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Fierce Movement For All

We had the pleasure of interviewing our resident physical therapist and Fierce Movement coach, Rachel Carter, for this week's blog. Catch her in the studio for a great class and after for some help with recovery! 

Q: How does the low-impact and high-intensity aspects of Fierce Movement allow you to do this method at every stage in life?

A: The phrase "low impact" is key-  this means there is little to no compressive or shearing forces on the joints.  This means less wear and tear over time, which makes Fierce Movement appropriate for every age and phase of life- from pregnant and postpartum mamas, to pro athletes, to post-surgical and aging clients as well!

Q: What does high-intensity and low-impact mean? What are the benefits of these types of exercises?

A: High intensity means it's effing hard. Your heart rate is UP (my HR monitor has read up to 178 BPM during class- similar to a sprint interval on the track or indoor cycling) But the combination of high intensity AND low impact is hard to come by in any form of exercise.  Fierce Movement is incredibly unique from that standpoint.

Q: Is it easier to recover after a high-intensity low -impact work out?

A: Absolutely- because higher IMPACT exercises like running, box jumping, or plyometrics cause more strain to the cartilage, ligaments and tendons. More strain means an increase inflammation not only in those tissues, but throughout the body.  Whenever there is an increase in inflammation, the body takes longer to "heal" and come back to baseline.  That being said, we do tax our muscle tissues in Fierce Movement in a very unique way and intelligent recovery should still be part of any training program.

Q:If you've done Fierce Movement for a couple of years, what are some changes you'll notice vs. doing a high-intensity & high-impact workout long term?  

A: First, as our tag-line: hard every time, implies even if you've done Fierce for several years, you NEVER reach a plateau and it truly is still hard, EVERY TIME.  You will notice significant improvements in strength, core stability, muscle tone, body composition, posture, and fewer nagging aches and pains.

Melissa Williams