Are Gyms Expecting Too Much From Their Personal Training Staff?

Are Gyms Expecting Too Much From Their Personal Training Staff?

9-12% of all gym members use the services of a personal trainer to workout, lose weight, and help with their injuries.  The demands of helping a client with multiple conditions can be difficult.

I have been training for 20 years and I still take time to research client injuries and how to progress them safely.  Conditions such as a recent hip replacement, a torn rotator cuff, arthritis in the knees, and high blood pressure are very common conditions clients have ALL AT THE SAME TIME.  The education needed to safely navigate a client through their various issues is much more than the requirements of most personal training certifications.  This is a huge accident waiting to happen.

As the baby-boomers continue to flood the fitness universe, they bring with them years of wear and tear on their bodies.  This group in my opinion it at the greatest risk.  Roughly 18% of the people that live in the United States belong to a health club.  In the US alone the fitness industry brings in more than 27 billion a year.  The money dramatically outweighs the safety requirements that should come first.

The need for Personal Training will see a 23% increase within the next 10 years which will only further the issue.  It can be difficult to find a trainer with the right education, certification, and the experience to know what works and what does not.  Start with the certification.  Find a trainer certified through Functional Movement Systems, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), or National Strength and Conditional Association (NSCA).  Find a facility that is focused on Medical Fitness Training.  Having the advice and guidance of a licensed Physician is the safest way to progress.

Lastly, fitness is not “one size fits all”.  A proper medical fitness program should be unique to the client and focus on their individuals goals.

– Written by Michael Brigger NASM-CPT

If you have any questions or you are looking for a medical fitness facility to help you with your exercises needs, call us at 941-749-0741.

Find Your Trigger Foods

Find Your Trigger Foods

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore.

Feeling bloated, gassy and experiencing frequent bowel movements might feel normal for you since you have felt these symptoms for a long time. However, these symptoms might be a way of your body negatively responds to certain foods, or better put, having” food sensitivity”. Food sensitivities affect not just your digestive health, but can also compromise your gut’s integrity and emotional and physical health by impacting your immune system.  Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”   Almost 80% of your body’s immunity is located in your gut. Among the health issues that have been linked to the breakdown in the health of your gut may include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, headaches, asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, migraine, irritable bowel, and fungal disorders.

The Food Sensitivities testing helps identify those with IgG–mediated food intolerances. IgG antibody is related to delayed or non–lifethreatening food reactions that exacerbate or contribute to those mentioned above, and other, health problems. This antibody food sensitivity test is ideal for people who may suffer from delayed reactions/sensitivities to specific foods. This test measures your body’s reaction/sensitivity to 87 different foods, including commonly consumed foods such as corn, milk, eggs, and wheat. Below is a sample report of the test.

If you have been experiencing undiagnosed symptoms for a while and visited a few physicians without obtaining a diagnosis or relief of your symptoms, this test could be the right one for you.

When it comes to healing the gut, it is equally important to know what to exclude as it is to know what to include. This can be very individual, and a consult with our expert Registered Dietitian can truly be life altering. She can carefully evaluate your specific needs and develop a targeted food elimination plan and protocol. If you have any questions, call us at 941-749-0741.


Micronutrient Testing: Is your body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

Micronutrient Testing: Is your body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

Is my body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

You find yourself making your best efforts to eat at least a few servings of veggies, fruits, lean proteins and high-quality grains. You watch what you eat and read labels to stay healthy.  You exercise regularly……however in the back of your mind you ask yourself: could I be vitamin or mineral deficient? If you think you might be, then here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired and maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you take prescription medicines to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but wonder why the condition doesn’t improve and/or exists at all?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now to possibly prevent chronic disease later on in life?

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are key micronutrients with highly targeted functions in your body for your overall wellbeing. Being micronutrient deficient can represent itself in a variety of ways impacting your emotional and physical health beyond what you can imagine. Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin is likely not enough.  Each person’s body and nutritional needs are unique in their own way.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized nutritional approach based on the micronutrient testing report is a guaranteed way to promote optimal health.

What is Micronutrient Testing? Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies and/or if your body might not be utilizing the good foods you give it the way it should be.

