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What is Kinesio Tape

Therapeutic Taping, Kinesio Tape, KT Tape…What is it you ask and is it for me?
Therapeutic Tape and Kinesio Tape is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament, and tendon pain relief and support. No matter what your training for, you’ve probably come into contact with some type of injury during your fitness journey and lets be honest nothing slows us down faster than pain and injury. So along with other rehabilitative methods this taping technique could be helpful for you.
Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.
It has the ability to re-educate performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation (lymphatic drainage) and healing by microscopically lifting the skin.
This tape is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and can be used for hundreds of common injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow, just to name a few. It can be worn for days at a time, through sweaty workouts, work, and showers. It is made with 100% medical grade, acrylic heat activated adhesive, no medical properties in tape, and Latex Free.
Kinesio Taping has also been shown to affect scars. Reductions of adhesions and pitting, softening, flattening, improved pliability, and reduction of contractures have been seen in some patients.

*Definition Fitness is now providing this service to our clients. If you are interested or would like to find out more information on it please feel free to ask.
We will be charging $10.00-$15.00 for this service (dependant on size of area). If you provide your own tape we can discount service.

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Challenge #6

So there are only 3 more challenges before the end f the year and we tally the results to see who will win a free workout and free massage!
-Your physical challenge for the week is to do your age in pushups every day for 5 days in a row= 5 points
-Your nutrition challenge is to try 2 new vegetable recipes this week= 6 points (3 per dish)

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Challenge of the Week: December 2nd-6th

Happy December Definition Clients…this weeks challenge will be a physical one. We will be holding a plank for 1 minute, then everyday you will add 15 seconds to that ending the week with 2 minutes total by Friday. Happy Planking and keep up the awesome work!

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CHALLENGE#3: Reduce Your Sugar Intake

• Reduce your sugar intake to:
-Women- 20 grams or less a day
-Men- 36 grams or less a day
• Record your intake and report to your trainer
• Must have 5 days recorded and turn in by next Monday
• Fruit does not count towards your total
• Worth 5 points!

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Challenge of the Week 11/11- 11/15

Do 100 squats everyday, even on training session days. Take a picture or video of you doing your squats to show your trainer. Post to Facebook or twitter for extra points. Worth 10 points total. 1 extra point for every post.

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Welcome, Stephen!!

Hello, my name is Stephen Burleson and I look forward to meeting everyone here at Definition! I have been involved with strength and condition training for the past twenty years. I enjoy weight training, Mixed Martial Arts, reading and attending church in my spare time. The joy of my life are my three children Reagan, Caine and Sadie, who are actively pursuing athletic endeavors of their own- ballet, baseball and volleyball.

I have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, FL, a Master’s in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics, and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. I have also successfully completed several relevant post graduate internships including: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurology and Acute Care.

As your personal trainer, I am determined to produce the short and long term results you desire. By providing you with progressive, functional and corrective exercises we will address proper biomechanics, posture, dynamic stability, strength/conditioning, confidence, and pain control. Prior to training, I will delineate any preexisting impairments that may be a hindrance to your performance. I will meet you where you are. Together, we will assimilate an exercise regimen designed to restore, maintain and optimize your body’s function.

I am as eager to see your transformation as you are and I am determined to introduce you to a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Your success will prove to be invaluable as you will be educated on the intricacies of exercise as it relates to you current status, as well as the changes we incur throughout the lifespan. You success is my success!

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Maximum Performance Massage: What You Should Know about Sports Massage

By Candace Moody and Thomas Moody, LMT

Massage therapy has been around for at least five thousand years. There are references in ancient documents of the Chinese imperial court identifying massage as a healing art; in the Bible, there are verses about anointing the human body with oil may that well have referred to some form of healing massage. The Greek physician Hippocrates advised massage routines for his patients. In various forms, therapeutic massage could be found in just about every corner of the ancient world.

Modern athletes are rediscovering the benefits of sports massage. Elite athletes in all sports find that an sports massage therapist can help them train longer, recover more quickly after workouts and injuries, and perform better during competition. Amateur athletes can reap the same benefits, but without an expert training staff to guide you, it can be a challenge to find and ask for what you need.
Here are some things you should know about sports massage:
Not all massage is designed to improve athletic performance. All massage feels good and has some therapeutic benefit. But the soothing massage you receive at a spa is not intended to treat muscles that have been performing at capacity during a workout or competition. Not all massage therapists have the extensive anatomical and kinesthetic training needed to understand which muscle groups have been used or how to help them recover. Therapists who specialize in sports massage have studied athletes and performance and know what it takes to improve function and range of motion.

Massage should be a regular therapy, not a one-time event. Training for competition requires regular and thoughtfully planned workouts. Likewise, massage therapy is more effective when it comes at regular intervals. Massage therapy offers cumulative benefits over time; it’s rare that one session will solve a problem. It also takes time for the body to become accustomed to the deep work required to treat injuries. Massage therapy helps the muscles, fascia and nerves work together to repair, flush or return the muscle to its normal state. Regular massage helps muscles remember what to do to recover and helps the effects last longer.

