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Salvere Blog: Progress-ions — The What??

September 9, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
progression of trees
Finally we get to the what — Digging into the details of what progressions look like and specific examples of putting them into action. Remember, apply the same thoughts to movement that you do to learning anything else… It’s a step by step process, some steps taking longer to learn then others. To understand progressions, we will look at two exercises in more depth, the squat and the plank.
First, the squat. How many people “can’t squat cause it hurts my _____ .”? To determine the appropriate progressions, start with when, where and for how long the hurt started. Can you pinpoint it to a specific situation, accident or did it just start? Remember, you body uses pain to indicate something is not right. Next look at squat form and alignment while doing the movement.
Lets go with squats bother your knee. If your knee falls in, we would look at maybe some isolated strength in the outside of your glutes or some tightness in the inner thigh. If squats bother the top or front of your knee, we would look at maybe tight quadricep muscles, strength in the hamstrings and/or glutes. Using these squat examples, we would build the progressions around addressing the tight and weak areas for several weeks or months then look at the squat again to see how it felt. Doing jump squats prior to addressing these issues would be an example of a progressions too advanced for what the body feels ready to attempt.
Now the plank. Do planks bother your low back? Or shoulders? Or you can’t hold it for very long? Again, first we would address the pain and form to see if we could make a few simple adjustments. If not, we move on to finding the appropriate challenge position. Starting from the elbows being elevated on a bench, then moving to the floor on elbows and knees then to toes and elbows. Once you perfect these steps, then look at moving on to something more advanced like raising an arm or leg, moving side to side or even attempting mountain climbers or burpees.
The process of building movement based on progressions takes time and patience, just like learning any other new skill. Where can you look into your exercise program and build in opportunities for progressions with your exercises? How can you apply the perspective of learning with movements? Patience and practice!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.
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Salvere Blog: Progress-ions … The How

August 19, 2019
progression of treesUnderstanding now why progressions matter with regard to your movement plan, how do you begin to utilize them. Before digging in further, remember that progressions differ for everyone and every exercise. You can spend a lifetime working through movement so be sure to take your time and move forward when you feel ready.
Start by investigating the exercises you do regularly. Where do you experience discomfort or like something simply does not feel right when you do the movements? Write these things down and make some notes.
Once you determine the exercises that might need some extra work through assessing how your body feels, start to look at breaking the movements down into smaller pieces. You might need to back up some of the places you already went with the exercises.
For example, if you already tried jump squats but regular squats don’t feel great, temporarily back off of jump squats to practice the pieces of the regular squats to work through the form. It might take 6 months to a year to work through the progressions to get back to jump squats.
The hardest part of how with progressions is determining the pathway to get from the current movement abilities and moving to where you want to be. Helping you navigate the how and what of specific exercise becomes our responsibility as trainers. You can find various places to help you learn through a step by step approach to fitness. Keep in mind, form and mechanics first, intensity second. Next up, the what of progressions — we will break down some specific exercises into what the steps look like.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions… The Why

August 1, 2019
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Progression and your fitness program go hand in hand. How often do you think about and utilize the steps to learning a specific exercise? How often do you go to a workout and “just do what the instructor tells you”? How often in your fitness journey do you “get bored” and stop working out?
Anyone experience knee pain, low back “issues” or trouble lifting heavy things? Do you avoid squats “because they hurt my knees”?
Imagine doing the tasks of regular every day life and not noticing you have a back or knees, being able to stand up from sitting and go about what you wanted to do without your body feeling stiff and going on vacation and not avoiding an experience because your body will hurt afterwards.
As a trainer, I frequently see progressions focusing on form get overlooked and the progressions with intensity get over used. Do you recall a time you experienced something like this during a workout? How did you feel doing an exercise that felt uncomfortable (different then a good challenge!)?
So, now why do progressions matter? Progressions help to build a long term plan for movement progress, help work through some of those aches, pains and injuries to restore you to living your life as comfortable as possible and opens up opportunities for you to experience more! Next blog, the HOW of progressions —
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Half Way Thru…

