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  • Making the incredible look seemingly ho hum

    Posted by on May 3, 2014
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    I am amazed by the athleticism of this seemingly routine catch.


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  • The benefit of exercise that cannot be measured

    Posted by on April 14, 2014
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    When we are younger we exercise to look better and perhaps to perform better at a sport or activity, and of course, to be healthy. When we are older we still want to perform well and look good, but there's other benefits that move to the forefront. At we get older our old injuries begin to haunt us. As we get older we are not as resiliant, and we need an added measure of protection against injuries. At my age I just want to feel good and not get hurt or sick. I am at a point that I have to exercise to avoid the pains that old injuries bring.

  • High-Intensity Strength Training Beneficial to Parkinson's Patients

    Posted by on April 1, 2014
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    From this study, High-intensity strength training shows benefit for Parkinson’s patients comes this quote:

    "High-intensity strength training produced significant improvements in quality of life, mood and motor function in older patients with Parkinson’s disease…“We saw improvements in strength, muscle size and power, which we expected after rigorous weight training; but we also saw improvement in balance and muscle control, We also saw improvement in cognition, mood and sense of well-being.”

    At Austin Personal Training and New Orleans Personal Training we have worked with Parkinson patients. We use primarily medical rehab equipment and can finely tune the weight and range of motion to those with limitations.

  • Earl Grey Tea as Good as Statins?

    Posted by on April 1, 2014
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    From Wikipedia - the Bergamot orange is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow color similar to a lemon. Bergamot has been used for the treatment of tension depression, stress, and skin infection such as psoriasis and eczema. It is the key ingredient in Earl Grey tea.

    Now there is potentially a new benefit. Scientists believe bergamot can significantly lower cholesterol. From the Journal of Functional Foods comes this study Hypocholesterolaemic activity of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl flavanones enriched fraction from bergamot fruit (Citrus bergamia) and this quote:

    The daily supplementation of HMGF in the diet could be very effective for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia.

  • Austin # 7 and New Orleans # 10 for Hipsters

    Posted by on March 9, 2014
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    A Forbes magazine article put out a list of the 20 hippest neighborhoods, and East Austin, Austin, TX and the Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA ranked seventh and tenth respectively. Forbes used Merriam-Webster definition of a “hipster” as “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.” Well, I guess that is something.

    From the article this quote:

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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 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.