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  • 60 studies say exercising is not the key to weight loss

    Posted by on July 7, 2016
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    The opening lines from this article, Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies:

    "'I'm going to make you work hard', a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent spinning class, 'so you can have that second drink at happy hour!'

    At the end of the 45-minute workout, my body was dripping with sweat. I felt like I had worked really, really hard. And according to my bike, I had burned more than 700 calories. Surely I had earned an extra margarita."  

  • Got Sarcopenia? If you are over forty you have it

    Posted by on June 26, 2016
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    The term sarcopenia has not been in common usage for very long (see graph), but the condition has been around forever.  Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle tissue that occurs as a natural part of the aging process. According to this article, Why You're Aging Ungracefully, there are two things we can do to help maintain our muscle as we age - lift weights and eat high-quality protein.

    A quote from the article:

    Sarcopenia begins naturally in the 4th and 5th decades of life, making your 40s and 50s an ideal time to increase dietary protein and weight training, but even those in their 60s and beyond can benefit."

    Another quote:

    "The stronger you are, the more muscle you have, the less likely you are to become sick or die."  

  • Your mother infected you with an alien

    Posted by on June 22, 2016
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    Your body is an amazing feat of construction.Ten trillion living cells all working together to make you. All the instructions required to build the You that You became are encoded in your DNA. Forty-Six chromosomes containing more than 25,000 genes have all the instructions required to build a human. Except…Nothing in your DNA explains how to make fuel for the engines that run inside you. Imagine if we had 1000 car manufacturers making millions of cars but no gasoline refineries. A car without fuel is just… art.

    The fuel you need is call Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). For your cells to move, grow, repair, and reproduce they need ATP. To make your muscles move you need ATP, but your DNA doesn’t have any instructions for making ATP.

  • Strength training study shows seniors improving far more than younger set

    Posted by on June 17, 2016
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    Two groups of men and women strength trained for six months. One group was older and the other younger. At the start of the study the older group was 59% weaker than the younger group. After six months the older adults were only 38% weaker than younger adults. Both groups improved, but the older group improved much more. 

    From this study Resistance Exercise Reverses Aging in Human Skeletal Muscle

    “We conclude that healthy older adults show evidence of mitochondrial impairment and muscle weakness, but that this can be partially reversed at the phenotypic level, and substantially reversed at the transcriptome level, following six months of resistance exercise training”.

    Mitochondria, found in most cells, is where respiration and energy production takes place. Six months of strength training partially reversed mitochondria impairments to a level consistent with a younger stage in life. It is like having a fountain of youth.

  • The Positive Side-effects of a Treatment for Osteopenia

    Posted by on June 15, 2016
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    Debra increased her bone density almost one full standard deviation - at age 60 no less. Carol suffered from back pain that prevented her from doing weight bearing exercise. Carol was able to use our MedX equipment with its special medical rehab features. After more that 20 years since she was first diagnosed with osteopenia her doctor informed her that she was osteopenia-free.  As she put it her 'bone tisssue was replaced,repaired and restored".

  • Exercise shenanigans

    Posted by on June 12, 2016
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    I have seen a lot of bizarre exercise practices in my years in big box gyms along with the occasional injury - the worst, a compound fracture of the lower leg that occurred on a trend mill. At New Orleans Fitness Training and our Austin Fitness Training we work one-on-one with our clients to attain results, and avoid injuries and shenanigans. 

    More: Gym fails
  • 100 years of changing workouts and changing style

    Posted by on June 12, 2016
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    An interesting video, not so much the changing apparel, but for the changing exercise trends - lots of vibrating devices, balls, ropes, rubberbands, and such but very little in way of strength training equipment.  At New Orleans Personal Trainers and Austin Personal Trainers our focus will continue to be on strength training.

    More: fads, trends
  • People still flocking to Austin and surrounding region

    Posted by on June 12, 2016
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    From this article, Austin region population boom not slowing, latest Census data shows:

    "The Austin region cracked 2 million residents last year, and Georgetown was the fastest-growing city in the nation."

    And this:

    "The Central Texas region saw an average overall gain of 157.2 new residents (births, deaths and migration) per day last year. And 52.4 of those new daily residents landed — by plane, train or birth — inside Austin's city limits."

  • $8000 for exercise equipment used just a few minutes a week, is it worth it?

    Posted by on June 5, 2016
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    Bud Fox to Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street: “How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough?” It's not Bud’s call as to what is enough for Gordon.

    If someone of limited means spent $8000 on a piece of exercise equipment to use just a few minutes a week some people might say it was an unwise investment. Again, it's not their call.

    The purchaser of a $8000 MedX low back exercise machine was a baggage handler at Northwest Airlines. This was related to me by the man who delivered the equipment. Northwest airlines had a wellness program that incorporated the MedX low back exercise machine; due to cutbacks the program was eliminated. Some workers were helped so much by the program that they bought the low back machine for their homes.

  • Thank you for turning my son into a man

    Posted by on June 4, 2016
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    I got a phone call from a parent after his son’s team had won the state soccer championship.  The father said, “Thank you for turning my son into a man”. Yeah, he said it, but I didn’t do it.

    Strength training a teenager can be tricky. Many don’t want to be there and may come to dread exercise. I saw a tough-guy father bring his son into a gym where I once worked, and he spoke to the trainer as if his son wasn’t even there. He said to the trainer, “I want you to work him hard; I want you to teach him discipline”. The kid was too small to fit into much of the equipment, and it was plain to see that he would rather be anywhere else. The trainer took the man’s money and proceeded to teach the boy some discipline.

    I try to avoid the situation where it is clear that the only reason the child is there is at the behest of the parents. Parents ask what exercise their child ought to be doing.  I tell them playing.