Exercise doesn’t have to be all about how much you sweat, or how high you can get your heart rate. Sometimes we think that training is all about work capacity and how much work you can fit in, in a single session. If you don’t already do so, you should consider adding some sessions dedicated to neuromuscular development, stretching, and balance into your weekly routine.

This type of training will enhance your overall functional ability for day-to-day activities, as well as your fitness level. An important part of strength training is what we refer to as nervous system recruitment. You can learn more about it here. Sessions focused on stretching, yoga, light muscle work, or active release are ideal for this critical component of your overall fitness, and are easily integrated into a mid-day timeslot, such as a morning or afternoon break, or your lunch hour.

This type of muscle development will have important long lasting benefits on your mobility as you age. The best part about it is that you do not need to sweat or physically exhaust yourself to enhance your neuromuscular development. Focus Personal Fitness Studio has several group training classes designed around these principles.

Yoga: This class will teach you how to breathe, relax, and better cope with stress by integrating yoga strengthening and relaxation into your training schedule.

  • Monday 9:00 am – 9:50 am
  • Wednesday 6:15 am – 7:00 am

Body Fusion: This class incorporates mind-body activities such as yoga, Pilates and general fitness conditioning to help build core strength and improve your flexibility.

  • Tuesday 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Release and Recovery: Designed to correct postural imbalances that are developed by activities performed daily in our lives, this class will take you through pelvic and shoulder stability exercises designed to correct those postural imbalances.

  • Tuesday 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Thursday 4:50 pm – 5:15 pm

Check out our full schedule of group sessions here or ask your personal trainer to add a regular session to your program that focuses on nervous system recruitment. The good news? You can fit any of these group sessions in during various times in your day, and enjoy a different kind of workout designed to enhance your total fitness program.

Randy Zabukovec