What Is Tai Chi

Taijiquan (or tai chi) can be many things to many people. For some it is an exercise, for some it is a meditation and others it is a form of self defense. However when you continue to practice and reach a higher level of training, the above reasons lose their importance. At this time, you need to find the real meaning of your practice or you may become satisfied with your training and lose your enthusiasm for the art. You must start to wonder what is the meaning of this meditative martial art? Daoist practitioners use tai chi in their strive to become immortal where many non-religious practitioners used tai chi to gain a peaceful mind and reinvigorate their lives.

What you need to understand is that Taijiquan emphasizes meditation both in your stillness and your movement. Practitioners like a Buddhist priest trains himself in this meditation to be calm and concentrated. In your training, it is possible for you to achieve a sense of peace and centeredness that will allow you to judge things and events in a neutral way without any emotional disturbance. When you can truly calm and clear your mind, the spiritual side will start to open up. You’ll start to see things more deeply. As a practitioner’s skill increases, they may be able to sense a person’s intentions before they are expressed and you become more capable at looking deeply into people and events in a non-martial way, as well. In the past, many martial art masters were considered wise man and were consulted for their insight into the meaning of human life this world and the universe. Because of their training they learn to live in the world without confusion or doubt and find peace and happiness and all of this comes through meditation and continuous pondering.

In your practice and meditation, you need to concentrate your whole attention in order to develop the higher levels of the art. This concentration and dedication will carry over to the rest of your life and the strive for perfection becomes the real meaning of Taijiquan.

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Time to Celebrate!

Through the month of November, we are celebrating the release of the book “The Calisthenics Quest”. As part of the celebration, we will be offering special discounts for our group classes and even some of our personal training packages for new members. Since we love our current members, there will be something for them, too.
There will always be no cost memberships! But here are the special prices…
Group classes for new members will be $5 for your first drop drop-in. This is for Yoga, Beast Club Bootcamp, and Tai Chi.
As for personal training, you can get 3 hour sessions for $99 or 3 half hour $66!!

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New Yoga Class!!

Mindful Vinyasa Power Flow.

A vigorous flow that combines movement with breath to build strength, increase flexibility and improve balance. We will move, breathe and sweat through a powerful yoga practice.

Appropriate for all levels and modifications will be made available for most poses.

Fitness and the Holidays 

We all know with the holidays, time runs short really easily. So, let’s look at how to keep health and fitness in your crazy holiday schedule.

First, and best advice, is to focus on quality over quantity. You don’t have to spend an hour on your workout when you could bust out a hard core workout in just 30 minutes. Try knocking out 2 or more muscle groups back to back while reducing rest time. For your cardio, try doing intervals or tabata training. This will keep the challenge high and reduce the time required for the workout.

Another idea is workout at home and focus on the basics! Push-ups, pull ups and squats. You do not need a gym for a great workout if you focus on these basics.

The healthy eating is the biggest holiday challenge. Junk food is everywhere!! But don’t get down on yourself if you have a few slip ups. We are all human. Just focus on portion control, then the little indulgences won’t add up as much.

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What Quest Fitness Is All About

The theory behind Quest Fitness is that everyone’s fitness journey is unique. Sure, you may share the same goal as the next person, but how you get there can be very different. Not everyone wants to run miles, lift weights or do push-ups, and not everyone has the self motivation to do at home videos. What we do first, at Quest Fitness, is sit down and talk game plan. We need to be on the same page on how we will get through all the different phases of your workout. Then, we schedule times to meet. Yes, it will take time, but you will have the support that you need through all the struggles. Your Quest for a more fit you starts here.IMG_3641

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Weightless 

(Beginner – Advanced Calisthenics)
This class focuses on workouts using zero weights. We work with a progressive system to advance from new-to-fitness to crazy human calisthenic tricks. You choose how far you want to take it. Even if you can’t do one push up or pull up, this class will get you there. Come see how the world can be your gym.

Wednesday nights at 7:30

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Full Body Boot Camp – Kentwood, MI Gym

What is a Boot Camp?

Full Body Boot Camp also known as Beast Club is a full body strength & cardio endurance class done completely with calisthenics. It is one of the most challenging workouts I have ever built and hope you’ll come and prove to yourself how good working hard can feel.  Do it for you.

Remember, no matter where you are modifications can be done to fit your comfort level.one day closer quote quest fitness gym grand rapids mi

Class starts Saturday at 10:30 AM and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Bring water and don’t be late!

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Change Your Modalities of Training 

Exercise is something you can do anywhere and everywhere
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The human body responds to physical stress with improved performance. The systems of the body will respond to stress with improved fitness and performance according to the General Adaptation Syndrome.

Different training modalities have been developed throughout history to introduce you unique stressed to the body in an effort to promote improved function.

Ingenuity creativity and innovation have resulted in the development of a variety of different training tools that present different physical challenges to the neuromuscular system. The inventors and manufactures of the different equipment continue to change these modalities and ways to enhance effectiveness safety and challenge of the traditional exercises.

But overall it’s important to become familiar with the different modalities used in fitness and function to know how to best incorporate them into your training regimen and understand where their use is most valuable.

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There are lots of arguments over which modality is best in the fitness industry. In reality there is no “best” form of training for all populations. Instead you should be focused on the modality that most appropriately fits your goals and your appropriate training phase. It is very easy to become comfortable with the same type of workout over and over and rely too heavily on a limited number of modalities.

Overall you should be making changes to your workout every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent reaching that plateau. This can be done by varying the temple of the work out the weights in the workout and even the reps in the workout, or it can also be changed by the type of equipment you use whether you go from free weights to cable machines to body-weight or even suspension training. I feel it’s important to work with a fitness professional to determine the modality you need to be in to reach your goals.

Drop the Machines for Functionality 

 

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I know a lot of people love their workout machines, but here me out.

Let’s look at the machine like the leg extension. You will never really use this motion in everyday life, you are sitting in a fixed position just swinging your leg out. Sure, you do get a burn in your quads but where is the core activation?

Doing a squat is a much better alternative to leg extensions or even the leg press, and yes I know some people have issues with squats. There are ways around it such as a ball squat.

Before you use a machine ask yourself:  how will this help my over all functionality? Even physical therapists stray away from machines for more functional movements. If weights are not your thing also look at the option of calisthenics. Something as ordinary as a pushup has huge benign to your entire upper body.

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Want to see how I’ve progress? My Fitness Journey.