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The Change Challenge

The Change Challenge For the Next Twelve Training Sessions Go into any gym and you will see people working their biceps and pectoral muscles one day, deltoids and triceps the next day, and occasionally some form of leg press or knee extension for a leg day.  This “muscle isolation” training comes from the drug enhanced world of bodybuilding.  For the average fitness client and any athlete, isolating muscles is of little value.  The muscles are slaves to the orders sent from the brain.  Your brain recognizes movement patterns--crawl, hip hinge, squat--not individual muscles.  The drivers of performance and fitness are the neural and hormonal changes produced by exercise.  Isolation exercises dampen that neural response.  For many fitness clients, isolation exercise…

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September 2019 Newsletter

In this month's issue, Mike O'Hara tells you how to get your glutes and hamstrings working in "Reboot Your Glute".  He also gives a simple exercise program to improve posture caused by too much tech.  Exercises are demonstrated and you can view videos of them on our youtube channel using the links in the article.  Jeff Tirrell gives tips on success using VIP. Download Here

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August 2019 Newsletter

Many of you have joined Mike O'Hara for Saturday Solutions, where he provides as assessment and advice on problems with movement restrictions or pain that our members are having. A frequent question for Mike is what to do about shoulder pain. In the August issue of our newsletter, Mike gives a comprehensive program of exercises that can be performed to reduce shoulder pain. Jeff Tirrell writes about environmental factors that could be preventing you from being successful in reaching your goals, and we also provide a run down of some new classes that will be offered this fall. Download Here

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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 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara discusses the most important training patterns to perform in order to stay independent as you age. Video demonstration can be seen using the link at the end of the article.  Mike also writes about training your legs to prevent injury in his article, Give Your Legs Some Love. Meet some Fenton Fitness members--Nicole and Carl Pearson. Download Here

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Push Ups and Longevity

Push Ups and Longevity Recent Study Is A Biomarker Reminder Take a moment and read the recent New York Times article, How Many Push-Ups Can You Do? It May Be a Good Predictor of Heart Health. It appears that being able to perform well on a push up test is a better predictor of heart health than the traditional treadmill test.  The article postulates several reasons for the research results.  We only need to read the book Biomarkers for a thorough explanation. In the book Drs. Evans and Rosenburg looked at the measurable “biomarkers” that keep humans healthy, independent, and fit over an entire life span.  They have determined the top four biomarkers are: Muscle Mass.  What percentage of your…

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