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Joanne Bedwell

Joanne cycling What inspired you to teach?
First teaching experience was when I was 14. From age 14 to 18 I taught tumbling, ballet, and jazz dance classes to 3-7year-olds at the dance studio where I trained.  In 1997 I became a physical therapist. “Teaching” is a fundamental component of physical therapy. I can get a patient started on the road to recovery. It is up to them to take it forward. About 15 years ago I was encouraged by my SPIN instructor to start teaching. I jumped in and loved it. Since then I have added Athletic Conditioning and GRIT to my repertoire.

 

What 3 things do you specialize in as a teacher?

  1. I bring my physical therapist self with me to every class; helping participants achieve optimal postures and body mechanics throughout their fitness training.
  2. Everything is modifiable to meet the participant’s level or functional constraints. I like to work with participants to help them get most from their group fitness experience at a level that works for them and their goals.
  3. Balance training. I am passionate about the benefits of balance training for core and functional stability. I even manage to work in some balance work with the end of SPIN class stretching.


Degrees & Certifications:

Master of Physical Therapy Chapman University 1997
Licensed Physical Therapist, California (1997)
Certified SPIN instructor (2002)
Certified GRIT instructor - 30- minute high-intensity interval training classes (2016)

Specializations:

Injury prevention and rehabilitation
Functional training
Ergonomics Postural training/body mechanics
Balance and fall prevention

Philosophy:

Every movement starts from a strong and stable core with optimal postures and positioning. Balance training is an integral part of the core and functional training. Declining balance is NOT a normal part of aging but we often let it be so and accept it as such.

I strive to give each participant the tools to achieve their goals whether that is becoming pain-free, more fit, or stronger.

QUOTE:

This moment is all about you. What can you give today…now… to take your training to the next level? No judgments about yesterday. No worrying about tomorrow. What can you give yourself right now?

Describe the environment in your class

I will challenge you to take your training to the next level while understanding that some days it all one can do just to get to the gym.