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July 19, 2018

An Interview with Lauren

We have really enjoyed seeing Lauren grow as an athlete over the past several years. We are so proud of her for committing to further her athletic and academic career with UMHB! Below is a interview with Lauren on her experience at YAX…

YAX: Can you tell me a little about yourself (i.e., name, age, school, sport, etc.)?

Lauren: My name is Lauren and I am 18 years old. I will be attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as a freshman this fall to study business and play volleyball.

YAX: Why do you choose to train and practice at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I choose to train at Yoga Athletex because they do things differently here. They not only care about making sure I’m getting stronger and faster to become a better athlete, but they also care about recovery, so I am able to perform my best on the court.

YAX: What has been your greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: My greatest achievement has been increasing my vertical 3 inches in the past few months!

YAX: Tell me about a limitation you’ve struggled with but have overcome through training at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I’ve struggled with hip and shoulder flexibility, but by taking yoga and mobility classes I’ve become more flexible which will help me prevent injuries.

YAX: What is your favorite thing about Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: My favorite thing about Yoga Athletex is the community The trainers push me to do my best in the most encouraging way! I’ve also become friends with several other people in classes I take and we push each other to do our best, especially in tough workouts.

YAX: Why is Yoga Athletex programming different than other training programs?

Lauren: Yoga Athletex is different because they don’t just focus on becoming a better athlete through strength and speed, but they put an emphasis on flexibility and recovery for injury prevention. Being a good athlete doesn’t just mean being strong, but it also means being smart and taking care of your body so you can perform your best when it’s game time. Yoga Athletex helps me strengthen and take care of my body so I can be my best on the court.

YAX: What are you goals as an athlete?

Lauren: I just met my goal to play collegiate volleyball, so my next goal is to become a better athlete, physically and mentally, to help my team at UMHB win a NCAA DIII national championship!

YAX: What are your greatest strengths as an athlete?

Lauren: My greatest strength as an athlete is that I’m mentally tough and can push myself in high stress situations.

YAX: What are your weaknesses as an athlete?

Lauren: My weakness as an athlete is my physical strength. I did not take working out and training outside of volleyball seriously until about a year and a half ago. I have so much potential left and have seen my upper body strength and vertical increase while being at Yoga Athletex.

YAX: How did you hear about Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I’ve played club volleyball at Skyline since 6th grade and had been put through team conditioning using other programs. Yoga Athletex came to Skyline 3 years ago and that is when I heard about them. When I decided to take strength and conditioning seriously I realized I really liked their training, so I became a member.

July 17, 2018

Take it from B

We have had the utmost pleasure of training a youth soccer athlete over the past several months. She brightens the entire studio upon her arrival, engages everyone in the room, encourages those around her and truly demonstrates what it means to put in the work. We asked her a few questions and this is what she has to say…

Meet Bradley:

YAX: Can you tell me a little about yourself (i.e., name, age, school, sport, etc.)?

B: My name is Bradley Redd and I am 14 years old. I’m an incoming Freshman at Trinity Classical School, and am a competitive club soccer player. I play goalkeeper for Challenge SC.

YAX: Why do you choose to train and practice at Yoga Athletex?

B: I choose to train at Yoga Athletex because of the people. People really do make a difference! Kalynn and Patricia, along with all of the other YAX coaches are phenomenal! They push me to become a better athlete mentally and physically! They build relationships and genuinely care about me and my progress as a competitive athlete.

YAX: What has been your greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex?

B: My greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex is definitely increasing my vertical jump by 3 inches in just a month and a half!

YAX: Tell me about a limitation you’ve struggled with but have overcome through training at Yoga Athletex?

B: A limitation that I have struggled with but have overcome thanks to Yoga Athletex was mentally not thinking I was good enough; thinking that I was never going to succeed as a club soccer player or as an athlete in general. Training at Yoga Athletex has made me realize that I am capable of reaching my goals through hard work and determination!