July 22, 2019
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So July marks halfway through the year. Did you set resolutions this year? Or maybe intentions or ideas for growth? If you didn’t, What stopped you? If you did, what motivated you?
Sitting here in the month of July take a little time to look back when the year. Think through what’s happened, different things you experienced, things you didn’t plan for, any changes in your life and things you accomplished so far.
Where are you seeing growth? where have you seen a few things that you might want to investigate how to do them differently in the future?
Reflecting back on the year up-to-date, what intentions, goals, ideas do you see yourself accomplishing in the second half time the year? We would love to hear so message us back!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: What If We Thought of …

May 8, 2019
life is like a book
… Our lives like we do books. Think about it – While reading a book, each page brings an opportunity to learn something new, the possibility for an adventure, to meet someone different, to see more of the world. Each page builds on the story, adds something to the details. Pages sometimes focus on smaller details and sometimes bring something bigger. When I read a book, I love to feel the excitement of what’s next and look forward to the journey.
Working with people on their very personal fitness journey for many years, it seems, with certain things (especially moving our bodies) we forget about the excitement of learning something new and instead avoid it or become frustrated.
We forget about the benefits of practice and instead feel like we need to be an immediate expert.
We forget that when things seem to be going askew, go to the basics and spend some time focusing on those instead feel like we failed because we “went backwards”.
We forget to find ways to enjoy the journey, instead we rush to the finish line.
How can we find that excitement in learning something new, that joy in building through step by step progress and appreciate the importance of the basics?
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Massage — Spa Day Treat or Regular Gift?

April 29, 2019
craniosacralOh the wonders of a massage and muscle work!  Is massage one of those things you save as a reward for yourself? Do you find that back, hip and/or knee pain annoying?? Do you include a Tylenol, Aleve or Ibuprofen as part of your daily “vitamin” regimen?
News flash: Pain is a sign your body feels a little unhappy. You hear massage helps, but still feel a little leery or unsure?
Lets get into more detail so you better understand what to expect.
Massage uses various techniques to address your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. You might see various massage types such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point massage or myofascial release. Typically, you undress to what you feel comfortable and cover with a sheet while laying on the massage table. In a seated chair massage, the therapist typically works on your neck, shoulders and back.
How do you know what type of massage works for you and if it’s right for you? Find a therapist through your network and call them. Ask questions and fill them in on what you want to gain from massage therapy. Express any concerns and health issues. The therapist can help you learn what technique would be appropriate for you to start.
Following find some lesser known benefits of massage:
– decrease anxiety
– improve circulation
– fibromyalgia/headaches
– decrease stress
– aid digestion
– TMJ pain
 If so, hop up off that couch, get rid of those aches and pains and feel 10 years younger (and have a great excuse to get regular massage!) by giving your muscles a little regular TLC!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: 20 Years and TONS of Learnings

March 20, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
20 years down
Wow, 2019 starts the 20th year of the personal training business adventure. Thinking back to all the years, clients, connections with other professionals and various opportunities gave me a chance to reflect on how each of these brought loads of learning experiences!!
This week, I wanted to share the ones that stand out the most with all of you. As I read the list, I realized that these can apply to any of lifes journeys. Here it goes:
— Sometimes things find you, it’s okay to go with it!
— If it ain’t broke, break it (goes against the lessons all those other years)
— Stay true to yourself, especially when the world challenges you
— People are more then a simple transaction
— It’s okay to say “I don’t know”
— Surrounding yourself with others helps you grow and learn
— Think and exist outside the box
— Take time for yourself
— Continuously reflect
— Be willing to veer off the expected path
— Be patient
— Trust (and even appreciate!) the journey
Over the year, we will expand on a few of these in future blog posts! Thank you all for your support, encouragement, feedback and energy over the years. Looking forward to 20+ more!!!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Physical Therapy and “Do They Take My Insurance?”

