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Healthy Tips for Shoveling Snow by one of PFC’s Personal Trainers


As we prepare for the next snowfall on the east coast, here are some tips to avoid unneccessary injuries by one of PFC’s Personal Trainers, Darrell Butler.

Frosty’s Revenge! How to Prepare for Battle against Mother Nature

By Darrell W. Butler, ACE, NFPT, ISCA Certified Personal Trainer

As I prepare to dig my car out for what feels like the nine billionth time; I’m reminded of the influx of snow related injuries that I’ve seen and read about lately.
The main cause for these injuries isn’t merely slip and falls as you’re likely to think. Instead, many of these injuries are pulled backs, herniated discs, hyperextended shoulders and many other forms of muscular trauma.
Even if you never set foot inside of a gym, many every day tasks and household chores involve the same cardiovascular and muscular recruitment as even your toughest of workouts! Therefore, it’s just as important to adequately prepare your body for these situations as it would be for you to prepare for a body pump or a spin class.
With that said, here’s how you should approach your next battle with Mother Nature to avoid adding to the ever-growing line of snow related injuries flooding hospitals and physical rehabilitation centers lately.

1. Warm Up: I’m not just talking about clothing here; I’m also talking about preparing your muscles for physical activity. Instead of simply rushing outside, Walk around the house for a bit, shake out your limbs or even do a few squats first (seriously!) to increase your blood flow and raise the muscle temperature in your arms and legs. Think about it, on a snowy day would you just start your car and peel off without warming it up first too? If not, then why would you do that to your body?

2. Drink lots of water: This is something that nearly everyone forgets in the winter. Just because it’s cold outside does not mean that your body still doesn’t need to remain hydrated, especially if you’re performing grueling work such as shoveling large mounds of snow!
Water is extremely important for preventing cramping. It’s also the main ingredient in synovial fluid which is the fluid that lubricates your joints so you’ll want to stay hydrated if you want to stay injury free.

3. Watch your form and technique: Aside from an extremely short list of specific exercises, you should never bend at the waist to pick up a heavy object including snow on the end of a shovel. Instead, you’ll want to protect your lower back by bending at the knees.
Be sure to keep your core tight (imagine tightening your stomach as though you were bracing for a punch) and to exhale as you lift the loaded shovel into the air.
Also make sure to occasionally switch your grip and stance to ensure that both sides of your body are providing equal effort. This is extremely important since you’ll want equal distribution of stress to the working muscles on both sides of your body. Try moving the pile of snow 5 times using your right arm and then switch to move the pile 5 times using your left arm. It may feel awkward at first but not as awkward as it would be to have to order shirts with one large right sleeve and a medium left!

4. Make sure to stretch and follow up your shoveling with a quality meal: As previously stated, shoveling snow is a tough workout so you might as well benefit from it right? With that said, to help repair muscles and continue to ease soreness, you’ll want to follow up your shoveling with a quality meal.
Recent studies have shown that for optimum recovery, a high quality protein shake within 30 minutes of your workout, followed by a balanced meal containing whole foods within 90 minutes is ideal.

While this article focused solely on dealing with snow, many other common chores such as raking leaves, landscaping and various household repairs involving any type of heavy lifting could also be considered a workout.
Remember, the entire world is essentially one giant gymnasium so even though you may not see a treadmill or dumbbells, you’ll still need to care for your body in the same way. We may not ever be able to truly defeat Mother Nature but if we can remember to apply these basic principles to all of our outdoor activities, we may be able to at least hang in there for a few more rounds.

Darrell W. Butler has trained, managed and consulted for fitness centers and media outlets around the world. When he’s not training a client or sharing his words of wisdom, you can catch him drinking a Berries and More Recovery Shake at his local gym’s juice bar! For more information visit the Darrell Butler Personal Training website at

Trusting Your Buds

Try the healthiest smoothies is the world at Reading Sports and Fitness Expo this weekend!

placeholder_200x200Do you live near Reading, PA?
If so, please come to the Reading Sports and Fitness Expo February 18 – 20, 2011 at the Greater Reading Expo Center.

The hours are: FRI. 2pm – 8pm, SAT. 10am – 7pm & SUN. 10am – 5pm

The PA Sports and Fitness Expo is for the whole family – take part in a full selection of sports and fitness interactive demonstrations and educational seminars. Try out the yoga classes, test your endurance in the spin classes, join in on the exercise and cardio workouts and finish up with a free sample of the world’s healthiest smoothie from PFC. We will be sampling our Strawberry Fields and Java Energizer.

Plus – there will be a variety of other vendors selling products and services while also showing new and innovative fitness and training techniques to help you reach your goals and achieve your personal best! And even better the Reading Golf Expo will be the same weekend for one admission price.

It’s the Pennsylvania Sports & Fitness Expo and the Reading Golf Expo coming to the Greater Reading Expo Center, February 18-20, 2011. The ultimate event for all sports, golf, and fitness enthusiasts.

Click here to download and print a discount coupon to the show. Hope to see you there!

Looking for ways to Burn Fat?

burn_fat_burnYou know fat is essential to many of life’s functions but we all have just a little more than we need and it seems it’s in all the wrong places. Remember, you can not spot reduce your trouble areas but the fat will come off easier if you combine good exercise with these important nutrients. PFC introduces our signature, Burn Fat Burn.

In PFC’s Burn Fat Burn, we have combined nutrients, synergistically, so that your body utilizes them better. You can add Burn Fat Burn to any shake. Try this Synergistic Nute and know that your body is getting what it needs.

Here is what is inside Burn Fat Burn:

  • 108 mcg of Chromium Picolinate, essential for glucose, insulin, fatty acid and protein metabolisms. Because of food degradation, we’re lucky if we get 50 mcg’s a day but athletes require more. We give you a healthy 108 mcg.
  • 250 mg of Inulin known for increasing the levels of beneficial cultures in your intestinal tract, which helps fortify the body’s natural defenses and increases absorption of necessary minerals and the synthesis of vitamins. Along with those minerals is Calcium. Calcium is well documented now to help in weight loss.
  • 50 mg of L-Carnitine. The amount of fat burned depends a lot on the level of this valuable
  • 50 mg of Garcinia Extract. Contains a biologically active compound which is known To inhibit the synthesis of lipids and fatty acids and lower the formation of LDL and triglycerides. Researchers also believe that Garcinia may inhibit the conversion of excess calories to body fat. Lastly, appetite is suppressed by promoting synthesis of glycogen. So much from one little herb.

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Thank you to a real Fitness Icon and pioneer, Jack LaLanne

Thank you Jack, you taught us so much about Exercise and Nutrition. You will truly be missed by many.

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