“Your quality of life improves with RIM. It begins with a closer connection to your body, which starts to feel much more comfortable. You will also handle stress more effectively and retain agility for a longer period of your life. Best of all, you will increase your longevity.” –Revolution in Motion website
When you’re a personal trainer or a fitness studio, you’re always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. You choose a certain group to focus on (male, female, pregnant, teen) or create a new trendy class. There is so much competition that if you don’t differentiate, you’re lost.
So when I heard about Alex at Revolution in Motion (RIM) in NYC and what he does with his clients, my curiosity was piqued. There was no “next trend exercise class” or demographic qualifiers. The personal training that happens at RIM is based on science, focusing on the body as a whole and fixing pain and injuries. Right up my alley.
Alex Kalinkos is a trainer at RIM and a friend-of-a-friend who invited me to a training session with him. I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is that one of the first things he was going to do was ask me to walk back and forth, catwalk style, so he could pinpoint where I was having pain and that we’d be barefoot the whole time. I met Alex once before so I wasn’t going on a complete “blind trainer date” and when he told me he loved my book and his training operates in the same fashion, I felt right at home.
So what’s the first thing I do with him? Walk in front of him like I’m on the catwalk, but without the flare. You have to walk as normal as possible so he can find your imbalances. He nailed mine. I was impressed.
The rest of our session focused on balance and connecting my mind and body through balance and strength exercises (which made me feel confident when Alex confirmed that I have a strong connection). We did exercises on the Bosu balls and angled boards, focusing on the feet first and moving to the core—the philosophy of RIM. I felt lighter, stronger, and focused—all with extremely low-impact exercises.
Alex doesn’t know this yet (well now he does when he reads this), but I’ve decided he’s MY trainer and I want to learn everything he knows. I’ve already incorporated the exercises he’s given me for my pains and have been doing research to help my clients with their pains.
Alex was amazing enough not only to train me, but to provide me with an explanation of RIM and what it can do for you.
So what is RIM? “RIM‘s advanced exercise program empowers you to reach your highest level faster, safer, longer than any method available. This scientifically designed, tested and proven system lets you achieve peak performance with less effort, whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or Monday morning quarterback.”
I believe this because Alex is extremely muscular and told me he hasn’t lifted more than 8lb. weights in 3 years. What?? Plus they trained the entire cast of Superman on Broadway and professional athletes (Yankee players go here).
Using unstable surfaces, RIM is a series of movements and exercise that are designed to lengthen the spine, rewire the body to move efficiently, powerfully and gracefully. It is to develop your true self, your true body. When a body is integrated you will have a pain free, energetically unblocked, neurologically facilitated, emotionally balanced, toned, powerful “machine.”
The backstory. RIM was designed by Dr. Edythe Heus as she saw a need in the industry: As a chiropractor, no exercise system was available to advance a patient between visits, or to hold the adjustment. Key points that make up the RIM philosophy: “Honor the brilliance of our body, work in the nervous system, everything starts with the feet and treat the body as one functional integrated unit.” The key word there is integrate; RIM is designed to integrate your body.
Pain relief. The first steps to pain relief is to activate any muscles that are shut off, rewire or rebalance over active muscles (muscles in compensation), and allow the body to return to the efficient machine that it is. Most of this starts in the feet. When our feet are asleep we are going to move in a compensatory pattern that is, over time, going to cause us pain or injury. RIM taps into the nervous system to achieve this waking up and rewiring of the body. To do this we must provide novelty for the brain, this is why we use unstable surfaces and angled boards so that the body has to think and develop a dialogue between muscles. When the proprioceptors are doing their jobs, muscles, joints, tendons and all the fascia in between are going to communicate to each other and will be forced to function in an integrated manner to achieve the most efficient and pain free movement.
Once the feet are awake, we next look to the abs. RIM has a different idea about the core, we really focus on the lower abs (pyramidalis, in Chinese martial arts its referred to as the lower dantian) and we teach and wire this area to “hollow.” This is where movement should be driven from. I like to refer to the lower abs as the captain and commander of movement. This title comes with a price as the hip flexors, adductors, and lower back love to dominate our movement! However when one of these 3 rebels dominates movement the pelvis is never in an optimal position so it is impossible to lengthen the spine correctly and limits proper shoulder mechanics.
When the feet are active, the abs hollowed, then the spine is free to lengthen and our head is free to float. The spine should be mobile and agile, like a spring twig. This will help you tap into the AGM (anti-gravity muscles) which are a series of muscles (serratus anterior being the big one) that help develop a torso lift. There is a belief that the upper body is a passenger unit from the lower body. This does not make sense to us! The torso is designed to lift itself and to carry its own weight so the legs are able to move quicker and more efficiently (just watch any sprinters torso).
Bottom line: If you have pain or injuries, want to achieve peak performance through low-impact exercise, or want a new way of training, Revolution in Motion is worth checking out. Click here for the website. Studios are in NYC and LA with private training sessions and group classes. I can’t wait to incorporate even more from these incredible trainers (certification for me in the future?). They’re different—they care–and they know what the heck they’re doing.