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Welcome to the Mountain Life Fitness bi-monthly Wellness Newsletter. Exclusively for our Personal Training Clients. Aimed at taking your nutrition, personal training and overall wellness to the next level.

Thank you for being a valued client! 
Low Calorie ~ Beta Carotene (antioxidant) ~ Nutrient Rich with Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


2 tsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped (1 1/4 cups)
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
1 can solid-pack pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 jar roasted red peppers (7 oz), drained, 1 tablespoon chopped and reserved for garnish
1/3 cup smooth reduced-fat natural peanut butter
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 Tbsp chopped roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp chopped scallion greens


1. Heat oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.


2. Add turmeric, paprika, and chili flakes; stir. Add pumpkin puree, broth, peppers, and peanut butter; whisk to incorporate and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in sugar, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.


3. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with sour cream, peanuts, reserved chopped peppers, and scallion greens.


Makes 4 Servings.
Per serving: 270 cal, 18 g fat (4 g sat), 22 g carbs, 450 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein

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Lateral Motion Training Tips
By:           Jackie Wright 

As we begin our ski preparation programs, one of the skills always included in the program design is lateral motion training. 
While lateral motion training is an excellent training modality for most sports, it translates very well to winter sports training.  Lateral Motion Training (i.e. LMT) takes place predominately in the frontal plane of the body (i.e. moving side to side).

Due to the frontal plane demands of sports such as alpine and Nordic skiing, ice hockey and snowboarding, LMT provides the body with the movement pattern preparation and muscular strength/endurance training required to perform safely and effectively.  One of the fitness tools that we utilize is a slide board or LMT board which allows the client to slide from end to end, with slide booties over the shoes, training the body in the frontal plane.
See the video demonstration below. 

Not only do you train the pattern, strengthen the lower body muscles and the entire nose to toes core, when performed continuously, this activity is an excellent form of cardiovascular endurance exercise and may also include HIIT.  We utilize LMT with the slide board, Gliding Discs, BOSU Balance Trainer, step platform and Bongo Boards, to name a few of the LMT tools available.  The beauty of LMT is that you are able to combine sagittal and transverse plane movement patterns to the frontal plane patterns to train all three planes of the body simultaneously simulating winter sports performance patterns effectively.

This week,
check out the LMT tips below and consider integrating LMT into your training program.  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

LMT Tip #1            Always wear the sliding booties over your shoes when performing on the LMT boards.  These booties allow the body to smoothly slide from one end of the board to the other.  You need to be able to push off with the hip/leg in contact with the bumper side with enough force production to propel your body to the opposite end bumper.

LMT Tip #2            On the LMT board, you must fully contact the end bumpers and close the legs together when contacting the bumper.  Therefore, the trailing leg must come in contact with the opposite leg.  *There are many LMT drills/skills that do not require you to close the trailing leg, but you must be proficient on the board first.

LMT Tip #3            With Gliding Discs, visualize how a speed skater appears when in the midst of a race.  They are low, hinged from the hips, torso long and arms and legs working in bilateral opposition to propel the body down the ice.  With the balls of your feet on the discs, lift one heel so that you are able to glide, then as you move laterally, bring the trailing leg in to meet the opposite leg and drop the heel of the leading leg to serve as a “brake” or “bumper”. 

LMT Tip #4            Bongo boards are great LMT tools.  If you have never used one before, set it up next to a stable support and on a non-skid surface and take your time getting accustomed to the lateral action before attempting without support.

LMT Tip #5            Using the BOSU Balance Trainer or step platform, you may perform LMT across the top drills/skills on these tools. 

To get fitter, faster and stronger you must train across the fitness spectrum - cardiovascular endurance (setting the foundation), high intensity interval training (i.e. HIIT), muscular strength/endurance/core and flexibility training. If you omit any one of these components, your performance may be negatively impacted.  Training is a complex matter, particularly when training athletes, both professional and recreational.  However, the fundamentals apply across the board.
The fact of the matter is that your body is a machine that has an incredible ability to adapt to physical stress.  Once the body adapts, you may either plateau, begin to actually lose fitness and may begin suffering from overuse injuries—injuries you often ignore until you cannot any longer. 
Consulting clients from elite athletes to novices, often identifies a common thread as to why these individuals are plateauing and injured—they are performing the same activity/component/program weekly, spend huge amounts of time in their comfort zones or are working too intensely too frequently.
One of my new clients, a self-professed endurance junkie, admitted she was running five-six miles, six days/week with a little muscular strength training performed, no specific flexibility training adhered to and had been suffering from plantar fasciitis as well as patellar pain in her knees.
Following a thorough fitness assessment, we began therapy on the plantar fasciitis, decreased the number of days she was running to two, shorter duration runs (pain free), added two indoor cycling sessions with different cycling formats including HIIT, one swimming workout, and beefed up her muscular strength/core training sessions to include two solid, sometimes three days per week on non-consecutive days.
We also concentrated on strengthening her lower body, specifically the quadriceps, to hopefully address the patellar discomfort.  Additionally, daily myofascial release on the foam roller, and stretching/flexibility training were included. (I also referred her to one of the physical therapists that we work with for further evaluation and to a sport’s nutritionist to clean up her eating regimen).  Most importantly, we added a specified rest/recovery day to permit her mind and body to rest and repair.  

