On this episode I am happy to welcome back Dr.Tyna Moore. She and I talk about strength training, its benefits to our health, and how important it is for our sanity. Dr. Moore started the show by telling us that she was able to hit her 200lb deadlift goal she talked about last time she was on the show. Tyna explains that it happened on a day that she stopped focusing on numbers. She has recently hired a coach that has been a huge help in systematically addressing weaknesses and helping her get stronger. An issue she was having with her squats was a hip impingement, and she has found that squatting wider and toed out has helped with the impingement problems. It also is more adductor and glute focused and she appreciates that.
The last time Dr.Moore was on the show we talked about managing pain, so I gave an her an update on how I have been managing pain for me and my family. We have started using magnesium gel for sore muscles and voodoo floss bands. For people interested in learning more about voodoo floss be sure to check out Kelly Starrett and Donnie Thompson’s YouTube channels.
The topic of the show is strength training and why we ALL need to do it. Specifically we talk about the conversations we have with people who have not been in the gym for awhile or those who are fit but don’t lift weights. I asked Dr. Moore to explain to us, from a doctors perspective, what are the benefits of strength training. Two main benefits she talks about is for pain relief and hormonal balance. She warns that a great way to screw up your hormonal balance is through chronic cardio. It can be inflammatory and fatigue your adrenal glands. Dr.Moore also notes that highly trained lean muscle mass can produce hormones such as testosterone and estrogen, which is a huge win for aging athletes. When performing heavy compound movements our bodies are put in a stressful situation which causes us to not only produce more hormones such as HGH and testosterone but as a whole is forced to become more robust and stronger. The detoxification benefits that we get from strength training are huge.
I asked Dr. Moore what her strength training journey has been like. She shares that it was comment from her daughter that motivated her to get in the gym and build up her glutes. Once she had been at it for some time she began to start seeing all the benefits we have been talking about. She saw that this was a major component that was missing from her life and from her patients lives. She tells us it’s a great way for her to prepare for life. No matter what it throws at her, being stronger and having more muscle mass is always an advantage. The mental benefits we get from strength training is so important too. It builds confidence, it helps with depression, and alleviates stress.
We then moved on to talking about recovery. Although the gym is great and lifting heavy weights makes us feel good, equally important is rest and recovery. Our exercise stimulates our body to grow when we give it rest. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and reducing our alcohol consumption are all things we can to to help our body recover and grow. Dr. Moore notes that if we pay attention we can see how our lifestyle choices impact our training.
To learn more about Dr.Tyna Moore and her work please go to: http://drtyna.com