Brain Body and Breath TuneUp will give both you and your clients a fresh realignment, refocus, and renewal. We will learn some new movements to rejuvenate our sense of self, from feet to breathwork. Why do we save the really valuable movements until we get injured, and then use them during rehabilitation? If all we did were rehabilitation movements, we would reap benefits over risks from the start. Join Lawrence for deceptively easy transformative steps from rehabilitation, breath work, and meditation that work together as a gift to yourself. (Equipment: none)
BORN TO MOVE: KINESIOLOGY MADE SIMPLE
Kinesiology for decades has been a chapter fitness professionals both learn for certification examinations and rarely apply practically with clients and classes. After all, who really understands what's moving parallel to the frontal plane? Lawrence will simplify this often misunderstood body of information in a practical way that will help fitness professionals even get ideas for movement patterns and protocols. (Equipment: none).
Join Lawrence for 3 new ideas for approaching to the BootCamp craze, in 3 sections. The first section explores group-fitness bootcamp-style warmups in a collective format with each participant using a water bottle. The second section explores partner drills and skills in the main body of the workout, still using a water bottle. The final section uses mindful disciplines for a taste of Lawrence's "Buddha Camp" workout that fuses new approaches for "aggressive" mind-body. Instructors looking to start a new bootcamp program or get ideas to add to their existing bootcamp-style classes will get new approaches in this workshop. (Equipment: one water bottle per participant)
Primal movement patterns are a hot topic in functional training because they remind us of the stability and mobility of the evolution of movement. While exercise is optional, movement is mandatory. Explore with Lawrence innovative--yet authentic--primal sequences that commence crawling on the floor as reptiles to jumping like kangaroos as we explore stability and mobility in a multi-planar approach. You will gain ideas for almost every type of practical session: from mind-body disciplines like yoga and Pilates to personal training with active clients. Welcome to the zoo! (Equipment: none, or a mat for floorwork)
ASSUME THE POSITION
A common thread among all different types of personal training sessions and fitness classes is movement. The human body accomplishes this movement via a finite number of body positions in all disciplines, from chair fitness to circus acrobatics. This sessions explores these positions of the body for cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility conditioning. In addition to gaining new movement patterns for what the body can do safely within these positions, you will gain a new mindset framework for conceptualizing how to train clients and classes. We will also address planes, safety standards and guidelines, and progressions/regressions. (Equipment: none)
20! 20! 20!: THE COMPLETE WORKOUT FOR DESPERATE HOUSE-LIVES!
You're going to love this workout experience finished product! Join award-winning master instructor Lawrence Biscontini and learn how to create a complete sixty-minute experience -- all aspects of complete fitness addressed in only one hour! With concentrated 20-minute segments for creative cardiovascular routines, synchronized strength exercises, and fluid flexibility, this workout can be done in sections at different times or all at once. Lawrence always offers intensity options for all levels so you can change the way any move feels as you do any section of the workout. Suitable for everyone who loves to move!
Perfect for novice to group fitness or the aqua exerciser new to the land environment, this workout experience gives you all you need in fitness in three 10-minute, easy-to-follow segments. You will tone up arms, abs, and legs in the Strength segment, burn fat to reduce inches in the Cardiovascular segment, and increase your overall well-being and muscular length in the Flexibility section. Plus, Lawrence adds balance in each section. You can do ANYTHING for 10 minutes, right? (Equipment: a firm chair with arms)
MANAGE THE DAMAGE: ROLL IT AND TONE IT!
