Storm Fitness Newsletter – TRX Suspension Training – October 2009
A health and fitness newsletter on how to stay looking and feeling your best at any age
Greetings Clients and Friends;
September has been an amazing month for us! We have received a record number of calls for our Personal Training Services. That tells me that people are really starting to value their health and are excited about getting in shape and reaching their goals.
Not only did we receive a record number of calls, but the enthusiasm people had about starting our training program was contagious. A big heartfelt thank you goes out to our clients who have seen the results in their own body both inside and out and are spreading the word about what really great personal trainers can do for your life.
As my client Katie recently told me “Wow, I never would have thought when signing up with you guys that my life would change for the better in so many aspects…not only am I more fit, but I eat healthy and nutritious food now and I am a happier person all around. Getting in shape has completely transformed my relationships with family and friends”.
That kind of testimonial could not make us happier and it’s why we love training you and we will continue to give 100% every day to help you reach every dream and goal you ever thought you might want to achieve. It is with-in your reach and we can take you there.
We hope you enjoy the articles this month! You will find a response to the controversial time magazine article and some great exercise tips for our frequent travelers. Happy Reading.
Yours in Health and Fitness,
Jessica Storm & the Storm Fitness Team
Storm Fitness, LLC
Rave Review on the TRX!
If you haven’t tried the TRX suspension training system yet you are missing out on some seriously good stuff. Talk about changing and reshaping your body – I can’t rave enough about this product. Not only is the TRX excellent for people recovering from rehab who need some added assistance, but it is the most challenging piece of equipment I have used on my athletes. The best part is, anyone can get one to enhance their workouts and use it right in their own home.
The TRX weighs less than 2lbs and can be taken with you anywhere you go. Listen, I get asked to review a lot of products and I was skeptical on this one at first but I am telling you – it has changed my clients body and even my body and I can’t speak highly enough about my new fitness tool. I want you to learn more about it – check out the videos on their website and see if this can change your boring fitness routine into some serious fun! Just click here for more info.
Response To Time Magazine Article
By: Jonathan Ross, TRX Master Trainer & Discovery Health Channel Fitness Expert
I am sure by now that most of you have read or at least heard about the Time magazine cover article titled “The Myth About Exercise” that ran last month. If you haven’t, you can read the original article here.
Within days of this article running everyone I knew was asking me about this article. There were so many responses that flooded in by clients, trainers, nutritionists all mostly stating the blatant lack of evidence Mr. John Cloud provided us with – it was just negligent to even write such an article. I have decided to post Jonathan Ross’s response to this article as I thought he did a great job of summing it up! By the end of this article, you’ll enjoy much-needed clarity on a subject that wasn’t really confusing to most people until flawed journalism made it that way.
Strap yourselves in. This is about how to think about exercise – something you don’t hear enough about but in my opinion is the real secret to long-term success. This is the main problem with the article, a dysfunctional attitude about exercise that leads to misinterpretation of research studies.
We’ll correct the article’s mistakes in four main points:
The author’s bias is evident and leads to incorrect conclusions from research studies (and additionally, some of the studies were poorly designed)
The article completely misses the point of exercise – as so many people often do
The real source of our world-wide obesity problem is ignored in favor of “smearing” exercise
There is a clear, nearly obvious, outcome from the research that the article unfortunately missed. Or was too scared to print.
First, a subtitle for the Time article could easily be “The Myth of Journalistic Objectivity.” One of the tenets of journalism is its objectivity, yet the author has a bias so powerful that it is impossible for it not to affect his conclusions. The article is riddled with references to how much he hates exercise. You’ll find him mentioning “working like a farm animal” with a personal trainer, throwing in terms like “abuse,” “hateful,” “grueling,” “wretched,” just to add some color and flair. At least we can compliment him for a complete lack of subtlety with his bias. Okay, Mr. Cloud, we get it! You don’t like exercise. With a weak premise, the best way to build support for your position is to play to emotions.
