Three Minds, Two Groups, One Vision

Our clinical programs make us more than a gym

The Wellness Center is well-known for all of the amenities offered to the community. This facility aims to please and we are continuously scheming new ideas in order to provide more for our members. Behind the scenes we offer a variety of clinical programs that may not be advertised, such as our Parkinson’s Boxing Program and our Action Potential Program. These programs are completely different, but they ultimately have the same goal: to provide nontraditional therapy in a fun and innovative way.

 

Newly redesigned Parkinson’s Boxing Program

Parkinsons_boxing_featureOur Parkinson’s program was founded by exercise specialist Martin Hubner, MS, CSCS, who is assisted by Dustin Oliver as well as Katherine Graham, PT, MA, from The Rehabilitation Center. Boxing does a variety of things for Parkinson’s disease, essentially slowing down the progression of symptoms. Our participants get to work on things such as coordination, balance, cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Our boxing program is designed to give the participant an opportunity to have help in a way they may not get from a traditional physical therapy session. The newly designed structure allows the participants’ 60 minutes of boxing per week plus 60 more minutes of functional movement classes. We want to offer the participants as much as we possibly can to help with their progressions.

The newly designed format for our Parkinson’s program allows for tai-chi, yoga, Zumba, and cycling, which are all functional movement-based classes. The program design is deliberate yet fun and exciting. It is a great way to build camaraderie for those with common diagnoses and interests.

 

“Action Potential” Program for stroke survivors

The other non-traditional therapy program we offer here at the wellness center is “Action Potential.” Once again, this program was founded by our own Martin Hubner, MS, CSCS, who is assisted by Dustin Oliver and Katherine Graham, PT, MA. Much like our Parkinson’s program, this class aims to provide therapy through an enjoyable and nontraditional way.

Action Potential is designed specifically for individuals who are recovering from a cerebrovascular accident, otherwise known as a stroke. These participants have the option to come in three times a week for 60 minutes each session. Our participants have the opportunity to play games and enjoy time away from traditional therapy. The games promote functional movement that may not be attainable on a day-to-day basis. For instance, we implement games such as basketball, pickle ball, and much more.

In these games our main focus is on weight shifting, balance, and movement control. Adaptability is crucial because of the participants’ limitations and each situation needs to be malleable. Instructors change the dynamics of each sport to match the needs and accessibility of our participants. We want our participants to enjoy playing sports while focusing on proper movement mechanics mimicking that of a full recovery.

Our clinical programs aim to bring a community together that share a common interest. Within this community, we strive to promote a fun and enjoyable environment that focuses on functional improvement. The key behind our classes is the development of relationships. During training, we become a family by working towards a common goal: improving functionality.

If you or anyone you know has any further questions about the above classes please contact us online at http://apprhs.org/contact

By Dustin Oliver

Training the Brain and Body Together

When you go to exercise you are probably thinking about some of the ways you would like your body to adapt: lose fat, gain speed, gain strength, become more flexible…When you consider these things, have you ever stopped to think about how you adapt? If your thoughts immediately go to your muscles, then you are only halfway there. It is actually your brain and nervous system that adapt first. Let’s dive into this a little deeper.

All of our movement actions are linked to our nerves, specifically groups of them referred to as motor units. Motor units extend throughout our body and send the signal to move from our brains to our muscles. From a twitch in the eye to a long jump, movement is only achieved through motor unit action. It only makes sense that as we push ourselves to move in new and challenging ways, the nerves that enable us to move would adapt.

You may have noticed that when you first perform a new movement, such as a new type of lift, the movement may feel awkward and heavy, but over time it becomes more comfortable. This is due to adaptations in your nervous system. Your motor units begin to coordinate their actions better to allow for smoother movement, and your nervous system starts to recruit larger motor units at a faster pace in order to more readily handle heavier loads. This lets your muscles work together far more efficiently and enables you to work out harder. If these coordination adaptations never happened, then getting any kind of rigorous exercise would be very difficult, because your body would always be awkwardly navigating the movement pattern as if it were the first time.

The body helps in another way during exercise: it is constantly pumping the brakes in the nervous system to prevent us from going too fast or too hard, which serves to keep us from hurting ourselves when doing basic movements. Whenever you move a muscle, there is another muscle that acts to slow down your moving muscle. As we train, the opposing action of our muscles is reduced, and we are able to perform stronger actions. Similarly, the strength with which a motor unit activates also increases. This means we are capable of more because not only is the signal from our brain stronger, but our muscles oppose the movement action to a lesser degree.

