It costs noth­ing to take the first step

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

s we get older our lives tend to be­come more seden­tary and, with­out reg­u­lar sport­ing com­mit­ments, ex­er­cise is of­ten ne­glected. We all know that keep­ing fit is im­por­tant, but tak­ing that first step is of­ten ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

Hu­man Move­ments co-owner Mar­i­anne Poole says af­ter 30 years in the busi­ness she knows how hard it can be for some­one to go into a gym for the first time.

‘‘At Hu­man Move­ments, our pri­or­ity is to make peo­ple feel com­fort­able, re­laxed and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We’re not here to judge peo­ple, we’re here to help peo­ple im­prove their lives and achieve their goals.’’

When a client comes to Hu­man Move­ments for their first ap­point­ment Mar­i­anne says they sit down with the client and dis­cuss what it is they want to achieve – whether it’s for weight loss, gen­eral fit­ness or sim­ply keep­ing the body in good work­ing or­der.

‘‘We’ll then take them onto the floor for some some gen­eral ex­er­cises, while giv­ing some point­ers on how to main­tain a cor­rect pos­ture to get the best out of their ex­er­cise pro­gramme. This is a very im­por­tant time, where we get to know the client and just as im­por­tantly, the client gets to know us; what our core val­ues are and what weight train­ing is all about.’’

With many years of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in the health and fit­ness industry, Hu­man Move­ments is proud to have a ‘‘gym where ev­ery­one can fit in’’.

Pro­grammes are based on weight train­ing ex­er­cises, and while weight train­ing has been around for years, even go­ing back to the Ro­mans and Greeks, it is prob­a­bly the least-un­der­stood train­ing sys­tem in the fit­ness industry.

‘‘We stick to our core val­ues of gen­eral fit­ness, good tech­nique and pro­gres­sion, and for good tech­nique, pos­ture is very im­por­tant, ‘‘ Mar­i­anne says.

‘‘So many oc­cu­pa­tions, over a pe­riod, lead to poor pos­ture and it is not un­til you reach the magic age of 40, that the aches and pains start to show.

‘‘At Hu­man Move­ments we want you to live longer and hap­pier lives.’’

Once on a foundation ex­er­cise rou­tine, clients are con­stantly eval­u­ated and en­cour­aged to in­crease both the in­ten­sity and the weights of their pro­grammes.

‘‘We set up a lad­der of fit­ness where peo­ple have a pro­gres­sion of ex­er­cises, so they are al­ways achiev­ing new goals, ‘‘ Mar­i­anne says.

‘‘Gen­er­ally, we will change a per­son’s pro­gramme ev­ery three months.

‘‘Af­ter only two weeks on your first pro­gramme you will start to have a much bet­ter un­der­stand­ing about the ben­e­fits of weight train­ing.’’

The im­por­tant as­pect of weight train­ing is that it isn’t heart­pump­ing, chest-thump­ing ex­er­cise where peo­ple feel ex­hausted af­ter­wards. At Hu­man Move­ments they take a step-by-step ap­proach, al­ways work­ing within a per­son’s age and abil­ity, where tech­nique is crit­i­cal to suc­cess.

‘‘Our ex­er­cises are de­signed to re­ju­ve­nate and make you feel in­vig­o­rated.’’

Hu­man Move­ments is open from 6am un­til 8.30pm Mon­days to Fri­days and from 9am till noon over the week­ends. It may not be a 24-hour fa­cil­ity, but it of­fers the ben­e­fit of be­ing fully staffed dur­ing all open hours.

So, if you are in need of some guid­ance to im­prove your health, take the first step, it’s not as scary as you think – call in and see the friendly team at Hu­man Move­ments Fit­ness Cen­tre on Taonui Street or phone on 06 356 1570 to ar­range your first con­sul­ta­tion.

Hu­man Move­ment’s co-owner Mar­i­anne Poole keeps her­self both fit and in­vig­o­rated.

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