With your MBG membership you will have access to many different kinds of classes including:
Body Power is the Monkey Bar alternative to weightlifting, and the best way to gain functional strength. Participants learn how to use their own body weight and a few simple devices to build overall functional strength and functional power. Our Body Power exercises first focus on improving basic body alignment, then focus on functional strength, power, speed, and stability. Our training methods not only develop muscle, they develop overall functional strength and athleticism.
You are not on your own! A Certified Natural Trainer teaches every single Body Power class. The instructor will help keep you motivated, illustrate proper form, watch out for potential injuries, modify every exercise for each individual, and put you on the best path for true functional strength. It is like having a Personal Trainer every time you come to the gym. In addition, you will have a partner in every class who will keep a watchful eye on you as well as give feedback and encouragement, keys for gaining functional strength. In your first few classes we will pair you with one of our experienced members who are familiar with every exercise that we do and have developed impressive functional strength.
If you are worried that you won’t be able to keep up in a class full of people who have been working out for a long time, don’t be. Every single exercise at the Monkey Bar will challenge your functional strength regardless of whether you are a seasoned athlete or have never worked out. Each movement has a progression focusing on building stability, functional strength, and power. The Monkey Bar Gym is a fun place to be where making new friends is easy, social interaction is normal, and the environment is healthy. The variety of exercises and positive atmosphere will make you forget you are working out! Body Power Class is the key for great functional strength!
Can Body Power put on muscle like weightlifting does?
Yes. Not only can you put on muscle just as easily, it’s usable muscle. Traditional weight training, especially weight machine training, uses the idea of isolation training, and does not focus on functional strength. You isolate the muscle to build it faster. Great idea, but it comes at an enormous price: Your body isn’t designed to work in isolated movements; it is designed so that your muscle groups work together, which is true functional strength.
Training using isolated movements restricts your body from developing stability and support muscle around your larger muscle groups, resulting in poor functional strength. Stability muscles prevent injury and will only develop by using the free range of motion training that results in great functional strength, like we do in Body Power. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned athlete, our training methods will not only give you the look you want, but more importantly they will develop the functional strength you’ve always dreamed of.
Body Power has three distinct advantages over weightlifting:
HIIT classes are hard, but a lot of fun! You’ll work with a wide variety of equipment and techniques designed to challenge cardiovascular endurance, agility, and balance. HIIT can include anything from jumping rope to throwing medicine balls, from running in place to animal based crawling and jumping movements.
High Intensity Interval Training is high intensity, not high impact. High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a cardiovascular workout with short intense intervals aimed at improving physical fitness. The idea behind High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, is this: work really hard for a few seconds, and then take a short break. It’s simple! Training using High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, definitely beats running on a treadmill for 60 minutes, and is much a better way to achieve true physical fitness. With High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT you get a far better workout in a fraction of the time. It burns fat faster, results in great physical fitness and we promise you won’t be bored. High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is the best way to physical fitness!
Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise Journal – found that when using High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, the total amount of calories you burn is elevated 142% more than low intensity aerobics. This means a faster path towards physical fitness!
Metabolism Journal – found that High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT programs burn fat for up to 48 hours after exercising. One workout will burn fat for up to two days! Less fat means increased physical fitness!
What is Eischens Yoga? (aka High Energy Yoga or “HEY”)
What is an Eischens Yoga Class like?
A typical High Energy Yoga class includes a flowing series of classical and modified poses, transformation work (min-workshops on poses_, and breathing practices and relaxation / meditation. In Transformational Work, students learn to give and receive feedback in small groups to refine poses and experience a true change in energy flow. It is called “transformational” because it is the most powerful and energizing part of this practice.
What can Eischens Yoga do for me?
Individual instruction in Eischens Yoga or High Energy Yoga-HEY, is also available at the MBG. Immediate sensory feedback is tailored to the individual by creating alignment and balance in all aspects of movement. Hands on feedback can be briefly summarized as “where I push, you resist”. By bringing awareness to deactivated parts of the body, energy flows to that area. Being overly tight, overly mobile, or in chronic pain are all manifestations of imbalances and are treated using similar techniques. Eischens Yoga or High Energy Yoga-HEY, is the way to go!
“As a road bicyclist, it is important for me to have enough core strength and hip flexion to sit on my bike with comfort and ease for hours at a stretch. Before working with Eishens Yoga, I frequently had low back and neck pain after riding my bike, even though it was a custom fit. My hips were tight (and didn’t allow for enough flexion) and I would compensate by hunching forward, if I wanted to get low on my bike. Through my work with High Energy Yoga, I balanced my hips, creating greater hip flexion, which allows me to sit with my spine extended even in a low tucked position. Combined with the amazing core strength I have built, I can sit on my bike with a neutral spine, and I am comfortable – no neck or low back pain – for long rides.” ~Ali Dwyer