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New York, NY

Specialties: strength training, neuroscience, special needs topics

Interests: Medicine, Exercise and Fitness, brain

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Autism and Exercise: Today is the World Autism Wareness Day- My experience training a kid with severe Autism. This is my story

Apr 02, 2013 - 2 comments
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As a Physical trainer we approach new clients in a very methodical way. We are experienced in program design to deliver the most optimal results in the minimum amount of time being highly cost efficient. In other words, we tend to see a perfect world where we bring our clients through motivation, specific progressive exercises and optimal nutrition programs. Unfortunately my approach with a new client three years ago with severe autism did not work. Her mother insisted me please to not leave, to keep trying some exercises, some movements something. The mom was frustrated cause the kid because of her condition was suffering important aggressive behaviors being not able to cope with functional and social challenges. So I decided to stay and ask myself this question: what if my approach of envisioning a perfect world for my clients was wrong? What if my client with Autism has a perfect and wonderful world that I was not being aware of and “Home run” that was exactly the problem my approach was wrong I needed to be part of her world not her being part of mine! So I started trying to get close to her, whenever she said a word “muffin” “dinner” I would repeat it right after fast and I remember she looking at me maybe wondering: ” what is this guy trying to do? Is my friend? Well it is not going to be that easy I am a tough cookie” And through constant mirror and imaging I tried to get close to her trying to break into her perfect world. She let me in, I found some exercises that she loved like bouncing in a stability ball, some others she didn’t like walking with closed eyes or maintaining certain intensity in the treadmill but for sure one that she loved was lying down in pitch black room after engaging in a treadmill aerobic exercise. It has been an incredible journey of personal reflection, discovery and understanding on a condition that I was not aware of till I met her. Now she is my best client: I see her 4 times a week and she engages in quite intense structured progressive exercise program that has left me speechless on how well she adapst every time and how great she feels after helping her to use exercise as a “medicine” for maladaptive behaviors, better sleep and strength especially keeping an optimal weight. However what i feel it is more important is that feel part of a process where I am helping her to be successful and not only her but her parents as well.



Somatosensory Difficulties in Autism

By Child Psychiatrist Dr Gregory Lombardo MD


Gregory Lombardo MD

Dr Lombardo is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and is a diplomate of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is the author of “Understanding the mind of your bipolar child”

The severity and the range of symptoms seen in children grouped under the diagnosis of autism can vary.  However, one of the most common is difficulty with motor coordination and difficulty integrating movement with perception of space.  Some clinicians believe that stereotyped movements (such as flapping, spinning, or head banging) are attempts on the part of autistic children to locate themselves in space or to manage the anxiety resulting from profound spatial disorientation.  An important source of this disorientation is poor coordination of the left and right cerebral hemisphere.  Poor coordination of the left and right brain affects three dimensional vision, balance, motor coordination (both fine and gross), and the ability to maintain concentration while moving or while having to distinguish details in three dimensional space.

These difficulties stigmatize autistic children and profoundly affect peer relationships:  tasks that other children manage without any conscious effort–such as judging another child’s personal space, managing complex spatial environments, and interpersonal contact in a group–can be extremely difficult for these children.  Joining in aggressive or athletic play is most often quite beyond their reach.  Consequently, these handicaps profoundly affect self esteem and social development.  They also affect these children’s relationship to their own bodies–their ability to enjoy their physical self.

Super Body, Super Brain improves integration of the right and left hemispheres.  Using a series of exercises that gradually build coordination, balance, and strength, the program addresses this crucial handicap which autistic children suffer.  One of the beauties of the program is its adaptability to almost any level of competence.  Another special strength is the capacity of the Brain Muscle Workout to address these crucial handicaps without specifically identifying them. Instead the exercises can be made into a game that uses the magic of play to empower a child’s learning with fun.  A child’s self esteem is protected and ultimately strengthened while their enjoyment and control of their body increases.

Importance of improving balance, coordination and social interaction.

To watch the clip of the school program please click in the following link:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=6617436

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study. Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls — with 1 in 54 boys identified.

Among my daily clients include  Athletes, bankers, editors in chief, actresses, models, lawyers, doctors and special needs children. Training these kids it has been an incredible experience but especially working with a girl with severe autism has reported me so much satisfaction that I can not express in my own words.

These three last years has been an incredible journey for me, I keep learning every day and me and my client are working as a team since we got started, 3 years ago. The capacity these kids have for success and their willingness to give their best still leaves me speechless even today.  I have been working for the last two years in devising a specific program for them where they will improve the brain plasticity with movement, multi-tasking, sensory system, balance, hand eye coordination and confidence.

Meditation is really important for kids with Autism and everyone else. I practice with my client lying down in a dark room and relax for 5 minutes teaching breathing and a better sense of self awareness. Very excited that my client is responding so well to my program.

