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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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FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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February 16, 2020

Wow the trainers at Energy Fitness personal training studio downtown Memphis love clients that immerse themselves in the changes we customize and recommend to them and sing our praises. Notice also how much self love Laura has and how proud you can tell she is for all her efforts. We love this! We should all show and speak more positively about ourselves so we can let those positive vibes get us through the stressful or trying times.

We have been holding on to this video for about 7 months and now feel like it’s the time to put some coal under a few of you on the fence about your own self care. We encourage good self care habits in the form of eating right, sleeping, exercising, supplements, mindfulness, stretching, massage, healthy social support and hydration. When you have good self-care habits it’s only a short hop to extreme self care habits that may be necessary for upcoming beach vacations, reunions, weddings, or active vacations like hiking up mountains.

Keep this in mind when watching Laura Brown’s 2 min. video. During the time that she trained with us to get these results this defined her life: single parent of 2 grade school children, going to school on side for accounting, working a full-time job. Let this mock those of you who think you don’t have the time or resources.

When we had a consult with Laura we needed to listen to what her pains were and how we could start making easy changes first and as she felt better she could start adding other changes we thought would benefit her.

Personal trainers don’t bark orders! We change lives one person at at time. Who’s Next?

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FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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February 8, 2020

The personal trainers and massage therapists at Energy Fitness studio see many clients with tense muscles and limited range of motion. During personal training sessions our personal trainers see clients perform or try and perform exercises and it seems that they have tension built up in the shoulders, neck and low back. This tension can be many things but let’s discuss the noise of our world and environment for this post.

Have you ever noticed that it’s most quiet early in the morning or between the late night hours and morning…well maybe not in Times Square or Vegas. Have you let out a big sigh when the electricity goes out and you realize just how noisy the sounds were you had been enduring?

As you read this post what do you hear? I hear my gas fireplace, traffic, occasional airplanes and Mississippi River barges, birds, hvac kick on and off. Other days when working from home I hear the dreaded leaf blower or other such yard working noises. Later tonight, the day I’m writing this post I will hear my boys ages 14 and 10 being rowdy and in general just loud as well as a wide variety of other noises which will likely increase my stress level if I let it. Instead of hearing my own voice barking cleaning house chores I believe I will write the boys a list they must complete so we can live in harmony. If Mama not happy….then nobody happy right.

Extreme stress can have a lasting effect on your well-being. In some cases, anxiety can cause you to become more sensitive to otherwise normal events, potentially leading to increased anxiety.

That is sometimes the case with anxiety and noise. Depending on your level of stress and anxiety, you may become more sensitive to noise, and loud noises or surprise noises may end up causing more anxiety.

Have kids at home? Boy does this constant noise wear on you when they want you to be judge and jury of their latest fight and can cause you to feel like you just can’t think. I swear that many times my kids just like to hear their own voices.They hold it in all day at school and unleash at home. I have such sensitive hearing that I sleep with earplugs (and to swim as I can’t stand water in my ears). My dad use to sleep with ear plugs as well as my sister does which makes me think it’s genetic.

Another reason that noise issues may result in anxiety is because noises can sometimes be associated with traumatic events. This is known as classical conditioning. If a loud noise or some type of noise became attributed to anxiety something that causes fear or simply anxiety itself, hearing that type of noise may cause you to experience more anxiety.

Also, anxiety can cause people to become more irritable and sensitive in general. Hearing noises may simply cause the person to feel overwhelmed, as though they cannot control their thoughts or the world around them. When I can’t hear my own thoughts I become more stressed. Have you ever felt or know someone that feels like all the noises around you makes you feel like you are losing control with the world around you? This can cause the stress response.

Reducing the Anxiety of Noise & Sounds

Exercise: You know it’s good for you and your ability to cope with stress increases as well as your chances of hormonal balance, mental stress and boosting your energy levels.

