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Muscle and a Healthier Heart

Muscle and a Healthier Heart 10 Year Study: More Muscle=Less Cardiovascular Disease The Attica Study is a large-scale, multi-year health evaluation of over 3000 Greek men and women.  A significant finding to come out of this study is the correlation muscle mass has with better cardiovascular health in men.  The men with the most muscle mass at the start of the study had an 81% lower risk of heart disease ten years later.  The correlation with women may take longer to happen as heart disease starts later in the female population.  We are beginning to understand that muscle is more than just a movement engine.  Muscle is the largest endocrine organ in the body and it has a significant influence…

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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 3

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 3 Posterior and Lateral Drags Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for the…

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Pharmacy Mishaps

Pharmacy Mishaps Avoiding Prescription Errors If you take a prescription medication, please read the online New York Times *article by Ellen Gabler.  The corporate productivity push is creating a dangerous environment in today’s pharmacies.  Just like all other health care professionals, pharmacists have been forced to devote more time to electronic medical records (EMR).  Maintaining and developing more business is now a work requirement.  Pharmacists are being evaluated based on the amount of revenue they create instead of the quality of care they provide.  In this new environment, it is essential that patients be as proactive as possible.  These are some of the precautions we should all take when traveling through pharmacy services. Make sure it is your name and…

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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 2

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 2 Sled March and Sprints Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for the…

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January 2020 Newsletter

Our January issue contains some great information to make you successful in your training program.  Read Mike's article,"Hold a Row" for tips on preventing neck and shoulder pain and improving posture.  Mike also explains how goal setting can impact your program, and Jeff Tirrell tells how to improve nutrition habits by making positive changes rather than following a list of don'ts. Download Here

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Balance Building Blocks

Balance Building Blocks Over the last six months, Nancy had taken two tumbles.  Fortunately, she had not suffered anything worse than a bruise on her hip and an injured ego.  She brought in an advertisement for a balance training device and asked me if it would improve her balance.  Nancy attended the gym three days a week and lived a fairly active life.  After an evaluation of her balance, she was instructed on a series of drills that addressed her needs.  No special equipment was necessary and she could perform the routine at home and at the gym.  Four weeks later, Nancy returned for a re-evaluation and was happy to have improved on all of the balance tests.  Nancy felt…

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