Quick Tips to Create Your Home Gym and Self-Optimization Sanctuary

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I love training with my clients on a routine basis, but it’s important that they maintain optimal 3D fitness between our training sessions. The best way to achieve this is to create a Self-Optimization Sanctuary (SOS).

I find that the main obstacle to self-care is lack of time. Driving to the gym, scheduling yoga classes, or rushing to pilates takes time. The best solution to this little problem is to create an SOS gym in your own living space.

Here are some tips on how to create a sacred space that will draw you in and leave you no option but to dive in, care for, and LOVE yourself!

Let’s do a little space make-over here. The Coach2Edify Villa is pictured below.

BEFORE the SOS Makeover

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AFTER the SOS Makeover

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Here are the simple things you’ll need to create your own SOS and gym:

  • Gold’s Gym 6-piece puzzle mat
  • Yoga mat
  • Bolster
  • Yoga blocks
  • Yoga straps
  • Weights
  • Swiss ball

1. Create an altar with things you love to help you set the mood for SOS time. For me, the magic ingredients are music, zesty aromas, sage, and a journal. I also like to add totems or stones that remind me of positive thoughts, memories, and intentions. The little bottle of water pictured reminds me of clarity, focus, and stillness.

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2. Schedule SOS times as if they were sacred appointments with yourself. These appointments will reward you with positive, connected, grounded, and peaceful feelings. Body, mind, and spirit will reward you with the pleasure principle of gratitude to your higher self.

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ENJOY!

At Coach2Edify, our mission is to create a global movement of sanctuaries to establish a culture of personal care. We facilitate SOS consultations at your home, workout programs to help you get started, and weekly support via phone. Next week, I will post 3D Fitness Flows for use in your own Self-Optimization Sanctuary.

SOS CONTEST:

For all those who submit BEFORE and AFTER SOS pictures with your routine of personal self-care by the end of April, you will win a one-on-one training session with me at the Villa!


The OMGym for Strength, Cardiovascular Endurance, and Flexibility

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During Coach2Edify’s first Enchanted Evening almost 3 years ago, my dear college friend from UCLA, Michael Kaliski, encouraged evolutionary human and designer of suspension training system OMGym, Sarah Kellette, to attend our event. Michael Kaliski, I will be eternally grateful for this!

When Sarah came to the event, we felt right at home with one another. When she showed me a postcard with the OMGym contraption, it was love at first sight! One year later, I attended her first OMGym Trainer Certification in Baltimore, Maryland. When she mentioned that I was the first Certified Trainer in Southern California, I knew that it was time to make the move to go independent from my 5-year-plus tenure at Equinox Fitness.

A few months later, we are running 11 classes of semi-private training in 3D Fitness using the OMGym as one of our key tools to activate energy systems. The OMGym has also been a very special way to introduce students to meditation through our signature Cocoon of Light Guided Meditations. These meditations use the OMGym’s womb-like hammock.

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A few quotes from our students using the cocoon: “This is surreal,” “I don’t want to ever leave this place,” and “I’ve never ever felt anything like this before!”

Here are a few videos to show how the OMGym is used for various objectives, such as developing strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. If you own a suspension training device and would like to learn new tricks, please feel free to e-mail me what kind of exercises you need to do in your system, and I’ll post some ideas! The OMGym is the only fitness-oriented suspension system of its kind in the marketplace with a tangible, scientific educational system and certification program administered by inventor Sarah Kellett herself.

OMGym Strength: Mayra shows 2 exercises which target whole body strength development

OMGym Cardiovascular Endurance: Mayra shows simple exercises targeting cardiovascular endurance

OMGym Flexibility: Mayra demonstrates flexibility-focused exercises integrating whole-body fitness and muscle endurance


Five Simple Steps to Bring Self-Care Into the Work Environment

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Throughout all of my years as a physical trainer, I’ve found that the main obstacle for people to become self-sufficient in their personal care of body, mind, and spirit is a lack of TIME. The greatest cause for this lack of time is WORK.

In reality, these obstacles are set by our CHOICES. We often choose to make everything else more important than taking care of ourselves. At C2E, our mission is to create a new paradigm of self-care. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, the bottom line is that we need to MAKE TIME for our survival, sanity, health, joy, and to create a sense of fullness in life.

I believe that as we evolve, solutions to our WORK-TIME issues will take place. Solutions are already being implemented by cutting-edge corporations offering work-life balance programs, and by individuals like Timothy Ferriss, author of the Four-Hour Workweek. In the meantime, here are some simple steps to bring self-care into your work environment.

