Mike graduated from Montana State University in 2015 with a degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science. During his time at MSU he studied applied sports biomechanics and adaptions of anaerobic exercise abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Mike is a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been training since 2011. His training involves around the motto of “Just Keep Moving” and focuses on progressing through fundamental movement patterns.
Outside of the studio, Mike plays club soccer in Bozeman and is an avid fly fisherman and disc golf junkie.
Brain grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has always enjoyed running on the beaches and on the coastal mountain trails of California.
He studied Environmental Design at UC Santa Cruz, and spent 30 years designing and building Solar Homes.
His father was a Fencing Maestro and Brian also became a Maestro, competing, teaching, and coaching at Montana State University. He also taught skiing for many years. More recently, his Yoga Practice became a career, and he is now a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, and teaches at the Ridge Athletic Club in Bozeman, Montana.
Brian stopped running after tearing his ACL in 2002. Three knee surgeries and five years later, he decided to start running again. He decided to learn to run again using the ChiRunning principles. After so many years of teaching good posture and how to move from their center, ChiRunning seemed to be the natural extension of what he was already teaching about movement theory.
Brian teaches ChiRunning to all ages and levels of ability. He finds joy in helping others learn to walk and run with more energy and less injury.
Talking about Mike’s creativity
Different body shapes – different challenges
You Get OUT What You Put IN!
What is “exercise science”
Why are most activities geared towards children?
We need to “keep going” as adults as well
We get one body in this life. How do we take care of it?!
Story about George (Parking Garage)
Call about professional athletes
Text about lactic acid build up
Text about wife being a specific diet that tells her NOT to exercise.
Call from Gary Stoner
compliments about workouts
he observes us doing
Text following up on Lactic Acid
Discussion on the role of a personal trainer
What can Mike do to have a bigger influence
Introduction to Brian
Brian feels great when exercising talks about ChiRunnings inventor Danny Dryer
Children run naturally
As we get older – we change – unhealthier
Use of Metronome – our body loves Rhyth
About 180 foot-falls/minute = 90 strides
Full Food Landing – not heel strikes
Using Gravity – Gravity Fighting
Emphasis on Core strength, not feet
Chi-Center: 3 inches below Belly Button 2 inches inside
There is a vertical alignment but also in movement
1 fist width between feet – pointed forward
Skeleton is suspended by the muscles
What holds us up: back of the spine muscles
Jacobus explains ChiRunning and why he cannot run anymore – wants to learn
Brian: Stretching from feet upwards (connective tissue)
muscles are stretched after the run
It is hard to be empty-minded – but can you be single-minded? i.e. focus on breathing
Brian talks about how he teaches
Talks about fencing
How do you become Maestro?
Teaching “Beauty in Motion
Recap of the show so far
Extending and Expanding the spine