Sleeping & Eating: The body is under stress when you don’t get enough sleep or eat healthfully as it’s feeling it’s under attack.Simply sleeping more isn’t going to magically take it away, but they’ll drastically reduce the symptoms, which should help you cope with anxiety much more easily. Eating lots of processed food, sugar and alcohol can make your body feel like it’s being stressed.

Yoga and Stretching: Breathe out and lengthen those muscles and free the mind of noise in the form of monkey brain and negative mental chatter.

Create new memories and giving back: Go try new things, hobbies, visit art galleries or simply donate your time to feed the homeless or help out a charity. These give your mind a break and can help reduce playing back of things in your mind that are a constant stress point.

Relax: What makes you exhale into calmness? I personally like a steaming hot bath while enjoying a book or show on my ipad. Have you heard of the floating water chambers that cut out all noise?  This sounds heavenly.

Distractions: First go to I think of is those pesky phones and devices we just can’t seem to live without. Do you really need to check your email and/or social media 12 times a day or respond to every chime, ding or ring? The best use of my smart watch (garmin fenix 5s) is that it has allowed me to put my phone on vibrate mode and I don’t have to hear it beckoning me all day. I put my phone on airplane mode at night. Sure it vibrates to alert me to it’s ringing or text messages but a quick glance keeps me stress free as I don’t have to locate my phone and rush to answer just for a telemarketer. Your thoughts can be a distraction and may tend to be your enemy when suffering from anxiety. Healthy distractions like stopping to listen to nature or water flowing may allow you to stop focusing on such thoughts and provide an opportunity to calm down.

Get those thoughts on paper and out of your brain: Brain dumping can be a fantastic way to get rid of the noise in your head. By doing this you are keeping your brain from the noise of sorting, organizing, prioritizing tasks. Write down all the things you have to do in a day, in a week, in a month, quarterly and annually. See what you can delegate or hire out and feel relaxed when you have a plan. It’s not healthy to try and juggle more than you can handle.

Eco-therapy: Research has proven that connecting with nature can reduce stress and bring about a more calm and vibrant centered and presence awareness.

May you have silence in your day and week and be able to either make some noise reduction changes or improve your coping strategies.

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FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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February 1, 2020
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As part of our fitness assessments at Energy Fitness personal training studio we have clients perform the push up test to measure muscular strength and endurance. The test is performed without a time parameter and the goal is to do as many push ups as you can without taking a break. If you take a break then the test is over. During the test the personal trainer is observing what the participant is doing with the rest of his/her body for many things like correct form with the shoulders, neck, core, breathing and pelvis.

Keep in mind that many individuals come to us after being inactive, injured, never lifted weights or even worked out regularly in their lives. I say that because the test requires men to do full push ups and women doing modified (on knees) push ups as to compare to the norms in their age group. It is not uncommon for us to ask the man if he feels like he can do a full push up. If he says no then we simply have him do a modified push up to max test, record the number of reps and upon next test he either moves to full push ups or increases number from previous test. Women of course if they are fit and want to go for full push ups right out of the gate we fully support that as well. Improvement is key in either case. We can also make adjustments for wrist issues by placing their hands on yoga blocks or dumbbells or having them if comfortable do on their knuckles with a balled up fist (not as hard as you might think). Of course those with lots of ligament, rotator cuff or other injuries that may simply cause pain during test we just skip and learn during their workouts how much weight they can do.

A client that recently had his post assessment did the push up test and then just stopped. He didn’t look like he was trying to push out just a few more…he just stopped.

I said to him “I am not trying to be mean…I am just surprised that as strong as you are in the sessions that men many years older than you can do almost double the push ups you just did.

He replied that he feels like his core is so weak and his back started hurting which is why he stopped.

I said “I was watching your back and towards the end you lowered it a lot and that’s the reason your back was hurting.”  This is very common and we may have an easy solution if you know your own body. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Let me set the instructions up for what we tell the client prior to them performing the push up test initially as well as we often demonstrate correct form:

  • there’s no time limit
  • as soon as you pause or stop the test is over
  • be sure to put the hands slightly wider than shoulder width (this may vary for shoulder injuries or other issues)
  • don’t stick your butt up in the air

Here’s the point of this blog….pay attention!