1) USE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES.

Motivational quotes have become huge on social media outlets, and what a great trend this has been. It has made my Facebook wall a truly restorative place! Reading what inspires us is a very important exercise, but the most important element here is to use that inspiration when necessary. Choose quotes that motivate you to take care of yourself, print them out, and post them in your work area. Set your calendar with the time you have an appointment with yourself to optimize your performance. The rest is about having integrity to follow through. We tend to be faithful in keeping appointments with others, but when it comes to US we tend to be flaky, procrastinate, and eventually let things fall through the cracks. Far from excellent, right?! Whether it is Nike’s “JUST DO IT!” or the math that says that a one-hour workout is 4% of your day, just take what inspires you and make a commitment to have integrity with YOUR truth. What inspires us is our TRUTH. Become dedicated to this truth, and you will be stepping into a fully optimized lifestyle! Here are some of my favorite quotes:
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If you use Pinterest, here is a fabulous collection of my favorite QUOTES.

2) MAKE THE LUNCH HOUR YOUR SELF-OPTIMIZATION SANCTUARY (S.O.S.)

Yes, eating lunch is important! But it really doesn’t have to take a full hour. Time yourself and see how long it takes for you to eat. I bet you that it’s not more than 15 minutes! A good workout doesn’t have to be more than 30 minutes, so you can also have time to transition back into work. At C2E, we have a 3D Fitness Express Package were we offer a one-on-one training session to come up with your SOS workout, weekly support through a one-on-one phone check-in, a weekly, 30-minute guided meditation by phone, and a consultation to create a S.O.S. in your workplace. For those who respond to this blog, you will receive a 30% discount on this package priced at $160 monthly.

In the meantime, here are some simple exercises you can start integrating into S.O.S. Workouts on Pinterest.

3) REWARD YOURSELF.

Set a reward you will give yourself when you practice integrity for a full week. If you have an intention of doing S.O.S. workouts in your work space every other day this week and follow through, treat yourself to a massage, buy an item you’ve been wanting, or take yourself to see a movie. The bottom line is that we need to parent ourselves, and rewards always work!

4) REPEAT 1-3.

5) REPEAT 1-3 over and over and over again until you have morphed your lunch hour into a S.O.S. hour for life!

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Discipline, Animal Flow and Vitality

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Our mission at Coach2Edify is to foster whole-being wellness through various modalities to arrive at balance in body, mind, and spirit. While we help our clients find wellness, it’s also integral that we find our own wellness as health practitioners. And that involves discipline.

As part of this process, today I’m starting a disciplined approach to blogging. Each week, I’ll share information about topics related to wellness, modalities of movement, and fitness routines, and health tips, among others.

Discipline is such an important part of growth. Discipline, a controlled behavior resulting from training, is the building block of transformation. In order to create adaptability to an outcome we want, we must have a consistent practice.

Today I would like to write about a modality of movement that is a beautiful illustration of how discipline has helped me feel like an athletic teenager in my 47-year-old body. Animal Flow was created by Mike Fitch, Founder and President of Global Bodyweight Training. I was certified to teach this modality of movement last year by Mike himself.

On our first day of training, it was hard to imagine that I was going to be able to pull it off, but today I must say that Animal Flow has become fun and playful bodyweight training that has transformed my cardiovascular endurance, strength, power, and whole body integration abilities. At first, I couldn’t do more than a 45-second flow.

[Animal Flow] is based around animal movements, which are just like they sound – movements and forms that mimic or resemble different animals, or that are just inspired by the rhythm or nuance of an animal. -GlobalBodyweightTraining.com

Animal Flow integrates elements of Parkour, break dancing, and gymnastics in a freestyle flow. During my first attempt at the practice, I felt heavy while managing my body on the ground. Animal Flow has an edge that requires great cardiovascular endurance, kick-butt strength, balance, and coordination; combined with power and whole body integration. With a disciplined practice of Animal Flow a few hours each week, I slowly but surely assimilated movements that grounded me to the earth, helped me integrate a full range of motion, and increased my agility, vitality, and conditioning.

From beast to crab, from crab to scorpion, from scorpion to ape, the collection of moves becomes a dance of power fitness fun! Check out the below video on Animal Flow. To explore the modality with us, MAKE A RESERVATION for our Free Flow Fridays demo from 11 AM to 12 noon at C2E.

-Mayra McCullough, Coach2Edify Founder and President

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