• Safe exercise for seniors
    Exercise,  Fitness tips,  Professional

    Risky strength training, movements, and flexibility exercises for Older Adults

    Seniors vary in function The older adult can vary in functional capacity ranging from master’s athletes to frailty. Given this, exercise programming has a high degree of individualization and specificity. There is a stereotyping that older adults should partake only in mild exercise programs due to weakness and frailty associated with aging. This is not the case, the older adult may successfully and safely participate in resistance training programs and with proper progression can achieve significant intensity (Baechle & Earle, 2008; Fleck & Kraemer, 2014; McArdle, Katch, & Katch, 2015). Seniors should not be automatically relegated to automatic gentle exercise.  Rather, incorporating proper screening and assessment, warm-up and cooldown, expert…

  • overweight personal trainer
    Fitness tips,  Professional,  Rants

    Would you hire an overweight personal trainer?

    I see the pictures. I’m talking about the ones on personal trainer web sites. You know where you find trainers posed half dressed, flexing. Makes me wonder if they walk around their studio or show-up at your door like that? Would it be professional to see a surgeon on his or her web site holding a kidney or lung in their hands? How silly. But, trainer sites that have “fitness pros” dressed in revealing positions or posing is sophomoric. In fact, worse, it speaks to stereotyping. It follows this line of thought; if you don’t look like this you’re not healthy or fit. If you’re overweight you are not healthy…

  • Exercise and lung function
    Exercise,  Professional

    Can exercise improve your lung function?

    Aging may cause significant changes in human pulmonary dynamics. Age-related changes in pulmonary function are related to both structural and functional factors. These changes include increases in the stiffness of the costovertebral joints and decreased chest wall compliance which induces kyphosis and increases work of breathing (Robergs & Roberts, 1997). Respiratory muscles decrease in resting length causing a decrease in maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV) which can indicate abnormal respiratory mechanics (Robergs & Roberts, 1997). Additionally, weak abdominal muscles may play a role in ventilation during physical activity as they are recruited during heavy breathing (Baechle & Earle, 2008). Lung tissue is altered with aging. There is changes size in the…