Hi friends! Happy Monday! As mentioned, Drew and I are relaxing for the beginning of the week in Lake Geneva for our 1 year anniversary! Last night we had a delicious dinner + enjoyed our anniversary cake, today is golf, and tomorrow massages! We feel so blessed + happy and we sure love marriage. This post was written before we left, so I could really soak in all the time with my husband 🙂
I wanted to follow up on how my program run through with Nick went. If you read the assessment blog, you have an idea of how we got to this point. I went back down to his gym to go through the program he wrote for me. He wanted to make sure I knew how to do everything + we went through each exercise to make sure my form was on point.
My new training program is going to consist of lifting 2x a week, sprint/speed work 2x a week, and then moderate distance work 1-2x a week.
This is a change in my training and it will give me better consistency. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I’m always up for different classes or activities (rock climbing, spinning, hiking, any activity really…). Truthfully, I’ve been pretty sporadic in my routine. Sure, I make sure to get my workouts in 5x a week…but, I didn’t really have a “plan”. After I read on his blog “random training equals random results”, I realized I needed more structure. Nick provided the structure and a plan.
The goals that we are working toward: getting stronger, improving running economy, and leaning out my abdomen. Additionally to help with the goals we’re focusing on improving hip hinge, learning to engage glutes better, and getting out of anterior tilt.
My eyebrow waxer (who is amazing at massages too by the way) questioned the goal of losing body fat. Truthfully, my abdomen had the biggest pinch by quite a bit and has always been my “trouble” area. It’s just where my body has consistently stored fat. I also told Nick I wanted to lean out my armpit area, but the pinched showed there wasn’t much fat there. He thought it was kind of funny and it seemed that I’m the first women that had this request (which is weird because my friends talk about this area too). I informed him that is why most girls take pictures with their arm posed. He informed me I just need better posture (pull my shoulders back….all the time).
My coworker/friend asked why I needed a trainer if I used to train people myself. I thought that was a good question, so I wanted to share the answer with you guys. The consistency I just mentioned is one reason. It also adds a lot of accountability to my training because I’m going to keep going to visit Nick and he’ll be able to tell if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and he’ll add progressions as needed. He will also calculate my body fat again toward the end of summer, and we will be able to tell if I’m moving toward my goals. Through the assessment, Nick was also able to point out weaknesses/imbalances that went unnoticed in my own training. He also emphasized the longer distance running I’m a big fan of isn’t helping me toward my goals (aka it wasn’t in my best interest to do another half marathon, even though I’d really like to PR sometime to go below 1:30). Sometimes, even if you have the knowledge base you need to hear it from someone else.
Overall, the program run through went great! Nick was there to give me pointers and notes on each lift. He is great at cuing me into better form + there to move my head or shoulder back himself if I’m not getting it. I enjoy his training style + he is a great guy to be around.
If you live in the area (Greenfield and Wauwatosa locations), go see Nick and his team! The gym is beautiful and the fitness professionals are top notch. As I trained along side some of his clients you get the sense of a real family atmosphere, Nick spoke to me about how much he loved that. People enjoy being a part of Rosencutter Ultra Fitness & Performance. Additionally Nick and his staff are very easy to talk to and make you feel very welcome and comfortable. You can tell they are truly invested in their clients + engaged in each session.
During the time I was there I picked up two interviewees! One is the female trainer Brittney (Nick speaks so highly of her + it’s easy to see she practices what she preaches) and the other is one of their successful clients Sally. I noticed Sally from across the gym because a) she had amazing Athleta capris on and I had to ask where they were from, b) she is one fit lady. She is also a reader of the blog!) 🙂
I will keep you updated on how the program goes. I’m excited to start it this week. Special thanks to Nick for partnering with BalancedAmes to bring me + all of you his training expertise. I’ll have him on again soon to share more knowledge! I hope everyone has a great week. On Wednesday you are going to meet my handsome husband 🙂 -Ames