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Dr. Sneha Gazi

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Prenatal Yoga: Easing & Moving Into Birth
Jun 22 2023
Prenatal Yoga: Easing & Moving Into Birth
During pregnancy, the physical changes come in fast, and sometimes, furious! A great way to tune into these changes and create more body awareness is through “yoga asanas”, which are movements and poses from the ancient Indian tradition that promote physical & mental wellbeing. Prenatal yoga is becoming more popular these days as research and science points to the immense benefits of healthy and safe movements for birthing individuals. Not only can it help pregnant people throughout each trimester, but it can also assist in a smoother birth as well!In the show today, we have Deb Flashenberg, the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. Deb advocates for how yoga poses can help create more balance in the body so that birth flows better and there is less obstruction for the baby. She talks about “mock contractions” in her yoga classes that help her clients prepare for 60-seconds of physical and mental challenge during labor and delivery.Along with being a prenatal yoga teacher, Deb is also a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, mother of two and self proclaimed "birth and anatomy geek”. Deb received her first vinyasa yoga certification with Shiva Rea and then added to her education by completing the OM Yoga advance yoga teacher training with Cyndi Lee. After the challenging birth of her first child, Deb became incredibly interested in pelvic health and has since earned her Pelvic Floor Yoga Certification with Leslie Howard. For the past 7 years, Deb has also greatly enjoyed being the host of the podcast,  Yoga | Birth | Babies, where she speaks with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood. Currently, Deb is knee deep in Dr. Sarah Duvall’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist program and pursuing the Spinning Babies Parent Educator certification and loving every minute of it! Connect with her:@prenatalyogacenterprenatalyogacenter.com
What If It Makes Me Anxious To Relax?
Jun 15 2023
What If It Makes Me Anxious To Relax?
Are you the person who finds themselves feeling the opposite of grounded and centered during a movement class, yoga, or meditation? Are you the type who can’t quite relax during a massage or a pleasant walk? You’re not alone!Today we have Dan Rindler GCFP, P-SEP, chatting with us today on his approach to trauma which draws on Somatic Experiencing and Feldenkrais Methods. Difficulty relaxing can be manifested in many ways. He encourages bringing awareness to this feeling and understanding that one is never stuck in this state!He talks through strategies for what one might do if they feel overwhelmed in class or what PTs and other practitioners might do when their client is having a threat response during a session.Dan suggests ways people can redirect this feeling to be productive during sessions. He also discusses when a practitioner might refer out to a trauma specialist, or when someone might choose to try somatic trauma healing sessions.Dan is certified as a practitioner of both the Feldenkrais Method and Somatic Experiencing, with a private practice in-person in Brooklyn, and online. Dan's focus is on supporting clients who have both unresolved trauma and chronic pain or other physical challenges or limitations. Through a weaving of Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing, he helps support people in their learning and healing process, moving towards more well-being, connection with others and a new-found sense of resilience.  Dan has created “The Roots of Resilience,” a 16 week trauma-aware online program for adults which helps people to feel more grounded, centered and connected.  In addition to his work with adults, Dan created “We Grow Together,” a program for babies and new parents, which fosters co-regulation through touch and movement and has been attended by over 2,500 families. Dan’s program was the subject of a study sponsored by Vassar College, with results showing its efficacy published in the Infant Mental Health Journal. IG: danrindlerSEPFacebook.com/brooklynfeldenkraisWebsites: www.brooklynfeldenkrais.com  (adults)www.wegrowtogether.com   (babies)
The Basics of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Jun 9 2023
The Basics of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Inflammation in the body can manifest in many ways and ultimately exists to protect us. However, excessive inflammation that lasts a long time, or “chronic inflammation”, can be associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other disease states.Robin Randisi is a functional nutritionist helping people improve their health using a holistic, root-cause approach. In today’s chat, Robin shares her personal story of how she used food to heal interstitial cystitis and how this led her to study nutrition. She talks about what inflammation is, how to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, and how quick-fix diets never work! She creates a framework to provide solutions to common barriers to eating a nutrient-dense diet, including: assessing your energetics, going slow, keeping it simple, emphasizing techniques and flavors over recipes, planning your meals around protein and fiber, and stocking your pantry strategically. Robin emphasizes that health is about more than just food or movement but lifestyle and mindset.Robin’s specialties include digestion, autoimmune conditions, and what’s commonly referred to as “women’s health,” i.e. period problems, pelvic pain, hormone imbalances, fertility issues, PCOS, endometriosis, and more. She has an online private practice where she works one-on-one with clients from all over the country, of any gender. Robin is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and is also certified as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Restorative Wellness Practitioner. She believes that a truly holistic understanding of health and wellness not only recognizes and cultivates an individual’s capacity to heal, but also acknowledges the necessity of collective healing and liberation given the complex interplay between our environment and our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.Connect with her:www.robinrandisi.com@robinrandisi on IG
