The Aging Me….

Jul 31, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

So here we are a few weeks later with new reports on my ailing knees…

Thankfully all the news is good!! No arthritis and no new tears to the meniscus in the right knee.

Furthermore my new doctor has recommended a preventative treatment for both of my knees (they have both have meniscus repairs). Its called Synvisc-One (http://www.synviscone.com/what-is-synvisc-one.aspx) and its kind of like putting a coat of wax onto your hardwood floors but for your knees; it basically helps to lubricate and cushion the joint(s).

Since I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, I am thrilled at the prospect of taking a preventative measure.

I should get the injection in two or three weeks…I’ll keep you posted!!

Quick Update on the Knee

Jul 14, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

So a few Wednesdays ago, I got a cortisone shot and my pain went away but my popliteal cyst was still large enough that is was causing pain in my knee.

I couldn’t get in to see my regular Doc at the Washington Hospital Center so I called in a favor. I have an old High school friend that is an orthopedic surgeon in Woodbridge (that was a fun drive from Bethesda!!). Anyway the practice is amazing and they drained the cyst…I literally didn’t even feel the needle go in and had immediate relief. A big thank you to NOVA Othopedic and Spine Care!! http://www.novaorthospine.com

I took it easy for a few more days after having the cyst drained and contacted another buddy of mine that introduced me to another Doctor whose office is only five minutes from my condo. I love the guys at the Washington Hospital Center but that isn’t the funnest drive either. Considering my aggro lifestyle why not establish a relationship with a Doctor thats right around the corner.

That being said yesterday I wend to see Dr. James Gilbert based upon the recommendation. Lovely office, very modern (all my paperwork was done online) and I was seen promptly. Dr. Gilbert has a great bedside manner and is all to familiar with the “aging athlete” with a hard head scenario. I have scheduled an MRI and will see him again at the end of July to review the images.

Check out Dr. Gilbert’s practice…hopefully you don’t need it but so far I like what I see!

James E. Gilbert, MD

Oh That Trick Knee!!

Jul 5, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

So if any of you follow my ramblings you will know that I have had a meniscus repair on each of my knees. The left knee was insidious onset about 8 years ago and I still don’t know what caused the damage to the meniscus. My right knee I hurt while sparring about 5 years ago, and in both cases I had a popliteal cyst form. This is caused by extra synovial fluid that is produced in the knee due the “irritation” that the injury is causing and eventually a coating comes off of the tendons as the synovial fluid is being pushed to the back of knee and it is encapsulated and voila you have yourself a genuine popliteal cyst.

When my doctor operated on my left knee he removed the cyst, but chose not to with the right knee. The popliteal area of the knee is very vascular and full of nerves so if the cyst isn’t in a “safe” spot the Docs will leave it alone. That being said the cyst can fill again if there is more “irritation”. Again if you follow my blog, you know of my aggro lifestyle…I push the limit with my knees. For the past few weeks I have noticed that the cyst behind the right knee is nice and full along with some pain in the area of the medial meniscus (3-4 out 10). So I made an appointment with my pal Dr. David Johnson.

He gave me a cortisone shot and told me take it easy for five days. The cortisone is supposed to calm the irritation and allow for the production of synovial fluid to slow enough that the cyst will drain/shrink. We are at day five and the cyst is winning the battle, it doesn’t cause pain but can make my knee feel tight.

I have also been taking Aleve and just started experimenting with Blu Emu Cream (http://bit.ly/29edaac). The combination of the two has helped the pain greatly and I have been able to exercise regularly, while hitting some personal best with my back squat and front squat (315lb. and 255lb. respectively).

Tomorrow I will train legs and call back Dr. Johnson to get his thoughts and Wednesday I’ll be back at the Kung Fu school.

I’ll keep you posted…

What are your Summer Goals?

Jun 15, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

If you have been keeping up with my blog posts, you’ll have hopefully picked your Summer Plan by now, if not quickly read the last post – http://jettllc.biz/summer-plan/

So now that you have picked your Summer Plan; what are your summer goals? What do I mean by this exactly? Let’s say you picked rock climbing, do you have a spot picked out to practice be it indoors or outdoors? Do you have a schedule and routine to keep you on track? Is there any equipment that you need to purchase? Is there a book or magazine that may help hone your skills? Are there lessons or coaching that you can take?

