Prevention - Stronger bodies, less injuries -  

This month we have emphasized the vital importance of strengthening your stabilizer muscles, which greatly aides in preventing injury. 

One of the ways we do this in our upper body workout is suggesting you use lighter weights then you normally use, because the focus is to increase the reps to create muscle fatigue, it also allows you to focus on proper form and body alignment.

*  Higher reps have the effect of increasing blood flow in muscle tissue, the more reps you do the          more your body responds by increasing capillary density in the targeted muscles, which sets the    stage for further muscle growth.

·  Lifting with light weights puts much less stress on your joints and tendon, thus diminishing the             risk of injury

· Light weights allows you to do more reps which builds strength and helps to shape and define         leaner muscles

 

The Modus Truth - Gail Hooper

“I came to Modus for shoulder rehab – left with so much more!!  

After surgery to repair 3 tears in my rotator cuff, and months of subsequent therapy, my surgeon approved the Modus Flex class as an appropriate return to regular exercise.  He felt the very specific model that Modus employs, along with its well-trained instructors, was the ideal regimen for my goals. 

I was anxious to get back, but also wary of re-injury.  Because I’m prone to tears, Modus’ focus on the small stabilizing muscles - ankles, knees, elbows, wrists - was especially important to regaining overall strength and preventing future injury.  (I’ve had knee and ankle injuries, too.) 

Today, my shoulder range of motion is 95%.  My posture has improved.  I’m more flexible.  My back, abs and arms have become more defined.  My cardio health has greatly improved.  My legs and behind are stronger.  I feel solid.  There is not one inch of my body that doesn’t get a workout during class! 

What a gift it’s been in so many unexpected ways!!  The routine is complete – so tough, and it never gets boring!  Thank you to ALL the instructors who motivate, offer proper form/modifications and always make class fun!  Love, love, love my Modus workouts!  Oh, and Megan wanted a “fun fact” about me.  This is my 6th season as an Airbnb host.  In fact, I’m rated a “Superhost” (their term).  I’m blessed to meet people from all over the world, and promote this amazing area that I get to call home.

Prevention - Back Pain:

Back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people at one time or another. But there are many steps you can take to avoid it.  

*One of the best things you can do is to commit to a regular exercise program that focuses on strengthening your back, pelvic and abdominal muscles. 

*Become aware of your posture and  don't slouch when standing or sitting.

*Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support.

*Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension.

*Don’t bend over without supporting your back.

Many people fail to realize that often times their back pain actually originates from the opposite side of where it hurts.

For example, the very act of sitting for long periods of time ends up shortening the iliopsoas muscles that connect from your lumbar region to the top of your femur, at the front.

When these muscles are shortened, it can cause severe pain when you stand up as they will effectively pull your lower back (lumbar) forward. Again that brings us back to why the Modus workout is so beneficial in helping prevent injury, because the primary focus is building a strong balanced body, with an emphasis on the stabilizer core muscles.

The Modus Truth - Heidi’s story:

The pain and spasms were so bad I truly never thought I would work out again.

About 3 years ago I injured by back at home carrying in a 24 pack of bottled waters from my car.  Who knew, that as active as I was that domestic work would take me out.  The pain and spasms were so bad I truly never thought I would work out again…

After months of physical therapy and rest I decided to try Modus45 after a friend of mine recommended it. I feel in love with the workout not only because I could do it without pain, but after a few months I noticed how it was actually helping and strengthening my back.  Modus45 is a workout that someone from any level of fitness can do and feel good. 

 

Prevention Series - Preventing Sacroiliac Joint Pain:

The pelvic floor connects your back to your lower half and holds all of those areas together in one cohesive unit. The points of connection between the spine and girdle, like the connection between any bones, are called joints. These joints in particular are called the sacroiliac joints. You probably don’t think about them on a regular basis, but if these joints encounter a problem, there can be serious consequences. One such consequence is a condition known as sacroiliitis.  
 

Watch your posture!  Maintaining a good posture is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to prevent sciatica. A good posture ensures proper alignment of the spine and can help avoid damage to the spinal cord. You must be careful about your posture while you stand or even sit.  One of the top focuses of Modus is postural strength.  Read More…

 Your back is made of not one, but many different parts. Most of these are the vertebrae, small bones that link together to allow the spine to bend and twist, which in turn allows you to move. The whole vertebral column is often called the spine. But the back, part of your upper half, has to connect to the lower half. The point at which this happens is where the lower spine connects to a bone that connects your legs and back, the pelvic girdle. It holds all of those areas together in one cohesive unit. The points of connection between the spine and girdle, like the connection between any bones, are called joints. These joints in particular are called the sacroiliac joints. You probably don’t think about them on a regular basis, but if these joints encounter a problem, there can be serious consequences. One such consequence is a condition known as sacroiliitis.

