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Meet Our Staff – Personal Trainer Travis!

Now that our Medical Fitness program has re-opened during our COVID19 restrictions, we can return to highlighting our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.1114.

 

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Years of experience:  I’ve been a trainer at OrthoSport since 2018 and have been an ACE – certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor since 2014. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Specialization: Senior Fitness, Parkinson’s. I enjoy working with clients of all age ranges.
Interesting fact: Former high school football assistant coach.
Hobbies, interests: I enjoy exercising, hiking, and going to the beach. When I’m not doing any of these I am watching anything related to sports!
Travis Hiking a Ridge
What got you interested in your field/passions? I was actually a business major in college and ended up working in an office all day. I always enjoyed helping people and being more active so I made a career change that led me to the health and fitness field. I have been enjoying it ever since!

A Bit About the Biz – OrthoSport Hawai’i in the MIDWEEK

Treating And Preventing Injuries

MIDWEEK STAFF on March 4, 2020 at 10:54 am
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By THOMAS FASULO OrthoSport Hawai‘i Medical Fitness Director

In 2009, Dr. Michael Turner started OrthoSport Hawaii as an outgrowth of his own passion for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. While Turner’s original intention was to operate strictly as a physical therapy clinic, he began to see a glaring issue in the current medical model. This model does little to stop the revolving door of re-injury and largely ignores the need for prevention.

So, he developed the Medical Fitness Program, combining the best of both worlds — injury treatment, post-injury care and preventative wellness. Kinesiologists, athletic trainers, physical therapy assistants, postural specialists, medical massage therapists, and registered dietitians joined the physical therapy team to create a one-stop-shop for injury prevention and wellness needs.

Working closely alongside each other, we have created medical fitness programs such as a boxing class for Parkinson’s patients; the BrainFit workout, which combines physical and mental training to promote healthy brain function; and many other specialty group fitness classes. These classes, along with one-on-one rehab and training sessions, can make an active, healthy lifestyle an achievable reality for anyone, no matter their age or ability level.

Anne Davis, an Egoscue postural specialist, provides medical fitness training on The Shuttle.
Anne Davis, an Egoscue postural specialist, provides medical fitness training on The Shuttle.

In 2015, we expanded our services to the heart of downtown Honolulu. In addition to our Kaka‘ako location inside Queen’s Island Urgent Care on Keawe Street, we recently opened a 1,600-square-foot clinic on the lobby level of Topa Financial Center at Bishop Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.

Catering to professionals suffering from pain associated with desk work, the avid golf or tennis player, young athletes or simply downtown residents, the downtown and Kaka‘ako clinic teams are prepared to help you remain injury-free and return to the hobbies and activities you enjoy.

Standard medical, auto and workers compensation insurance generally covers physical therapy but may require a doctor’s referral. All other Medical Fitness services are not typically covered by insurance but remain one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent health issues and maintain wellness.

OrthoSport Hawai‘i can be reached at 373-3555 for any questions or scheduling needs.

Meet Our Staff — Personal Trainer Sydney!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.1114.

“Aloha! My name is Sydney Thompson and I am excited to be working with you as a Medical Trainer at OrthoSport. I received my B.S. in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University. My focus is on Therapeutic Exercise and Fall Prevention. I love my job because I get to help you feel better, as well as prevent injuries so that you can do all of the things that you love! In my free time I am usually playing volleyball or enjoying nature!”

Meet Our Staff – Medical Fitness Director Thomas!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Thomas is the director of Medical Fitness in our Niu Valley and Downtown locations. He first came to Oahu in 2006 to attend the UH Kinesiology program and is also a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer.  He has experience working with youth as young as 8 years old, seniors as young as 94 years old, and everything in between. He believes the entire spectrum of wellness is important to consider and strives to make sessions as personalized as possible.

He utilizes soft tissue mobilization alongside strength training to ensure each client is treated as an individual with custom needs and goals. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, boxing, and eating all the food in the world.

Meet Our Staff – Athletic Trainer Haj Takeshime!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Haj Takashime was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He has been an athletic trainer for college athletics for 10+ years. He joined the Medical Fitness Program after returning from China for a Major League Baseball academy stint. He is fluent in Japanese and Chinese Mandarin for your exercise pep talk. He loves to work with young athletes and anyone looking to improve their sports performance. Call 808.373.1114 to schedule a session with Haj!

