Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch!

    Nia: Thurs at 9 am

    Yin Yoga: Mons at 11:30 am

    Gentle Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:30 am

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Posts Tagged ‘San Jose training’

Resistance Training Benefits

Posted by terrepruitt on November 10, 2009

Resistance Training has many benefits.  I say resistance training because the resistance may be any force the body has to overcome.  It does not have to be weights, it can be bands, springs, or even your own body weight.  In addition to doing something that you like you want to train according to your goals.

Some of the benefits of resistance training:

  • Increase in strength, power, and endurance in the muscles
  • Increase in size of the muscle
  • Increase in lean mass (or maintained lean mass)
  • Increase in the tone of the muscles
  • Increase in metabolism
  • Increase in bone density
  • Increase in energy
  • Improvement in the body’s muscle to fat ratio
  • Improvement in mood
  • Improvement in Insulin Sensitivity

and

  • can assist in lower your resting blood pressure
  • can assist in preventing sarcopenia
  • can assist in lowering your resting heart rate

I met up with a friend today in San Jose at the gym we had a nice workout.  We played with some of the equipment and managed to get a great set of exercises in.  It is nice to be reminded of why resistance training is important.

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CPR, AED, First Aid Training

Posted by terrepruitt on September 15, 2009

Wow.  There are different types of training.  I am not going to get into all of the different types because you need to determine what you need yourself, so you’ll need to do a bit of research.  Once you know what you need, shop around and find out the best one that will work for you.  I just want to share with you some information that you might not think about when shopping around.

I took my first CPR/AED/FA training a year ago.  The certification for CPR/AED-Adult lasted one year.  That certification for the Standard First Aid lasts three years.  I think it was an excellent course.  It was long, it was 7 or 8 hours.  But the instructor had been doing it a long time and he was very good.  He was entertaining and injected just the right amount of humor so as not to let the class be boring or to have us falling asleep.

I would recommend this long, extensive class for anyone that is getting certified for the very first time.  It was very detailed and we did a lot of practical practice.  We used dummies to do CPR, plus each group practiced with an AED.  Then we practice basic first aid on each other.

I also liked this class because it was really close to my house in San Jose.

This latest class I took was CPR/AED and the certification lasts for two years!  Yay!  I love that!  It will be perfect timing because that is when I will need a recert in First Aid.

This was the perfect re-cert class.  It moved much more quickly and there was not as much practice on the dummy.  Right now the ratio is 30 compression to 2 ventilations performed 5 times in two minutes.  Doing that three or four times is enough.  It takes a good amount of pressure to get that dummy’s chest to click.

With this class I think I got a little bit of a different idea about the whole thing.  The first class I took was with an instructor.  I don’t think he actually ever performed CPR.  Tonight the teacher was a fire chief (I think that is what he said).  He had a long list of in the field experience.  He had even worked as an EMT. He has actually done CPR and used and AED.  So a few of the questions actually made him pause.  You could tell he had an answer, but he was not going to just blurt out the truth, but he wasn’t going to lie about it either.

Both teachers were great, just in different ways.  It was just really interesting to get information from someone who had actually performed CPR and used an AED.  I honestly don’t remember my last instruction including the information that it would be “crunchy”.  The amount of pressure required to compress someone’s chest to get the heart to force it into pumping blood just might break bones.  He  said it probably would and it was ok.  I thought that was really important to hear, because I think I might have backed off from pressing as firmly as they are now saying you need to, if I had not been told that bones will break.  I thought that was invaluable information.  Need to know kind of stuff.

CPR/AED/FA training is one of those things, like insurance, that you hope you never, ever, ever need.  I hope it works out that I never need to exercise my knowledge.  It is good to have it, I just don’t ever wanna use it.  Are you certified?  Do you have any stories to tell about a certification class you have taken?

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Maybe Stopping Isn’t What You Need

Posted by terrepruitt on June 13, 2009

I am very fortunate that the place I teach in Willow Glen is only about 15 minutes from where I live in San Jose.  But as I was driving home the other day something dawned on me.  It is my opinion that people often use their brakes when it is not necessary.  For example, I do not think it is safe to put on your brakes and come to a crawl on the freeway because you want to change lanes.  I see this a lot in our area.

So what dawned on me is that braking or stopping is NOT always the correct course of action.  I was thinking that this comparison could be used for life, then I realized it could be used for fitness too.

Some people think that if they have a little bit of discomfort they should stop doing what they are doing.  And–oh my, I just realized that I am pretty much back to Sustain, Increase, and Tweak, except this is coming at it from a different angle and it is more about exercise and workout momentum and not in-the-moment-movement.

Here, I am talking about just applying the brakes and stopping, whereas it could be that the best thing to do would be just to take our foot off the petal and slow down that way . . . more naturally.  Or it could mean that a swerve is necessary, or maybe even a turn, but NOT just stopping.   If you are sore or you are a little stiff, sometimes just stopping and not doing any exercise or movement is not the best way to get through it.  I am not one for stopping when I am sore, I just might slow down or work another part of my body, but just stopping kills my exercise mojo.  I gotta keep at it every day!

Part of what we need to do is understand the difference between pain and an injury and just discomfort and soreness.  So you need to be your own guide through this, but always think twice before you just stop.  I personally believe that sometimes just doing a percentage of what you normally might do is better than nothing at all.  When the situation is just soreness.  An actual injury needs to be treated with caution, but you still don’t always have to stop.

I might have partly been on this train (of thought) because one of my students came in with a sore hip flexor but instead of just not coming she said she was going to take it easy on her hip.  Nice, huh?  And then I know of another Nia teacher who recently injured herself and she is still going to teach, but she is going to modify her class.  She wrote an e-mail to her students and a blog explaining that she is going to listen to her body’s way.  So she is teaching them a lot by doing that:  she is going to show them what we talk about all the time in Nia and that is listening to our bodies and following the body’s way and she is going to show them a different way to do Nia.  But the point is, she isn’t stopping.  She is swerving or even turning but not stopping.

I think sometimes before we stop we need to think of how we can adjust to what we need, but keep going.  And as I said this can be applied to fitness/training/working out or just everyday life.  Do you think before you apply the brakes and stop?

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