Golf for Health - Blue Tees and White Tees

White Tees: **All levels welcome**  This golf readiness program is 10 weeks in length focusing on rotational mobility, strength, flexibility and cardio endurance. Moving from station to station in circuit, you'll sweat, laugh and feel better about stepping onto that first tee of the season! [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

Blue Tees:  **Please note this is the more advanced class of the 2 Golf for Health classes. ** This is due to more cardio and strength moves, quick transitions from station to station and the ability to get up from the floor in a speedy manner.

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Triple Threat Conditioning (moderate to advanced)

Because life doesn't end when Ski Conditioning does! Join us for a similar class format that includes all muscle group resistance training, cardio and core conditioning. Bring a friend and have some fun while getting stronger and ready for every sport!

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TRX Power Stretch & Roll (moderate level)

Sometimes you just need a little more intensity in your stretching. Utilizing the TRX straps in your routine will challenge your body in a whole new way. Follow that with a foam rolling session and your muscles, joints and fascia will recover faster helping you feel better and ready for your next workout! [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

Sagittal Monkeys (All levels)

Do you run? Walk? Or cycle? If you do, this is a must-take class to achieve muscular balance by incorporating lateral and rotational movements. Results? It’ll make you faster, stronger and less prone to injury!

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StiffMan (All levels – men only)

We have a feeling that stretching is not necessarily in your daily plan, gentlemen, so we've created a class just for you! For 30 minutes we utilize the infamous foam roller to iron out the wrinkles in your musculature, break down adhesions and scar tissue AND increase blood flow. We'll follow it with 30 minutes of basic yoga flow and floor stretches leaving you feeling relaxed and fantastic!

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BarreBlast (All levels)

The latest in sculpting and toning at the Ballet Barre. These routines have been fine tuned to deliver the best results based on the best the Barre has to offer without the knee or low back issues. It'll blast your muscles making them burn,, but it's AMAZING!  [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

Hello, Yoga (All levels)

With roots in hatha yoga, this gentle, deep yoga will strengthen and stretch your muscles. These simple movements will challenge you. Pausing in poses will help you understand your body in new ways. Always with a little humor and fun!

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Advanced TRX (Advanced)

(Advanced - must be able to demonstrate advanced skills before attending. Please contact Natalie at with questions.) Advanced TRX offers 45 minutes of TRX followed by 15 minutes of foam rolling and/or stretching.Always fun! Always challenging!

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HIIT (Moderate to Advanced)

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)! Strength training, Cardio, Core, Stretch and Flexibility work will leave you exhausted and craving more!  This class is focused on raising and lowering your heart rate quickly, utilizing high intensity moves. [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

Rebuild and Restore (All Levels)

This class is dedicated to individuals looking for an emphasis on stretching and balance techniques while using a variety of tools to build on strength, endurance and body awareness. Mondays and Thursdays are focused on 1/2 strengthening (utilizing bands, dumbbells, bodyweight, etc.) and 1/2 stretching. Our Wednesday class is dedicated to stretch only. All levels are welcome.

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Bootcamp (Moderate to Advanced)

This class is HIGH intensity – when you’re tight on time, it’s proven that when you go harder in 30-45 minutes you can do just as much good for your body as an hour class. Come warmed up and ready to go!

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Spinnin’ to the Oldies! (55+ please)

Need that cardio workout without the crazy sweat, the loud music and the big bike jumps? We have the perfect class for you! But ONLY if you’re 55 years of age or older! Come have some fun riding the spinner then join your friends on the floor for some core training and balance work. You’ll have fun while getting healthier and stronger! [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

SPIN! (moderate to advanced)

Come sweat it out with us! Climbing, running, jumping on your bike... building stronger muscles and definitely increasing your cardio capacity. Join us and enjoy some good music, fun people and to lose some fantastic sweat! [mindbody_button title="Signup Now ›"]

Mat Pilates Levels 1 and 2 (Moderate to Advanced) 

This Pilates Mat Class is designed to help participants increase flexibility, mobility, core strength, balance and body awareness.  Modifications are made for individuals with previous injuries and/or limitations.

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Chatting with Kelly and John: Celebrating 40 Years of Physical Therapy Associates

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, Kelly Risse got together with Physical Therapy Associates' Founder John Risse to chat. Thank you to everyone who helped make Physical Therapy Associates a lasting part of the community.

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Ski Conditioning Classes

Are you ready for ski season? Our popular Ski Conditioning class focuses on getting the muscles you use on the hill ready for action! Join us for 6 weeks and have a strong and injury-free ski season! Stay tuned to our Classes page for the latest ski conditioning class schedule.


Physical Therapy Associates Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in November with Deals & Surprises

  Starting November 13th, Physical Therapy Associates will be celebrating 40 years of serving the Spokane community. Monday through Friday that week, a different treat will be available for anyone who visits Physical Therapy Associates. All week long there will be deals on classes, including sessions with Elevation Fitness.

On Friday November 17th, Physical Therapy Associates will host a birthday bash from 5:30-8:00 PM with Glassybaby. It’ll be an evening of fun and shopping and a celebration of 40 years of business while benefiting The Freeman Strong Fund. Glassybaby is a Seattle based company with a passion for giving and giving back. 10% of proceeds from each hand blown glass tea light sold during the bash goes to The Freeman Strong Fund.

“It’s hard to believe Physical Therapy Associates has forty years under its belt,” says owner Kelly Risse. “We started with a passion to help our community, and that drive is stronger than ever. We invite everyone to join us each day the week of November 13th, and especially for our Big Birthday Bash!”

