Kelly Personal Training Blog

  • Is yoga sufficient strength exercise for optimal health?

    Posted by on June 26, 2015
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    From this NY Times article, Does Yoga Build Strength? The question in the title is asked and their answer is:

    “In general, the few available experiments involving yoga suggest that it leads to measurable but limited and patchy strength gains.”

    Is yoga sufficient strength exercise for optimal health?   The question is a straw man.    In the yoga classes I have attended increasing flexibility and mobility, not strength, was the central purpose.

    The six factors of fitness are strength, flexibility, body leanness, resistance to injury and illness, enhanced bone density, and increased cardiovascular efficiency.  The degree to which yoga helped me improve strength or the other factors of fitness, I don’t know or care; I simply felt better afterwards. I tell my clients to do something they enjoy and they will be more likely to stick to it.  For many, that is yoga.   I tell them to strength train too.  

  • A Quarter Million Training Sessions

    Posted by on June 25, 2015
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    Some years back I was having a conversation with a fellow gym owner from another city. He wanted to know how many clients came through our doors. I told him we conduct a bit more than 500 personal training sessions a week. He responded, "You mean 500 clients a month". I said, "No, we do 500 clients a week". We had one location at the time.

    We have two locations now and a loyal clientele. Doing a rough estimate of just about how many clients have worked out over the years, it comes out that by a conservative estimate we've done over a quarter of million training sessions since we first opened our doors.

    The reason people patronize any business is because of the value that is offered. That quarter million is a vote of confidence and a validation of what we are doing.

    The average stay with a personal trainer is less than six months. The average stay at our facilities is measured in years - another validation.

  • Is exercising to lose weight a losing proposition?

    Posted by on June 16, 2015
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    Sorry about the pun. According to Wikipedia: A human being traveling on a bicycle at 16–24 km/h (10–15 mph), using only the power required to walk, is the most energy-efficient means of human transport generally available.  Just how energy efficient is the bicycle?

    The LiveStrong web site has an article, Calories Burned Biking One Mile detailing how many calories one burns riding a bike. Looking at the numbers from that source and others sources as well, you can get a rough estimate of number of calories burned riding a bike. Depending how much you weigh and how fast you ride you are going to expend anywhere from @ 30 to 60 calories per mile riding a bike. For ease of computation let’s use an average of 45 calories per mile of bike riding.

    Add two other factoids:  There are 31,500 food calories in a gallon of gas, and there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat.

  • Austin still ranks high in job creation

    Posted by on June 15, 2015

    This blog is primarily concerned with personal training, fitness, health, and human performance. Not unrelated to health is the environment where you live and the opportunities presented.

    According to this Forbes magazine The Best Cities For Jobs 2015 Austin ranked fourth in job growth.  A quote:

    “Job growth last year in Austin, Texas, was a decent 3.1%, while the information sector expanded by 4.7% and since 2011 by 17.8%.”

    It is interesting to note that four of the top ten cities for job growth
    were in Texas.

  • Strength training seniors live longer and better lives

    Posted by on June 8, 2015
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    Our clients at  Austin Personal Trainers and New Orleans Personal Trainers cover a wide spectrum of ages not least of which are those who are older.  Our oldest client was 95, and one of our trainers has four clients over eighty.  People in this cohort of the population have the most to gain in quality and length of life.

    Increased strength will result in increased gait speed, and that will result in better balance. Strength training will result in stronger muscles yes, but bones become stronger as well.  Elderly that are stronger are less likely to fall, and if they do they are more likely to walk away unscathed.

  • One study says exercise targets visceral fat

    Posted by on June 3, 2015
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    Belly fat is visceral deep fat, while subcutaneous fat settles just beneath your skin.  Visceral fat potentially increases the risk for many diseases; it produces biochemical signals that promote inflammation in the body. 

    According to a NYT article, Ask Well: Reducing Belly Fat  sit-ups are useless for losing belly fat, and you would be better off taking a walk. That I knew.  What didn’t know was that exercise might actually target visceral fat more than subcutaneous fat.

    One study showed that exercise disproportionately targets visceral fat,and a meta study concluded:

    “A comprehensive 2013 review concluded that programs combining aerobic exercise and occasional sessions of weight training were superior to either type of exercise alone at reducing belly fat.”

  • Gum disease will shorten your life.

    Posted by on June 2, 2015
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    The title of this article pretty much says it all: Not brushing your teeth can trigger dementia and heart disease: A unique experiment shows how bad dental hygiene wrecks your entire body’s immune system 

    A doctor conducted an experiment using himself as a guinea pig. He is an infectious diseases specialist and admits to knowing almost nothing about teeth. As he said, “It’s not something you learn about at medical school”.  He only brushed half of his teeth for two weeks.  He wore a guard on the un-brushed teeth just to make sure he did not receive the positive results of the ½ brushing.

    Result: bleeding gums, mild gum disease, a compromised immune system.

    A quote:

    “Lab tests using my white blood cells — the soldiers of the immune system — showed they had become less effective at moving towards an infectious invader when it was introduced to them.

  • New Orleans Cuisine

    Posted by on May 26, 2015
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    One of the rewards of following a good diet is the luxury of splurging every once in a while without going off the rails to good health. What better place to do it than New Orleans. This aptly titled article 23 Truly Unbelievable Dishes Found Only In NOLA places Dat Dog’s Alligator Dog & Crawfish Étouffé Fries number one of the list.

    Dat Dog is just up the street from our New Orleans location, New Orleans Fitness Training  I try to stop there every time I visit New Orleans.  At our other location, Austin Fitness Training, we’ll settle for good BBQ.

  • Memorial Day

    Posted by on May 25, 2015
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    I'm from a not-so-innocent town

    near where the Red River flows.

    It was full of burly oilfield men

    now buried in monument rows.


    I hale from mines, ports, and shops

    producing jobs and dreams.

    I’m from churches and civic clubs,

    and I know free press themes.


    I come from Blue Ridge shadows

    north and further east.

    I live in the cradle of a new nation

    where history has become a feast.


    I know well lands filled by timber,

    and fields of waving grass.

    I’ve lived by seamless deserts

    where teams of mules once passed.


    I hale from boxcars and highways

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  • Memorial Day Weekend, time for the pools to open?

    Posted by on May 24, 2015
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    Memorial Day is a day for remembering the sacrifice of our armed services, picnics, pool openings, and this year apparently, flooding.  Pictured is Barton Springs pool, an Austin landmark, in good weather and a video of Barton Springs pool today.

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