Moving Well Podcast
Moving Well Podcast
Nikki Naab-Levy & Janet Sunderland
The Moving Well Podcast gives you fitness advice for efficient, effective and pain free exercises. It is brought to you by Janet Sunderland and Nikki Naab-Levy who are both fitness educators for Balanced Body and collectively have 20 years experience in the fitness industry.
S3. Ep 5: Jason Leenaarts | On mindset, strength training, and fat loss
In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with strength coach and host of the Revolutionary You! Podcast Jason Leenaarts about the relationship between mindset and reaching your fitness goals.  They discuss: Why the basics are often what you need to reach fitness goals, but why these goals are still challenging to achieve (e.g. emotional factors, family life, ect) The different stages of change and how it relates to fat loss and strength training A primer on getting started strength training and the important of recovery What to do when you or your clients have conflicting goals (e.g. wanting muscular arms while also battling shoulder pain) About Jason Leenaarts Jason Leenaarts is the owner of Revolution Fitness and Therapy (RevFit) in Stow, Ohio. RevFit began in 2009 and continues to thrive as a semi-private personal training facility. Jason caters to both face-to-face and online clientele. He is the host of the Revolutionary You podcast and author of The Revolution Is You. To learn more about Jason's work, you can visit or You can also connect directly with Jason on Facebook or Instagram.
Dec 19, 2018
49 min
S3. Ep 4: Trent McEntire | Using brain science for creative problem solving
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Trent McEntire about how to apply brain science to Pilates and fitness for better results and creative problem solving.  They discuss: The hierarchy that our brain takes information from (proprioception, vestibular system, visual system) and how you can use this hierarchy to problem solve issues for yourself or your clients The role of eyes in movement patterning and accessing movement How games based on visual tracking and reaction time can improve functional movement patterns, mental focus, and athletic performance Why Trent developed the BrainSpeed Ball and how he incorporates it into client sessions and classes and uses it for creative problem solving for clients of all ages and abilities, including active aging adults, "overachiever" clients, and ADHD/sensory overload issues Creative ways to adjust the intensity of an exercise without adding or decreasing resistance How to read your client for non verbal cues/signs of startle to know if they are working at the right level of intensity for them How cuing less can increase intensity for a client and empower them to take what they learn in a session and use it in life To learn more about or purchase the BrainSpeed Ball, visit About Trent McEntire As someone that became a professional dancer after rehabilitating his own severe movement restrictions established at birth due to Cerebral Palsy, Trent McEntire understands how the quality of life is affected by how well you can (or can't) move your body.  For 20 years, he has been sharing his discoveries and method with those seeking to overcome their own movement limitations.  His work has led to an international school and equipment designed to further the applications of Brain Science and Pilates Therapy.  Trent McEntire has presented his work at international conferences, McEntire Pilates Education Centers, and host sites in Italy, Japan, Spain, Mexico, UK, Brazil, Canada, and throughout the US. To connect with Trent, say hello on Instagram or visit
Dec 12, 2018
42 min
S3. Ep 3 : Theo St. Francis & Stephanie Behrendt Comella | Spinal Cord Injury Recovery and ZebraFish Neuro
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Theo St Francis & Stephanie Behrendt Comella about the process of recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) and their project Zebra Fish Neuro. They discuss: The difference between the traditional medical model for working with a SCI and a movement based approach Why Pilates inherently lends itself to being so beneficial to this group The benefits of getting on the ground and using rolling patterns after an SCI Why the diagnostic tests may not always accurately measure SCI recovery Zebra Fish Neuro and how it will help movement teachers, Pilates instructors, and fitness professionals work with people who have an SCI About Stephanie Behrendt Comella Stephanie has engaged in over 15,000 hours working directly with individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. She was first introduced to Pilates in 2014, which forever changed her thinking about spinal cord injury rehabilitation.  Stephanie graduated from University of California, Davis in 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Biology. She studied sports medicine and exercise-based rehabilitation as an intern with the university's Division I athletes. After graduation, Stephanie served as a Neuro Exercise Therapist and Manager at a spinal cord injury & neurological disorder specialty gym in Pleasanton, CA for almost 5 years before starting a Pilates-based SCI recovery program – AbsoluteENDEAVOR – at Absolute Center in Lafayette, CA in 2015. She blends her formal education, vast experience with SCI, and training in Pilates and mindful movement to provide a unique style of training that is focused on body re-connection.  