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Can we take photos?

To protect the privacy of our members, I have a no-camera policy and ask that you do not take any pictures while in class (this includes cell phone cameras).

I am interested in personal training, what happens next?
A Team Member will call or email you within 48 hours to schedule an appointment. They will need to know the day and time that works best for your personal training session. Just fill out the information on the Contact Page.

What payment options are available?
Payments for individual sessions are due prior to class. Payment types accepted are Cash, Debit/Credit card, or Check.

Do you work with Spanish-speaking clients?

Sí, atiendo a clientes de habla hispana.

Don’t Be Afraid to Exercise
Exercise and physical activities are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, but some older adults are reluctant to exercise. They may be afraid that exercise will be too strenuous, or that physical activity will harm them.

Research from the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that actually the opposite is true:
          *Exercise is safe for people of all age groups
          *Older adults hurt their health far more by not exercising than by exercising.

An inactive lifestyle can cause older adults to lose ground in four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent: Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Endurance.

Over 65 — More Exercise, Less Broken Hips
Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

ATLANTA — Among older people, osteoporosisis a common disorder. It is characterized by fragile bones due to reduced bone mass (density). The fragile bones tend to fracture.

Research has found that bone mass can be increased in older women by physical activity. To determine whether physical activity can actually reduce the risk for broken hips, a large multicenter study was done. Nearly 10,000 women over 65years of age were evaluated. The results of this important prospective (forward looking) study appeared in the July 15,1998 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Edward W. Gregg of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his colleagues at medical centers throughout the United States studied the women for an average of 7.6 years and found that higher levels of leisure time, sport activity, and heavy household chores and fewer hours of sitting daily were associated with a significantly reduced risk of broken (fractured) hip bones.

Further, Dr. Gregg’s group found that women who were very active and engaged in activities such as tennis or aerobic dance had the greatest (36%) reduction in hip fractures. Moreover, women who did lower-intensity activities such as walking, gardening, or social dancing for at least an hour a week also had significant reduction of risk for hip fractures

Does exercise help cognitive function?
One of the most exciting areas of exercise research is the investigation of cognitive function. What scientists have learned so far is that brain neurons, the special cells that help you think, move, perform all the bodily functions that keep you alive, and even help your memory, all increase in number after just a few days or weeks of regular activity. In a study where researchers used an MRI machine to measure the amount of brain tissue in adults 55 years of age and older, they found, consistent with other studies of aging and brain volume, that there were substantial declines in brain tissue density as a function of age in areas of the brain responsible for thinking and memory, but importantly, the losses in these areas were substantially reduced as a function of cardiovascular fitness. In other words, the fittest individuals had the most brain tissue.

Please visit the below website for more information concerning the benefits of exercise as related to cognitive function and Parkinson Disease.

http://www.parkinson.org/Parkinson-s-Disease/Treatment/Exercise/Neuroprotective-Benefits-of-Exercise

Please visit the below website for more information concerning the benefits of exercise as related to cognitive function and Cerebral Palsy.

http://www.ncpad.org/869/4965/Exercise~Programming~for~Clients~with~Cerebral~Palsy

Can I get a refund for missing my personal training session
Refunds are not available; however, we make every effort to reschedule your personal training session to fit your schedule.

How long do I have to use my Customer designed personal training sessions?
All personal training sessions must be used within 3 months of date of purchase.

Can I bring a buddy?
Yes, you may bring a buddy to one class for free. Your buddy will need to sign a waiver upon arriving.

Start Exercising Today
Research suggests that exercise and physical activity can help you maintain or partly restore your Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Endurance. Growing older doesn’t mean you have to lose strength or your ability to do everyday tasks. Exercise can help older adults feel better and enjoy life more, even those who think they’re too old or too out of shape.

Life Expectancy and Quality of Life Increases with Exercise
The study authors report that total life expectancy increased as levels of physical activity increased.

For men 50 years or older:
         *Moderate  physical activity levels led to 1.3 years more in total life expectancy and 1.1 years lived without cardiovascular disease
         *High levels of physical activity added 3.7 years to life expectancy and 3.2 more years lived without cardiovascular disease

For women 50 years or older:
          *Moderate physical activity levels led to 1.5 years more in total life expectancy, and 1.3 more years lived without cardiovascular disease
          *High levels of physical activity added 3.5 years to total life expectancy, and 3.3 more years lived free of cardiovascular disease.

“This study shows that higher levels of physical activity not only prolong total life expectancy but also life expectancy free of cardiovascular disease at age 50 years,” researchers reported. “This effect is already seen at moderate levels of physical activity, and the gains in cardiovascular disease-free life expectancy at higher levels are more than twice as large.”

How the Life Expectancy Study was Conducted
Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, which has followed 5,209 residents of Framingham, Mass., over the past 46 years, researchers at the University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands, calculated the effects of low, moderate, or high levels of physical activity on people age 50 and older.

The study was adjusted for age, sex, smoking habits, and coexisting diseases, including cancer, arthritis, diabetes, left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of the left pumping chamber of the heart), ankle edema, and pulmonary (lung) disease.

What happens to muscles as we age?
Muscle mass decreases as we age. Beginning in the fourth decade of life, adults lose 3%-5% of muscle mass per decade, and the decline increases to 1%-2% per year after age 50. Muscle keeps us strong, it burns calories and helps us maintain our weight, and it contributes to balance and bone strength. Without it, we can lose our independence and our mobility

Is it ever too late to build muscle?
The good news is that muscle mass can increase at any age in response to exercise. In an important study of weight lifting and older adults conducted with 100 male and female residents of a nursing home in Boston (age range: 72 to 98 years of age; average age 87), subjects lifted weights with their legs three times a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, there was an increase in thigh mass of 2.7%, walking speed increased 12%, and leg strength increased a whopping 113%! In a similar study of adults 65-79 years old, subjects who lifted weights three times a week for three months increased their walking endurance by 38% (from 25 minutes to 34 minutes) without appreciable increases in mass. Ida Weiss, a 91-year-old participant in the Boston study, had the following to say after the study, “It’s very beneficial for me. Things that I couldn’t do when I came here, I can do now. I didn’t think that I was going to live anymore, but I feel different now.”

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