Building Strength From The Inside Out And The Outside In


a dumbellIf 50 is the new 30, then there are a lot of 30-year-olds running around out there who were born in 1956. How you look and feel is largely up to you. And the key to looking and feeling better is taking care of your body.

“We start losing one percent of our muscle every year in our thirties unless we do something to stop or reverse that loss,” explains Judy Beyers, owner of PowerSource Personal Training in Edina and former holder of the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation title. “We need to feed that muscle protein and work that muscle. The fountain of youth really is weight training.”

The goal at PowerSource Personal Training is teaching people how to use their muscles so they can charge back into life with energy, endurance and strength.

“We’re trying to help people understand how to eat well and train three days a week. We want them to be able to create the results they want physically without a trainer being there.”

Clients range in age and work with highly-qualified, experienced personal trainers who have a degree and/or certification in fitness or a related specialty area.

In order to stay in shape and maintain a fitness level as the years go by, Beyers suggests following a healthy diet—“No fad diets,” she emphasizes—and cutting out as many processed foods as possible. She suggests some kind of aerobic exercise three times a week for anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes.

And she can’t stress enough the importance of consistent weight-bearing exercise three times a week for 20 to 60 minutes.

At Awaken, a Pilates studio in Minneapolis, the focus is on building strength from the inside out.

“Pilates helps create a balanced, uniformly toned body while focusing on the core—your abdominals, back and pelvis,” explains Awaken owner Karen Twigg. “It strengthens your posture and moves your spine. The great thing about Pilates is that anyone and everyone can do it … young, old, fit, weak, athletic or those needing rehabilitation.”

Results include noticing new muscles and becoming more aware of your posture and alignment.

“If you want bulging muscles, you should go to the gym,” Twigg says. “If you want to lose weight, then cardio and a healthy diet are important. If you want to feel stronger and taller, then Pilates is for you.”

Another aspect of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle is getting adequate sleep. According to Sheri Erickson, president of Sound Sleep Centers in Maple Grove, 40 million people are affected by sleep disorders. If left untreated, there is a greater risk for heart attack, stroke and hypertension, not to mention the risks associated with fatigue.

“Sleep disorders chronically affect people’s creativity, performance, energy and mood,” says Dr. Adam Sorscher, medical director.

“Most sleep disorders can be treated noninvasively. We offer a full range of services, from identification and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up by our board-certified physician in sleep medicine,” Erickson comments.

She points out that most insurance companies will cover diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, something very few people are aware of.

After all, no one can argue that everyone needs a good night’s sleep.


Resource Guide

Advanced Medical Institute

Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Awaken Pilates Studio

Boger Dental

Brian Graham Salon

Consultative Skin Care

Consulting Radiologists

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper

Dr. Steve Gorman

Healtheast Care System

Hennepin County Medical Center

Judy Beyers’ PowerSource Personal Training

Majestic Falls Aveda Concept Day Retreat & Spa

MB Oasis

The Marsh

Naturally You

Dr. Nancy Norling

Revessence Skin Enhancement Center

Sanctuary Salonspa

Sound Sleep Center

Twiggs Salonspa

West River Dental Care

Dr. Ned Windmiller