Finding Support People For Your Baby’s Birth
Jun 1 2023
Finding Support People For Your Baby’s Birth
There is a lot to think about when finding support for your baby’s birth. The first thing to understand is the different roles that people play in a birth setting. What is the difference between a doula and a midwife anyway? And what about a baby nurse?!We sat down with Stephanie Heintzeler, a German educated midwife and acupuncturist as well as US-educated doula and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is the founder of the New York Baby where she puts expecting parents/mothers in touch with doulas and baby nurses. Stephanie educated us on the importance of care by doulas and other support people during labor and delivery. She shares that doula-supported births result in 40% less rates of cesarean intervention and 70% increased likelihood of the baby being breastfed!Stephanie is a proponent of staying educated and making decisions that are right for you, your baby, and your family. She discusses how preparing for birth with conservative treatment from PTs, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and more, allow for better births overall. She also chimes in on how things are done differently in the birth space in Germany compared to America.Stephanie cares for women with all kinds of births- whether her clients choose a hospital birth, birthing center or home birth; she wants them to follow their own intuition about which birth place feels best. Stephanie has seen it all- breech births, many successful VBACs (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean), planned and unplanned c-sections, vaginal twin births and LGBTQ-families.With her “former midwife-approach” her clients feel taken care of from a holistic-medical perspective. She uses breathing techniques, TENS and positions to open the pelvis as well as her acupuncture background and massage techniques to make birthing as comfortable as possible- whether it is a natural or medicated birth. Using evidence-birth-techniques she and her doula-partner Alice (who is a midwife from the UK) make sure their clients have continuous support during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum weeks. As of 2022 Stephanie has delivered over 2,500 babies and attended over 3,200 births. Connect with her:@the_newyorkbabyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-heintzeler-303a39/
How To Breastfeed Optimally For You & Your Baby
May 25 2023
How To Breastfeed Optimally For You & Your Baby
In our society today, we don’t quite learn how to breastfeed by observation as we once did in the past. You might think that it is completely natural for you and your baby, which it is to some extent. However, without coming into contact with the techniques involved with breastfeeding, it can truly be a foreign concept to most of modern society. And the unknown can often be scary! This is why it’s always beneficial to take a breastfeeding class prior to giving birth.LaShanda Dandrich, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and co-founder of the Lactation Learning Collective, joins us today to talk about all things breastfeeding. LShanda talks about the significant mental and physical aspects involved in breastfeeding “success” and what “success” even means in this situation. She dives into topics like latching, clogged ducts, mastitis, yeast infection and more. She discusses how lactation consultants can help people with under or over supply of milk due to hypothyroidism, diabetes, breast surgery, etc. LaShanda advocates for creating your “village” of people to help you stay nourished and take care of you and your home so that you can focus on breastfeeding. Especially in the early days, breastfeeding can be a round-the-clock activity as newborns have tiny tummies and need to feed often. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, LaShanda’s passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. LaShanda currently provides lactation support prenatally and postpartum via virtual visits and in person support groups. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She also works closely with other perinatal professionals, teaching lactation support for doulas to mentoring those on the Pathway to IBCLC. She currently resides in Harlem with her daughter, and they continue to travel the world together!Connect with her:IG: @LactationLearningCollective
Low Desire? Understanding Hormones and Sexual Health
May 11 2023
Low Desire? Understanding Hormones and Sexual Health