What type of standing posture do you have? 

This greatly determines may be what is holding you back from doing the max number of push ups or even the ability to do other exercises well like squats, leg curls and other abdominal exercises.

Getting back to the client I was doing the post assessment push up assessment on as mentioned earlier. Having knowledge of this particular clients functional movement patterns in an earlier screening I knew his problem was how he positioned his pelvis during the push up.The pelvic tilt test. I went on to demonstrate based on the issue that he has and his posture that he needed to do a pelvic tilt before he even started pushing up as this will be his best chance at cranking out more push ups.Side note…We went on to discuss that during the day he should be aware of his core and keep it taught instead of just letting his belly pouch out.

If you have the Lordosis or Sway back posture with a big arch or even moderate arch in your back you must think and do the following:

  • tuck the pelvis or a better way of thinking about it is lengthen your hip flexors
  • if you merely tuck your butt/pelvis you may be missing out on the bigger point of how to engage that core
  • keep your focus on this as much as you keep focus on the actual pushing up and lowering down
  • what happens in your pelvis goes up the chain to increase strength or decrease it

If you have S curve or Flat back you may feel more pressure in your shoulders and need to do the opposite of the above mentioned Lordosis or Sway back posture. You will want to try and create a curve in your low back.

If you have Kyphosis or Rounded upper shoulders you must really focus on:

  • placing your shoulder blades “back in their pockets”
  • pressing your shoulders away from your ears
  • think about pressing your chin back like a drawer instead of driving chin forward and down
  • let your scapula coming together be a visual of pinching a pencil between your shoulder blades

If you have an elevated hip from leg length issues, bound up fascia, previous injury or scoliosis then you will need to:

  • think about lengthening the elevated hips lat muscle and focus on trying to find the right way to move your pelvis into a position while doing a push up that seems to be the most comfortable and offers you the greatest strength and endurance.

What if I have rounded shoulders and sway back? 

Then you will need to make several adjustments. Don’t just give up. This pelvis alignment can help you in other exercises and stretches as well so play around with it using big or small adjustments and see what feels best.

Here’s a few videos for you to try. Notice the difference of my pelvic rotation when I am elevated with push ups on handles versus the negative push ups. This may be due to I have round shoulders in addition to the sway back posture and it puts me in a better position to to a posterior pelvic tilt.

 

Notice the next video with weight on my back in the negative push ups and how much arch I have in my low back. It’s more difficult of course when weighted and breathing is super important.

The video below shows proper form for the modified push up which we use in the assessment. Disregard the odd mean face at beginning of video…I uploaded it way back and forgot to edit it. It’s most likely because we recorded 76 chest videos that day and it was a fatigue response 🙂

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FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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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!

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
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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). 

 

 

 


November 23, 2019

It is rare that someone comes into Energy Fitness who doesn’t have a least one scar from a scrape, fall, cut or surgery. When our personal trainers are doing fitness assessments on our clients at Energy Fitness, personal training studio located downtown Memphis we see all kinds of scars. Mostly we see scars in the abdomen and core area when pinching body fat and taking measurements. Most of us want to hide our scars or hope that no one mentions them at all. Some scars hold onto emotional traumas from the past we don’t want to revisit. You may have heard that we store emotions in our fascia. This can be around scars, burns and stretched tissues because they are also are living tissue.

I have a small 1 inch dent on the outside of my upper thigh from a dog bite in middle school. I had four stitches. My kids always tried to poke it because they thought it was fascinating. Until only about 8 years ago I didn’t like people touching it as it freaked me out and always felt like it was glued to the tissue underneath. It wasn’t until I started pinching it away from the underlying tissue, trigger point rolling it and cupping it (recently) that it is totally in-sync with the rest of my thigh. Armed with this knowledge I was much better about caring for my bunion surgery scars.