Stephanie is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body, as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) professional since 2008. About Theo St. Francis Theo has been exploring the vast landscape of body-reconnection since his 2013 injury at the start of his Mechanical Engineering and collegiate swimming careers at MIT. Having the trajectory of his healing completely redirected by his practice of Pilates, Theo is now working on ways for others to benefit from the same effective therapy. Theo is the author of TheOvercoming blog, where he shares the journey of reconnecting to his body. Since he first read Calais-Germain's Anatomy of Movement textbook while in a cervical collar at inpatient rehab, he has approached his healing as a research project on which his life depends. Having sought out and worked with Pilates instructors around the country on his healing journey, Theo seeks to blend various mindful practices to discover which ways best reconnect a paralyzed body. He lives to problem-solve and cannot wait to resume his studies in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
Sep 4, 2018
1 hr 1 min
S3. Ep 1: Jill Harris | On Fitsprings, product development, and Instagram
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Jill Harris, Pilates teacher and master instructor about the product development for inventing Fitsprings. They discuss: Why Jill created Fitsprings and how she is using it to fill a gap in the Pilates and fitness industry What it takes to create a physical product and how to scale it to mass market production Jill's inspiration for creating unique, engaging content on Instagram #Pilatesandpets and how Jill is using her Instagram following to help animal shelters and save bunnies About Jill Harris: Master Pilates instructor Jill Harris is a fitness innovator with  over 20 years of teaching experience. In her San Francisco studio, Jill offers Private and Semi Private Pilates and FitSprings training.  Jill's creative exercise ideas make your workouts both fun and challenging.  These ideas were the foundation for her Reformer Box Workout workshop which is available to studios and trainers now.  To connect with Jill, visit her website or say hello on Instagram. 
Aug 21, 2018
50 min
S2. Ep 8: Tom McCook | Creating an embodied movement practice
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Tom McCook, Pilates teacher and movement specialist about what it means to create an embodied movement practice. They cover: Why so many people struggle with proprioception and slowing down How to bridge the gap between embodiment and fitness Why taking a kinder approach to movement can transfer to a kinder approach in life How Tom integrates meditation, the Franklin Method, Pilates and Feldenkrais into his teaching Tom McCook, founder and director of Center of Balance in Mountain View, CA, is an internationally recognized Pilates teacher and movement specialist. Beginning his full-time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries, and world-class athletes, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman. Through years of continuous study and his strong commitment to a daily meditation and physical practice, Tom has developed a refined understanding of what it means to be have a balanced, functionally fit, intelligent body. His teaching integrates Pilates, Franklin Method, yoga, hands-on bodywork, resistance stretching, BodyCode system, somatics, and life coaching, which enhance his holistic approach to working with clients and teachers. Tom produced "Combining Pilates & Yoga for Balance," an exercise video that brings together the benefits of Pilates and yoga. Tom began his study of Pilates in 1991. He has been leading Pilates teacher training courses since 2001 for PhysicalMind Institute formerly, and currently for Balanced Body Education. He has certifications through the PMA, ACE, along with being a CEC provider. In 2010, Tom became one of the first Master teacher trainers in CoreAlign. Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method, an instrumental part of his teaching that offers a very effective approach to improving movement potential and health through imagery and experiential anatomy. Tom has completed all 3 levels of the Franklin Method training and is now a teacher trainer for the Franklin Institute. Tom teaches workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide. He is part of the Passing the Torch Mentorship program offering continued education, insight and guidance to certified Pilates teachers. Tom also offers a 3-month movement and life coaching course, “Embodying a Balanced Life,” helping students to develop healthy practices, create momentum, and experience more freedom in their lives.  Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor.
