Moving Well Podcast

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Jan 26, 2017

In this two-part interview, Janet and Nikki talk with Joe Hook, CSCS and Director of Human Performance, about how to start and sustain a lifting program that will get you results, but also minimizes the risk of injury.

In this episode, they cover:

  • What to look for in a resistance training coach
  • The importance of good movement patterning, mobility, posture and breath for heavy lifting
  • Using different forms of exercise for a well rounded fitness program
  • Why different body types (stiff vs hypermobile) will have different form considerations and programming needs
  • When to use a bony lock vs neutral alignment
  • Ideal foot and hip mechanics during squatting (and the common cause of butt winking)
  • How bodyweight training can help you lift heavy while reducing your risk of injury

About Joe Hook, CSCS, USAW

Joe is the Director of Human Performance for Real Human Performance (Cincinnati, Ohio). His background is in sports performance training, and he works with clients ranging from professional athletes to the average person. His training philosophy is rooted in improving movement patterns and stress resiliency.

For more information, visit his website at or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

Jan 19, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Trina Altman, creator of Pilates Deconstructed™, Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Trainer and movement educator, about how to increase longevity and reduce your risk of injury in your yoga practice.

They cover:

  • Trina's journey from the corporate and fashion world to teaching movement today
  • How deconstructing yoga poses can give you a better workout and help support a more traditional yoga practice
  • The importance of stability and mobility for reducing the risk of  pain or injury + why it's especially important for yogis
  • Why Pilates and yoga are fantastic compliments to one another
  • How to use self-care tools like the Yoga Tune Up® Therapy balls to reduce stress and increase body awareness

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Trina's class and workshop schedule

Trina Altman, E-RYT 500, YACEP, PMA®-CPT, STOTT PILATES® certified instructor

Trina leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and Rx Series for Equinox locally and internationally. She is the creator of Pilates Deconstructed™ an innovative interdisciplinary approach that fosters an embodied understanding of Pilates and its relationship to modern movement science.

While at Brown University, Trina took a Kripalu yoga class which ignited her passion for the practice. Emphasizing the importance of inner focus, she teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings across the country. She has presented at Kripalu, PURE YOGA® NYC, Cal-a-Vie Spa, SYTAR, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, ECA, UCLA and multiple yoga conferences.

Her teaching fosters body cognition and self-discovery, firmly grounded in anatomical awareness. Trina builds bridges between the mystical and the pragmatic, and specializes in helping others to access their body’s tissues and their heart’s purpose. Trina works out of Los Angeles at Equinox and The Moving Joint. Find her at or say hello on Facebook or Instagram.

Jan 12, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Taylor Lamanna, Balanced Body Pilates Educator about her experience working with clients with spinal cord injuries through the CR Johnson Healing Center / High Fives Foundation.

They discuss:

  • What it means to be a movement optimist
  • How Pilates can compliment the rehab process to help people recover function after a spinal cord injury
  • What a Pilates session for someone with a spinal cord injury might look like
  • Continuing education options (and challenges) when seeking more information to work with spinal cord injuries

Correction: Client referenced with transverse myelitis is a psychiatrist, not a physiatrist.

About Taylor Lamanna

As an adventurer at heart, Taylor brings her life experiences and caring personality into her almost 15 years of teaching Pilates. She began her passionate career at a young age, after years of extensive ballet training and received her comprehensive Pilates training through Core Dynamics.

Soon after, Taylor opened her Pilates studio, InnerPeace Pilates in the suburbs of Chicago. During it's successful 8 years of operation Taylor became a Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance, a Master Trainer with Balanced Body Education, and opened her second business, InnerPeace Retreats. 

Looking to spread her wings she relocated to beautiful, Lake Tahoe, NV. This move has helped Taylor start her transition into specializing in working with clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries or who have neurological conditions at Purely Pilates in Reno, NV and at the CR Johnson Healing Center/ High Fives Foundation in Truckee, CA. She has seen the healing capabilities of Pilates transform so many lives and looks forward to sharing this gift with as many people as she can.

To connect with Taylor say hello on Facebook or send her an email at

Jan 5, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Jenna Dodge, MS Health Promotion and Wellness and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) about how to train like a professional athlete and improve performance, while reducing your risk of injury.

They cover:

  • How a certain amount of asymmetry can make you better at your sport
  • The one thing that high performing athletes do differently in their training to gain a competitive edge (it's not what you think)
  • Why recovery is as important as your workout
  • How to create a well rounded athletic training program
  • The role of movement patterns and neuromuscular development in athletic performance

About Jenna Dodge, MS Health Promotion

While it wasn't until 2006, Jenna has been preparing almost her whole life to work in the wellness industry. She studied Community Health Education before pursuing a Masters at University of West Florida (UWF) in Health Promotion and Wellness specializing in fitness and nutrition.

While pursuing her masters Jenna engaged every opportunity including - a graduate assistant for UWF, fitness supervisor for UWF, owning/managing a gymnastics company, and teaching fitness classes.

Immediately following her graduation, Jenna completed her dual internship with the Veterans Affairs working on employee wellness and organizational health. After her internship Jenna worked at U of M Hospital studying transitional therapy as Dr. McCune’s assistant.

In March 2011, Jenna moved to the Tampa area and became Fitness Coordinator for Manatee County Government where she oversaw and implemented multiple fitness and wellness programs.

Jenna has worked with elite athletes on all levels including professional sports. She has trained in several modalities which help reduce the risk of injury and enhance performance, including Relief Through Rolling, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and Functional Movement Screening.

Additionally, she is an ambassador for Fabletics, was awarded Best of the Bay Personal Trainer in 2015, is a master trainer for ReXist360. She is opening her own studio in 2017.

To connect with Jenna, say hello on on Facebook or Instagram.