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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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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The Importance of Weight Lifting for Bone Health

What we do in our younger years has a huge impact on our risk for bone disease. Many of us will build bone especially well into our early twenties. After our young adult life, we’re primarily holding on to the stores we have already built. That’s not to say we can’t build bone in later […]

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Member Monday – Laney McPhaul

Laney is a Sales Manager for a large IT firm. She manages employees who provide sales support to Fortune 500 companies in the NYC Metro area.   Her favorite exercises she says are: “12 ounce curls” – Ha! Really she likes squats and having fun on the slide board.   She’s been at Empower for about […]

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Member Monday – Anna Louise Reynolds

Words from one of our most fierce and fabulous clients – Anna Louise:   “What’s on offer at EMPOWER these days?   Everything you need to develop a healthy body, a sound mind, and a joyful carefree spirit—–That’s what!   Skilled and friendly trainers who challenge each of their clients with personalized, targeted workouts designed […]

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Member Monday – Ahmad Adi

MEMBER MONDAY: Each week we feature an exceptional client that exudes Living the Life They Envision. This week we feature Ahmad Adi.       His profession:   He’s a resident physician at Duke Hospitals – currently finishing his training to become a psychiatrist. He is also interested in public health issues surrounding mental health, […]

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