GET STRONGER… AND BALANCED!
Strength most of us understand. We need only lift a box, a child, a golf bag—or simply to try and maintain proper posture throughout the day —to be reminded of the strength of our muscles—or lack thereof. The Ranch’s approach to strengthening muscles through proper technique and exercise variety is second to none.
But in addition, nothing is more important than balance—it keeps us upright, helps us navigate curbs at home and trails in the wild, allows us to excel at sports and vigorous physical activity, pick up children, and in our later years, it is essential to the prevention of fractures caused by falls. You’re never too young…or too advanced in years…to work on balance. In the past, there was more of an emphasis on brute strength. Now, however, we realize that strength without balance is useless. Imagine what would happen if you tried to fire a cannon from a canoe. Without a steady base of support, any force generated would result in tipping over. Research has shown that training to improve balance also improves postural alignment as well as helping to reduce back, knee and ankle injuries. Here’s how a trip to Rancho La Puerta benefits this essential body function:
Depending on someone’s ability, all hikes/walks at Rancho La Puerta are great for balance and coordination. Our walks cover varying terrain and require one to work on their balancing skills. Both our Quail and Woodlands hikes are well attended by our older and balance-challenged guests, while the young and super-fit tackle the mountain and all it has to offer. Our trails are well-maintained, but can be very challenging with plenty of ups and downs, and loose granitic sand and gravel.
Balance and coordination difficulties are often related to muscle tightness and imbalance. Our stretch classes are recommended, as well as yoga, postural therapy and foam roller.
The Ranch offers many classes that improve balance such as:
- Balance and Coordination
- Tai Chi
- Foam Roller
- Postural Therapy
- Core Strength
Both of our water classes are recommended for balance and joint issues. Some classes feature water therapy and a stretch
Balance and Coordination
Stimulate postural awareness and improve balance and coordination with integrated and challenging movements
This class targets the abdominal, back and lower body muscles (legs and glutes) and is taught in a circuit format.
Use a weighted bar and your own body weight to add variety to full-body resistance workouts. (Level 1 & 2)
Core Workout for Men
Designed for the muscle imbalances of the male body. Improve core strength, balance, and total body function using foam roller, fitball and gravity-resisting exercises. (All levels)
Improve core strength, balance, and stability through fun exercises on a large exercise ball. (Level 1 & 2)
Improve balance, core muscles, stability, and total body function as you move and stabilize the roller in different planes. Release muscular tension through rolling massage to increase flexibility, relieve pain and improve posture. (Levels 1 & 2)
Legs & Glutes
Exercises specifically designed to strengthen hips, quads, hamstrings, gluteals and calves. (30 min.)
Open Weight Room
Work out on HOIST state-of-the-art fitness equipment plus treadmills, bikes, weights, ellipticals and more.
Sculpt & Strengthen
Increase strength, metabolism, and bone density while learning resistance exercises with tubing, Dyna-Bands, and dumbbells. (Level 1 & 2)
Strength Training Without Weights
Use your body’s resistance to strengthen, define, and challenge your muscles. Emphasis on upper body and abdominals.