A former gymnast throughout high school and college, Estelle Underwood has always had a passion for exercise and health. She holds certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and continues her involvement in fitness education on an ongoing basis.
Her clients, both male and female, cover a broad range of ages–from teenagers to the elderly. Estelle’s approach to exercise is a gentle one, taking into consideration her clients’ strengths and limitations, lifestyle, and attitudes and feelings associated with body image.
TrainingTips.com: Can you share how strength training can have a positive impact on the preventing and treatment of osteoporosis?
Estelle: This is a topic near and dear to my heart, as I’ve worked with so many clients who are either at risk for osteoporosis or already suffering from the disease. In fact, a few years back I collaborated with a chiropractor and a medical doctor who specialized in the treatment of osteoporosis and we produced an exercise DVD called “BoneJuvenate” (www.bodyworksband.com). This is a simplistic explanation, but in a nutshell, strength training is a weight bearing activity. When we bear weight on a muscle, it pulls on the bone, creating a chemical reaction within the bone. That chemical reaction actually causes the bone to become denser, creating a stronger, healthier skeletal system. Through regular strength training, I have many times seen a halt in the progression of osteoporosis and in some cases, success in reversing bone loss.
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