May 17, 2018
54 min
S2. Ep 7: Hunter Cook | On mobility, injury mitigation, and FRC
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Hunter Cook, FRC and Kinstretch instructor about mobility training for injury mitigation. They discuss: Why injury prevention is a myth + why you should train for injury mitigation instead Common mobility training myths How training for strength can improve your mobility Flexibility versus mobility What it means to have "good" range of motion Why your mobility goals should match the demands of your sport The theory and science behind Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC) About Hunter Cook Hunter has been personal training for the last 11 years, and has also worked as a physical therapy aide for 6 years in both New York and California. Hunter is well qualified as a fitness professional to work with any demographic of clientele, however, excels in nutritional guidance, mobility and flexibility, and post-rehabilitation clients due to his background working in physical therapy offices. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with the option in Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach. Hunter’s certifications include the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
May 3, 2018
48 min
S2. Ep 6: Dr. Ellie Somers | Body positive language for better patient outcomes
In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Dr. Ellie Somers, physical therapist and owner of Sisu Sports Performance & PT about how using body positive language in medical and fitness settings can create better outcomes for patients and clients both in improving performance and reducing pain. They cover: What it means to use body positive language and why it's important not to scare people when educating them about their form or their diagnosis How to offer constructive feedback to create a positive movement experience and help someone feel better, while still keeping safety as a consideration The power of motivational interviewing and how to use it in a session Cultural reasons behind why women statistically have more pain Myths around the biomechanical model and why moving outside of neutral isn't always a dangerous or bad thing, if you are prepared to load there Why helping someone make an informed choice is more empowering and creates a better outcome than just telling them what to do About Ellie Somers Dr. Ellie Somers is a physical therapist of 10 years, with a special focus on treating the female athlete. She has a background in sports performance and rehab, including extensive training and education in the science of pain. She started her practice, Sisu Sports Performance & PT, in Seattle, WA with the goal of empowering female clients to help them reach their unlocked potential. She hopes to keep women actively engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime. Dr. Somers has spoken at the Women in Physical Therapy Summit in New York City as well as at several continuing education courses and professional conferences. She is a lover of soccer, running, heavy things, craft beer, and the great PNW. You can learn more about Dr. Somers on her website, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Mar 30, 2018
59 min
S2. Ep 5: Amanda Holt LeNaire | Pilates education, ballet, and teaching dancers
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Amanda Holt LeNaire, Balanced Body Master Instructor about her experience working with the Oklahoma City Ballet and training professional dancers to become Pilates teachers. They cover: The similarities and differences between teaching the general public and professional dancers What it's like to work with the ballet as a Pilates studio owner and educator Strategies to help dancers reduce the risk of injury and improve career longevity Amanda and her business partner Lucky Jabara's experience watching the Pilates industry evolve over the past few decades About Amanda Holt LeNaire Amanda is the co-owner of The Pilates Body in Oklahoma, City. She is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor, a Balanced Body® Master Instructor in Comprehensive Pilates and MOTR® She is a graduate of the Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive Training and the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Training. To connect with Amanda, visit her website or say hello on Facebook. 
Mar 22, 2018
46 min
S2. Ep 4: Jules Mitchell & Charlie Reid | Transitioning clients from post rehab to regular activity
In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Jules Mitchell, yoga teacher and movement educator, and Charlie Reid, strength and conditioning coach, about transitioning clients from post rehab back to regular activity and performance. They cover:  Why clients often get trapped in the revolving door between physical therapy and fitness The role of the physical therapist and the fitness professional or movement teacher in helping clients resume regular activity after an injury The limitations of the current model that is used to assess, treat injuries, and transition the client out of rehab How the mindset of the client and their activities prior to the injury should determine how you progress them A case study about Marla (Jule's sister) and her experience working with a physical therapist and Charlie to return to running after a foot injury Examples of exercise and program progressions when helping a client improve their conditioning during and after injury recovery The importance of progressive external load, transference, and specificity when working with a client who has the goal of resuming an activity or sport after injury Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT Jules is a Los Angeles based yoga educator. She combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to help people move better and achieve individually defined physical success. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science. Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions. As adjunct faculty at Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on research studies to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017 through Handspring Publishing. You can find her leading workshops at your favorite local studio or check out her classes online. To connect with Jules on social media, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook. Charlie Reid, CSCS, CMT Charlie is a Movement Educator, Coach, and Massage therapist based in San Francisco, CA. His mission is to help cultivate stronger, more resilient humans. When he’s not coaching one-on-one, teaching workshops, or hosting seminars in the Bay Area, he is most likely drinking too much espresso whilst torturing a bass guitar. To learn more about Charlie, you can visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.
Mar 16, 2018
59 min
S2. Ep 3: Alexandra Ellis | On balancing self-care, mobility, and strength
In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with self-care expert and yoga teacher Alexandra Ellis about how to integrate self-massage, mobility, and strength work into a movement practice to improve function and decrease the risk of injury. They discuss: The current scientific theories on what's happening when we perform release work with balls or foam rollers The best applications for self-massage tools and how to know if you need a soft or hard tool The importance of strength work in reducing pain and tension + improving function The difference between flexibility and mobility When stretching can be beneficial (and when it might not be) Areas of the body that are often skipped over in release and strength work that would be helpful to target About Alexandra Ellis: Creator of AE Wellness, Body Nerd, and Self-Care expert, Alexandra Ellis has made it her life’s mission to better understand how the body works to help her clients DIY their self-care, strength, and injury recovery. Her teaching and studies focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness, inspired by her studies at UC Davis where she earned a BS in Exercise Biology. With a strong background and keen interest in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well-being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness. Her programs have helped many people worldwide to be an empowered part of their health, rather than relying solely on their healthcare provider.When not Instagraming her food, workouts or Teacher Training adventures, Alexandra can be found teaching public classes in Los Angeles. Learn more at
Mar 10, 2018
46 min
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