Identify solutions for back pain and strengthen deep core muscles. Learn techniques that will release tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles. Identify posture and breathing that supports a healthy lower back. Video instruction will help you realign with stretches and establish a daily habit of core exercises appropriate to your level of beginner, intermediate, or more advanced. Checklists for the exercises will allow you to track your progress. An introduction to functional exercise video will show you the proper way to continue progressing when and if you're ready.
Last, we'll cover the ergonomics of sitting and standing during work and play and provide tips for making small changes that will promote healthy postures and reduce the incidence of back pain in your activities of daily life.
If you are suffering from back pain or you have in the past and wish to prevent it from happening again this course is for you. If you have avoided exercise because you believe it to be too hard or painful this program is a more gentle approach. Some of the techniques even fitness professionals have used in the past have contributed to the problem as opposed to help solve it. More recent research is applied in this course. Each back pain problem is unique and every individual is unique. This program will guide you through how to choose the options best for your back pain and identify when to leave one out if it doesn't fit your needs.
The goal of this course is to reduce the incidence of lower back pain and or reduce the intensity of pain, or both. Though this course is intended for people with acute or chronic lower back problems it may also help athletes and weekend warriors improve performance by building a better foundation for core strength.
This course doesn't replace the advice of your physician or medical recommendations. Seek medical advice before beginning this or any exercise program.
Debra has 28 years experience as a fitness professional. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Exercise and Sport Psychology. She has been a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, director, manager, owner, and University Senior Lecturer.
She is certified in numerous areas including yoga (200 hr RYT), Pilates (Stott), Strength & Conditioning (NSCA), Advanced Exercise Specialist (ACE) and is a Professional Speaker member of the National Speakers Association and an international presenter in the fitness industry. She provides continuing education for fitness professionals on core conditioning, cueing, business tactics, assessment and exercise prescription. She presents for IDEA, Canfitpro, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a regular contributor to industry publications. Debra trains the trainers.
Very early in her career, right before she was to begin a graduate assistantship that would consist of teaching group fitness classes twice daily four days a week, she was thrown from a horse onto a pile of lumber. Her own recovery from that back injury was both a curse and a blessing. Core conditioning and back care has been a key focus for her since that day in 1988.
Currently working on a book for Boomers who want to navigate fitness in the second half, she will present at the International Council on Active Aging in November 2013.
Debra knows both the art and the science of exercise. She will communicate to you the things you need to know in a way that you can understand and apply them in your own life.