Couples Who Work Out Together Stay Together

What do you think about the above statement? Does it have merit? I absolutely believe it does. I first met Ray almost 10 ½ years ago on a date to the gym. I remember it fondly. A mutual friend knew the two of us had bodybuilding in common and she suggested we should meet because of our common interest. Here we are all those years later, still with fitness as a common thread and giving it a priority in each other’s lives. We both understand how important it is to the other so it’s naturally easy to support and encourage one another in this area.

How is it for others? We’re all so busy these days. Making time to connect with your partner can be challenging at best. Why not come together in the gym and share the benefits of working out together. Psychology Today(1) reports that working together can:

Increase happiness in your relationship. Participating in physical challenges or activities leaves couples feeling more satisfied with their relationship and more in love with their partner.

Improve the efficiency of your workout. The mere presence of someone else affects your ability to do an activity. Working out with your romantic partner is a great way to improve your energy output, thereby boosting your performance.

Make your partner fall in love with you. Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal which mirror the thrill of romantic attraction.

 Help you achieve your fitness goals. When your partner cares about fitness, it becomes easier to achieve fitness goals.

The Huffington Post reports(2) that the concept of couples working out together works. Dr. Jane Greer, a relationship psychotherapist says “both partners come away with feeling of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship.” There is a positive physical and emotional impact for couples who work out together. Exercise increases endorphins which elicit a feeling of euphoria. More on endorphins in a future post, but let’s just say, these “feel-good” chemicals are an added benefit from exercise, especially for romantic couples.

In a nutshell, having a workout partner, whether your spouse, best friend or a family member, holds you accountable to get to the gym for your workout because the other part of the couple is counting on you to be there. At The FirmU, we have several couples who train together who report that their relationships have improved and they have a closer connection with one another. We also have duos and trios of friends who come in for personal training. A benefit of training together, additional to the accountability piece and closer connections, is the reduced per person pricing structure. Duo and trio training is priced at the first person regular price and 2nd and 3rd at half price. This is a great way to enjoy the personal training we offer at reduced rates. We’d love to be a part of your fitness journey and improving your relationships through exercise.

(1) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/meet-catch-and-keep/201401/5-reasons-why-couples-who-sweat-together-stay-together
(2) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/09/workout-partner-healthy-couples-valentines-day_n_2638571.html

Fat Loss

Fat Loss IS Possible During the Holidays

We are extremely proud of The FIRM U client, Kyle Kettler. He has a TOTAL FAT LOSS TO DATE OF 35.3 LBS. While many people gain weight during the holidays, under trainer Ray Bessette’s direction, Kyle managed to lose 2.8 lbs. of fat while maintaining his muscle mass.

Kyle has put into practice the lessons he’s been learning from Ray about sustaining his fat loss during a season of indulgence. Kyle is the perfect example of digging deep and doing the work. He knows this is a marathon, not a sprint. Kyle is learning lessons for life and is a role model for his three young girls and everyone following his story. Keep watching for more updates. Kyle’s next goal is to get under 400 lbs. We’re sure he’ll be there soon!  Stay tuned for further progress updates.

Read more and watch videos about Kyle’s journey here.

Are you ready to start on a fat loss goal or general fitness goal for yourself? Contact us today to discuss how The FIRM U can help you get started.

Lose Weight

Changing Your Body Takes Consistency, Patience and Time

Personal Training in Spring, TexasA new year is here and that usually brings with it New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, go to the gym, etc. The new year is a great time to turn over a new leaf for many people. If this is a resolution you’ve had year after year, then we want to encourage and motivate you to let this be the last year you resolve to do this. Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby; it’s a lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

Consistency.

So, you’ve made the resolution and made up your mind that you’re going to lose weight and get in shape this year. You’re going to the gym and you’ve improved your diet.  That is great!  Now, for it to be effective and to get the results you want, you’re going to have to be consistent.  Be true to yourself.  If you are not getting results, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I being consistent with proper nutrition?
  • Am I being consistent with my exercise routine?
  • (If you’re working with a personal trainer) Am I keeping my appointments with my personal trainer?

If you can’t answer yes to all of the above question, then how can you say this doesn’t work?  You can’t be inconsistent and expect results, so just do it.

Patience.

To change your body for good, there is no magic pill.  You will have to dig deep and practice patience.  Let’s be honest about this.  If you are in need of losing excess weight, you’re going to have to be patient about it.  You didn’t get in this shape overnight.  To lose the weight in a healthy manner and sustain that weight loss, you can’t do it quickly.  People who enjoy good health and fit physiques understand that it is a lifestyle. Don’t give up after a week or two of no scale results.  The moment you want to quit is the moment when you need to keep pushing.

