Why Men and Women Avoid Personal Training With the Opposite

Category:Personal Training

All fitness centers are a place for many types of gym goers, this does not include bodybuilding gyms and women’s only fitness centers. All fitness centers provide personal training. There has always been some separation with male and female personal trainers. The big question here is why males and females avoid personal training with the opposite sex?

From a female personal trainer perspective, I see this male and female personal trainer avoidance quite often. First, most personal trainers are willing to work with anyone and everyone. Some may prefer older adults, men, women, children, or just athletes. In my own personal experience some older women tend to avoid male personal trainers because they feel as though they are only into body building which reduces the chances of training with a male trainer. Some women think male trainers are the “Arrogant” type. A good majority of women only want to train with female trainers because they are uncomfortable with training with men. Most women are seeking trainers that are understanding and knowledgeable. Some look for trainers that specialize in certain aspect of training such as weight-loss, corrective exercise, strength training, and do not have a preference in male or female.

The other day I encountered a gym goer while training some clients. Lets call her “Connie.” She spoke with some of my clients both male and female. She asked them about my ability as a personal trainer as well as my personality. My clients then discussed my training methods and personality. When I walked over and introduced myself she said she has been looking for a personal trainer for a while now and that I seemed like the type of trainer she wanted to work with. Of course I had to ask her why. Hearing some frustration in her voice stated she felt intimidated by the male Personal Trainers that she has seen in this particular fitness center. She needed to be trained by someone more “like her”, meaning a female personal trainer.

On very rare occasions men have come to me seeking advice on reaching goals. Granted I am always willing to assist anyone with any questions fitness related whether they are male, female, young, and old. I have had men deliberately avoid me like the plague at the gym even though they have seen me training for several months. Do the letters on the back of my uniform not state “Personal Trainer”? Am I intimidating? Do you think my years of experience and knowledge are inadequate? Am I not strong enough to spot you? “Do you think you will offend me while speaking to me?”

A few years ago while at the gym with my husband. I was spotting him on his last set on the bench press. There was a guy on the chest press clearly needing some assistance. He waited until my husband was finished and walked right past me without a word and asked my husband for a spot. I was disappointed. I may not be 6 foot and weighing in at 200lbs but I can clearly spot a grown man lifting over 200lbs. I was deliberately ignored. The question is why? Is it a testosterone thing? Do you not feel comfortable asking a female personal trainer for assistance? Is it the male ego?

According to an anonymous source I successfully received some answers to my previous questions. Most men prefer train with male personal trainers because of body type or physique. Training with another male that is fit, or “in shape” will ultimately result in the same fitness results. Many men believe female trainers are not knowledgeable or have no way to relate to them. Others see female trainers as a distraction, may have an attitude, or bad personality. Some men could care less as long as their fitness goals are met. In some cases men prefer a female trainer because training with a male personal trainer makes them feel out of shape. There is definitely a pattern with both sides. Everyone wants personal training with someone they can relate to whether it is a male or female trainer. The choice is ultimately up to you.

Effective and Safe Herbal Remedies for Phobia


Phobia is a kind of anxiety disorder and a deep irrational fear which causes panic on coming in contact with the source of the fear. This persistent fear of a situation or object can last over six months. The affected person tries his level best to avoid the object or situation to a greater extent than the actual danger. If the person is unable to avoid the situation or object, he suffers from considerable distress. A person can develop phobias to innumerable situations or objects.

Causes of Phobia

Environmental and genetic factors result in phobias. Children who are prone to anxiety disorders are at a greater risk of developing these phobias. Extreme heights, confined spaces, exposure to insect or animal bites or a distressing event like near drowning could be a source of such phobias. Even those people with chronic medical conditions such as substance abuse, depression or brain injuries are prone to developing these phobias.

Symptoms of Phobia

Phobias could be irrational but those suffering from the problem don’t fail the reality testing. Various symptoms are exhibited by patients suffering from different kinds of phobias. For example, schizophrenics suffer from auditory, visual, paranoia, delusions and other disorganized symptoms.

