Energy Fitness Memphis

August 20, 2020

Whilst reading about the benefits of massage, different modalities and treatments offered in the massage therapy industry to stay abreast of information we share with you I discovered information on Castor Oil Packs. Energy Fitness offers body detox wraps and use M’Lis Contour to help the body detox via the lymphatic system but not everyone wants to come to us or pay for this type of service or wish to make time for it. Massage therapists are also trained in lymphatic drainage massage. Castor Oil has been around for many years as I recall my grandmothers and mother talking about using it.

Castor oil packs involve the application of externally administering castor oil to the skin’s surface so that it can slowly be absorbed. Castor oil packs have many potential therapeutic uses including the ability to treat the following conditions: (you can make your own or buy kits: check out this site for a recipe)

  • Skin conditions such as fungal infections, rashes, acne, warts, callouses, eczema, allergies, and other inflammatory skin problems
  • Parasitic infection such as ringworm
  • Dry eye
  • Liver disorders including cirrhosis
  • Headaches
  • Appendictis
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Intestinal problems such as constipation
  • Induce labor
  • Cancer

Castor Oil Promotes Lymphatic Drainage

Illustration of human lymphatic system with skeleton.

 

 

 

 

Castor oil exhibits anti-cancer properties by promoting the lymphatic system to remove the buildup of debris and toxins in the body. When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, liquid can accumulate within the network of tubes responsible for filtering bacteria and become stagnant.

Other research has found that when oil is absorbed through the skin, not only is there an increase in both lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, but there is also an increase in lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes are critical to the immune system because they signal a call for aid when the body is under attack from foreign substances. Keep in mind that your skin (your largest organ) absorbs good stuff and bad stuff. It may also be possible that castor oil can have health benefits when simply massaged onto the skin.

The ability of castor oil packs to promote lymphatic drainage and both digestion and elimination, castor oil packs ultimately aid the body to naturally detoxify. Understanding the clues your body is signaling to you is necessary to help you understand how effectively your body is currently able to promote detoxification.

When you talk detox I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that the liver is your largest filter in your body so you can’t have a clean colon and lymphatic system without additionally addressing the liver. The liver serves vital functions in the body and is absolutely essential for the process of detoxification. A weakened lymphatic system increases the buildup of debris, toxins, and pathogenic bacteria; weakens organs; and increases the risk for cancer.

The liver helps circulate fluid in the body and transforms toxins into a substance in which then can be:

  1. Dissolved
  2. Flushed down the bile ducts
  3. Relocated into the small intestine
  4. Eliminated from the body as stool

 

Here’s an example below of a castor oil wrap available online. It’s pricey at $44. Ideally you are looking for a wool or flannel material. Surely you can find something around the house that would fit this bill.  Just soak and place around the area in need of attention such as the abdomen, knee, wrist or elbow. Leave on area for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the pack and wipe the area clean with a warm damp towel. You can store the castor oil pack in the container used to soak them. Cover and refrigerate. Reuse each castor oil pack up to 30 times.

Some people may be allergic to castor oil. It may cause a skin rash or reaction when used on the body. If you haven’t used a castor oil pack before, do a patch test:

  1. Rub a few drops of castor oil into your skin and leave on for 24 hours.
  2. If you don’t have any reaction, a castor oil pack should be safe to use.

 

Amazon has a book on kindle that may interest you: Castor Oil: How To Grow Longer Hair, Get Rid Of Scars, Remove Wrinkles, And Other Health And Beauty Recipes (Homemade Body Care Book 4)

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 


July 19, 2020

How effective are you with your workouts and rest breaks either doing cardio or weight training? Some of you may be thinking “I don’t even workout!”. Many of you may be reading this and haven’t really thought about how long you should rest between exercises or more specifically between sets (example: a set of 10 reps of squats).When it comes to optimizing your training program, there’s a lot of variables that need to be considered. How much time you rest between sets is one of the more important variables yet is often overlooked.

Clients at Energy Fitness are paying for a trainer/coach for a set time slot so many want to be as efficient as possible as they are invested and held accountable. What about when clients or you workout on your own time, are you getting the most out of your efforts? We keep the personal training sessions moving along at a good clip and try to get in as much as possible in the 30 minutes.

When I go out of town and workout at other gyms I am reminded that It can be amusing to both the trainer and other clients to see how some individuals or clients catch more break time between sets.

If you are looking for results and not getting them maybe you should increase your intensity by moving along faster through exercises.