When it comes to sexual health for women, there always seems to be a “hush hush” about it. But what might seem to be a quiet topic or a funny joke to some, for others it can be crushing and life altering. Today we have Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus joining us to talk about how important it is to clinically look at women’s sexual health closely and provide actionable tools to make people feel more empowered in their lives. She discusses how hormones and psychological issues of pain can affect low desire. She dives into how vibrators and fantasies work and why she advocates for women to become more aligned with themselves through various strategies.Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, a certified sex therapist, is the author of Satisfaction Guaranteed : How To Have the Sex You’ve Always Wanted. She has spent her life helping women reclaim pleasure in their bodies and spirit and her career has been dedicated to bridging the gap between the medical and the psychological in women’s sexual health. For nearly 25 years she served as the clinical director of one of the largest sexual health centers in the US. Dr Marcus earned a master’s in public health as well as a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She also holds master’s degrees in social work from Columbia University and a masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition she is a certified bariatric counselor.In the past Dr Marcus has served as executive director of not-for-profit institutions and corporations, medical practices, and laboratories. She has lectured internationally on women’s issues, has given frequent Grand Rounds to health care providers, as well as lecturing to sex therapists around the world. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including CNBC, CBS News, Huffington Post Live, and NPR and been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, and Westchester Magazine, among others.Connect with her:Drbatsheva.comTikTok: @TheDrBatShevaIG/FB: @DrBatSheva
The Motherhood Spectrum: You Don’t Get Points For Suffering
May 4 2023
The Motherhood Spectrum: You Don’t Get Points For Suffering
Maternal mental health cannot be stressed enough folks. Sometimes it’s just referred to as “postpartum”, which is sad because it emphasizes how common perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are.We have a riveting episode here for you today with the wonderful Dayna Kutrz, LMSW, CPT. Dayna is a psychotherapist and author with a subspeciality in perinatal mental health. She touches on how birthing individuals are not supporting in America the way they should be from a political standpoint. She pulls from her years of experience working with families of all kinds to emphasize that TIME and SPACE are two important factors in getting to a better place with your mental health postpartum. She dives into the “Motherhood Spectrum,” a term she coined to describe the psychological and physiological impacts of maternity, including contemplating motherhood, the decision to become or not to become a mother, and the transition to being a mother. She also touches on how to parent with a partner and the impact on marriage and domestic partnerships in your postpartum journey. This podcast has had a few episodes highlighting this topic and it will never have too many because PMADs are one of the biggest reasons for maternal mortality in the US. Don’t be a “Mother Martyr” and reach out to a professional if you need help.Dayna is the former Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center in Manhattan. She has facilitated psycho-educational support groups at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center and The Hospital for Special Surgery. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, and completed postgraduate studies at The Training Institute for Mental Health. Dayna is the author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom (Familius Press) and The Total Body Cure for Women (Hearst,) and is a contributor to The Doctor's Book of Natural Remedies (Rodale). Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post and she has been an expert-consultant for media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Today Show and Sirius XM radio. She lives in New York City with her family.Connect with her:daynamkurtz.com
The Principles of Ayurveda: Preconception to Generational Longevity
Apr 27 2023
The Principles of Ayurveda: Preconception to Generational Longevity
Ayurveda is an age-old tradition originating from India around the 2nd millennium BCE (a very very long time ago!). “Ayur” in Sanskrit means “Life” and “Veda” means “Science” or “Knowledge”. The Vedas, or Hindu scriptures, are one of the oldest pieces of text on the planet that contain scientific knowledge that is gradually only now being proven by modern empirical methods. Ayurveda is a practice that is deeply studied by scholars, scientists, and practitioners today and is rooted in the spiritual philosophies of balance and how to optimize your life force.We are honored to have Shweta Parmar join us today to chat about this incredible science and explain the ancient cultural wisdom of Ayurveda and how it relates to spirituality and energetics. As an Ayurveda practitioner at GutsierLiving, Shweta supports wellness freaks and disembodied spiritual seekers who feel they are doing all the "right things" but still feel shitty. On the show she discusses how to shape one’s day and life with wisdom of longevity and not just prevention of disease states in one phase of your life. She excavates the missing links for lasting energy, hormonal harmony, and joyful living. After an assessment of one's own unique mind/body constitution to embody higher consciousness, specific diet, lifestyle and herbal plans are created via Nature-based principles of Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantra Ancient Wisdoms.As a birthworker at Mama The Baby/Baby The Mama, Shweta specializes in “wombens wellness” - from hormonal harmony, infertility, conscious conceiving, complication-free pregnancy, easeful labor/postpartum, and subconscious repatterning for babies before/in/after the womb. She strongly feels that the root of injustice and war is due to a lack of consciousness of the Divine Creation Energy at the individual, community and society levels.Connect with her:www.gutsierliving.com@shweta.parmar.ayurveda @gutsierliving