Treatment for Phobia

Whatever may be the reason there are effective natural remedies for phobia such as ginseng, lemon or lime, valerian root or lavender oil.

Lemon or Lime: The juice of a lemon or lime is effective for reducing dizziness or nausea associated with a phobia. Just cut a lemon into two halves and smell it for getting relief during an attack of phobia.
Ginseng: This herb is known for its energizing and relaxing properties and is used extensively for the treatment of nerves.
Valerian Root: This herb can be used for the treatment of insomnia. It has the properties for relaxing the nerves and the central nervous system of an agitated person and thereby is used as an effective herbal remedy for the treatment of phobia. Grind 5-6 valerian roots for preparing the herbal remedy. It should be consumed 2-3 times a day for lowering the effects of phobia. However, pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid the consumption of the powder of valerian root.
Lavender: This is another effective remedy for phobia. Lavender has a soothing effect on the body and has a pleasant smell. Daily lavender oil massage can help in getting rid of an attack of phobia. The best way to lower stress is by adding drops of lavender oil to the bathing water for a relaxing bath.
Kava: This is a popular herb used for treating and sedating mental patients. It relaxes the mind without hampering the mental clarity of the patients. Consuming the kava herb daily builds up the tolerance level that is helpful in lowering phobia. The standard daily dose of kava is 250 mg.
Passion Flower: The passion flower is an effective herbal extract that boosts the functioning of the nervous system and brain and helps to maintain the organs in a healthy equilibrium. This natural remedy is effective in controlling phobias and panic.
Supragya Plus: In addition to the herbal and natural remedies, there are certain ayurvedic remedies for phobia. Supragya plus is one such nerve tonic that strengthens the nerves and resolves the nerve associated problems that include depression, anxiety, phobia, stress, irritability, anger, intolerance, sleeplessness, palpitation and much more.
Ashwagandha: This is another effective ayurvedic remedy that can be used in the treatment depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions related with a phobia. The leaves, roots, and berries of this herb have medicinal properties that prove to be effective in the treatment of an array of mental disorders.

Phobia is a serious mental illness but with a healthy diet, proper exercise and certain natural and ayurvedic remedies the problem can be effectively handled.

Ath Ayurdhamah is dedicated to restoring and maintaining the lost balance between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, through the understanding and practice of age-old systems of Ayurveda and Yoga. Our strength lies in understanding the body and its performance at constitutional level and that is what we apply to our Remedies.

Medicare Therapy Fraud – How to Combat Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy False Claims

Category:Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the treatment of functional limitations to prevent the onset or to retard the progression of physical impairments following illness or injury. Medicare pays for physical therapy in at least two contexts:

I. Through the Part A hospital insurance benefit, Medicare pays for physical therapy as a component of skilled nursing care, in either the acute care setting or in a post-hospital skilled nursing facility. In order to qualify for reimbursement, such therapy must meet the criteria for skilled nursing care under 42 U.S.C. – 1495i. In order to qualify, a patient otherwise appropriate for Medicare must show a qualifying hospital stay of three or more days within the 30 days prior to entering the skilled nursing facility. A physician must order procedures for the patient that are appropriate to be performed only in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), such as rehabilitative therapy, and must certify that the patient’s condition is such that he or she can practically be cared for only in a SNF. In so certifying, the physician must determine that the patient’s condition should improve or achieve stability in response to curative care. The SNF medical staff is required to write a plan of care for each skilled nursing patient based upon the individual’s needs and circumstances. Upon satisfaction of those requirements, Medicare will pay for 100 days of skilled nursing care per-patient per-illness period – though after the first 20 days a co-payment of 20% is required of the patient. Once a patient qualifies, Medicare bears all expenses of the skilled nursing facility, including the patient’s custodial care and room and board (custodial care is not otherwise covered by Medicare). Typically, an SNF receives approximately $650 per day from Medicare for a qualifying skilled nursing patient.

II. Additionally, through Part B supplemental insurance, Medicare reimburses for physical therapy under limited circumstances. In order to qualify for reimbursement, outpatient physical therapy services must: (1) be reasonable and medically necessary; (2) be furnished to a Medicare beneficiary under the care of a physician; (3) be furnished under a plan of care periodically recertified by a physician; and (4) be furnished by or under the direct supervision of qualified personnel.

