Ask the Trainer Tuesday: Push-Ups & Planks

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Ask the Trainer Tuesday: Push-Ups & Planks


In this weeks “Ask the Trainer” Tuesday segment with Lori Murphy, personal trainer and fat loss expert from My Stronger Self Fitness Studio in Brighton, MI, demonstrates two common strength training exercises: the push-up and plank. Good form ensures that the movement only uses the main muscles, and avoids recruiting secondary muscles. Proper form is only one ingredient in your overall fitness program. But just like any other recipe, getting one ingredient wrong can ruin the whole project. Form has this power. Get it wrong and you are looking for trouble, if not just bad results. Get it right and you will be that much closer to the body-improving fitness results you seek. Proper form also also lowers your risk of injury.


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My Stronger Self’s New Member of the Month

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My Stronger Self’s Member of the Month


Congratulations Don Miller!

Don is the latest My Stronger Self Member of the Month.  He attends our Co-Ed Strength Training class on Tuesday and Thursday at 630pm.  He’s a Dad and a Grandpa and is staying healthy and fit for himself as well as his family. Don’s first weight and measure results were phenomenal. He lost 8 pounds, 9% body fat and 3.5 inches!!! Way to go Don! We all enjoy having you in class your perseverance is inspiring to everyone around you. One of Don’s passions is mountain biking but we’re very happy he’s added My Stronger Self to his list of ways to stay active and in shape.  You’ve worked so hard Don and absolutely deserve title of “Member of the Month”!

This is what Don had to say about his experience at My Stronger Self:

Hi my name is Don Miller. I’m 58 years old and I have tried to stay in shape all my life. In my earlier years I played baseball. Over the last two decades mountain biking did the trick. We are fortunate to have many trails to ride in this area. The main problem with this sport is the seasonality. Maintaining weight and fitness is a bit of a roller coaster. Up in the winter and down in the summer; and have you noticed that it gets more difficult as we age?

Don Miller - Healthy Living

This year I made a decision to regain the enjoyment of good health. I have tried conventional gyms before and I knew that I needed something more. It just happens that My Stronger Self is only a couple of miles from my home. I had been driving by the studio for a while when I stopped in and picked up a brochure and set up an appointment to begin this journey. I am glad I did!

My Stronger Self offers a wide variety of classes to suit anyone. I attend strength training which has me working on my core strength. This is an area that bicycling doesn’t address. I am challenged by the instructors to do my best, eat properly, drink lots of water, and get as much cardio as possible. It is really a package approach. It’s a lifestyle practice. As Lori Murphy says; “There are no magic pills people.”

Lori is a great motivator, well prepared and organized, and has an in depth knowledge of anatomy and training techniques. The classes are never the same with routines and circuits that keep our muscles guessing what’s next. It’s never boring. What really pleases me is the un-pretentious family friendly environment. Nice people!

I am honored to be chosen Member of the Month. I have made progress and I know that with perseverance I will continue to do so. I think that biking has now become my secondary activity. I recommend My Stronger Self to anyone.

Thanks My Stronger Self!

Don Miller


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