Birth Justice & Advocating for the Birthing Parent
Apr 20 2023
Birth Justice & Advocating for the Birthing Parent
What is birth justice anyway? Sometimes it might feel like there are too many voices in that room and the birthing individual’s wants and needs aren’t heard. It may seem at times like it’s medicine vs. parent. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today we talk to Janel Feliz Martir, a AAPI birth worker who has both medical school training in obstetrics as well as holistic prenatal wellness training that makes her one of the best birth doulas in all of New York City. Janel specializes in evidence-based birth education and lactation support and has attended over 350+ births in the US and abroad. She draws upon her vast experience in medical education, clinical training, and movement as a prenatal yoga teacher to support families in the birth space. Janel shares with us how care centered around the birthing individual should be the main focus in all births while discussing the intricacies of medical risk, cultural expectations, personal beliefs, and more. Having seen births in various hospitals, birth centers, and home births from people of all cultures, along with her unique experience with births in Uganda, Janel shares her experiences and thoughts on what birth justice means. She highlights how even different hospitals a few blocks away from each other have different cultures that they are unaware of because they think every hospital works that way! Janel’s personal experience with loss and seeing other patients experience loss of all kinds drives her to do the work that she does daily.Connect with her:janeldoula.com
Don’t Dance Till You Break: Injury Prevention for Performers
Mar 30 2023
Don’t Dance Till You Break: Injury Prevention for Performers
Here’s a bold statement. Dancers, while extremely great at moving their bodies, sometimes don’t actually know how to do it optimally. Getting injured on and off the stage is not uncommon for dancers. Oftentimes these aches, pains and sometimes broken or torn tissues are directly a result of improper, overused movements.Our passionate and incredible guest today is Jesse Barnett, a New York City-based dancer, Pilates instructor, and Personal Trainer. He talks about how to prevent injuries in the first place and how cross training is crucial for every performing artist. Jesse busts some myths by highlighting how stretching is not the only important part of training and how repeating the same asymmetrical movements can lead to overuse injuries. Jesse grew up studying dance in his hometown of Yorktown, Virginia, and moved to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. After graduating, he completed his Pilates certification through The Kane School, a contemporary Pilates program including movement anatomy, biomechanics, touch techniques, and special populations training. He then completed his personal training certification through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Jesse has also completed training programs in pre/post natal fitness and TRX Suspension Training and has experience working alongside physical therapists in a post-rehab facility.Connect with him:@jessetbarnett
How Physical Therapy Can Help You Take Control of Your Life
Mar 16 2023
How Physical Therapy Can Help You Take Control of Your Life
Some people think physical therapy is all about getting massages. Others might think it’s about doing a few exercises. Still others (SADLY!) think it’s about getting a hot pack and ultrasound to their knee. Oof!Although my guest, Dr. Julia Rosenthal, and I are both physical therapists, we are not biased in knowing the truth that physical therapy is one of the only therapeutic professions that addresses physical and mental resilience, mindfulness, capacity building, trauma, pain management, and lasting changes to quality of life without the use of any kind of pill or invasive technique.Dr. Julia Rosenthal is a pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist and founder of Empower Physical Therapy in DUMBO, NYC. In our discussion today, we touch on how important it is to show our patients how strong they really are and how moving is safe since everything we do as physical therapists affects the nervous system. Julia helps people build habits, and movement habits promote longevity. She also bridges the gap between strength/fitness and pelvic PT. Julia has extensive clinical experience in treating people with both orthopedic and pelvic conditions in a variety of settings including multiple outpatient physical therapy practices in New York City, backstage on Broadway, and with multiple professional dance companies. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Columbia University, and went on to complete an orthopedic residency through NYU, where she specialized in Dance Medicine at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Following her residency, she obtained board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and became a certified Pelvic Health Practitioner through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Julia is also an RKC and DSPCC certified kettlebell coach, and a certified pregnancy and postpartum strength coach through Girls Gone Strong. Julia is completing a certification in functional nutrition coaching and plans to launch those services spring 2023. Connect with her:www.empowerpt.nyc@empower_physical_therapy
The Productive Pain of Labor: Feel Empowered Through Evidence Based Birth
Mar 2 2023
