Being Fit Makes You Stronger for Whatever Challenges May Come

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Your Personal Best Training Studio
Doddridge Plaza
3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087
  1. Being Fit Makes You Stronger for Whatever Challenges May Come

    You probably already know that exercise helps you stay strong, fit, healthy and independent as you get older.

    It also helps when life throws you a curve in the form of, say, a common injury or medical treatment.

    Take it from Shebah Carfagna, who underwent hip replacement surgery five months ago and is almost back to being her old self completely. She credits her physical fitness with helping her relatively smooth recovery process.


    “You have to take what life gives you and make it work and adjust,”
    says Shebah, 61.


    Even fit people can face physical struggles, of course. But it’s also true that their fitness then helps them overcome those challenges.

    Consider this evidence. Mature adults who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer a disability – and they are more likely to recover faster, according to one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

    Researchers said the active participants in the study had been “built up” by exercise and had become “more resilient” than sedentary peers

    And the National Institutes for Health concludes that exercise before and after surgery is important for ensuring its success in older Americans.

    Hip pain, and trouble with balance

    Shebah is living proof.

    When Shebah, 61, started losing her balance and feeling strong pain in her hip, she took it seriously. The studio owner and trainer went to her doctor, who told her she needed the procedure.


    Shebah had questions, and she conducted research to find the answers, asking medical professionals and looking online to answer questions like, “How do you manage going forward with your life after a major surgery? How do you prepare for it, so it will be successful?”

    First, she didn’t blame herself or her active lifestyle as a personal fitness trainer and gym owner. Normal wear and tear is a natural part of life, not necessarily something to be mystified about. It’s important, she learned, to consult with medical professionals, and to take care of herself.

    She learned that “pre-hab” is just as important as the well-known “rehab” phase. So, even though she already was fit, Shebah worked with her doctors and partner to prepare for the surgery by eating properly and working on her core strength in advance.

    ‘You just can’t stop’

    After surgery, her doctor had her walk a little right away, which was “painful but necessary” to healing.

    In the coming days and weeks, she followed doctors’ and therapists’ directions, worked hard in therapy, and kept a positive attitude, even when she couldn’t snap back as quickly as she wanted.

    “I still think I’m 30,” she says, adding,  “No one is going to take better care of you than you are.”

    She was soon back to training clients, going to boot camp classes — even taking tennis lessons.

    “I have to take it day by day, and work to get better every day,” she learned. “It’s important for the body to continue to move. You just can’t stop become something happens. You have to keep going.”

    Lessons for everyone

    If you experience illness, injury or a medical procedure, remember that it doesn’t have to end your commitment to physical fitness.

    We can tell you plenty of stories about people we know like Shebah, who worked with their doctors and healthcare providers, as well as fitness professionals at their studio or gym – and emerged with a renewed commitment to healthy living.

    Talk to your doctor, and come to see us if you have any questions about strength training, cardio conditioning, stretching and more.

    Being physically fit helps you face whatever challenges may come – in addition to making you feel better, look better, and enjoy every day more. We can help you find the answers you need to lead the life you want to live

    And cheating will become a thing of your past.

  2. How to Keep It Off (5 Fit Body Secrets)

    It takes dedicated hard work to drop a significant number of pounds. But afterwards it’s incredibly easy (and frustrating!) to find those pounds creeping back on.

    Maintaining fat loss certainly is possible, however it does require that you remain vigilant with your healthy routine.

    Here are 5 secrets to maintaining your amazing body transformation for life. Think of these as your own personal lifestyle rules and stick with them at least 90% of the time to keep your body healthy and fit.

    Fit Body Secret #1: Don’t Eat Just To Eat

    There is no place in your healthy lifestyle for mindless snacking. I’m talking about a tub of popcorn at the movies or a bag of chips in front of the TV. All the calories ingested from mindless snacking have to end up somewhere…and that somewhere is around your waist or on your thighs.

