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July 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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Core Progressions–Part 5

Core Progressions--Part 5 Adductor Side Planks At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. Adductor Side Planks- Traditional side planks challenge the lateral core and your glutes.  This progression shifts the focus to the lateral…

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Core Progressions–Part 4

Core Progressions--Part 4 PUP Walkouts At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. PUP Walk Outs- After mastering a plank, we will often progress our clients to long lever planks (where the elbows are placed…

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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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Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube

Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube Push Up Position Planks The center of the body is a cylindrical tube of interwoven muscle and fascia.  On the top and bottom, you have the diaphragm and pelvic floor.  The sides are reinforced by the oblique muscles and across the front by the rectus and tranverse abdominus muscles.  These muscles work together to create pressure inside the cylinder.  The tension capacity of our “anatomical inner tube” allows us to lift, carry, push, and pull loads that would overwhelm any single joint in the spine.  Developing better tension strength will improve athleticism and reduce injuries.  One of the best exercises to improve tension strength is the Push Up Position Plank. Push Up Position Planks –…

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