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For those with knee problems, here are some great ways to lose weight, workout, and get your heart rate up.

Broken Down, Fired Up

By Susan Howard

One of my newer clients came to me with a knee issue that appears to be, try as we may, unrelenting. Looking for a body transformation and some serious weight loss, she is faced with a conundrum. We can’t do too much knee bending cardio as even the bike is bugging her, but we need to get her heart rate and metabolic rate up somehow.

The answer: Weight bearing moves in rapid succession.

Here are a few ideas for those of you with knee issues.

Strength train with no rest in between moves. Pick two or three moves and go quickly between them. Be sure the weights you use are hard enough to make you sore the next day. Work your legs in the Adduction/Abduction planes of motion, if possible. You can also try doing straight leg lifts in front, to the side, and behind. To get your heart rate up, grab a pair of light weights and do a variety of punches, ..read more
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Double Your Results With Eccentric

By Susan Howard

Recently I returned from a fitness conference where I took several courses and workouts from some of the top minds in fitness, the P90X guy (Tony Horton) to the Gatorade research folks, to the industry leaders in kinesology and body testing.

One presenter that had a big impact on me was this quirky guy from the University of New Mexico (of course) talking about eccentric movement.

What is eccentric movement and why do I care about it?

Eccentric is the opposite of concentric, so in a bicep curl the concentric is the “up” movement when you contract the muscle and the eccentric is when you elongate it towards the pull of gravity.

I signed up for the class to learn more because, contrary to conventional wisdom, the contraction part of a move is not nearly as important as the eccentric part and I wanted to know more.

Here’s what I got.  You will garner 40 percent better results by focusing on the eccentric ..read more

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