I’m a fan of immersing myself in my activities and learning as much about them as possible, and to practice them as much as possible to get results and achieve success. If you take this approach you certainly will move forward in your pursuits. You will also find that you have built in “mandatory” leisure time, which we all need in our desperately busy world while becoming more healthy all at the same time.

I have two goals for this Summer:

1. Bench – 225lb.
Squat – 3151b.

2. Pass another belt test at my martial arts school – www.taiyimkungfu.com

Please let me know what your goals are and if I can help you to achieve them.

eric@jettllc.biz

Summer Plan

Jun 9, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

Do you have your summer exercise plan together?!

Here are some outdoor and indoor activities for you to consider and links to further your potential pursuits (it’s always a good idea to have indoor options available with the heat, humidity and air quality of the Washington Metropolitan Area).

Outdoors:

Tennis – No Limits Tennis email – henryhollowell@yahoo.com

Horseback Riding – http://candylaneacres.com

Running – https://www.mcrrc.org

Cycling – http://www.freshbikescycling.com

Swimming – http://www.ancientmariners.org

Hiking – http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/

Kayaking – http://www.boatingindc.com

Rock Climbing – http://bit.ly/28l2cFr

Indoors:

Spinning – http://www.pureryde.com/#!bethesda-md/cfbd

Yoga – http://balancestudio.com/page/

Pilates – http://balancestudio.com/page/

Rock Climbing – https://www.earthtreksclimbing.com/md-va/

Martial Arts – www.taiyimkungfu.com

Crossfit – http://toughtemplecrossfit.com

Please feel free to let me know what you’re up to…

eric@jettllc.biz

Running

Jun 2, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

It hurts, but it always hurts so I push on

My body warms and it is less

I am running and it is good

The poison departs and the goodness enters

There are trees, grass and earth

I am running fast and it is good

Their is freedom in my mind

Their is peace in my soul and being

I am running faster and it is good

I think I will always run

-Eric Toussaint

Whats new with JETT?

May 16, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

JETT is pushing hard in 2016 to expand, expand, expand!!

There are two gyms that JETT Training currently operates out of – Fitness First in Bethesda and Team Eckenrode in Rockville. We also handle a large number of in-home clients.

https://fitnessfirstclubs.com

http://teameckenrode.com

Our increase in clientele has been at such a rate that we need to expand the team. JETT Training offers extremely competitive pay, if interested please email – eric@jettllc.biz.

JETT is also proud to announce the lacuna of our new and improved website!! Please feel free to take it for a test drive www.jettllc.biz

Another new development I am very proud of is our expansion to the area of fitness for cancer patients. With our Cancer Exercise Program, we are doing our best to help this population by getting them back to their regular lives through routines based on their physical needs, helping to reduce fatigue, and lymphedema drainage exercises. For a full list of benefits of this program go to the following link http://jettllc.biz/services/cancer-recovery/ .We hope that you don’t have the need but we are always here to help you or your loved ones.

JETT will also be holding a client appreciation event in June…details will be available soon.

Hope everyone has a nice summer and if anything mentioned here is of interest please contact us ASAP at eric@jettllc.biz

My New Shoes – Hoka Vanquish Two

Apr 29, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

I just had to take a moment and talk about how much I love this shoe. I have have arthritis in my right big toe from an old martial arts injury that I incurred thirty years ago. It has significantly effected my running. I chose not to run the Cherry Blossom ten-miler this year because last year my toe hurt for months after the race.

I had all but given up running, when I decided to try out my first pair of Hokas. I recently purchased the Hoka Vanquish Two. Maximum cushioning to say the least and a rocker sole. I decided to give running one more try. My distance has only been up to five kilometers but I have had no pain at all!!

I can only guess that it is due to the maximum cushioning and the rocker sole that causes me to bend my big toe less than I would normally. Whatever it is, I am elated to be able to run pain free again. I hoping to up my mileage soon and will keep you posted.

