Monthly Archives: June 2014

Kettlebell Dead lifts Helped Her Ditch Her Walker – imagine what strength training can do for you

If there’s any chance you’re hesitating to begin strength training because of your age, your arthritis, or other maladies, think twice. Here, from today’s New York Times, article, “A Chiseled Bodybuilder, Frail Clients and a Fitness Story for the Ages”, meet trainer Martin Luther King Addo who opened a gym near senior housing and changed lives.

At 90 Shirley Friedman, new at working out, is doing squats and participating in boot camp classes.

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Mary Killoran, 86, does strength and balance exercises, like  kettlebell dead lifts, and has traded her walker for a cane and now takes long walks.

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Trainer Martin Luther King Addo is training for the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association’s Mr. Universe contest next year.

Where ever you are on the fitness spectrum, strength training can take you to your next level and open up worlds of new physical abilities.

Read the full New York Times article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/sports/a-chiseled-bodybuilder-now-shaping-frail-clients.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day

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Breakfast in honor of national Eat Your Vegetables day.

How Much Body Fatness Do You Have? Calculate Your BMI here.

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(Link to this calculator below)

 

Here’s a link to a BMI calculator. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.”

Food for thought….and maybe it should be…think about the food you eat today.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

 

 

Spinning, cycling is great for the knees! How’s your pedal technique?

 

 

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As we age, spinning/cycling at the gym or outside is a great way to get that aerobic high we used to get from running when we no longer want to pound those joints. Another good reason to get on the bike is to help alleviate knee pain. Bad knees need strong glutes, quads, hamstrings,  and calves to minimize strain on them. Seeing the extent of arthritis in my knee during arthroscopic surgery, the doctor suggested that, as I go forward (into old age), I just limit activities. At the advice of another doctor, I lost weight and started cycling. I attended spin classes in the gym and bought a bike. I added lots of squats, lunges, and other leg work. Now, ten years later my knee pain is not only gone, I’m jump roping and doing all sorts of crazy things.

If you’re spinning in a class or riding on your own, good form is not only important for efficiency but for getting the strength you want in your legs. In the video link below, Dave Scott, Ironman World Champ, describes  how proper pedal technique makes all the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still Time to Run a Marathon

 

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Harriette Thompson ran her first marathon at age 76 and now at age 91 she set a new record for female runners over 90, beating the previously held record by nearly two hours! How’s that for inspiration?

Read more about her in this Runner’s World article.http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/91-year-old-finishes-san-diego-marathon

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