YAX: What is your favorite thing about Yoga Athletex?

B: My favorite thing about Yoga Athletex is their philosophy, which is to help athletes train without pain. Another one of my favorite things about the company, is one of the reasons Kalynn and Patricia started Yoga Athletex. In a blog post it was said that if they could prevent just ONE girl or guy from having to deal with the heartbreak of injury, they would do everything in their power to make that happen. That just goes to show how much we are cared about!

YAX: Why is Yoga Athletex programming different than other training programs?

B: The program at Yoga Athletex is different than others because of the emphasis put on stretching, listening to our bodies, and understating that being an athlete isn’t just being strong physically but also mentally. The classes help us move with ease while being taught proper exercise to help prevent injury.

YAX: What are you goals as an athlete?

B: My goal as an athlete is to further my soccer career into the collegiate level, and also to be mentally strong so I can at least attempt to successfully handle whatever life throws at me.

YAX: What are your greatest strengths as an athlete?

B: My greatest strengths as athlete is that I can push myself very hard, I can take a lot. Also when I step onto the soccer field I mentally switch on. I focus on the game and what needs to be done. Through this mental switch I am able to handle high pressure situations to help my team succeed.

YAX: What are your weaknesses as an athlete?

B: My weakness as an Athlete is how competitive I get. I am constantly comparing myself to other athletes, specifically soccer players, and tend to get frustrated with myself if I’m not on top.

YAX: How did you hear about Yoga Athletex?

B: While supporting some friends downstairs at a volleyball tournament I noticed the Yoga Athletex sign. At the time I was looking for a training program to help me set myself apart from the competition. After looking up YAX online and seeing that they had a hops class I immediately went and tried my first class. I absolutely loved it! The class was exactly what I was looking for. I Signed up and became a member that night and the rest is history!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: As an incoming high school freshman, Bradley scored #47 out of 850 female athletes during her fitness testing. She has one of the fastest arrow tests, 20 and 40 yard sprints in the whole club, (Challenge Soccer). And of course, her vertical is pretty darn high! Bradley is now ranking #2 Goal Keeper in the entire club. Results don’t lie, folks. She puts in the work every day at YAX! And, we love her for it. Way to go, B! 

July 11, 2018

YAX PRO SHOP

The new YAX tanks are absolutely adorable. You can wear them to workout, hang out with your friends, or chill around the house. For only $25 you can go to your next flow class in style! You can also purchase any of our other t shirts with colors including black, orange, or dark and light blue for $20. Another thing on our pro shop is the Mandoka PRO yoga mats. These high quality mats come in blue, black, green, or burgandy.

July 10, 2018

OPEN HOUSE

Join us Sunday, August 19th for a 75 min. donation based Yoga 4 Athletes class at 11am. This hatha based class, taught by the wonderful Elizabeth Watson, is free to members, who are encouraged to bring a friend (or 3!). Not a member, no worries! We’d love to meet you on the mat for this class! All proceeds will be donated to the Periwinkle foundation, in memory of our dear cousin Michael-Mae Evans.

Minimum suggested donation: $10

July 10, 2018

Yoga + Mimosas @ Lil’ Woodrows Midtown

Hey adults 21+! This event is for you!! Come get on your mat with us Sunday, July 22nd at Lil’ Woodrows Midtown! Mandee Lee will be teaching a vinyasa flow class followed by refreshing bevvie specials! This event is FREE and is a great opportunity to bring your friends and get some chill time outside of the studio!

Midtown Events

Event Address: 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006

July 10, 2018

August Mile Challenge

It’s CHALLENGE tiimmmee!!!! For the month of August we’ll be putting miles on those strong legs of yours, so strap on your best adidas and let’s hit the treads. In August, we challenge you to run 1 (one) mile at a time on our new toys (treadmills), before or after class, for time. You may only run ONE mile at a time; one before class and one after class (for as many classes as you’d like). At the end of August we’ll pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of two categories: FASTEST MILE and MOST MILES LOGGED. Sign up in studio to see prizes and details!

