Promoting health through fitness

Core or More classes designed to strengthen the mid-body
By: Eileen Wilson Special to The Press-Tribune
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The only way you’re going to get ready to do it, is to do it,” said Ryan Bailey, owner of Healthy Concepts in Roseville. And residents of Roseville and surrounding communities are doing it every Friday and Saturday morning – working out, that is. In a small studio on Vernon Street, hearty souls give up their Friday and Saturday mornings to join Bailey in his Core and More class. Though age and fitness levels vary, everyone in shorts or yoga pants has the same goal – better overall health. Bailey said the Core and More class is designed to strengthen the mid-section of the body, or the core, and does so by using your own body’s resistance, as well as equipment like Swiss balls, medicine balls, strength bands and more. But you don’t have to be an athlete to take core classes. “Anyone at any level can join – we can make modifications,” Bailey said. “The classes really motivate people because it’s a good group, and knowing they have a Friday morning class gets them out exercising. It’s about accountability.” Class sizes are small, ranging from three or four to a maximum of 12. “I don’t like having 30 people in a class. It’s hard to do adjustments,” Bailey said. With an advanced degree in health promotion and wellness, and a certificate in holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching, Bailey floats around the room while his clients sweat to classic-rock tunes emanating from the studio’s sound system. A touch here, a comment or word of encouragement there, Bailey seemingly can recognize a slack abdominal muscle or improper form at a glance, and is quick to give advice and gentle direction. But exercise is only a small part of Bailey’s plan to lead his flock to better health. “Sleep and nutrition is 80 percent of a person’s health,” Bailey said. “We’re so geared in our society toward exercise. Ultimately, if you pay more attention to lifestyle and nutrition, the weight will come off.” Healthy Concepts encourages both holistic nutrition and exercise, and Bailey believes the secret to sound nutrition is education. Bailey offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, as well as group classes, like the Back to Basics Nutrition Program, meant to share sound principles with men and women who want to take ownership of their health. Courses are designed to help clients make better food choices, like healthy snack options, how to avoid common food mistakes and more. Bailey assures clients they will not have to give up favorites like chocolate. “It’s the choices you make 80 or 90 percent of the time that are going to define your health,” he said. Healthy eating is natural for Bailey. As a child growing up in Monterey, he ate nothing but organic foods, and accompanied his mom on runs and in jazzercise classes. “I’ve always had a passion for the lifestyle – I live it, I don’t just talk about it,” he said. He works with clients in one-on-one, custom fitness programs, and likens himself to a coach on an athletic team. “They play the game, I just coach them,” he said. “I’m here to support, to motivate. To me, success is results and making a difference. You’re changing people’s lives.” Bailey has many success stories, which include a fair amount of weight loss for his clients. But weight loss isn’t the real issue. In his eyes, the most important issue is overall health. “You don’t have to be a toothpick to be healthy,” he said. An important part of Bailey’s program is in the customization. “If they (clients) say they only have 30 minutes two times a week, we have to make the most out of what they have to work with,” he said. “It’s about finding solutions. People come up with reasons why they can’t (work out). I’m here to provide active options.” Bailey’s clients range from child athletes, to men and women in their 70s. Some people, he claims, are ready to make a drastic lifestyle change, but for the most part, people need gradual change. “That’s what coaching is about – getting the most out of someone without flipping them upside down entirely,” Bailey said. “We take our time. We realize it’s a journey. We start with the most important things.” Marcy Brower, a yoga devotee and Core and More regular, has been taking Bailey’s classes for a few years, first at a small studio where Bailey was a trainer, and recently at the Healthy Concepts studio. “I’m a runner,” she said pointing at her lower abdominals. “It gets you stronger here, and makes you concentrate on other individual muscles. The beauty about coming every week is we concentrate on a different muscle group each time.” Brower, who looks like an advertisement for a yoga magazine in her flashy tie-dyed, bell-bottom yoga pants and trim physique, swears by Bailey’s training. “Even when you think you’re in the best of shape, when you start concentrating on a specific muscle, you start using it in a different way. And the fun of it is you’re doing it all with fun people – people of like minds.” Bailey admits with the busy lives so many of his clients lead, it’s not an easy task to find time for a healthy lifestyle. But he encourages it, nonetheless. “What do all other things matter if you’re not here? Nothing matters if you don’t have your health,” he said.