March 4, 2019
knee-painEver found yourself needing help with some sort of annoying chronic pain or injury and someone suggests a physical therapist? Is your first question, “But do they accept my insurance?” Completely understand that this question matters to many of us as we need to be able to afford these services. Often, it does not tell the whole story of “cost”.
First and foremost, for most insurance, you need to reach your deductible first so, if you did not get there yet, it will all come directly out of your pocket anyway. All insurance companies come with their own set of rules so check the specifics of yours! Now, if your insurance allows out of network providers, paying for a PT directly may contribute to your deductible.
Second, copays for physical therapy range between $30-$60 per visit. Generally, copays do not count towards your deductible. If you schedule 2 appointments per week for one month, that equals $240-$480 per month for your contribution to PT IN your network. Now, some insurance companies will reimburse if you submit your expense for a therapist who does not accept insurance. Often, you receive a reimbursement that brings your total out of pocket very close to the amount you would have paid in a copay.
Finally, I’ve seen many times where a client sees a PT only because they accept their insurance only to come out not feeling that much better. On the flip side, many times a client sees someone who does not accept insurance feel better sooner so in the long run, it costs less or close to what they accumulate in copays for weeks and months. For example, take the $258 – $516 example from above. (Go 3x per week and its even more!)
Using $150 as the average cost for a PT you pay directly, you could see a therapist about 2-3x for that same amount. A therapist who does not accept insurance can spend more time with each patient and provide a more personal/longer session.
Physical Therapist Tim Newton put together a checklist for you to research and find out the specific details of your insurance plan. If you know a therapist who comes with great recommendations and does not take insurance, investigate it anyway!! It’s not always what it seems.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: A Peek at Zero Balancing

February 18, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
zero balancingIn our first in depth look at a non-traditional healing treatment option, we will examine Zero Balancing. So when I first heard “Zero Balancing”, I thought so many different things about what it entailed and what exactly it accomplished. Taken directly from the national website, “Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body.”
Now that we cleared that up!! To better understand, lets start with a better understanding of what exactly these modalities such as Zero Balancing and Acupuncture work on when they say “energy”. We hear energy and might think of having none after a long day at work or a kid who goes and goes, without seeming to rest, or energy when we use power.
Well, the energy they refer to, often called Chi, flows throughout the body to organs and throughout systems in the body giving us life. In a very small nutshell, when we experience pain, illness or such, it indicates a blockage in this energy flow. Zero Balancing addresses this through gentle touch around the bones, joints and soft tissue to bring things back into balance.
To understand more about this technique and learn if it could be something to help you relieve pain, decrease stress or improve your well being, check out the Zero Balancing Health Association website. I encourage you to investigate various techniques to see how you feel afterwards. Often it takes several meetings to really notice the benefits and changes to your body. Let us know if you tried it in the past or try it after this article!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Building Your Team

January 28, 2019
team puzzleAs we discussed in our last blog we want to take her deeper look into utilizing various modalities keep your body running in good condition. We like to encourage our clients to develop a team of people to help them maintain optimal movement and advise when something does not feel quite right.
Like your car or your house, you utilize various professionals for different problems. For example, you wouldn’t call the roofer to fix your plumbing. Now, lets take this mindset to our bodies.
First thing to remember you are in charge of your own body. Give feedback and as much information as you can when talking to someone. For instance, provide details on any old injuries, illnesses, accidents, child birth issues, medications, etc. Find people to be on your team that ask for and want to listen to what you tell them. Your feedback provides the road map for us to help uncover what might be the cause.
Second, be sure they’re willing to talk to other people on your team to help you feel your best. Encourage conversations and ask a lot of questions. Expect the same from each and every practitioner! Do they receive your feedback and implement it into their treatment plan? Do they follow up after your initial sessions to get to know more about how your body responds?
Finally, change practitioners if someone does not listen or let you be the one in charge of your body. Do you job and follow thru on the suggestions and if something makes it worse, better or no different, give that feedback. Often we let things go and it takes time to uncover what might be the root cause. It takes time for someone new to learn your body. Don’t wait too long if you see little to no progress. For instance, you may need to go through one or two massage therapists before you find the one that works for you.
Pain does not mean that the problem started there! Start when it’s minor, be patient with the process and do you part outside of your time with the practitioner. Yes, it takes an investment in time and money. Find partners willing to be on the journey with you, in a positive environment.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.