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New Orleans Cuisine

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One of the rewards of following a good diet is the luxury of splurging every once in a while without going off the rails to good health. What better place to do it than New Orleans. This aptly titled article 23 Truly Unbelievable Dishes Found Only In NOLA places Dat Dog’s Alligator Dog & Crawfish Étouffé Fries number one of the list.

Dat Dog is just up the street from our New Orleans location, New Orleans Fitness Training  I try to stop there every time I visit New Orleans.  At our other location, Austin Fitness Training, we’ll settle for good BBQ.

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Avoiding hyper-extending the knees on the leg press

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Most leg press machines provide movement in a straight line. With straight line movement there is more shearing force at the end point of the movement, and if one locks out at the end point there is greater potential for hyper-extending the knee. As an example see here (warning graphic).  At Austin Fitness Trainers and at New Orleans Fitness Trainers  we use MedX equipment. The MedX leg press provides an arcing range of motion similar to the rotation of the knee, and it can be set so that there is no locking out at the end point.

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The link between diabetes and Alzheimer's

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From this article, Researchers find stronger links between diabetes and Alzheimer's comes this quote:

“Their study, using mice, found that elevated glucose in the blood – a primary consequence of diabetes -- can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, which shows up in brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. The buildup of these plaques is believed to be what brings on the memory loss that Alzheimer’s causes in the brain.”

And this:

“If the mice did not have the amyloid plaques in the brains, doubling their blood glucose levels increased amyloid beta levels in the brain by 20%. When the scientists repeated the experiment in older mice that already had developed brain plaques, amyloid beta levels rose by 40%”

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Cardiovascular benefits of strength training

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After a high intensity strength training workout you will be breathing hard.  This video was taken three minutes after a workout, so that I could get some of my wind back and have my pulse come down a bit.  EPOC, Essessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption is high after aerobic exercise, higher still after a strength training workout, and highest after a high intensity strength training workout.  A higher level of EPOC means more calories burned.  With a high intensity strength training workout, besides getting stronger, you will  positively affect your cardiovascular system, lower your sugar, and and burn calories long after the workout is over.

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Crazy Exercises

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Part of my 35 years in the fitness industry was spent working in big box gyms. My job was to help members with their exercises. For those that did not want assistance I stood back and watched as long as they did not do anything dangerous. One man seemed hell bent on injuring his back on an abdominal machine.  I asked him if he needed any help.  He responded that he was a doctor.  I took that as a no.  For many with a decade plus years in medical school they don’t want advice from a towel boy.  Eventually he did injure his back.

At Austin Personal Trainer and New Orleans Personal Trainer we can show you a safe way to exercise.