Last spring I was asked to speak at a running room clinic on the importance of strength training for runners. I hummed and hawed about doing the presentation as I have done them before and have had little success at getting across to runners on how important it is not only for improving race times but avoiding injuries and longevity in the sport.
My Aunt was the one running the group so naturally I said yes. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to say and how I was going to get across to the runners to try and get them in the gym. I tried something a little different then what I have done in the past and it worked!!
After the presentation I had over 10 people come in and start training with me. It is now seven months later and there are still nine of these individuals training and let me tell you I have seen some amazing improvements in coordination, strength and balance. Our first session as a group took us 50 minutes to get through the warm up.
We still have a ways to go but I am so proud of these athletes who took the chance to try something new and have been so dedicated over the past seven months. The improvements I see each session get me so excited. I look forward to helping each of them achieve their goals in 2019.
This weekend many of them will be running a marathon they have been training extremely hard for. I wish you the best of luck this weekend Kerri, Sheila, Barb, Jan, & Julie. Run hard and have fun!
I truly love seeing progress and success with all my clients. Each one has different goals and challenges but nothing is more satisfying then watching someone work their ass off to achieve multiple goals.
One client who lately has continued to provide this joy for me is Laurie. She has been training with me consistently since October 2016. She has always been an active person: running, hiking, biking, but was the Mom who put everyone else's needs ahead of her own. Now if you know Laurie you know she is still one of the most thoughtful and giving individuals around, but after a couple rough years she finally said enough and took charge of her health and fitness.
Laurie began strength training twice a week at 6am in a small group, adding a third day focusing on conditioning and core within the first year. Laurie is not a competitive person, but without really knowing it she has inspired and pushed everyone in the groups to work harder. Trying to keep up with Laurie is a difficult thing to do these days.
May of 2017 Laurie began Precision's Nutrition Procoach program with me. It was an amazing experience for me to read and see all the changes that were happening for her not only with her fitness but with her hormones, her stress and her sleep. She lost 19 inches and 17 pounds in one year and probably gained over 5 pounds of muscle.
Today her strength, confidence and physique are an inspiration to me.
So thank you Laurie for working your ass off and showing everyone what hard work and dedication can do.