    Snacks are fine when you are aware of how much you’re eating in order to balance it with the rest of your meals for the day.

    Fit Body Secret #2: Stand (And Walk) When Possible

    Have you heard the saying sitting is the new smoking? The idea is that a lifetime of sitting all-day-every-day is as harmful to your body as smoking. Think for a moment about how much of your day is spent sitting.

    You wake up and sit down for breakfast, sit on the drive to work, take the elevator up and sit for most of 8 hours at work, take the elevator down, sit on the drive home, to eat dinner, and to watch TV.

    That’s quite a bit of time spent sitting! Now imagine if you consciously stood for some of this time each day and took the stairs instead of the elevator. Over weeks, and months, it really adds up in calories burned, muscles engaged, and overall fitness and health.

    Fit Body Secret #3: Avoid Sugar

    I might sound like a broken record about this one, but that’s OK, I’ll keep harping on this point until more people listen. Our bodies weren’t designed to ingest large amounts of sugar on a daily basis. When you regularly take in excess sugar, the results are always the same. You. Gain. Weight.

    The tricky part is that sugar is all around us, so avoiding it takes real vigilance.

    Start with your morning beverage of choice. Does it have sugar in it? Most of the beverages that are blended and brewed at coffee shops are simply vehicles for ingesting sugar. Find a beverage that you enjoy without any added sugar and stick with the rule of not drinking sugary beverages throughout your day.

    Fit Body Secret #4: Keep Dinner Light

    Who says that dinner should be the biggest and heartiest meal of the day? Instead, focus on enjoying light dinners that are centered around protein and veggies and avoid starches and carbs in the evening.

    The recipe below for Beet and Grapefruit Salad is a great example. Add a grilled chicken breast to a serving of this vibrant, fiber-filled salad and you have a nutritious dinner that’s light and healthy.

    Fit Body Secret #5: Always Exercise

    How often do you brush your teeth? Do you sometimes take a few weeks or months off brushing your teeth? Um, no. That’s gross. You brush your teeth everyday as an ongoing habit because you know that the benefits outweigh the slight inconvenience.

    Can you see where I’m going with this? 🙂

    Exercise only truly works when you do it as an ongoing habit because you know that the benefits outweigh the slight inconvenience. It’s part of keeping you healthy. It’s part of who you are.

    I’m here to make your daily exercise habit fun and effective. If you aren’t yet my client then call or email today to join now.

    Let’s do this!

  3. Get Fit, Get Paid!


    GFGP is an opportunity for YPB Training Studio clients to earn $100.00 personal training credit for every ten healthy pounds they gain or lose in a ten week period.


    This opportunity will begin January 2, 2012 and run for approximately ten weeks, ending March 9th 2012.  A client may begin the program at any time during the ten week period.



    Your Personal Best Training Studio

    4102E South Staples

    (Carmel Village Shopping Center-Behind Wallbangers)

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    Call: 361-857-5087

    Who is eligible? 

    Anyone who purchases a minimum of eight personal training sessions in a month is eligible.



    • Client must be assessed at the beginning of the program and periodically, as desired, to check progress.
    • Existing clients may be assessed during their regularly scheduled training session.
    • Ten healthy pounds includes:  fat loss, muscle gain, or any combination of the two.  A total of ten healthy pounds must be accrued to be eligible for the $100.00 personal training credit. More than one credit is possible during the 10 weeks if you are committed to working hard!
    • Unhealthy pounds include:  fat gain, muscle loss or any combination of the two.  Unhealthy pounds will be subtracted from the healthy pounds.
    • Scale weight is the foundation for determining the composition we are encouraging and IS NOT the sole determining factor.
    • This is an opportunity and not a contest. To the best of our ability the same professional will do your composition each time.   The body composition for this program is a quick four site skin fold.

    “Like” us on Facebook and receive a 1/2 OFF Coupon for a Body Composition and Fitness Analysis!

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Your Personal Best Training Studio
Doddridge Plaza
3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087