Learn what a difference to your body a foam roller makes! Working with the 3-foot foam roller, this 30-45 minute workout works in 3 minute segments: first, prepare muscular areas with myofascial release foam roller techniques and, second, use the same foam roller for core training and balance exercises designed to increase strength, neuromuscular coordination, and overall well-being. You will get a full overall workout that combines the benefits of massage, flexibility, AND strength training! (Equipment: 6”, 3 feet foam rollers)
ROLL THIS!: TOTAL CONDITIONING ON THE FOAM ROLLER (for Group Ex and PT)
Learn what a difference to your body a foam roller makes! Working with the 3-foot foam roller, multiple award-winning master instructor Lawrence Biscontini, MA, introduces you to its many uses for both home and gym. In the first section, Lawrence shows how to use the foam roller for self-massage, called myofascial release. In the second section, Lawrence shows you great core training exercises for the entire body in various positions. (Equipment: 6”, 3 feet foam rollers)
(this session combines ROLL THIS and TOTAL BODY ROLLING) TOTAL BODY MYOFASCIAL CONDITIONING: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE FOAM (FOR SELF-CARE)
Both group ex leaders and personal trainers will learn the major purpose behind foam training for myofascial release, muscular hydration, and even core training. In this workshop, we will experience flexibility, muscle therapy techniques, and core training applications, using the foam roller in the first half and the small balls in the second half. Join Lawrence as you learn the proper techniques for releasing stress in muscles to reach ultimate relaxation, improved flexibility, and better overall mobility. (Equipment: 3foot long/6 inch diameter foam rollers and either tennis balls or Power Systems Myo-Release Balls or Myo-Therapy Balls or Myo-Therapy Balls Plus).
5 POINT MOVEMENT SCREENS FOR PT
As personal trainers, we often meet with our clients and assess their goals and limitations. This approach applies movement to your clients as an assessment tool: ask them to do 5 basic, primal movements and assess their abilities of stability and mobility with an objective checklist of criteria. Afterwards, learn key exercises that enhance each of the 5 movements to apply with your clients where necessary. Instead of traditional flexibility and strength personal training "testing" with clients, these interactive, multi-planar screens assess functional movement immediately, giving today's personal trainer one more tool towards functional training.
TOTAL BODY MAKEOVER: CORE TO EXTREMITIES
A 'makeover' promises results with some instant results and some long-term results. This approach to total body core conditioning uses minimal equipment and a unique counting system to train muscles with isometric and isotonic approaches, resulting in a total body makeover for your core, extremities, inside, and outside! (Equipment: traditional or yoga mats. Equipment NOTE: Have Gliding Disks? Call it "GLIDING into a TOTAL BODY MAKEOVER" and add 2 gliding disks)
BUDDHA-CAMP: AGGRESSIVE MIND-BODY
If you know Lawrence, you know he’s a lover and not a fighter, so “boot camp” isn’t in his repertoire. Seen at Equinox clubs, this is his mindful answer to the boot-camp craze, with an aggressive fusion of effective and intense series that all flow from Yoga to Pilates to T'ai Chi. Most uniquely, the only equipment used is bodyweight and an open mind and heart! (Equipment: mats).
As seen on tv, these are 20-minute workout experiences that everyone can do, void of equipment, to maximize results in minimal time. We address strength, flexibility, and even cardio work for weight loss. This is an empowering session not only for you but also for your clients and classes as you learn about the "brain-body-breath connection," and the 4-part teaching tool of PurposeFit. (Equipment: none)
SHOW SOME SPINE: EXTEND YOURSELF!
Taking care of our spine means it will take care of us. Learn new techniques -- backed by research -- for training the muscles that create four spinal movements integral to daily life. You will gain techniques from physical therapy, yoga, Pilates, and more, with unique cues. (Equipment: mats if possible)
"HARD CORE, PEACE CORE"
"If we're created as a unit to work as a unit, then why train separately in isolation?"--Biscontini
Learn in this workshop how to maximize both proprioception and body placement to train the body towards its most functional capacity. Lawrence will show you how to create an experience to address core stability and mobility intensely and traditionally at first (HARD CORE), and then flow into a more mind-body application of core challenge (PEACE CORE). (Equipment: a selection from among the following: Gliding disks, handweights, stability balls, medicine balls, Reebok Core Boards as available).
Experience effective functional total body training techniques using WILL-ful and GRACE-ful strength and flexibility … stability and mobility… muscle and mind. Carefully selected exercises use the body as a functional, connected kinetic chain creating an adventure with various equipment. You’ve never trained like this before! (Equipment: W&G can use bodyweight exclusively or incorporate steps, tubing, free weights, body bars, stability balls, or medicine balls in any combination, as available).
