When did you start training here and how old were you?
4 years ago, I was 53.
Why did you start training here?
I’d had some injuries that had kept me inactive for a while, which left me very underweight and out of shape. I’d never trained with a professional trainer before and I knew I needed more help than I could figure on my own.
What were your goals/expectations when you initially started training at Wright Training?
Prior to Wright Training, I had tried to stay in reasonable shape in the off-season, then ski or ride my way into better shape as the season progressed. I was hoping that Wright Training would make me stronger, to help performance and prevent injury. I had no idea what I was missing. First of all, I thought I was in much better shape than I was. Training with Crystal has shown me the difference between just getting sports-specific muscles in shape vs. full-body strength.
How has it made a difference with recreational activities?
Skiing, cycling, hiking and everything else are so much more fun now. I’m much faster uphill and down and I have much better endurance. Anyone who trains with Crystal will tell you the same thing. It’s the best investment you can make in your favorite activity. Taking a ski fitness class will make you a better skier than a new pair of skis will, for a third of the price.
How has strength training made a difference in your daily life?
It’s something I notice every day, whether it’s loading things in the truck, doing yard and household projects, dealing with luggage while traveling – the list is endless. Being stronger is really handy.
What advice would you give someone who was considering starting with Wright Training?
Don’t worry that you’ll be the slowest person in class. Crystal’s classes accommodate people of all fitness levels and she watches newbies like a hawk to make sure they’re getting the most out of class. Everyone works at their own pace, so you’re not going to be holding anyone up. It’s a very supportive environment, too, so expect to make some new friends. Another option is to schedule a few private classes until you feel ready for group class.
And last, but not LEAST, what is your FAVORITE exercise and why?
I really like back squats and dead lifts. You can really feel how those lifts translate to cycling and skiing. I also like the core exercises at the end of class.