Trainer Spotlight – Nestor Paonessa

Nestor Paonessa

I am Nestor Paonessa, Assistant General Manager and Health and Fitness Coach at EMPOWER Personalized Fitness in Durham, North Carolina.  I am a brain cancer survivor, ultra-runner, backpacker, world traveler, tennis player, pianist, and very lucky husband to Ashley Paonessa.   Now, at the relatively young age of 36, I believe that I have already had […]

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Foam Rolling 101

At this point I’m sure you’ve heard about the importance of foam rolling or at the bare minimum a good friend or your trainer has introduced you to it. Many of us know that we should be foam rolling but struggle to understand the “why?” in regards to using it in a safe and effective […]

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Fun & Games: Get Fit With Play

Why use games in your fitness training?   I’ve been incorporating games in my Personal Training for years, because guess what? Everyone needs to have some FUN! As adults we don’t get enough opportunities to just play. Some people get bored of lifting weights, especially for those who are training multiple times per week.   […]

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Member Monday – Bill Boulding

This week we feature Bill Boulding. When he’s not off jet setting the world, he zooms into the studio and always works hard no matter how tired or what time zone feels like he’s in. He’s definitely an All-Star client and lots of fun to work with.  Bill trains with Amanda Fontaine.   His Profession: […]

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Nutrition for Bone Health: 10 Foods to Consider

Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of broken bones and billions of dollars in healthcare cost every year. In my last blog I spoke to the importance of strength training for improving bone health. Nutrition also plays a vital role. Most of us are probably aware of the need for calcium and Vitamin D in our […]

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Chasing the Man Bod: Secret # 1

Hey fellas! Here is more detail on my first secret to help you get back to that svelte man bod you had in your younger days. Check out how water intake can play a significant role in changing your shape. The human body is comprised of 70% water and it plays a very important role in […]

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Strength & Flexibility: The Best of Both Worlds

Everybody loves muscles. They look good, feel nice, and help you move heavy things. Unfortunately, as we age muscle is harder to maintain. This may lead to more vigorous strength training, which isn’t exactly a bad thing, but can sometimes cause us to under train in other, equally important areas.   When you use muscles, […]

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