The Productive Pain of Labor: Feel Empowered Through Evidence Based Birth
The process of preparing for birth, giving birth, and recovering can be described in many ways. Some might say incredible, others might say life changing, and still others might say horrific. But whatever someone’s experience is, one thing is for sure. It always helps to know a bit about the process before the day you welcome your bundle of joy.Jen Buice joins us today for a deep and meaningful conversation around all things childbirth. Jen has been supporting families as a childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and birth doula for 15 years in and around New York City. Jen came to this work after the births of her two children, which brought her to an understanding of the essential role of caring support and empowering education before, during, and after childbirth. Today she chats with us on how important it is to know the physiology of birth, what is normal/not as normal, what is medically SUGGESTED versus medical NECESSARY, and all the possible ways that birth can happen. She believes that even if you are planning for a home birth, knowing hospital birth-related information is key, in case you need to go down that route. She emphasizes the importance of partners advocating for the birthing individual and to always make sure the birthing person is a part of the decision-making process. Jen is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, committed to helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to feel prepared, confident, and respectfully supported as they bring their babies into the world. She teaches childbirth classes through Evidence Based Birth®, Birth Day Presence, and boober, both virtually and in person.Connect with her:yourpreparedbirth.com@yourpreparedbirth
The Basics of Women’s Health Disorders: Pregnancy and Postpartum
Feb 23 2023
The Basics of Women’s Health Disorders: Pregnancy and Postpartum
Pelvic floor dysfunction is present across all age groups and anatomies. Particularly during the pregnancy and postpartum time in a birthing person’s life, pelvic issues often don’t get the attention they need. And sometimes, too much attention may be given in certain areas!Our guest today is Rachel Parrotta, a pelvic health physical therapist in New York. Today she discusses how we don't talk enough about topics such as prolapse and pain with intercourse after birth. She feels there has been too much fear mongering with Diastasis Recti and it has made people scared to move for years after birth. She promotes evolving clinical care with research and highlighting how PTs can be stuck in archaic ways of treating. Rachel has over a decade of experience supporting men and women with a wide range of pelvic pain conditions, as well as supporting people through all phases of conception, pregnancy, post-partum and menopause. She loves helping pregnant folks understand the changes that occur to their bodies in pregnancy, prepare for birth (in the ways that are in our control) and give context and guidance for postpartum recovery. Rachel earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008. Prior to attending graduate school, Rachel worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer with a men’s professional hockey team. Her background in athletics gives Rachel a unique perspective in helping clients return to the sports and activities that they love.Connect with her:rachelparrotta.com@rachel.parrotta.dpt
Vulvodynia: What To Do When It Hurts Down There
Feb 16 2023
Vulvodynia: What To Do When It Hurts Down There
For too long, women’s health problems have been a mystery in the medical field. Often they are under-researched or just brushed off as part of the normal female experience. But with the help and expertise of our wonderful guest today, Dr. Andrew Goldstein, we are gaining massive insight and making large strides towards solving many of the issues that affect women’s bodies. Dr. Goldstein is the Director of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders and is currently a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. On the show today, Dr. Goldstein chats with us about the plethora of research and clinical work he has done over the years on vulvar and vaginal pain. He discusses his diagnostic tool, his treatment options, and how a collaborative team approach can help catapult a patient's recovery. Dr. Goldstein is the Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). He is the founder and President of the Gynecologic Cancers Research Foundation. He has co-authored/co-edited 8 books, is actively involved in research and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters on female sexual dysfunction, sexual pain disorders, lichen sclerosus, vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (vestibulodynia), and cervical cancer. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of vulvodynia, vulvar disease, and female sexual dysfunction, and has been interviewed by many media outlets and publications including 20/20, The View, Dr Oz, Good Morning America, Katie, Dr. Drew, The Discovery Channel, BBC, local affiliates of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Women’s Health, and Prevention.Dr. Goldstein has a strong commitment to global medicine and in 2015-16 spent a year in South America and South-East Asia volunteering, along with his family, with 11 different NGO’s providing medical care. He frequently travels to rural China, Cambodia and Peru where he is collaborating with the National Cancer Institute to develop a rapid, high-volume, and low-cost cervical cancer screening protocol. Connect with him:www.vulvodynia.com Buy his latest book:https://www.amazon.com/When-Sex-Hurts-Understanding-Healing-ebook/dp/B09ZB714DQ?ref_=ast_author_mpbResources:https://www.isswsh.org/