Overall this is a super comfortable, stylish shoe and I think I have become a fan for life.

Thanks Hoka!!

Bone Density Training – (not for the feint of heart)

Apr 18, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

What is the best way to increase your bone density? Well that can very much depend on your physical pursuits. The general recommendations are weight bearing exercises, adequate calcium and sometimes, prescribed supplements such a Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel.

I would like to talk about a much more visceral approach – Impact Conditioning. Impact conditioning has been used for years by marital artists. Repeated hard impact forces a biological response to the high pressure that causes greater bone density from microscopic fractures – this is also know as Wolff’s Law. There can be a downside to this rigorous approach – stress to tendons, ligaments and muscles.  Often in taking this traditional approach lineaments will be prescribed by your coach/instructor/Grand Master to help you heal after this type of intense training. One good example of this is Dit Dow Jow (http://amzn.to/1RTLV2R).

I have been training in this manner for years at my martial arts school more specifically with a Southern Shaolin approach. Here are five basic techniques I have used over the years. To help the reader who is not familiar with martial arts training when I refer to strike points, these are the areas on the leg or the arm that come in contact with opponents.

The first is an exercise called Sam Sin and is a series of forearm clashes with another student that helps to toughen all the striking areas of the forearm.

The second is a similar approach but the technique is performed (also with the forearms) on a Wing Chun Dummy (http://amzn.to/1Xv6WBv), this drill also strengthens all the striking area of the forearms.

The next two techniques are for the legs and are very similar to the afore mentioned approaches for the forearm.

The third approach requires a partner, you perform a series of leg clashes on all the contact points of the leg.

The fourth approach requires a whole bunch of chops sticks and some duct tape. You tape them together (lengthwise) about forty or so. Now you use your new toy to tap on all the contact points of the leg.

The fifth approach is for the body itself and requires a partner. Its quite simple you take turns giving round house kicks to the body.

In just the past month I have also found one more technique/tool that can be used on almost any part of the body but is best used for the legs and arms. It is called the Iron Arm (http://amzn.to/1VlLQri). Same approach you strike all the contact points of the legs and forearms. I’ll let you know how it works out with the Iron Arm soon!!

Now a little due diligence; I have been using these techniques for years but your must have guidance by a good coach or Grand Master. I would also check with your doctor. You can expect abrasions, cuts, possible skin infections, possible tendon and ligament damage as well as possible stress fractures. With these considerations in mind again make sure to seek expert guidance if you are going to engage in this type of conditioning. There are some risks but you will reap the benefits if done properly.

I have also attached a few links to articles, books and videos of this type of training.

http://bit.ly/1S6wroV

http://bit.ly/23Eqw1S

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH_TJvcNVBs

http://amzn.to/1VlOopa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlKZ6_EhI5o

Train Hard, Train Safe!!

Equestrian Vs. Motocross Rider

Mar 17, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

I delve into the esoteric in this blog post, but the comparison must be made for those that know and follow or participate in these equally epic sports.  When I was much younger, I was a motocross racer, and in days more recent I train a few equestrians.  Despite the two very different cultures, the physical activity involved in these two sports are surprisingly similar.  The test of core and adductor muscles, as well as all other muscles imaginable caused me to take pause and compare the two.

In motocross you are part of the suspension – you must flex and move with all of the terrain availed, as well as with the monster machine underneath you!  My clients describe equestrian riding in much the same way.  Your overall fitness must be at peak levels in both pursuits due to the full body involvement required.  So what is the ultimate comparison?!

I found these two articles:

http://stretchcoach.com/articles/stretches-for-motocross/

http://www.classicaldressage.co.uk/Muscle-Use-In-Riding/muscle-use-in-riding.html

I suspect if you can do one, I bet you could do the other (with practice of course).  If you ride motocross bikes and can handle whoop-de-doos, then I bet you could learn to gallop and jump with a horse and vice versa. See comparison below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCKV8PoO958

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROzIv-GuyZs

Happy riding and I hope you get to experience both in your life time.  I still need to tackle the equestrian angle!