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February 21, 2020

Our packages at Energy Fitness include meal plans so the clients can have the best chance at nutritional freedom and education about meals that are healthy along with teaching meal timing. We have over 25 meal plans and choose a few for each client based on their habits, goals and food choices. We do realize that there are different levels of commitment for eating healthy and sometimes convenience becomes a factor. So many times in our society the quick foods become the whole meal plan instead of just a rare occasion. Ask yourself why you eat healthy or wish for the desire to want to eat healthy. Healthy skin, better sleep, less brain fog, shed pounds, have more energy and better overall feeling of well being should top your list. If those aren’t your motivation then maybe you can start with having those as mantras when you get off the plan or don’t even have a plan.

This post is just to give you a few options and get your brain working to find other alternatives to junk food or super high calorie fast food. I mean you really aren’t any busier than anyone else and we have lots of executive, successful clients and busy working moms that find the time for eat healthy.

When travelling with the family out of town when pressed for time we pop in a grocery stores and just grab something healthy like tuna pack, salad, and some chopped veggies or gluten free crackers. Sometimes there’s a salad bar or If they have sushi I might grab that if no added sugars. I am an ingredient detective and you should be too. You should be able to pronounce the foods and chemicals that you put in your mouth and body.

There are different levels of fast food. There’s the drive through option, Then there are options like food Bars or walk up service type of service menus as well as grocery store pop ins.

Arby’s: Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad, Total Calories: 240, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chick-Fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap,Total Calories: 350, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chipotle: Burrito Bowl,Total Calories: 330,Total Fat: 8 grams

Dunkin’ Donuts: Wake-Up Wrap,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 11 grams

Hardee’s: Low Carb Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 4 grams
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Burrito Bowl, Total Calories: 357, Total Fat: 17 grams

Wendy’s: Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, Total Calories: 340, Total Fat: 17 grams

So that’s 7 fast food now I’ll share my fast food ideas:

bumble and bumble tuna and crackers or chicken and crackers (great for kids) pair with side salad or cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves or sweet baby peppers.

salad to go kits from grocery store (i forego the dressing and eat it bare unless there are lemon wedges handy).

pack my own to go lunch and snacks of salad, veggies and a protein like veggie patty, boiled egg(s), tuna salad

Snacks like aloha bars, vega bars, rice cake and nut butter individual packets (they come in almond, watermelon seed, cashews, sunflower and peanuts in which I never eat peanuts due to mold and cancer) are great to keep handy. I buy cliff, power crunch and zbar’s for the kids. Protein shakes are a great go to meal or snack when no other options.

HAPPY & HEALTHY EATING TO YOU!

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January 11, 2020

As a personal trainer and avid athlete across many sports I really enjoy the benefits of strong and tone arms. Many times at Energy Fitness personal training studio Downtown Memphis we get phone calls of clients stating they want to work on their arm strength and have toned arms. I have included in this post 3 bicep exercises. One exercise with a cable that is available in most gyms or fitness facilities, one with a resistance band and lastly one with a dumbbell.

This one is great as facing away from the stack you are less likely to cheat or round the shoulder forward. Try 2 sets of 8 heavy and do negative or try 2 sets of 10-12 reps at count of 4 (2 seconds up and 2-4 seconds on the down motion). Keep the shoulder blades back in their pockets and assume good posture and breathing throughout the whole exercise.

1 Arm Bicep curl – pictured with a resistance loop. Can also be performed with a band with two handles stepped on with both feet so you can do a double bicep curl. With bands typically you will want to do more reps. Try 2 sets of 20 reps resting 1 minute in between sets.

 

The first two bicep curls are in the supinated position (where your forearm is rotated in the palm up position). This works on the short head of the bicep which is the muscle that pops. You also need to work on the second head of the biceps (hence bi in the word bicep) so you can have muscular balance and all around definition. Be sure to not rotate the shoulder forward. One tip is to keep your elbow in the meaty part of the leg, specifically the vastus medialis and press your leg in towards your elbow as you curl the weight to the top position. Be sure to breathe and go at an even pace. If you are going heavier then use the other arm to slightly help get the weight in the up position and let go and use the muscle in the down position. Notice the position of my hand-this is called a DB hammer curl. Try 2 sets of 10-12 or go heavy and assist with the other arm for 2 sets of 8 reps.

