Yesterday, I cruised down to Nick’s gym Rosencutter Ultra Fitness & Performance in Greenfield for an assessment. You guys…his gym is awesome! It’s great to see a fellow UW- La Crosse grad having success and doing what he is passionate about. He has done a really nice job with the place, although I did tell him he decorated his office like a guy. 🙂 It’s fine, we’re friends.
When I arrived to the gym I felt really nervous! Truthfully, it was great perspective to be on the other side of the assessment. It’s a very humbling experience. From talking to past clients, I know a lot of people get self conscious and intimidated by fitness professionals. It’s important to keep in mind that they are there to help you and it’s really important for them to get your starting point, assess your body + goals to start you on an effective program, and to make sure that you will be able to safely train (ie. looking for muscular imbalances, or postural issues that might lead to injury). They are in your corner and want you to succeed, they aren’t/shouldn’t be judging your starting point…they should just be ready to dig in with you and get you to your goals. Nick did the most thorough assessment I’ve ever been through. I was there for 2 hours! He made me feel completely comfortable + we had a lot of fun during the process.
We jumped right in with body fat testing, and I had to pop my tank top off and get pinched in several locations. Including my cheek 🙂 He did postural, movement, and flexibility assessments. Nick took pictures of me. He made me run in the cold weather (haha, it wasn’t that bad) to film my running stride. I did some push-ups and plank variations for him. We dug right in and he showed me some exercises he wants me to do on the daily. With all of this information, he will be writing a program. It will include 3 days of strength training and leave me room to also get a few runs and bike rides in. I’m so excited to get the program and commit to following it, and I’m excited to be a good trainee.
From the man himself: “We are going to get you out of anterior tilt/pelvis more neutral, improve your glute function, build stability around your hips/improve lumbopelvic control, and improve your squat and hip hinge patterns while we build muscle and strength in order to improve running performance and body composition. Overall you need STAbility while you have enough and in some areas excessive FLEXIbility”.
Here is some information that you can gain from Nick + my time together:
If you are not strength training, you NEED to be. We talked about runners, that just run. This is not setting you up for your best performances, and it is setting you up for injury. It is also not the best way to lose weight or body fat if that is your goal.
From Nick’s interview on BalancedAmes- Bottom line is: If you are exercising but not incorporating strength training, you are missing the ball. You owe it to yourself to learn how to properly do it and make your life better. -Nick Rosencutter
One of my goals is to lose body fat. Even though, I have the knowledge that long runs are not going to get me to my fitness goals…this girl still likes to run 😉 I was negotiating with Nick to see what he thought about me running another half marathon and he didn’t take the bait. Of course, I could do it and he would program it in to my training…but, it doesn’t align with my current goals so I’m not going to do it. From all of his pinches and pictures, we know my starting point and will be able to reevaluate in a couple months and see the progress body composition wise. He also knows about my upcoming events such as the Captiol View Triathlon and knows I want to improve my time.
We also talked about yoga! There are some poses that Nick talked about that are great…but, also some poses that aren’t so great and really could be doing a number on my body (+ your body if you practice). Check out his blog post here as an example, I get way deeper into this hip flexor stretch…eek! It just really made me want to be more conscious of my practice.
So, where do we go from here?! He will write my program, and then I’m heading back down to meet him next week to go through it. Then, I will be doing the program in my gym in Waunakee and will visit him to get program updates and eventually we’ll do another assessment to see where I’m at. We’ll work out some of the issues he mentioned above.
If you live in the area (gyms in Greenfield + Tosa, Wisconsin), I highly recommend you head on over to RUFP and get yourself an assessment and start a program. I was able to briefly meet Nick’s team and I know they’ll take really good care of you + their knowledge base is top notch. This is one business I can definitely stand behind and can’t wait to continue the BalancedAmes + Rosencutter Ultra Fitness & Performance relationship.
Has anyone used a personal trainer before? How was the experience? I hope your assessment was as thorough as mine!
Afterward, I was able to spend time with my family on the way back home. Going to see Nick and swinging through to see my family made for a great day! I hope everyone else has a great + healthy + balanced weekend. I’ll be at UW Hospital if anyone needs me (aka, working). Happy May! -Ames