Don’t Let Bone Ailments Prevent Training

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  1. Don’t Let Bone Ailments Prevent Training


    These Women Show Bone Ailments Don’t Have to Prevent Online Training

    Aurilla Woodburn has always been outdoorsy, active and strong. So, when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago, she didn’t hesitate to start regular resistance training in a fitness studio to improve her bones and muscles.

    And with the coronavirus recently closing that studio to in-person exercise, Aurilla, now 71, wasn’t about to let that stop her, either.

    “It’s just a matter of getting down and doing it,” she says. “It’s fun – and I have worked hard.”

    Aurilla, who lives in Denver, is like millions of people around the world over age 50 who have begun online training recently. They’re not sacrificing their strength, stamina and balance because of coronavirus quarantines or their own reluctance about using technology.

    Fitness studios, gyms, and trainers are doing everything possible to keep their clients safe, active, in shape, and connected. “Here at YPB Training Studio, we are doing everything possible!”

    Aurilla’s trainer, Holly Benson, leads a special class for women over 60 with osteoporosis. The training began in Holly’s studio and now continues via Zoom.

    “It’s simple and basic, and it’s community-building as much as it is training,” says Holly, a  veteran fitness leader.

    The ailment affects 200 million women worldwide, including about a tenth of women over 60, with that percentage increasing with age. It affects some 75 million people in Europe the US and Japan. Men get it, too – with 20 percent of men over 50 experiencing osteoporotic fractures.

    Strength training is a mainstay of protecting and improving bones.

    Holly focuses on bones, balance and the psychological benefits of exercise, including the social aspect that’s so valuable during the COVID-19 crisis. She uses resistance bands, small Pilates balls, a steadying stick, and other common items.

    She says her online training is cautious but effective. It’s especially important for “older” people with osteoporosis to stay strong so they remain confident and able to resist falling. “Our strength training follows the protocols for maintaining bone density. We work on dynamic balance including agility and power.”

    At Your Personal Best Training Studio, we are experts at training people with osteoporosis and other similar issues. We are here to help keep you strong, healthy and safe during this time and after. Here’s a little information or phone number. We can share tips to help you feel confident about exercising at home. Do you want to add a line or two about safety? That’s up to you, of course. You could make suggestions about using a support item, like a cane or chair; make sure you have everyone’s address and emergency contact information, etc.

    Holly had a few practice sessions on Zoom to help everyone get familiar with the online video platform. It lets her see all of her clients and provide individual coaching. And just as important, it lets them all see each other, which they enjoy.

    “I love to see my friends on there and say hi,” says Jean Martinka, 64, who made new friends through the class locally since moving a few years ago from Michigan. “I wouldn’t want to give it up now. I still want somebody watching me – and the interaction with others.”

    Aurilla Woodburn agrees. She got over her dislike for technology a few years ago when her granddaughter was born. Seeing the baby was more important.

    Now so are staying healthy and socially connected, too.

  2. Success Story: Overcoming Technology to Train Online

    Success Story: She Overcame Her Dislike of Technology to Start Training Online

    Helen Harris, 74, has no computer and hates her smartphone, using it as little as possible.

    But she refuses to let her dislike of technology prevent her from staying in shape via online training sessions.

    “I am open to new things – I am NOT an old fogey,” Helen says, emphatically resisting the myth that people “of a certain age” are afraid of digital communications or anything related to new ways of learning.

    “I just don’t like the phone, and I don’t have a computer. I have lots of stuff to do. I take care of my animals. I work in the garden…”

    Shortly after gyms and fitness studios had to close amid the coronavirus crisis, Helen’s coach called to ask how he could help her make the online transition.

    She resisted.

    He persisted.

    “She was adamant that she could not go online, and this was too much to ask,” says her coach, JC. “I prodded her several times that I could help her.”

    Finally, she submitted to his coaching – which took a couple of calls and tried both their patience.

    “We just said we’ll keep pecking away at this until we get it done,” Helen recalls.

    Eventually, she learned how to use her smartphone to participate in workouts via Zoom, a simple video conferencing tool that many fitness businesses are using.

    Streaming our workouts into our client’s homes is a win-win solution. Same coach, same group, new and creative exercises using minimal equipment, and more!

    Now? She’s grateful and excited.

    “I do like what we’re doing right now with the LIVE classes,” she says. “It’s crucial. I would not exercise at all if it’s just me by myself.

    “We have a great group of people… We play music, and still whine if it’s hard.”

    She also gets in a safe and effective workout that’s good for her physically, mentally, and socially, says Helen, who is retired and lives alone.

    Via the computer, her coach can see Helen and everyone else in the group training session. He tailors the workouts for each of them. Helen, for example, can’t do some floor exercises because of a chronic back issue, so J.C. gives her other movements to perform.

    She even enjoys gathering everyday household items (cans of vegetables, a bleach bottle, even toilet paper) for workout props.

    “It makes it more fun,” she says. “I like improvising. It excites my brain.”

    The bottom line for Helen? She knows how important exercise is, and she’s committed to staying healthy and fit, regardless of the challenges.

    “It’s what I need to do for my body – it’s for me. It’s my job,” Helen says. “It’s more important now to be active, take care of myself, and de-stress. An exercise session helps me with this.”

    Coach JC is proud of Helen’s achievement. “She got pumped up to do something that she never thought she’d be able to tackle,” he says.

    Helen’s advice to anyone else reluctant to take the time to learn how to train online?

    “Just buckle up and do it,” Helen says. “If somebody like me can do it, anybody can.”

    At Y.P.B., this global disruption became an opportunity to “give back” to our community and build relationships. It is easy once you get the hang of it, and my Team will go the extra mile to get you what you need, answer questions, etc.

    Whether or not we are back in our studio when you read this, we WILL continue to STREAM our workouts LIVE 2-3 times per day M/W/F adjusting to the demand.

    Try it yourself! Get 14 Days of Unlimited Live, Virtual Group Training Classes You Can Do From Anywhere! For more information

    You may also contact Lisa Wright, F.A.S., at Your Personal Best Training Studio. Call 361-857-5087 or visit Her full “How do We Ensure Functional Longevity” presentation is NOW available to watch online


    Meet Lisa

    Lisa Grace Wright, C.F.T., F.A.S., is the C.E.O. of L.G.W. Fitness Inc., a published author, a functional aging specialist, and a business coach for the Functional Aging Institute. Through strategic planning and marketing consulting, she helps fitness business owners, from small studios to big box gyms, create a compelling and effective business plan to inspire an aging population to take action toward their health.

    Over the last 20+ years, Lisa has built her brand, Your Personal Best in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has expanded her influence across the country, equipping others like herself who want to change lives and promote aging actively.

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Doddridge Plaza
3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087