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  • 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.”

  • Exercise and Brain Health

    Posted by on September 16, 2013
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    From the article Get Moving for a Health Brain in the September 2013 AARP Bulletin these quotes:

    The latest research shows that cognitive decline is not inevitable…the brain continues to make new neurons and fine tune neural connections as we live…Aerobic exercise jumps-tarts that process and slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s’ in half and general dementia by 60 %.

    And this:

    Exercise boosts the flow of blood to the brain, spurring the release of what has been dubbed Miracle-Gro for the brain – brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This chemical stimulates the formation of new neurons in the hippocampus, the area involved in memory, learning and the ability to plan and make decisions. BDNF also repairs cell damage and strengthens
    synapses.

  • Brief Bouts of High Intensity Training Improves Maximal Oxygen Uptake

    Posted by on September 3, 2013
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    From this study, Low-and High-Volume of Intensive Endurance Training Significantly Improves Maximal Oxygen Uptake after Ten Weeks of Training in Healthy Men comes this quote:

    “Our study demonstrated that slightly overweight and healthy individuals only required brief, duration bouts of exercise with good effort three times a week, to produce large increases in VO2max and work economy and reduce blood pressure and fasting glucose levels.”

    And this:

    “The present study demonstrates that a relatively intense stimulus administered only once and for a relatively short duration can substantially improve VO2max and work economy. A single bout of 4-minute interval training three times per week will not solve all lifestyle-related problems for people already obese or overweight, and it is not the only solution for inactive persons with a BMI below 25.”