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Power Poses

Your body posture CAN impact your emotional state.

By Emily Creamer Collins, Master Personal Trainer
Worcester Fitness Personal Training

Have you ever found yourself making an assumption about someone based entirely on what they look like? I’m not talking about summing up a person by the clothes they’re wearing, that’s not what I mean.

What I mean is, have you ever judged someone by how they were carrying themselves?

And before you say, ‘No, I’d NEVER judge someone based on how they look!’ let’s try a little experiment.

Worcester Fitness Power Poses Blog
"...Close your eyes and picture someone walking into the room."

Subject 1

Close your eyes and picture someone walking into the room. Imagine this person hunched forward and frowning, looking down at the floor. They sit down in a chair and cross their ankles while also folding their arms across their chest. Their head down and their eyes looking down at the floor.
 
What kind of reaction are you having to this person? Do you want to talk to them? Do you want to find out more about them?

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"...But this time, they are standing up tall and smiling..."

Subject 2

Now picture that very same person walking into that very same room. But this time, they are standing up tall and smiling – teeth and all – and looking right at you. They sit down in a chair, plant both feet on floor and raise their arms to clasp their hands behind their head, still looking at you with a big smile.
 
What kind of reaction are you having to this person? Do you want to talk to them? Do you want to find out more about them?
 
I would definitely want to get to know the person from the second scenario! I’ll admit it – I would be put off by the body language exhibited by the person in the first scenario.
 
Would you?
 
Body language tells us a lot about people. That’s not news to you, I’m sure. But what may surprise you is that YOUR OWN body language tells YOUR OWN mind how to feel. Your posture literally sets the stage for your emotions.
 
Consider the case of Amy Cuddy.

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Photograph by Fred Field
Amy Joy Casselberry Cuddy (born July 27, 1972) is an American social psychologist, author and lecturer known for her research on stereotyping and discrimination, emotions, power, nonverbal behavior, and the effects of social stimuli on hormone levels.

What is a Power Pose

This Harvard Business School social psychologist is famous for a TED talk promoting the idea that “a person can, by assuming two simple one-minute poses, embody power and instantly become more powerful.” The so-called “power pose” is characterized by “open, expansive postures.” Cuddy and her collaborators report that such posing can change your mood by changing hormone levels.
 
When you’re in a “closed” position, like the one we described in the first scenario with ankles and arms crossed in front of your body – you’re in a low power pose. Your stress hormone, cortisol, increases and your confidence-building hormone, testosterone, decreases. (Yes, ladies, you have testosterone too). Other lower power poses can include placing a hand over your neck, slumping forward at the table, even standing with feet and arms crossed in front of your body.
 
When you’re in an “open” position, like the one described in the second scenario with both feet squarely on the ground, arms up and open, and a big smile – you’re in a high power pose. Your cortisol is decreasing rapidly and your testosterone is increasing, making you feel more confident. Other high power poses can include sitting with one ankle crossed over the opposite knee, standing with feet wide apart and hands on hips (many people call this the Wonder Woman pose).

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"Your cortisol is decreasing rapidly and your testosterone is increasing, making you feel more confident."

Non-Verbal Displays

Cuddy describes this theory:
“Posing in high-power nonverbal displays (as opposed to low-power nonverbal displays) would cause neuroendocrine and behavioral changes for both male and female participants: High-power posers experienced elevations in testosterone, decreases in cortisol, and increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk; low-power posers exhibited the opposite pattern.”
 
I describe it to my clients in more simple terms:
 
“It’s hard to feel fired up, confident or excited if you’re slouched down and looking sad. Even if you’re feeling low, stand up tall and hold your head high. If you can do this for two minutes, you will feel much more powerful!” Remember the expression ‘Fake it till you make it’?
 
So next time you have an important meeting or a job interview, a race or even a training session, check in with yourself about your mood. If it could use a boost, find a place to strike a power pose (I’ve even used a bathroom stall!) for two minutes and I guarantee that you’ll feel more confident to kick butt on whatever lies ahead of you.
 
Try it and let me know how it goes!

Holistic Therapy

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
Worcester Fitness is proud to announce the first event in brand new Wellness Series!

Worcester Fitness presents a three-part series of interactive workshops that have been designed to teach healthy active people how to protect and care for their bodies. The Wellness Series will feature three skilled and qualified professionals and always meet in at the fun and encouraging environment at Worcester Fitness.
 

Holistic Therapy Techniques

​Thursday February 16th
6pm - 8pm
Members-Free!
Non-Members - $5
featuring Jen Caron
Holistic Therapy Techniques​

Caring For Your Body with Holistic Medicine

Jennifer Caron is a Licensed Acupuncturist and founder of Body Therapeutics, an integrated holistic medical center in Worcester. She is also a proud member of the Worcester Fitness Running Team!

She earned her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (now part of MCPHS), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

 

Eight Years Experience

Jen has spent the last eight years running her holistic practice and furthering her acupuncture education in areas of pain management and women's health. Jen is also a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, and spent many years teaching meditation and martial arts to children and adults at Zenshinkan Dojo before opening up her practice. She is also the smitten mother of two boys, ages six and four.
 

Worcester Fitness Wellness Series
Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach.

Workshop Summary

Workshop Summary: Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach. The team at Body Therapeutics consists of acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, and we also often collaborate with nutritionists, reflexologists, psychotherapists, personal trainers and others.

In this workshop we'll discuss in detail how some of these therapies can help your body achieve more optimal well-being, and you'll have an opportunity to experience acupuncture and group meditation first-hand. We'll also talk about how the integration of these holistic therapies can help you achieve greater results than doing just one in isolation.

 

Power-Up for the Patriots!

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
Announcing the Worcester Fitness SuperBowl Sunday Fitness Extravaganza! Get powered up for the big game by joining us for our SuperBowl and Patriots Themed Classes Sunday morning!

9am Spin* with Andy, 9am Hiit it Hard Bootcamp with Lisa, 10am SuperBowl Sunday Yoga​ with Jeanine. Guests are invited to join us for only$5 for the Hiit and Yoga Class with all money being donated to Why Me/Sherry's House! *NO guests for Spin please.
#fitnessforeveryoneinpatriotsnation #weareallpatriots #worcesterma
 

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Worcester Fitness is holding a blood drive on July 16 at our Grove Street Location. 9am-2pm...GIVE THE GIFT THAT SAVES LIVES! Not a member of Worcester Fitness? Anyone who donates blood on 7/16 at Grove Street will be entered to win a package of three personal training sessions.

 

A $195 value!

Questions? Contact us  http://worcesterfitness.com/contact/

Worcester Public Schools Mini-Olympics

Worcester Fitness is the proud signature sponsor of the Worcester Public Schools Mini-Olympics!

Twice each year, Worcester’s young and incredible athletes compete in various Olympic style events at Commerce Field on Chandler Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to help out at this amazing event!

If you would like to volunteer to work with us please email kat@worcesterfitness.com!

Worcester Mini-Olympics
Commerce Field at Foley Stadium