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What is the Western A Price Foundation?

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Hi All

As many of you know I have been a follower of the work of Western A Price for a number of years now. I have recently established a chapter of the Western A.Price Foundation (WAPF) in Manchester, England. This chapter aims to promote his ideas and teachings in the local area. So I thought a bit of background on the WAPF would not go a miss.

The WAPF is a nonprofit, charity that was founded in 1999. It’s aim is to promote the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples and thier diets and how this related to thier health. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health for many generations when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Western A.Price Foundation is dedicated to restoring these nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutritional information, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and plain English labeling, and nurturing therapies.

Current goals include the establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy in baby foods.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The Foundation is headed up by the great Sally Fellon (Nourishing Traditions Fame), and has a large number of great people involved. Fingers crossed you will be hearing more from them in our interview series in the coming weeks.

For more info look at the site, or join up as a member and help support this great organisation.

Alternatively for more information on the work of The Western A.Price Foundation in Manchester give us a call on 0161 610 0354.

Have a happy, healthy day!


Train like a pro with your TRX

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Hi All,

As some of you know I have gone a little TRX crazy over the past few weeks, well it is an awesome bit of kit!

Just came across this video from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10, in San Diego. It has some great little exercises you can do anywhere with your TRX! So if you have one get it out and try some, if not why don’t you?


Interview with Monica Heiz (MJ Pilates and Wellness)

Monday, September 6th, 2010

TG: Hi Monica, thanks for being interviewed.  Could you start off by telling us a little about your background in the wellbeing industry?

MH: Hi Tom thank you for reaching out to me.  My introduction to the Wellbeing industry began in College. I went to Florida State University in 1988, took a gym class & a Nutrition course and loved the idea of FITNESS & HEALTH. I declared my major; it would be a B.S. in Nutrition & Fitness.  After that semester I began a weight training & cardiovascular program on my own.  I would run or rollerblade outdoors, get on thestairmaster or bike in the gym.  I fell in love with weight training- I could pay all my attention to myself and my strength. I attained my Aerobic Certification, AFAA and soon after that began teaching Hi/Low aerobics, Sculpting and Step classes. Upon Graduation in 1993 I entered the world of Corporate Fitness, working at  big Corporations providing fitness programs, classes and health fairs. In 1999 I was ready to leave the paperwork behind and become a freelance Group Fitness Instructor in NYC, following my passion to teach Fitness. I certified in ACE and NASM personal training.  Over the years I educated myself attending conferences, workshops and trainings in all aspects of Fitness and Nutrition. By 2007 I had completed my STOTT Pilates Training and Wellcoaches Certification.  I wanted a place where I could share my love & passion for Wellbeing, more than “just a diet & exercise plan”.  I opened my Studio MJ Pilates & Wellness in November 2007.

TG: Can you tell us a little about your competition history?

MH: Competitions… I love everything about competing.  My first competition was a Regional Event in California in 2001 for the National Aerobic Championship (ANAC- now Aerobic Gymnastics).  I qualified for my first Nationals that year and again in 2002.  By 2003 I switched coaches, I worked with Roberson Magalhaes.  He is Internationally known as a World Champion Athlete and Choreographer. His ability to create dynamic routines, see me for my strengths and believe in me layed the ground works for me to pay attention to what I needed to do to win.  I am so thankful for all he has done for me. During my 2004 season I had a wonderful opportunity to train on weekends in Washington DC with Roberson & 5 World Aerobic Champions. It brought me to a new level mentally & physically.  In 2005 I trained by myself using all the tools Roberson had cultivated in me over the previous years.  I went on to win the National Aerobic Championship womens class II that year. 2006 I wanted to continue competing more frequently, so I decided I would give Fitness a try.  I loved it!  I loved the discipline of training, focus of planning.  I entered 5 Fitness & Bikini Competitions that year finishing in the top 5 in 4 of them.  2009 I competed in 5 Figure & Bikini competitions, wanting to compete not ready to commit time to a routine as I was focussing on building my business. November of 2009 I called Roberson to create music, and get ready to prepare a Fitness routine- my passion was calling- time to get back on the Fitness Stage.  In March of 2010 I competed in the Arnold Sports & Fitness festival Amateur Fitness finishing 5th.

