Ten years ago, then-24-year-old Brett Workman was rushed to the hospital for the fight of his life.  Extreme stomach pain associated with complications from that which would later be officially diagnosed as Crohn’s disease, warranted an emergency appendectomy.  Brett was given a 40% chance to live through that first night in the Intensive Care Unit.  Just having found out a couple weeks before that his wife was pregnant, Brett channeled all his willpower to make it through those long hours, so he could be a part of his daughter’s life.  He had more living to do and more he wanted to accomplish.  Brett refused to let this be the end for him. 

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Joseph has been attending Milestone since 2012 and working out with Personal Trainer Alison Cardoza since 2013.  He expressed that self-starting is not a strength of his and that he does better with someone to nudge him.  Alison has been the one to push him to exercise consistently.  Joseph says of Alison, “She’s so bright and cheerful all the time, and also knowledgeable.”

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When you go to the gym to work out or are working with a trainer, you think about all the muscles you want to improve, the "look" you may want; how you want to get stronger or rehabilitate a certain part of your body.  Physical activity- whether it be cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates or group classes, are all great for overall health. Some specific benefits of these activities are: improving cardiovascular fitness, decreasing body fat, increasing bone density and muscle mass, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, increasing your overall mood and productivity.  Exercise can even lead to a longer life!  What is not to love about all of that.

When you are doing physical training, you are training more than your body and your muscles and your heart and your lungs. To me, the most important thing to not forget to train is your brain.... I call it, "Mind over muscle". I have recently read a book called How Bad Do You Want It and it specifically talks about how people can overcome their physical challenges by mental training.

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Jeane and Patti have been Milestone members since 2010.  It had been on their bucket list for many years to take a trip to Antarctica.  Finally, the time had come… they had booked their trip.  Jeane and Patti were so excited to kayak, hike, and enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer.  However, five months before the date of the trip, Jeane was hit by a bicycle and broke her collarbone.  This would certainly put a damper on her ability to do the physical activities that they had planned!  To make matters worse, two months before the start of the trip, Patti tripped on a tree root, breaking her ribs!  The two were very concerned about their ability to kayak, which was to be a highlight of the trip!

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Read more about Milestone trainer Robb Beyer and his E.M.O.M. method with clients. Try out his example workout this week and let us know how many calories you burn! Questions or interested in training with Robb at Milestone? Email him at robb_beyer@yahoo.com or call us at 502.896.3900 to set up an appointment.

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You’ve seen him or her around the gym: scrolling through their smartphone in between reps or fitness classes. You may be thinking to yourself: what are they doing? Maybe they’re taking #fitspo (fitness inspiration) photos, searching for their favorite gym playlist or scrolling through a fitness app for some exercise encouragement.

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Fall is in the air! As the weather gets cooler, it may be time to change up your workout routine. Variety is a good thing, and the more variety you add to your routine the more likely you are to stick with it. So lace up your workout shoes, because fall is the season to take advantage of the best outdoor, and indoor, workouts in town.

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From sports bras to running shorts, finding workout gear for every athlete can be daunting. Between the various brands, styles or sport specific pieces, shopping can become overwhelming for guys and girls. We asked a few of our Milestone trainers and group exercise instructors what their current favorite brands and styles were to workout in and why. Certain pieces may be great for Pilates but not ideal for cycling or running. Let our staff help guide you in the right direction! Do you have a personal favorite workout brand or style?

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