Were the bias in this article limited only to providing colorful language, it would be less bothersome. But, it unfortunately affects his conclusions from the various research studies he quotes throughout. Shockingly, in the article we learn that there are studies – real, scientific studies – that prove that exercise increases appetite!
Um, was this point unclear to anyone or inconclusive enough to warrant research?
At one point, he mentions that “I get hungry after exercise, so I often eat more on the days I workout than on the days I don’t.” Exactly! And your car uses more gas on days you drive than on days you don’t.
Precisely what “ah-ha” moment are we supposed to have in response to this obvious information?
(As an aside, I believe none of us are free from some degree of bias – myself included – and that true objectivity is a myth. We are all a mixture of our experiences, values, and beliefs and efforts to completely excise them from our lives results in a lessening of our ability to reason. The best we can hope for is to try and minimize bias, do our homework, and grow.)
The study which seems to be the fuel for his premise of the article is so flawed that it is of questionable usefulness (I did manage to find a more useful, closer-to-the-data conclusion – you’ll find it a bit later on.)
A large group of overweight women were broken into four groups – three of whom exercised for varying lengths with a personal trainer, and one of whom was asked to maintain their normal activity patterns. The kicker? They were not asked to change their dietary habits! All the groups lost weight, but no one group lost a significantly larger amount of weight than any other. And the conclusion was that exercise did not lead to a statistically significant change in weight loss. The only thing clear is that just because research is done doesn’t mean it gives us useful conclusions.
And to close the first point: I find it interesting that Mr. Cloud solicited not one comment from his own (or some other) personal trainer or other fitness professional. I suppose it was easier to call researchers in labs all over the country than get up and go find some people working in the trenches.
Stick To Your Exercise Plan On The Road
By: Mariana Parreiras, Storm Fitness Personal Trainer
My recent vacation had me assessing the fitness challenges we all face when traveling and breaking our exercise and eating routine. Flipping through an US Airways magazine, I found two web sites that are very helpful, especially for people who often travel for business.
The Athletic Mind Traveler will assist you not only to find hotels with exercise facilities, but also nearby gyms, running routes, golf courses and healthy places to eat.
Fit For Business is another web site that will also help you find hotels and specialty activities nearby, such as Pilates and Yoga.
Some hotels, such as the Westin, offer services like a “Running Concierge.” Basically, the hotel hires someone who leads a running group every morning. Some resorts have classes and personal trainers on site. Check with your preferred hotel if they offer these services.
While being away, there are other things you should consider in other to stay in shape. For example:
– If you are not late for a flight, while at the airport, do not take the escalator, or the moving walkway. Wear flat shoes and walk the whole terminal. If you have to wear heals for your next destination, you can always put them in a carry on.
– Eat a meal before leaving home if you are taking a long flight and bring a snack, such as Kashi bars (they are the most “natural” ones) and a fruit.
– In the airplane, order water. Staying hydrated will keep you from feeling “puffy” after a flight. Fruit juices might sound healthier, but one quarter of a cup of fruit juice equals one fruit serving, and most fruit juice cans have 4 servings or more. That is just too much sugar at once that will, in turn, spike your insulin levels, making you hungrier and more tired sooner.
– When eating out, if you cannot bring half of your food back with you as you would normally do at home, eat until you are satisfied, cover the entire plate with a napkin and push it aside until the waiter takes it to avoid picking at the rest. Share the dessert.
– If at the beach, go for walks on the sand. Walking or running on the sand will burn 20 to 50% more calories than walking or running on flat surfaces.
– Bring exercise bands if you do not have access to a gym. I can give you an exercise routine.
Keeping an exercise and eating routine while away is tough, but it shouldn’t ruin your travel experience. As long as you keep your indulgences moderate and try moving as much as you can, going back to your normal lifestyle will not be such a dread.
“What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside you.”
~ Wayne Dyer
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Storm Fitness Newsletter. Thank you again for coming along for the journey with us and we wish you a wonderful Fall Season with all of your health and fitness goals! Again, if you need anything at all we are always here to answer any questions you have.
Yours in Health and Fitness,
Jessica Storm & the Storm Fitness Team