Disrupting the Fitness Industry with Unicorns, Magic, and Sweat Like Never Before
Feb 9 2023
Disrupting the Fitness Industry with Unicorns, Magic, and Sweat Like Never Before
Being human is more than just running your day-to-days. How can you find joy and meaning in it all? Well, maybe the answer lies in some confusion and… magic! Today we have the opportunity to chat with the renowned Mark Fisher, an international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. Mark is the co-founder of Mark Fisher Fitness (MFF), one of the most unusual gyms in the fitness industry. He’s also the co-founder of Business for Unicorns, a company that trains gym owners to achieve financial success and personal freedom.Mark has a lively discussion around why his companies are successful and how MFF has transformed people’s lives not just from a physiological standpoint, but also in their overall lifestyle and mindset. With a reputation as the fitness home of choice for the Broadway community, Mark and MFF have been featured in Forbes, the NY Times, the NY Post, the Huffington Post, and the Wall St. Journal, among others. MFF has made waves in the fitness industry for its unprecedented success and unique approach to culture. Living their mantra of “Ridiculous Humans, Serious Fitness,” MFF provides progressive fitness protocols in a delivery system of subversive humor, fantastical imagery, and outrageous antics. They also inexplicably talk about unicorns, call their clients Ninjas, and treat fun, community, and personal growth as core values.MFF operates a physical location in midtown Manhattan and an online “virtual” location. MFF was recognized as #312 on the 2015 Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in America, as well as one of Men's Health's "Top 20 Gyms in America." Mark's newest company, Unicorn Wellness, is an investor in an emerging fitness franchise brand Alloy Personal Training. Connect with him:https://www.markfisherhumanbeing.com/https://www.businessforunicorns.com/https://youtube.com/c/markfisherhumanbeing@markfisherhumanbeing
Exercising During & After Pregnancy: Advice from the Pros
Dec 8 2022
Exercising During & After Pregnancy: Advice from the Pros
We are busting some myths on pregnancy, postpartum, and fitness here folks! Tune in today to gain exclusive insights into what we really need to focus on moving forward to optimize pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Spoiler alert - it is not recommended that you are inactive during your pregnancy unless medically necessary!Our guest today is the Director of Education for PROnatal Fitness, Carolyn Appel. Carolyn is “the brain” behind the company’s innovative Performance-Based Education Programs, leveraging the latest research and evidence-based strategies to teach fitness professionals how to train their clients for pregnancy and the postpartum period like they would train for any other major athletic event. In addition, this Performance-Training approach lies at the heart of all of PROnatal Fitness’s consumer programs.With a background in competitive tennis, Carolyn has built a career on her passion for fitness and athletics over her two decades in the fitness industry. She received her master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University and continues to spread the message about the importance of the teaching and learning process in client skill development when presenting at national and regional conferences for the NSCA, ACSM, and fitness facilities big and small. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Carolyn spent several years on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute and used to consider teaching her number one joy, until having her son, who shot to the top of the rankings in 2015.To learn more about PROnatal Fitness, head to pronatalfitness.com. Explore their programs and services for those who are pregnant or postpartum, or their comprehensive education for health & fitness professionals. For a great FREE resource to get you started, you can download this guide on The 5 Pre & Postnatal Changes You Need to Know.
Strength Training: The Holy Grail of Fat Loss
Dec 1 2022
Strength Training: The Holy Grail of Fat Loss
Do you want to know the secret to long lasting fat loss? No, it’s not just dieting. No, it’s not just cardio. No, it's not just strength training. It is a combination of the three and strength training tends to need a bit more focus for most people! Our guest today is Sarah Currie, MS RDN CDN, a Registered Dietitian, personal trainer and co-owner of Physical Equilibrium, a gym and Pilates studio with locations in Midtown Manhattan and East Hampton. Sarah chats with us on how to lose weight properly, and permanently. But she dislikes the word weight loss and prefers body composition because sometimes the scale does not accurately reflect progress. She encourages that you truly can change the way you look with a tailored workout and nutrition plan, but this takes time and patience.Sarah has been a trainer for 19 years and a Registered Dietitian for 14 years. Her specialty and passion is helping clients get strong and lean by combining proper strength training and nutrition strategies. Sarah received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State while also competing on the track and field team as a short sprinter. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. Sarah is an avid weightlifter who has one figure competition under her belt and is currently training for a second. Additionally, she has completed more than 10 triathlons, two marathons, and one century ride.Connect with her:www.physeq.com