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BBJ Fitness Corner | The way of movement

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FROM dumbbells, barbells to treadmills and kettlebells, there is always an equipment to help you stay fit.

But there are also ways to maintain a healthy body without the extra weight, and it is the way of movement.

Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz and client Leanna Borja shared their experiences with movement as a form of exercise and how it plays an important role in their lifestyle.

Diaz said the fitness industry has studied the history of various movement principles and transformed them into numerous ways to achieve one’s fitness goals.

Capoeira, for example, is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.

Among the exercises that use this form of dance is the Primal Kettlebell Flow which consists of bodyweight movements that resemble the Capoeira style of training.

"As a certified personal trainer and functional fitness class instructor, I must learn the current fitness industry trends to maintain novelty while keeping my clients’ exercise programs meaningful, purposeful and original," Diaz said.

Leanna Borja performs a cultural dance. Contributed photo

"But it is also highly important to avoid forcing clients to follow an instructor’s training style,” he added. “Trainers must offer a buffet of exercises that will keep clients engaged, motivated and curious. This way they are not limited to a drill-sergeant approach, but have the freedom to explore their movement skills with a variety of fitness programs."

Other dances that have been incorporated into exercises are Zumba and Boxercise.

Zumba was created in 1998 by Alberto "Beto" Pérez in Cali, Colombia.

As for Boxercise, it is a blend of MMA and boxing movements that are intense and fat burning.

Cultural dances can also help you stay fit, Diaz said.

Local cultural dancer Leanna Borja, who is a client of Diaz and a member of the Rise N’ Grind non-profit organization, said: "The vibrations of the drums and the crisp strumming of the guitar make my heart race. And through my tantalizing eyes, graceful hands and swaying of my hips, I share a story with you. Dance is not just a hobby, it's my passion. I was introduced to the beautiful art of dancing at a very young age. From family parties, community events, participating in off-island Chamorro dance competitions to eventually working professionally as a cultural dancer at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino and as a Polynesian dancer at Fiesta Resort & Spa and Kanoa Resort Saipan." 

She added, "When you think of staying fit and active, you think of the gym. But the gym isn’t for everyone! By dancing, you not only give yourself a full body workout, you also have the convenience and benefit to do it anytime, anyplace, in a group or solo. It’s an art created for all ages and is fun!  You learn how to control the different parts of your body, develop breathing techniques and so much more!" 

At the end of the day, Diaz said, “the fitness industry follows a trend that keeps all fitness enthusiasts motivated and invigorated with new names for a similar training program. The main goal is to stay active and consistent.” 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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