From PARENTS.COM Exercises for Kids with Autism – And Everyone
by Diane Debrovner from Parents.com

A smart mom friend of mine who used to be a reporter at The New York Times told me about the new book, Super Body, Super Brain, by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace. He is a personal trainer who has collaborated with neuroscientists to develop a series of research-based exercises that encourage connections between different regions of the brain. Says neurobiogist John H. Martin, Ph.D., in the book’s Foreword: to keep reading click here


Exercise Review! Thanks so much for such a great review from “24 Hour Emergency Room Houston”

Mar 06, 2013 - 0 comments
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Exercise Review! Thanks so much for such a great review from “24 Hour Emergency Room Houston”
http://superbodysuperbrainblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/exercise-review-thanks-so-much-for-such-a-great-review-from-24-hour-emergency-room-houston/


Exercise Review! Thanks so much for such a great review “24 Hour Emergency Room Houston”

Comment posted at MY BLOG at  Medhelp.org by jassicajoseph75, 2 hours
I think i haven’t read such a sweet, short & to the point blog post. It’s really nice & the exercise you have shown here is just good. I am having this exercise every day in my morning workouts. Neck & back pain is a problem, from which almost each & everyone is suffered in the recent scenario. Our today’s life-style & the working schedule is such a hectic one that leads to this simple but serious problem. Your sharing is appreciable & do share some more posts like this in the future as well.
“Thanks From 24 Hour Emergency Room Houston”
NECK ANATOMY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJtUIgDlnLA&feature=player_embedded

NECK EXERCISE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CJQEBi9fmI&feature=player_embedded

Exercise Review! Thanks so much for such a great review from “24 Hour Emergency Room Houston”
http://superbodysuperbrainblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/exercise-review-thanks-so-much-for-such-a-great-review-from-24-hour-emergency-room-houston/

Neck and Back Injuries: Exercise to strengthen your neck and your back

Mar 02, 2013 - 9 comments
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Neck and Back Injuries: Exercise to strengthen your neck and your back
ORIGINAL POST http://superbodysuperbrainblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/neck-and-brain-injuries-exercise-to-strengthen-your-neck/

Neck pain is one of the most feared injuries reaching as many as two-thirds of the population of having some form of serious neck pain at some point in their lives.

Neck pain is caused mainly for aging, bad posture either when seating, in front of the computer, walking or even sleeping. Stress, Anxiety, Muscle tightness, cramps and stiffness are minor symptoms that can lead to a more recurrent and serious neck problem. That is why this week exercise will target those muscles supporting the neck improving flexibility, strength and posture alignment



From a standing position and holding a towel between both hands at a shoulder width level. Raise the towel overhead and pull it back to the point of maximum tension, (you feel tension but not too much) then lower the towel all the way down to the back of your shoulders and return to its original position. This is one rep. Beginners can do it 15 times 3 sets and More Advanced 25 reps 5 sets

NECK AND BACK PAIN VIDEO BY MICHAEL GONZALEZ-WALLACE, AUTHOR OF SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CJQEBi9fmI&feature=player_embedded

ORIGINAL POST http://superbodysuperbrainblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/neck-and-brain-injuries-exercise-to-strengthen-your-neck/

Is Love good for the brain? Love and Brain Chemistry

Feb 16, 2013 - 0 comments
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Is Love good for the brain? Love and Brain Chemistry

Love is a phenomenal feeling, agree? If you are in love you feel the luckiest person in the world and when you are broken hearted you feel the most miserable. It is so fascinating though how when you feel in love you feel similar as working out at quite high intensity what we professionals call “Runners High”. However Love for oneself is extremely important since we need to appreciate more ourselves and love ourselves much more than we do. The more we love ourselves the more we will be able to share our love with others. What do you think?


Happy Valentine

So that is why  I was so excited when I had the chance of interviewing Michael R Liebowitz MD for my Book, Super Body, Super Brain. He is considered the Michael Jordan of Psychopharmacalogists. I just wanted to share this great quote that has to do with Valentines! He wrote this brilliant book, The Chemistry of Love where he discusses the physical effects of meeting someone you care deeply about and all the classic feelings of love attraction. This excitement has to do with the creation of a Neurotransmitter fortress. This feeling can be very similar to the one you are creating when you are exercising and creating a new you, That excitement is produced by increased levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated to novelty and excitement.


Love chemistry
Brain science has seen an increasing interest in the latest years but what about  love chemistry or the brain in love? Back into 1970s, the understanding of the function of endorphins in the body was improving. In my chapter 2″The Emotional Brain and Exercise” I talked extensively with a phenomenal psychiatrist Dr Michael Liebowitz. I still remember like if it was yesterday that when I was doing research about Dr Liebowitz,  it fascinated me  that he wrote a great book In  1983 called  The Chemistry of Love . Dr Michael Liebowitz broke the ice when he outlined the relationship between endorphins and love. Prior to him , no one had ever serious investigated the underlying biochemical or neurochemical basis of love. Liebowitz, for instance, states that, prior to the writing of his book, when “looking into the matter more closely I began to realize that no one had ever seriously tried to examine the biochemical basis for our romantic drives” to keep reading click here

Want more information? Read the latest issue of Body Smart where I write a weekly column called “The Move of the Week”. In this issue “Love Together, Lose Together”
Original Post at: http://superbodysuperbrainblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/is-love-good-for-the-brain-love-and-brain-chemistry/