Brad Thorpe

Toronto, ON M4S 1G4

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I have a client who was just diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. What exercises are best and which should she not do?

10 Answers | Asked by Glynis Nelson on Nov 16, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Glynis, DJD is a common but serious problem many Americans face. However when returning to exercise individuals need to focus on stability (control) before they implement speed based training methods. Once control of ROM has been achieved in all planes of movement, Mobility (accelerated movement...

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How can I modify Downward Dog for a lady that is heavy ?

7 Answers | Asked by Teresa Kelts on Nov 13, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Teresa Until the person in question has gained an appropriate level of fitness why not try breaking down the movement into segments. The downward dog is combined wrist extension, shoulder flexion to approximately 170-190 degrees, hip flexion to 90ish degrees and full dorsi flexion. Have ...

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What are some really unique and effective ways to get people moving outside scheduled exercise sessions?

9 Answers | Asked by Paul Juris on Nov 16, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Jessica Why not have them hold 10 isometric contractions of 6 seconds every hour during the work week. Over the course of the week it will add up to an extra forty minutes of work. Here is some supporting research. Hope it helps. Brad "In the present investigation, it is not surprisi...

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Fused spine

7 Answers | Asked by Cristy Espostio on Nov 19, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Cristy I am sorry to state this and I mean no ill intent. But if your asking the questions you may not be the best option (at this time) for your client. Finding and establishing a relationship with a qualified practitioner in your area is the best advice I can provide. I noticed you're in O...

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What education is needed to become a personal trainer?

13 Answers | Asked by Ryan Rogers on Oct 31, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Ryan If you're at all serious about the exercise industry. Pick up the book the Muscular System Manual by Joseph E. Muscolino. In my many years of interviewing candidates for personal training positions within my company, I am quite comfortable in stating that very few personal trainers I have i...

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How to lower blood pressure?

10 Answers | Asked by Martina Johnson on Sep 13, 2012

Answered by Brad Thorpe on Nov 20, 2012

Martina "Besides blood pressure, isometric exercise is associated with other beneficial effects consisting of an increase in muscle bulk, upper and lower body strength, increases in bone density, and a decrease in bone fractures. These changes are extremely beneficial to older patients by making...

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