Left foot 7 years post bunion surgery
Right foot 5 week post bunion surgery             Right foot 13 months post surgery scar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking care of oneself is a proven way to stimulate health and wellness and this means your scars also. Overall daily stretching and movement, frequent manipulation of the affected tissues, rest, sleep, and general health and wellness principles can all help to aid in healing scar tissue or old affected sites.

Although it’s not something that’s widely discussed with care teams and surgeons, the size and appearance of a scar is something that patients think about. Whether you’ve had a hip replacement, knee replacement, meniscus surgery, ACL reconstruction, shoulder or back surgery, breast implants or C-Section a scar is inevitable. Although you won’t have a ton of control over how your body will scar, there are things you can do when it comes to breaking up scar tissue and adhesions with massage, kt taping and cupping therapy. You can play a role in healing your scar(s).

Massage therapists can help address the fallacy that nothing can be done to change this tissue by practicing focused therapy on scars and burns as well as personal trainers and fitness professionals teaching clients this concept.

Clients need to be educated about the living matrix so they can bring attention and touch to injured or damaged areas. This attention will help re-program false thoughts and rewire the brain to re-map and re-integrate this tissue back into the whole system.

The body feeds and nurtures all parts of the body—so why would a scar or stretched tissue be any less deserving? Oxygen, nutrients, fluid and waste products are all found in the matrix of any scar.

Scars tend to be missing lymph return and blood supply (capillaries). The research I have done shows manual manipulation may stimulate the creation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) by stimulating the area, causing local inflammation and then triggering a remodeling phase.

This is thought to occur because various growth hormones are released in the remodeling phase of scar or wound repair. These hormones can trigger angiogenesis.

Did you know scars don’t tan…they burn? The structural properties of a scar are different from regular skin. Scar tissue doesn’t have melanin (which is responsible for skin pigmentation). In fact, scars are more susceptible to UV damage and get sunburned more easily than regular skin. Always put sunscreen on and cover your scar in the sun!

Scar tissue forms during the healing process as the body produces collagen fibers to close and heal a wound. These collagen fibers do not grow in the same, consistent direction, and therefore are discolored and can have an uneven texture.

The appearance of a scar largely has to do with your genetics. In addition, if your incision or wound is on part of the body that is under tension, is tighter, more stretched, and is less fleshy or fatty (like a shoulder, shin, or knee) your scar will be more pronounced than say, if on your buttocks.

Scars will continue to heal and fade for up to two years after an incision or injury.

  • remodeling phase in your incision healing involves the lightening of your scar as the scar heals
  • mature scar is smaller, flatter, and paler
  • during the healing process, there are ways to improve how your scar heals and for larger scars over joints, it’s critical that you “work” your scar to prevent tightness

Before you start massaging your scar or enlisting a professional to perform scar tissue massage, your scar has to be in a good place. Do not massage until your incision has fully healed and is a scar (not just a wound or scab). If you massage your scar prematurely you could cause it to reopen or tear, leading to an infection.

Do not massage a scar until at least 2 weeks after a surgery or injury. Massaging scar tissue is most effective in the first 2 years while the scar is still forming and healing.

Why Scar Tissue Massage?

Massaging scar tissue has many benefits. Here are of the main reasons to regularly scar massage;

  • Decrease scar tissue build-up. Excess scar tissue can make muscles stiff and weaker, and in some cases can require scar tissue removal surgery.
  • Helps improve blood flow, which promotes healing and the scar’s pliability.
  • Drains excess fluid to reduce swelling and proliferation.
  • Helps regain feeling in the area and decrease numbness, tingling, soreness.
  • Increases range of movement and the scar’s flexibility. This makes movements feel less restrictive and “tight”.
  • May help with the appearance of your scar.