Water vs. Electrolyte Drinks

As a universal rule, water is the primary source for rehydration for any athlete during a workout, event, or everyday life. However, When the revolutionary drink Gatorade was created for the Florida Gators football team, how to hydrate has become a seeming rivalry between the trusted water and the up and coming electrolyte drink. To answer the question which drink is better for an athletes body during intense spans of activity, a comparison of the overall goals and benefits of each must be examined. Water has been used as a tool for survival since humans have existed, mostly because it offers no serious nutritional setbacks. This, along with the fact that the majority of the human body is comprised of water and uses water to maintain body temperature, transport oxygen and nutrients, and dispose of waste, serves as a serious argument that water is the most necessary natural element for humans. Water offers a no calorie, easily absorbed solution to thirstiness and dehydration, and is a perfect source of hydration for athletes enduring extremely intense, shorter workouts.

However, the invention of electrolyte drinks wasn't just a marketing ploy to make quick cash. There are noticeable benefits to these drinks that water cannot provide. Sports drinks contain certain electrolytes and carbohydrates that need to be replaced in a long endurance workout. These drinks can replace these electrolytes and carbs that are naturally lost during a workout more effectively than water. Additionally, sports drinks are generally a more appealing taste to athletes, which in turn could lead to more consumption, which then leads to a quicker replenishing of the electrolytes and carbohydrates. Yet with these benefits, sports drinks also has some problems. The primary concern is the extra calories in every drink. Some drinks contain over 150 calories per drink, equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar, which can counteract the benefits gained.

However, a serious concern that must be noted is hyponatremia-- the rapid loss of sodium in the blood caused by over hydration. Yes, it is possible to over drink during workouts or athletic events. This can be done by drinking too much water and too much of a sports drink.

Overall, because sports drinks cannot defend against hyponatremia and also add unnecessary calories for a normal athlete, the general rule should be to stick with water, with the possible exceptions to long, high endurance activities. Yet even then water is still a very acceptable tool for rehydration.

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The Benefit of Arthroscopy

Stemming from the Greek arthro (joint), and skopein (to look), arthroscopic surgery redefines the conventional definition of surgery by making a small incision and inserting "pencil--sized instruments" to expose the structures inside the joint. This allows surgeons to not only finalize a diagnosis, but operate with little collateral damage to other areas of the body. By maximizing efficiency and minimizing unnecessary steps, arthroscopic surgery has become the best form of surgery for joint injuries and diseases. The necessity of arthroscopy speaks for itself. It is stored as the final piece in an arsenal of medical tools used for diagnosing injuries and diseases. Following a "thorough medical history", a physical examination, occasionally X-rays, with the usual MRI or CT scan, arthroscopic surgery seals a diagnosis with more accuracy than "open" surgery or X-ray, MRI, and CT studies.

Because of the noticeably reduced physical wear and tear on the body, arthroscopic patients are almost always treated as outpatients and are home within hours of the surgery. The overall healing process and rehabilitation is reduced favorably for patients. As opposed to "open" surgery, the tiny incision and the work that takes place inside that incision minimizes bleeding and shows a sizable reduction in complications, physical pain and infections, proving that arthroscopy should be considered a standard.

For patients searching for a path that reduces unfavorable complications and increases efficiency and accuracy, arthroscopic surgery is the obvious road to travel.

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Underwater Treadmill Benefits

Here is part of an article from Runner's World discussing the benefits of underwater treadmills. Sign up today to try our EndlessPool system!

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Runner's World coach Budd Coates tries out the Hydro Track.

By Megan Hetzel, Published March 17, 2014

Budd Coates, Runner's World coach and four-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, recently tried the Hydro Track.

If you're sidelined with an injury, the quicker you can get healthy and return to running, the better, right? Rehabbing on an underwater treadmill could be your solution. And you don't necessarily have to be an elite runner to take a dip in it.

"Water is a great medium to exercise in," said Timothy Miller, a physical therapist who is the Regional Director of Sports Rehabilitation at St. Luke's Physical Therapy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. "The buoyancy of the water decreases stress on the joints, the viscosity provides resistance for strength training, and the hydrostatic pressure helps support the body providing a safe workout environment."

Since underwater treadmills mimic on-land running and provide comparable cardiovascular benefits, runners can avoid losing too much fitness while rehabbing. Running through water forces your muscles to work harder than air does, so you can get in a solid workout without running as fast or as far as you normally would outside.

"People can get a good jog in between 4 mph and 5 mph," Miller said. "When I use it, I try to run the same amount of time I would for a regular run, but it ends of being around half the distance."

And you don't have to be injured to reap its benefits. An underwater treadmill is a great option if you're looking to add extra mileage without the extra wear and tear on your legs or if you want to bounce back more quickly after harder efforts. Elite coach Alberto Salazar has his althetes, like top distance runner Galen Rupp, use the aquatic 'mill to supplement their weekly mileage and recover from their road work.

Here are a few common questions and answers about the system:

What do you wear? Spandex or fitted technical apparel work best, but regular swimwear is also a good option. Most athletes run barefoot since running shoes - even minimal models like Vibrams - tend to get soaked and heavy.

How does water alter the amount of impact on your body? Waist-height water reduces your body weight by about 50 percent. Chest-height water creates close to a 75-percent weight reduction. This lowers the impact forces on an existing injury so you can begin therapy sooner while retaining muscle strength and conditioning.

What are examples of injuries that can be used for rehabilitation with an underwater treadmill? According to Miller, most common running injuries can be treated with an underwater treadmill, including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), and generic knee pain. The system can also help rehab injuries like ankle sprains, fractures, and ACL reconstruction. Although the treadmill will not cure an injury, it does provide a means to maintain fitness and rebuild muscle strength, which can speed recovery.