Professional Clinical Continuing Education

Functional Movement

SOLO Specialist Marc Andresen led our first Out-of-the-Studio Workshop this summer - and Central Park was our destination. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a movement assessment performed on a client by fitness professionals. It is used to give an objective assessment of basic human movement. By looking at key movements, the FMS reveals a person’s tendencies and compensations, if any, and points the way toward some beneficial corrective strategies. These corrective strategies include, but are not limited to, soft-tissue work, stretching and mobility drills. By incorporating some correctional work into a client’s existing exercise program, more efficient movement and a revitalized workout can result. Overuse injuries or nagging pain can be greatly reduced.



We were fortunate to have Dr. Scott Duke (pictured) of Duke Chiropractic present a workshop on Muscle Energy Techniques. Dr. Duke led us through typical syndromes of imbalance and practical exercise techniques to correct them. It is important to understand the domino effect that can occur from having weak abdominal muscles and tight hip flexors. This can lead to a series of other imbalances and can eventually lead to injury. This is where appropriate exercise comes in and where your Solo Fitness trainer can make a difference. for evaluation and treatment to the upper and lower crossed syndromes of posture.


Fran Grossman (pictured) is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritional Consultant for more than 20 years. She is an expert on women's issues, weight reduction, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, cardiovascular and renal disease. Fran is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. We were fortunate to have Fran speak with us on the interaction of exercise with blood sugar levels and as it relates to Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Fran reviewed with us the importance of maintaining proper blood sugar for people with or at risk of diabetes when being physically active.

Posture Alignment

Dr. Christine Benner of Oasis Healing Arts in New York City spoke on the importance of a posture alignment check prior to starting a strengthening and stretching program. As per Dr. Benner, different torques and misalignments in the body can lead to chronic muscle pain and imbalances. It's important to identify these in order to give relief and strength to your body. Dr. Benner is a Chiropractor and Sacro-Occipital and Cranial therapist.. Oasis Healing Arts is a full-service company specializing in: massage, reflexology, acupuncture and other health programs. For more information, please call: 212-929-2424.

Knee and Hip Injuries

Dr. Lawrence Ruck of Duke Chiropractic was our guest speaker for our summer Training the Trainers series. This time our topic was facing the challenges of knee and hip injuries. Once the structure of these joints is compromised, either by a trauma or degeneration over time, keeping fit and out of pain can be a daily struggle. Given certain exercises and rehabilitation strategies, we were able to decipher the cause of the pain and how we can aid in one’s recovery. For more info on Duke Chiropractic, please give them a call at: 212-481-0086.

Holistic Weight Management

Leigh Van Swall, a holistic health and life coach, kicked off our Training the Trainer series this year with a workshop on Beating the Sugar Blues. With her holistic approach to slow and progressive behavior modification – she discussed the way sugar fits into our lives and how it is associated with relationships, career, home environment, joy and energy. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, and the best known is white table sugar or sucrose. Table sugar lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber, so our body depletes its own store of minerals and enzymes to absorb it properly. Because sugary foods often replace more healthful foods, diets high in sugar are almost certainly contributing to osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease. For more information on Leigh’s Weight Management program, please call her at: 917-434-9186.

Good Posture with Chirpractic

Dr. Jeff Linder of Bryant Park Chiropractic led a workshop on Cross Posture Syndrome. This is a very common muscle imbalance especially for people who spend most of their day at a desk. It consists of rolled shoulders with chin slightly sticking out along with tight hamstrings and lower back. We reviewed some simple stretches and strengthening exercises that can relieve upper and lower back pain. For more information on how to relieve your tight muscles and for improving your posture, please contact Dr. Linder at: 212-768-4078 or visit


Summer started off with a new and exciting workshop. Arlene Bassett, business coach, led us in a riveting demonstration of creative listening and speaking techniques. Being gender specific – we focused on our inherent differences. It was very interesting as we were all able to find different approaches to everyday conversations. All of which will benefit you in your future sessions.

Yoga in the Female Form 

On October 18th Adrienne Jamiel, Program Director of the Dharmic Institute was our guest speaker for an interesting workshop. Her program was based on Yoga in the Female Form. As men and women have inherent differences – so it seems should some of their movements. As long as ones’ spine is lengthened and in alignment, one should stand and move in positions that are right for them. We certainly looked at movement quite differently.

Exercise After Cancer Treatment

We were fortunate to have a visit from Julie Dial, MA, Clinical Applied Exercise Physiologist and Disease Management Coordinator from The University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston. Her workshop focused on rehabilitating individuals with cardiac, orthopedic and chronic medical conditions like cancer. Her in depth information was useful in understanding the treatment choices for cancer patients and how this would affect ones’ exercise session. We fined tuned our skills to match movement to the needs of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems. All of which play a critical role when developing an exercise program while undergoing cancer treatment.

