The Benefits of Building Strength for women in New Orleans

September 17, 2010

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The Benefits of getting Strong and Building Strength for Women in New Orleans

A Fitness Blog Post by: Mark Thonn ( New Orleans Boot Camp Instructor in Metairie)

I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the time I have spent leading the New Orleans Adventure Bootcamp in Jefferson Parish. During that time, it has been a privilege to have been involved with so many successful endeavors to lose so many pounds and inches. Often the primary goal of a “camper” is to get to a particular size or to get back into those “skinny” jeans at the back of the closet. While these are noble endeavors, and often quite impressive, I feel that some of the participants, especially some of the newer folks, may not place as much emphasis on an equally, if not more important benefit of the program; that benefit is pure, functional strength.

Now, I have had female clients who have told me, “I don’t need to be strong. I just want to get rid of “this.” (Insert appropriate body part) The customer is always right, but please allow me to explain some of my philosophy and how it developed.

Before I ever even considered training others, I worked out avidly. The exercise was for stress relief as well as to stay strong because, being in the security/safety field, I was often called upon to respond to various emergency situations. In many of those situations physical strength and endurance made the difference in the outcome. Please believe me. I am not bragging. Many people, both male and female, are way stronger than I am. But, it was good to know that in a given situation, I would probably have the ability to hold out until help could arrive.

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