How to Massage Your Scar

As listed above, there are lots of benefits to scar tissue massage. When scar tissue is broken down through massage, you can help your body heal faster, and possibly reduce the appearance of your scar. Here’s how we recommend you massage your scar tissue at home:

  • In early healing phases, try and massage your scar for 10-15 minutes a day (2-3 times a day for 5 mins).
  • Apply a non-perfumed Vitamin E lotion or oil to your scar area. Vitamin E is proven to help build collagen and massaging with lotion lubricates the skin, cutting down friction.
  • Using the pad of your thumb or finger, firmly massage in a circular motion. You should be pressing hard enough that your fingernail turns from pink to white, but it should not be painful. First go up the scar clockwise, work your way up and around your scar slowly but maintaining a firm pressure. Switch it up by massaging counter-clockwise. This will help to drain excess fluid from the area.
  • Next, stretch the skin apart around your scar, and repeat your massaging with a firm circular motion using your thumb or finger.
  • With pressure, slowly slide your finger up the scar while apply pressure. Change direction by slowly sliding down.
  • Repeat the process several times for 5 minutes or so.
  • Ladies post C-Section and have a scar. Try this: try lowering your legs to floor from a lying on your back face up position. Start with feet in air and keeping your back flat on the floor keep your upper body in contact with the floor throughout the whole range of motion. Difficult? Now pinch your C-Section scar and try again. You can help deactivate the tissue surrounding or decompress to aid in better function of your core.

Scientific proof: A case study of kinesiology taping for scar management

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks (epithelial stretch marks) are different than scars, but may also be addressed in a similar manner. Clients who have quickly gained or lost a lot of weight, had lymphedema or been pregnant are all candidates for stretch marks.  Generally, this is a condition where the skin (the epidermis, dermis and superficial fascia) is stretched quicker than the epithelial tissue can adapt, so the tissue that is affected is elongated and stretched.  Generally, there is a weaker matrix to support this stretched tissue; thus, the epidermis appears rippled and has wrinkles.

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November 8, 2019

Cinnamon is a common spice and it has lots of healthy benefits. Often our clients at Energy Fitness personal training and nutrition coaching studio located downtown Memphis ask for tips and tricks for losing weight. Aside from healthy eating, portion sizes, meal timing and exercise and other nuances we love to push healthy spices and whole food.

This article explains the differences between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon. These are two types of cinnamon and both of them are healthy, but one contains a toxin that is harmful if you eat too much of it. Cinnamon has different amounts of a compound called coumarin, which may be harmful to your liver in large doses. The tolerable daily intake of coumarin is 0.1 mg per kg of body weight. Consuming much more than that may cause liver toxicity and cancer. Based on the tolerable daily intake, it is not recommended to consume more than 0.5–2 grams of Cassia cinnamon each day. However, you can eat up to 5 grams (1 teaspoon) of Ceylon cinnamon per day. For your reference 1 level teaspoon is 5 grams. Cassia cinnamon for the same dosage has 225 times more coumarin than Ceylon cinnamon. In rodents, coumarin is known to cause kidney, liver and lung damage. It may even cause cancer. In humans, there are isolated incidents of similar effects. Exceeding the upper limit for coumarin is easily possible if you are consuming a lot of cassia cinnamon. In many cases, just 1-2 teaspoons could bring someone over the daily limit (possible if someone is adding this to a protein shake twice daily or fruit smoothies). I limit my dose to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily with my shake(s) depending on my workout regimen.

Benefits of Cinnamon:

  • antioxidant-rich (antioxidants are like the rust scrubbers in your cells reducing the free radicals that cause damage and cause rapid aging or sickness)
  • benefits blood sugar control, which is important for people with diabetes
  • may reduce blood sugar spikes, increase insulin sensitivity and improve metabolic markers associated with insulin resistance
  • several of cinnamon’s bio-active compounds appear to block a protein called tau from accumulating in the brain. This is important, as tau buildup is a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ceylon has far less potential to cause harm when consumed regularly
  • Cinnamon can be used to reduce the glycemic index of a meal up to 29% according to Tim Ferriss and his book the 4 Hour body.

