, bars, lounges, and event areas. Besides becoming the city’s new hot sport-watching destination, the Nashville restaurant is designed with events in mind. Different sections of the restaurant can be reserved for private or semi-private events, and there is a designated private events space that will accommodate about 50 people. Offering a new take on classic American fare favorites, signature cocktails, and visually stimulating décor, The Ainsworth is the perfect neighborhood spot to grab a great meal, watch the game, plan a company happy hour, or meet up with a date for late-night drinks. Known for their famous Mac & Cheese Burger and more recently, their 24K Gold Wings, The Ainsworth is exactly where you’ll want to get your next cheat day meal.
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