Rooting For Stronger Bones

Once-a-week workouts reverse osteoporosis, improve overall health.

“Location, location, location” is a mantra that applies not only to real estate, but also gardening. So says Karen Hebert, a certified master gardener who reveals that the key to growing a garden that stays beautiful year-round is, well, location.

Karen Hebert shows her husband, Darrell, how the equipment at Osteostrong functions.

Since Karen became her husband Darrell’s OsteoStrong coach, his A1C levels have normalized.

“It always boils down to the right plant in the right place,” says Karen, who recently retired from a long career in government service. “If you do that, your plants will need very little care, very little water and very little fertilizer.”

Karen, 64, earned her certification two years ago. She’s now part of Seminole County’s speakers bureau, for which she conducts live presentations to gardening clubs and trains aspiring green thumbs.

“I first became interested in gardening and took it on as a hobby about 10 years ago,” Karen reveals. “But ever since I became a master gardener, it has taken on a whole new life for me. I really enjoy it. It’s something I’m very enthusiastic about.”

Karen’s passion for gardening is matched by her love for golf and a new endeavor she took on after discovering a program designed to reverse the effects of osteoporosis.

Found most often in postmenopausal women, osteoporosis develops when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point that bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans deal with osteoporosis; its precursor, osteopenia; or low bone mass; all of which place victims at an increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

Osteoporosis causes some to lose height as it can affect the bones in the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a bone fracture occurs.

“I’ve struggled with osteoporosis for a lot of years,” Karen discloses. “It really goes back to the time when I was 16 when, like a lot of young women, I dieted because I wanted to be thin. But I was too thin and became anorexic. At a prime time in my life, I wasn’t getting the nutrients I needed to build good bone density. That’s how I more or less set myself up for the challenge I have with osteoporosis and why I’m so glad I found OsteoStrong.”

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary, integrative health, wellness and fitness program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis and improve skeletal strength.

At the core is a once-a-week 15-minute workout that has proved effective in helping people rebuild bone by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis. This includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to be placed in the safest and strongest position. During these sessions, users safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our equipment and the equipment at a traditional gym is that ours is designed to strengthen the skeletal system, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Bryan Repple, owner of OsteoStrong in Lake Mary.

“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 80s who weigh 100 pounds press 1,000 pounds. That’s because the equipment is designed to keep you in a safe position.

“For a 100-pound person to develop new bone working out on traditional equipment, they would need to create a resistance of well over 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done by 99 percent of people in a typical gym environment.”

To understand the difference between an OsteoStrong workout and traditional workout, Bryan invites people to try out the equipment at his Lake Mary location, where he offers a complimentary tour and workout session.

“We help people build a stronger skeletal system, which further allows them to live a healthier, more active lifestyle,” Bryan adds. “It’s a truly amazing concept based on years of research into the body’s natural adaptive response to growing new bone.

“Through that research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. That’s a known medical fact. And the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing.

“Our studies show that, on average, OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent per year. Those studies also show that during their first year at OsteoStrong, people typically increase their strength by an average of 73 percent.”

Research also shows that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are impactful and time efficient. And their benefits go beyond reversing osteoporosis.

Studies show the program also helps alleviate pain and symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo. The sessions naturally improve posture, strength and balance as well.

Those benefits are among the many reasons Bryan encourages all genders and ages to accept his invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment. He also believes it’s important to know that osteoporosis isn’t exclusive to any particular demographic.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to older people,” he explains. “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.

“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.”

Turning Back the Clock

Karen started doing OsteoStrong workouts a couple of years ago. Soon after, she became so interested in the science behind the program that she began studying it. Shortly after, she was asked to become a part-time session coach.

“I eagerly accepted that invitation, and through all the training and education one of the things I learned is how OsteoStrong helps reduce or even reverse Type 2 diabetes,” she enlightens. “That intrigued me because my husband Darrell’s A1C level was 10.7, which is very high. If your A1C reaches 11, it requires insulin injections, so I convinced my husband to try OsteoStrong. He was reluctant at first, but I coached him through the sessions, and after five months, his A1C level was down to 6.1, which is high-range normal.”

OsteoStrong sessions have also improved Karen’s health. After 32 sessions across eight months, her bone density improved by 7.4 percent in her hip area and 4 percent in the femoral hip, which is the part of the hip socket that breaks most often.

Those improvements were enough to revert Karen’s diagnosis of osteoporosis to osteopenia. The program has also helped Karen improve her overall strength, balance and posture, she says.

“It’s turning back the clock for me,” Karen exudes. “There are so many benefits to OsteoStrong that it’s amazing. It’s a great program that anyone can benefit from.

“I’ve seen the results in myself and in my husband, and as a session coach I’ve seen the results with other clients. That’s the best part of this. It’s absolutely thrilling to see people improve their health through a program that is so simple and takes such little time out of their week.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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