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April 1, 2017

March Madness Challenge Re-Cap

YAX March Madness Challenge is OVER!

How has March come and gone so quickly?! Feels like yesterday we were preparing for March activities and now we are gearing up for April. March was a great month for us here at Yoga Athletex! One of our biggest activities we had going on this month was the March Madness Challenge. Our March Madness Challenge has come to an end and WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL THE TEAMS who participated!!

For those of you reading this and aren’t sure what I’m talking about, I’ll catch you up. In March, we created our own version of March Madness. This challenge took place over a three-week span (March 13th – 31st); each round started on a Monday and ended on a Saturday. Individuals formed teams of two to three, and then those teams competed against one another in order to advance to the next round. Teams received points by attending group classes in either the Hustle or Flow Room. Teams were able to score a “double double” by attending a class in the Hustle Room and Flow Room on the same day.

Round one took place from March 13th – 18th. First round we had all 6 teams competing against one another. At the end of week one four teams moved on to the Winners Bracket and the bottom two teams moved to the Consolation Bracket. So no teams where completely eliminated during round one.

Round two of our March Madness Challenge took place from March 20th – 25th. Four teams competed in the Winners Bracket – those teams being; Vintage Yoga, April the Giraffe, Team Facial, and Team Killin’ It. Then two teams competed in the Consolation Bracket – those teams being: Team One and Team Three. Round Two was a competitive week amongst all the teams but only two teams from the Winners Bracket would move onto Round Three competing for the Championship and the other two would move to the Consolation Bracket. Those two teams moving on to the Championship round were: April the Giraffe and Team Facial. While the Consolation Bracket only had one team moving on to Round Three – that team being Team One. So the three teams competing during Round Three of the Consolation Bracket are Team One, Vintage Yoga, and Team Killin’ It.

Round Three was held from March 27th – 31st. March 31st was the last day members could get in the studio and receive point(s) for their team!! We had two teams competing in the Winners Bracket and four in the Consolation Bracket.

Drumroll please……………….The CHAMPIONS of the YAX March Madness Challenge is April the Giraffe!! Congratulations Janelle and Debbie!! The WINNERS of the Consolation Bracket is Team Killin’ It!! Congratulations Jenafer, Dale, and Josh!! You all will be receiving a FREE TEAM PARTY class! That means your team gets to pick a class of your choice, invite ALL your friends to take a class at YAX. We’ll do the rest! We’ll be emailing you shortly with the procedures. WAY TO GO guys! You earned this!

YAX wants to thank every single member who participated in the March Madness Challenge, Y’ALL ROCK! We’ll see you next week in the studio!!

In health you instructor,

April 1, 2017

Muscle of the Month – Gluteus Maximus

Gluteus Maximus – The Booty

The gluteus maximus is one of the largest muscles in the human body. It is also one of the more commonly known muscles. It lies superficial (closest to the surface) in the gluteal region and is largely responsible for the shape of our buttocks.

The gluteus maximus originates from a broad area on the posterior surface of the ilium, the posterior gluteal line, the rough area of bone superior and inferior of this line, upward to the iliac crest, the aponeurosis of erector spinae, the dorsal surface or the lower part of the sacrum and the side of the coccyx, the sacrotuberous ligament, and the fascia that cover the gluteus medius.

The gluteus maximus is an extensor of the hip joint meaning that it produces the back swing of our leg while walking and provides most of the lift when stepping up, like climbing stairs. The gluteus maximus generates its maximum force when the thigh is flexed at 45-degree angle to the trunk. The gluteus maximus abducts our thigh meaning it aids in swinging our thighs out laterally and superiorly away from the trunk. This muscle also elevates our trunk after stooping, prevents our trunk from pitching forward during walking or running, and helps stabilize the femur on tibia.

Come see us in the studio this next week to see how we have designed our workouts to focus on strengthening and lengthening our gluteus maximus.

See you in the studio! Sign up here!!

In health your instructor,

Kae-La Heydt