What information and results will I get from testing my micronutrient status? Micronutrient lab results identify your deficiencies. If you have been experiencing chronic fatigue, stress, depression, have trouble managing a chronic disease even with medication, have had a compromised immune system for a while, and visited a few physicians without obtaining a diagnosis or relief of your symptoms, this test could be the right one for you.

Our Registered Dietitian is trained to make individualized nutritional and/or supplement recommendations to replete your deficiencies.  Recommendations consider your busy lifestyle, schedule, meal timing and personal preferences to help you achieve your optimal state of health. See below features of your sample report:

If you have any questions call us at 941-749-0741.


Discover Your Metabolic Rate

Discover Your Metabolic Rate

Discover Your Metabolic Rate

In my last two blog articles, I presented causes of a slow metabolism and how to boost it up. However, even after correcting and implementing new strategies to increase your metabolism, you may find that your weight is not coming off or you are stuck in the dreaded plateau stage.

I recommend that you review our Metabolism Series articles: 10 Causes of Slow Metabolism and 8 Ways to Boost and Repair your Metabolism.

Why is it beneficial to have your Resting Metabolic Rate tested?

Resting Metabolic Testing is a great tool for:

• Determination of patient baseline metabolic state at rest
• Helping identify causes of slow metabolism
• Determination of precise caloric intake required for weight loss or maintenance
• Helping patients break weight plateaus

How is RMR calculated?

Resting Metabolic Rate Predictive Equations: They require a complex calculation and tend to be very unreliable. The formula will change if a man or woman is being tested. There are four known equations: Harris-Benedict, Mifflin-St Jeor, Owen, and World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization/United Nations University.

V02 Testing: It measures the amount of oxygen the body utilizes at different exertion levels while exercising on a treadmill or elliptical. A mask is worn during a short aerobic workout (15-25 minutes) in order to measure the oxygen intake. The recorded information is then used to calculate the individual target intensity zones. These intensity zones will provide the specific heart rate range to maintain during different levels of exercise intensity.

Indirect Calorimetry Testing: This test analyzes the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of expired carbon dioxide your body produces to calculate the RMR. Most equipment uses a face mask or a mouthpiece to breathe through, analyzing the exhaled gas.

There are two types:

Metabolic cart: This is large cart equipment mainly used in research centers, universities and athletic performance centers. Metabolic cart is indicated for determination of the energy requirements in intensive care unit patients. A precise calculation of energy expenditure may prevent overfeeding or underfeeding. A metabolic cart can also be used to assess the energy requirements during exercise and to determine work capacity. This type of system is large and expensive, making it only practical for clinical and academic centers.

Hand held devices: Patients breathe through a simple mouthpiece as all the exhaled air is collected and analyzed. During the test, the air breathed out is analyzed to determine exactly how much oxygen the body has consumed. The results determine the Resting Metabolic Rate which is calculated to establish indirectly how many calories your body requires for weight loss or maintenance and the degree of your metabolism.

If you are preparing for this test and to obtain accurate results, you should follow the following recommendations:

Before the test

It is desirable to measure a person’s metabolic rate at a true resting level. To ensure one is at rest, we recommend the following preparation:

1. Avoid eating a meal 4 hours before the test.
2. Do not engage in any strenuous exercise the day before the test and avoid physical activity as much as possible on the morning of the test.
3. Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing.
3. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or cold medications. Prescription medications should be taken according to schedule.

During and after the test

1. During the test, it will be important to get into a comfortable position and relax as much as possible.
2. A nose clip will be placed on your nose.
3. You will be given a mouthpiece to breathe into. You will be breathing in fresh air from the room, but the gas that you breathe out will go through a tube and into the metabolic analyzer to measure your metabolic rate.
4. Make a nice seal with your lips around the mouthpiece to ensure that all the air you exhale will be analyzed.
5. Do not talk unless you are experiencing problems.
6. Relax. After about 10 minutes the device will beep, indicating it is finished.
7. Eat a snack after the test.

Are you convinced you have a slow metabolism? Do you wish to know your Resting Metabolic Rate? At The Aesthetic & Wellness Center, we can determine if your metabolism is normal, fast or slow. A simple ten-minute breathing test can give us information on your metabolic test and tips to boost it.

Call us at 941-749-0741 to schedule your appointment.

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