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Kelly Personal Training family 10 years and growing

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Our clients and our trainers are like a big family that continues to grow. Our facility is a special inviting place where clients look forward to coming.

I received an email from someone requesting Amy [pictured] to be her trainer. Amy told me that person had read a review of her on our Kelly Personal Training Yelp page. I checked the page; there were 15 reviews.

I reflected back 10 years to when we first opened – no reviews, no Amy, no other trainers, just two clients, and not near enough income to make the rent. It was just my dog Stella and me. It is gratifying to see how far we have come.

Kelly Personal Training in Austin now has nine trainers, two dogs Stella and Bella and an expanding client base. Our other facility, New Orleans Personal Training, is thriving as well.

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The benefits of reading - Kindle versus actual books

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Reading results in less stress, better memory, improved brain function, more restful sleep, less chance of Alzheimer’s, and even more empathy, preferably a book - not Kindle. So says this article, Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books.

Some quotes:

Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers.

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Peak strength and endurance at the same time, Is it doable?

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An active Marine who trained a lot once told me, "Whenever I do my personal best at bench press my running is way off, and whenever I am at my best at running my bench press suffers".

Alan Page was a 260 pound defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Toward end of his career he had trained for and completed a marathon – the first active NFL player to do so. He lost a significant amount of muscle; so much so that he switched position to linebacker at 225 pounds. When you run great distances carting around more muscle is demanding.

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The importance of strong flexible calves

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On July 30, 1924 Calvin Coolidge’s two sons, John 18 and Calvin Jr. 16 went out to play tennis. Earlier that day the family (pictured) had posed for formal pictures, and Calvin Jr. was anxious to get out of his formal clothes and play tennis. He did not wear socks that day.  He got a blister, then blood poisoning, and died July 7, 1924.

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Are Health Clubs Spiritual Communities?

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Researchers from Harvard’s Divinity School are trying to determine what spaces function as spiritual communities. The New York Times article, When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to CrossFit, examines the efforts of researchers to pinpoint what constitutes religiosity in America.

I suppose it depends on how you define spiritual or religiosity. My experience is that is it not spiritual. I think it is as simple as health clubs, for some, constitute the third place people interact. I have worked in gyms for 35 years I find it curious that so many people spend so much time walking on treadmills when it is a perfectly beautiful it’s-great-to-be-alive day.

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How to stay limber and avoid aches and pains

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Injuries can happen suddenly such as a pulled muscle or can happen slowly over time such as a repetitive use injury.  Years later these injuries can come back to haunt us as the aches and pains we live with.  You can keep those aches at bay by remaining strong and limber.  The trick is to do exercises that do not aggravate those old injuries.

At Austin Personal Training and  New Orleans Personal Training  we use MedX medical rehab equipment that can be precisely customized with a premium on safety for those who have those haunting injuries. Exercise safely, release those endorphins, and the pains will go away.

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Why Hot Dog Flavored Chips? There is a reason.

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I tried some hot dog flavored chips and damn, if they didn’t taste just like hot dogs. There is a wide variety of flavored chips choices to choice from - beet root to ham and cheese and even white chocolate. It is not just chips that have bizarre offerings – it’s fast food outlets and other restaurants with nuggets, French toast sticks, and the like.

The food designers work to create the combination of attributes that will keep us eating their concoctions. From this article Addicted to Junk Food? It’s Not Your Fault this quote:

“There are specialized food-science experts who engineer processed foods to deliver the right amount of salt + fat + sugar and crunch to disrupt the body’s natural controls on overeating to make people feel hungrier and unsatisfied.”

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