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April 2, 2021

So often as a fitness professional it never fails, I tell people when asked what I do for a living and they start spilling out all their woes/pains and struggles to keep or get fit. Some are easy suggestions while others are more complex and out of my scope of practice.  Think of your feet as your base of support for balance and aid in your walking/gait pattern.

If you wear shoes that are either too high in the heel or the reverse, too low you may start having ankle, foot, knee, hip or back problems. Often you start compensating which can cause nagging pains and even affect your performance in a sport. Heck, even if you are a desk jockey or nursing a chronic injury you can really compound the effects by not properly taking care of your feet.

This is a great self care tool at the beginning and end of each day. Try for 30 seconds to one minute every day for 6 weeks and track results. Often we forget about the pains when they go away.

There is no sound in this video. You can either use a dowel, a foot reflexology roller, golf ball or as you see in the video a hard rubber ball (often found in Old Navy stores for a quarter I believe). When you come across a tender point try and hold it in that position until the pain dissipates. The more pressure you put on it the slower you need to go across the fascia. For those of you interested in reflexology, try to look up on a chart online where you felt pain or tenderness as it relates to parts of the body and body organs.

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Owner/Dir. of Training

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If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


January 17, 2021

Oh my goodness, as an exercise physiologist and a personal training studio owner for the past 18+ years I forget just how much people don’t know. Yesterday I went to a YMCA in downtown Greenville, SC so I could make the most of my time whilst my oldest was nearby at a Boy Scout University Merit Badge class earning his last Eagle Scout badge (woot woot!) I ran outside on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and then stretched on the very large fitness floor finished with a  warming meditative sauna visit. Fyi..I wore a mask on the fitness floor during stretching as there were too many for my comfort level not to and darn it there was another person in the sauna so I kept the mask on also.)

Anyway, as I was stretching, doing headstands to overt the spinal compression from running there were a few times I was aware of what the people around me were doing as part of their fitness for the day. I dare say doing as a part of their fitness plan as most people don’t have one it seems. They just wander from machine to machine or my favorite which I haven’t seen in years since I’ve spent so much time in Energy Fitness is the guy on the stair master machine leaning on the handrails heavily. I’ll give this guy props as he must have been 70 and he had great muscle tone and was alternating leaning with not leaning.

The guy next to me on the floor as doing sit ups. He’s the second person I have either seen doing full sit ups or who had admitted they do them. I thought to myself who does sit ups anymore and why didn’t this guy get the memo that they actually make your abdominal wall stick out further.

Yes, I said it! Sit ups make your belly bigger. Think about your core as more than just your rectus abdominis muscles. You have all these great other muscles that can help bring your waist smaller and belly flatter. Your internal and external obliques (large muscle) which you can target with rotational/twisting exercises and your breathing and posture muscles (serratus anterior) along your ribcage. Of course I can’t do a post about having flatter belly and not mention that lunges from a stationary position stepping backwards into a lunge is great at helping your belly look smaller as it helps keep your hip flexors stretched out which can help rotate your pelvis in a more posterior position if this is what you need for your body. The extensors in the back also need to be kept strong to help your overall core.

So DITCH the FULL SITS UPS AND TRY A FEW OF THESE! You may have to copy and paste in new browser!

If you have diastasis (separation of the abdominal wall when you do a test crunch and can put 2 fingers or more) then this exercise may not be for you as it will make if worse if you haven’t gone through a program to improve it.

 

There are so many others that I have my clients do but these at least can get you started in the right direction.

Here’s the stationary lunge back I had mentioned earlier. I use to hate lunges but started forcing myself to do them more which helps to undo running and cycling tightness of the hip flexors that puts your pelvis in an anterior tilt making it look like you have a larger belly than you do. I can easily see the tilt of my pelvis in this video done years ago.

Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. One client responding to an email with video demos “These are extraordinarily helpful.Best, Tom”

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December 31, 2020
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As a personal trainer, nutrition coach and cross training athlete I am always on the lookout for supplements to enhance my health, well-being, energy and keep stress at bay so I can continue to be energetic and exude the best of healthy choices made throughout the days, weeks and years. No time like the present to feel and look your best. Supplements are just that, supplement your diet in ways that eating pounds of spinach or basil just can’t and won’t happen as it would wreak havoc on the digestive system. I recently did a cilantro heavy metal detox and then decided to try Mary Ruth’s organics Holy Basil tincture.

Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum)  is an aromatic shrub in the Lamiaceae basil plant family. It’s thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the Eastern world. Also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one” in Hindu, the holy basil plant is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers.

A methanolic extract† of Holy Basil leaf has been found to support the natural function of the stomach by helping to maintain proper acid and mucus levels. Holy basil is also a great way to “detox” the body. It may boost antioxidant production and detoxifying enzymes, so your body can cleanse itself of toxins and other unwanted agents. It also may help with stress and we all know what a tough year 2020 was, so why not boost your mood and detox at the same time.

“I love the sweetness and almost fruity taste it leaves in my mouth. I leave the bottle next to my bathroom sink so I will remember to take it in the morning, night and sometimes mid-day. So far, I feel like it has bumped up my energy just a bit and helps keep me more relaxed.” Mary Ruth’s Holy Basil Drops are by far tastier & better than my past quest to try edible lavender drops in water…yuck!!!

 

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Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized demo of your custom workout included.

Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage Therapy).CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)