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  • A Quarter Million Leg Lifts in a Year, the Results

    Posted by on March 1, 2016
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    In 1985 I was working at a health club, and aerobics classes were very popular. Leg lifts were a staple of the classes. Leg lifts can be done laterally, kicking backward, or forward. They can be done standing, on all fours, while doing a plank, leaning on an exercise ball, or lying on your side. There are other ways as well. In the course of a class they are performed in high numbers.

    I did the math. I figured 60 to 70 leg lifts were performed a minute. There were 8 to 10 minutes of leg lifts per class. If you went to several classes in a week and showed up 50 weeks a year you would be doing close to a quarter million leg lifts. One woman did. At the end of the year she still had substantial fat deposits on her outer thighs. In fact that was the only place she had noticeable fat on her body.

    Around this same time I occasionally worked out a man who liked to drink beer, and he occasionally exercised. His body fat was about 30%, much of it around his abdomen and much less around his lower body. When he did the leg extension exercise you could clearly see the four muscles of each of his quadriceps, and he had very little fat on his hips.

  • Eggs can quell your appetite

    Posted by on February 23, 2016
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    According to the Harvard School of Health:

    “A solid body of research shows that for most people, cholesterol in food has a much smaller effect on blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol than does the mix of fats in the diet. Recent research has shown that moderate egg consumption—up to one a day—does not increase heart disease risk in healthy individuals.”

    The key words there are "most people" and “healthy individuals” – no diabetes or history of heart disease.

    When eating eggs I feel full longer.  I thought it was just me, but studies confirm that eggs will help to quell your appetite. The article, Is it OK to eat eggs every day?, addresses the myths regarding cholesterol and eggs and mentions two studies on eggs and satiation.

    One study: “They also ate less at lunch and dinner after having the egg breakfast as opposed to the other breakfasts.”

    The other study: “Eggs for lunch could increase satiety more than a carbohydrate meal and might even help reduce between-meal calorie intake.”

  • Hitting for distance with the right exercises

    Posted by on February 21, 2016
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    A simple equation that has been proven to work for golfers: Increased strength and flexibility will result in increased club head speed, increased distance, and decreased likelihood of injury. We have all the MedX core exercise equipment used by golfers on the PGA tour at both our Austin Personal Training and New Orleans Personal Training locations.

  • “If you don’t dry off you’ll smell like a billy goat”

    Posted by on February 20, 2016
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    Forty years ago I worked along with 5000 others in a huge steel mill back when they still had steel mills. It was incredibly dirty work. So dirty in fact that some workers claimed they wore the same clothes for the week, tossed them, and got a new set from the Salvation Army for the next week.

    At the end of a shift we would all hustle off to the showers, change clothes, and make for the exit with some going on to the Mill Gate Inn just beyond, you guessed it, the mill gate entrance. I was anxious to get out of there. I would shower and dress without drying. I liked the cool wetness of not drying off.

    An old man saw me and told me I needed to dry off. I asked him why. He told me, “If you don’t dry off you’ll smell like a billy goat”. I took his advice to heart. I often think of that advice after showering or whenever I visit a petting zoo. If funny how things stay in your mind after so many years.

  • Can one lose weight by becoming less cluttered?

    Posted by on February 18, 2016
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    'Give me a one-handed economist! All my economics say, ''On the one hand, on the other.''' Harry S. Truman

    A new book, Lose The Clutter Lose The Weight, as the title suggests operates from an interesting premise. On one hand in regard to clutter and weight-loss, correlation does not mean causation. There are those who have been both fat and tidy, and other times, very fit and sloppy.

    On the other hand if you can de-clutter the drama in your life and the clutter in your house and workplace you will not feel so overwhelmed. When I am overwhelmed I look for comfort food.

    For a few years after Hurricane Katrina I was about as de-cluttered as one can get. I had a pair shoes, a few changes of clothes, a computer, a dog, and a box full of financial records. I could easily fit all that I owned into my car, and I did actually when I moved to Austin. During that time I experienced tremendous upheaval both financially and personally. I gained weight.

  • Sleeping injuries

    Posted by on February 6, 2016
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    Yep, I hurt myself sleeping. It is a damn shame when you hurt yourself sleeping. In my defense it might be that I have lost a little padding around my hips. I am down five belt loops and thirty-five pounds.

    I consulted my physical therapist, and he said it happens occasionally. From this web page, Part 6 Common Sleep Injuries: Hip Injuries, this quote:

  • Study finds BMI to be deeply flawed measure of health

    Posted by on February 6, 2016
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    The government has proposed rules that would allow employers to penalize employees for up to 30% of their health insurance costs if they don’t meet 24 health criteria one of which is the BMI, Body Mass Index.   It turns out that the BMI is a very unreliable indicator of health.    

    From this LA times article, BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says:

    “A team of UCLA researchers analyzed data from 40,420 individuals who participated in the 2005-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and they found that nearly half (47.4%) of overweight people and 29% of obese people were, from a metabolic standpoint, quite healthy. On the flip side, more than 30% of individuals with “normal” weights were metabolically unhealthy.

  • My pain is gone

    Posted by on February 6, 2016
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    Imagine living with pain every day.  You are getting older and your life has become compromised. The prospect that the pain will always be there presents a bleak picture.  It does not have to be that way.  

  • Lasting impressions: In six months I'll be doing the butterfly across that pool

    Posted by on January 27, 2016
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    Number one in a series.

    In 36 years working at nine different health clubs I've seen a lot of amazing, bizarre, interesting, and sometimes disturbing things. I have seen thousands of people come and go. Most do not leave a lasting impression, but sometimes, even a brief encounter will stay with me forever.

    It was January 1980. The price of oil was $37 a barrel that year, more expensive than it is today. Imagine that. The George Foreman Grill and other astounding leaps in technology had yet to be invented. It was my third month working at my first health club. The club was awash with new members armed with their New Year’s resolutions.

    There was a man there who weighed 290 pounds. He had the look of a former athlete. Under that marbling there was obvious potential to be a well-muscled fit man. He was there for hours each day for five straight days. He told me in six months he would be doing the butterfly across the pool. Given how long he was there with such regularity that was definitely a possibility. I didn't see him the next week or the week after. In fact I never saw him again.

  • Gym Fails

    Posted by on January 21, 2016
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    Lamenting the dangerous practices that went on in gyms Author Jones, the developer of Nautilus and MedX exercise equipment, said that the overall health of people would improve if they stopped going to the gym. He must have seen exercise methods similar to the those in this video, a compilation of things you will not see at Austin Personal Training and at New Orleans Fitness Trainers. Methods that are cringeworthy and laugh-out-loud funny, but warning sometimes disturbing with colorful language.