You may think to yourself, “Why does this matter?” That is a fair question, so let’s dig into it. We need to understand how the body adapts so that we can have reasonable expectations of the changes we can expect from our exercise. Neural changes occur first, and we may not see any changes to muscle size until six weeks or so. In addition, we need to be aware that this element of neural adaptation is critical for us to learn how to smoothly perform new actions. If we only train the chest by doing the bench press, then we only have a movement pattern learned for the bench press. Instead, it is better for us to try many different kinds of exercises for the same muscle group, as this leads to increased variability in our movement patterns. Basically, this means that our brain learns many different ways to accomplish the same kind of training. This diversity in movement is extremely beneficial if for some reason we have to try a new movement for our exercises. This could happen because the bench press is full, the treadmill is out of order, or due to a knee injury you need to get your cardio training on the Upper Body Ergometer.

What does this mean for us when it comes to movement in our daily lives? Training the brain and central nervous system to accomplish new tasks is just as important as training our muscles. We need a nervous system that has been exposed to many different ways to move so that we can move more efficiently in many different scenarios outside of the gym. Lifting furniture, climbing a ladder, taking the stairs, getting a heavy dish out of the top cabinet – these are all activities that use muscular strength, and having worked those muscles in various ways helps you be ready for anything. I encourage you to change up your workout, try new machines, and try new kinds of movements that you have not before. Train your brain, and you have a lot to gain!

©Horton Doughton 2018

Bibliography
Needle, Alan. “Motor Units.” Appalachian State University, Feb. 2018, Boone, NC. Speech.
Needle, Alan. “Motor Variability.” Appalachian State University, Mar. 2018, Boone, NC. Lecture.
Baechle, Thomas R., and Roger W. Earle, editors. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.
3rd ed., Human Kinetics, 2008.

Outdoor Yoga In Blowing Rock

Come to the beautiful Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge for an outdoor yoga class with fresh air and gorgeous views. We will take some time to truly be present with the wonder of nature all around us.

Who

The entire community is invited to take part in outdoor yoga classes.  If you are not a Wellness Center member, there will be a small fee per class.

 

Cost

  • Wellness Center members: FREE (Join)
  • Community at large: $15/class

 

When

Mondays at 11:30 a.m., June 1-August 31

 

Where

The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge
621 Chestnut Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Directions to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge are not accurate on Google Maps or GPS. Please use the following driving directions to arrive at our location.

Directions from Boone:

1. Take 321 South toward Blowing Rock

2. Travel 4.1 miles (from Deerfield Road)

3. Turn left at the traffic light onto Chestnut Ridge Parkway

4. The Foley Center is located at the top of Chestnut Ridge Parkway (if you get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ve gone too far!)

Directions from Blowing Rock:

1. Take 321 North toward Boone

2. Pass Tanger Outlets on left

3. Pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge

4. Turn right onto Chestnut Ridge Parkway at the first traffic light after you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge

5. The Foley Center is at the top of Chestnut Ridge Parkway

Chopped Asparagus Salad

Yield: serves 6-8

Calories: 183.6 Protein: 5.7g Fat: 10.9g Carbohydrates: 16.9g Fiber: 3.85 g
Sodium: 170 mg

Ingredients

• 1/2 pound trimmed asparagus (asparagus that has already had the lower 1/3 cut off)
• 15 ounce can chickpeas (or other bean) well rinsed and drained
• 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
• 5 radishes, trimmed and cut into wedges or chunks
• 1 cucumber, chopped
• 1/2 cup chopped red onion
• 1/2 cup cherry tomato halves (cut in wedges if they are larger)
• 1/2 cup colorful bell peppers, chopped
• 1/2 cup black olives
• 1/4 cup roasted red peppers (from a jar) chopped
• salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Garnish with fresh thyme

Dressing Ingredients
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1/4 tsp dried thyme
• pinch of salt and pepper

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2018 Fall Semester Crossfit Pass: unlimited access, one low price

When you sign up for the CrossFit semester pass, you get a full Wellness Center Membership for FREE!

Call us at (828) 266-1060 or come by the front desk to get your pass.

 

Who

The semester pass is available for Students, ASU and CCC&TI staff, military, police, firefighters, and paramedics.

 

What

Enjoy all this with your pass:

  • Unlimited CrossFit Classes
  • Access To CrossFit Equipment During Open Gym Times
  • Full Access To The Broyhill Wellness Center
  • Access To Swimming Pool, Yoga and Other Classes
  • A Wodify Account to Track Your Progress

 

When

August 20th – December 20th

 

Cost:

$269 for Full Pass (August 20 – December 20th )

 

Get a free guest pass