Reverse Osteoporosis

Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts increase bone density.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Julie’s most recent bone density scans show that OsteoStrong workouts are working well for her.

Some people have a personal trainer to help them stay physically fit. For nearly 30 years now, Julie Baum has been a personal trainer for everything else – a life coach who helps people set and achieve personal, financial and lifestyle goals.

“My background is in personal growth and spiritual development,” Julie relates. “I take a holistic approach to what I do, helping people in areas such as health, wellbeing, finances, personal relationships, selfexpression and spiritual development.”

As part of her own personal development program, Julie, 60, rides a road bike to stay physically fit. She recently suffered through a bad tumble from that bike that resulted in a broken pelvis and clavicle and a revelation that took her by surprise.

“While I was healing up from my injuries, my orthopedist suggested I get a bone density scan,” Julie says. “I’d never had one before, so I said okay. Well, the scan comes back, and the numbers showed I have osteoporosis in my spine and osteopenia in my neck and hips.”

Found most often in post-menopausal women, osteoporosis is a potentially severe condition in which new bone growth does not keep pace with degeneration and bone mineral density becomes so low that the risk of fracture is markedly increased.

Osteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis. About 54 million Americans have either osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, which places them at increased risk for osteoporosis, the most serious complication of which is bone breaks.

Osteoporotic bone breaks are most likely to occur in the hip, spine or wrist, but other bones can break too. Osteoporosis can also cause some to lose height as it can also affect the vertebrae, which are the bones in the spine, and often leads to a stooped posture.

Considered by many physicians a silent disease, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a bone fracture or change in posture occurs, but it’s not just women who are at risk of developing it.

Statistics show that while one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in the lives, one in four men will suffer from a similar incident. After learning of her diagnosis, Julie went into attack mode against the disease.

“I’m not the kind of person who gets a diagnosis like that and just collapses,” she says. “I look at it like, I have an issue that I need to take care of now, and I’m going to do that. Except, I didn’t want to go on the medicine the orthopedist was suggesting I take.

“My son did some research and found this place called OsteoStrong. I thought about it for a few days, then got a copy of Florida Health Care News in the mail. There was an article in there about OsteoStrong, and I took that as a sign I should give it a try.”

Resistance Yields Results

A revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis, OsteoStrong helps rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute sessions using specialized strengthening equipment.

“It’s working so well that ever since I told my osteopathic doctor about it, she’s been referring patients to OsteoStrong.” – Julie

This specialized equipment includes four bio-mechanical machines that allow the user to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms and/or legs. During these sessions, the user can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our exercise equipment and that used at a traditional gym is that our equipment is isometric, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena.

There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the leg press, for example, I’ve had ladies in their eighties weighing one hundred pounds who can press a thousand pounds. That’s because it’s isometric.

“For a person who weighs one hundred pounds to develop new bone working out on traditional equipment, they would have to create a resistance of well over four hundred pounds,” Mark continues.

OsteoStrong improves bone density from three to seven percent a year.

“That simply can’t be done for ninety-nine percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights that they couldn’t physically move or, if they could, they’d be at high risk of injury.”

To understand the difference, Mark invites people to come in and try the equipment for themselves, noting that his facility in South Pasadena offers two free sessions that allow newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong workout.

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of twelve years of research that looked into the body’s own adaptive response to growing new bone and muscle structure and improving the density of the bones we have,” Mark says.

“As a result of that research, it is now a known medical fact that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. And the results of these short workouts are absolutely amazing.

“On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from three to seven percent a year. Also, people will increase their strength by an average of seventy-three percent over their first year at OsteoStrong.”

Mark also points out that similar studies show that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are not only impactful, but time efficient.

Mark encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment, because he says it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder that is exclusive to a specific age group or gender.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to old people,” he notes. “We have clients from young to old and everything in between. And men are not immune. When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.

“In addition to helping them recover from it, OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The skeletal framework is the most important part of the body and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Doctor Recommended

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Julie Baum

Determined to avoid medication but convinced that she had to do something to help thwart the advancement of her osteoporosis and osteopenia, Julie committed to the OsteoStrong program a little more than a year ago.

She’s been visiting the South Pasadena facility once a week ever since and says the workouts have proved to be a perfect match for her work schedule and lifestyle. The only thing better, she says, are the results she’s getting.

“I recently had another bone density scan and in this one, the numbers in my spine didn’t change,” she says. “They were neither up nor down, which is fine. But the numbers in my neck and hips were both down. So this program is working for me.

“It’s working so well that ever since I told my osteopathic doctor about it, she’s been referring patients to OsteoStrong. She wants people on as little medication as possible and says this program is exactly what people like me need. I could not agree more.”

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