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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 1

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 1 Push Ups About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a bike whenever…

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Pivot Pain–Get the Right Shoe for the Job

Pivot Pain--Get the Right Shoe for the Job On a recent Saturday Solution session, I had the pleasure of meeting Tony.  Tony has been training in the gym for just under two years.  Between the classes and his personal training routine, he lost fifteen pounds and had a new-found enthusiasm for exercise.  Unfortunately, Tony had developed pain in both feet.  Pain was present “under the ball of the foot” and became stronger as the day progressed.  Treatment with shoe orthotics and medications had not helped and the symptoms were getting stronger.  He was frustrated and needed some answers. During the evaluation, we were able to recreate the pain when Tony planted his foot and pivoted to change direction.  Tony then…

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Meet Kirk Wiley

Meet Kirk Wiley I first met Kirk Wiley when he came to Fenton Fitness in January of 2016 after just finishing up physical therapy with Mike O’Hara.  Kirk had previously completed an Ultra Marathon and was on the path to doing so once again.  At 50 years old, he weighed 233 lbs. and had 32.3% body fat at our first visit.  Kirk started our Nutrition Coaching program, began supervised training with us once a week, and followed a training plan we put together for him on one or two more days.  In his first nine months with us, he got down to 204 lb.s and 25% body fat.  After a foot injury while hiking/climbing out west that wouldn’t resolve while…

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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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