Cassia Cinnamon tends to be a dark brown-red color with thicker sticks and a rougher texture than Ceylon cinnamon and is considered lower quality. It is very cheap and is the type most commonly consumed around the world. Almost all cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cassia variety. It typically comes from Eastern & Southern Asia. Cassia has long been used in cooking and in traditional Chinese medicine. Roughly 95% of its oil is cinnamaldehyde, which gives cassia a very strong, spicy flavor.

Ceylon, or “true cinnamon,” is a product from Sri Lanka and southern parts of India. Ceylon is tan-brown in color and contains many tight sticks with soft layers. These features provide a highly desirable quality and texture. This type of cinnamon is less common and has long been prized as a cooking spice. It is quite expensive compared to the more common cassia variety. It has a delicate and mildly sweet flavor suitable for desserts.

Bottom line: If you regularly eat a lot of cinnamon or take a supplement that contains it, then it should be Ceylon and not cassia. At the end of the day, Ceylon cinnamon is better quality and much safer. Go through a lot? After the research for this blog post I am making the switch to Ceylon cinnamon and purchased a pound online.

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October 25, 2019

Are you getting the most out of your strength training workouts? Can you take any shortcuts and still get results? If you are reading this and not working out at all then the answer is a resounding no of course. What if you could get stronger, lift heavier and build more muscle faster?

Personal training our clients at Energy Fitness downtown Memphis for over 17 years we have really learned to teach good form and movement. Each person’s body is so different in either range of motion, body awareness, fitness level, injury management, discomfort level in muscle burning as well as personality so this topic or type of training will determine which exercises may be best for  you.

Let’s talk about slowing down what people think traditionally as the second phase of a movement. This is the eccentric/negative/lengthening of the muscle fibers which is opposite of muscle contraction.

This post is about going SLOW on the eccentric phase only which is moving faster to get into position/concentric phase and execute the lengthening /eccentric phase for 6-10 seconds. Think the down movement on a bicep curl for going slow. I’m not suggesting you do eccentric only training, though. I’m suggesting you take advantage of your body’s potential to handle more weight while still doing the full movement.

Beware! 

Now…anything truly worth the work will require mental effort and focus. If you are wanting to be mindless in the gym, blow off steam  and not be on a program to get results then by all means do it! For those interested in pursuing a transformed and stronger body listen up.

 

 

 

 

Slow eccentric movements I find to create an intense muscle burning sensation, create more soreness, can be mentally taxing and boring at times.

How you might feel during eccentric training for some muscle groups.  If you can get through those pesky side effects of slow eccentric training you may find that the results produced are remarkable. Oh..by the way don’t forget to BREATHE!

Why so slow it down? 

  • In the lengthening/eccentric phase also known as the negative that studies have shown that you can tolerate 1.75 times more weight than you can concentrically (examples: lowering bar on bench press, lowering dumbbell on bicep curl, lowering yourself into a squat). If you emphasize the eccentric portion of your lifts, then you’re certain to increase muscle growth. Guess what more muscle growth is going to get you?That’s right, more strength and that means greater potential for hypertrophy (which is always a bonus) and greater potential to develop power.
  • Some lifts you will have to have a spotter or use lifting aids such as elastic bands, chains or eccentric hooks. Emphasizing the lowering portion of your lift while still doing the full lift will lead to even greater muscle growth and in turn strength, power and connective tissue development.
  • The stronger your connective tissue (ligaments and tendons), the greater your immunity to injury.
  • This one is hard to believe, but there has been a ton of research to show eccentric training actually increases your flexibility. No way, right? Here’s how it works. The negative portion of the lift causes growth of your muscle fibers, which increases the length of your muscles by increasing the sarcomeres in series within the muscle. Point in case…client just had knee pain and went to doctor and verdict was tight hamstring in which he prescribed for us to work on eccentric exercises.
  • more potential there is for greater power development which means explosive movement.  great way to ensure you remain explosive is to super set your heavy negatives with something fast. Here are two examples:
    1. Heavy eccentric squat with low rep box jumps (hold on if necessary as this can be a high injury exercise).
    2. Heavy eccentric bench press with low rep explosive push ups or med ball tosses (spotter advised)
  • Here’s a great article from West Point in which you can see they advise negative exercises when someone isn’t strong enough to perform typical exercise: https://westpoint.edu/sites/default/files/inline-images/military/department_of_physical_education/Cadet%2520Candidate%2520Fitness%2520Improvement%2520Program%2520Movement%2520Standards.pdf