Here’s what we see as stalls for extra time
or as I call them “mini-breaks”

Where do you fit most of the time
and are your results showing? Here’s to a giggle…

  • purposely put your water bottle or coffee further away so you can use that walk to it as a break
  • sipping too much beverage
  • readjust your weight gloves
  • flexing in the mirror
  • weighing yourself
  • deciding what your are going to do next as you don’t have a plan and do whatever comes to mind
  • chat it up or tell a story to a buddy, fellow training client or trainer
  • fein to your trainer that you need another demonstration of the exercise as you weren’t watching the first time
  • explaination from your trainer or workout buddy of why you need to do an exercise you hate
  • take too much time journaling your weight and sets
  • read a magazine
  • check your smart watch for messages
  • check your phone for calls, messages or emails
  • watch TV for news, sport or financials updates
  • at home virtual workouts – pet the dog or cat

Now that you’ve had a good chuckle let’s talk real time between sets so you can get the results you want.

Learn EXACTLY how long to rest between sets to maximize muscle growth and long term strength gains?

Ideally we want our clients warmed up at least 5-15 minutes before with as we age needing more time as you can exert more force upon the muscles when they are warmer.

For weight training:

Longer rest period 3 minutes for full recovery means that you will have enough time to recover and be strong enough to lift when it’s time for successive sets.This is training for power 3-8 reps (typically 3 sets but body builders doing as many as 10 sets) and means heavy weights especially for compound movements like bench press or squats.Trying to build muscle mass then try this for 4-8 weeks although you won’t be able to fit as many exercises in and likely you will have to lift at least 3 days per week and each workout will take longer. Scientifically you are waiting for recovery from a cellular level to happen and that takes time or some additional supplementation. You could however choose to try this for one particular muscle group for a shorter workout say bench press incline and flat then in between sets you could work legs or core.This would be a good use of time and you could mix the shorter rest periods as explained below with this longer rest period.

Training for strength, 10-12 reps typically 2-3 sets means lifting moderate to heavy weights and can fall in the shorter-moderate rest period category.with a rest period of 1 min – 90 seconds. This means that you will create more metabolic stress to your system feeling like you are getting a killer workout as you will feel the fatigue more, but it comes at a price. With a shorter rest period, you’re not going to be able to lift as heavy a weight or perform as many reps as you would be able to after a longer rest period. You may have experienced this first hand especially if you had to go down in weight by the third set. You will be getting lots of different exercises completed with this method. This is the majority of training we do with our clients and how I train myself with a pepper of heavier sets thrown in. This can be performed by choosing 3-4 exercises and rotating through them. You can even throw in a few core moves if you have moved through the exercises faster than 90 seconds. An example of this might squats, lunges, dumbbell row, shoulder push ups. This set would give your body the 90 seconds because the lunges and rows are unilateral training which takes longer. If you did squats, leg curl, outer thigh and leg extension then you would want to have more rest before you went straight back to squats again so you might do some plank or back extensions to rest the legs.

Endurance training for weights is performing 15 reps and above and typically is shorter rest period category because you can go straight from one exercise to another without the worry of dropping a face on your face or foot because it’s lighter. An example would be doing 2 exercises back to back and if you feel like you need more rest throw in a core exercise.

CARDIO REST PERIODS – Setting out to do cardio hit / interval training means periods of work and rest. Since I was a cross country and track collegiate athlete I can relate this best by giving examples and why different rest periods are necessary. Early in the season a base of miles is obtained and speed work like doing quarter mile or half mile repeats need longer rest between sets. As you get more conditioned your body recovers faster and you need to stress if if more, so shorter rest periods are necessary to duplicate the racing stage that will have no breaks. For general hit training in which we highly recommend and has been proven to be effective examples are doing 10 sets of 30 second effort and either 15 or 30 seconds of active recovery or if you are killing it then passive recovery. This type of training can be done 2-3 times per week. For weight training for clients coming to us wanting to run a long race like a half or full marathon they need to lift heavy and phase to lighter and more endurance weight and reps closer to the race. Of course if this is their first time lifting weights then we must go through a moderately heavy phase being cautious with the joints, consider the age of the client and previous or current injuries as well.

So what type of training do you do?

Being in tune with your body may be your biggest clue. Knowing your body type, genetics, trial and error or hiring a trainer can be less frustrating and more motivating when it comes to getting the best from your body.

Remember I said there are lots of variables when it comes to getting results? Steps in personality and lifestyle choices. You may know what you need to do but just don’t do it or aren’t getting the right nutrition or sleep to muster up the energy or brain power to make it happen. Just do it slogan really needs to get in your brain!

