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From the General Manager | August 2020 Facility Updates

From the General Manager | August 2020 Facility Updates

Like many industries both small and large, the fitness industry has been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic suppression. At the time of writing this statement, Performance Health & Fitness has been open for exactly 10 weeks since the shutdown to slow the spread of the virus. While we’ve certainly had challenges and will likely continue to experience bumps along the way, we’ve been encouraged by our members, clients, and staff over the last several weeks.

 

Although we’re seeing nearly 50% fewer weekly visits than our average pre-shutdown average, we have seen approximately a 25% increase in weekly visits since June 1st. Additionally, we have been very pleased with everyone’s level of adherence and patience with our screening, sanitation, and distancing protocols. We’re also encouraged by the participation in our virtual membership options and at-home programming we are providing. They have served as a great tool for us to stay connected to many of our members who have chosen not to return to in-person fitness classes or training at this time.

 

Our staff should also be commended for stepping up as needed and providing guidance and leadership where needed. While we do understand that there are always areas that can be improved, we want to thank you all for helping us maintain safety standards here at Performance.

 

Currently, we do not anticipate major changes to our operational hours, services, or programming in the coming weeks. We will continue to promote distancing both in and outside of our facilities, as well as continue to improve our cleaning effectiveness and consistency. We also encourage all to adhere to personal hygiene standards as well as the use of PPE, including masks and/or shields. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we will continue to ask that all of our members, guests, and staff to please stay home if they are symptomatic or believe they may have been exposed to the virus until they have been cleared by their primary care provider.

 

We certainly appreciate your patience as we navigate the ever-changing business and social environment that we are all encountering. We are hopeful to be able to increase our operational hours, services, and programming in the near future as we continue to strive to recover from some of the changes to our business that have taken place over the past 100 days.

 

As always, please follow our social media and website for the most up to date information about any changes that could be made.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brock Reed
General Manager, Performance health & Fitness

 

RESOURCES

 

Hours of Operation for August:

 

Monday-Friday
5:00am-7:00pm

 

Saturday and Sunday
7:00am-1:00pm

 

Virtual Membership: $29/month provides unlimited access to all of our live Zoom group fitness classes. To inquire about changing your membership type, please email membership@perfther.com.

 

August Group Fitness Classes: Click here to view and/or download our full August Group Fitness Schedule

 

Summer Shape Up 8-Week Exercise & Nutrition Program: Learn more about this complete digital download package

 

About Mary Brown, Marketing & Communications Director

Mary Brown, Marketing & Communications DirectorMary Brown has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and has over 15 years of marketing, advertising, and project management experience. Prior to coming to Performance, she spent several years working a with Boston-based CrossFit Equipment company in their marketing department, which is where she gained valuable working knowledge of brand management, website design and maintenance, and search engine optimization. When she's not working she loves to run the trail system by her house in Iowa City, Olympic Lift and spend time with her family.

Foam Rolling Techniques to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Foam Rolling Techniques to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Did you know that 85%-90% of people in the US suffer from some sort of lower back pain? It’s the 2nd most common reason people go to the doctor while contributing to $60 billion in healthcare costs.

Lower back pain can be caused by arthritis, disc issues or it could just be from tightness with our supporting muscles or soft tissues within that region. The first two causes are out of my scope of practice to diagnose but what I can help you with is to help you learn to use a tool called a foam roller to maybe help alleviate the back pain by rolling out the supportive muscles and soft tissues.

Foam rollers are a tool that helps to break up the connective tissue on top of the muscles called, Fascia. This connective tissue can become so rigid and tight so the foam roller helps to break that tissue up to allow muscles to breathe and become more malleable while decreasing the tension on the lower back region.

We have many foam rollers throughout the gym. They are those cylindrical black styrofoam tools that you may see laying around the elevated black mat downstairs or in their holder in the turf area. If we were to consistently use a foam roller on our lower extremities, specifically on our outer thighs and butt muscles, that may help to recover from lower back pain without having to go to the doctor for an x-ray or an MRI.

Here are some foam rolling techniques that you can start implementing today to see if it helps to alleviate some lower back pain. If pain continues after consistent usage then I would seek out one of our physical therapists next door for an injury assessment to see if you may need some therapy or a scan done to look further into the issue.

90% of lower back pain comes from tight hips, tight hamstrings, and poor core strength/stabilization.

Try these exercises on a daily basis to help improve your mobility and hopefully decrease your lower back pain. As always please seek out one of our training staff if you have questions on how to position yourself correctly.

Foam Rolling Your Quadriceps

  • With the foam roller on the floor, face the floor with the foam roller just above your knees on the quads.
  • Move so that the roller is about an inch nearer to the hip, and then rock side to side for 15-30 seconds. Repeat inch by inch up towards the hip.
  • If the pressure isn’t hard enough, try lifting one leg up and doing it with one leg at a time.

 

Foam Rolling Your IT Bands

  • Lie on your side with the foam roller resting just up from the knee on the side of the leg.
  • Move until the roller is about an inch nearer to the hip, and then rock side to side for 15-30 seconds. Repeat inch by inch moving towards the hip.
  • If the pressure is too much, put more weight into your arms to decrease the pressure on your leg.
  • Repeat with the other leg.

 

Foam Rolling Your Glutes

  • Sit on the roller so that the roller is underneath the butt.
  • Bring one leg across until the ankle rests on the opposite knee/thigh.
  • Using your arms for support behind the roller, move the roller up and down and side to side.
  • Once you find a particularly tender spot, hold the pressure on that spot for 15-30 seconds.

 

Foam Rolling Your Hamstrings

  • Sit on the floor and place the roller under the thigh at the top of the hamstrings.
  • Place your hands on the floor behind you for support, and maintain an upright posture.
  • The leg that you are not using to roll should be bent at the knee, with foot flat on the floor – for added stability.
  • Keep the shoulder set and lift your butt off the floor a few inches.
  • Begin by slowly moving your body backward as you roll down the hamstrings towards the back of the knee. Stop just before you get to the end of the knee, and then slowly return.
  • Continue rolling slowly up and down for a total of 45 seconds.
  • Switch legs and repeat.

 

Core Stabilization (DeadBug)
*The goal is to keep the back flat during the exercise. 

  • Bend your knees and lift your legs into the air with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Shoot your arms straight into the air with your wrist above your shoulders.
  • Keep your arms and legs engaged and inhale as you lower opposite arm and leg toward the floor.
  • Take four slow counts to lower and go as low as you can. If your lower back arches you’ve gone too far.
  • Exhale, pressing your low rib cage against the floor, and take four slow counts to return to your starting position.

Foam Rolling Techniques to Relieve Lower Back Pain | Dead Bugs

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About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

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