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Q: What is Arogium?
A: Arogium is a multi-disciplinary exercise system that uses human resistance in place of traditional exercise equipment. A client performs an exercise while the exercise therapist applies variable resistance both during the concentric and eccentric phases of movement. The client focuses on inducing controlled intensity from the targeted muscles while maintaining proper form, focused breathing, a relaxed facial expression and a smooth, controlled speed of movement from start to finish. Arogium understands although there are as many types and gradations of physical intelligence as there are of mental intelligence, a lean, healthy appearance is one of the simplest to learn and accomplish.
Q: How does it compare to other exercise disciplines?
A: A basic tenet of Arogium is that that all types and forms of movement and body work have merit and are ever evolving. This is why Arogium synthesizes exercises and techniques from various global disciplines and individualizes them for each client to help them achieve balanced physical and mental well being. The primary difference between Arogium and any existing exercise discipline is the use of another human to provide dynamic resistance. Arogium exercise therapist resistance provides several advantages to other types of resistance methods alone (i.e. weights, machines, bands, self).
· Unlimited Choice of Movements – The therapist can provide muscular resistance within any type of movement to which the body and joints are capable. The therapist is able to specify an individual range of motion for every single joint to maximize effectiveness while preventing injury from over extending. Unlimited movement and range of motion options provide for greater customization which leads to accelerated results.
· Variable Resistance - The therapist can dynamically adjust resistance to allow targeted muscles to work equally throughout an exercise until reaching the appropriate fatigue that will allow for positive adaptive changes. For example, the therapist can increase resistance during the eccentric portion of an exercise where muscles are capable of handling approximately 40% more resistance than during the concentric portion. The therapist also can reduce resistance at sticking points in an exercise caused by lack of leverage where the client would normally finish before the reaching the appropriate fatigue of the targeted muscles. This ability to apply various levels of resistance throughout various ranges of motion helps efficiently create lean, balanced muscle tone.
· Human interaction – Arogium requires a level of coordination and focus between the client performing the exercise and the therapist providing resistance to create a balance between contraction and control within a movement. This interaction allows for improvements in neuromuscular execution; the quickness, accuracy and efficiency with which muscles execute what the mind tells them to do. Arogium movements can be precise and technical, but with the guidance of the Arogium instructor you are able to correct and control your form, giving you optimal benefits with fewer repetitions.
If you had to choose between a sophisticated machine or a Medical Massage Therapist to receive your ideal massage today, what would be your decision? How about 200 years from now? You would always choose the Medical Massage Therapist because no machine can sense and make adjustments to the variables found within a human body like another human being. Why shouldn't this thinking apply to exercise as well?
Q: How is Arogium customized for the individual?
A: The Arogium instructor creates a customized program for the client based on responses to a comprehensive questionnaire and evaluation, which identifies the wants, needs, likes, dislikes, activities and learning style of the individual.
Wants - desired results from Arogium [e.g. look better for my spouse, have more energy for the family after work, increase muscle definition (i.e. flatter abdominals, tighter glutes, firmer chest and tone arms etc.) and preparation for critical dates (e.g. wedding, reunion, etc.)
Needs - necessary results from Arogium (e.g. lose x lbs of fat, reduce muscular tension and stress, stop the mind from racing, reduce/eliminate back and neck pain, strengthen lower back and neck muscles, increase hamstring flexibly etc.). The Arogium exercise therapist also addresses needs that a client might not be aware of based on observation during sessions. ( hip alignment, postural alignment etc.)
Likes and Dislikes - of previous experience with different types of physical and mental disciplines [e.g. specific exercises, level of physical effort and mental focus required, measure of progress assessments, ambiance (i.e. use and types of music, lighting, aromas etc.)
Learning Style - understanding how a client learns movement and creating sessions that are results based and fun. (e.g. I don't like to exercise, I like/don't like yoga, weights, running, dance etc.)
Occupation and Activities - Arogium prepares you for movement in your life. Any occupation or activity that integrates the mind and the body would receive an improvement in performance, mental toughness, thinking and dexterity. While that is the direct benefit your indirect benefit is becoming a more alert, engaged and alive human being. If you want to be a better dancer, yoga practitioner, climber, chef, golfer, tennis player, swimmer, painter, sculptor, biker, musician, singer, surgeon, architect et. al., Arogium is your answer.
The key to success in any activity is consistency. We find that people are more likely to be consistent in an activity if they enjoy the experience. Over the course of the program, the Arogium instructor will refine the program based on client feedback and the exercise therapist's observation.
Q: What are the benefits of Arogium?
