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Habit Helpers

Habit Helpers Getting Better at the Fitness Process Fitness is a motivational mind game.  The psychology department at the University of Michigan has found that it takes six to eight weeks to develop the habit of exercise.  If you can get a participant to remain consistent for that period of time, their chances of staying with a program will be good.  Setting appropriate goals provides the ongoing psychological reinforcement necessary to develop and maintain the fitness habit.  The type of goal you choose can make a big difference in your chances of success. Most fitness clients set outcome goals—they want to lose twenty pounds, drop two dress sizes, run a 10 kilometer race, perform ten pull ups, etc…  Outcome goals…

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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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Tiger Questions

Tiger Questions The resurgence of Tiger Woods’ golf performance has produced questions on the merits of spinal fusion surgery.  Fitness clients and physical therapy patients have heard that Mr. Woods had his lower lumbar vertebrae surgically fused and is now doing well.  Recent articles in the *New York Times and **Wall Street Journal illuminate the good and bad of spinal fusion surgery and the changes it produced in Tigers’ golf game.  Spinal fusion patients are frequent costumers in the physical therapy clinic.  Based on my long history treating post fusion patients, these are the answers I give in regards to spinal fusion surgery. Can You Do Your Part? Anyone considering lumbar spinal fusion needs to be ready to make a…

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Four Fitness Rules to Live By

Four Fitness Rules to Live By 1) Have Fun A mediocre training plan done consistently trumps a perfect training plan done infrequently. This was one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp as a young personal trainer and strength coach. With all of the knowledge and experience we gain, we often want to use all of the evidence of research and advice of more experienced individuals to put together the most meticulous, well thought out, perfect training plan. Almost any experienced coach or trainer will agree that repeatedly showing up is the most important variable in achieving long term, sustainable progress. If trainers forget the importance of a client enjoying their training plan, they miss a fundamental principle. The…

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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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December 2016 Newsletter

In this issue, Mike O'Hara, PT gives ten reasons to love lunges. Video of lunge exercises/progressions are included. In Going Grizzly, Mike presents the exercise combination of Crawls and Sandbag Carries; a combination that helps you train more efficiently and move better. Watch the video for instruction on these exercises. See page three for an inspirational story of a Fenton Fitness member. Download Here  

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