Hystrength(sm) is a program that incorporates exercise, nutrition, and a holistic approach in a well rounded manner for living a long and healthy life. There are many fitness programs one can follow to get in shape, but most of them are both hard to maintain for any length of time and will most likely wear the body down. It is the same thing with nutrition. Many foods and food choices may seem on the surface to be healthy, and may even keep one relatively lean, but in the long run can cause the aging process to speed up. Likewise, poor lifestyle habits such as too much stress and lack of sleep, among others can age one sooner than one would like. The HYSTRENGTH(sm) approach addresses all of these aspects, and can be incorporated into an easy to follow lifestyle plan.
Exercise. Many fitness professionals have the philosophy that if a little bit exercise is good for you, then more exercise is better. Their general recommendations would include some sort of aerobic training done anywhere from 2 to 4 times a week, and some sort of strength training program to go along with it. Hit a plateau? No problem. Just add more exercise. I ask you, is that sustainable? Is it even motivating? That is not how we look at exercise. Exercise should not be used as a way to burn excess calories. It should be used to trigger the right adaptations for a fit and healthy body. Just like working long hours, or trying to reach a deadline, exercise is a stressor on the body. It tears it down. Understand that this is a good thing, but the body also needs time to recover and better handle the new demands placed on it. Exercise needs to be dose specific, meaning that the workout needs to be the right intensity (everybody is unique in how much he/she needs at any given moment), combined with the right volume and frequency. To much exercise, over the long haul, will tear down the body. The HYSTRENGTH (sm) uses strength training coupled with functional training in the right dose to bring about the right response. How much exercise? In some cases, as little as 40 minutes a week!
Sharon Hoffman is 54 when this photo was taken. This is what the hystrength program can do
Diet. How you eat is just as important as how you exercise if you want to be fit, healthy, and have a long, high quality of life. The Standard American diet (whereby the recommendation is 60% carbs, 20% fat, 20% protein) is woefully inadequate for maintaining optimal health. Studies are showing that a diet this high in carbohydrates creates an environment where the body becomes insensitive to insulin(a big factor in gaining and storing fat), and leads to chronic overall inflammation. The outcome is the onset of metabolic syndrome and a whole host of degenerative diseases that ultimately shortens lifespan. As part of the HYSTRENGTH(sm) program, we steer clients toward a lower carbohydrate diet that is big on lean meats and fish, nuts, and vegetables that are packed with nutrition. This way of eating, coupled with the exercise portion mentioned above, works in a synergistic way to bring about a fit, lean, healthy body.
Lifestyle. We live in a world that contributes to chronic stress. Staying up late at night, working long hours, watching too much t.v and being sedentary (among other things we do in our modern world) releases the hormone cortisol. This hormone is the antithesis to human growth hormone and testosterone (both of which are muscle building and anti-aging). Too much cortisol tears down the body, so we want to minimize the amount released in the body. Ironically, stress is a good thing for he body, it's just that we need small, infrequent doses of it for optimal health. Think of it this way: when man was still hunting for food, he would encounter "fight or flight" situations rather infrequently. When he did, his body would produce adrenaline and other hormones to prepare for whatever highly intense course of action he needed. It was often brief, and within 20 minutes after the fact, the hormones would wear off, and everything would be fine. We are hardwired to respond this way. In modern times, because we are under chronic stress, these same hormones are triggered and constant in our lives. The HYSTRENGTH(sm) program works with this understanding, and we adjust the intensity and frequency of the exercise for each individual to account for that. Personally, I have found that when under a lot of stress for a long time, a HYSTRENGTH(sm) workout performed with the right intensity took the edge off. It lowered my stress hormones and I was able to function more clearly. In the long run, the HYSTRENGTH(sm) program strives to help clients change long term lifestyle living habits to reduce chronic stress and maintain a well rested, rejuvenated body and mind.
Gregg Hoffman, age 50, performing an iso-cable press lunge