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October 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara discusses training muscles that you don't always think about training.  Video of the exercises he demonstrates is available on our youtube channel. He also discusses head pain after exercises and ways to control it.  Jeff Tirrell writes about fats and their caloric content. Download Here

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“Cardio Makes My Head Hurt”

"Cardio Makes My Head Hurt" Last month, I had the opportunity to assist a fitness client during a Saturday Solutions session.  I have found exercise induced head pain is becoming a more common problem and I wish to share this success story in an effort to help others. Susan was making good progress in her fitness program when she suddenly developed head pain after every session of exercise.  She tried non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and migraine medications, but the head pain did not change.  She noticed that the pain was worse on the days she performed more demanding cardiovascular training.  Susan worked at a computer for six plus hours a day and she spent at least an hour in the car.  She…

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Modification for Constant Progress

Modification for Constant Progress I see two extremes among fitness enthusiasts in the way that they handle injuries. The first is “Meathead Mike” who has the “no pain, no gain” mentality.  Mike has pain but he ignores it, keeps exercising the painful area, and the pain increases. Eventually, the pain impacts other exercises and activities of his daily life outside of the gym. Finally, when he can no longer comfortably drive his car to work or can’t pick up his children, he goes to the doctor to be diagnosed with severe tendonitis, a torn rotator cuff, or meniscus tear. Mike doesn’t know how to quit, so even with his diagnosis, he will continue to train. Our next personality is “Delicate…

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Life In The Lateral Lane–Lateral Lunges

Life In The Lateral Lane Better Motor Control With Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges Most gym activities are front to back movement patterns.  We call this sagittal plane training.  Running, elliptical training, and biking, all are predominantly sagittal plane activities.  In athletics and daily activities, a great deal of movement is side to side or frontal plane movement.  Most of the motor control issues we find in physical therapy and fitness clients involve poor control of side to side (frontal plane) movement patterns.  The lateral lunge with a medicine ball is a simple exercise that will resolve many of these problems.  Read the rest of this article and watch the video. Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges:  I like fitness activities that develop…

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September 2019 Newsletter

In this month's issue, Mike O'Hara tells you how to get your glutes and hamstrings working in "Reboot Your Glute".  He also gives a simple exercise program to improve posture caused by too much tech.  Exercises are demonstrated and you can view videos of them on our youtube channel using the links in the article.  Jeff Tirrell gives tips on success using VIP. Download Here

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Curbing Binge Eating

Curbing Binge Eating Jenny was a new client a few years back. She started training four to five times per week consistently. She ate a healthy diet, most of the time. After three weeks of training and not seeing the scale budge, Jenny came to me with frustration. She did not understand why she wasn’t seeing her expected results when she was training consistently and “eating really well”. She began to wonder if she was eating too little, incorrect foods, or eating at the wrong times. Was there a supplement missing from her diet? What changes needed to be made in order for her to see results? I asked her to log her food intake and activity as accurately as…

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