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December 27, 2019

This is a topic many are confused about. Our clients at Energy Fitness Personal Training Studio downtown Memphis often endure us asking how often they stretch and most they often say never or hardly ever. We are convinced that adding even just a mere 3 minutes per day or just intermittently throughout the day stretching can work wonders to be more mobile and subsequently less painful upon each successive stretching bout.

Drum roll please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The best time to stretch is NOW!

That’s right I said it. I didn’t even go into a lengthy scientific explanation of best time of day, if your body is warm or cold, Blah! Blah! Blah!
 

There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is NOW.” Basically in the context of the conversation here today, this means that if you want success and growth in the future, the best time to act is now.

Honestly you just need to move your body via twisting, side bending, forward bending and backwards bending. Think back to the rhythmic exercises you may have seen in black and white. I found this throwback video in my search for this blog. It’s a 1950 archives film and is a hoot. They are missing the toe touch but I like the way they rotate their upper bodies, move their arms and do side bends. Rhythmic Exercises (1950) You Tube.

Here’s another one just for kicks but mostly exercise. Keep in mind you can stretch the body with dynamic movement and not just static stretching. The video is a bit silly and a bit over the top but amusing. I’m not suggesting you let someone run and jump on your back…bahaha!

In all seriousness here’s an example of if your not going to hold stretches in a static (stationary) stretch for 30 seconds to 3 minutes then consider dynamic stretching. I do this type of stretching just out of bed before a run and sometimes before a weight workout where I know I am about to really push myself with heavy weights or intense movement patterns. Do any of you recall that straw chinese finger toy that once you put on both index fingers and tried to get off proved impossible if you tried to just do it fast and hard. Patience and technique won out in the end with the toy much like the muscles and fascia in your body.

This one might be before a track workout or before intense weight training or body weight workout

Here’s some I do right before bed and hold for 5-10 seconds or more if I feel like it. These are usually done after I’ve had a hot bath or not.

MOTIVATION TO STRETCH… Think about the pains or aches you may feel and how they can be reduced or eliminated. OF COURSE WAITING FOR THE PERFECT MOMENT OR WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT WOULD NOT BE AS OFTEN AS YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN DAILY.

Case in point.

One of our client’s consistently complains of knee pain and how he cannot do squats as they hurt his knees even worse post exercise. After doing some various functional movement testing we discovered it’s not his quads that are the culprit of his knee pain.

  • He can sit on his feet on the floor in a kneeling position with zero pain.
  • A skin roll test accessing his fascial tightness along his inner thigh near the inside of the upper knee and around the back of the knee/hamstring revealed the issue.
  • Solution: a combination of inner thigh and hamstring stretches to address the tightness needs to be done daily and as prescribed with pulse movements, hip flexor static stretches and additional skin rolling in a hot shower. What is skin rolling? A whole new topic for another post.
  • Solution: he promised me I’ll stretch stick a needle in my eye in which i then proceed to text his wife his promise and said he could even send me pictures as proof. Trainer=Accountability!

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December 7, 2019

We go in bouts at Energy Fitness teaching our personal training clients all the different ways to incorporate inversion into their life. We will often be showing one client different versions of how to go upside down and tell the benefits and another client will hear the benefits and see the exercises and want to get in on the action. Oddly enough with my 500+ pics I had to take more pics just for this post.

Just to be clear before you dismiss this upside down thing for yourself know that there are many different levels so you can start where you body speaks to you. Pictures peppered in this post to show you. Not pictured is plow pose, teeter gravity boots, yoga swing and other aerial yoga cloth props. Of course I’m sure I’m missing something like hanging off bed or couch but you have lots of ones to try. For the wall poses see if a friend or family member can grab a leg and assist you. See precautions below.