Remember, as for rest and muscle building that doesn’t mean that you just sit around and do nothing or watch a timer? Not in my books as a trainer. You can do some other muscle groups or core exercises that don’t involve those muscles and still be pressing on towards your fitness goals.

Not sure what to do or where to start? We can help!

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your body’s movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 


May 17, 2020

Everyone deals with stress differently and we all have different levels at different times in our lives. Instead of the usual no good outcome on the other side ways of dealing with it like drinking, eating, shopping and other coping mechanisms that are just short lived why not try a few of these suggestions.

  1. Think back to when you had the feelings of being happy. Remembering good times, such as a trip to Disneyland, the Beach or the Mountains can cut someone’s stress response by 85 per cent, firing up the reward centers in the brain. It works better than simply distracting yourself, the evidence suggests, visualizing positive things or dreaming about a happy future

2) Listen to the sound of flowing water: The gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax.

3) Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 – 14 hertz or cycles per second).
Here’s a few examples: 60 bpm. My GirlOtis Redding • Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector’s Edition) Love is AllThe Tallest Man On Earth. Landslide • Fleetwood Mac. Here’s a site that shows you several songs that you may wish to consider: Tempo 60 bpm

4) SCREAM THERAPY…LET IT ALL OUT!!!
There are tons of tips out there on how to reduce stress. From meditation to exercise to a daily glass of wine, but perhaps the simplest one and arguably most effective one has been around since humans came into existence. Letting out a loud and long primal scream may be the way to reduce stress, according to research.

1,000 randomly selected adults for a survey 19% of the fans indicated they ‘always’ yell at the TV when watching sports. One respondent said “yelling can seem absolutely ridiculous. But in the moment, it feels so right. It makes everything feel better.” The survey also found that women outnumbered men (62% versus 56%) when it came to “sometimes” yelling at sports on TV. You can also add a pounding fist if you want or maybe just throw your arms up in the air.

Whatever your method just know that you can’t be your healthiest self when you are running in high throttle so why not try some of the above suggestions.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242. Onsite appointments start back June 1st, 2020.

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

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

 

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 (myofascial release). 

 


May 10, 2020

As many of you know at Energy Fitness one of our services is Nutrition Coaching often included as our method of personal training for our clients to get overall success.

Speaking with my step-mother this week she alerted me to the fact that Kellogg’s during these last 6 weeks is up in sales by 25%. Kellogg’s stock surged to the highest last week which is the highest in the last year. I just laughed as she was saying more people are having cereal for dinner. This is of course nothing new as we’ve had to tell many a client over the years that cereal / processed carbs before bed isn’t the solution for weight loss and great sleep.

Of course cereal sales and carb snacks consumption are up! Why? Because eating carbs gives you almost instant satisfaction as most cereals and snack bars are sugar laden and fill up your belly at least temporarily. People love a good crunchy snack that’s easy and doesn’t involve cooking. I can be found guilty of this when I’m stressed or tired albeit mine is gluten/dairy free and served with almond milk. The calories still add up. Usually by the middle of the night or in the morning I have that deep hunger that only processed carbs gives me. Instead of reaching for more I allow the feeling to pass and don’t give in.

Eating cereal is easy and especially before bed but this is of course a bad habit to get into and we all know how hard it is to break habits that don’t serve our best long-term interest. Now I’m not saying an occasional bowl of dinner cereal is the worst thing ever as I can think of lots of other worse options.

What if you took 3 days to write down what you ate and the times in which you consumed or drank calories?

What would it look like? Often by just writing it out and observing your behavior you can see what you might need to add, eliminate or reduce from your diet. Maybe you need more greens, more fiber or you don’t get enough lean protein. Maybe you wait too long in between meals and you aren’t even trying to fast. Maybe you back-load at the end of the day to make up for missed protein or calories. Do you tend to reach for something unhealthy at 2 or 3 p.m. the time at which your body is going through a hormone cycle?

Be present and mindful of what you put in your mouth as to eliminate any guilt or repercussions later.

Remember the 8-11 servings of fresh fruit and vegges we are all suppose to be consuming for optimal health? Where does cereal and bread come into that equation if you haven’t yet had your 8-11 yet? I haven’t met one person deficient in bread, coffee or pasta.

My youngest son tonight was anxiously awaiting popping some microwave popcorn and I reminded him he could not have until he ate the meal I put in front of him (stir fry and tuna) and he had 5 minutes to do it or no popcorn. I had to give him a time limit as he had already been sitting there 20 minutes. Can you set some rules for yourself so you can be on task with your health goals? I bet you can and you will feel better because of it.

