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Body Rock! Rebuilt Edition: An Interview with Amy W.

posted on April 28, 2017

If you’re unfamiliar with what mobility is, or you just don’t know how to become more mobile, you’ve come to the right place! Amy is an expert in helping people recognize their body’s strengths, weaknesses, and imbalances. Mobility work is a great way to increase flexibility, decrease chance of injury, and get stronger. Everyone can benefit from working on their mobility! The human body craves movement and works best when there are no restrictions. If you’re feeling like you can’t get into certain positions or postures whether its at home or work, in yoga class, or in the strength lab, Amy is the person you need in your life!

How did you become interested in working on mobility and movement?
I had the opportunity to work with and learn from some amazing people over the past few years. Two specific mentors of mine, Mike Whiteman and Mike Guffey, spoke of the importance of being mobile and moving well first. My interest led me to study movement experts such as Ido Portal, Carl Paoli, and Kelly Starrett.

What is the difference between mobility and flexibility?
To me, being mobile translates to a certain quality of life overall. Mobility and flexibility got hand in hand. Mobility allows for greater flexibility and flexibility allows for a greater quality of movement.

How has your personal fitness benefitted from practicing mobility?
I’ve been learning about the basics of power lifting over the past 6 months. Oddly enough my quality of movement has improved my positioning, my strength as well as my recovery.

What is your favorite mobility movement to practice?
I love practicing things that mimic play. I do these animal walks, which are challenging to perform. They are dynamic movements that aid in strength training and flexibility.

What do you think is the biggest challenge of working on mobility?
Mobility isn’t something that is finite. It’s something that transcends age, ability, gender, or sport. It’s a life long endeavor.

What should people expect at your Rebuilt class?
My goal for everyone is to feel better overall. I have a head to toe approach with my class. I also challenge the practice of mindfulness. I am always asking people to think about what they are doing as we move through out class.

What would you say to someone who isn’t sure if a mobility class is right for them?
Every single person can benefit from mobility. From those who are looking to become active for the first time, to someone who wants to try something different, there is something for everyone.

Why is introducing mobility work into training important?
Mobility training helps keep athletes of all kinds healthy and moving forward. I like to describe it as maintenance work for your body. Everyone can use a bit of maintenance work from time to time.

Come check out our Rebuilt class with Amy on Wednesday and Friday from 12-12:30 & 12:30-1.


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