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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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November 2019 Newsletter

Just what exactly is your "core"? Mike O'Hara answers that question and describes the function of the core muscles.  Jeff Tirrell answers the question--"But don't I need cardio?" Download Here

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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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Changing Priorities

Changing Priorities There are five components to any well-designed fitness program.  Cardiorespiratory capacity, strength training, injury prevention, mobility enhancement, and muscle endurance. Most fitness participants prioritize the five components in this manner: Cardiorespiratory Capacity Muscle Endurance Mobility Enhancement Strength Training Injury Prevention A typical training session consists of 30 minutes of cardio, multiple sets of high repetition muscle isolation exercises finished off with a series of stretches.  The top three components are involved in every workout.  Strength training and injury prevention are generally ignored.  This is the reason most people fail to achieve fitness results and often end up injured. Most fitness participants would be better served if they completely reversed that prioritization: Injury Prevention Strength Training Mobility Enhancement Muscle…

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July 2017 Newsletter

Discover the difference between muscle soreness following exercise activity and pain you should be concerned about in "Do I Have A Problem?". Jeff Tirrell gives advice for women on optimizing performance and Mike O'Hara discusses training priorities for those over forty. Download Here

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