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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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“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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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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