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Approachable health tips from the personal trainers of TorqueStrong

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The Anxiety of Starting Something New.

Alydia Bryant

Who has ever felt the anxiety of starting something new? New job, new relationship, new exercise program... You name it, it can be STRESSFUL. I know Ive been there. I've lost sleep, had butterflies in my stomach, fears of inadequacy, fears of failure, and fear of disappointment.

We at TorqueStrong have all been there. A few of us felt it just last week with the launching of new programs, new jobs, new clients, and new responsibilities.  

Its good to feel those feelings. It means you are ALIVE and normal. What we have to do is push those feelings aside and overcome them. Whenever thoughts of fear or doubt creep into your mind, you must be ready to replace them with thoughts of your completed goal. 

Whenever we allow negative thoughts to creep into our mind we give them power over our life. Its a daily practice to eliminate those thoughts from our mind. Its not always easy but slowly you will over come them. Some one once told me if you don't have a 5 year plan then you are already there. So today we challenge you to take your thoughts captive, reroute the path of your thoughts towards success, adequacy and commitment. Make your "can'ts", "cans." Growing up my mom would tell me to wall paper my mind with verses. Whether its verses, or positive quotes,  it is important to fill your mind with the things you wish to achieve.  We are cheering you on. Let us know what practices you use to re-wallpaper your mind. As our client Claire says "Stay calm and TorqueStrong" :)


Modifying exercises to get the best benefit.

Alydia Bryant

The following is one of my favorite motto's about exercise: “ Your workout should never take more from you then what you gain from it.” Meaning if you worked to the point where your back and knees are aching for days then you did to much. Are you feeling like you need a nap after training rather then re-energized? Then you did to much. Sometimes the exercises proscribed for the day need to be adjusted based on your starting condition. Modifications are nothing to be ashamed of. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences.

Here are a few simple ways you can modify your workouts to still achieve a positive benefit.

1. Elevate

Planks, Pushups, Dips and more can all be modified by simply changing the angle of intensity. How do you know if you need to modify?  Strained neck, butt lifted, chest lifted, and/or back arched are all signs that you have lost your tension and proper body alignment. Modify and complete the lift with proper technique.

2. Use Assistance

By using a wall, door jam, suspension cables (TRX) or a friend you can shift your center of gravity to take stress off of your joints. An assistant allows you to begin to hone in those movement patterns that your muscles are quite ready for such as: lunge, pistol squats, cossack lunge, or suspended lunge

3. Lessen the rage of motion

Sometimes increasing the range of motion can intensify the movement to a degree that you aren't quite ready for. Go as far down as your body allows with control.

4. SLOW down and move with grace

There is no need to "drop it like its hot." Slow down your speed and lower into the movement with integrity and precision. When you gain more strength and become more familiar with the exercise the depth will come naturally but precision is still important.

TorqueStrong offers private training, small group training, semi-privates, nutrition coaching and more. Email Alydia with any questions and inquiries: