Sign & Digital Graphics

March '19

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T he past four years I have been paying my dues traveling around the Midwest, East Coast, West Coast, Germany, Amsterdam and my shop in Oshkosh, Wisconsin...working for vari- ous sign shops, wrap firms and design houses installing nothing but wraps and adhesive-based vinyl products. Usually these are timeline sensitive, large square foot project installations that consume a large amount of labor hours and demand the ability to maintain a physical endur- Wrap Yoga For a Healthier You Staying limber and loose keeps the body from getting sore B Y J O S H U A M A R Q U A R D T Joshua Marquardt is the vice president and partner at Art City Wraps in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. CORE POSITIONS—Posture is key! By visualizing the stretching of my spine and neck as I lift my head and arms toward the ceiling, I engage my core muscles and elon- gate, stretch out to maximize my body's throw. I pay attention to stacking one spine vertebrae on top of the other until finally standing tall reaching toward the ceiling stretching my whole body long. I stretch both arms up, clasp my hands and rotate from the waist clockwise a couple times, then I switch to rotate counterclockwise a few rotations. I do this throughout the day to release stress and stay loose. If I am working on a panel or installing in the same position for a long period of time, I try to be mindful of these and try to keep my knees directly over my feet to minimize lower back stress. F I T N E S S ance and focus through lengthy peri- ods of time, usually spent on our feet. I have come to appreciate how physically demanding the job of an installer is. It is a job that requires flexibility and balance, on top of wits and talent. Some days I find myself on ladders and scaffolding engaging my core muscles laying murals, while other days I find myself laying flat on a garage floor elongating my spine while wrapping a bumper. I have a busy life...wife, kids, dog, business, travel. I rarely make it to the YMCA for a work out and eat carne asada tacos rinsed down with Stella Artois as often as possible. But I'm getting older and want to make sure I live as long as possible and want to feel like I got some pep in my step when I'm older yet. I have taken Yoga and Pilattes classes to 52 • March 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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