Great news for all of us interested in fitness nursing.
I have highlighted and quoted some information from “The Alignment Resistance Training Method of Stretching & Strengthening”.
The authors of this method claim that we are getting the wrong information from the fitness gurus.
“Muscle is the destination of your food.”
“Stored body fat is the last thing that the body will use in a dieting situation. Body fat is life sustaining to the body and is preserved as such by the body. On the other hand, muscle requires calorie replenishment daily, so your body would rather get rid of any unused muscle first than to use up its valuable fat stores. The resultant loss of muscle is responsible for the yo-yo diet syndrome everyone experiences after they stop the diet.”
“Exercise is not an option; it is a requirement for properly maintaining the musculoskeletal system of the body. It is not a matter of being a ‘physical’ person or not. Every person who does not exercise has a excuse as to why they don’t. The sad fact is that most people have no clue as to what exercises they should do or how to do any of the exercises. Everyone does ‘their version’ of what they perceive to be right. Then they all give up eventually because ‘former exercisers’ have a complete lack of knowledge of how their body functions and how to maintain it.”
Pretty strong statement, it gets better…
On cardio conditioning:
“Cardio conditioning is based on the premise that every person is deficient in this area and that every person’s heart is weak and needs strengthening. This myth is mainly perpetrated by the medical profession. Sedentary people are told they need to do aerobic training. People go to gyms and spend the majority of their time doing cardio training and yet always seem to be deficient in this area. They assume they are performing the activity properly. In actuality, the heart is usually the only functional aspect of the aerobic equation. The heart is overworked to compensate for a system that is lacking in all other aspects of the delivery system. So, is it the heart that needs exercise because it is weak or is it the rest of the body that needs attention to improve the function of the cardiovascular system?”
On abdominal training:
“Abdominal muscles do not do hip flexion. Hip flexors do. Sounds like a “duh” statement, right. Then why do so many people do leg lifts, stand in hip flexion when exercising, do so many exercises that they feel are ‘stabilizing their abs’ or ‘working their abs’ when they are actually doing the opposite. Their waistlines are getting bigger and bigger instead of smaller. This is because of the ‘belly push’ that occurs during hip flexion. When this occurs, you cannot work your abdominals effectively. When your psoas muscles (strong hip flexors) are tight, your belly protrudes and you can’t provide the correct tension on your abdominals.”
In other words, one hour of an ‘ab-buster’ class cannot supercede or correct a week of ‘belly push’ that you do… all day long… any time that you do hip flexion.
If you are reading the above and are amazed…This is why we are in luck as fitness nurses…
Physical Therapist, Debra Corbo and Professional Trainer, Doug Splittgerber will explain their Alignment Resistance Training program and the state of the healthcare and health & fitness industry, in March, during a teleconference offered by Fitness Nursing U.
The teleconference is FREE and will be Wednesday, March 10th, at 8pm EST. Mark your calendar. The teleconference phone number and access code will be given in future e-mails.
Certified Fitness Nurse Course Update
NAFN is pleased to report that we have just acquired a PhD, pharmacist to write our medication evaluation portion of the Certified Fitness Nurse course. This medication evaluation will consist of examples of medications to look out for when preparing a meal/supplement plan, assessing your fitness care plan and the most common side effects of cardiac, BP, thyroid, psych meds. Remember, to maintain our respect and pay rate as a nurse, we have to be licensed, professional nurses with a specialty in fitness… not a personal trainer; who happens to be a nurse!
I know that there are nurses who work as personal trainers, and very well may make a good living doing so… I am truly happy for you if that is your situation.
However, here are some grim statistics that show:
Only 16% of the U.S. population go to gyms. Of that 16%, only 30% are active users.
The average personal trainer makes $30,000/year. They work early mornings, during the lunch time hour, (but are often open in the afternoon), then back training again in the evenings and of course, on weekends. One more thing, there are a lot of them. Many only need a weekend certification to become one. Recently, images like “The Biggest Loser” bootcamp-style trainers, “Insanity” and “P90X” type infomercials, has given the message of, “If you can’t work this hard 5-6 hours a week…you’re a slug and shouldn’t bother changing or exercising at all”.
I see that (Certified Fitness Nurses) can serve the other 95% of the population, who have limits, who are on medication, who have a host of nursing diagnoses that we can formulate into a ‘fitness nursing care plan’, these people really need someone to show them how to move in their own body without pain. They need to be able to do what you recommend for the REST OF THEIR LIFE (How long can you do ‘Insanity’? As soon as you stop the pounds start piling on. Then comes the real pain from repeated ‘usage’ exercises begin)… Six-pack abs are temporary, I’ll pass on that and keep my clients out of pain and in the process; lessen their body fat percentage and increase their functional strength. They will pay me to do that. They will pay me to listen to them and what their body is telling me. They will pay you too. We are working on the answer to the question, “How is a Certified Fitness Nurse different than a Certified Personal Trainer?” You can see where we are headed with this.
Remember, people need to see perceived value. There’s a lot more value is someone evaluating and assessing their medications, their response to their medical diagnoses, their fear of being able to exercise and not wanting to be in pain. Once that is all satisfied… then they want smaller waists and thighs. Not the other way around. Listening, deciphering, assessing and being an advocate for your client/patient are classic nursing skills. We have so much to offer!
I know some personal trainers who are embarrassed to call themselves personal trainers. I see this as an opportunity to let, not only our fellow healthcare professionals know that we exist, but the general public too. Personal trainers are already opening the doors for us. Let them fight over step classes, Zumba, bodyweight exercises, bootcamps, and best ab blaster, etc. Let them do what they do. Their exercise casualties can become our market.
O.K. I’m off my soap box.
Yours in Fitness & Nursing,
Lori (a.k.a. Minky)