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Personal Training: Bridging Clients Between Physical Therapy and Wellness

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There are a number of reasons you may require physical and rehabilitation therapy. Perhaps you suffered a work injury, or maybe you have chronic back pain. While there are tremendous benefits to visiting a physical therapist, there are also limitations, for example, insurance issues. Many physical therapists have limited time and resources to provide services to patients, simply because of restrictions placed on them by insurance companies. More and more physical therapists and medical professionals are referring people either to begin personal training after undergoing physical rehabilitation, or in some cases, even in place of, or while visiting a physical therapist. A Holistic Approach What’s perhaps most important to note about the differences between a personal trainer and a physical therapist is the personal trainer’s ability to approach your wellness from a holistic standpoint. Often a physical therapist will only work on the injured or affected part of your body in able to restore the baseline functionality you experienced prior to your accident or affliction with chronic pain. This may be beneficial in terms of getting you back to work or to daily activities, but it doesn’t improve your overall health, fitness and feeling of well-being. Along with the creation of goals, a personal trainer can work with an individual to improve strength, overall mobility and help guide them through corrective exercises that specifically address their injury or problem area. Safety At the forefront of concern for any personal trainer, specifically when dealing with an injury, is safety. A personal trainer is able to work with your doctor or physical therapist, or simply assess the extent of your pain and injury, and then modify exercises, or develop new exercises with safety in mind. Through this personalized work, you can learn better techniques for performing exercise and physical activity, which will…

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Why Strong Women Stay Slim…

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Despite all of the evidence in its favor, many women still shy away from weight training. Instead, women tend to gravitate towards cardio-based activities, like spending 45 minutes a day on the elliptical. While cardio exercise is important, it’s just as important for women to take on the challenge of including regular strength training in their workouts. Hulk Horror For many women, aside from the intimidation factor, they shy away from regular strength training because they’re terrified of bulking up. Many women are convinced that weight training, particularly with heavier weights, isn’t going to help them lose weight, but instead they’ll just gain mass. In actuality, women who strength train, including with heavy weight, tend to have a lean, feminine body that’s much more toned than what you’re going to achieve simply through doing cardio or extremely light weights. The reason men tend to bulk up more when weight training is because of their physical composition, and the difference in male and female hormones. Weights for Weight Loss Often, women’s primary fitness goal is to lose weight, or maintain their current weight. What they don’t realize is that the women who appear to be so physically fit are able to remain slim because of their dedication to weights in many cases. When you use weights, you’re building muscle, which has a tremendous impact on your metabolism. For each pound of fat you replace with muscle, you’re likely to burn anywhere from 35 to 50 more calories a day. Research has shown that women who strength train 2-3 times a week, on average will gain 1.75 pounds of lean muscle mass, while simultaneously shedding 3.5 pounds of fat. Other Benefits Aside from helping you become leaner and lose more weight, weight training has a number of other significant benefits for women,…

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Older Adults & Pilates: A Gentle, Effective Way to Get Fit

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Pilates is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, and everyone from athletes to A-list celebrities are singing its praises. Essentially, Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on building core strength, flexibility and creating a sense of mindfulness that contributes to better overall movement, balance and coordination. Principles of Pilates Pilates is based on six guiding principles: centering, control, breath, flow, precision and concentration. Ultimately, the goal of these principles, and Pilates as a whole, is to focus on the quality of the exercise being performed, rather than its quantity. For example, unlike traditional weight training, instead of performing numerous repetitions, you may only do a particular exercise a few times, but you concentrate on getting it right for maximum results. Adaptable Training Pilates is preferred by many people, from pregnant women to older adults, because aside from being effective, it’s also gentle and adaptable. Primarily Pilates is performed on a mat or on specifically-designed equipment, but a personal trainer can create a customized Pilates program, appropriate for the unique needs of an individual. The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults America’s population is aging, which means more and more older adults are looking for ways to remain fit, active and healthy. With regular physical activity, older adults can see a number of tremendous benefits, including the ability to live independently for longer, reduced risk of falls and injuries, reduced blood pressure, lower risk of chronic pain, better cardiovascular health and even improved moods and a better sense of well-being. In fact, it’s perhaps older adults that need exercise more than any other age group. While much is known about the benefits of exercise for older adults, it becomes challenging when you get older to find a fitness routine that you’re capable of doing,…

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Less Is More With Boutique Fitness Centers in Orange County, CA

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If you’ve ever been a member at a big box gym, you’ve likely seen what a challenge the entire experience can be. Big box gyms are loud, crowded and impersonal. Even if you take advantage of their personal training options, you’re often still doing your workouts in the middle of the gym, where it feels like you become entertainment for the other gym-goers. It’s also difficult, without personalized attention, to remain accountable to yourself and your fitness routine. When you just become a face in the crowd, you may find that it’s difficult to motivate yourself to do your daily workout. This is particularly true if you’re very busy—without personalized attention and accountability, it becomes much easier to bump that workout off your packed schedule. Luckily, there is an alternative to the standard big name gym, in the form of boutique fitness centers. The Rising Popularity of Boutique Fitness Centers When you visit a large gym, you quickly realize their primary goal is to get new members versus making it their goal to ensure their members achieve their goals. When you opt for a boutique and independently owned fitness center, you immediately get the feeling their goal is to help you succeed in whatever it is you want to achieve. Since they are small, it’s not a constant race to get the most members sign up, only to let them fall to the wayside. Anonymity vs. Accountability When you join a huge gym, you blend in to the masses. There’s no one there that holds you accountable to a personal training session, and if you take part in a group exercise class, there’s no one really pushing you to do your best, or even to attend. In fact, most of us have been in the situation where we visit a…

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