Summary

6 benefits of eccentric reps:
  • Strength is Important For Everything. Studies have shown that your body can tolerate up to 1.75 times more weight eccentrically than it can concentrically. …
  • Greater Muscle Damage. …
  • Stronger Connective Tissue. …
  • You Use Less Energy. …
  • Greater Flexibility. …
  • Greater Power.

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?

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

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July 4, 2019

Energy Fitness personal training studio in Memphis is more than just a training and nutrition coaching studio. We are about helping clients feel and look their best. We asked our Massage Therapist Mae Jensen, LMT to do this post on facial rolling and massage so you can be in the know and put your best face forward. These little inexpensive tools can be a great addition to your body and skincare routine. In early May if you live in the Memphis area you are very aware of the Tennessee snow (cottonwood) in the air and undoubtedly feel or have felt the toll it takes on your sinuses.

Let’s take a minute to talk about facial massage and our lymphatic system

The lymph system is kind of like the trash collector of our body, gathering up toxins and taking them to removal sites, our kidneys/liver and urinary system. Unlike our cardiovascular system there aren’t any valves or pumps to move things along so sometimes things stay stagnant. Did you know that weight lifting naturally helps to stimulate the lymphatic system? Massage offers benefits by using light pressure and rolling motions thus helping flush out the pipes and get rid of the symptoms of a backed up lymph system such as:

  • fluid retention

  • puffy/red eyes

  • breakouts

Here are two tools that you might want in your facial care toolbox! Left is Jade roller. Right is Rose Quartz Acupoint Tool Set. (click on images to see on Amazon)

So how do we start?

1. Apply an oil or lotion to you face to help reduce friction, you can use an SPF lotion in the morning and a nice collagen or vitamin E oil in the evenings to help protect from sun damage and wrinkles.
2. Using your fingers or a Jade roller start at your inner cheeks, by your nose and stroke towards your ears. Most skin care professionals suggest doing each motion 10 times or for one minute
3. Move on to the forehead next, starting at your eyebrows and moving upwards to your hairline then sweep outwards at the top, repeating 10 times or for 1 minute. (I like to additionally roll the eyebrows because all those moments furrowing at the kids to do chores seem to tighten this muscle creating deeper forehead lines. Tonya) 
4. Next starting at the center of your chin move outwards and up along the jaw to help naturally lift the skin, repeating 10 times or for 1 minute. (I like to additionally roll the jaw muscle to alleviate any TMJ tension, Tonya)
5. Once you’ve finished the face its time to move all the drainage to your main lymph nodes. Locate the jawline, at the end of the jawbone use gentle downward strokes moving to the mid collarbones, taking care not to massage your carotid artery.
6. Finish off by gentling tapping all over your face, like you’re playing a piano to stimulate you skin and wake up the lymph system.Image result for facial rolling map

Take this time to really connect and thank your body for the protection it offers us.

Don’t forget we offer an amazing facial upgrade to any of our massage services with Mae using the all natural products from the M’lis skin care line.

The M’Lis face wash wakes your skin with natural caffeine from green tea, followed by an invigorating exfoliation with apricot seeds, we then tone and tighten with natural collagen and clay mask. Lastly we give your skin a deep moisture treatment using Apple stem cells and a cool jade stone roller to seal and protect your pores. Be on the lookout for some amazing new skin care products coming this summer. We’re all about natural products!