REWARDS:
1st place FASTEST MILE: 300 points
1st place MOST MILES LOGGED: 300 points
2nd place FASTEST MILE: 200 points
2nd place MOST MILES LOGGED: 200 points
3rd place FASTEST MILE: 100 points
3rd place MOST MILES LOGGED: 100 points

Same person can win each category! Curious how you’re going to log that many miles and stay mobile? Yoga 4 Athletes and FMS, y’all!!

July 9, 2018

Functional Movement for the Versatile Soccer Athlete

At YAX, we use FMS to help create healthier athletes every day. This FMS toolkit, or Functional Movement Screen, is widely used in the EPL and MLS today. Many elite professionals such as Bayan Munich of Liverpool FC and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy begin their season with FMS.
Because soccer fields 11-14 athletes per game and a single injury can completely set back an entire team, FMS is key in injury prevention to create more durable athletes. Even though soccer is a team sport, the need for individualization is key to each athlete’s health.
A common presumption is that football injuries are ranked most common for injury occurances, but that doesn’t mean soccer isn’t a close 3rd and 4th for boys’ and girls’ soccer respectively, according to the CDC. The majority of soccer injuries typically involve the lower extremeties. This is why we asses many kinetic chain points of the lower body (i.e., hips, knees and ankles).
If you’ve ever participated in a screen you may feel that the movements don’t exactly mimic soccer techniques but the movements selected allow us, as trainers, to assess how you move generally and give us more insight to why you move the way you do. In most sports, the FMS can be used as a return to play protocol and evaluate readiness to return to the field. FMS is a great communication tool to be used between surgeon’s, physical therapists and fitness professionals. It allows us to better evaluate appropriate progressions.
Want to hear it from the pros? Read how and why LA Galaxy Strength Coach Ben Yauss uses FMS here!

May 20, 2018

Jenny Lim – Yoga Instructor + Movement Specialist

Meet Jenny! Equal parts inquisitive and intuitive, Jenny brings a unique level of technical, emotional and kinesthetic intelligence to her teaching. She is an experienced yoga teacher who has studied many modern movement and yoga systems including Forrest yoga, Yoga TuneUp, Functional Range Conditioning, strength training, bodywork, muscle testing and Eastern and Western energetics and anatomy. She has a knack for integrating the science and the “why” behind a movement with a deeply experiential “how” that gives the student the space to intuit and perceive through the breath and body. Join her for our upcoming summer mobility series!

Breath, Core & Spine: June 2
Conscious breathing is essential to moving in a freer, more powerful and integrated way. Your breath patterns organize your posture and nervous system in a way that can facilitate or inhibit your movement. The breath and the organs and musculature that it inhabits also constitute your most dynamic, adaptive and innate “core strength”. We will draw on this practice of breath as core strength to learn how to safely and more fully mobilize each segment of the spine. Expect self myofascial massage to explore different areas that affect breathing, pranayama practices to enliven from the inside out and a variety of carefully curated yoga and mobility work.

Hips + Lower Body: July 14
Starting from the feet, we will move up through the legs and pelvis to understand more fully how your typical patterns of walking, standing and hip hinging create a soft tissue and proprioceptive template that can inhibit or maximize your potential lower body mobility and power generation. We will explore how to transform this template with self myofascial massage, core and breath integration, passive & active mobilizations, daily functional movement habits as well as yoga and strength work.

Shoulders + Neck: Aug 4
Building on the skills learned in the Core & Hip/Lower Body workshops, we will explore how shoulder and neck stability and mobility is deeply affected by breath and core integration (or lack of) as well as fascial lines of tension that originate from the feet through the pelvis and core. With this in mind, we will learn to free up fuller range of motion as well create muscular positions of stability through individual joints of this area: scapula, shoulder joint, AC joint, and cervical spine. Through a variety of yoga and self myofascial massage, we will also learn to how to work in a way that relieves pain or restriction in these areas.

