The Bone Builder

Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse osteoporosis.

After working for nearly 30 years in residential lending, Stefani Margolis was ready to move on from her long career in the mortgage industry. At 61 years of age, however, she wasn’t ready to move into retirement.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Stefani Margolis

After mulling her options for a while, Stefani ultimately followed in the footsteps of a sister who had recently transitioned out of a long business career and took a job in retail at a boutique called Patchington near St. Pete Beach.

“It’s been very interesting,” Stefani says of her transition. “At this little boutique, I’ve worked for the same boss and with mostly the same people for the past eight years, and we’re all friends. Even the customers are friends.

“We’re kind of like the Cheers of boutiques, if you will, and I have a good time with it. I do the fashion shows for them and we do a lot of Facebook-type things that I really enjoy as well. It’s been a great, fun experience.”

There’s nothing fun about osteoporosis, a condition that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks throughout the body, but Stefani has been experiencing life with that disorder for the past couple of years.

“I have full-blown osteoporosis,” Stefani confirms. “There’s a precursor called osteopenia, and about five years ago I was told I was right on the borderline between those two. Then about two years ago, I was told I’d gone over the borderline.

“The thing is, other than breaking a bone, I guess, there really aren’t any symptoms that show you have this. I didn’t experience any, at least, and because of that it is an easy thing to ignore. That’s what I did. For a long time.

“Then, all of a sudden, about two years ago, I was being presented with these two options for taking care of it. One was getting a very expensive shot once every six months. The other was getting a shot every day.

“I didn’t like the sound of either of those two options, and I really didn’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling from either of the two rheumatologists I went to see, either. Then one day, I saw this sign for OsteoStrong and thought, Maybe I should see if that works.

Revolutionary Program

Located in South Pasadena in an area Stefani visits regularly, OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Found most often in post-menopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

“On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 3 to 7 percent a year.” – Mark

About 54 million Americans have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, the latter of which also places them at increased risk for the hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks most commonly associated with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can even cause 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, and it’s not exclusive to women.

Statistics show that while one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point, one in four men will suffer from a similar incident. Those odds are just one of the reasons Stefani decided to check out OsteoStrong.

“Once I started reading about OsteoStrong, I learned there is verifiable evidence that it actually works,” she says. “It’s one of the only remedies that doesn’t just stop osteoporosis, it actually reverses it. The more I read, the more I thought, This is more my style.

The OsteoStrong program is designed to help people such as Stefani rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute workout sessions that utilize specialized strengthening equipment.
The equipment includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms and/or legs. During these sessions, users can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our biomechanical equipment and that used at a traditional gym is that our equipment creates an osteogenic load, 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 lower body growth trigger, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds produce 1,000 pounds of force.

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone using traditional weight equipment, they would need to lift more than 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done for 99 percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights they couldn’t physically move. Or, if they could move them, they’d be at high risk of injury.”

Resistance Yields Results

To understand the difference, Mark invites people to come in and try the equipment, noting that his facility offers a free session that allows newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong workout.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

OsteoStrong workouts have had a positive effect on Stefani’s life.

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of 12 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 show that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 3 to 7 percent a year. In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 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 also time-efficient.

Mark encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment. He further notes 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 develops only when older,” 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.

“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.”

Routinely Recommended

Stefani has been doing the 15-minute OsteoStrong workouts for nearly two years. She says no other exercise routine she has tried has had such a positive impact on her health and well-being.

“This is not something that’s going to whittle down my waistline or anything like that, but it works for me,” she exudes. “And I love that it’s not a sweaty-type activity. You can literally stop on your way to somewhere else and work out.”

Stefani has not had a bone density scan since she started with OsteoStrong, but she’s so confident the program has resulted in an improvement of her condition that she highly recommends it to others dealing with osteoporosis.

“If I don’t like the atmosphere of a place, I won’t go back,” she says. “That’s how it was at the two doctors’ offices I visited. But at OsteoStrong, I love the atmosphere, and everyone who works there is great.

“They’re encouraging and also very serious about what they’re doing. They fully understand the science behind this and are especially careful about monitoring you on the machines to make sure you’re doing everything correctly.

“They coach you through each pressure exertion and always make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from the exercise. They know exactly what you’re trying to achieve, and help get you there. That’s why it’s such a good place to go.”

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