Sacroiliitis is defined by the Mayo Clinic as an inflammation of one or more of the sacroiliac joints. This inflammation may be caused by several different things. Trauma such as sudden impacts from accidents and falls may damage the joints. Arthritis, especially the kind caused from the joint wearing out (osteoarthritis), can cause the condition as well if it occurs in the spine. Another arthritis that can cause this is ankylosing spondylitis, a type of inflammatory arthritis. Pregnancy is another potential cause of sacroiliitis. The spine must stretch and loosen up to accommodate the growing child inside the mother. This may put additional stress on the sacroiliac joints. Finally, the last potential cause can be infections in rarer cases.

Prevention of sacroiliac joint pain should be the goal. Once the pain starts it requires intervention to reverse it.

•   It is important to warm-up properly before beginning any activity. To prevent SI joint pain it is very important to warm-up the muscles surrounding the hips before weight bearing and high-impact activities. This will ensure adequate shock absorption and strong support for the joints.

•   Identifying activities that cause pain will help in preventing future discomfort. Avoiding those activities that immediately cause pain, or eventually lead to pain, may also help identify the causes of the pain.

•   Exercises that help strengthen the muscles around the hips will provide support for the sacroiliac joint. Stronger muscles, tendons and ligaments help hold a joint together and prevent subluxations and dislocations. Stronger muscles also provide additional shock absorption and transfer less of the impact to the spine.

•   Stretching the muscles around the joint will also help prevent chronic overuse conditions from causing pain and inflammation in the joint. It will also prevent an uneven pull on the joint leading to additional complications. Stretches for the piriformis muscle, among others, will help prevent SI joint dysfunction.

Watch your posture
Maintaining a good posture is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to prevent sciatica. A good posture ensures proper alignment of the spine and can help avoid damage to the spinal cord. You must be careful about your posture while you stand or even sit. Also, try to avoid sitting for long periods at a stretch. 

Maintain your weight
Regular exercise can go at length in preventing sciatica. Simple stretching exercises can release muscle tension. Besides, regular exercise will help strengthen your lower back. This in turn will aid in preventing sciatica. Though you can practice any physical exercise, it is yoga that works best to prevent the problem. You can also consider brisk walking for 30 minutes every day. Walking aids in the alignment of the spine and can keep sciatica at bay.

  

From Bridgit - The Modus Truth on Prevention:

“It felt like I had an iron stake being shoved into my lower back, along with sciatica nerve pain running down my leg.   Last fall, while I was still in pain, a friend who also has struggled with lower back pain suggested that I try Modus.”  

I have always been an active person.  Growing up with a twin brother and a brother a year younger made it the norm to be involved in various sports in my youth, and I have continued this active lifestyle since.  When I was in my 30s, though, I started to have lower back issues.  For the last 10-15 years, on and off back pain has been part of my life, limiting my activity level.  

A year ago I had just returned from Spring Break and was hit with the most severe back pain yet.  The pain was excruciating.  It felt like I had an iron stake being shoved into my lower back, along with sciatica nerve pain running down my leg.  I had to give up all of the active activities that I enjoyed most -- running, biking, swimming, playing tennis, and waterskiing, among others.  But the worst part was that I couldn't walk, drive, or even sit with my family at mealtimes without being in constant pain.  During church I had to stand in the back.  I couldn't drive my son to his soccer games.  Determined to find relief, I sought out medical help.  You name it, I tried it:  chiropractic care, physical therapy, oral steroids, yoga, steroid injections, acupressure.  Nothing worked.  X-rays and an MRI determined that I had an unstable SI joint as well as a bulging disc at L5-S1, encroaching the S1 nerve root.  After six months the pain had become slightly better, but still limited my daily function.  

Last fall, while I was still in pain, a friend who also has struggled with lower back pain suggested that I try Modus.  She religiously goes twice a week, and swears that doing so has prevented her back pain from reoccurring.  Seeing how I had tried everything else, I thought I had nothing to lose, so I went to a class with her.  Although I couldn't do all of the exercises the first few times I went, after 4-5 weeks, I was virtually pain free, and have not looked back since.

