PHA Training and HIIT

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Hi and thanks for checking in on the FitHab® website.

Today I would like to share with you some information that is old, but has been recently contrasted to a highly popular form of training that many know as HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

HIIT has many benefits for healthy individuals, but what would benefit individuals that have elevated blood pressure or clinical pathologies that do not allow them to train at high intensity?

PHA (Peripheral Heart Action) Training can be part of the answer.

PHA training was introduced in the 1940’s by Arthur Steinhaus PhD to keep blood flow circulating consistently during resistance training. The benefits of this type of training compared to HIIT, can be read and seen on a chart from an article in the  IDEA Fitness Journal May 2016 issue.  (I have a copy if you want to read it.) In this issue Doctor Kravitz writes about findings in a 2015 article in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, where the study supports facts that PHA is a valid substitute to HIIT.

If you are interested in the PHA training method, a mix of training methods, or any specific training method or system that I teach, please contact me to make an appointment for a free, no obligation, 30-minute consultation.

Gift certificates are available for those who want to give the gift of fitness.

For more information about: FitHab® & Luis

Thanks for your time. Be fit, have purpose.

Aprill Autism Awareness Month

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Hi and thanks for checking in on the FitHab® website.

Once again, April is autism awareness month. I just want to give thanks, respect, and encouragement to my past and present autistic/Asperger’s clients and to make the community aware of how they benefit greatly from exercise. If you know someone who could benefit from exercise, please contact me for a free consultation. Please watch some of my past and current clients on this video. Thanks for watching.

Get ready to spring into training.

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Welcome to the FitHab® website!

The weather has been nice here in the Bay Area and I have been taking advantage of this to train many of my clients outdoors.

The advantage of training outdoors are numerous.

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My clients reap the benefit of outdoor training, by breathing fresh air, being out of their office or home and enjoying a peaceful and or different environment. Natural light shines on their faces and they become happy and get some vitamin D. Training outdoors allows more freedom to explore many different avenues of fitnes training that are not able to be done in a gym. Training outdoors when possible, allows greater training responses and adaptions to the environmental demands and situational demands that help facilitate some awesome health and fitness benefits. Training outdoors and using the environment and things around you to train (opportunistic training) has greater real world application (practical use) than the stale, monotonous, loud, and distracting environments of gyms. Plus you’re outdoors, like you were a kid and you have lots of fun and don’t have to worry what others think of you or if you fit in. You just be you and get a great workout.

Spring will be here soon, so if you or someone you know would like to be more fit or learn new ways of getting fit and staying fit, FitHab has training service options to meet your goals and needs.

FitHab offers personal one on one training services, small group training, and special needs training.

We offer gift certificates for those who want to give the gift of fitness.

If you or someone you know is motivated and wanting to make fitness their new habit, then look no further. Contact Luis to make an appointment for a free, no obligation, 30-minute consultation.

For more information about: FitHab® & Luis

Thanks. Be fit, have purpose.

Luis Torres

“Let movement be thy medicine and medicine be thy movement.”

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Welcome to the FitHab® website.
Happy New Year!
I hope you and yours had a wonderful Holiday season. With 2016 here, we can make our resolution of becoming more fit a reality.

My goal this year: Is to maintain healthy, to continue to learn, improve areas of fitness that need to be equal to the ones that are optimal, and to continue to share the knowledge of the vast benefits that fitness has to offer to my family, friends, clients, and the community.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates

So I say, “Let movement be thy medicine and medicine be thy movement.”

It would be an honor and pleasure to meet with you and/or some one you care about and take the first step on improving your and other’s quality of life with fitness habits that work.

FitHab has training options to meet your budget and solutions to meet your fitness needs.

Whether you’re a busy professional, stay at home parent, a weekend warrior, retired, a special needs individual, a mother to be, want to train in small groups, or just someone who wants to make a change in their life; FitHab has fitness habits for you to embrace.

Contact me to set up a free, no obligation, 30 minute consultation to see how we can work together in making fitness a habit.

One more thing. Just wanted to congratulate and thank all my clients for the great work and achievements in 2015

Update: My friend Dan (Featured back in June 2015) has been working diligently on his fitness and we got together for some running mechanics training and he is doing great! Awesome work and stay consistent and persistent in your efforts.

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Get into the FitHab spirit this Holiday Season!

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Welcome to the FitHab® website!

I would like to thank my family, friends and clients for another wonderful year and wish everyone a happy holiday season and the very best for 2016!

If you or someone you know would like to make some changes for the new year in regards to fitness, FitHab has training service options to meet your goals and needs.

FitHab offers personal one on one training services, small group training, and special needs training.

We offer gift certificates for those who want to give the gift of fitness.

If you or someone you know is motivated and wanting to make fitness their new habit, then look no further. Contact Luis to make an appointment for a free, no obligation, 30-minute consultation.

For more information about: FitHab® & Luis

Thanks. Be fit, have purpose.

Luis Torres

 

Summer is over, but “Fall” back into shape.

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Welcome to the FitHab® website.

The summer was very exciting, fun, and fulfilling for my client’s and I. Lots of goals were accomplished and fitness habits improved for all.

If you or someone you know wants to begin a fitness plan and doesn’t know where or how to start, or maybe what you are doing is not working or is causing you injury and/or pain; it’s time we meet and get you started on some fitness habits that work.

FitHab® is a niche personal fitness training service provider that caters to the client’s needs.

I teach natural human movement exercises that are based on MovNat to help improve the full natural human movement capabilities of my client’s. MovNat teaches real word practical movement exercises that can be utilized by all to improve their fitness, wellbeing, and human potential. Along with natural human movement exercises, I utilize equipment like the TRX suspension trainer, TRX Rip trainer, stability ball, bands, and other tools that will help the client to train and improve their fitness.

