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SAFETY

There are many misconceptions about fitness.  Some are harmless; others are dangerous.

In this section of the website we provide you with a LOT of insights and tips –and also with links and resources so you can be safe, whether you are our client or not.

Scan for the topics that interest you most.

Danger:

  • “I need to get into shape. I’ve been lazy for years.  So, just kill me. I know I’ll pay for it with pain tomorrow, but no pain, no gain.”  STOP! This is very dangerous.  There should be gain WITHOUT pain.  Pain is your body’s way of telling you to pay attention.  This is not a new concept –and the research is solid about this point. Yet people expect to be in pain after a workout.  “No pain, no gain” is not true, and can be dangerous –for people of all ages –and at all levels of fitness.  Even athletes who work out every day should be paying attention to any pain. In fact, experiencing pain actually slows down the process of getting more fit.
  • “I really want to work my muscles. Which machines should I use?” Exercise machines have their place –and we certainly have them and use them. However, it is rare that we start clients on weight/strength machines because of the potential for serious damage.  Please be careful.
  • “I can feel myself getting stronger when I do military presses, leg lifts, and the like.” These are potentially very dangerous exercises.  Your unique physiology could mean that your scapula is actually wearing away muscle when you do a military press.  As for weighted leg lifts, they can place exceptional torque pressure on your vertebrae and can cause compression and other serious problems. Please do not do such exercises even if your trainer has told you to do so. There are safe alternatives.

TIPS:

  • Willpower is a limited resource.  We often hear, “I just need more will power to get to the gym.” Willpower so often becomes “won’t power.” Why?  Because research shows that willpower is virtually impossible to sustain as a plan for change.  That is why you want to find fitness consultants who know the limits of willpower, and who don’t expect you to try to run your life by willpower.
  • Good stability and balance is a key indicator of fitness. The brain-muscle linkages in our body are constantly evaluating our balance and making needed, instantaneous adjustments. If stronger neuromuscular connections are compensating for weaker ones, you may have decent balance, but at a high cost to your muscles.  As a result you are likely to develop pain.

Safety with exercise should be carefully monitored through multiple evaluations of orthopedic, cardiovascular, and neurological conditions.

Do you know how prepared your body is to handle exercise or therapy?  Of course you can guess, but isn’t it safer to have us conduct an assessment of cardiovascular, strength, and body composition?  We think it is a crucial first step. That is the first place in which our advanced degrees, credentials, and our experience pay off for our clients.

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