Time.

Personal Training Spring, TexasYou’ve heard it before.  Your mother probably told you this years ago.  Good things take time.  After some time has passed and you’ve been patient with your changes and consistent with your nutrition and training, you are going to see changes with your body and your health will be improved.

Your New Lifestyle.

This lifestyle you’ve chosen is new and everything that is new takes time to get used to.  There will be a learning curve and it will be scary, but it can be done.  Do not throw in the towel because you feel intimidated or that you’re not good enough or you can’t do it.  What would happen if you just didn’t give up?  You only have one life and you are the only one who can change your life. Dig deep and do the work. Otherwise, you’re going to have to start again. Imagine yourself six months from now.  Don’t stop.  It WILL be worth it.

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The FIRM U Client & Gleannloch Farms Resident, Jeff Udelson, uses strength training to heal elbows and avoid surgeries

In 2016, Jeff Udelson had spent over two years suffering with pain in both elbows. He was diagnosed with Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) on his right arm and Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) on the other. Jeff has been an avid golfer for many years and the pain he was experiencing made enjoying the game he loves difficult if not impossible. Jeff went to an orthopedic surgeon who started him out on conservative, non-invasive treatment which included several rounds of cortisone injections in both elbows; two months of physical therapy; Airrosti treatments; acupuncture; and cryotherapy.  With no relief from these treatments, Jeff did what most people do…went to another orthopedic specialist  On July 19, 2016, Jeff had a visit with the specialists at The Fondren Orthopedic Group who had him get an MRI. Given the MRI results and everything else Jeff had tried with no success, the doctor said the best option for him would be surgery, which he scheduled for December 2, 2016.

On August 23, 2016, Jeff came to The FIRM U and met with Owner and Co-Founder, Ray Bessette. After this meeting, everything changed for Jeff. Ray assessed Jeff’s elbow condition and developed a plan for Jeff. Ray’s initial goal was to create circulation in Jeff’s elbow to speed up the healing process in the area and slowly build strength and flexibility in the forearm area. Improving grip strength by building the muscles of the forearm can improve Jeff’s ability to perform day-to-day activities and get him back to playing tennis and golf. Once hearing this plan, Jeff committed to working out with Ray three days a week. Jeff had other fitness goals in addition to eliminating his elbow pain which were to lose belly fat, increase range of motion and correct bad posture.

Ray began with using light cable and dumbbell weights with bands to stretch and create strength around Jeff’s forearms and wrists. Ray had Jeff apply ice to his forearms after workouts to the reduce inflammation. Ray also had Jeff work out his legs, explaining that the best way to lose belly fat, gain better posture, burn more calories even at rest, and to not overtrain his upper body was to achieve a better body balance by working the larger muscles…his legs. This helps build muscle mass, and muscle tissue burns more calories — even when you’re at rest — than body fat. After a couple of weeks, Jeff started slowly adapting to lifting heavier weight.

Ray also worked on Jeff’s nutritional intake and suggested a hormonal blood panel* to check for his A1C (sugar levels), CRP (Inflammation levels), Testosterone and Cortisol levels to name a few. A deficiency in any panel mentioned could influence Jeff’s elbow condition as well as his overall health.

The prescription for exercise, diet and supplements worked perfectly. After two months, Jeff was moving and doing daily activities with little to no pain, he canceled his December 2nd surgery and even got off his pain and inflammation medications.

Jeff continues to train with Ray at The Firm U and he continues to show improvement, not only in his elbows, but in other areas. Jeff has loss 16 lbs. of fat weight; his cholesterol & triglycerides levels have come back to the normal range; his posture, range of motion, strength, energy, muscle tone and flexibility have all dramatically improved; and he claims he hits the golf ball further than he ever has!

“I can now say that after more than 12 months of working out with Ray, I am now pain free and no longer need surgery…and I look and feel better than I have in years! THANKS, RAY!!”

This is one example of results the experts at The FIRM U help our clients achieve. We start with the foundational fitness assessment and use our vast knowledge and education with corrective exercise techniques and our thorough understanding of the body’s structural system (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc.) we can help you strengthen your weaknesses and get back to doing what you  love, whether is golf, dancing, swimming, tennis, playing with your children/grandchildren or walking the dog.

Contact us today to schedule your free fitness assessment, email ray@thefirmu.com or  call 833-FIRMU-Up.