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Don’t join a gym, join a movement

As one of our flagship spas, Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya, Turkey focuses on delivering an all-round experience. Of course, the state-of-the art fitness and sports facilities will chisel your abs if that’s your end goal! However, workouts are for wellness as much as for weight loss and the latest fitness techniques bring benefit your mind as well as your body.

We catch up with medical fitness expert Özcan Uçar, who joined Six Senses Kaplankaya as Fitness Manager in June 2019.

What do you think will define the 2020 fitness offering?

“First of all, there is no one-size-fits-all offering. Every guest has a different body type and different concern. I predict programs and products will continue to become a lot more personalized in 2020. Fitness testing and goal setting will be achieved by working one-on-one with each client to prescribe the right movement and training.”

What are the first steps?

“At the initial consultation, we offer a wellness screening in our Health & Healing area. It is an effective and non-invasive tool for measuring a range of key physiological biomarkers such as body composition and stress parameters. The stats don’t lie and sometimes guests are surprised that they actually need to sleep more than sweat.

I also carry out a fitness assessment to explore any injuries or weak points. A lot of the people I see have spent most of the year working in an office and may have an ongoing chronic problem, whether painful or not. Before we even get into fitness we have to think about careful rehabilitation.”

So is it about moving well before moving more often?

“Exactly. Looking ahead, this type of functional movement screening will become a natural part of any fitness program. You might have a forward neck problem because of a weak abductor muscle. Each muscle is connected. Preventing injury and protecting clients is primary to any other exercise. Come and see us on vacation and you get to rehabilitate an injury that may have bothered you for years!”

Is there a magic fitness formula?

“I’m a firm believer in working out according to your mood. If you have a CrossFit or HIIT session booked but you wake up with no energy, it is important to understand your emotions and why they may be limiting to your goals. Sometimes shaping up is about showing up, but your body could also be telling you to slow down for a reason. A meditation session can be just as effective for your well-being than a series of squats.

In terms of physical fitness, I keep a really open mind. I like to use anti-rotation moves to build core stability and strength. These hone your abs without risking your back. As part of my training in Oslo and Austria I also discovered Redcord Active and saw great results with suspension exercises. These use your body weight as resistance to restore functional and pain-free movement and improve performance while preventing injury. 

In addition, I like to incorporate Reformer Pilates into my sessions. This helps you find extra length and space in your body by elongating your spine, joints and muscles. It’s great for your posture. Coming back to the office worker, this type of workout is even more relevant to counteract long working days, being seated for long periods of time and even clearing the mind.”

I’m stretching just thinking about it!

“Good. Stretching is key to recovery. I’m a big fan of fascia stretching. The technique was developed by Ann Frederick, who used the therapy for the USA Men’s Olympic Wrestling team in 1996. But until now health professionals have largely ignored the fascia. It surrounds your muscles and other soft tissues and is there to return your body to an original position after being elongated. Thinning the excessive buildup of fascia through stretching under resistance, and of course under supervision, frees the body to move optimally. Did you know your past traumas can also be stored in the fascia? Releasing these can give you an amazing sense of ‘letting go’ whatever is holding you to the past.”

You mentioned recovery. What do you use for recovery at Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya?

“Have you tried the NormaTec Dynamic Compression Boots yet? The system maximizes recovery through a pulsing that greatly enhances the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout. On the spa side, our igloo ice fountain and Finnish sauna are both highly complementary to any gym session.

It’s also important to find time for mental recovery. I think 2020 will be when we start talking more about disconnection. Despite the latest wearables and reliance on fitness trackers, there is growing recognition around the importance of switching off. I’m not just talking about yoga or mindfulness. You can find disconnection in a boxing session, on our volleyball or basketball court, or on a hike in the beautiful countryside around us here Six Senses Kaplankaya.”

It sounds tempting. Book me in for a week!

“That’s possible too. If you’re struggling to meet your fitness goals at home, we offer multi-day Wellness Programs where you can explore Sleep, Detox, Holistic Anti-Aging, Mind Detox and Fitness more thoroughly. Each one takes a holistic approach. For example, the Fitness Program isn’t just a glorified boot camp but incorporates nutritious cuisine and spa therapies.

We also encourage our hosts to get active. We run dedicated classes for everyone working at Six Senses Kaplankaya as part of the Mission Wellness initiative that launched in October last year. The best way to look after others is to look after oneself first, and this is a great chance to focus on core exercise, Pilates, body weight, HIIT and spinning. Our hosts have really adopted it.”

Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya spans across 107,640-square feet (10,000-square meters) and is appointed with an impressive range of facilities including hydrothermal experiences, Watsu pool, hammams and large indoor swimming pool. Within the same complex you’ll find yoga, meditation, movement, spinning and kinesis studios and a table tennis room. There are also 20 treatment rooms, a choice of relaxation rooms plus Health & Healing facilities, where guests can receive a medical consultation from qualified staff. 

For more information and bookings, please call +90 252 511 00 30 or email [email protected].

 

 

 


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