Medicare regulations require that physical therapy services be performed either (1) by a State-licensed physical therapist or (2) by or “incident to” the services of a physician or other medical professional licensed to perform such services under State law pursuant to 42 C.F.R. § 410.60. Under the “incident to” rule, a physician may bill for physical therapy services performed by non-physician personnel so long as those services are (a) commonly furnished in a physician’s office and integral to a physician’s covered services; (b) included in a treatment plan designed by the physician and in which the physician is actively involved; and (c) furnished under the physician’s direct supervision.

In order to bill directly – rather than through a physician – a physical therapist must be State-licensed. Physical therapy services performed incident to a physician’s services may be performed by personnel without a license – however, such personnel must otherwise meet all qualifications of a licensed physical therapist including graduation from an approved physical therapy education program.

Regardless of who performs physical therapy services to be billed to Medicare or Medicaid, such services must be furnished in accordance with a sufficient plan of care established by a physician or by the licensed physical therapist who performs the services. Under 42 C.F.R. § 410.60, the plan must “prescribe[] the type, amount, frequency, and duration of the physical therapy… to be furnished to the individual, and indicate[] the diagnosis and anticipated goals.”

Abuse of the Therapy Medicare Benefit

Unfortunately, fraud in physical therapy is rampant. In 1994, the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services published a report finding that 78% of physical therapy billed by physicians did not constitute true physical therapy. In 2006, OIG published another report, stating that a staggering 91% of physician physical therapy bills submitted in the first half of 2002 were deficient in at least one regard. Through intense investigation and research, we have identified and uncovered the following types of physical therapy fraud:

(a) billing for therapy services performed by unqualified personnel;
(b) billing for therapy services that were never performed or only partially performed;
(c) billing for therapy services when, in fact, the service performed was unskilled, or amounted to maintenance therapy, or both, and did not constitute physical therapy;
(d) billing for therapy services performed under a deficient plan of care;
(e) billing under individual therapy codes for group therapy services.

Under the federal and some state false claims acts, whistleblowers can file suit against fraudulent therapy and skilled nursing companies under seal and may share in as much as 25% (and in some circumstances 30%) of the award. Blowing the whistle on corporate fraud takes courage, however, and the law rewards that courage with certain protections. The False Claims Act provides for a whistleblower’s case to be filed under seal and for the identity of the whistleblower to be protected during the course of the government’s investigation. Further, federal laws protect against retaliation by mandating the reinstatement of wrongfully fired employees at the same seniority level, and an award of double back pay, interest, and attorneys’ fees. More than $22 billion of taxpayer funds have been recovered under the False Claims Act over the past two decades. Despite all of the efforts and success by government and private attorneys policing the Medicare program under the False Claims Act, the only way that such fraud can be fought effectively is for people with knowledge – industry insiders, administrators, nurses, and therapists – to come forward and say that enough is enough.

What Types of Pilates DVDs Are Available to Help You Exercise at Home?


Many of today’s well known celebrities are Pilates addicts. They regularly attend Pilates classes to keep super fit and have fantastic toned bodies, as Pilates works on strengthening and balance and is a low impact, high result exercise. A quality Pilates DVD should be the first item to buy when establishing a Pilates Home Equipment collection.

Not only is Pilates a great way to just keep toned, Pilates helps a wide range of different fields including sport injury prevention, finding the right technique for that perfect golf stroke, strengthening the body for birth in prenatal exercises, recovering from birth with postnatal Pilates exercises, weight loss, flexibility in old age, relaxation and much more.

Unlike most celebrities though, most of us don’t have a bank account that enables nannies to look after our kids and chefs to cook our dinners while we attend private Pilates lessons. So instead, the next best thing available to us is to buy a Pilates workout DVD, so we can practise the wonderful exercise of Pilates from the comfort of our own homes.

Just as Pilates can help overcome almost any sport injury or aid in any positive exercise we can dream of, there is also a Pilates exercise DVD available to buy on pretty much any topic.

