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Pulse Kettlebells and Yoga Helps Conquer Pain Through Innovative Fitness

By Pamela Sosnowski

When someone has suffered an injury or is dealing with chronic pain, working out may be the last thing on their mind. But at Pulse Kettlebells and Yoga, owner Anne Jelinek has created innovative workouts that increase movement, build strength, and provide unconventional pain relief.

"I created Pulse to be a place where all bodies and levels of strength and athletic development would feel welcome," she explains. "I was frustrated by how many studios and gyms only cater to people a commercial definition of 'fitness' and am so grateful to have a place where the primary focus is restoring movement, developing individualized strength, and creating joy."

Jelinek has helped a variety of clients, from grandmothers to D.C. attorneys, get into shape and heal their injuries. She is a SFG II kettlebell instructor, 200 hour registered yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, and certified Z health practitioner. She first started Pulse in 2010 in the San Francisco area, and opened her current studio in Madison in 2014. She offers both private and small group coaching and offers all new clients a free consultation to determine their current fitness level and limitations, recommending a workout that is appropriate for them.

"I use a brain-based, holistic approach to coaching that is client-focused and compassionate," she says. "All sessions are focused on exploring movements, skills and lifestyle changes that resonate with a client's nervous system and create a sense of whole-person wellness. In one client session, we might lift weights, do vision drills, talk about painful life stuff, share joy and play sports!"

One of the movement systems that Jelinek uses is Z-Health, a fitness system that focuses on and improves the connection between the brain and body. It also improves performance without causing pain and injury. The classes also use TRX training, body weight ground work, and yoga in workouts. Jelinek describes yoga as "more than stretching or balancing; it is the challenging practice of looking inward and being honest about our experience as humans in relationship with others."

Group classes begin at $18 per session, with the option to purchase a five-session package for $80. A monthly $99 membership is also offered, and private coaching sessions range from $60 to $130, depending upon the frequency and the instructor.

Client testimonials attest to decreased stress, a boost in energy, and reaching personal goals such as running a marathon after knee surgery -- all of which is why Jelinek relishes what she dos for a living. "It is pretty amazing to see how quickly strength, metabolic change and levels of anxiety and stress shift when a client's nervous system and emotional health are held at the center of their training," she says. "Adults of all abilities deserve to learn to play, move and get stronger while being pain-free and happy!"

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