After incorporating regular Modus classes into my fitness routine, I am delighted to say that I now have no back issues.  All of that glute and pelvic floor work seems to keep the components of my lower back in the proper position.  I am fully back to my favorite active endeavors, like swimming at Easling Pool, roller skiing, running, and biking.  But the thing that I HAVE to do regularly is to go to Modus, which is the miracle-worker for me in helping to prevent another back injury!

Running Series - Continued: Running and Alternative Training

Statistics state the annual injury rate among runners as high as 85%. Times have changed...A generation or two ago if you asked a runner how they trained and what they did for their workouts, they would probably say "I run".  Some may have been a bit more sophisticated and answered with interval training or hill running, but few would have said that strength training was part of their weekly  routine... That is no longer true. There has been a change in the running world, mainly due to the high amounts of injuries associated with running. Some statistics state the annual injury rate among runners as high as 85%. So no surprise that more and more runners are realizing the tremendous benefits associated with building a strong, well balanced body. When they begin to incorporate strength building exercises their rate of injuries decreases and at the same time they become much more competitive. They are actually running less, but getting better results, sounds crazy at first until you take a hard look at the human anatomy and the biomechanics of running. Even with correct running form, the repetitive motion of running  takes it toll on body parts especially joints, tendons and bones. Our focus this month is on running and why Modus can be the answer to what so many runners are looking for: Pain Free Running. Allison Yenshaw represents a large percentage of runners that really don't enjoy typical strength training as much as do getting outside and feeling the adrenaline or endorphin rush they get from running, but realize if they don't make strengthening their core and stabilizing muscles a priority then they won't be able to enjoy their runs pain free. Read more.....

Modus Truth: Allison Yenshaw

Although Modus will never be easy for me, I know if I want to continue running & being active it's necessary.  

Why am I constantly getting injured from running?  That's what I would ask myself.  I was exercising almost daily (sometimes more than once per day!) & felt like I was in good shape.  So, what was the problem?

I was in denial for a long time because I knew the answer but didn't want to do anything about it!  I had great cardio endurance but could barely do a sit-up or push-up.  As a former collegiate athlete, our rigorous year-round training included heavy weight lifting...which I grew to despise.  So, once my college days were over, I did what I love (all cardio!) and stopped what is hard for me (strength training!).  I signed up for many running races each year but would never pick up a weight or do a plank if not forced--ha!

As I got older & after back-to-back pregnancies, my lack of strength training caught up with me.  I was constantly getting injured & knew I couldn't bury my head in the sand anymore.  I had to start strength training.  My 1st Modus class left me so sore I had to take ibuprofen for 2 nights because of the pain!  Although this made me want to never return, it also told me how ridiculously weak I was!  I decided that I would commit to Modus twice/week for a few months and see if it reduced my injuries.

Since consistently coming to Modus, I've had no major injuries & am significantly stronger!  I especially notice how much stronger my neglected upper body, abs, & glutes have become!  Although Modus will never be easy for me, I know if I want to continue running & being active it's necessary.

So, when you see me in class shaking like crazy at the barre it's a testimonial that Modus works...really works...or I wouldn't be there! ;)

-Allison Yenshaw

Spring Skirts made by our own Maureen Mawby:

Maureen – “Since I’m almost 62, I notice I have issues with balance and flexibility.  Modus has really helped me get back these key areas of wellbeing”. And she sews and makes kick-A skirts…

Maureen Mawby has been attending Modus for a year and one-half.  She loves how strong she has gotten by working out.  “Since I’m almost 62, I notice I have issues with balance and flexibility.  Modus has really helped me get back these key areas of well being.”  I love sewing, baking, singing (music education major), reading, and anything else to stay busy.

I especially love working on my parents’ heirloom apple farm, Christmas Cove Farm, in the fall.  I self taught myself to make the skirts.  I’m game for making anything on my surger.  Now on to baby items since I’m going to be a grandmother for the first time!

Maureen has been coming to Modus since the beginning.  She loves to sew and creates beautiful skits, scarves and other fun goodies.  She suggested she make a custom Modus skirt to go over leggings if you have those last minute quick errands to run.

Running and Modus45- The perfect fit:

Strengthening the hips and glutes is one of the best injury prevention measures a runner can take and Modus is a great option.

The strength training you obtain in your Modus class helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues.

Our peak running season is just around the corner, while some run year around, most wait until the temperatures and road conditions are more favorable. One of the biggest mistakes many runners make when starting back up or training for a race, is increasing their mileage too soon, and not spending enough time strengthening their entire body. Without a having a strong well balanced body you will not perform to your potential, but more importantly you risk injury.

