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Subject: Brad Ruger
Location: Atlanta
Company: 180 Degrees Fitness
Experience: Five years as a trainer, two years as owner
Maverick Strategy: Brad Ruger spends
20 percent of his work week training brain and spinal cord injury patients at the Shepherd Center and has obtained referrals
to his private practice from the doctors and physical therapists he works with.

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Does Oxygenated Water Work?

The more oxygen your muscles get, the better your athletic performance. But can oxygenated water products deliver more oxygen to working muscle? Probably not, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Oxygenated waters claim to have up to 10 times more oxygen content than normal tap or bottled water. Product manufacturers claim that this additional oxygen can increase stamina, reduce recovery time and improve overall athletic performance.

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Further Research on Obesity-Cancer Link

Statistics have shown that those who are overweight or obese have a greater risk of contracting cancer than those who are a healthy weight. But until recently, researchers did not know biologically why this is the case.
Researchers from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have found that the bodies’ of overweight and obese people release high levels of insulin and other hormones known as “growth factors.” This already has been linked to cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

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Training Trainers in Postrehab

As baby boomers age and insurance companies crack down on physical therapy bills, more trainers are probably seeing clients with some type of physical ailment—whether they specialize in postrehabilitation or not. IDEA and Physiotherapy Associates San Diego realize this and have started a new personal training postrehab credential program designed to help physical therapists and personal trainers work together to benefit patients and clients.

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Small Meals Help Cholesterol

Many nutrition experts recommend eating multiple small meals throughout the day to ward off overeating due to extreme hunger. Now, a recent study recommends multiple small meals as a way to help lower cholesterol.

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Is Flexibility Overrated?

You have probably heard that stretching prevents sports injuries, and you might even tell your clients that. But is it true? Surprisingly little research validates the link between stretching and injury prevention, according to the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine & Performance Newsletter (August 2001).

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20Trainer Rewind

Leslie Sandoz Healy wove international intrigue with a dance routine to Herb Alpert’s “Rise” to land her first legitimate job in the fitness industry.
She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982 following a semester abroad in London, where she had taken the initiative to lead an exercise dance class for some of her schoolmates. “My sister told me to bring a tape over and lead some exercise classes. I took my cassette of ‘Rise’ and put together a routine,” she recalls.

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Soft Drinks: Bad to the Bone?

The word is out. One out of every two women and one in eight men will suffer from a debilitating bone fracture caused by osteoporosis. These staggering statistics have made this fragile-bone condition a major health concern among your clients. And as they should be well aware, consuming adequate calcium and participating in regular exercise both play key roles in osteoporosis prevention. But confusion surrounds other diet factors that may be protective or harmful to bone health.

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