Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I can...

Okay, so the subject of today's posting is "I Can"

Because so many people live in a world of "I can't."

I was thinking about this on the way into the studio this morning.

Reflecting about an inspiring young boy that I met on Saturday, and how against all odds, he thoroughly believes he can.

And thinking about my dad, who turned 70 yesterday, and all the lessons he taught me growing up, and still today. He was a tough Marine, but also had a great soft side.

And then I started thinking about all the clients who've we've met through the years ... some when they started initially thinking that they can't - "can't do 15 minutes on the elliptical machine", "can't do pushups", "can't this or can't that..."

Yet somewhere along the line their cant's turned into I CAN do this!

That I CAN attitude, though, is what all of us need.

I love the Zig Ziglar quote that says:

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right."

Many of you did the Heart Mini Marathon yesterday -- or recently completed another similar event - a first for many. Others have been preparing for one of the Flying Pig events coming up in 5 weeks. Those are all "I can" attitudes.

It's not just with exercise, though.

We should approach everything in life with this same attitude.

Back to the amazing boy I met on Saturday - Ryan Korgengel.

In the fall of 2008 a tree fell on him during that huge wind storm we had .... and 2/3rds of the right side of his brain was damaged.

He was rushed to the hospital ... and after a 5 hour surgery, the doctors expected him to be paralyzed on the left side of his body, if he made it past the first 72 hours post-surgery.

Not only did he make it out of surgery, Ryan set goals ... to walk again, to get back out on the golf course and play again.

This young guy is so full of determination ...

He's been walking in therapy with the help of a robot ...

Ryan's parents heard about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill and stopped by on Saturday to see if it would be appropriate for him.

After he got on it ... let's just say his dad had to keep Ryan from going too fast...he was ready to run!!

And watching the huge grin on his face Saturday was simply amazing.

He and his parents have this amazing belief, and faith ...

...they have the "I can" attitude, and when you're around them, you feel it too.

Here's a short video of Ryan's story - definitely worth watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_mh0TvCSMM

Keep Ryan in mind anytime you question whether you CAN do something ... and then go out there and give it your best shot!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins

Friday, March 5, 2010

Anti-Gravity Treadmill in Cincinnati Benefits Many Populations

The latest addition to Cincinnati Fitness Running is the NASA-developed Alter-G Treadmill. Currently there are only approximately 150 of these treadmills throughout the country, with the next closest being located at the Cleveland Clinic.

By means of a plastic air pressurized "bubble" around the user's lower body, this treadmill lifts up to 80 percent of the user’s body weight, removing the effects of gravity on the spine and lower extremity joints. It is similar to the effects of buoyancy in water but there is no resistance inside the bubble, allowing for the first ever anti-gravity treadmill with normal running mechanics and range of motion (unlike the aquatic treadmills that impeded normal running technique). This technology has already begun revolutionizing the rehabilitation field and may become a standard piece of equipment at all top-notch facilities in the US.

Some of the most prestigious universities and medical institutions, including the University of Southern California Medical College and the aforementioned world class Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, have demonstrated excellent Alter-G Treadmill results with patients suffering from Parkinson's disease, spinal stenosis, and orthopedic conditions of the spine, hip, knee and foot.

We have already seen the benefits of the Alter-G treadmill on runners and athletes, and look forward to applying similar benefits to clients with neurological disorders such as strokes and multiple sclerosis. Users have demonstrated major improvements in balance, strength, and the ability to walk as a result of using the Alter-G Treadmill.

For more information on Cincinnati’s Alter-G treadmill, click here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Silly Trivia - Win a Four Week Fitness Program!

The first person to accurately answer the following 8 questions, wins a 4-week, 5-day per week fitness program of your choice - Adventure Boot Camp for Women, or the Total Fitness Makeover!

Email your answers to brian@healthstylefitness.com!  Good luck!!

  1. I prefer Nike or Under Armour?
  2. How many teaspoons of sugar are in a 20 oz soda?
  3. How much sugar does the “avg” teen eat each year?
  4. I was born in Florida or Louisiana?
  5. Currently, I am teaching my 30th or 40th 4-week Adventure Boot Camp Session in Cincinnati?
  6. I got my start in the fitness industry teaching seniors in retirement communities or group fitness to kids under 10 years old?
  7. What has more calories, a medium sized banana or a medium sized apple?
  8. I have 2 kids - Kayla and Justin ... or 4 kids - Kayla, Justin, Leigh and Annie?