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Product Review— Foam Roller

Product Review—Foam Roller

Author: Phil Gawlak, NASM-CPT, CES, GFS, FNS

A review of the 6” diameter closed cell foam roller. This roller is a great tool for anyone seeking relief from tight or overactive muscles. This may be a bit firm for some beginners, but with consistent use the body will adapt quickly. The basic closed cell roller is among the most durable available, especially at its low price point. I highly recommend this foam roller as it is an effective way to help inhibit or relax over-active muscles before and after your workout. A qualified Personal picture165trainer can help you identify those over-active muscles and how to use the roller safely and effectively. If you have sore muscles, or feel like you have some tight muscles that need some smoothing out, this is the perfect product. This foam roller is also a good option for a multitude of other exercises as well. Due to its firmness, you can perform balancing exercises, as well as stability and core exercises. Because it is made of high density materials, this closed-cell roller can retain its shape and firmness for longer than many others. This roller is simple, but sometimes the simplest products are the most effective and most durable. I use this foam roller with many of my clients, as well as in my own personal workouts. It is one of my favorites and I recommend it to all of my clients and suggest acquiring one to add to your workout regimen.

 

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Jan’s Wellness Journey

Jan’s Wellness Journey

Author: Jan Frazier, Member

I embarked on my fitness journey at age 67 mostly out of desperation. I needed a program to help me walk, stand and sit without pain. My job required standing (on concrete floors) for several hours at a time. Because of the standing and incorrect posture, I developed sciatica. I started my program at a commercial gym. After about six weeks or so, I knew that what I was doing there was not working for me. I was not seeing the results that I had hoped for and was looking for help in other areas. I heard about Achieve Wellness and decided to see what they had to offer. First, I scheduled a therapeutic massage and then another one. I was amazed at what the massage alone did for the pain. I then scheduled an appointment with a trainer who started me out with stretching and using a foam roller. More progress after those sessions made me realize that this was the place for me.

I was beginning to experience some relief from the sciatic pain because of the stretching and roller use and even more relief when the stretching session was preceded with a 30 minute therapeutic massage. When I began this program, I had never really thought about a fitness goal other than finding a program that would eliminate the pain I was living with. I have since revised that goal to include milestones that I felt I needed to achieve for my personal satisfaction and well-being. During the past six months I have worked diligently at home as well as with the trainers at Achieve Wellness.

I cannot say enough about the caring attitude of the staff and their dedication to the health, well-being and success of their clientele. They also emphasize the importance of proper form and posture as a must to prevent injuries. Not only have I thrived from the individual attention from the trainers, but I have found other benefits at Achieve Wellness which contribute to my own well-being and success. Due to an equilibrium problem caused by partial hearing loss, the beginning Yoga class has helped a great deal in achieving stability and increased flexibility as well.

The nutrition class was an eye opener in that I have never been told that I needed to eat more! My food diary reflected a lack of balance in the protein/carbohydrates/fat percentages in my diet. I have progressed from stretching to more intensive muscle strengthening. The sciatica is now history. And yet another surprise: I have lost ten pounds along the way! Even more recently, I had to go through radiation treatments. My doctors recommended that I stay active and take yoga classes during the course of my treatments to alleviate symptoms of fatigue. I continued with the exercise and yoga routine and both have helped tremendously. I have literally “sailed” through my treatments with no adverse effects.

 

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Ask A Master Trainer

Ask A Master Trainer

Author: Andrew, NASM-CPT, FNS, CES, PES, BCS, Master Trainer

andrewbioQ: Is walking enough exercise to help me lose weight?  – Tim H.

A: While sticking to a well balanced nutrition plan is critical to a successful weight-loss program, exercise can really boost results. The answer to your question Tim H. is that depending on your current activity level, walking may be enough to start, but as your body adapts to the intensity of exercise, it becomes more efficient at walking, making it less productive. Our bodies respond to stress and in the beginning walking may be enough stress to challenge your body to make physiological changes. As your body adapts, the exercise also needs to evolve to continually challenge the body. Be careful not to over train, as proper rest and recovery is critical. If your body is constantly confronted by stress without time for recovery, no adaptation can take place.

If you have a question that you would like answered, e-mail your question to Andrew@AchieveWellness-STL.com.

 

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