 

 

 

 

 

My own testimonial: I’ve been doing inversions for about a year now and have regained my 1/2 inch I lost in height most likely from 30 years of running. I’m a believer! I initially started with only 1-2 times per week for about 30 seconds and progressed to 5-6 days per week with totally 3 minutes each session with small rest breaks before going into different poses.

Inversion therapy is a great way to defy gravity and bring relief to common back and joint pains. Most people understand that inversion therapy can help your back but do not realize the benefits it can have for your joints too.

Every joint in your body feels the pressure of weight and gravity each day, and this causes natural wear and tear. While inversion therapy provides relief for this you also need to promote joint health.

Inversion therapy is a technique where you are suspended upside down to stretch the spine and relieve back pain. The theory is that by shifting the body’s gravity, pressure eases off the back while also providing traction for the spine.

For these reasons, inversion therapy may be beneficial for people with:

  • chronic lower back pain (great for runners after pounding and jostling from a few or many miles sitting, and too much bending of the spine)
  • poor circulation
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis

In theory, inversion exercises should help the spine by:

  • creating more protective fluid around spinal discs
  • removing waste from the spine
  • decreasing inflammation
  • increasing blood circulation through surrounding muscles
  • assist the lymphatic system drain toxins from the body

Other factors that may cause complications include:

  • retinal detachment
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • use of blood clotting medications

It takes time to adjust to inversion therapy. It’s best to start off in shorter increments (slowly building from one-minute sets to three) to get used to the process. This can help reduce side effects such as dizziness or muscle strain. Be careful not to overdo it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too nervous or scared to hand upside down without help? Try an inversion table.

Adventurous? Find a park or get some anti-gravity boots

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Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 


November 30, 2019

One of the movements we started testing in our fitness assessments at Energy Fitness the past year for our personal training clients is how well an individual can perform a pelvic tilt. This means dumping water out of the bucket (anterior tilt) and filling the bucket with water (posterior tilt/tucking tailbone under). As easy as this may seem to many of you this can be quite challenging to lots of people. Not only the ability to do the motion is measured but the quality of movement is also analyzed. Is there a shake a bake vibration type movement or is it smooth. Why is this important?

This is definitely important in the golf swing as well as to counter hours of sitting that many of us do. It doesn’t matter that you ran for 5 miles before work if you sit for 8 hours or have poor pelvic flexibility or never stretch. Many try to compensate by shifting weight on one side or on the heels or toes.

Those wishing to have better posture should consider working on pelvic functional fitness and flexibility as it can shift to control better carriage of the upper body and reduce low back, upper back and neck pain as well as make the appearance of a smaller mid-section.

Try these exercises below. As you attempt to do them you will notice a stretch in your hip bones as they have to keep your bottom off the floor. This is of course also a strengthening exercise. If you start getting a cramp in your hamstrings this should be the cue to rotate your pelvis in a way for it not to cramp and teach you how to engage your glutes all whilst strengthening this area.

Attempt for 2-3 sets of 10-50 reps each leg for single leg exercises. Be sure to monitor breathing and not hold your breath. Don’t just rush through the reps to get it over with either. Variations can be do for slow on both movements or just slow on the negative range of motion or hold at top for 1-5 seconds. I usually like to do a quick hamstring stretch post each leg as to lengthen and prevent any future cramping.

2 Legs Ball Curl – notice my arms are down on floor as I am attempting to keep shoulders flat and shoulder blades pressed against ground as well as neck neutrally aligned.

1 Leg Bridge Up and Leg Curl

Legs Heel Push with Knee Pull Up

How did you do? Need work? Try incorporating into your fitness program a few times a week.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
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Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 


March 17, 2019

Energy Fitness, downtown Memphis, offers a variety of healing arts …

Everyone feels anxious, nervous, or uncomfortably edgy sometimes and we all have to find a method of release for this energy flow and drumming is one of our suggestions in this blog post. Having a calming spirit can be achieved by noticing the imbalances in your body and mind, then bringing them back into balance through changing any patterns of thoughts and actions that are thwarting a calm existence.

Did you know that Drumming Reduces Tension, Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces Anxiety and Stress?

