New Energia Retail Store Hours
We are changing our retail store hours effective October 3rd - this will not affect any classes as our door will still be open 15 minutes before a class starts, however for weekday noon classes the door will be locked at the class start time (don't be late!) Our new store hours will be:
Monday to Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Movement & Meditation Workshop Series:
Exploring Mindfulness Oct 2nd 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Mindfulness is living with a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Over the years more and more studies are emerging demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness practice, including stress reduction, boosting the immune system, rewiring the brain to help cultivate positive habits, cultivating focus and reducing distraction.
You don’t necessarily need to be in a formal seated meditation to practice mindfulness techniques, learn how to incorporate it into your everyday life.
This 75 minute workshop will include a 30 minute gentle yoga practice designed to prepare your body for meditation, followed by 45 minutes of mindfulness meditation and discussion.
We will explore 2-3 mindfulness techniques together and you will also be provided with a list of resources so that you can continue to explore this powerful practice at home.
The session will be led by Kathy Parsons, yoga teacher and ‘type-A in recovery’. Kathy has been practicing and studying mindfulness techniques for over 10 years and believes that there is a meditation practice for everyone. She encourages students, friends and family to experiment with different methods to find the right fit and connection.
SIGN UP NOW. (under the Series tab) Sunday October 2nd 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Limited to only 12 participants. $22 or $16 for monthly pass holders.
ENERGIA POTLUCK SOCIAL
Fri Oct 21st 7 - 9pm
We will be hosting our first Energia Potluck Social on Friday October 21st from 7 to 9 pm. We can't wait to see what everyone looks like when you're not sweat-soaked, so leave the work-out gear in the closet and come on over dressed to party! We are supplying the beer & wine so all you have to bring is your favorite Friday night dish with some extra to share! We promise we won't make you work out but we'll probably encourage you to dance a little! We will be playing Jon's famous music sharing game "Can I help who's next?", so be sure to have your phone handy & loaded up with a few of your favorite party/dance songs.
Please note that for security reasons the front door will be locked at 7 pm so you must arrive before then! PLEASE RSVP - firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Shoulders Workshop featuring Indian Club Swinging:
October 23rd 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Do your shoulders need a little therapy, or are you looking to keep them healthy and happy? Check out this 90 minute workshop with Jon. Learn some great warm-up drills for the shoulders followed by an in-depth tutorial on swinging Indian Clubs. These 1 to 2 pound clubs are the ideal mobility tool for rehabbing shoulders, increasing upper body mobility and range of motion, relieving neck, shoulder & back pain and improving posture.
SIGN UP NOW. (under the Series tab) Sunday October 23rd 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Limited to only 9 participants. $25 or $20 for monthly pass holders.
What makes CrossFit great & how Energia is different
CrossFit is an amazing training philosophy that has the potential to provide big gains in physical fitness and overall wellness, but at the same time it can seem “hard core” and intimidating. We wanted to outline why we think it’s great and what makes Energia CrossFit different from the typical “box” (that’s CrossFit-speak for a CrossFit gym or studio).
WHAT MAKES CROSSFIT GREAT
When considering what makes CrossFit different and great, it helps to keep in mind CrossFit’s six-word definition of its training philosophy: Constantly Varied High Intensity Functional Movement.
Constantly Varied means that it’s never the same – one day you might train heavy with barbells but finish with a high intensity cardio blast of rowing and throwing medicine balls to a target. The next day you might work on something super technical like double unders (skipping and passing the rope twice under the feet on every jump) and hand stands against a wall, then jump on some boxes and do some pull-ups.
Right about now many people might feel intimidated. Hand stands? Pull-ups? Box Jumps? Those sound pretty challenging and I’m not sure I can do that. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Part of our job as coaches is finding a safe, effective and do-able alternative for EVERYONE in the room. Can’t do hand stands? You can hold two kettlebells overhead instead. Jumping on a box makes you nervous? Stepping up is a safe alternative that has many of the same benefits.
Hopefully you’re feeling more at ease and let’s return to Constantly Varied. Many of you will know that a leading cause of injury is repetitive movement patterns. By constantly varying our movement we learn new skills, train different parts of our body, train different systems within our body (strength vs. cardiovascular) and all of this variety leads to a more well-rounded fitness. Sometimes CrossFitters say that we are specialists in not specializing. The added benefit is that we are far less susceptible to those repetitive movement injuries.
High Intensity means that when we do a workout we pretty well always go as hard and as fast as possible. It has been scientifically proven that training at high intensity is more efficient and more effective at improving fitness levels, but here again many people can find this intimidating. I’m not as fit as those people - what if I can’t keep up? We have to remember that this is not a competition. In fact it’s quite the opposite – everyone’s high intensity is different and CrossFitters, who love camaraderie, will always encourage others to do their best. It’s your workout and you can go at your own pace.
Finally, Functional Movement means that the movement patterns we use within our workouts will closely resemble our everyday movements. In life we sit & stand up, we run, we lift things and we climb stairs. The idea of functional movement is to train using lots of free-standing and/or multi-joint movements, thereby improving our strength, mobility and endurance in the areas that can make a difference in our everyday lives. Isolating specific muscles and training with machines that limit movements to very specific planes will not translate into increased performance in our everyday lives like functional movement can.
HOW ENERGIA IS DIFFERENT
Energia is not your typical CrossFit box and we think that’s a good thing! CrossFit has earned the reputation of being for the young and the very fit, and we certainly welcome those people too but we think of ourselves as the CrossFit box for everyone else.
Competing at the next CrossFit Open is not our focus, and that's because CrossFit didn’t start out as a sport, nor does it need to be highly competitive. CrossFit began as a training methodology, and we still hold true to the origins of CrossFit which can be summed up in CrossFit’s defined goal: Improved work capacity across broad time and modal domains. It simply means that we want to improve performance in many areas; cardiovascular endurance, short bursts of speed and power, strength, co-ordination and more. The goal is realizing improvements that can then be applied to one’s required daily challenges or chosen sport, whether that is running a 10 K, playing in a ball hockey tournament, building a new bunkie at the cottage or lifting your 2 year old out of the back seat.
Our strength is that we typically don’t train elite athletes and instead specialize more in training regular, everyday people. It has given us the skills necessary to accommodate many different levels of ability within the same class. Training elite athletes is easy – we embrace the challenge of scaling movements to fit any given limitation and helping everyone meet their goals in a safe and inclusive environment.
Yin Yoga Series (4 weeks)
starts October 16th
A slower, deep stretch practice targeting the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis & lower spine. Yin postures are held longer allowing you to explore new depths of postures & deeper ranges of motion. Suitable for all abilities, the next 4 week series starts on October 16th, Sundays 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. No experience needed. $65 - advanced sign-up is required. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW - click on the series classes tab.