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Exercise & Physical Activity: What’s in a name?

Short version: Exercise is specific: challenging the muscles in a very targeted manner to stimulate a positive physiological adaptation that serves to enhance fitness no matter the task.  Physical activity is general: body movement produced by muscle action that is a...
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“Am I too OLD for this?!”

One of the hangups that keeps people from starting is a concern about safety. Our evidence-based system scales to meet a person exactly where they're at, so they can progress without risk of injury. We've got that covered! Another concern is lack of progress. While it...
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The “Desert Island” Workout

I've been getting a lot of requests from clients who go away for the summer for a workout they can do with minimal equipment. I have just the solution for you! Key points: Always move slowly! I instruct clients to try to move as slowly as possible without stopping,...
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Medical Exercise Part 1: Cardiometabolic Disorders

Smart Strength is Westlake Hill’s only provider of Medical Exercise. Briefly: medical exercise is prescribed by Certified Exercise Physiologists for individuals with medically controlled diseases. With nearly 50% of the population suffering from some form of chronic...
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The Value of Strength

Why a focus on building strength?    Don't resist resistance! The biggest issue we face as we age is the inevitable loss of muscle, which is preceded by a precipitous loss of strength. Starting at age 25, the average person is at risk of losing up to half of a pound...
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Sneak Peak into Smart Nutrition: Want to play the Almond Game?

We’re getting ready to roll out our habit-based nutrition program: Smart Nutrition! Smart Nutrition is a 6-month program that uses a research-proven framework and small habits to help people rebuild their eating behaviors AND vet their own “perfect” diet. The net...
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Smart Strength Race Prep Guide

We’re entering running season here in Austin. If we consider the Turkey Trot as the start, then we have a couple months until the middle of the season (Austin Marathon, February 19th, 2017), with the end of the season coming at the Capital 10k (April 23rd, 2017)....
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Now is the time to start

I recently had a consultation with a client who started with the following statement: “I looked you up 10 years ago, knew I needed to start, but I haven’t until now.” The first thing to notice is that I’ve been here 10 years (12 to be exact)! Most fitness companies...
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Smart Strength — for the competitive cyclist!

As a competitive cyclist for the past 25 years, I know cyclists get excited about anything that improves performance. We’ll spend thousands of dollars on equipment, power meters and even coaching with the hope to increase our watts at threshold or save a handful of...
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Ideas for managing the “weight gain gap”

So we’re barrelling down on the holiday season, which means amazing opportunities to reconnect with friends and family over lovingly home cooked meals.But this is also the time of year where we actually gain the weight that contributes to eventual obesity. A study...
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How much water do you need?

How much water do you need? Have you ever wondered why 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day have been recommended? Well, the truth is that there’s not good evidence for this claim as a concept, as evidenced by a research review published in the Journal of the...
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Combining Smart Strength with other activities

We get questions about how to integrate what we do at Smart Strength with other activities. People seem to have difficulty rectifying how such a small dose of exercise could reap huge rewards in their recreational activities.SpecificityFirst, we don’t want your...
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Resistance Training Enhances Protein Utilization in Older Trainees

Aging can bring with it a host of negative adaptations, such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, diabetes, and cognitive decline to name a few. The assumption here is that what is common is what is normal. The fact of the matter is that while there is some amount of decline...
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