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Approachable health tips from the personal trainers of TorqueStrong

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From Couch Potato to Something Fierce.

Alydia Bryant

Wendy was no stranger to the gym or exercising. She’s tried just about everything in town so I was excited to see what we could do in 12 weeks.

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Wendy’s lifts were astronomical in gains, not just that the further through Amazing 12 she got the less she felt her agonizing back pain.

 

Bench 30lbs-75lbs

Military Press 25lbs-50lbs

Squat-45lbs-70lbs

Wendy Got a chin up on week 11 for the first time in years.

 

Wendy lost a total of 11.4 lbs and 8.6 inches.

 

I could be more proud of Wendy’s accomplishments over the last 12 weeks and I can’t wait to see what this next season brings for her! Here is what she had to say:

  "In the winter of 2015 I broke my ankle and went from an active lifestyle to couch potato. I found that long after my injury healed,  I remained unmotivated and unsuccessful in developing a fitness routine. Signing up for Amazing 12 was my own self-applied kick in the behind to getting myself back into physical activity.  The program has exceeded my own expectations for gains in strength and cardio.  It's truly been amazing to see the changes in my body and steady gains in lifting.  I also have a history of back injury and occasional flair ups of  pain  Alydia has taught me so much on proper technique and how to protect my back from injury. She researched and modified to allow me to continue to succeed but with the number one focus to not cause pain or further injury."

 

If you are ready to take your life back then apply today for the next Amazing 12. The Next wave starts Aug 22nd and we can’t wait to have you join us. email info@torquestrong.com or visit Torquestrong.com/amazing12 for info.

😎Summer Specials😎

Alydia Bryant

Summer is finally upon us and you know what that means: fun in the sun, kids are home, sunbathing, and fresh juicy fruit by the pool! There is nothing quite better then the relaxed feeling that summer weather brings. I love how much more time I get to spend with my friends and loved ones with cookouts, pool parties, and outdoor adventures. So, to share my love for summer, TorqueStrong is offering semi-private specials!!! 50% off semi-private training sessions if you sign up a friend! We are only running this special through August so hurry up and sign up today. 

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Here are 5 reasons why you should start training with a friend: 

1. You'll be more motivated

 Starting a new routine at a new gym can often be intimidating. The fear of not being fit enough, coordinated enough, or dedicated enough can often creep in and keep you from making that change that you so desperately desire. When you commit with a friend you are there for each other and ready to encourage one another through the challenges.

2. Your workouts will be more fun 

First, training with TorqueStrong is already loads of fun, but adding your best friend brings more joy and laughter to the table. Exercising and being healthy shouldn't feel like a chore. It should be enjoyed. So get off the treadmill and elliptical and call your friend! learn new skills that propel you towards your goal!

3. You'll work harder 

Alright this doesn't mean you need to get all competitive, but rather you will push each other harder! You've invested time, energy, and money to do this together and you desire to see your friend succeed just as much as yourself!

4. You'll have extra accountability

It's a lot harder to stand up your friend because you just don't feel like going to the gym. They will call you out. Motivation from a friend will spread like wildfire!

5. You don't have to do it alone

This one speaks for itself. But seriously nothing says best friends forever like seeing (and accepting) each other sweaty and gross.

 No one delivers results like TorqueStrong, read our testimonials to see for yourself.

Click this link to sign up today. Sign Up or email Alydia@torquestrong.com for more info. You know you and your friend are ready!!! 

Post Travel Workout

Alydia Bryant

Summer brings a lot of traveling for my husband and I. This past weekend we traveled to Yorktown, Virginia for a wedding. It was nothing to crazy, just 3 hours, but 3 hours is long enough to get tight and stiff. One of my Friends Mike Lindner (SFG2 and Amazing 12 coach) shared this golden gem with me a few months ago. 

The Work Out:

  • 3Bent Presses-3 windmills-3 reverse Turkish Get Ups Right and Left
  • Finish with 5x 15R|15L swings

This is such a wonderful Combination because it hits every Plane of motion : Transverse, sagittal, and frontal. It is so common to only move in the sagittal plane. (Flexion and extension) When we don't practice movement in the Frontal and Transverse plane we create weaknesses in our bodies. We can become stiff and prone to injury. Most of our daily activities and sports involve rotation but it is so rarely trained in the gym

The Bent Press, Windmill and Turkish Getup all promote Shoulder health. The windmill position causes us to put a great stretch on our hamstrings which will usually take some stress off of the low back.Low backs often get extremely tight while sitting for long periods of time (hints: why most Americans have low back pain). What it also does is require us to brace our core in order to perform the movement. The windmill is an incredible lateral core strength and stability movement that strengthens your entire lateral chain. It improves hamstring flexibility which also aids in relieving back pain. If you can’t go full range of motion straight away then don’t worry about it, just go as deep as you can while maintaining proper posture (no lateral side bend in spine), technique and postural alignment. The Bent Press greatly increases mobility in the thoracic spine and shoulder girdle. It requires a great deal of core strength and do to the primary use of ones lats, It teaches the importance of packing the shoulders. The Bent Press finishes what the Get up started. The Turkish Get Up teaches the Athlete how to lock the ribcage on the pelvis. removing any leakage in core strength. Connecting the core is essential for injury prevention and performance. The spine posture is controlled while a weight is maintained over head. This allows the body to learn how to maintain strength through out the movement. T. It improves ones strength while teaching linkage (connecting, recruiting all your muscles) while eliminating strength leakage. These 3 skills combined together are a Beautiful tool against stiffness! Every muscle in you body is working together. These skills should all be treated as SLOW Grinds and not performed with speed! 

The Swings! 

Because of the dynamic nature of the swing the injury to the body is quite low. A swing is ballistic in nature. A swing should be punched forward by the hip not pulled up by the arms. This creates great glute contraction and hip extension( remember how much time you spent sitting in the car.... in hip flexion). We talked about the lats in the Bent Press. They are very important in the swing as well. They help prevent thoracic flexion as well, which we opened up through the combination of the bent press, windmill, and TGU. 

Give it a try! Let me know how open you feel post practice!