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If you’ve ever dreamed of greatness, but stumbled once you put foot on the playing field…


If you’ve every longed for a way out, but not known where to turn…


If you’ve ever wanted to be your very best, and heard how East-West wisdom might be of benefit for peak performance…


Join us for Boot Camp for the Brain, Nov. 11-12, 2000.


Russian researchers were among the first to prove that those who train mentally for sports events exceed the performance of those who train only their physical bodies. Today, Tiger Woods is living proof that greatness is not just a matter of muscles – it’s a matter of mind over everything.


Whether you are an athlete, a corporate executive, a student who wants to more easily ace your tests, or a superlative individual who wants to get better in any area of your life, join Catherine Carrigan of Total Fitness and George Hyder of Steel Ballet for this exciting weekend.


What you will learn: The latest technologies from Integrative Yoga Therapy, Qi Gong, meditation, Heart Math, Brain Gym, and a new understanding of the mind-body connection to improve focus, coordination, centering and other aspects of peak performance. How do we know our methods work? We’re living proof. Catherine Carrigan recovered from life-long manic depression using nutrition and mental fitness techniques, and is currently chairman of the Depression Wellness Network of Seattle, Wash. George Hyder won awards in the U.S. Army for his training and leadership and is widely recognized as one of the top motivators in Atlanta through his successful Kombat Cardio Boot Camps.


Value: $375, or $350 with a $50 nonrefundable deposit by Oct. 15. Space is limited, so sign up now.


Study Shows St. John’s Wort Doesn’t Work for Depression



When my book, Healing Depression: A Holistic Guide was first published in 1997, it was one of the few on the subject that did not jump on the bandwagon and endorse St. John’s wort. Why? My research showed major problems with the herb. Now the latest from Vanderbilt shows that after eight weeks, St. John’s wort is no better than a sugar pill. In addition to the university study showing that full potent herbs of St. John’s wort are no more effective than placebo, when researchers looked at what was being sold in health food stores, they found that customers aren’t getting what they think they are paying for. A study of seven brands sold at health food stores showed that only two of seven brands had enough active ingredients to affect brain chemistry at all. Finally, the herb interferes with other drugs, making it dangerous for those on prescription medications – especially those on heart medications.


Reduce Inflammation with Fish Oil



One of the main reasons clients come to train with me is the desire to reduce pain and inflammation. In addition to hands-on stretching and yoga, you may want to address your diet.


Studies show that most Americans have an imbalance of fatty acids in their system.


Eat too much processed food, and you may end up with too much pain in your body.


Most of us could do for an oil change—including more Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. The one I most recommend: Shaklee EPA. Every Shaklee product goes through 27 different tests—the best possible assurance you get what you pay for.


When I have checked other brands sold at health food stores, I have found the fish oil to be rancid.


The benefit? Consume enough fish oil, and you have less pain. According to The Nutraceutical Revolution by Richard Firshein, “Specific fatty acids modify inflammation and help treat such conditions as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and arthritis. Fish oils are actually absorbed directly into the outer fatty layer of every cell, where they act as a kind of cellular cushion or barrier, protecting each cell from the outside environment—like a moat around a castle.”


Join Henry Edmunds for a Total Fitness Bike Ride

Saturday, Sept. 30



Whether your bike has gathered dust in the garage for years, or you’re an experienced cyclist, you can have a lot of fun by joining Henry Edmunds for a free Total Fitness bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 30.


“This weekend, this time, it will be a road bike ride in Cartersville, Ga.,” says Edmunds, the vice president of operations for Total Fitness.


Meet at 8 a.m. at 1951 Northside Drive with your gear ready to go, and join a convoy to rolling countryside a short drive north off I-75.


Bicycling is one of the top ways to burn fat and get lots of fresh air. “Now that the weather is cooler, prime riding time has arrived,” says Edmunds.


Henry Edmunds led the bicycling tours over the Labor Day Yoga Retreat. For more information, call 770-793-0188.


A 180-lb. Man can burn 492 calories cycling an easy 10 miles per hour. A 120-lb. Woman burns 330 calories bicycling for an hour at the same rate.


Client Success: R.C. Lost 13.5 lbs. In One Month



Ever heard the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. One of my greatest joys is helping my clients achieve the results they have always wanted.


R.C., a college student, had been drinking Slim Fast from the grocery and jogging all summer, but the scale hadn’t budged.


We put him on a weight training program, set up a heart rate monitor and changed the way he was doing his aerobic activity, and got him to keep a food diary and begin eating four to six times a day and start taking vitamins.


Results? A very happy young man, who not only is thinner, but wiser. Now he knows how to succeed without suffering. Bonus: Core work for his abs and back improved his posture.

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