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  • Outrunning Cheetahs

    Posted by on November 16, 2013
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    From this BBC article Kenyans chase down and catch goat-killing cheetahs these quotes:

    “The men waited until the hottest part of the day before launching the chase over a distance of four miles (6.4km).

    The cheetahs got so tired they could not run any more. The villagers captured them alive and handed them over to the Kenya Wildlife Service.”

    And this:

    “He said he decided to return to his village to organise their capture at a time of day when cheetahs get very tired and usually rest in shade.

    "I was sipping a cup of tea when I saw them killing another goat," he said, explaining that this was early in the morning.

    He said he waited until several hours later when the sun was high to go after them.

    "I called some youths and we ran after them," he said.

    "We caught them and we brought them to the local authorities."

  • High intensity training better for coronary artery disease patients

    Posted by on November 8, 2013
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    Two groups of stable patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) regularly walked on treadmills three times a week for ten weeks. One group walked at high intensity (80-90% of VO2peak); the other groups walked at moderate intensity (50-60% of VO2peak)

    The results from this study, High intensity aerobic interval exercise is superior to moderate intensity exercise for increasing aerobic capacity in patients with coronary artery disease were:

    After training VO2peak increased by 17.9% (P=0.012) in the high intensity group and 7.9% (P=0.038) in the moderate intensity group. The training-induced adaptation was significantly higher in the high intensity group (P=0.011).

    Their conclusion:

    High intensity aerobic interval exercise is superior to moderate exercise for increasing VO2peak in stable CAD-patients.

  • Increased blood flow and lower BP with strength training

    Posted by on October 29, 2013
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    From this article Weight Training Has Unique Heart Benefits, Study Suggests:

    “An acute bout of resistance exercise shows many favorable cardiovascular benefits and should therefore be considered as part of a daily exercise training program".

    When compared to aerobic training resistance training resulted in increased blood flow to the limbs and a longer-lasting drop in blood pressure after exercise.

    Another quote:

    "Resistance exercise may offer greater benefits from the increases in blood flow to active muscles and could be implemented as companion to an aerobic training regimen, according to the new study".

    Especially because of its ability to increase blood flow to active muscles, weight training could be a valuable companion to an aerobic training regimen. "This may be of greatest importance to women, as they can derive important weight-bearing benefits of resistance training to help prevent and/or treat osteoporosis,"

  • One year anniversary at our new New Orleans location

    Posted by on October 17, 2013
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    Has it really been over a year since we’ve moved the gym, renovated a building and changed our name? They say time flies when you are having fun...and it has because we are... Kelly Personal Training, nee Ultimate Fitness, is now located near the blossoming Freret St. corridor nestled in a beautiful uptown neighborhood . Our corner building was originally a grocery store. The large windows are still in place. In the early morning the sun rises on Danneel St. giving us a beautiful beginning to the day.

    We may have changed our space but our mission is the same - to provide a safe, efficient way to improve life by becoming stronger. And we do it while having fun. Many of our “people” have been with us for years. Relationships have grown. We know about each others’ lives, favorite books, what was cooked or what restaurant was highlighted this week. Most of our trainers have been with us for over five years, a few over ten.

  • Benefits of exercise for the brain may be transient

    Posted by on October 8, 2013
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    A New York times article asks Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last? In a word, no. It appears that desirable changes are not permanent, much like when a person stops exercising the body reverts to its former de-conditioned state.

    Experimenters took two groups of rats, one group exercised on a treadmill and the other did not exercise. Afterward, the researchers
    compared the animals’ performance on the memory test, as well as the number of new brain cells in the hippocampus of each group of rats.

    They found that:

    ”The rats that had run were much faster on the water maze test than the control animals. They also had at least twice as many newborn neurons in the hippocampus.

    But those advantages faded after several more weeks of not running. The brains of the animals that had been inactive for three weeks contained far fewer newborn neurons than the brains of the animals that had rested for only one week. The brains of the animals that had been inactive for six weeks had fewer still”.

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  • Kelly Personal Training Austin Upgraded

    Posted by on October 6, 2013
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    Kelly Personal Training New Orleans moved to a new location this past year. Meanwhile, Kelly Personal Training Austin has had a total makeover - new floors (no small feat with several tons of equipment to move), newly painted walls with accent walls and stripes, new signage, tinted windows, new furniture, remodeled bath and shower rooms, two new pieces of equipment to bring our total to 25 pieces, and Stella, the red cocker, got a new pack member, the brown and white cocker named Bella both shown here on the yellow couch.

  • Growing new brain cells by exercising

    Posted by on October 6, 2013
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    Regular exercise improves our ability to think and remember through the creation of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis.

    From this NY Times article, How Testosterone May Alter the Brain After Exercise:

    “A new study found that male sex hormones surge in the brain after exercise and could be helping to remodel the mind”.

    They tested to see if rats produce the testosterone in the brain by shutting off production in the testes (castration). Further, some of the animals also were injected with a drug that negated the effects of testosterone produced by the brain. Some rats were not altered. They were then divided into groups, sedentary and active rats. The active rats exercise on treadmills for two weeks; the sedentary rats played video games (not really).

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  • Austin ranks as one of top ten up and coming entrepreneurial cities in the world

    Posted by on September 30, 2013
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    In this Forbes article 10 Up And Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs Austin is listed as one of the top ten up and coming entrepreneurial cities in the world. The article states about Austin that:

    The capital of Texas has been buzzing for a few years now. Austin is a great place to start a company and is loaded with an influx of young professionals.

    Click on link to see twenty-five article other articles where Austin ranks high

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  • Study Asks: Does Exercise Benefit the Brain?

    Posted by on September 22, 2013
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    In a study two groups took a memory quiz. Then one group cycled to exhaustion in 30 minutes and the other group sat there. Their memories were then retested. The result:

    “The exercised volunteers performed significantly better on the memory test than they had on their first try, while the volunteers who had rested did not
    improve” – quote from the NY Times article How Exercise Benefits The Brain.

    They also took blood samples throughout the experiment. They found that: “The cyclists had significantly higher levels of a protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which is known to promote the health of nerve cells. The men who had sat quietly showed no comparable change in BDNF levels.”

  • Study: High Intensity training beneficial and safe for those with heart disease

    Posted by on September 21, 2013
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    New research examines the question of whether high-intensity exercise is beneficial for heart disease patients. The result:

    “The four studies, which were composed of patients who either had acute coronary syndrome or angina pectoris, confirmed previous findings that high-intensity exercise is safe, even for patients with CHD” – quote is from this article High-Intensity Exercise for People With Heart Disease.

    Another quote from the article:

    "When we compared VO2max before and after the training period, we found that the number of training sessions, the subject's age or baseline fitness levels had no impact, but the intensity of the intervals had a significant effect, and seems to be the most important characteristic of an effective interval session.”