A Beginners Pilates DVD will generally concentrate on the 6 core Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. Beginners Pilates DVDs generally contain non advanced exercises and this would be the best Pilates DVD to buy if you have had no prior Pilates experience.

On the other hand, more advanced Pilates DVDs can be purchased for those who are wanting to gain more from their Pilates exercises. The advanced DVDs are the best Pilates DVD for those who have been practising for some time. These types of DVDs will include difficult positions or the use of Pilates equipment.

Other Pilates DVDs you are able to buy might concentrate on Pilates for achieving a specific goal like strengthening the middle core, pregnancy and pre natal pilates, post natal Pilates, Pilates on the Ball, Pilates for helping back aches and toning your abs and buts. There are also quality Pilates DVDs available to buy for many of the Pilates home equipment currently available like the Pilates Magic Circle, the Aero Pilates Machine, Stamina Pilates Machines and much more. Many of the types of Pilates regimes like Stott Pilates and Winsor Pilates, also have a range of DVDs of their specific Pilates techniques.

The list is endless. Basically you can be almost assured a DVD is available for any topic that Pilates can help. Just go to your favourite online DVD supplier and use their search to find what DVDs are available. You will find most reputable online DVD sellers have great descriptions for their product which means, even if the word you are searching isn’t in the title, it will show up in the synopsis of the DVD.

When buying a Pilates DVD online, make sure the DVD is formatted to the correct zone for where you live to save disappointment when it arrives. Also check the shipping rates, although most DVDs are shipped cheaply around the world, as they are so small. Another important factor when looking for a quality Pilates DVD is to check the length of the DVD and how many different topics or exercises it covers.

Great Ways to Lose Weight and Maintain Your Perfect Body Shape For a Long Time

Category:Popular Diets

If you check it out, you may find that almost everyone is following some dieting guideline or another, while others are planning to introduce popular diet fads into the world. Many people are on diets, but they aren’t sure if it will actually work for them, while others who are on diets are living testimonies of the fantastic effects of dieting. Many who are obese or overweight are always trying some new diet or another, to lose weight and stay healthy. There are several types of popular diets that have been proven to be effective in losing weight. Let’s look a few of the more popular diets that many people are trying.

The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet is also called the “low carb” diet and it became popular in 1972 when Dr. Atkins published his first book on Nutritional Approach. This particular diet was designed to make you lose weight fast, however, if you are not careful, then the weight will return after a period of time. This diet is one of the most popular diets today, but it’s a very controversial subject, as many have complained of heart problems and kidney damage due to following the guidelines of this diet.

The Medifast Diet

The Medifast diet is another popular one, mainly because the food comes pre-packed and therefore all you need to do is microwave and eat the food. In this diet, you will forgo complicated food preparations and you will get a wide selection of different types of meals for all your meal servings which includes snack bars, eggs, soups, cold and hot drinks and even puddings; to give you a few examples. The reason why Medifast is so popular is because it will guide you from one level to another until you have reached your dream weight.

The Paleo Diet

Certainly a diet fad! The emphasis is on the kind of food that people ate ages ago, like in the days of the ancient cave men or people who inhabited forests. This diet allows you to eat foods like nuts, roots, meat and fish, while you are not allowed to eat grains, dairy, salt and sugar. Even though Anthropologists have dismissed claims of its effect, there are some who have testified to its contribution to help them lose weight. (Come to think of it anyone would lose weight if they abstain from sugar.)

The South Beach Diet

This particular diet was designed by a Dietician and a Heart Specialist. It also increased in popularity due to its intended purpose of preventing cardiovascular diseases. This diet consists of three stages with a central objective of replacing all the bad fatty acids with good fatty acids. Even though each stage will allow you to eat certain foods until you reach your ideal weight, the problem is, it doesn’t last long, mainly because the weight creeps right back on.

All these popular diets are only effective in helping you maintain your perfect weight, if you continue to eat those healthy natural fresh foods in moderate portions. If you are on a popular diet be certain to set realistic goals. Also, you will need to practice sensible eating habits to get that shape that you have always desired.