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Approachable health tips from the personal trainers of TorqueStrong

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I now know a life without aches and pains

Alydia Bryant

In Claire's first week, due to pain, we started very light. We started at a weight where she felt safe, but it still brought on many hesitations. Living with pain is horrible. There are days where one can feel great and the next they are barely able to lift appendages because they over did it.  We never wanted to be in that category. With proper training it can be avoided. After Years of pain Claire didn't believe she could truly live without pain. It has been a true gift to see Claire go from uncomfortably benching 25lbs to confidently knocking out 125lbs.

We've extended the Amazing 12 deadline to Sept 20th. If you are interested email us today or visit Torquestrong.com/amazing12 info@torquestrong.com

"I found out about Amazing 12 through Facebook.  I met with Alydia and decided I wanted to try this program.  I committed on the spot.  I have always been knowledgeable about Nutrition since I have a degree in Dietetics but over the past 15 years, I have had many injuries that have packed on the pounds and decreased my confidence in pushing myself with my workouts.  I wanted a personal trainer that would listen to me and adjust my workout to accommodate my injuries/pain.  Alydia was awesome from Day 1.  She adjusted my daily workouts by analyzing my techniques, tweaking my form and changing the exercise if needed.  I still progressed and made major gains in my abilities and the weights I could lift.  Today I am PAIN FREE.  I think I need to say that again…Today I am PAIN FREE.  I had rotator cuff surgery 3 years ago, I have had 2 epidural steroid shots for lower back pain, a shot in my left hip for pain and recovered from a broken toe and a broken foot in the last 15 years.  To be pain free today and know I can do everyday activities and go back to the more challenging activities I love to do is PRICELESS!

  I have started running again and plan to do my 2nd Half Marathon in March (first one was 15 years ago).   I know my whole body needs to be strong to complete a half marathon and that’s what Amazing Twelve does for you!!  Oh and the muscle gained, fat lost, and inches decreased (7”+) are added benefits.  I went down 2 sizes in my pants, shirts and dresses and only lost 14 pounds on the scale."

Are you tired of being limited in daily activities? Are you ready to fit in those clothes that have been hiding in your closet for the last 4 years? Are you ready to just get control of your health and thrive? Let us help and be apart of the Next Amazing 12 program launching Sept 20th.

If you are interested email us today or visit Torquestrong.com/amazing12 info@torquestrong.com

MOVEMENT

Alydia Bryant

MOVEMENT!

Do you run with out cross training? Does your lunge seem cramped up and awkward? Do you struggle with squatting properly? Maybe you lean forward on your squat, or your knees come forward, or your heels come up once you try to go into a deep squat. Maybe you can’t do a proper push up. Do you arch your back when you bench press? Do you have a hard time locking out at the top of a snatch and yet keep your “rib-to-hip connection”? Have you tried and tried to pack your shoulders but they just don’t seem to move?

Sometimes moving more is the answer but others its not. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” Well the fact is “Practice makes PERMANENT” If you are benching with your back arching off the bench and you continue to increase your weight without fixing your alignment then you are only going to cause more problems. Do you go hard 100% of the time always trying to get more push ups, or a new PR for your snatch. Our bodies will ALWAYS compromise quality of movement for quantity. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, your holding a plank for over a min but then you start shifting your body or your hips drop so your low back takes a turn to help out, then your hips come back up and your quads are sustaining your “plank.” Well friends this is no longer a plank!

We haven’t always had poor movement patterns. In fact we started with GREAT movement patterns. Take a look at little kids under 5. They squat to play, their heels are flat on the ground and typically their tibia(shin) is vertical. So what happens? Why do we lose it? For the next 12+ years we go to school and we sit! Then we graduate and many of us acquire desk jobs and we sit some more! Some of us try to make up for this time sitting by exercising but the problem is that we are still missing basic movement reinforcement.

When babies start moving whats one of the first thing they do? They roll over. Do you have a hard time rolling out of bed? Do you use momentum rather then simple muscle contractions to sit up. For me I see my job as successful if I help my clients/students to see past their weight loss, strength, and performance goals to see the importance of movement restoration! I would be a fool to hand a man/women a barbell loaded with 150lbs and a 24kg (52.9lbs) and tell him/her to do 20 DL and 20 swings. Sure an average man should be able to do both skills with ease and even higher weight. BUT More then likely the average male or female that comes to see me has SUPER tight hip flexors, minimal core strength (six pack or not) , and spends a majority of time with his/her thoracic spine in flexion and shoulders protracted (rounded.) Do you think some one can safely Deadlift in this form? I think not! So please have patience as we learn to crawl again. We have to retrain 12+ years of sitting hunched over! We have to train your body to access that posterior chain. Safe movement takes time! I value Longevity! I value Health! So lets get the basics mastered and we can swing, clean, snatch and and deadlift a ton more!

Sometimes you need a little restart! And rest

Alydia Bryant

These last 3 weeks has been wonderful, exciting, stressful, and many lessons of patience. I decided it was time to invest in a new training Journal since I have a lot of new strength goals I want to accomplish in the next few months. I thought this one was Perfect! Some days we get discouraged or distracted and the plan falls apart! We can achieve so much more if we have the courage to pursue those dreams! I decided to take 3 days off this weekend. Normally I do 2 but my body, stress, and missing my husband ;) was telling me to slow down! Sometimes you need to adjust and that's ok! It doesn't mean you have failed or quit! Your body needs recovery sometimes! Recovery will even improve your strength.

 

Today my shoulders felt stronger then they have in a month. My squat was deep and strong! I did more work today then I have in the last 2 weeks but I felt stronger. I recovered faster and needed less rest between sets! Sometimes less really is more! 

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