Energy Fitness’ Reiki Master/Healing Arts Practitioner talks about the healing benefits of a drum. (FYI…After Diana has used her own drum on me in sessions twice I had to go and buy my own and the drum pictured is mine which was only $35 at the Drum Shop in Memphis. Tonya, Owner, Reiki Level 2, Energy Fitness)

Drumming Helps Control Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life. Researchers suggest that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like painkillers, and can thereby help in the control of pain.

Drumming Boosts the Immune System

A recent medical research study indicates that drumming circles boost the immune system. Led by renowned cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, the study demonstrates that group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS. According to Dr. Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.”

Many shamanic cultures place great emphasis on drumming, for the drum unites masculine and feminine energies, generating the force that weaves the web of life. Drumming cultivates life force energy in the lower energy centers of the body, which is then stored in the area of the solar plexus. This energy can then be directed back to the higher chakras or toward healing and creative endeavors. Focusing your attention on the individual chakras while drumming, you may experience each energy center becoming active, balanced, and aligned with the other chakras.

Coming soon…Be sure to catch our post on Sound Therapy regarding healing at different frequencies and notes of different popular songs that may help to align your chakras.

Drum on for better health!

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Intuitive Healing). We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT taping). Diana Sullivan offers drum therapy as part of a Reiki session as well as Drew Sherrod as part of a massage, sound healing or Reiki session.


 

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February 3, 2019

With high fat low-carb lifestyles on the rise, it’s important to get enough sodium & potassium. Here at Energy Fitness, Downtown Memphis, nutritional coaching is a huge part of what we do to compliment our personal training. In keeping with our mission to inspire optimal health we must educate you on nutritional science.

On a low-carb diet, your insulin levels will go down and your body will start shedding excess sodium and potassium. This causes people to get rid of excess bloating within a few days of low-carb eating. Sodium is a crucial electrolyte and low sodium levels can become problematic when your kidneys dump too much of it. Feeling lightheaded, fatigue, and headaches are a few of the side effects. The best way to alleviate or avoid these side effects is to add more salt to your diet. Here are a few good options below that pack more punch than your average table salt.

Don’t just load up on sodium alone you need the potassium along with it to avoid bloating. Potassium can help you to avoid muscle cramps and is also essential to muscle contraction.

Science: If you don’t have the right balance of sodium/potassium aka electrolytes then what needs to get into the cell can’t and what needs to get out can’t. Electrolytes are a carrier of nutrients!

  • Pink Himalayan Salt- Contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.
  • Sea Salt- Is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from salt water lakes, usually with little processing. This leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements.
  • Vegetable or Vegan Bouillon (Rapunzel or similar brands)

Often we see clients come in for their sessions fatigued and just not inspired to work out that day, in which we recommend a vegan vegetable bouillon or broth (even bone broth) but you will never hear me personally recommend bone broth. In fact, I keep the bouillon cubes on hand at Energy Fitness and make up a hot cup on the spot for these such clients. Sometimes they instantly feel better, but definitely the next time I see them the remark that it made a world of a difference in their energy level.  This is a much better option than chugging a sugar or artificially sweetened electrolyte sports drink.

*If you have high blood pressure issues always consult your Dr. before adding extra sodium to your diet. 


 

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September 23, 2017

Deficiency in this one mineral can lead to:

  • interrupted sleep
  • hormone imbalance
  • a deficiency in other minerals, like potassium and calcium
  • osteoporosis
  • low energy
  • toxicity in the cells
  • arteries eventually becoming “calcified”
  • muscle spasms (restless legs)
  • anxiety & depression
  • high blood pressure
  • brain fog

Have you figured it out?

It’s magnesium. It’s responsible for over 350 necessary reactions in your body.

It is estimated that at least 80% of the population (possibly more like 95+%). Why are we all so deficient in it? There are several factors that are attributed to the overwhelming magnesium deficiency.