"Strengthening the hips and glutes is one of the best injury prevention measures a runner can take."

Studies indicate that having strong hips and glutes is one of the best preventive tools a runner can have. For example, patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as runner’s knee) can be caused by hip dysfunction - weak or tight hips cause compensations elsewhere that can result in knee and even ankle injuries. Given that runners tend to experience alarmingly high injury rates, it is imperative to incorporate exercises that increase strength and stability. Your hips and glutes help to properly stabilize the motion throughout the duration of your run, if they aren’t strong then you will not only be inefficient, but you will also likely find yourself injured at some point. 

Improving hip strength and stability needs to be high on the priority list if you want to improve as a runner.

The stronger you get, the more resilient your body will become to the demands of running, that is why Modus is such a perfect compliment to hitting the pavement. The strength training you obtain in your Modus class helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues. So the next time you hear “grip your glutes” in class there really is a method to the madness!

Jesse and Jeff: A Date Night with Jeff – Jessie:

Jesse – Just by adding Modus45 training 1- 2 days a week shaved 6 minutes off her half-marathon time… 

I began Modus45 over 2 years ago and I had no idea it would change my life so dramatically. The original question you asked was how has it impacted my running, so I’ll do my best to stick to just that!

Initially, by just adding Modus45 to my training program, 1-2 times per week I shaved 6 minutes off my half-marathon time in 2015. I had run that distance before, used the same training program for all my half-marathons, the only thing I changed was introducing Modus45.

Modus45 has dramatically improved my balance and posture thanks to its focus on core strength. One thing I love about it is how simple the poses are, the difficulty lies in maintaining awareness of your entire body. My posture during the day at work and home has never been better, and I’m able to stand tall when I run now which opens up my chest and diaphragm.

Modus45 does wonders for my hips, too. I have to pay special attention to my glutes and hip flexors since my stress fracture in May. Modus45 works all the muscles my physical therapist told me to focus on for a successful transition back into running. With Modus45 as part of my routine, I know that my whole body is toned, strong and protected from injury. Modus45 is the best runner’s insurance.

I also want to include that Modus45 become a date night for Jeff and I. We love running to class together, we both get an amazing, individualized workout, then we get a cool-down run in while deciding where to go for dinner. I love how strong I feel after class, how the difficulty level is based on my participation and growth, and the physical results are amazing.

Jesse and Jeff: A Passion for Running – Jeff

Jeff – After IT Band injuries, he finally took core and stabilizing muscle training seriously.  His trick?  He integrated Modus45 into his training plan…  

Numerous times throughout my 10 years participating in long distance running, I've endured IT Band injuries that have sidelined me for weeks or even months. It was not until I started taking core and stablizer muscle training seriously, that I finally have gone almost completely injury free for the last 3 years. My trick? Integrating Modus 45 into my training plan.

Before the start of my typical 4-month marathon training, I always do Modus at least once a week for a full month. Modus focuses on all the small tiny muscle groups that make up the core, and ensures that all my stabilizer muscles are strong so that I'm not forcing my body to over compensate for weaker muscles. When muscles have to work harder to make up for weaker ones, this is usually when running related injuries happen. Modus 45 is the base I use to make sure body is ready to take on the grueling (yet fun) beating I give it for 26.2 miles. 

Another great thing that has happened since I integrated Modus into my training is that I've shaved 9 minutes off my marathon PR, to run a 3 hour 14 minute marathon in 2015. 

Overall, I think Modus 45 is an excellent way to help runners stay healthy, get faster, and look damn fine in a bathing suit”

Balance Continued - Core Strengthening:

We understand how important it is to have proper balance, but how exactly do we improve it?  

We understand how important it is to have proper balance, but how exactly do we improve it?  Automatically we think strengthen our core… right?  Yes, but what exactly is our "core"?  Most people would probably say the abdominal muscles make up our core, but that is only part of the equation. The real "core" of your body is not your abs, but it is your pelvis.  If you have poor pelvis stability or poor bio-mechanics, then the rest of your body is majorly affected.  Proper stabilizing of the pelvis is vital whether you’re an athlete or an individual wanting to perform everyday activities pain free.  It also helps prevent long term problems with knees, hips and lower back pain, which are common sites for pain and injury.  Which brings us back to the importance of our stabilizer muscles, and why so many of our clients (instructors included) have benefited from all those tiny effective "Modus Moves" in their workout routines. 

