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Better and Not Broken

Better and Not Broken 2020 Resolution January has arrived, and with the new year comes a sudden surge in fitness participation.  January’s well-intentioned training efforts produce many of the physical therapy patients we treat in February and March.  Fitness folks that morph into physical therapy patients travel remarkably similar paths.   For those returning to exercise, I have some suggestions that will keep you in the gym and out of the clinic. Choose Joint Friendly Exercises Many of the training tools in the typical fitness facility limit movement to one joint.  Seated knee extension, prone leg curls, seated shoulder abduction, and seated hip abduction wedge the body into artificial alignments in an effort to place load on one muscle.  Older, overloaded,…

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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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