As a fitness professional for many years, I have an extended background on injury prevention and rehabilitation (hence FitHab… Fit= fitness and Hab= habit and/or rehabilitation).  Educating my clients is vital for rehabilitating and preventing injury while training and in their everyday life activities.

Working with special needs youth and the senior population is part of what I have much pride in doing. I enjoy helping and improving the fitness and lives of all  my client’s and especialy those with special needs or who are seniors.

If you are interested in training and want to learn more about what I can do for you, please read  about me and my services.

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to meeting you or someone you know that can benefit from my services.  Contact me for a free, no obligation 30 minute consultation.

Take good care, be fit and have purpose.

It’s a lot about your posture!

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Welcome to the FitHab® website!

I just wanted to share some super valuable information with you and anyone who is willing to look, listen, and learn.

When I meet with my clients for the first time, we do an evaluation. In the evaluation, a major component is the postural analysis.

The analysis allows me to assess the client’s posture and see any postural deviations.  If any postural deviations are found (in most cases I do), we begin the path of education for the client on appropriate stretches, strengthening, and other tactics to combat and correct these imbalances that effect the client in so many ways. Many people suffer from pain and it may stem from bad posture (while in the awake or sleep hours). So many people tend to medicate and mask the pain and not address the underlining issue. The answer is not always to medicate, but usually to educate.

Our posture and how we move are the first things that others see and it speaks volumes.  Good posture is vital for quality of movement and quality of life. If your posture is not right, you don’t feel right. Proper education and the reinforcement of techniques to maintain healthy posture is a life long fitness habit.

My good friend and client, Matt. We have worked on his posture and more.

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I want to share an educational cartoon video you will like from Ted-Ed, of  Ted Talks.

When you see this cartoon, you will see how important our posture really is and how we sabotage ourselves when we do not engage in postural improving/maintenance techniques.

If you are interested in improving your posture, how you move, how you feel, and more, please contact me to make an appointment for a free 30 minute, no obligation meeting to see how we can work together to improve your fitness and quality of life.

Make fitness a habit. Rehabilitate yourself with fitness. Fitness habits that work. FitHab®

Thanks for visiting.

Be fit and have purpose!

Sincerely,

Luis Torres

Celebrating one of FitHab’s first client’s achievement. Doug’s 71st Birthday

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I am always so happy to hear from former clients and how they are doing. Last week one of my first FitHab® clients wrote to me to thanks me for all that we did when we trained.

Doug, “Just wanted you to know, Luis, because of your fine training the feet are fleet at my 71 yrs and 15 yrs married this month.luv…Doug & Pamela”.

It’s so great to hear, see, and feel the appreciation, friendship, and all our hard work together is paying off still into the future.

So, I wish Doug and Pamela a happy 15th anniversary, live life to the fullest, and keep the fitness habit alive.

Happy 71st birthday, Doug!

Doug & Pamela

 

Study: Climbing Trees Significantly Improves Working Memory

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A study named: THE WORKING MEMORY BENEFITS OF PROPRIOCEPTIVELY DEMANDING TRAINING: A PILOT STUDY,    By:  Ross G. Alloway, &  Tracy Packiam Alloway. In the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills Volume 120, Issue 3, June 2015: 766–775.; has given scientific research support for my phyilosophy of fitness training methodologies.

The article found on CBS Tampa, Softpedia, and more, can help my clients and those who are interested in the FitHab® training methods; understand more the significant importance of the kind of training we do. It backs the use of the natural human movement spectrum capabilities like, (check and see what I mean.) climbing, carry awkwardly shaped objects, walking or running barefoot, walking or crawling on balance beam, and navigating through an obstacle course.

If you would like to improve your working memory and other areas of your fitness, please contact me to schedule a free 30 minute consultation to get you started on changing the way you think of fitness training and make fitness a habit for life.

Take the first step, learn something new and start some new fitness habits that work!

Thanks and hope to see you soon.

Special thanks to my good friend, Dan Kitchen for emailing me this study. He used to make fun of me climbing trees, now he knows that I’m not crazy.

 

 

July is here and mid summer is upon us.

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Hi and welcome to the FitHab® website! July is here and lots of good things are happening.

No matter what your fitness or skill level is or if you have a disability, I have a program to meet your needs.

If you want to train in a group and learn practical exercises economically, join us at one of our Bay Area Natural Human Movement events (BANHM) events.

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This month we are hosting our monthly BANHM events in Palo Alto. These events are based on the MovNat discipline of physical education and fitness system. Become a member and join us in the fun, excitement, and challenge of getting fit with playful, practical fitness exercises that we do at our events. Read what some of our members have to say. Take a moment to look at some of our photos of us in action.

You may want to train one on one to get more personal attention to your specific needs. Some clients want to train with family and friends; you can choose the Buddy training route. You have the freedom to choose.

At FitHab we don’t just use one system, discipline, or philosophy for improving our clients fitness.

As a fitness professional, I use many fitness disciplines to help my clients.

As you now know, I teach MovNat as a MovNat Level 2 Certified Trainer. I also include the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer and TRX Rip Trainer.

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I teach clients the use of stability balls, bands, free weights, and other pieces of equipment, depending on the needs of the client.

Many of my clients are taught exercises that are therapeutic to improve posture, to recover from injuries,  and help them transition into a more pain free, injury free, physically competent mover.

What ever your fitness goals and needs may be, I look forward to teaching you to move better, safer, more effectively, and reach or surpass your goals.

Contact me to get you started on teaching you fitness habits that get results.