Strength Training for Endurance Athletes April 2017

Form is Function presents: Strength Training for Endurance Athletes.

Saturday April 29th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

At the Aikido’Ka dojo, 142 East McKnight Way, Grass Valley CA

Endurance athletes must do strength training. This is a universal truth. The details are not so clear in mainstream athletic culture. How much strength training? How strong does an endurance athlete need to be? How does a busy endurance athlete fit strength training into his or her already tight schedule? This workshop is appropriate for tiathletes, Marathoners and half Marathoners, 10k, 5k, road bike racers up to century and double century, and mountain bikers. Join us and learn:

1. Exercises that are maximally effective for builidng useful strength and power for the endurance athlete, and do not add weight or bulk.

2. How to perform the most effective strength exercises correctly.

3. Common strength training mistakes to avoid.

4. How to calculate the correct volume of strength training for the seasonal cycles in your sport preparation program.

5. The most effective exercises for injury proofing the endurance athlete.

6. Maximized selection, execution and application of the Russian kettlebell lifts.

Cost: $55.00
Cost for Form is Function students: $40.00

Your teacher: chief instructor Eric Kenyon

For more info contact Eric at erickenyonrkc@yahoo.com
or call: 510-393-2568

Functional Body Sculpting

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Saturday, April 15th 2017

1:00 to 3:00 pm

At the Aikido’Ka dojo

142 Easy McKnight Way, Grass Valley CA

At this workshop Form is Function shows how to combine practices of robust health and dynamic athleticism to create a body aesthetic that maximizes your natural gifts and reduces your challenges. Join us and learn:

1) The lab tested, speed and power exercise shown to be the fastest fat burning exercise ever tested.

2) The true meaning and usefulness of “aerobic” exercise.

3) An exercise that can shrink your waist by 2 inches in one week.

4) The importance of diet in fat loss, and the most important, healthy diet survival tips.

5) The vital importance of health and athleticism in body transformation.

6) How natural, and easy to learn improvements in posture can make you look taller and thinner.

Cost: $55.00

Your teachers:
Chief instructor Eric Kenyon
Nutrition specialist Elizabeth Dreher

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Lower Back Strength and Health, April 2017

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Form is Function presents: Lower Back Strength and Health.

Saturday April 1st
1:00 to 3:00 pm
At the Aikido’Ka dojo
142 East McKnight Way
Grass Valley CA

Does your lower back ever feel weak, unstable or painful? Do clinical treatments have only short term beneficial effects? How would your life be improved if your lower back was strong, stable and resilient?

At this two hour workshop you will learn:

1) Why “lift with your legs” or worse yet, “lift with your knees” never protected your back, and what to do instead.

2) How tight hips have kept your lower back unstable, and how to effectiively mobilize your hips.

3) A simple drill to decompress your brutalized spine, and most likely reduce pain and stiffness immediately.

4) Why years or even decades of conventional “core” training never improved your back pain or weakness, and what to do instead.

5) The best lower back strengthening exercise in existence, and how to do it correctly.

6) How to strengthen your lower back so chiropractic adjustments and other clinical treatments can take hold long term.

Cost: $45.00

Your teacher: Chief instructor Eric Kenyon.

“Great class.  I got exactly what I needed.  Squats and dead lifts done the way you instructed engaged my big muscles and not my fragile lower back area.  Its surprising how simple and easy the exercises are.” – Marv Hoffman, Nevada City CA

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March 2017 Shoulder Restoration Workshop

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Form is Function Presents: Shoulder Restoration.

Saturday 25 March, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

At the Aikido’Ka dojo

142 East McKnight Way, Grass Valley CA

Do your shoulders feel weak, stiff, sore, fragile? Have stretching and strength training failed equally badly in improving your shoulder situation? This workshop is for you. Join us to learn:

1) Popular “strength” exercises that actually destroy the rotator cuff, and what to do instead.

2) How to protect the shoulders by mobilizing the upper spine.

3) Exercises that combine shoulder mobility and dynamic stability.

4) A powerful strengthening drill that even our people with the most ravaged shoulders do pain free.

5) How to gently open shoulder joints to reduce inflammation and speed healing.

6) How to naturally position the shoulder for greatest stability, safety and strength in all activities.