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REOPENING SURVEY WE SENT YOU VIA EMAIL – WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are working on a reopening plan to have you back onsite training soon or starting with us for the first time for personal training, nutrition coaching and massage therapy.

Usually this is where we tell you what we offer and see if you want to come in for FREE consult, schedule a massage or Nutrition Coaching Services onsite. But, times are different and we’re on lock down with the COVID19 and doing all our training online video and kicking some butts in peoples own spaces. They have been surprised how much we can get their heart rates up, muscles burning and are so appreciative for our help in designing a custom workout program during quarantines.

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

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

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Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

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 (myofascial release). 

 


April 11, 2020

A client at Energy Fitness inspired this post as her son is an award winning swimmer. His duck footed stance is great for one stroke but terrible for freestyle/front crawl stroke. Do you know someone that walks with turned out feet or do you? Do you squat or do other exercises or climb stairs with turned out feet? Sleep this way?

This post is during Covid lockdown so he’s not able to get in the pool for actual swim workouts. His mom purchased a concept 2 ski erg since she likes the one we have at Energy Fitness. I made this video after writing the program based on what muscles need fascial release, strengthening and stretching. I use to have this problem when I didn’t specifically focus on keeping certain muscles balanced and stretched so it was easy to create this program.

If you are going to implement this program into your routine try twice a week. Also be mindful of how you are standing, sitting and sleeping as you could easily undo the work by having habits that keep those feet turned out.

Usually this is where we tell you what we offer and see if you want to come in for FREE consult, schedule a massage or Nutrition Coaching Services onsite. But, times are different and we’re on lock down with the COVID19 and doing all our training online video and kicking some butts in peoples own spaces. They have been surprised how much we can get their heart rates up, muscles burning and are so appreciative for our help in designing a custom workout program during quarantines.

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

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT
901-466-6242

Here’s what Energy Fitness is offering online NOW…and maybe as a continued service in the future since it’s been such a helpful service and a hit for individuals seeking professional fitness advice.
+Virtual Consultation for those wanting either a written program, virtual training or nutrition coaching-FREE (value $87)
+Virtual Functional Movement Analysis / Assessment (ask for pricing)
+Nutrition coaching with nutrient and meal timing considerations and meal plans
+Supplement suggestions
+Equipment purchase suggestions
+Personal training program design by Exercise Scientist (Tonya) and additional certified personal trainers on staff (must include assessment-how else can we determine what your body needs if we don’t test your quality of movement) Program design for 2-3 workouts (ask for pricing). Links to video demos may be included in price. You may consider additionally purchasing 2 virtual sessions to have trainer demonstrate and watch your form). Example package: assessment, 2 workouts for you to do on your own and 2 virtual sessions.
+Virtual Personal Training 30-35 minutes 1-3 clients per session
+Small virtual packages of 4 to 6 sessions (1 assessment counts as session)

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

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 (myofascial release). 

 


March 14, 2020

Who can relate to that relentless specific spot for back or hip pain. Sitting in a car for hours driving or riding and your back just feels tight or tense is not fun. Even just desk sitting for hours can create a back insult that may linger. Lots of walking or standing depending on your pelvic position can also create this same effect. Don’t get me started on high heels and back pain.

We’ve got several clients that we routinely have to show a variety of exercises that can help reduce or eliminate back pain. Aside from just holding a stretch for 3-5 minutes think about stretching as something you may consider incorporating into your life on a more regular basis. This post kind of seems like groundhog day as I believe last month I did a post on it attacking the subject at a different angle.

After 20 years of personal training I have deducted that this is for sure the component of fitness that is the hardest to instill consistency in our clients. Of course we have the hyper-flexible that love to stretch all their favorite ranges of motion. Then there is the tight muscle clients that associate stretching with pain but always feel better after they have stretched.

If you do break into a stretch more often like say morning right out of bed for movement type stretches holding each for 5-10 seconds flowing gently into the next stretch and occasionally throughout the day or just morning and evening you will find it hurts less.

Try this stretch that I recorded this week for our client complaining of his chronic tight back. He said “Will you take a pic of this so I can remember what we did”.  Great idea…for compliance! I went one step further and took video so you can see the move in action and steal it. I wanted him to work some core at the same time. I had him perform 25 reps each side and be aware of his breathing as well..no breath holding.

This was not the right exercise for another client in the same session that had back pain flared up from tensing up from going up and coming down the Statue of Liberty. I had her do different static stretches and then put rock tape on her back.

Not sure what exercises to do or when to do them or even if you are having good form?

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, NUTRITION COACHING, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS, PERSONAL TRAINING.

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

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, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 

 

 


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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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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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.

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