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Testimonial: Tribe Life

Today I finished my 6 week, twice a week season of Tribe Life. In our final 35 minute workout, I completed 134 push-ups all on my toes! I have always done weight lifting and cardio, but I have gained so much more strength and stamina doing Tribe Life. We are all challenged and encouraged by Brooke to push ourselves that little bit more. The class always fills me with energy, gives me a positive attitude for the day. I have awoken muscles I didn’t know I had. Plus I have never seen my husband below 200 lbs, 192 lbs and looking so good! I actually only started Tribe Life to encourage my husband, Dan, but I ended up seeing myself grow immensely. I love that I get strength training, Cardio and stretching all in 35 minutes. I love the weighted viper and body weight exercises, and it’s fun to be a part of a team that encourages each other to do our best! For anyone who wants to reshape their body and meet great friends, I highly recommend Tribe Life. Looking forward to trying Tribe Fit and Tribe Punch too!

Thanks Brooke!

Laurie Ryan

Testimonial: Tribe Punch

I am finishing up my first session of Tribe Punch with David Schauer. I have been a client of David’s for a year now and was in his WOD class before joining Tribe. I was initially unsure about Tribe Punch because I have a somewhat passive personality and did not think that boxing or kickboxing would be my thing. Because I wanted to stay with my amazing trainer and was fearful of losing the strength I have gained with David, I reluctantly signed up for Tribe Punch. What an amazing experience! I actually had fun, gained even more strength, improved my endurance and met new friends! David took the time to show us all the techniques of Punch and even worked out with us, running up and down that gym, encouraging us along the way. After two weeks, I was hooked! Every workout was different with stations that included core work, cardio and strength building. I found after I gained confidence that I loved the one on one session with the coach and comradery with my team. It is competitive in that scores are kept and the team member with the highest amount of repetitions for all the exercises is deemed the winner of that night. I personally would just compete with myself for my personal best, but the scoring gave me a benchmark of where I felt I could, or should be. I found that this training program challenged me physically and mentally, and provided a fun change to the workouts I had become comfortable with. The program is well worth the investment! I plan on trying another Tribe class and then probably returning again to Tribe Punch for more! Thank you for bringing Tribe Fitness to Sun Oaks!

Lynn Holmquist

Member Spotlight: Kris Fortier

November Member Spotlight


Kristene Fortier is the Chief Epicurean Officer at She’s been a lifelong health food and fitness enthusiast but was diagnosed with gluten, dairy, and cane sugar intolerances. Today, she cooks meals from a variety of healthy diets including gluten-free, GERD, raw foods, vegetarian, anti-inflammatory, Paleo, heart healthy, and diabetic friendly. “Although I am not diabetic, I avoid cane sugar and opt for recipes made with natural sweeteners.” At you’ll find recipes that you can tailor to meet your dietary needs.


Celebration Story – Luanne Smith

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Our family joined Sun Oaks in November of 2013. I began regularly attending Melissa’s Group Active class three days a week. In the process of attending Group Active I built some new friendships.
Following a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy in early April 2014 and began the process of reconstructive surgery (which took several months to complete). During my time of recuperation, I was visited a number of times by one of the friends who I had gotten to know through my Group Active class. She always brought well wishes from other ladies in the class and mentioned that the instructor, Melissa, had asked how I was doing and was looking forward to seeing me back in class.
I procrastinated coming back to the club. Due to the time of inactivity following my surgeries and the medication that was taking, I had gained weight and wanted to try to get some of the weight off before returning to the gym….not too logical, I know. I had a friend who wanted to join a gym and it gave me the extra push that i needed to come back after being gone for about a year and a half. I was warmly greeted by Melissa and many of the same people that had attended the class in early 2014 when I was a regular participant. I am so glad to be back and i feel so much better emotionally and physically, In addition to the health benefits that I’ve gained by coming back, there is the community and friendships with the class participants that I see on a regular basis.

– Luanne Smith

Taping, Bracing and Splinting for the Athlete

        Cresswell Physical Therapy May Newsletter

Taping, Bracing and Splinting for the Athlete

Throughout the years bracing, taping and splinting for the athlete have been an integral part of sport and an active lifestyle. The idea of prophylactic (pre-injury) wrapping was introducing more than 60 years ago in to attempt to decrease the number of injuries while playing. Bracing and taping are also used after an injury to allow earlier return to sport, reduce the likelihood of re-injury and prevent recurrence of an injury.

There are many different ways to support a joint either before or after injury. You may choose to tape, brace or splint.  Taping and bracing are very similar in supporting the joint and there is much debate in the sports medicine community as to which is “better”.

Bracing comes in two forms: semi-rigid and non-rigid.  Non-rigid braces are usually made of canvas, cloth or neoprene with the goal being compression around the joint with little added stability.  Semi-rigid bracing tend to use the same construction as a non-rigid brace but with plastic struts or air cushions. This type of brace provides more stability is often chosen during rehab and return to play phases of injury.

There are many different types of tape used for athletic taping. The two most common types of tape seen today are white athletic tape and Kinesiotape © (which you may have seen on many athletes at the US Open or even here in Redding during the Pro Tournament).  White athletic tape is very rigid and is used for stabilization and compression of a joint.  Kinesiotape © has more elastic properties, it does not restrict movement at the joint but rather applied over the muscle to reduce pain inflammation and support the muscle in movement.  The use of pressure support garments have gained popularity. Research indicating that these garments may reduce lactic acid build up and, therefore, reduce post-activity muscle soreness. (Ask Cresswell for more information).

If you have any questions regarding bracing and taping please   contact us at Cresswell Physical Therapy. Call 244-7686 and ask for our therapist Suzanne Cresswell. We are here to assist you with all your therapy needs.



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