These include:

  • a diet with too much calcium and too little magnesium
  • decreased magnesium levels in the soil, which lead to less in our food
  • fluoride use in tap water inhibits utilization of magnesium within the body
  • high consumption of sugar and caffeine
  • excess stress

Normally Energy Fitness suggests a supplement in the form of a capsule, powder or pill such as Mag Glycinate from Metagenics (highly absorbable magnesium) $25.95+tax (120 tablets) or $46.95+tax (240 tablets) Free shipping on all orders over $49, 20% off first orders and 10% off recurring orders. 

Keep in mind you may be or know someone with a high fiber diet or a sensitive stomach that can’t handle taking this supplement via the digestive everyday as it can relax the bowel system to much. An alternate method to get this mineral into our bodies throgh our largest organ (our skin,transdermally/topically). Magnesium is surprisingly well-absorbed through the skin and has a high bio-availability since it bypasses the digestive system and the kidneys. (This is also why Epsom salt baths are so good for sore muscles!)

Topical Magnesium Oil Spray Suggested Use:  Spray 2-5 times onto the skin and massage the area. It may feel slightly oily immediately after application, but it is not actually an oil and will absorb quickly. In some instances, a white residue may form around the application areas; this is just leftover salt that can be wiped off. (I highly recommend not spraying on areas that were recently shaved or waxed as it may sting a little).

We have a few bottles in stock at Energy Fitness in our small pro-shop in a convenient spray bottle if you don’t have time or desire to make your own Magnesium Spray recipe listed below. They are $11 for an 8oz spray bottle.

You can even make your own topical spray! Check out the recipe below from Wellness Mama.

Magnesium Oil Spray Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • A glass spray bottle

Magnesium Oil Spray Instructions

  1. Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
  2. Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  3. Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

Looking to add this mineral with good nutrition? Here are the Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods.

  • #1 Spinach 1 c: 157 mg (40% DV)
  • #2 Chard 1 c: 154 mg (38% DV)
  • #3 Pumpkin seeds 1/8 c: 92 mg (23% DV)
  • #4 Yogurt or Kefir 1 c: 50 mg (13% DV)
  • #5 Almonds 1 oz: 80 mg (20% DV)
  • #6 Black Beans ½ c: 60 mg (15% DV)
  • #7 Avocado 1 medium: 58 mg (15% DV)
  • #8 Figs ½ c: 50 mg (13% DV)

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June 19, 2017

Many clients at Energy Fitness, a personal training studio located Downtown Memphis, come to us with a list of previous injuries, current injuries, or illnesses and we design workout and nutrition programs to help get them get back to optimal health.

In this article we share two such cases with the aim to inspire you & have you question your excuses not to exercise or follow through on your healthier eating. See why clients like to refer to Energy Fitness as a being a functional health and wellness leader in the Memphis area.

Adam Cruthirds, which we met through training his mother Connie, was undergoing chemo treatments, finishing his Senior year in High School and then completed his Freshman year at Rhodes 2016-2017.

Chemo treatments made him weak as well as some new medicine gave him some brain fog which made it difficult to concentrate in college. Test taking was difficult due to the medicine affecting his memory. His cancer (Leukemia) started and was fed by a supplement which seemed innocent–folic acid.

Adam, during his last few months of chemo, starting weight training with us even on days in which he felt weak or stayed up late studying. We would hear some of the excuses a few other clients would give us as to why they couldn’t make their workout and think that their excuse was just not up to snuff as they weren’t battling cancer. We are so proud of Adam & his brain telling him to keep going…eat healthy…get gentle exercise.

Below is what his mom wrote at my request
as well as a quote from him:

“A year ago, during the toughest time of my life, I discovered Energy Fitness. We moved downtown to be closer to St. Jude when my son had 18 months left of 2 and 1/2 years of almost daily chemo treatment. My body was exhausted and just a few steps left me out of breath and a bit hopeless physically. I feel so much stronger, but what I never expected from this gym was the community of folks there becoming friends and supporters of our family. Many members have joined “Adam’s Army” St. Jude Marathon and Bike Teams to support Adam and St. Jude.

