FREE Posture & Functional Movement Workshop + How to Activate Your Core

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AGOGA sessions always include functional training which covers the practice of correct movement patterns applicable in various activities with the aim of developing our clients’ smooth movement with good dynamic stability and posture (not to forget improvements in conditioning, strength, mobility, body awareness and athleticism). This functional training necessitates practising integrated and multi-planar movements with correct engagement of the core and alignment of the spine.

Want to learn more? We’ve got you covered.



We’re thrilled to present Dr Erin Hawken – expert chiropractor (member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, The Australian Spinal Research Foundation, and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), AGOGIAN, and champion of helping people realise their innate potential through optimal brain-body communication. Dr Hawken practises at Live. Love. Life Chiropractic Studio in Paddington.

Drawing on over 10-years of international clinical practice as well as post-graduate study in both Sports Chiropractic and Chiropractic care for Pregnant & Pediatric patients, Dr Hawken will be sharing her insights and tips on how to optimise spinal function, posture and movement to:

  1. reduce your chance of injury,
  2. recover faster from injury, and
  3. maximise the benefits from your AGOGA training!

We’ll also be hearing about the latest in cutting edge research on pro-athlete performance and recovery. Q&A time as well? You betcha!


Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday 7 July at 6:30pm (we’ll wrap it up by 7:30pm).
Where: AGOGA, 164 Bondi Road, Bondi.
What to bring: Just yourself and your burning questions for Dr Hawken. Feel free to bring a notebook if you like.
What to wear: Whatever you damn well please! Workout gear, tuxedo, jeans, a dress or a pair of boardies, it’s just a casual discussion and a chance to learn from the best in the industry. You could even train right beforehand if you like, as we’ll run an early evening class or two on the night.
How to book: Just sign up to it as you would a regular class – it’s a free workshop and will not affect your membership. Non-members can also sign-up for free the same way, so bring your mates!
Cost: FREE 😀





We look forward to seeing you at the workshop. To tide you over till then, here’s an article from Dr Hawken on the functional connection between the sacroiliac joints and activation of our deep abdominal muscles.

Over to you Doc!


“Have you been attending your training sessions religiously but still feel as though your core is weak or not activating as well as it could?

Do you feel as though your core strength is holding you back from reaching your strength and fitness goals? Or is your weak core preventing you from recovering from a back injury? Well… if you answered yes to any of the above I have some great information for you in this article!

Professor Bernadette Murphy and her team at the University of Auckland conducted a great study in 2006 where they measured in a group of healthy, asymptomatic young men their ability to activate deep abdominal muscles when they raised their arms over their head. In a healthy state these muscles should receive information from the brain before the arms are lifted in order to engage and stabilise the trunk so that we can maintain our balance during this action. This should happen without us having to think about engaging this muscle group and should happen very quickly. In the study around 20% of the young men could NOT activate these muscles before raising their arms, thus making them less stable and more prone to injury. These men were re-tested after 6 months and found that they still could NOT activate these very important muscles, which suggests this ‘de-activation’ is not something that the body is able to self correct over time.

Now here comes the really interesting part of the study, when assessed all of these young men were found to have restriction and tightness of the sacroiliac joints in their pelvis. When the men were given a single session of Chiropractic adjustments to improve the function of these joints, it resulted in close to 40% improvement in the men’s ability to pre-activate these muscles!  This suggests that by improving the function of the sacroiliac joints, we can improve the connection between the brain and the deep abdominal core muscles!

These findings are so important for anyone wanting to improve core strength and stability, reduce their chance of injury, optimise results of their work-outs and improve their ability to perform everyday activities of living.”


Nic Mendoza-Jones

Nic is AGOGA’s functional strength specialist. He’s known for his obsessive research (comes from being an ex lawyer) and self-experimentation with innovative and alternative training methods including kettlebells, Indian clubs and ‘gada’ steel maces.

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