Category: Fitness news

We TOLD you that exercise would help keep you young!

And here is (even more) proof that you will benefit from our 20-minute, once-a-week workout. 

“The muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds,” according the New York Times.

The Times reported on research that studied the muscles of active older adults. They found that the older men and women who exercised “had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age…making them biologically about 30 years younger than their chronological ages.”

The New York Times also reports:

“The muscles of the older exercisers resembled those of the young people, with as many capillaries and enzymes as theirs, and far more than in the muscles of the sedentary elderly.

“The active elderly group did have lower aerobic capacities than the young people, but their capacities were about 40 percent higher than those of their inactive peers.

“In fact, when the researchers compared the active older people’s aerobic capacities to those of established data about “normal” capacities at different ages, they calculated that the aged, active group had the cardiovascular health of people 30 years younger than themselves.

“Together, these findings about muscular and cardiovascular health in active older people suggest that what we now consider to be normal physical deterioration with aging “may not be normal or inevitable,” Dr. Trappe says.”

You can read more about the study, conducted by researchers at Ball State University and originally published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, here.

When you’re finished, contact us to schedule a visit.

We’ll show you how you can build muscle safely and effectively in just 20-minutes a week.

A New York Times report looks at the impact of muscle loss as we age — and how to rebuild it.

If you are a woman over age 50, this NYT article may be the most important article you read all month. It explains the impact of muscle loss on functional decline. The good news is, the article reports, it is possible to regain lost muscle mass through strength training. And 20 Minutes to Fitness can help — no matter how old or out of shape you may think you are!

Some excerpts on muscle loss:

“I, like many people past 50, have a condition called sarcopenia — a decline in skeletal muscle with age. It begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70.”

“As Dr. Jeremy D. Walston, geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, put it, “Sarcopenia is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.”

“But — and this is a critically important “but” — no matter how old or out of shape you are, you can restore much of the strength you already lost. Dr. Moffat noted that research documenting the ability to reverse the losses of sarcopenia — even among nursing home residents in their 90s — has been in the medical literature for 30 years, and the time is long overdue to act on it.”

Read the entire New York Times article here.

20 Minutes to Fitness builds muscle strength

20 Minutes to Fitness has clients in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. All have benefited from our safe, supervised strength training program.  Our workouts are performed one-on-one on MedX physical therapy equipment under the guidance of a personal coach.  Our staff includes physical therapists and PT assistants and other highly trained professionals.

As the NYT reports, “Proper technique is critical to getting the desired results without incurring an injury.”  Contact us today about a free consultation and workout.

Sue Matlof

“My bone density had been decreasing, and I decided I had to add strength-training to my exercise. After 14 years, I keep coming because it’s fun, and I can do a lot for my health in just 20 minutes.”

Sue Matlof 14-year client of 20 Minutes to Fitness St. Louis

Track your progress with our Styku Body Scanner

St. Louis area clients:  have you tried  the Styku Body Scanner in our Clayton studio yet? It’s a great, reliable way to pinpoint exactly where you’re losing inches and replacing body fat with lean muscle mass, and more.

How the Styku Body Scanner Works

A powerful camera creates a 3D image of your body that can be rotated and viewed from any angle.

Completing a body scan is quick and easy. You’ll be asked to stand on an automatic turntable in front of the scanner. The turntable will rotate 360 degrees while the scanner’s powerful 3D camera  creates an accurate 3D model of your body. The entirely non-invasive process takes less than a minute to complete.

Working with a trained 20 Minutes to Fitness professional, you will immediately review a 3D model of your body on a computer screen. A virtual measuring tape will show your measurements anywhere on the body. Body fat composition and other metrics will also be visually displayed.

Your first scan sets your benchmark. Subsequent scans allow you to monitor the changes in your shape and dimensions as your body responds to your fitness and nutritional regimen. You’ll be able to track your loss of inches over time; by comparing overlapping sections of your body from scan to scan, you can see for yourself exactly how and where your body is changing.

Try it! 20 Minutes to Fitness clients who purchase fitness packages can exchange individual fitness sessions for 30-minute body scan sessions. Individual and bundled pricing is also available.

To learn more or schedule a Styku session, call us in Clayton at 314-863-7836.

Have you been wanting to learn more about 20 Minutes to Fitness? Here’s your chance! Show Me St. Louis recently stopped by our studio in Clayton and spoke with Megan Arney, PTA, one of our fitness coaches, as she led a training session.

Can you actually rebuild muscle mass after age 60?

At 20 Minutes to Fitness, we’ve been answering “YES” to this question for almost 15 years. And we’re not alone.  According to the doctor quoted in this New York Times article,

“…men and women in their 60s and 70s who began supervised weight training developed muscles that were as large and strong as those of your average 40-year-old.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

More proof of the benefits of strength training

As people age, lean muscle decreases precipitously and is naturally replaced by fat. A targeted and effective strength training regimen like the one at 20 Minutes to Fitness helps reverse the process, building back the lean muscle and contributing to improvements in nearly every element of health. Check out this article to learn more about what strength training does to promote total body health and fat loss.

A new book that looks at the latest research on strength training comes to a simple conclusion:  “strength training is highly valuable for treating a dozen major chronic conditions – including cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, and depression and anxiety.”

So says Joseph T. Ciccolo, co-editor of the new book, Resistance Training for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease (Taylor and Francis Group).

Read more here.

Worried about Osteoporosis?

Tune in to Show Me St. Louis on Monday, Jan. 13 at 10 am. That’s Channel 5 in St. Louis. You’ll meet a physical therapist from our Chesterfield studio named Jamie Boswell, along with a long-time 20 Minutes to Fitness client who saw her bone density increase by 10 and 20 percent over a two-year period — AFTER she stopped taking medicine to prevent osteoporosis.

Hey, but building bone density is just ONE of the many benefits of our strength-training regimen. Watch Show Me St. Louis if you want to learn others. Or, just visit our website: www.20MinutesToFitness.com