Cost: $45.00

Your teacher: chief instructor Eric Kenyon

“The number one injury that takes out snowboarders is shoulder injuries. And at the age of 25, my shoulders started to hurt every single time I would hit a big jump. . . . My shoulders would get these sharp, shooting pains. And I’m, like, I can’t believe this. I’m already getting taken out by shoulder injuries and pain by the age of 25 and I can’t believe this is already happening to me. Simple exercises, with very little time, and my shoulders started getting better and better and better and better. And now it’s been so long that I have had no pains in my shoulder that it’s not even an issue any more. It’s not even a thought process. It’s not even a hesitation.” – Evan Strong, Gold Medalist 2014 Paralympics and Form is Function athlete since 2012.

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Russian Flexibility for Health & Well-being

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Russian Flexibility for Health & Well-being.

Saturday March 18th

1:00 to 3:00 pm

At the Aikido’Ka dojo, 142 East McKnight Way, Grass Valley

Do your limbs and joints feel stiff, immobile, rusty?

Do you have trouble squatting down, touching your toes, or reaching above your head?

Do you think you should be more flexible and have better range of motion considering all the stretching you do, and have done over the years? We do.

Did you know there are body movements and postures that cause fear, anxiety and depression?

Many Americans are habitually jammed or stuck, living and operating in those damaging postures. We will show you movements and postures that cause joy, stimulate the immune system, conserve or even create energy, improve sleep and build a bouyant youthful flexibility.

At this 2 hour workshop you will learn:

1) How to use your strength to accomplish increased range of motion, and improve stability.

2) Ways to make space within your body to move, and increase range of motion immediately.

3) How to direct the stress of challenging movements and postures away from delicate joint structures and spread the load onto large, resilient muscles and muscle groups.

4) Simple flexibility and strength exercises that cause a lifting in mood immediately.

5) A powerful, activation technique that opens up all joints and improves range of all motion.

6) Exhilarating flexibility drills that stimulate a part of your immune system that may have been off-line for years or even decades.

Cost: $45.00

Your teacher: Chief instructor Eric Kenyon

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Knee Strength & Health Workshop.

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Form is Function presents: Knee Strength and Health.

Saturday March 4th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

142 East Mcknight Way, Grass Valley CA

Instructor: Eric Kenyon

Cost: $45.00

Are your knees weak, unstable, painful? Have you “tried everything” to stretch or strengthen your knees with little or no beneficial result? How would your life be improved if your knees were stronger and less painful? At this two hour course you will learn:

1) Simple mobilization drills, not mobilizing the knees, that will help your knees be more stable.

2) Common alignment mistakes that cause knee pain and injury, and how to align your body for knee health and resilience.

3) Simple stabilizing exercises that will most likely take strain off your knees immediately.

4) Why stretching your knees made your pain and instability worse, not better, and what to do instead.

5) Why strengthening your quadriceps muscles never worked to stabilize your knees, and what to do instead.

6) Popular exercises many people do wrong, damaging their knees, and how to do them correctly.

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“I was drawn to FIF through word of mouth and friends. My boyfriend and I signed up to take Eric’s workshop on strengthening and protecting knees. I have always heard nothing but excellent reviews of Eric’s training. My experience was no different. He showed us positions, ways of holding kettle bells, and ways to move which were immediately evident of the comfort, and eventually support they would provide through his strength training. His approach was different than any I’ve previously experienced and Eric is precise, knowledgeable and professional in his approach.” Lindsey Weills – Nevada City CA

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Lower Back Strength & Health Workshop

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Form is Function presents: Lower Back Strength and Health.

Does your lower back ever feel weak, unstable or painful? Do clinical treatments have only short term beneficial effects? How would your life be improved if your lower back was strong, stable and resilient?

At this two hour workshop you will learn:

1) Why “lift with your legs” or worse yet, “lift with your knees” never protected your back, and what to do instead.

2) How tight hips have kept your lower back unstable, and how to effectiively mobilize your hips.

3) A simple drill to decompress your brutalized spine, and most likely reduce pain and stiffness immediately.

4) Why years or even decades of conventional “core” training never improved your back pain or weakness, and what to do instead.