Effective sports massage uses a variety of modalities. A therapist who only knows a couple of styles of massage may not be able to influence all the systems that your body uses during and after your workout. For example, Swedish massage, the most common massage technique, works on your parasympathetic system. That’s the system that controls “rest and digest” functions, and Swedish is very effective for recovery after competition. But it’s not at all effective before; in fact, a Swedish massage before competing will impair your performance. Ask your therapist how many modalities he has been trained in – the more versatile he is, the more effective he’ll be for an athlete.

If you’re serious about improving your athletic performance, you probably have a personal trainer or coach working with you. Together, you work on a plan for improving speed, endurance, or performance. An expert sports massage therapist can maximize your workouts and shorten your recovery time. If you haven’t incorporated regular sports massage into your training plan, you might be leaving some performance on the table, so to speak.

Thomas Moody, LMT is a licensed massage therapist in practice at Definition Fitness in San Marco. He is certified in Neuromuscular Massage. Thom is part of the sports medicine team of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Jacksonville University, and has worked with collegiate and Olympic athletes in many sports. He is also certified as a Level One USAA Track and Field Coach. Candace Moody is a writer based in Jacksonville.

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Definition Fitness Challenge Series

Attention Clients: We are setting up a challenge series to help keep you focused, fit, and healthy during the next 2 months. We know the holidays can get hard to stay on track but lets stay strong and work hard through this time together as a team backing each other up! If that’s not enough we will be keeping a running point system just to make it interesting and at the end of these 2 months we will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner with some amazing prizes including free training session, free massage, or Definition merchandise. Don’t miss out on your chance to stay on track of your fitness and enjoy some amazing prizes!!
With that said our first challenge:


Nutrition: Food Journal
•Keep a food journal for 5 consecutive days.
•List all food(s) and drink(s) consumed from morning to bedtime.
•Include meals AND snacks, and date/time of day for each entry.
•Portion size or calorie count not required*

*Include calorie count for each entry and gain an additional point!!

Completion value = 1 Definition point


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Benefits of Active Rest

If your training hard…like I know most of you are, you need to take some rest days. Usually about 1 to 3 days, this can usually help prevent repetitive stress injuries and give your muscles the time they need for repair. But that doesn’t mean you need to a couch potato and veg-out all day on the couch! Being moderately active can actually help your body with recovery. Getting your heart rate up helps to get your blood flowing, bringing oxygen and nutrients to muscles damaged by working out. Getting your blood pumping will also help flush away waste products like lactic acid that can build up in muscles post exercise. Try doing some activity that you enjoy for about 20-30 minutes. Some ideas for active rest exercise: a power walk, a bike ride about town (avoiding serious climbs, of course), or a leisurely paced swim, gardening, or just playing with the kiddos! So be sure to get out there and enjoy those rest day.paddle keys

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Definition Fitness is pleased to add Sports Massage Therapy to our array of performance training services.

Regular sports massage provides many benefits to athletes, including:

•Reducing the chance of injury both through education on stretching and event preparation, as well as deep tissue massage.

•Improving range of motion, strength, performance times.

•Shortening recovery time between workouts.

•Maximizing the supply of nutrition and oxygen through increased blood flow.

•Enhancing elimination of metabolic wastes (i.e., lactic acid) that are a by-product of exercise.

Athletes that work with sports massage therapists improve performance, lengthen their careers and experience fewer injuries. When injured, sports massage can speed recovery and help an athlete come back after surgery more quickly.

We welcome Thom Moody, LMT, to the staff. Thom brings 16 years of clinical and sports massage results to Definition Fitness. He has been the lead instructor at Heritage Institute and is a sports massage therapist for Jacksonville University and the Jacksonville Jaguars. His private clients have included NCAA, professional and Olympic athletes from several countries. Massage appointments are available (DAYS) mornings and by special appointment.

Thom Moody, Sports Massage Therapist

Thom is a licensed massage therapist who trained at Southeastern School of Massage Therapy in Jacksonville and is certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. His continuing education in sports massage has included workshops with Benny Vaughn and Mike McGillicuddy, both nationally recognized as leaders in sports massage techniques. He is also certified as a Level One USAA Track and Field Coach.

Since 2000, Thom has been working with athletic teams at Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida, performing over 10,000 sessions of massage in the training room and on the field in coordination with a team of medical doctors, sports trainers and coaches. He has worked on male and female student athletes on football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, swimming, crew, and track and field teams. He’s also worked with world class athletes such as NCAA All American track stars Monique Tubbs, Andrea Pressley and Natasha Harvey, and members of the Irish Olympic track and field team.

Thom has achieved results with former NFL athletes in private practice, good training for his current work as part of the sports medicine team of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Thom has worked with injured athletes pre- and post-surgery, and worked on performance enhancement with healthy athletes. The diversity of his experience, both in nature of the therapy and variety of teams, helps him understand and get results with athletes from almost every sport. He works with elite runners, triathletes, cyclists, and weekend golfers trying to better their game.

As a past athlete and retired Navy rescue swimmer, Thom has an understanding of the unique needs, both mental and physical, of an athlete preparing for competition or recovering from an injury.

Thom Moody, LMT, will provide onsite massage therapy beginning September 3. Inquire about appointments and rates at the front desk.

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