Category: In the 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.

You can’t REALLY get fit by training just 20 minutes, once-a-week, can you?

We’ve been asked that questions hundreds of times over the years — 15 to be exact. And our answer is always the same.  Yes, it IS possible to build strength and get fit by training at 20 Minutes to Fitness  just 20 minutes a week. Study after study has demonstrated the effectiveness of our medically based training method, which involves taking each major muscle group to failure while  using safe MedX physical therapy equipment.

But, if you STILL don’t believe us, here is yet another study that backs us up.  You can find it in the New York Times, or read it here:

From the article:

Here’s some good news for anyone who does not have the time or inclination to linger in the gym and grunt through repeated, hourslong sets of various weight-training exercises in order to build muscular strength.

An inspiring new study of how much — or little — weight training is needed to improve muscles’ strength and size finds that we may be able to gain almost the same muscular benefits with a single, brief set of each exercise.

The catch is, that set has to be draining.

Read the rest here.

St. Louis Magazine reporter Jeannette Cooperman visited 20 Minutes to Fitness’ studio in Clayton and tried about our 20-minute, once-a-week strength training workout herself.  Then she wrote an article about what she experienced.

You can read it all here. Or here. Or here.  It’s all the same. We just don’t want you to miss it!

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.

New Tampa Studio Now Open!

Please join us in welcoming  the newest member of the 20 Minutes to Fitness family: our shiny, brand new studio in Tampa!

Located in Carrollwood, Florida — just north of Tampa — our newest studio offers the same great workout and services available to you in our Sarasota and St. Louis locations.  Once you see it, you’ll never guess that our studio once housed a restaurant.

Whether you’re interested in trying our workout for the first time or just happen to be in the neighborhood, please stop in and say hello! Tell them the Blog sent you!

You’ll find the studio at  11610 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.  You can make an appointment by contacting the studio at or 813.664.8888.

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.

Bouncing between managing the desk at our Clayton studio and training clients at our Chesterfield studio, Vicki Antes plays an important role in keeping 20 Minutes to Fitness operations running smoothly. Her kindness, generosity and dependability shine through as she expertly juggles her many responsibilities. Providing us with snacks, hugs and hard work, Vicki makes an enormous positive contribution to our team. We’re grateful to work with her!