When this pandemic first hit and we were forced (willingly for most) to shelter at home, we had to reimagine, among many things, how we would keep exercising. Some immediately jumped into virtual exercise programs or virtual personal training, some met with their trainer or exercise group outside, some stopped their normal fitness studio/gym routine but took advantage of the nice spring weather and started walking, running, biking or working in their yard for exercise, and others might have become A LOT more sedentary.
As fitness experts here is one thing we are emphasizing with our clients is strength training (aka resistance training or lifting weights) and here’s why:
“Over 30 years of clinical research has shown that muscle-strengthening exercise increases muscle mass, strength and bone mineral density. It improves our body’s capacity to clear sugar and fat from the bloodstream, and improves our ability to perform everyday activities such as walking up stairs or getting in and out of a chair. It can also reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.”
Now in pandemic life more than ever with fitness facilities closed or going out of business, the realistic fear of contracting the coronavirus if you were to go to a public gym, and the way so much of life has shifted to sitting behind a computer, finding ways to safely and effectively strength train has become a challenge for many people. This is where Empower can help.
Who in your life needs strength training?
One of our longest standing clients, Asila, who is also our BFF and “Auntie Si” to our children, recognized this exact predicament for her mom Annis (who is also “Nama Annis” to our girls).
Annis is an active, go-getter and very in tune with her physical and emotional health. However, when the pandemic hit and her gym closed, so did her strength training routine. While she was still walking, doing a little yoga and even purchased an elliptical, when Asila asked her mom what she was doing for resistance training, Annis knowingly responded “Well… not enough.”
Asila’s brutally honest reaction: “Mom, that is NOT okay!”
And she had a perfect solution in mind. Asila already knew firsthand how impactful working with an expert Empower trainer had been for her, and she immediately called us. Annis now trains with Nestor weekly (virtually from California) with a customized resistance training program that incorporates full-body strength training and postural corrective exercises designed specific to her needs.
If there is someone in your life who:
- Has never really established a solid strength training plan
- Has had their resistance training routine interrupted during the pandemic
- Suffers from osteopenia, osteoporosis, age-related muscle atrophy (sacropenia), or decreased strength and function
Help us help them
One blessing of this pandemic is it catapulted our Empower team into virtual personal training, something we had been doing a little, but it wasn’t the norm. Now, we have a seamless and effective way to offer our personalized training services to people around the globe – and we are on a mission to EMPOWER more folks.
Together we are STRONG and as we build strength, we build health.