Kelly Personal Training Blog

  • Austin Ranked # 1 again

    Posted by on February 20, 2014
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    From this Forbes article Is there no stopping this city? Forbes ranks Austin No.1 for fourth-straight year:

    “Austin's accolades keep piling up. After the city ranked at or near the top of most economic polls and surveys in 2013, the Texas capital has started 2014 right where it left off, ranking No. 1 on Forbes' list of the country's fastest-growing cities for the fourth year in a row.”

    And this:

    “Forbes also noted that Austin's economy grew at a stellar 5.9 percent in 2013.”

  • Short Effective Workouts

    Posted by on February 20, 2014
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    From this article Short workouts: Will exercising for 15 minutes once a week get you fit?

    “The key to the short workout’s success revolves around a concept known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT is a heightened form of interval training that involves alternating between periods of short, intense physical activity and fixed periods of low activity or rest. Intervals can include anything from fast squats and pushups to weight lifting and powerful cardio.”

    The goal in exercise is expose the body to more than it is used to handling. If given enough time for recovery the body as a form of self-protection will come back stronger, more enduring, and more able to withstand the stresses previously placed on it. That can take one hour or two, or it can take less than ½ an hour. Regardless of the time period at the end the session you want to come out spent.

  • The effect of progressive resistance training in rheumatoid arthritis

    Posted by on February 9, 2014
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    With our medical rehab equipment and a specialized protocol we are able to work with those who are physically compromised. Some of those we have worked with are those with strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, lupus, hip, knee, and shoulder replacements, and rheumatoid arthritis. We have worked with dozens of people in their eighties and have worked with those as old as 95 years old. I point this out because people shy away from strength training because it's thought to be stressful and can cause injury. True, but if you have people who know what they are doing the opposite will happen. Case in point, see below:

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  • Stella and Bella

    Posted by on February 8, 2014
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    Written by Personal trainer Amy Hard

    Meet Stella and Bella, Our Furry Gym Friends

    Kelly Personal Training is a fun place to be for a lot of reasons. Two of them are Stella and Bella who are often found hanging around the gym. Like many in Austin, most of us who work at Kelly Personal Training are dog lovers, so we enjoy having these two Cocker Spaniels within petting distance while we train our clients - they add a nice cozy feel to our little Northwest Austin neighborhood gym. Some of our clients have called our gym their “Cheers Bar”, because many are neighbors or have gotten to know each other over their years at the gym, and they like seeing each other during their workouts.

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  • Early Mornings on our Corner of Uptown New Orleans

    Posted by on February 4, 2014
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    Cold, cold, cold. We are not used to this weather in New Orleans. On the way to work I appreciate the camellias in bloom especially since they may freeze off tonight. The gym is lit up, a beacon of activity at 6:30 a.m., before the sun rises. Entering I see my teen
    swimmer client, Laura, age 16. She is a rarity...a motivated teen! Do I sound old? Anyway, she began strength training last year. Since then Laura has smoked the competition. The first indication that adding muscle to her technique and hours of practice was beating a rival for the first time...by a pool length.

    She, her mom, and I know that strength training works. Laura has never been hurt or sidelined by her sessions at Kelly Personal Training. In fact, I have to encourage her to NOT workout before a big race. She loves the challenge of the workout as well as the results. Now Laura is learning about the value of rest.

  • Effective osteopenia treatment

    Posted by on February 2, 2014
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    A cure relieves a person of the symptoms of a sickness or a condition. A treatment can slow, stop, or reverse the progression of an illness or condition such as osteopenia. Some of our clients have had amazing results in reversing their bone loss. There is no cure for osteopenia or osteoporosis. Treatments for osteopenia include changes in diet, supplements such as calcium and vitamin D, hormone therapy, several types of osteoporosis drugs, alternative medicine, and physical activities and exercise (particularly weight-bearing exercise).

  • Changes This New Year

    Posted by on January 30, 2014
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    I worked at quite a few different health clubs in my years in New Orleans. I am guessing that what goes on in New Orleans in no different than what goes on in other gyms around the country. In 34 years in the fitness business, this is what I have observed every January. The first two weeks, the gym is filled to capacity. There are a lot of new faces. I remember my first year working with a guy who was 290 pounds. He told me he would be doing the butterfly across the pool in six months. He came into gym for hours every single night for five nights in a row. The next week I didn't see him, and I never saw him again. The second two weeks, the gym thins out a bit. The second month, things are pretty much back to normal. There are the same faces you see the year round, plus there are some new faces.

  • Extraordinary Clients

    Posted by on January 23, 2014
    Client Testimonials

    The Olympics are just around the corner. It got me to thinking. Not everyone can be the best in the world, but they can do some surprising things. Some of our clients from our New Orleans and Austin locations:

    Helen (New Orleans) 74 had both knees, both hips, and a partial shoulder replaced. She was a very active tennis player when she was younger. Strength training was the one form of exercise she enjoyed doing at 74.

    Darcy (New Orleans) was given the green light to work out during her entire pregnancy. She really did. She worked out on a Thursday and had her baby the following Monday.

    Sylvia (Austin) worked out with us until she past at the age of 95.

  • Going All Out Again

    Posted by on January 3, 2014
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    A series of injuries including a ruptured Achilles tendon resulted in nine month of no exercise - none. I didn’t even work for a couple of months. I started back lifting what I could handle and began a sprint training program three times a week on a stationary recumbent bike - 120 seconds warm-up followed by a 30 second all-out sprint followed by at 90 second easy recovery pace. Eventually I worked up to a total of eight sprints. If you can do more you are pacing yourself.

  • Overtraining Part Two

    Posted by on December 6, 2013
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    Frankie was a fanatical exerciser. He exercised with a trainer four times a week for an hour before going to work. On the weekends he went for hours-long bike rides. He decided to give our training program a try, and I put him through a workout. He worked out hard. The last exercise was the chest press and he was spent. During the last couple of reps he made agonizing sounds like the Mel Gibson character in Braveheart – really unnecessary but it got him through to the end. It was a little bit scary.

    I suspected that he was over-trained, so for the next few weeks I convinced him to train just once a week, and I put him through moderately intense sessions. Six week later I put him through the workout we did in our initial session. On the last exercise the chest press he completed the exercise without the dramatic Braveheart sounds of cry Freedom.