It costs nothing to take the first step
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.