Meet Our Staff – STOTT Pilates Certified Personal Trainer Cassandra!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

CassandraCassandra started participating in Pilates with her mom when she was 10 years old, and fell in love with Pilates at age 16. After taking an Anatomy and Physiology class her senior year of high school, Cassandra knew she wanted to have a career where she could help others improve their physical health and move without pain. Cassandra has a BS in Health and Wellness and an AA in Kinesiology. She is continuing her education with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. Cassandra moved to Oahu in September 2018 and has fallen in love with its beauty. In her free time Cassandra loves to be active outdoors hiking, swimming, kayaking, and walking her two dogs. If you’d like to get fit through Pilates, call 808.373.1114 to learn more about personal training sessions with Cassandra!

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Meet Our Staff – Certified Egoscue Specialist and Personal Trainer Anne!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Smiling Anne

Anne has been in the health and fitness field for 10 years. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology at Texas State University and specializes in Egoscue methods of postural therapy. In her free time she loves to play volleyball, slack line, and sing karaoke. She’s been VERY busy lately! The next time you are at the Niu Valley clinic, ask her what she’s been up to…

Anne is very sought after by clients interested in improving their posture and strength. To see if she has any openings in her schedule, call our Niu Valley Medical Fitness center at 808 373-1114.

Meet our Staff – Certified Personal Trainer Alyssa!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees.  The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Introducing Alyssa!

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Alyssa has been a Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 2009. She started training specifically with marathon runners and then shifted toward weight loss and strength training. After graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Biola University in 2012, she began to pursue personal training in the medical field. Alyssa specializes in corrective exercise, senior fitness, Parkinson’s fitness, weight loss, strength training, and more. In her spare time, you may find her hiking or performing aerial dance fitness.

Alyssa is very popular but has room for new clients now! Call 808 373-1114 to schedule an orientation or personal training session with her!

 

Pre-diabetic and not sure what to do now? Read on…

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and lower limb amputation. Have you had your blood sugar checked? 

Apple recently announced that select Apple Stores will now sell One Drop, a blood glucose monitor that closely integrates with the iPhone and the Apple Watch. Although this may be of great benefit to those who struggle to keep tabs on their blood sugar, the interesting thing is that Apple wouldn’t be selling this product if there weren’t a large enough market to make it profitable.  All forms of diabetes can benefit from close blood sugar monitoring and lifestyle choices that promote overall health. Type II diabetes and pre-diabetes are on the rise and Apple knows this as well as anyone.  A healthy bodyweight, appropriate diet, and the correct amount of exercise can go a long way in preventing, improving, and in some cases even curing Type II diabetes.  We know this, and yet diabetes continues to increase in both adults and youth.  

The American Diabetes Association states that “A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as healthy eating for anyone – low in saturated fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit. Foods that say they are healthier for people with diabetes generally offer no special benefit.”  

In addition, they recommend at least 150 min of aerobic exercise per week as well as guidelines for resistance and flexibility training. 

If your physician has told you that you are “pre-diabetic” what does this mean in terms of your current diet and exercise plan (or lack therof?)  Should you follow a “fad” diet to lose weight in hopes that general weight loss will lower your blood sugar? Should you cut out all carbs and try to get your body into ketosis? Is saturated fat a good or a bad thing to eat? Both refined sugars and high quantities of fat can trigger spikes in blood sugar as can overeating in general. Is your doctor prescribing the correct lifestyle changes needed to improve your health? 

Why Treating Chronic Disease is so Difficult

One of the reasons modern western medicine struggles with chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, cancer, and so on is because our single cure model of treating illness worked so well in the past. Acute illnesses such as polio, TB, cholera, and smallpox which were once the scourge of humanity responded immediately once a single treatment or preventative vaccine was discovered. Medical/pharmaceutical research is still looking for that single magic bullet that will eliminate chronic illnesses because our health care system is focused on cures, not prevention. 

Also, if the cure or preventative treatment isn’t patent-able (for example, broccoli ) it isn’t profitable. Who will fund such research? Prevention requires knowledge, motivation, lifestyle changes (sleep, exercise, stress, etc.), dietary changes, and commitment. Fortunately, even if you already have issues with blood sugar, these same preventative measures may decrease your symptoms and need for further treatment.   

Where to Begin

So if you’ve found yourself in a situation where you know you need to make a change but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, where can you turn? Your health insurance may not cover the dietary and exercise guidance you need to be healthy.  Do you give up?  Start taking medication but continue poor health habits?  Now is the time to take charge of your own health by investing in the knowledge and expertise you need to manage your blood sugar and prevent the debilitating effects of this serious disease.   

Here are three simple steps to begin your journey to a healthy lifestyle: 

  1. Consult with a registered dietitian regarding your diet and any changes you should implement. Find a meal plan you can stick with.
  2. Consult with a medically-focused personal trainer regarding an exercise program specifically designed for someone struggling with blood sugar.  You can work one on one with a trainer, join an appropriate group class, or learn a program to do at home.
  3. Inform your MD of your plans, and make sure to monitor any lab values they recommend as you make changes. Some people are able to reduce or eliminate medications as their health improves.

