A free posture and flexibility fitness class meets Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the John W. Hart building room 234. The class is open for all who wish to join with no sign or commitment.
Winter 2014 is the first semester this class is being offered.
Joseph Jones, a senior studying exercise physiology and a certified personal trainer, is the creator and instructor for the class.
Jones said the class is useful for everyone, but geared especially for those who experience any pain in their knees, ankles or lower back.
He said the class will help to improve movement and flexibility and decrease joint and back pain.
“I want to train proper movement mechanics to where things don’t hurt,” Jones said. “Generally, the pain that we have can be corrected if we train proper movement and proper posture in the way that we are sitting and using our joints.”
Jones said that although the class might seem to appeal to a more mature audience than the average college student, it is beneficial to people of all ages.
“The truth is I find the same movement patterns in the youngest of young,” Jones said. “We even have these among people who consider themselves to be well fit,” Jones said.
Jones said common joint or back pain that occurs after physical activity is often misdiagnosed. He said a slight movement dysfunction could be what is causing the pain.
Jones said he combines isometric stretching and deep-tissue massage techniques to “hunt for good pain” to make uncomfortable positions comfortable and more flexible.
He said throughout the class these practices are meant to increase flexibility in the joints and eliminate pain.
Jones said the posture and flexibility class usually functions with participants, made of BYU-Idaho students and faculty.
Jones said the small gro setting allows him to provide individual attention based on the specific needs of each member participating in the class.
“I feel like its going to physical therapy for free,” said Lisa Robison, a wellness activities and competitive sports advisor at BYU-Idaho and a class participant.
Robison said the fitness class provides knowledge and hands-on application that can be used at home.
“I don’t have to pay to go see a physical therapist to put me through these motions,” Robison said. “Now I am learning them first hand, and now I can go home and participate in these activities on my own.”
Jones first demonstrates each position and movement with an explanation of its purpose.
He said he observes how every one of the students in the class accomplishes the exercises in order to determine his instruction.
Students in the class said they were pleased with the amount of flexibility and comfort they were experiencing as they performed the final movements in the posture and flexibility class.
“The lack of pain when running after training with these moves should blow your mind,” Jones said.