November 15, 2016

About

 Balance | Integrity | Strength

Harmony Athletics was founded by Brian Baker in 2010 to bring new perspective to the fitness world. Instead of than focusing strictly on traditional “fitness” and burning calories, he wanted to focus on health, longevity, and performance from a balanced and holistic perspective. Harmony Athletics is about more than just creating beautiful bodies. Yes, we want you to be happy with your appearance. But we also want you to be able to move better, have less pain, and live a longer life.

Philosophy

Harmony Athletics offers programs specializing  in Functional Training, Sports Performance, and Corporate Wellness. What makes us different from other trainers?  We are not only teachers but also students. Just like you, we are always striving to improve both mind and body. We focus on exercise nutrition, and also mindset. We believe that growth is about more than the size of your biceps or the size of your waistline. Growth is about making small, consistent, changes towards your goals, driven by your core values.

Principles

Balance – When your body gets out of balance you can feel it. Maybe you have previous injuries that have made certain parts of your body stiff or overly-flexible. It’s is important to restore balance to the joints so they have proper range of motion to allow for efficient movement. It’s also important to have stability in the right places such as the feet, knees, and lower back to prevent further injury.

Integrity – Your functions as an integrated unit. When your joints lose integrity, they no longer function like they are supposed to and this can cause problems all along the kinetic chain they are attached to. For example, problems with the foot can cause problems with the knee, hip, and lower back. By training the body as a whole with integrated movements, we restore functional movement throughout the entire system.

Strength – A solid foundation is established through muscle balance around the joints and integrating movement patterns throughout the body. These two steps are necessary before building strength. There is a popular saying, “Never add fitness to dysfunction”. If you work out vigorously without correcting imbalances, those imbalance only become further engrained throughout the nervous system. This actually increases your likelihood of injury.

“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Methods

F.M.S. – The Functional Movement Screen is a method of assessing quality of movement, muscle balance, and movement dysfunction. It is quickly becoming the gold standard at the Olympic level, professional sports, and the general public.

Breathing – Breathing controls the nervous system and the body’s ability to lengthen and contract muscles. Without good breath control it is difficult if not impossible to have good movement.

Soft Tissue – Using controlled breathing, we address muscle balance by teaching clients to to address tight muscles which cause movement restrictions. By opening up range of motion we can then learn to control that range of motion.

Corrective Exercise – By addressing length-tension relationships surrounding muscle imbalances, we can begin to integrate proper movement patterns into the nervous system. This is accomplished using a variety of body positions and small apparatus.

Functional Strength – Training the body as an integrated unit rather than in isolation teaches you to move your own body before adding external load. We also utilize uneven loads to simulate the forces you encounter in the real world.

Metabolic Conditioning – We train the energy systems of the body to keep body fat low and body composition optimal. This also trains cardiac capacity and cardiovascular endurance.

Regeneration – We employ a variety of regeneration techniques used by professional athletes and olympians. This is the key to recovering in between workouts and decreasing the incidence of injury.