BOOK HERE!

April 10, 2018

The Method Behind the Madness

Ever what the heck we’re doing over at Yoga Athletex? We’ll here’s a little break down to the method behind all the madness going on in the HUSTLE room. All Athletex and YAX classes are high intensity explosive training and conditioning circuits designed to maximize the body’s ability to burn fat, build lean muscle, optimize the body’s hormone and physiological response to exercise while improving overall daily and athletic performance. I know, it’s a mouthful. But, had to get it out. It is truly made for EVERYone at ANY stage of athletic development (see LTAD model). Our circuits are made accessible to everyone regardless of age or fitness level through the use of progressions and regressions. Meaning we can modify or up-level most anything!

This type of high intensity explosive training triggers an improved physiological response to exercise by elevating activity of the endocrine system leading to increased hormone production (including growth hormone) which stimulates protein synthesis. This, in turn, leads to improved muscle growth, fat metabolism leading to a reduction in body fat, and increased metabolic rate for sustainable weight loss and effective weight management. It is important for people in the 30+ age bracket to participate in high intensity circuits, to stimulate hormone production because this is when a decline starts to take place. That’s right. I said it.

Our circuits will improve strength, speed, endurance, balance, flexibility, coordination, motor control and more through the OPT model used to build these circuits, approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). The movements are sequenced so that participants perform dissimilar consecutive exercises, promoting active recovery. Each circuit, throughout the year, aims to achieve performance in phase one (Stabilization Endurance), Phase two (Strength Endurance) and Phase five (Power) of the OPT model. We work to achieve high rep, low intensity sets within a 30 second period to fatigue the muscles, which will ensure that all muscle fibers are recruited. Clients who have been working with low reps and heavy weights for some time are often in dire need of a higher repetition strategy. As stated before, the neural and hormonal benefits of such protocols are much more effective for the speed and power state of the client/athlete than what has been previously believed and researched. It’s 2018, y’all. Don’t get complacent with 80’s training. You will find a full body workout with every circuit at YAX, work in every plane of motion and constantly be challenged to increase performance! Clients will optimize calories burned during the exercise, and will also experience nearly two times the post exercise caloric expenditure, in comparison to traditional workouts! That’s just an added bonus with no extra work. Can’t beat it.

In addition to our HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, we also offer a full yoga schedule in our stunning FLOW room. You can move dynamically with breath as a means to sweat, restore and take active recovery. With styles from hatha, vinyasa and restorative, we have something for everyone. 2 for the price of one. Come get on the mat with us to really reap the benefits of our programming. Sign up HERE.

March 29, 2018

April (Major Row) Challenge

In light of the Masters starting this month, we’re doing a little spin off the golf course and taking it to the row.

Major Row Challenge: April 2-30 we’re featuring a different event each week.

The Details
Using the Row Machine, or Erg, complete each of the following four events during the timeframes indicated and log them on the challenge board. Meters can be completed throughout the week or all at once. This is an individual challenge. You do not need to belong to a team to participate. Meters must be entered on the challenge board. In studio meters only (to be done before or after class).

The Masters: Week 1, Apr. 2-7: 5000 meters *(50 pt. bonus if 5000 meters completed at once in under 20 min.)*

The Open: Week 2, Apr. 8–14: 500 meters *(50 pt. bonus if 500 meters completed at once in under 2.5 min.)*

The Championship: Week 3, Apr. 15–21: 2000 meters *(50 pt. bonus if 2000 meters completed at once in under 7 min.)*

The PYR (Professional YAX Rower): Week 4, Apr. 22–30: 10,000 meters

Who Can Participate
Anyone with a membership or package can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards
Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy: Name inclusion on the Texas Chalkboard displayed through May, a specially designed certificate, a YAX goodie bag and 500 Reward Points!