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Are you well armed?

Adam Spindler

When you stop to think about it, the way your arms look tell people who you are and what you do. Are you an athlete? Do you sit at a desk all day? Do you lift weights? Do you practice yoga? Are you a couch potato? Arms tell all.

When you look at classic paintings, how are the arms depicted? In the fashion world many dresses are designed to show off a lady's arms and shoulders. Musicians like to roll up their sleeves and show off their "guns."

Like it or not arms are important. But not just for looks. Almost everything we do in life involves our arms. Whether you like to play tennis, pickle ball, golf, cook, knit a sweater or throw a ball to your kid, are your arms ready for action?

As a practicing chiropractic doctor with 18 years of experience as an extremity specialist, I've treated just as many arm and shoulder injuries as low backs and necks. I can tell you for sure that the primary sources of arm and shoulder injuries are: 1. Weak muscles, 2. Poor physical symmetry, 3. Neck and spine problems such as disc herniations, degenerative disc disease or postural stress, and 4. Bad training techniques.

Patients aged 50 and older seem to be more prone to these injuries due to years of deconditioning and avoiding exercise.

When I walk through a gym and watch people training, I catch myself cringing. People lifting too heavy or too light, straining their necks and backs, performing exercises that aren't actual exercises, or my favorite … spending their workout time texting.

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To avoid injury while working out you must have good technique and some basic knowledge. What is the best weight and best number of reps for you? What are the best exercise choices for your body and what do you want to achieve? How often should you train specific body parts? Should you be lifting weights, bodyweight training, doing yoga, pilates, or stretching?

Training week after week, month upon month and seeing only minimal results or getting injured is discouraging. Unless you are genetically blessed, training to get results is a science and an art. That's why I'm here for you.

Join me this Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. in my SpineFit Training Center (meet in the lobby at Fit Republic), for a free, fun and informative training workshop on "The Secrets to Training Your Arms."

You will learn how to strengthen and shape your arms. You will learn technique and how to avoid injury. You will finally know how to develop the strong, powerful and shapely arms you've always wanted.

All attendees will receive a free spinal fitness, nerve function evaluation and athletic symmetry exam.

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About the author

Adam Spindler, D.C., C.S.C.S., can be reached at 530-544-4400.