Yes, you may have to pay out of pocket for some or all of these interventions.  The choice is yours, pay now, or possibly pay with very serious consequences later.  To learn more about how the dietitians and personal trainers at OrthoSport Hawaii can help, call 808 373-1114 to set up a free, no obligation orientation in our Medical Fitness center. You literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

 

Exercise or Have Fun? Why Not Both?

One reason people give for not exercising is that they don’t “enjoy it.” Yes, sometimes we have to force ourselves to get off the couch or drive to the gym after a long day at work, but exercise CAN be enjoyable if you find the right “happiness mix.” Research has shown that happy people have common characteristics, and many are under our own control.  Here are some ideas on how to make an exercise program enjoyable and even fun! 

1. When you start a new exercise program, aim low.

In other words, most people try to do too much, too soon, too fast and for too long. They end up fatigued and sore which is definitely not fun. Eventually, they give up. If you joined a gym to start weight training, limit your first session to 30 min and use weights that seem extremely easy. You should be able to perform the exercise for 15 repetitions (reps) before muscle fatigue sets in. As you get stronger, you can increase the weight and lower the reps. If you’ve decided to begin jogging, start slowly! You shouldn’t hear yourself panting or feel seriously out of breath. Go easy and limit yourself to no more than 10 minutes if you haven’t jogged since, well, forever. Walk for another 10 minutes or so. Then add a couple more minutes of jogging every session or two and soon you will be jogging for 20 minutes or more. Make the initial workouts feel a little too easy and you’ll be back for more next time.

2. Make exercise a party!

Or at least make it a social activity.  Joining an exercise class, sports team, or training group means meeting new people and getting inspired by the instructor, coaches, and athletes more advanced than you. However, you still need to follow tip 1make sure the workout is a little too easy the first few days.  Don’t kill yourself to complete all the bootcamp exercises like the advanced students, and don’t try to keep up with those goat-footed hikers racing ahead of you on the trail.

3. Have fun with technology.

There are many different types of fitness trackers, GPS watches, phone apps, websites, etc. that provide more data than you will probably know what to do with. You can track your daily steps, your average heart rate, your max heart rate, your stress level, your sleep quality, calories burned, pace, distance, and more. You can generate maps of your runs, hikes, swims, bikes etc., to share with friends.  You can compare your workout efforts over the weeks and months to see how much you’ve improved. Be careful though, that you don’t become overly obsessed with collecting data and miss the actual experience of the workout.

4. Make it meaningful to yourself.  

Why are you exercising, to look good and improve your health? Those are great reasons, but they may not be enough to keep you motivated over the long run.  One way to stay focused is to have a larger goal.  Are you trying to overcome an injury? Don’t let where you are now, limit your potential, dream big!  Perhaps you’d like to complete a marathon, sky dive, or snorkel the great barrier reef?  Is there a mountain you always wanted to climb, a wave you wanted to surf, or a sport you always wanted to try? If you don’t know how to achieve your goal, consult with a personal trainer who can set up a customized plan to get you where you want to go and keep it fun along the way. When you’ve accomplished one goal, enjoy your success and then pick something new to work towards.  You will have achieved a fitness-based lifestyle!

5. Make it meaningful for others. 

Many charities sponsor awareness and fund-raising runs, walks, races, and so on. Staying fit while helping others can be very rewarding. Even without a charity, you can dedicate your efforts to someone or something you care about. Create your own team, design your own t-shirts, medals, events, and so on to proudly accomplish your goals in honor of a greater cause.

push button in car6. Use music.

It’s great to listen to your tunes while exercising on your own or feel the beat in a group class. But you can also use music to get yourself pumped prior to your workout. Listen to inspirational music when you first get up in the morning or in the car while you drive to your workout and you’ll be less likely to talk yourself out of exercising. Not a big music fan? Try listening to positive affirmations, freely available on YouTube and other sites to get your motivational juices flowing.

7. Get outdoors.

It may seem obvious but staring at the same four walls for every workout is not conducive to calling it “fun.” If you usually swim in a pool, learn how to swim in the ocean, it’s really quite different! Instead of an indoor rowing machine, try joining a recreational paddling club or rent a kayak.  Attend an outdoor Taichi or Yoga class.  Go for a full moon walk.  Play a new outdoor sport like Frisbee (Disc) golf or lawn bowling. Use your creativity and don’t let the weather keep you indoors. With the right attire, you can enjoy just about any sport in most conditions.

 

The key to achieving a lifestyle where exercise is consistent and productive is to make it fun.  After a year of fun, you may be surprised how fit and healthy you have become and possibly made new friends along the way. 

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