Build Better Bones

Specialized, once-a-week bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis.

Headshot and quote by Rebecca White

“I would love to see more OsteoStrong facilities open because it’s a fantastic alternative to medication.” – Rebecca

When two students from the University of Tampa earned financial backing from a “Shark Tank” investor for a scrunchie-turned-drink cover this past January, the students’ mentor, Rebecca White, celebrated along with them.

For a little more than 10 years, Rebecca has run UT’s graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. During that time, her students have launched dozens of products that are on the market, and respect for her programs has soared.

“Our entrepreneurship programs were just ranked in the top 20 in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine,” Rebecca proudly boasts. “Gaining national recognition like that is really exciting because it enhances our reputation.

“What we do is provide students with what I define as an ‘experiential education.’ They’re learning business skills, but they’re also practicing what they learn because our programs actually help students launch companies while they’re still students.”

Prior to coming to Florida 11 years ago, Rebecca ran a similar program at Northern Kentucky University. Between the two schools, she has helped “hundreds, if not thousands of students develop successful business concepts,” she says.

Recently, after being diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, a common disease that affects bone growth, Rebecca found herself taking advantage of a business concept similar to those she helps her students launch.

“My mother had osteoporosis, and it was pretty devastating for her, so when my doctor indicated that I had early stage osteopenia, I started looking for alternatives to medication,” Rebecca reveals. “It was during my search that I found OsteoStrong.”

Risk of Bone Breaks

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia, potentially severe conditions that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks.

Found most often in postmenopausal 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.

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 fracture occurs.

Statistics show that while one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point, one in four men will deal with a similar incident. Those odds prompted Rebecca to check out OsteoStrong.

“Initially, I did try taking medication for my osteopenia,” Rebecca reports. “I’ve always been a runner, and I also added strength training to my workout regimen. After a few years, though, my osteopenia went from mild to moderate. That’s when I started looking for alternatives and came across the OsteoStrong concept. That was about two years ago, and at first, I was a bit skeptical because the workout is so brief. But it really works.”

Rebecca’s doubt revolved around the fact that the OsteoStrong program is designed to help people rebuild bone through brief once-a-week sessions that utilize specialized biomechanical equipment.

The equipment allows users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms or legs. During these sessions, the user can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

Rebecca using the equipment supplid by OsteoStrong

Since starting the OsteoStrong program, Rebecca’s bone density numbers have improved significantly.”

“The difference between our equipment and that used at a traditional gym is that our equipment does not involve a counter force,” states Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena. “You create the force you are comfortable with, and you are in control of it at all times.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. For example, on our lower body and leg machine, I’ve had women in their 80s weighing 100 pounds who can exert forces in excess of 1,000 pounds.

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

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

“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 sessions are absolutely amazing.”

According to Mark, studies have found that OsteoStrong improves bone density 3 to 7 percent a year. Also, 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 additional benefit. As a result, workouts are not only impactful, but time efficient.

Mark encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try 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 only happens to old 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.”

In addition to helping people recover from bone loss, OsteoStrong wants to help educate them about it.

“We offer people an opportunity to learn more about osteopenia and osteoporosis and why the OsteoStrong program is so effective in fighting it,” Mark concludes.

Resistance Yields Results

Rebecca, who visits Mark’s South Pasadena location, has been doing the brief OsteoStrong sessions for a little more than two years. She says they have had a major impact on her health and well-being.

“I had a DEXA (bone density) scan a few months before I started the OsteoStrong program,” Rebecca reports. “I had another one done just recently, the first since I started the program, and it showed that my bone density numbers have improved significantly.

“I showed those results to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where I’m part of the executive health program, and they were actually quite surprised. I mean, even leading-edge doctors are impressed by the results you get from this program.

“I am absolutely committed to OsteoStrong. I believe in the program so much that I’ve actually thought about funding one myself. I would love to see more OsteoStrong facilities open because it’s a fantastic alternative to medication.”

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