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Fitness regime based on NHL players' childhoods seeks to make Bowen Island residents 'farm-kid fit'
Promoting healthy lifestyles for all ages, Shauna Jennings — our community recreation programmer and certified personal trainer — has brought a new and challenging fitness program called ViPR to our island.
Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning is what ViPR stands for, and hard core farm labour is what inspired the mechanics behind this new fitness regime.
“The toughest [hockey] players were always the farm kids. They did not train with weights in a gym, nor did they periodize any training stress. They would rarely overload a muscle, or perform the same motion repeatedly to get stronger. These farm kids were truly functional.
"Everything that they did was performed with varying loads, in all three planes, at various speed, and various ranges of motion: they called it chores. Moving farm equipment by hand, shoveling, lifting, squatting, crouching, rotating, lunging, pushing, pulling etc.
"They had an objective (i.e., loading a trailer with dirt), and their bodies got the job done, by integrating every body part. Isolation training did not exist on the farm, it was too inefficient and ineffective,” says Michol Dalcourt, creator of ViPR. For more information and history on ViPR visit http://www.viprfit.com.
ViPR also promotes a “great whole body workout”, says Jennings. Combined with functional ability and agility, dynamic strength, balance and co-ordination each exercise can be “regressed or progressed depending on participant's fitness levels”, explains Jennings, who recently achieved her ViPR certification training in the Spring of 2012 through Twist Sport Conditioning.
Room is still available in this course. Register online at http://www.bowencommunityrecreation.com.Classes will be held outside — weather dependent — or alternatively, in the BICS gym every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. until Dec. 5.
Drop ins are welcome and private ViPR sessions can be arranged by calling Shauna Jennings at 604-947-2216.
Don’t wait to get fit sign up today.