Within 12 weeks, her plantar fasciitis was manageable, her knees were healthier and she felt fitter, was running faster, and stronger than when performing the five-six day a week running grind.  Plus, she was excited to train again, fully engaged and ready to continue moving forward, making further training progressions as time and her body allowed.  These results converted her to a believer in balanced, safe and effective exercise programs and, if you are an exercise extremist, hopefully this will convince you to do the same!  Where there is growth—there is inevitably change!
Slide Board Lateral Motion Training
Slide Board Lateral Motion Training 
Charting Your Fitness Path
By:           Jackie Wright

Whether beginning an exercise program for the first time, or continuing your fitness journey, charting the fitness pathways that you will follow is crucial to the success of the programUtilizing the micro, meso and macro approach to charting your fitness path creates an organizational component to the process which promotes program successes.  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

Micro – this is the daily plan – this specifically addresses the program for that day.  For example, on Mondays you intend to attend a 6AM Cycle/Abs class.  This would be reflected on the grid for Mondays and perhaps you will also plan to perform the stretching/flexibility and myosfascial release program that your trainer designed for you.  Therefore, this would be noted on that specific day as well.  As the weeks progress, your Monday program may change as you progress and this would be reflected accordingly on that day. 

Meso – this is the plan charted out for the entire week which is made up of the micro plans for each day. The complete weekly plan specifically identifies what that weekly plan will include, such as attend the 6AM Cycle/Abs class on Mondays, meet with your trainer and perform the exercise program they designed for you on Tuesdays and Thursdays, perform your training run/cycle/swim on Wednesdays and Fridays and attend the 9:15AM Cycle/Abs class on Saturdays with Sunday reserved for a recovery day.  Recreational activities that are unstructured, enjoyable and do not stress the body so it has time to grow and repair from the exertion of the week would be considered a recovery day. Or, literally a day or two of quiet and rest may be specifically scheduled particularly when the weekly plan is rigorous.

Macro – this is the total 12-week plan – planning out a full 12 weeks is well worth the effort.  The macro plan consists of the micro and meso plans and the macro program reflects the goal for the entire 12 weeks by addressing the progressions, regressions or tapering that may occur during this 12-week period.  The end of the macro program should culminate with specific goals achieved that were determined prior to beginning the 12-weeks.  When we are training marathoners, our macro plan may be 19 weeks or if a client has a longer term goal, such as an event they choose to participate in which is perhaps a year or more down the road, often the macro plan will be divided into three to four 12-week increments with each concentrating on that specific time frame which eventually leads to the client being well prepared for their event.  And, macro programs do not have to be structured toward specific events.  In fact, many of the macro programs that we design address general fitness goals rather than a specific event preparation component.

Additionally, the charting of your fitness path should be somewhat flexible to allow for the inevitable changes that may need to be made due to the unpredictable elements of our lives.  You may need to modify the micro program which will require the meso program to be modified as well as the macro outcomes.  An example might be a client whose work schedule changes and they need to reconfigure the plan to accommodate their new schedule. 
Simple Coping Tips for Challenging Times
  1. Stay ACTIVE!!! come to the gym, get outside, take care of your body. 
  2. Get plenty of rest
  3. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet - pay attention when you start to seek comfort foods or begin making "emotional eating" a habit
  4. Get plenty of self care such as yoga, meditation, time for yourself
  5. Maintain your otherwise normal health care routines (doctor visits, exercise, vitamins/supplements etc.) 
  6. Reduce stress and anxiety as much as possible 
  7. Stay CONNECTED to friends, family, coworkers and even casual gym friends. Everyone loves connection. Take advantage of the available technologies that allow us to see, hear and "be with" the ones that warm our hearts. 
  8. Focus upon the present and what IS in your control (this helps reduce stress and anxiety about the unknown future).
  9. Pay attention to how much influence the news and statistics are having upon you and regulate what you take into your mind.
  10. Maintain a positive perspective to the extent possible. We will get through these tough times! 
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