​​​TG: What are the specific benefits that Pilates has over other group fitness classes?

MH:​What I love about Pilates is that it keeps us in the moment to the fact that everything in the body- muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons etc…is connected and works together. Like an intricate web.  The idea is to balance the web, not to pull to tight in one aspect of the body. I love that Pilates uses so many types of positions-seated, lying prone/supine, kneeling, side lying, rolling and so many types of movements- extension, flexion, lateral flexion, rotation.  The body is meant to move and Pilates encourage that movement!

I love the ability to create movement, strength and correct postural curves in the spine. I work with my clients to improve movement patterns and imbalances in the spine, shoulders & hips.  Pilates pays attention to breathing through in a balloon shape through the back, sides and front of ribs.  This is so valuable for everyone to improve, most people daily have no connection or attention to their breath.

TG: What benefits will the untrained individual experience when starting Pilates?

MH:​​When starting the biggest benefit is the feeling of alive, free and stress free.  You will begin to feel the oblique muscles around the ribs expand, stretch feeling toned. The spine lengthen & stretch decreasing pressure on the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine) The pelvic bones form a bowl shape. Now imagine that bowl filled with water and saran wrap over it.  If you turn the bowl over nothing spills out, the saran wrap is snug.  Create that visual in your pelvis. Your sure to feel stronger, more engaged in your abdominal muscles

TG: What does a day in your life look like?

MH:​​My morning begins about 5:30am- by 6:30am I am training a client or getting a workout in.  (Depends on what type of workout I want to do).

I have classes & clients through the morning. 1:00 I schedule paperwork, emails, general computer work.  3:30 I get another workout in…( I schedule my day like this because I like it, and it works for me)

4:30-9:00 classes and clients.

TG: Many people come to Pilates to overcome back pain, specifically low back pain, how effective is Pilates at addressing this problem?

MH: It’s important to understand what is going on in the lower back (lumbar spine)- with 5 vertebra- are they short, long, where is the curve and what other skeletal/muscular things can you identify.  So Lowerback pain comes in all shapes & sizes, there is no one size fits all solution. Pilates can help educate you on what is happening in your Lumbar spine and choose appropriate exercises, movement and body placement  to move you through a process to re-educate the spine.  With so many muscle attachments on the lumbar spine it’s important to feel your way rather than rush through movements.  You also have to address the spine as a whole not just the lower back/lumbar region- it’s a domino effect.  Pilates is great for looking at the Lower back, it should be done in a small group (no more than 6) or Private instruction.

TG: How important is correct nutrition?

MH: Food is Medicine- Nutrition is everything. Understand that just because it says “organic” doesn’t mean it’s the best choice.  I find some fruit in NYC “organic” from New Zealand.  That’s a long way- how does it really stay fresh? It’s about quality of food, how you feel after eating it and positive, uplifting thoughts and emotions. Look for local Farmers Markets. If you can’t pronounce the name you probably don’t want to eat it.  We are hunters & Gatherers

TG: You have a great studio, can you tell us a little more about what you offer there?

MH:​​Thank you.  I offer small group Pilates classes (maximum of 6 people) on the mat with Props, and Arc Barrel. Clients that take 2 classes per week receive 1 free weekend class.  I do this to give back for their support and commitment to my studio and themselves.  Private Pilates, Personal Training, FlirtyFloorwork- a dance class inspired by Pole dancing.  It includes sexy movements of the spine, hips and body.  Wellness Coaching offers people an opportunity to create new habits in health, stress reduction, nutrition, weight, exercise through weekly sessions and accountability. Nutrition Programming provides a thought out effective Nutrition Program for each individual client. Metagenics NutraceuticalSupplements.    Create the Body You Want is an all inclusive  program offering 2 pilates classes per week, nutrition program, weekly coaching session, exercise program, daily motivational quotes.   I want to share my passion for Fitness & Life with my clients. I want to give them the tools to be healthy and follow their passions.

