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Study finds BMI to be deeply flawed measure of health

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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.

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

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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.

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Gym Fails

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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.

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High intensity strength training lowers blood pressure

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To lower your blood pressure do high intensity training HIT or start strength training. Better yet, do them both at the same time.

High intensity training HIT consists of a series of short bouts of demanding exercise with rest or active recovery (less demanding exercise) in between each bout of exercise. HIT for strength can be done performing a series of strength training exercise with little rest in between. Evidence from two studies point to the positive effects both HIT and strength training have on lowering blood pressure.

This study, High-intensity interval training and hypertension: maximizing the benefits of exercise? compared continuous moderate-intensity exercise training (CMT) and high-intensity interval training (HIT), to determine which was better for lowering blood pressure.  They presented evidence that:

“HIT for several factors involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension raises the hypothesis that HIT may be more effective for preventing and controlling hypertension”.

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The lady said, "We want decisive members"

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Several years ago I walked into a health club; they were running a special offer. After the tour of the facility I told the lady that I wanted to think about it and that I would come back tomorrow. She told me I had to make my decision right then and there if I wanted to get the special rate. She said, “We want decisive members”. I made my decision right there and walked out.

There is a reason yearly memberships are a bargain, and there is a reason they are always running specials. Many facilities bank on the fact that you won’t attend regularly. On average, only thirty percent of members attend regularly.

So you take the bait and decide to join the health club. To get the discount you sign the monthly bank draft, and the automatic bank draft begins. If you are like most people your attendance is regular at first and then seldom. Cancelling your membership is expensive because there is a $200 processing fee, so you are stuck for a year. There is a reason the renewal rate at health clubs hovers around 30 percent.

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Fourteen years of positive changes

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I work out of our Austin Personal Training location, and I was talking to one of our New Orleans personal trainers a few years back. I asked her why there was an influx of business when we hadn’t been doing any promotions, really no marketing of any kind outside of our internet presence. I was heartened to hear her response. She said, “People are starting to know of us in the community. I think we now have an established reputation”.

More than a decade ago we asked our clients if they would submit a short testimonial about their experience at our New Orleans location. The result was almost 40 testimonials, 30 of them from doctors.  We appreciate those votes of confidence and all the other testimonials made in subsequent years.

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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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