ROM Coach Tips: Upper Body

One of the great things about owning a ROM is that you get live support from coaches at the fab ROMfab HQ in Hollywood. Here are some upper-body ROM tips I received from ROM Coach Angela after she saw some of my earliest ROM videos:

  • Make sure there is no more than 2 or 3 digit change on the monitor between push & pull.
  • Arms locked when pushing
  • Not pushing forward at all toward the end…
  • If you’re having difficulties, take another 10 pounds off the flywheel
  • Go faster. J
  • Drive it the whole way forward!
  • Don’t have bent arms at all moving forward

These tips have helped my workout considerably.

Fitness & Testing For Nutritional Deficiencies

Testing In ActionThus far in my daily range-of-motion routine I’ve seen a consistent loss in fat and consistent gain in muscle. Consistency is good, but it’s been s-l-o-o-o-w. Slow is undoubtedly good for me.

But! I’ve also been curious as to whether there might be more going on with me, in me – could there be anything blocking a more heightened weight loss? And what about my blood pressure? It’s reduced considerably since I’ve been using the ROM, but it’s still high for someone my age. And finally, there’s this pesky (more than pesky; downright frustrating) generalized anxiety that’s reared its head in recent years (I owe you at least a full blog post on that – remind me sometime) – what’s up with that?

I have questions. My Aunt Sharon has answers.

If not answers, at least responses. Good ones. My Aunt Sharon, whom I called Auntie Ra-Ra as a child, is Dr. Hatch to you. Dr. Hatch operates a wellness center in the West Metro Atlanta area that addresses questions and symptoms such as mine, without the use of pharmecuticals or surgery. She has a three-fold approach to health that includes chiropractic care, NAET allergy testing (& removal!), and nutritional testing; while we were in Atlanta last week I scheduled a couple of appointments with her. I already see a good chiropractor in Raleigh and NAET takes several months to do right, so on this brief of a visit we focused on the latter – nutritional testing.  I think her website (which, true confession, I helped her set up) asks a great question with regards to nutrition in general and vitamin and mineral supplements in particular:

Are you tired of wasting hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of dollars on expensive and seemingly useless nutritional supplements? Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly which nutrients your body needs? At the Wellness Center, we provide precise nutritional testing and counseling that specifically targets what you and your family need. Because nutritional needs change over time, we re-test regularly to ensure that you aren’t taking supplments pointlessly – overdosing on vitamins and minerals your body already produces in abundance can actually be detrimental to your health.

That’s been my experience at least – walking into a supplement store (or browsing a ‘health’ website), eyes glazed over – I mean, the way the labels are written you want to take ‘em all - I mean, who doesn’t want increased stamina, better eyesight, and silky hair? But the thing is, if (and I realize this is a big “if” these days) you have a basically healthy diet eating real food, you don’t need most of those supplements. In fact, too much of a good thing can be harmful.

So back to Dr. Hatch. She uses a kinesological approach to test your body’s response to different nutrients – if you’re sufficient in an area, or have an allergy to a certain nutrient, she can tell. And if you’re lacking in something she’s testing you for, she can tell that, too. We discovered that my adrenal system is fine (something that can lead to increased anxiety if its out of whack), but my thyroid is off and my blood pressure, while not astronomical, is too high for someone my age. My body also needs a lot of Vitamin B right now. There were other results, too, but what I really cared about was the bottom line – she recommended to me several supplements that I’ll be taking at fairly high doses over the next 45 days, in conjunction with my normal ROM-ming and chiropractic routine. Then I’ll go in for testing again, to see how my body is responding to this nutrient infusion in areas I’m deficient in. She deals directly with a medical-strength supplement company that ensures high-quality ingredients – another relief, since I never know what I’m getting online, really. I was surprised at how affordable they are.

My aunt thinks that my body should respond positively to these supplements fairly quickly – that I should see positive results within 30 days, including a stronger metabolism and lower blood pressure. Perhaps a weight loss acceleration is coming? I can only hope! Stay tuned…

For my continuing whole-health journey, go here!

ROM By-The-Numbers: July 17

I feel like I’m finally hitting my range-of-motion stride again. Lower-body workouts remain exhausting and leave me out of breath; I drink a glass of chlorophyll-oxygenated water afterward. (I don’t think that this is a ‘normal’ response to the ROM; in the past couple of years, it seems that I’ve developed a fierce allergic reaction to North Carolina pollen. At its worst, I have difficulty breathing in general.) But I feel a better overall sense of well-being, like my body is finally coming into its own. Here are my bodyfat stats this week:

  • Overall weight: 259
  • Bodyfat: 31.9%
  • Muscle: 30.9%
  • Visceral: 12

Isn’t it interesting how ‘weight’ – such a general term – can be unmoved, but things like fat and muscle can reverse themselves? It’s these small, gradual indicators that are the most encouraging – they are signs of lasting change.

For the whole (health) enchilada, go here!

ROMming Elsewhere: Maintenance Video

Cheesy music aside, this short video by a ‘Studio 4′ in California is a great instructional piece on how to set your seat height, leg length, weight and electronics on the ROM. All in all it’s a very simple process, even if you have multiple users (like I do).

To see my own video triumphs & foibles, check out the Complete Whole-Health Journey to date!

ROM By-The-Numbers: July 10

So I’m giving the good folks at North Raleigh Chiropractic a Break – instead I’m using a bodyfat scale to check my progress and keep you updated more frequently. This scale measures things a bit differently than Dr. Joe, and unfortunately skews things a bit out of my favor. :( No matter – we’ll go with these numbers as the new benchmark. Here are the results from my inaugural weigh-in:

  • Overall weight: 259
  • Bodyfat: 32.9%
  • Muscle: 30.5%
  • Visceral (any clue as to what ‘Visceral’ might be referring to?): 13

So there we have it…the new benchmarks. ROM on!