No Bones About It

Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute workouts reverse osteoporosis.

Lyn Foley putting away dishes in her cabinet.

Lyn has gained balance and strength through OsteoStrong.

If you watched television at all during the 1980s and ’90s, there’s a good chance you saw Lyn Foley. Not necessarily on a TV show or in a movie, but in a commercial. Lyn appeared in nearly 100 during a 30-year acting career.

“Some of the more notable commercials I did were for Burger King, McDonald’s and Toyota,” Lyn relates. “I also did a Gain detergent commercial that ran for quite a while.

“I even did a hemorrhoid commercial once. With that one, my son was living in California at the time and he called me up one day and said, Mom, a friend of mine in San Francisco just called and told me he saw you in a hemorrhoid commercial. I said, Yep, that’s me.

Now 74, Lyn has retired from her acting career, which included a somewhat regular gig on a Swedish TV series, Ocean Ave., in 2003 and a cameo on an episode of A&E’s The Glades in 2010.

“I reached a point a few years ago where I felt like I had done enough,” Lyn explains. “Besides, it’s hard to get the work. You have to go through a lot of auditions before you get a job, and that can be frustrating. It is great when you get one, though.”

Since moving from Miami to Deerfield Beach a few years ago, Lyn has focused largely on maintaining good health in an effort to enjoy her downtime. Recently, her efforts had to be intensified after she was diagnosed with osteopenia.

Osteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis. These conditions 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, most of them postmenopausal women, have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, all of which places them at increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks. Statistics show that half of all women and one-fourth of all men will deal with an osteoporosis-related fracture.

These conditions often cause some to lose height, as they can affect the bones in the spine and lead to a stooped posture.

Low bone density can be treated with medications, but Lyn first tried beating the disorder by increasing her activity level and walking her dog more often. When that didn’t make an impact, she checked out 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 of the program is a once-a-week, 15-minute workout session that has proved effective in helping people rebuild bone by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis.

“I also suffer from scoliosis, so when I first became aware of OsteoStrong I thought it would help me strengthen my spine and be a worthwhile thing to do,” Lyn reveals. “I started in November, and I’ve been doing it every week ever since.”

The workouts are performed using four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms
and/or legs. During these sessions, users are able to 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 Oxana Voinarevich, owner of OsteoStrong Boca Raton.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the lower-body exercise equipment, 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 by 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.”

Oxana invites people to come in and try out the equipment at the Boca Raton location that recently opened, noting that her facility offers a free session for newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong workout.

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of 12 years of research that looked into the body’s adaptive response to growing new bone and muscle structure, and improving the density of the bones we have,” Oxana 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 amazing.

“On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year. In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent during their first year on the program.”

Similar studies show that completing 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.

Oxana encourages men and women of all ages to accept her invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment and further notes that it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder exclusive to any age group or gender.

“Osteoporosis is not something that develops only when we get older,” she explains. “We have clients from young to old. And men are not immune; when they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.”

Added Benefits

In addition to helping people recover from bone loss, Oxana wants to help educate them about the body’s skeletal framework. She says that framework “is the most important part of the body, and people need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Lyn has not had a bone density scan since she began the OsteoStrong program, so she’s not sure of the effect the workouts have had on her osteopenia. She is certain, however, that the workouts are improving her health in other areas.

“I’ve noticed that my balance is better and that I’m a bit stronger, especially in my ability to lift things,” she says. “For example, when I first moved, I was unpacking and needed to put my dinner plates in the cabinet. I have eight and I wanted to put them all up at once, but they were too heavy. So, I did four at a time. Well, recently, I was unloading the dishwasher and picked up all eight plates and put them in the cupboard without any effort.

“I thought to myself, That’s the OsteoStrong program working for me. And I’m confident that if it’s making me stronger in those areas, it’s making my bones
stronger, too.

“It’s a program I’m really happy to have found because I was never a gym person. I tried going to the gym, but it always became drudgery. With OsteoStrong, it only takes a short time to do the workout once a week and you get great benefits. That is very appealing.

“And the coaches are all wonderful. They’re with you the whole time to make sure you have the proper posture on the machines, so you get the full benefit. The entire experience is just a pleasure.”

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