MOBILITY & STABILITY DIM SUM
“Dim Sum” is Chinese for “little morsels of heaven,” usually regarding food. Get some dim sum ideas for group X and personal training applications that enhance the two fundamental concepts of fitness -- mobility and stability -- using no equipment and also small apparatus like VersaSteps?and Myo-Release?balls from Power Systems. You will expaand your exercise toolbox with a plethora of new moves to help people train to be champions of living. (Equipment: Versa Steps and Myo-Release Balls)
Fuse the best of medicine ball and stability ball training as we combine our purpose of using an unstable base of support (the stability ball) and weighted, rounded resistance (the medicine ball). Lawrence will share with you exercises for individuals and groups that you take today and incorporate into your cutting-edge core training classes tomorrow, whether they are traditional sculpting classes or more mind-body like yoga and Pilates-inspired. There is "abs"-solutely nothing square about this workshop! (Equipment: inflated stability balls and medicine balls at ratio of one per participant)
CARDIO BOUNCE! with the BOSU!
Experience with Lawrence innovative ways to transform classic floor and step moves into a wonderful journey in propulsion, proprioception, and dynamic balance with the BOSU Balance Trainer. All exercises come with progressions of difficulty so that students of all abilities can attend and benefit!
(Equipment: BOSU, 1 per participant)
STRENGTH REACTION! with the BOSU!
Experience with Lawrence innovative ways to use any existing gym equipment you have, bodyweight, and the BOSU Balance Trainer to sculpt the entire body. We address ALL muscle groups in this experience so that every muscle is always turned ON, working either to maintain stability or mobility. All exercises come with progressions of difficulty so that students of all abilities can attend and benefit! (Equipment: BOSU, 1 per participant, and either Gliding disks, medicine balls and/or handweights would be great but not obligatory)
JUST B.E.: BALANCED EQUILIBRIUM with the BOSU!
Experience with Lawrence innovative ways to fuse yoga, Pilates, T'ai Chi, and Feldenkrais in one flowing workout while barefoot on the BOSU Balance Trainer. All exercises come with progressions of difficulty so that students of all abilities can attend and benefit! (Equipment: BOSU and yoga mats)
Created by Lawrence for BOSU: BOSU® MOBILITY AND STABILITY FOR THE ACTIVE AGING
Learn exercises, sequences, drills and skills perfect for the gentle exerciser and active aging market that use the BOSU Balance Trainer in many unique ways. Moving through many of the body's functional positions for activities of daily life, this workshop will explore how the BOSU can provide assistance, resistance, cushioning and stimulus to amplify the impact for this important and growing market of exercisers. Help your clients build functional strength, face their fear of falling with gait training, learn various ways to get up and down, move more efficiently through the entire kinetic chain, and ultimately make all of their daily movements easier to do! (A-V needs: headset, music system, data projector, screen; Equipment: BOSU® Balance Trainer 1:1; BOSU® Soft Fitness Ball 1:1)
Created by Lawrence for BOSU: BOSU® BAREFOOT BODY BALANCE
Re-define and explore your body's balance systems using the BOSU® Balance Trainer and a soft-touch weighted ball, and walk away with a whole new perspective on balance. More than just your ability to stand on one leg, balance signifies both the starting and ending point of human movement, and this workshop will show you how to train complementary aspects of balance to improve proprioception, strength and flexibility. You'll also gain some mind/body-based methods for enhancing stability and mobility from simple sitting to gait training. (A-V needs: headset, music system, data projector, screen; Equipment: BOSU® Balance Trainer 1:1; BOSU® Soft Fitness Ball 1:1)
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PARTNER PLAY: ASSIST and RE-SIST-ABALL!
Whether you are a personal trainer or an innovative group fitness instructor, this workshop will give you creative, functional new uses for the Resistaball for partners! Take away both exercises and patterns of movement that enhance posture, strength, and flexibility in which sometimes two people share one Resistaball and in others two people use two Resistaballs. (Equipment: one 55cm per participant and optional tubing at one per 2 participants)