Your Miraculous Back

On a cold wintry day Dr. Gerald Silverman, Chiropractor, opened his warm office to us. Based on his book, Your Miraculous Back he reviewed the ‘complicated and uncomplicated’ issues in relieving neck and back pain. Given the source of the pain; musculoskeletal or disc related simple exercises, stretches and limited range-of motion movement can get you on your way to a full recovery. His belief is to give you the tools to relieve pain and regain movement. To schedule an appt. please call Dr. Silverman at: 631/265-0990. His office is conveniently located in the Flat Iron District.

Nutrition and Lifestyle

Our Fall series opened with Anne Trauben RN, RYT, PCC, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach who shared her holistic approach to helping busy professionals eat healthfully and lose weight. Anne’s "Feel-Good Self-Care Nourishment Process" encourages clients to set their intention, develop mindfulness, create calming simplicity in their lives and engage in healthful and pleasurable nourishment. Clients achieve their nutritional goals without dieting or deprivation, but in an individualized, simple, practical and fun way. You can reach Anne at: 917-523-5168. b e-mail at: Change Your Food. Change Your Life. Get started today!

Body Doc

Dr. Lillie Rosenthal, D.O., board certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, shared with us her expert non-surgical hands-on care of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, as well as various pain syndromes. She offers an integrative approach to the management of conditions such as low back pain, repetitive stress disorders, chronic pain as well as the specialized care of the athlete and performing artist. Dr. Rosenthal’s unique approach to health and wellness emphasizes the balance of the mind and body. You can reach Dr. Rosenthal for a consultation at: 212-459-1447 or e-mail at: Office address: 250 West 57th Street Suite 829.


Dr. Jeannette Anderson of Anderson Peak Performance kicked off 2008 by sharing her patient care approach as a Chiropractor. Her successful plan of care focus is to turn on the body’s inner healing. After all your body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism. The road to good health is an exciting and rewarding journey. Call Dr. Anderson for your initial exam at: 212-581-5776. Office address: 1776 Broadway (57th St.) Suite 1010.

Muscular Therapy

As an added bonus Muscular Therapist, Claudia Terlizzi Chapel stopped by our workshop to build on our team approach to patient care. Claudia is an athlete and former professional dancer who has been in private practice for over 17 years. She served as therapist to the 1992 Olympic Rowing team, was chief therapist at the Centennial Olympic Games in Athens in 1996 for Rowing, Canoe and Kayak. Since 1996 she has worked with the US Track and Field National Youth, Junior and Senior teams and traveled with the Olympic team to Athens in 2004. Using her integrative approach, she combines muscular therapy with strength and conditions, soft tissue injury assessment and rehabilitation and motivational coaching.

Nutrition Workshop
Andrea Chernus, RD, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist led our summer series workshop: Better Nutrition for Exercise and Life. Andrea counsels patients on high cholesterol, diabetes, weight management and sports nutrition. She was formerly the clinical nutritionist for Columbia University. Andrea offers her clients a sound, proven and sensible approach to food and eating. We were thrilled to have Andrea share with us how, with a team approach, we can both help our clients meet their fitness and weight goals. Make an appt. with Andrea today to get started: 212-579-7070. Her office is conveniently located at: 133 West 72nd Street Suit 703.

Posture Assessment

2009 was kicked off with Dr. Jeanette Anderson of Anderson Peak Performance presenting the facts and figures of Posture Assessment during time of stress. What’s stress got to do with it? Stress plays a role in everyday life, from stimulating adrenaline, digestion dysfunction to muscle imbalance leading to pain. To maintain optimal health a well rounded focus of structural and functional modalities is recommended. To optimize health today, call Anderson Peak Performance at: 212-581-5776

Metabolism Myths

Metabolism Myths was presented by our very own, Reyna Franco, RD. Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing. Did you know that your can boost your metabolism by adding sprints into your workout or by increasing the duration of your workout? She also discussed supplements that “claim” to increase metabolism. Due to the lack of regulations and questionable safety of supplements, she recommends drinking a cup of green tea and adding chili pepper to your food to naturally boost metabolism. Find out about your personal metabolism – book a session with our Registered Dietitians.

The Truths and Misconceptions about Colon Care

Diana Jordan, RN of Integrity Health Link, Inc. opened her office to us to discuss The Truths and Misconceptions about Colon Care. She reviewed the very interesting physiology of colon function, as related to our Health: Mentally, Spiritually & Physically. Diana has over 30 years of nursing experience and 15 years experience as a colon therapist. Their belief is that the colon's muscle action works according to the same principals as muscles generally, Diana and her staff discover & develop an individualized process to help sluggish colons "function as normal". To find out more about colon care and colonics please contact Diana at: 212. 682-3303 or on the web at: