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Where Did The Muscle Go

Sarcopenic Obesity                                                                                                                     

“Never eat more than you can lift” -Miss Piggy 

Never eating more than you can lift is a nutritional strategy, but probably not the right one.  Americans lead the world in excess fat.  It is estimated at least 60% are considered either overweight or obese.  Not good.

The term sarcopenia can be defined as the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function.  The degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength with aging is about 0.5-1% loss per year after the age of 25 if you do no training.  Strength training and exercise have been shown to be beneficial in offsetting sarcopenia.  It is important to get strong and stay strong.

Decreased physical activity as you age has appeared to be the key factor involved in producing sarcopenia.  Recently, it has been found that an excessive amount of adipose tissue may also contribute to muscle loss.  Excess fat may even accelerate the loss of muscle mass and strength with aging; an unwanted, but related synergism.  Hence, the term sarcopenic obesity‘ now graces the literature.

Increasing your strength is tough; keeping your strength as you age is tougher. Managing your body composition goes a long way in helping keep you strong. Professional coaches that deal with aging athletes must be cognizant of the roll of adipose tissue and muscle.  Managing your weight as you age is critical.  Get lean to stay Strong.


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Closed And Open Chain

Open kinetic chain exercises of the lower limb are movements, where the distal segment is unloaded and free to move. The opposite is true of closed kinetic chain exercises, whereby  there is enough resistance to prohibit free motion.

Closed kinetic chain exercises are movements such as squats, Pendulum Squat Pro, leg presses and lunges, while open chain exercises are actions like leg curls, leg extensions and the Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham.

The kinetic chain can be understood as interrelated joints and body parts working with one another during motion. This creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments.

The advantage of open chain movements is that they tend to be better at isolating muscle and often are selected for specific rehabilitation and used to accentuate performance. While closed chain movements in general would be classified as more functional and closely approximating movements that are used in sport and daily life.

Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham Machine

Open Chain Reverse Glute Ham

Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

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2-for-2 Method

Some trainers, coaches and athletes use what is called the 2-for-2 Method for increasing training load. The rule is if the trainee can perform two or more repetitions over one’s ‘repetition goal’ in the last set of an exercise, for two consecutive workouts, the weight is added for that particular exercise the next training session.

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