TG: Tell us a bit about what the future holds for you?​​​

MH:​​I see myself writing in magazines, articles about Wellbeing. I want to reach out to families and children on the value of quality food and movement- it needs to be fun, joyful with laughter & passion.  I’m going to explore some Fitness Modeling.  Of course more Competitions & more education.  I’m fascinated by Tom Myers Anatomy Trains Program.

TG: Thanks for your time Monica, and we wish you all the best for the future!

Thank you, it’s been my pleasure!

Love & Kindness,

To fond out more about Monica, or her Pilates Studio please have a look at her sites!

Western A Price Foundation in Manchester

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Hi All,

I have some great news for you all, I have recently been approved by the Western A Price Foundation to establish a Chapter in the Manchester area. I would like to say a big thanks to Kathy and Sally Fellon at the WAPF for all thier support!

We have started putting togather a list of resources and a web page that will appear on the site in the next couple of weeks.

I will also be doing a series of blog posts that will give you some background on the WAPF, it’s history and work.

If you would like to become involved in the WAPF or find out more about it please do just get in contact.


Underground Wellness Review

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Having stumbled across Sean Croxton’s Internet offering about tweleve months ago, I found that I had come across one of the best alternative nutritional resources on the net! The Underground Wellness revolution now encompasses websites, YouTube content, Blogs, Forums, A on-line radio station, and who knows what will be next!

Sean is a Personal Trainer, lifestyle and nutritional coach based in San Diego, USA. Having an academic background in Kinesiology and studying at California State University, and having worked as a certified personal trainer for a number of years (NSCA, ACE and NASM). He has worked with a wide range of clients helping them to improve their levels of health and wellbeing. For a number of years he has also been educating the masses via his channel, which mainly focuses on alternative nutrition.

He has grown to offer a wide range of Internet based wellbeing related services, this man has really exploded onto the Internet wellbeing, fitness and nutrition scene with a wide range of internet based content. So lets have a bit of a run down of what he has on offer:-

Forum – A great forum has been added to the Underground Wellbeing website, it has some great members, many of whom are very knowledgeable in their fields be it fitness, personal training, nutrition, etc… There are a number of sections on the site that allow topics to be split down into different interest groups. This forum is a rarity on the net, with no cussing or put downs and true, learning taking place.

Blog – Sean’s blog has covered a number of subjects since it’s initiation at the start of the year, including the vitally important factor of body image, and new years resolutions. I look forward to the development of this section of the Underground Wellbeing website.

You Tube – The original of all the web based Underground Wellness content. All Sean’s videos tend to be short, but very concise and most importantly very user friendly. You can come onto the page and click on any of the videos and find an interesting and informative talk on a very wide range of nutritional topics. Sean’s style is of vital importance in getting his message across and ultimately his popularity, he is very laid back and conveys his message in a positive and never patronising manner.

Internet Radio – This is the latest of his web offerings and has already gained a great following. The radio shows tend to be between one and two hours long, and have been on a variety of different subjects, one of my personal favourites has been a show with William Wolcott of The Metabolic Typing Diet fame! The great things about these shows is that you have the opportunity to ring in and ask questions real time of Sean and his guests. As it is broadcast via the wonderful technology of the internet you have the choice of listening in live or downloading the show at a later date.

Website – The web site is the pace that brings together all these great factors under one roof, with a little more information on Sean and also his range of Personal Training services, Nutritional Services, Metabolic Typing, etc…

All in all Sean’s Underground wellness site is well worth a visit and I am sure that within minutes you will be hooked on his chilled out and laid back style of presenting a very important message, of health, wellbeing and improving your nutritional intake. These group of on-line services are a must see for all!

Thanks for all the hard work Sean!