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June 9, 2019

Our personal trainers at Energy Fitness downtown Memphis have had countless conversations with clients about hunger, meal planning and making better nutritional choices more consistently. Many actually admit that they are emotional eaters and don’t know how to stop. Do you know those super annoying people (uhh…I’ve been accused of being one) that say they eat for fuel and stay in the healthy zone 80% of the time with little or no effort? You also probably know those people that cave to cravings, food pushers or yo yo dieters that “feel they’ve worked hard..been good and deserve something not on a supportive eating plan”. You may even be one yourself. Eating when not actually hungry is called hedonic eating? Aside from caloric intake and hormonal imbalance obesity and overeating can also result from eating that is not driven by hunger. Recent research found that excess food intake is largely driven by the palatability of food and the pleasure derived from eating.

Lot’s of busy, bored or stressed individuals regardless of socioeconomic, gender, religion or willpower perceive what feels like physical hunger when is not that at all. Instead it may be emotional or spiritual hunger, such as a need for affection, affirmation, understanding, competency, accomplishment, or a deeper connection. Or maybe what first seems like hunger is even something else, such as anger, loneliness or tiredness. A tool called HALT can help you reclaim your brain/body connections.

HALT METHOD

 

 

  1. Pause for a moment.
  2. Ask if you're feeling hungry, or is it anger, loneliness, or tiredness (HALT?)
  3. Go deeper: Is there something I need or want that I am not getting, in this moment?

By recognizing the signals that your body gives you, you can prevent the loss of appetite regulation, hedonic eating, chronic overfeeding, and a rising set point weight. Not every pang of hunger needs to be treated with food. 

You’re not going to starve by missing a meal or a snack. There will be another meal. Tuning in to and discerning the messages you get from your body about hunger can help you shift to a place of balance between the left and right hemispheres, and develop a more peaceful and satisfying relations with food, brain, body and a set point. (Brain Body Diet, Sara Gottfried, M.D.)

Have you heard of Pink Cloud Syndrome?

My husband Mark recently heard and told me about something called the pink cloud syndrome as relates to weight quitting alcohol or drugs and can be applied to weight loss as well. An addiction can be many things which is simply called your drug of choice: food, drugs, shopping, alcohol, work, exercise, social media. In addiction recovery, the “pink cloud” is a term used to describe a high-on-life feeling in one’s journey to recovery. The Pink Cloud Syndrome is a curious but often short-lived phenomenon. Many people, after detoxing, feel too good about their recovery, as they’re finally able to see the real world behind a curtain of pills, drinks, and needles. An addict’s life is a roller coaster of emotions, and emotions are what trigger an addiction in the first place. Like any roller coaster, it’s not possible to stay joyful and delusional all the time: eventually, you’ll come closer to the ground, and that can bring too much disappointment to handle. The real world and all the problems that you are still facing can hit you, and that can be the first step to relapse. Many people in early recovery think that they’ll never face any pain and that they are cured. Addicts can feel too confident and may start to believe that the key to recovery is only in their hands: they forget that recovery is a long process, and not an on-off switch.(www.addictionresource.com)

In Summary

Simply being aware is at least the first step in the right direction toward your best body and brain. You’ve heard it a million times and here it is again. Mindfulness and tuning in to your body and it’s signals it gives you can bring you in line with optimal health. ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT GOES INTO YOUR MOUTH! REGAIN CONTROL!!! Have you tried journaling your feelings as you progress through your journey to lose weight, tone up, train for a race, or put on weight? Before and After pictures are only one piece of the puzzle the other is what’s in your mind and journaling may be just the insight you need to stop self sabotaging.

Live in the Memphis area and need to be inspired to get into your best shape or eat healthier and don’t know where to start?

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

Click here for a FREE consult for our personal training or nutrition coaching services (value $87) or give us a call at 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Intuitive Healing,
Astrological/Birth Charts & Sound Healing Therapy).
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT taping.