A: Arogium offers greater overall health to practitioners. Arogium utilizes techniques from multiple disciplines, synthesizing and customizing them for each client to target desired goals whether it be lowering body fat, increasing muscle tone, improving mental acuity and/or reducing stress. The individual is the primary focus of the exercise therapist. From the moment a client walks in the door, the exercise therapist begins the process of assessing specific areas of growth a client might need work on, whether it be posture, focus, or strength. The effectiveness and efficiency of the Arogium exercise therapist based resistance training along with the custom tailored one on one instruction reduces the time required to help clients reach their wellness goals.
Body fat loss
Relief from stress and muscular tension
Improved joint, bone and vertebral stability, relief from lower back and neck pain
Improved muscle tonus, lean body mass and body sculpture
Increased strength and endurance
Increased muscular, cardiovascular, and pulmonary recovery ability
Increased resistance to injuries
Improved cardiovascular health: (improved blood pressure, improved cardiac output, stroke volume, and
Improved neuromuscular efficiency, coordination
Improved pulmonary efficiency
Increased bone density, prevention of osteoporosis
Increased HDL cholesterol and decreased LDL cholesterol
Improved insulin sensitivity
Improved sexual function
Q: For whom is Arogium suited?
Arogium is designed for anyone young or old, athletic or non athletic wanting to improve their overall physical and mental health. Arogium is especially convenient for busy professionals who need to take a quick break from their tasks and projects and return focused, toned and energized.
Q: How is an Arogium session organized?
The standard Arogium session is clinically comprised of exercises or movements based on the specific wants, needs and goals of the individual. Some exercises target identified areas for improvement while others work the overall body for increased neuromuscular strength, endurance, recovery, execution, balance and flexibility. The individual performs each movement until the appropriate muscle fatigue to create positive adaptive changes. The exercise therapist records the type of exercise, the order of exercises and muscular contraction time. Accuracy in record keeping is an important aspect in assessing and tracking client progress. Keeping track of muscular contraction repetitions is not as accurate as keeping track of muscular contraction time. e.g. a client completes 8 repetitions of an exercise, the same 8 reps timed yields a muscular contraction time of 1min & 30sec, the same client on the same exercise a week later completes 12 repetitions of the exercise, the same 12 reps timed yields a muscular contraction time of 1min & 15sec, the client did more work at 8 reps than at 12 reps but we would not have known unless we had timed the length of muscular contraction
The emphasis in Arogium is smooth control, beginning and ending with controlled intensity while maintaining form. The client prepares for movement on each exercise with natural deep breathing, identifying and neurologically feeling the muscle she will be working and visualizing perfect form. Ideal form in Arogium consists of a focused mind, slow (varied speeds depending on the range of motion), smooth movement of the contracted working muscles, and an otherwise relaxed body. The exercise should appear the same from beginning to end. Performing the exercise in perfect form optimizes safety and reduces the time required for the muscle to fatigue, decreasing workout time. The mental focus and stimulation trains you to think sharper and helps you make better decisions day to day.
1. Breathing - using measured and deliberate breaths, nasal or open mouth, slackened jaw, full lung breathing, no noises or faces, Simulate parasympathetic breathing patterns. Make breathing voluntary (as opposed to autonomic).
2. State - prepare the mind for exercise using mind puzzles/meditation
3. Movement - fluid, legato (not staccato), uniform, focused on the origin of contraction as opposed to the indirect motion, changes in direction (velocity) should be imperceptible yet immediate. Make movement autonomic and voluntary.
4. Finish - muscular equilibrium, balance, harmony, muscular movement becomes stasis with grace, continue to contract in stasis then relax under control .
Q: Arogium Revīv™
A second type of Arogium session, which can be included periodically as part of the standard Arogium program or as a standalone session. It combines exercise with active flexibility in which the individual contracts and then completely relaxes a targeted muscle (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). The instructor provides dynamic resistance during muscle contraction and an extended stretch during muscle relaxation. The same process is used for all the major muscles of the body, leaving your body feeling longer, leaner, and massaged.
Arogium Revīv requires the individual to have continuous mental focus and coordination with controlled physical exertion. Arogium Revīv is designed to increase tonus, energy, flexibility and mobility while alleviating stress, fatigue, soreness and lethargy. Revīv allows for present and active relaxation; learning to have calm yet focused mind while controlling movement. Clients feel as if they are in an active state of sleep, like a custom tailored exercise massage with a spa vibe.
Q: What do I wear?
Arogium clients either wear their outfit of the day, clothing that is comfortable or change into exercise apparel at the studio;, no sneakers needed. Arogium sessions are designed so that there is virtually no perspiration. You can immediately go back to your day feeling energized and productive.
Q: How do I get started?