Hot Yoga Pre Exercise Readiness Questionnaire

The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

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Jaxallenfitness@gmail.com or bring with you to your first class.

Being physically active is very safe for most people. However, you may decide to check with your doctor before you increase your current level of activity.
The PAR-Q has been designed to identify the small number of adults for whom physical activity may be inappropriate or those who should have medical advice concerning the type of activity most suitable for them.

Answer yes or no to the following questions:

1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor? …………………..

2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?……………..

3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity? …………………

4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness? ………………….

5. Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity? …………………..

6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition? …………………..

7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
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8. Are you Diabetic, have raised Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Respiratory Disease? ……………………

9. Know, hope or suspect you may be Pregnant? …………………..

10. Do you have a BMI of 30 (obese)? …………………..

If you answered NO to all 10 questions

Please sign here ………………………………………………

Write your Name ………………………………………………

Emergency Contact Name ………………………………..

Emergency Contact Number ………………………………

Your Contact Tel. Number ………………………………….

Your Contact Email……………………………………………

If you answered yes:
If you answered yes to one or more questions, are older than age 40 and have been inactive or are concerned about your health, you must consult a physician before substantially increasing your physical activity.

You should ask for a medical clearance along with information about specific exercise limitations you should follow. .

In most cases, you will still be able to do any type of activity you want as long as you adhere to your recommended guidelines.

Hot Yoga is taxing and stressful, it will make you sweat and you must hydrate before and rehydrate during and after classes.

If you are new to Yoga, Hot Yoga and formal exercise we advise you join a course within the first 4 weeks so you can progress with the group.

Rests and drink breaks are planned into the early sessions to allow heat and humidity acclimatisation to take place.

Most Important
Enjoy Yoga and make it Yours!

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Pre-Stretch – Dont Bother!

Pre-Stretch – Dont Bother!

Stretching before working out actually weakens your muscles by 30%.
Pre-game stretching could actually increase your risk of injury.
No study I’ve found has shown pre-stretching (before a workout) has ever prevented an injury!

You are better off doing your stretching after a workout; try lifting some light weights to warm up, or doing a little walking before cardio.

I always consider that my clients have dressed, travelled, changed, arrived in my studio – so pretty warm and ready to go…. A little muscle activation, core work and practise of any complex movements planned for that day will prepare you and help you focus well enough.

5 Fitness Myths Busted

5 Fitness Myths Busted.

Myth #1: Crunches and Sit Ups & Curl Ups Help Bust Belly Fat

 

TRUTH: While exercises that target the abdomen can help tone and strengthen the muscles near your belly, they won’t make that paunch go away on their own. The human body doesn’t get rid of fat just in certain areas; when you exercise, fat loss is a full-body phenomenon. To reduce belly fat, focus on intense cardio workouts, supplemented by resistance training (which doesn’t have to include core exercises like crunches). And most importantly, fix your nutrition!

Myth #2: Women Should Stick to Light Weights to Avoid Bulking Up

 

TRUTH: The vast majority of women simply don’t have enough testosterone in their bodies to build the Arnold-like muscle mass that some want to avoid. In fact, lifting heavy weights, working with resistance bands and even body weight in suspension trainers will help women lose weight, gain increased definition, and build confidence.

Myth #3: Sweat is a Good Indicator of How Hard You’re Working

 

TRUTH: While a sweat-soaked t-shirt might make you feel super satisfied after a tough workout, there’s really no relationship between how much you sweat and how hard you’re working. So, next time you’re at the gym? Consider leaving that 90s style sweat suit at home.  Keep you’re sweating for the Turkish and Sauna after your workout.

Myth #4 : No pain, No Gain

 

TRUTH: There’s a big difference between pain and discomfort, says Michael Lagomarsine, an expert based out of Boston University’s Athletic Enhancement Center.

While you may have some muscle soreness after a particularly hard workout, anything that actively hurts while you’re doing it could be causing you damage. Extreme muscle pain for more than two or three days after a workout likely indicates that you worked at an intensity you are not used to – keep moving and don’t wait too long for your next workout. Your body is busy adapting, getting stronger and fitter, make sure you sleep and eat well to get the best results.

Myth #5: Stretching Before a Workout Helps Prevent Injuries

TRUTH: Multiple studies have found that stretching before a workout actually does nothing to prevent injuries. In fact, those who stretch before a run actually tend to wind up with more injuries than those who don’t.

I’ve been quoting these studies since the late 80’s, Don’t stretch a cold muscle ever!

 

Stretching after exercising seems to be the best option for those who want to avoid delayed onset muscle soreness.  That’s the soreness that kicks in 2 – 3 days after a workout. Instead of using stretches before a workout,  I include mobility to loosen joints, dynamic movements that focus on preparation for the exercises to follow.  I often use a series of plank exercises to create muscle heat and improve core strength to get off to a good start.

 

Myth #6: Low Intensity Cardio Burns Fat Best

TRUTH: You’re probably familiar with the “fat burn” zone on your favourite piece of cardio equipment, but there’s no proof that these zones are effective for fat burning. The idea that lower intensity cardio is better than high intensity cardio when it comes to losing weight is incorrect. When you stop your moderate cardio training your calories burning stops too. That’s why you pile the weight back on when you stop training or go on holiday!

According to exercise specialist and fitness author Tom Holland, fat loss is all about burning calories, and the more intense your workout, the more calories you’ll burn during your exercise and for up to 3 days after it’s finished.

 

Myth #7: Weight Machines Are Safer Than Free Weights.

 

TRUTH: This myth may actually put you at a higher risk for injury. Many gym enthusiasts stick to weight machines rather than learning how to use free weights, because they believe that the machine will correct their form and ensure that they don’t hurt themselves.

But there are still tons of ways you can use a weight machine that can damage your muscles and joints, from height and length adjustment to using weights that are too heavy to using the wrong muscle groups to push or pull. Whether you choose to use free weights or weights machines make sure you have a qualified trainer show you the ropes before you get started.

 

What other fitness myths have you heard that need to be busted?

 

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