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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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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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Meet Susan Lonie

Meet Susan Lonie Susan’s Story “For most of my adult life, I have been involved with various types of exercise. I’ve participated in aerobics and weight lifting, along with a variety of classes that were available at the various gyms I’ve belonged to. While these activities have kept me active, they haven’t specifically addressed my growing interest and needs for proper nutrition and for strength, balance, and mobility. Three years ago, I sustained a shoulder injury. Working out very carefully and on my own did not keep my shoulder from regularly going out of place. I finally made my way in to Fenton Fitness and gave the Trial Membership a chance to help me. It was the solution to my…

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Core Progressions–Part 5

Core Progressions--Part 5 Adductor Side Planks At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. Adductor Side Planks- Traditional side planks challenge the lateral core and your glutes.  This progression shifts the focus to the lateral…

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Core Progressions–Part 4

Core Progressions--Part 4 PUP Walkouts At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. PUP Walk Outs- After mastering a plank, we will often progress our clients to long lever planks (where the elbows are placed…

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