I am one of the older participants at Crystal’s training facility at 66. I tracked Crystal down after I suffered a serious medical event and needed both rehab and general fitness and strength training. I interviewed a number of Crystal’s competitors and selected her because of her focus on rehabilitation following an injury and the environment at her facility. She did a great job assessing the state of my physical condition, talked with one of my doctors and laid out a customized plan to move me forward. She was focused on what my goals were and motivated me to constantly be focused on moving forward. She, Max, Jenny, and Brian make very hard work fun, at least most of the time, and monitor how your body is doing during the workout. While most of the athletes at Wright are younger than me, the pleasant surprise is both the trainers and athletes, regardless of age, make you feel welcome, feel your pain and lend motivation to my workouts. I have been working with Crystal for almost five years, long after the rehab was complete, and now am focused on continuous improvement. The older I get the more valuable I consider the training and conditioning to be to my overall health. I feel blessed to have found such a talented and caring group of professionals.
Paul George Age 66
I have been training regularly at Wright gym for 2/12 years since I moved to Jackson. I just spent a few days in NYC with some people I had not seen in a while and they called me “Benjamin Button” as they swore I looked younger than when I left! If so, that is mainly due to Wright training, that has enabled me to ski, bike, hike and climb with much greater strength and quicker recovery.Happy to speak with anyone about the benefits of a regular workout commitment to Wright Training.
I used to be the last one up the hill, usually hiding intense fear or exhaustion behind my fancy shades or goggles. Then I joined Wright Training where I have been pushed to my limits within a fun and highly supportive community. The payoff is an endless adventure in the Tetons and beyond with a body designed to handle the demands required. Wright Training is the spinach for this 44-year old female Popeye.
Maria Greene Age 50
I’ve had ACL surgery on one knee and have spiral fractured my fibula on my other leg. Crystal knew the first day I walked into her gym that I had been injured and needed to work on strength training to overcome these injures and become a better athlete. I feel so much stronger and confident backcountry skiing and mountain biking and know that through my training at Wright Training I will continue to improve even more.
Crystal and I go way back and a few years ago she noticed that my skiing was starting to deteriorate. She believed it was due to my lack of strength.
I had a string of accidents which weakened me to the point where I couldn’t enjoy skiing like I was used to. My form went away and because I was weak I would get hurt which continued the cycle spiraling down, weaker and weaker.
2 & 1/2 years ago Crystal inspired me to join her fitness program to combat what I was experiencing. I’ve been working out twice a week and have noticed a huge difference in the way I feel in everyday life but also, and more importantly, I haven’t been injured since and my competitive nature has been invigorated. I can ski race with, and keep up with, my buddies while being confident that my body is going to hold up to the rigors of an icy race run on Snow King. Thanks, Crystal!!!
Growing up I was always involved in athletics. Wrestling & swimming were my sports of choice in high school. Later on in my 20’s and 30’s I white water kayaked, hiked, and skied for activities. I did spend some time in the gym, but never really looked at my training as a way to optimize my abilities in these activities. In my late 30’s I developed some chronic pain issues that kept me from wanting to be active, which in turn increased the amount of time I spent on the couch.
At approximately the age of 43 I was told by two separate doctors that I needed to start getting better exercise. One of those instances was by a doctor at the local health fair. He did not know me and only watched me approach him from about 50’ away. When I sat down he almost immediately said that I was in poor health and needed to start taking care of myself. I was shocked. Did I really look that bad? I did start walking and hiking again which did help out.
About a year after that I was encouraged by Noreen Christiansen, a local PT, that I should participate in a ski fit class. I had hiked a lot that fall while hunting so I was finally starting to feel good again. Since it was already November I had missed out on the local group classes, so I started asking friends about gyms. One friend, Kelsey Zelazoski, said that she loved working out with Crystal Wright and that I should give her a call. Fortunately for me, I did call her. We set up some private classes after that Thanksgiving and I found out how out of shape I really was.
The first time I really started to feel the difference from my new workout regime was skiing in January, about 6 weeks after starting with Crystal. I could not believe how much control that I was getting in my lower body from the new-found strength in my core. As I skied, I could feel my stomach muscles working and the result was that I could put a better edge on my skies and do it more quickly. Only 6 weeks in I was completely sold at this point. Still, I had a long ways to go, it was months before she would let me do a group class because I had so many things that she wanted me to improve on before I got into a situation where she would not be able to keep a constant eye on me. But I kept at it and in time joined the group classes.
Six years later, I know that I am in the best shape of my life. I feel strong and healthy. I can climb the boot pack at Snow King or Glory without stopping for a break. At 50 years old, I do need to let the 25-year-old ski partners lead the way when skinning or hiking, but I’m right on their tails.
Crystal, Brian, and Max make a wonderful team at Wright Training. They are encouraging to new members that may be feeling out of place around some of the more seasoned athletes. Their great attitudes make them approachable with any question you may have about the exercises and movements that we work on each day. At this point, I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not been encouraged to get into a quality gym with a trainer or if I had not made that initial call to Crystal. For certain, my life has changed since joining Wright Training six years ago
Ben Meyring Age 50
I have been alpine skiing since 1964 and tele-skiing since 2004. Skiing is a significant part of my life. I have historically struggled with weight and strength issues, which has affected my level of skiing as I have grown older. My story with Wright Training begins with spine surgery (laminectomy) in April 2017. I had physical therapy with Excel Physical Therapy at the Wright Training facility. During this time, I was also doing therapy for knee surgery (ACL replacement) I had done in 2011 that had never fully recovered. During physical therapy I observed people training with Wright Training coaches. I inquired about the programs offered (I had never participated in physical training before), discussing with my physical therapist and Coach Crystal.
Physical therapy had brought some strength back after spine surgery, however, I decided to do “more” for the upcoming ski season. I signed up for the 3-month Ski Fitness Training, two times per week, with Wright Training, not really knowing what to expect. My main goal was to have more energy to ski at the highest level I am capable of. I really enjoyed ski fitness, Wright Training coaches provided a diverse, low key, and fun training program. My first day on the slopes was incredible, I had never felt this level of strength and confidence. With this new-found enthusiasm, I decided to continue and signed up for Wright Training’s 3-month maintenance program, two sessions per week. This program focuses more on strengthening, however, does have a good cardio component, very well balanced.
The Wright Training coaches are experienced, they tailor workout programs to my personal restrictions, and create a fun atmosphere. They do push us to achieve our highest potential but do so in a structured and monitored approach. My experience with Wright Training has made me a “believer”, I never knew I could achieve this level of fitness and have fun doing it. I have experienced weight loss, my general attitude is greatly improved, and after each workout, my mind is clear. I am signing up for the next maintenance class in March, thinking I will never stop!