Lisa Sanchez-Sullivan now trains Adam 3 days a week to help him rebuild his body post-treatment. And owner and nutritionist, Tonya Tittle, took on the challenge of helping find a protein powder without ingredients that could cause issues for Adam’s health in the long run. We had nutritionists all over the southeast looking for the right formula which was not to be found until Tonya decided to design a new protein powder tailored just for Adam’s needs! Adam is 19 and just finished his freshman year at Rhodes. It wasn’t that long ago that his body at 6 ft tall only weighed 100 lbs. Both of his hips have been rebuilt due to steroid damage, but last week he ran his first 5k without stopping. Lisa is helping him prepare to run the 1/2 marathon during the St, Jude Marathon on Dec. 2. We are so thankful for Energy Fitness. When Adam returns to St. Jude for his next remission check on June 21, St. Jude will be very surprised to see how well and strong he is now in great part thanks to the specialized teamwork of Lisa and Tonya and the support of the people who workout along side of Adam.”

Energy Fitness was the only one on his team of health professionals to find him a protein shake that did not contain methionine (a form of folic acid which he needs to avoid post chemo). This was not an easy task. He is happily putting on weight and says the protein shakes taste like dessert.

“Chemo the night before & studying late into the day can’t keep me from waking up early and getting stronger with Lisa and Energy Fitness. The way y’all meet my needs effortlessly is so awesome!” Adam Cruthirds

 Michele Squires’ mental fortitude to return to good health & retain vibrant energy is inspiring.

Michele made me cry when we were filming her testimonial video above as her story is one of strength and courage. She is introspective and just has a “get it done” attitude by not accepting traditional doctors telling her not to workout. She now runs races and is kicking aging on its butt.

As my own boss I don’t get written performance reviews, but consider client success stories a much better version as they are life changing and the whole reason I entered the functional health and wellness arena and the reason that Energy Fitness personal trainers have continued to serve Memphis area residents for 15 years and counting.


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May 18, 2017

Do you have low back pain with tingling, burning or numbness

that may at times reach all the way down to your feet?

Most people will tell you that you have Sciatica. Don’t just accept that answer!

This post is about Piriformis Syndrome & very briefly discusses Sciatica pain. What’s the difference? (Scroll down to see the video we did we Mae, our massage therapist, on this issue, as well as 5 great stretches to help with the pain.)

Sciatica is more commonly diagnosed than Piriformis Syndrome, but the symptoms of the two are almost identical. Sciatica pain is typically caused from a disc herniation–spinal degeneration–in the lower lumbar area.

Where is this fancy-named muscle?

It is deep into your gluteals/butt and at the top of your hip bone.

It is one of the few conditions which causes posterior hip pain. When it is overused it becomes tight & can compress the sciatic nerve causing low back, buttocks, and radiating leg pain. This muscle does not like prolonged periods of sitting.

This syndrome may get pain relief by walking with same side of foot (where the pain in the butt is) pointing outward. This is because externally rotating the hip reduces the stretch on the piriformis and relieves the pain slightly.

Where is the pain more precisely?

  • Tightness in the lower back or buttocks
  • Large painful knot in the buttocks
  • Burning pain in posterior legs and buttocks
  • Aching lower back and/or Pain radiating down legs
  • Back or buttocks discomfort while sitting
  • Low back pain, buttock pain after walking or running
  • Muscle imbalance, fatigue, inflexibility, soreness

As Mae discusses in the video below, Piriformis tightness or syndrome can be caused or aggravated by sitting on a large wallet in the affected side’s rear pocket. Some fitness and health care professionals call this “fat wallet syndrome” or “wallet sciatica.” Try switching to a front pocket wallet.

Who needs to stretch this muscle?

  • Anyone having the pain described in the area(s) above
  • People with poor or limited flexibility
  • People who are sitting for extended periods
  • People with high body fat, stomach, thigh girth
  • People who have neck or shoulder tension (tends to go up the chain of the body)
  • Inactive people who would benefit from exercise programs
  • Weekend athletes (runners, cyclists, golfers, paddlers, dancers)
  • ages 35 and up

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5 Great Stretches!

Hold each one for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. For true physiologically lengthening of a muscle you need to perform the stretch every day for 3 minutes for 6 weeks (for this one if both of your sides are affected that means 3 minutes on each side).