5) The best lower back strengthening exercise in existence, which you are not doing, yet.

6) How to strengthen your lower back so chiropractic adjustments and other clinical treatments can take hold long term.

Saturday February 25th
1:00 to 3:00 pm
At the Aikido’Ka dojo
142 East McKnight Way
Grass Valley CA

Cost: $45.00

Your teacher: Chief instructor Eric Kenyon.

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“I’m so thankful to have learned how to strengthen my muscles while holding proper posture. Its so empowering to see how much easier it is to lift a 5 gallon water jug onto the dispenser, carry in wood, help lift and move furniture etc etc. I have more energy, I can go and go all day now without resting. I feel better than I did before the injury!”
– Tiana Ingram, former back pain sufferer, Grass Valley CA

For more info call Eric at 510-393-2568, or email erickenyonrkc@yahoo.com.

Free Intros to Results Based Exercise

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Form is Function presents, two free introduction classes:
Tuesday 3 January & Tuesday 10 January 2017
9:30 to 10:30 am
At the Aikido’Ka dojo
142 East McKnight Way
Grass Valley CA
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Want more results in less time? We will show you how we do that. Sick of time wasted because of injuries? We will show you how we avoid injury. All those attending can get a 2 for one deal on all From is Function group classes, private instruction and special workshops. If you want to get started right away you can join the mid-morning group exercise class right after the intro at 10:30 am.
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 “It was so awesome. Eric, in just a few classes with you, my strength has grown exponentially. Yesterday I was surprised to find that the weights I usually use at a local gym felt like feathers!” – Laura Holland Belk, Nevada City CA
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Injury-proofing your Knees.

libby-fsq-loKnee pain, weakness and instability are common complaints among Americans of all ages and all walks of life. Knee injuries often end careers in martial arts, dance and winter sports. This workshop is a collection of Form is Function’s  most efficient methods we use to heal and protect the knees of our students and athletes. Join us and learn:

To take the strain off your knees by correcting your hip function.

How and more importantly when, to do knee stabilizing exercise.

Extremely dangerous and common alignment mistakes to avoid.

Why building up the size or strength of your quadriceps muscles never worked to heal or protect your knees, and what to do instead.

Nutritional support for the healing and health of your knees and other joints.

At the Aikido’Ka Dojo

142 East McKnight Way, Grass Valley CA

Saturday 1 October, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Instructor: Eric Kenyon

Fee: $45.00

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“I just started working out with Eric Kenyon [at Aikido’Ka] and I’m trying to become a professional snowboarder. One of the problems, as you all know, with snowboarding is our knees. Basically, in 2 1/2 weeks, or so, from doing the training my whole knee pain has kind of disappeared. I’m way stronger from it and I feel better now. I feel like I could take on the whole world.” – Levi Sheldon, nationally ranked snowboard racer, Grass Valley CA

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Russian Flexibility Workshop

Megan GSQAt Form is Function we approach flexibility quite differently from what you have seen in this country. FIF students and athletes tend to be very flexible and yet do very little stretching. They also suffer no compromise for this high level of flexibility. Our people are very strong and very stable. Attendees will learn these time efficient, Russian methods of building functional flexibility. Join us at this workshop and learn:

How to increase range of motion quickly by engaging the nervous system rather than attempting to force body structure changes.

Techniques that build stability and mobility at the same time.

How to determine how much flexibility you really need.

Spreading the load, so the stress of challenging movements and postures does not land exclusively on one fragile joint or other structure,

How to be more safe and successful in flexibility focused classes led by others.

Using your breath, gaze, alignment and inner awareness so that your whole body “agrees” on what you are trying to do.

At the Aikido’Ka dojo,

142 East McKnight Way, Grass Valley

Saturday, 17 Sep, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Instructor: Eric Kenyon

Cost per person: $45.00

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 “Eric’s understanding of loaded stretching pushed me so far beyond what I knew, and I have about 15 years of yoga under my belt. The attention to detail and his high level of perception in what is happening in YOUR body is such a treasure. I have always been quite flexible, if not a little bit on the rubber band side of the spectrum. Now I still have all of my flexibility and much more stability.” – Michael Sturgeon, Nevada City CA

Kettlebells and Flexibility

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