Deb Westphal - Overall Balanced Strength Is Key:

From a rod inserted in her leg from a skate skiing accident to a neck and spine fracture from a bike accident, Deb does not take her strength and the overall balanced strength in her body for granted.  

I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. At the top of my list are skate skiing in the winter and bike riding in the summer. When I added Modus to my weekly routine, not only did I gain a better awareness of my posture and increase my flexibility, but I noticed a significant improvement in my core strength and balance, which is especially needed for skate skiing. I love how Modus not only challenges the large muscles that I work all the time but also focuses on strengthening the smaller stabilizer muscles.

But it wasn't until my two major accidents did I realize the importance Modus would play in my road to recovery. 

In 2014 I was skiing the Vasa when I got tangled up with another skier and broke my leg. I had a rod inserted in my leg from my knee to my ankle, and could not bear any weight for 6 weeks, it is amazing how fast your muscles atrophy when you don't use them! When I was able to start exercising again I came back to Modus making some modifications and doing low impact. I was amazed at how quickly I started noticing my strength coming back. Soon I was back to doing all things I love, including biking. Which brings me to my second major injury. Last summer I was on a bike ride coming down a steep hill at 35 mph. It was great fun until I hit a divot in the road and was thrown over my handlebars, thankfully my helmet did it's job, but I did fracture my neck and spine. I was very fortunate that my injuries weren't any worse, I really credit my fitness level, and overall health that I didn't need surgery, but I had to wear a neck brace for a while and had to limit my physical activity for a few months. As soon as I got clearance from my doctor I was back at Modus, I had to make some modifications, and still use a ball when doing Supine Abs. 

I have always realized the importance of having a balanced body but it was during my recovery periods when it really became apparent, especially focusing on the smaller stabilizer muscles, that many forms of exercise just don't target. I'm thankful to back at the studio and can tell I am getting stronger everyday. Modus has helped me recover quicker and getting me back to doing the things I love!!!

The Modus Truth – Chris Sullivan’s Story:

Modus helped Chris be more balanced.  Not only did he beat his personal best VASA 112th place by placing 35th this year and dropping 23 minutes off his fastest time, he feels stronger and lighter on his feet.

I started taking Modus classes at the beginning of September after a debilitating back injury in the spring had kept me from doing anything more strenuous than walking most of the summer.  My hope was that Modus would help eliminate my chronic back issues and improve my flexibility and core strength.  Modus has done that and much more!  I was shocked when I started skiing this winter.  In the past, I've spent the first few weeks of the season trying to ski myself into shape. From my first ski this year, I am stronger, lighter on my feet, and more balanced. I raced the 28 km Vasa last weekend and finished with a 35th place result.  Not only did this beat my previous best 112th place finish, I also dropped 23 minutes off what had been my fastest time.

Balance – Part 2:

Attending Modus classes you often hear your instructor refer to your stabilizer muscles.  What are these things and why are they so important? Think of them as the foundation of a high-rise, your stabilizer muscles help keep your entire body balanced. They actually are necessary to keep your body up right when you’re in motion. Your musculoskeletal system has 2 generic types of muscles: movers and stabilizers. Essentially, movers are the larger muscles that are primarily known for moving your body parts, for example when you flex your bicep your elbow bends.   Most people focus on their larger more visible muscles and tend to ignore their stabilizer muscles...BIG MISTAKE!!! Over time this is one of the primary reasons for injuries.  When stabilizer muscles become weakened it is not only difficult and sometimes painful to perform tasks, but it can also lead to problems with your body alignment and can result in joint, tissue, muscle and even nerve damage. The best way to ensure that you are strengthening both your movers and your stabilizer muscles is to:

1. Do exercises slowly
2. Use low weights and more reps
3. Do exercises that require balance

This is exactly where Modus comes in, the exercises in all 3 Modus classes are designed to be a full body workout, with an extra emphasize on the stabilizers.  When you consistently incorporate an exercise program that has a holistic approach you will be amazed with the results.

