Q: You’ve been operating Wright Training for years now. What made you want to become a personal trainer and open your own gym?
A: The gym is about to have its 8-year anniversary but I have been a coach and trainer for 15 years. I have had a lot of injuries due to my sports (aka skiing mountain sports) and I never seemed to be able to be pain free until I fixed my mechanics and got on a consistent training program. I was having chronic back pain at 25 and getting stronger the right way changed my athletic lifestyle. I then went on to help other people and it was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I love learning about everyone’s bodies and then trying to fix their mechanics to make them stronger.
Q: We’ve all heard it before: “I don’t need to go to the gym – I hike/bike/ski every day.” What are your thoughts on that mindset?
A: Ha ha, this is my favorite thing to hear from a mountain town! Wright Training is not here to replace your outdoor activities; it is here to help prevent injuries and make you perform better in the mountain activities you love. The gym is designed to get you outside more you only need to train 1-3 days a week to see a difference but consistency trumps everything. You will get more fit coming here but that is not the main goal.
Q: Consistency is such an important part in all aspects of life. Considering the active and “go, go, go” lifestyle here, how often should we all be strength training? Why?
A: 1-3 days a week is perfect along with your outdoor activities with our maintenance program. It is not meant to replace going skiing, for example, but compliment it. Consistency is key though to see results. To fix mechanics and get stronger you need to come consistently, it is not a quick fix! It takes time to get stronger and more balanced.
Q: This past Spring, you were hit by a car while riding your bike, leading to a broken hip. You recovered rather quickly. How do you think your years of strength training attributed to your quick recovery?
A: I broke my sacrum and am so glad I had been training and had been strong going into the accident – I could have been out for so much longer. But I recovered rather quickly I always forget that having strength can also save your life or make your injury less.
Q: What else should we know?
A: Don’t be afraid to train at the gym – we modify and start everyone accordingly. You are pushed to your ability and individualized to your injury or body etc.. We do free 30 min orientations which is a great time to discuss your goals with a trainer.