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Total Barre Creating Great New Choreography to Music $250Purchase required to enroll

In this workshop, created by the movement experts at MERRITHEW™, learn how every aspect of choreography, from choosing individual music to stringing together the perfect movements, will motivate clients and deliver exceptional results. First, explore the initial steps in the choreographic process including how to select music, hear counts and phrases and develop a music vocabulary. Next, learn and practice techniques that inspire clear, high quality movement sequences through positive verbal and visual cuing. Finally, discuss and practice creating choreography that flows, making learning, teaching and retaining choreography fun and easy. The Total Barre templated segments provide an easy-to-use tool to create effective full-body conditioning classes so that you leave this interactive session with an 11-segment playlist, 4 new choreographed segments and one additional segment created by you and ready for your next class.

Total Barre™ Modified for Special Populations $135Purchase required to enroll

Clients with limited mobility or restricted movement need not shy away from exercise. Research shows that all active adults can benefit from exercising with music as it helps improve learning and memory, builds self-esteem, reduces stress and increases social interaction. Following the Total Barre template, appropriate biomechanical principles are taught to help with cueing, motivating and modifying safely for less mobile, active adult clients. Leave with a client program that increases flexibility, balance and postural stability.

STOTT PILATES Stability Barrel: Create Balance & Control $135Purchase required to enroll

This workshop, created by the MERRITHEW™ team, explores the integration of fascial connections in STOTT PILATES® training. Learn to use the Stability Barrel to support full-range, multidimensional movements that unlock the body’s potential as a system of movement. When inverted, the Stability Barrel can sustain full body weight, to target balance and control. The padded gentle curve on the opposing side provides a platform for support and proprioception and allows for preparatory counter-movements in full-body, flowing sequences.. With a focus on multiplanar form and function, this programming helps create deeper mental focus and the concentration needed to develop core strength, increase flexibility, and achieve greater balance and kinesthetic awareness.

CORE Distance Running Level 1 $135Purchase required to enroll

Applying the CORE™ Principles, this workshop developed by the team at Merrithew™, emphasizes the importance of proper biomechanics to progress athletes appropriately to achieve their goals quickly and effectively. Guiding a distance runner through movement training will improve performance by increasing movement efficiency, adding hip and pelvic stability throughout the running motion and providing a foundation of core stability and strength from which power and endurance can be developed. Participants will be able to apply athletic conditioning concepts to help runners meet the demands of the sport, decrease the incidence of injuries and improve performance.

STOTT PILATES Essential Matwork on the Stability Cushions $135Purchase required to enroll

Add a new dimension to everyday Matwork routines with the STOTT PILATES® Stability Cushions™. Traditional Essential-level exercises, developed by the Merrithew™ team, are presented in a whole new way with the addition of a pair of cushioned disks. The inherent instability of the inflated disks requires even greater activation of the stabilizing muscles of the torso, shoulders and hips. Used alone or together, the Stability Cushions elicit greater proprioceptive awareness and recruit the deep support systems of the whole body while developing greater coordination and control. Discover a new way to challenge your clients and take everyday Essential Matwork to another level, providing more variety for your clients and more fun for everyone.

STOTT PILATES Flexion Free Workshop $135Purchase required to enroll

Fitness and Pilates instructors meet a variety of clients who are restricted in their movements for a variety of reasons. Often, spinal flexion is contraindicated due to osteoporosis, lumbar disc issues or a number of other concerns. Learn how to modify Pilates exercises in a range of intensity levels to create workouts that achieve the primary goal of limiting flexion while providing an effective full-body workout. Small handweights, Stability Cushions and the Flex-Band® Exerciser are used to increase upper body resistance while further challenging the stability of the torso in a neutral alignment.

STOTT PILATES Mat Interval Training Level 1 $135Purchase required to enroll

Kick your metabolism into high gear with this intensive, energy-boosting Mat workout, developed by the MERRITHEW™ team. Take advantage of the body’s natural ability to burn fat throughout the day and also help chase away stress while building overall strength and endurance. Selected STOTT PILATES® Matwork exercises are combined in innovative and powerful sequences that gradually increase in rhythm, pace and intensity to help rev up the body’s fat-burning capacity.

ZENGA Fluid Conditioning with the Mini Stability Ball $135Purchase required to enroll

This fluid dynamic workout, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, includes sequences of movements that transition gracefully from one to the next. The Mini Stability Ball™ brings awareness to the deep stabilizing muscles of the body throughout this flowing workout and encourages focus on core connection and peripheral suppleness. Combining balance, strength and fluid mindful movement, this routine will bring a sense of composure to any group or personal training environment.

Optimization of the Lumbar Spine $300Purchase required to enroll

This two-part lecture/demo, developed by the Merrithew™ team, explores the anatomy and biomechanics involved in a normal healthy functioning lumbo-pelvic region then applies these fundamentals in an effort to optimize function.

Part A – Form & Function
This covers the functional anatomy and therapeutic foundational concepts within the context of the lumbar spine, the pelvis, the hip and all associated musculature.

Part B – Programming & Application of STOTT PILATES Exercises
This applies the theory learned in part A and attempts to identify programming priorities and determine appropriate exercises designed to optimize the function of the lumbo-pelvic region.

Total Barre Endurance 1 with Music $250Purchase required to enroll

This high-energy four-hour workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, is a great opportunity for Instructors looking to bring music-inspired movement to their clients. Following the class template used in the Total Barre Foundation Course and with the same level of intensity, Instructors learn unique choreography to create a biomechanically well-balanced and fun Barre program. Incorporating light props such as the Flex-Band®, Mini Stability Ball™ and Toning Balls™ gives Instructors more flexibility for their clients in an hour-long, endurance-focused class. A recommended play list of music is provided, as well as suggested beats per minute for each segment, so you can build on this and select your own music to create theme-based classes (i.e. Disco, Acid Jazz, Reggae, and Salsa etc).

Total Barre Endurance 2 with Music $135Purchase required to enroll

We’re ‘raising the barre’ with this workshop adds even more neuromuscular challenge to coordination learned in Level 1. Following the class template from the Foundation Course, balance and strength exercises now use a number of props such as Handweights or Toning Balls™, Foam Rollers and Ankle Tubing to help challenge and bump up the strength and calorie burning results. Working in a continuous flow to keep the heart rate elevated, a recommended play list of music is provided, as well as suggested beats per minute for each segment.

Halo Applications to Global Stability $300Purchase required to enroll

This workshop examines how the Halo® Trainer can be used to take advantage of movement patterns that recruit muscles of the global stabilizer system. The global stabilizer system of muscles functions in an integrated sling system. Each sling is comprised of several muscles and other structures. Together, they produce forces that assist in the transfer of loads that is essential to the control of movement. The focus of this workshop will be on the neuromuscular training of multiple muscle groups and motor patterns through anatomical linkages that unite the muscles of both the pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle to the spine resulting in improved functional outcomes