Magic Modus:  Balance:

The simple act of balancing over gravity as you exercise, for one thing, mimics sports activities more so than does sitting on a bunch of exercise machines. Studies conducted over the past decade support this idea.  When their subjects trained in free-standing exercise, they had better results than when they sat at machines – now known as functional training.  As defined by former Olympic coast John Philbin, functional exercise “improve(s) sports performance” by teaching you to “use multiple muscles and joints” and to “stay balanced.”  Add a bar to this concept and you’ve got a way to work simultaneously on balance, coordination and strength.  To put it another way, you’ve got functional exercise on steroids.  In Modus thigh-work, for example, students use their thighs, hamstrings, glutes, calves and back muscles all in one exercise.  In fold-over they use their pecs, deltoids, abs, hip-flexors and thighs.   This multi-tasking format improves balance much more quickly than other exercises.

From Kelley Peterson:

It is a funny thing about pain and chronic injuries but when you are so used to having it when it is gone it takes you a while to notice. That is how it was with Modus. I am not sure how long I had been attending classes but one day I realized I could not remember the last time I had taken ibuprofen because my knees were not hurting.

Then ski season came around and again I noticed improvements from years past. Not only was I stronger in my upper body but, my core strength had improved considerably which in turn improved my balance skiing. In addition I have seen improvement in my flexibility and endurance from the Modus MIC classes, which are my favorite.

Last winter I decided to stop taking all my joint supplements to see if my knee pain would return and I am happy to report it did not. I credit Modus and all the small moves working to improve the strength of my knee stabilizer muscles that has got me back to pain free running and skiing.

Sarah Shotwell

I have to admit that I really didn't want to do the Modus Challenge this fall. I just didn't know if I could commit the time it takes to go to Modus 3x a week and the extra time it would take to do the nutrition challenge. I am so glad I did! Thanks to my dear friend Krissy Kernan, who loves a little competition, I did sign up for both the Modus Challenge and the nutrition Challenge with David Zalucha. I started attending Modus 4 x a week, I knew if I was going to give Kelley Petterson, super active, super athletic, Modus Queen, a run for her money, I was going to have to go to classes more than 3 x a week. At first it was really hard to find the time to go 4 x a week and my body was tired and sore, but as the weeks went on and I got in a groove, 4 x a week was doable. My body was becoming very flexible, my arms and legs were more lean and toned, and I could feel all my muscles engaging and doing what they were supposed to be doing in all the exercises. My energy increased and I could almost see my abs, almost. The Nutrition challenge with David Zalucha was also something to which I was afraid I could not commit. After the first meet-up and signing on to the My Macros app I thought there is no way I have time to be planning meals, weighing all my food, and logging everything I ate. The first few days were challenging, I did take time to weigh everything I ate and log each ingredient I used. It also was hard to balance my carb, protein, and fat intake, but again, as the weeks went on, it became a habit and did not really take that much time, maybe an extra half hour a day. At first my weight was also jumping all over the place. Some days my carb intake was way too high and my weight would jump up. Other days my fat intake was too high and again the weight would jump up. But after about three weeks of learning to eat more balanced meals, higher protein meals, lots of veggies, and a ton of water, the weight started to drop. And guess what? I lost 8 pounds in 6 weeks. I was over the moon! This program really does work! My workout partner Krissy actually got to her goal weight in just one week by diligently tracking her food. I was a little more lax and had some cocktails, and Halloween candy, and cheese, lots of cheese, but learning to know what my fat, carb, and protein goals were really made a difference. I also started to learn how much 4 ounces of chicken or 15 grams of a carb looked like without having to measure everything. I was so thrilled that I made the commitment to my health and myself to do this challenge this fall. It was so worth every minute and every ounce of energy I put into it.

The Modus Truth - Cecelia Irwin:

Cecelia is a Holistic Health Coach, Educator for Beautycounter, a mom of four kids

( 7 year old daughter and 3 year old triplets - two boys and a girl), and a Modus student.  Cecelia is sharing Beautycounter goody bags for next weeks challenge winners.  Read more…

I always loved living a healthy lifestyle and being active but, after giving birth to my trio I decided to leave my full time job to pursue something more flexible and inline with my passion for wellness. Two years ago I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition receiving my certification as a Holistic Health Coach-I love connecting with likeminded mommas and sharing all things wellness which is where Beautycounter came into my life.

Beautycounter is a mission-based company focusing on education and getting safer products into everyone’s homes. As a Health Coach I was eating healthy, working out, focusing on mindset but, had no idea how unregulated the personal care industry was-the last law passed was in 1938 and we only ban 11 chemicals in the United States; after learning this I knew I wanted to be part of the change and haven’t looked back!

I love Modus45 for so many reasons and am so grateful for the community here. The workout is fun and I feel like it actually gets harder the more I come to class (which I love), the instructor and clients are always so welcoming and encouraging!

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