So when Crystal asked me to put a few notes together on what training with her and the Wright Training team has done for me, I struggled a bit to know where to even start. I’m in my 50’s, and pretty far from the average fitness of a lot of her athletes who I see in class twice a week. But I try to work just as hard as them; and everybody in the gym is so supportive of each other- it makes us all push a bit more. Which is good- and fun! I was really lucky to start training with Crystal over five years ago. We did a lot of private classes as I had let my conditioning go to a pretty piss poor level, so classes wouldn’t haven’t been much fun, but her encouraging and demanding sessions made me realize I could get a lot stronger by just sticking with it. And I have.
While skiing top-to-bottom runs on the first day with no day-after sore quads is a great way to start the ski season, in my world the biggest benefits are with life and injuries. After putting in the hours lifting weights, doing tons of core work, and strategically working the whole body, my life is easier. Throw a bike or boat up on a rack? No prob. Lift a heavy raft onto a trailer? No worries. Lay on my side holding a 4″ drain pipe under the floor joists for 15 minutes helping a slow repairman? Got that. Why? Because we’ve done all kinds of stuff like that in the gym. And more. And now I know how to engage the core while doing real work. And it’s obvious that i’m much less prone to injuries, in particular anything muscle-skeletal related. We are ‘building armor’ every day in the gym. And when i do inevitably get hurt, I know my recovery will be quicker. Her training on work capacity has made a huge difference in my mindset during endurance activities as well. When I’m up against a big headwind or hill, I can just tell myself “jeez, if you can do sandbag get-ups for five straight minutes you can most certainly keep pedaling up this damn hill!!”
So now hitting class at least twice a week is a habit, one I often look forward to, and sometimes think I’m too busy for. But I tell myself to just go. It’s just like yoga, nobody ever says ‘geez, I wish I hadn’t taken one hour out of my day for that yoga class’, and I’m always super-stoked leaving the gym, knowing i’m stronger/faster/tougher, in just one focused hour. If I have a tweak or sore area, the coaches quickly offer a modification. While there are a ton of really great fitness choices around JH I can recommend Crystal and the Wright Training team as one superb option for athletes of all ages and abilities.
Favorite workout type: mixed- strength, with a good cardio blast.
Favorite lift: deadlift, with power cleans close behind.
Favorite full-body movement: sandbag get-ups.
Unfavorite/hate, so should probably do more: Curtis P’s