WCW - Meet Maggie Spaloss

 

Have you seen this #wcw move yet?  Wow, she seriously rocks.  I love that Maggie is always trying something new and challenging herself.  She is also such a positive person that truly connects and collaborates with others.  I met Maggie at the first WMC Project here in North Carolina and we stayed in touch.  Since then, Maggie and I got to meet up, do a class together, she taught me an awesome method (using these amazing little balls) for foot and hand self care, and we're hosting Maggie and friends for an Intro to Parkour seminar next month.  She's also connected with fellow WMC presenter, MaryBeth Gangemi for a killer natural movement workshop, and is always open to meeting up with others in the area. 

Soooo... basically she is a perfect example of what the WMC is all about...

She is a collaborator.  She is kind. She is positive. She is passionate. And she loves to move. 

Do yourself a favor and get connected with Maggie!

IG: @maggieonrails  -   Facebook

 

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What do you do?

In my professional life, I am a certified personal trainer, parkour instructor and hands off bodyworker. My passion is in learning how to help others make movement a permanent lifestyle change.

What else do you do?

In my personal life I cherish being a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend.

How do you define the word 'strength'?

To me, "strength" is the degree to which one learns and adapts from facing obstacles and challenges.

How did you discover your passion?

Though parkour. I started practicing about 5 years ago and my desire to continue the practice while aging into my 50s got me interested in movement education so that I could train smarter and teach others to as well.

How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?

I have weekly routines that include training at home, classes, jams, teaching, play and active rest. I also geek out on movement education so I'm constantly exploring new things within the framework of my routines.

Having said that, my routine is not without regular disruptions due to family and work. But I've learned to see them as part of the rhythm of life and having familiar routines with realistic expectations makes it easy to get back on track.

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What do you recommend for someone starting out?

A good starting point is to find a movement discipline that really floats your boat because you want it to really engage your interest. Don't do something because you think you "should" or because it's what everybody else is doing. Movement is not a means to an end. It's a lifelong relationship you enter into because you're convinced of it's pleasures and rewards. 

 How do you define 'fitness'?

To me, fitness is the degree to which one is able to face and carry out challenges with stability and ease. There is physical fitness, mental fitness and fitness of the human spirit. They kinda have to work together. 

Where do you see the future of fitness?

I see physical fitness as a very young discipline and massive changes to come.

The paradigm is changing from one that was focused too much on physical appearance and performance to one that includes emphasis on well-being, creativity, community, longevity and fun.

Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?

Yes it does! Because practicing movement has an inherit reward system that comes from the fact that the body will adapt to imposed demands. So when I notice improvements in my stability, mobility or strength, it increases my confidence in the power of practice.

Additionally, movement is creative and creativity builds confidence.

Lastly, movement is humbling. I constantly learn about my limits and learning to respect them also builds confidence. 

Movement is humbling. I constantly learn about my limits and learning to respect them also builds confidence. 

What motivates the crap out of you? 

Other movers. The people I learn from and the people I teach. I'm surrounded by inspiring people.

That's what happens when you join a movement community. There is a certain camaraderie and connection that is unique to being in a movement community.

My family also inspires me, I'd go into detail about how my husband and kids inspire me, but I'll get too gushy. I feel very lucky.

 

What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?

Don't take work so seriously and don't be so afraid of making mistakes.

 

Anything else you'd like to share with us?

I feel privileged to be witnessing a growing movement of women who are changing the landscape of fitness and longevity. It's an exciting time!

 

Dani Almeyda

Women's Movement Collaborative, 101 South Main Street, Suite 221, Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526