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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.

Client Testimonial- Sue Matlof

Over the past 10 years I realized that my bone density needed some help. I always said I was 5’8 1/2″ and when I was measured five years ago I was 5’6 1/2″. On further investigation a bone density test indicated that I had entered the Osteopenia range, heading toward Osteoporosis. I have always walked, taken calcium and Vitamin D3. I needed some new activity to help my bone density.

I decided to increase my exercise at 20 Minutes to Fitness to twice a week. And this month I repeated my bone density after two years. I still was five 6 1/2, and my bone density had improved in both my hip and my spine. Thank you 20 Minutes to Fitness!

Strength training helps build bone

Some of our greatest success stories at 20 Minutes to Fitness are the clients who come in with advanced bone loss and are able to bring their bone scores up, just by adding our workout to their lives. We have countless clients who have come out of osteopenia and osteoporosis, often times able to stop taking medication, by incorporating the safe and efficient resistance training at 20 Minutes to Fitness. Check out this article to read more about the importance of strength training in rebuilding your bone density.

Exercise as preventative maintenance

We’ve always looked at our workout as a form of “preventative maintenance” that helps fight the effects of aging through increased strength and improved balance, stability and lean muscle mass. Check out this article on the New York Times that shows how critical exercise is for everyone, through every stage of life.

Why we call it “The Doctors’ Workout”

Did you know that, in St. Louis alone, there are more than 40 doctors, dentists and medical researchers who are building strength, lowering their risk of disease and slowing the aging process by training at 20 Minutes to Fitness? Vascular surgeon David Finlay, MD, 53, is just one of them!

Dr. Finlay began training here in 2003. When he is not practicing medicine, he can be found on cycling tours around the world, including one to Death Valley, Calif., this past March, where he completed a 5,705-foot climb over 23.8 miles to Dante’s View. He has this photo in his 20 Minutes to Fitness cycling jersey to prove it.

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.

If you are in the St. Louis area this morning and near a television, be sure to tune in to Show Me St. Louis at 10 a.m. on Channel 5.  You’ll get to meet Dr. Stacey Smith, a physician and three-time U.S. Ice Dancing Champion who works out each week at 20 Minutes to Fitness.  You’ll even get to see her skate — 34 years after she retired from competition!