I’m so excited for you guys to meet Sally today! Here is how this interview happened: I was down at Rosencutter Ultra Fitness & Performance waiting for Nick to start my second session. I started to read the success stories that are posted on the wall, including Sally’s. I looked up and saw Sally, said is this you?! and we briefly met. She greeted me with a warm smile, was so sweet, + told me she reads BalancedAmes. As we were going through our separate sessions at RUFP, I saw what awesome shape she is in (+ she had some amazing capris on…so I had to know where they were from…Athleta). I mentioned my observations to Nick and he raved about her progress and her dedication to training. I told him, I have to have her on the blog…and asked if he thought she would agree. Nick called her over and here we are!!!!! 🙂 She was so humble + modest when I asked her, but I assured her that she was completely deserving and we could learn a lot from her! She is a strong woman! I’m coming after your pushup record 😉 She is definitely an amazing example of training for life…I let her tell you more!
Ames: Introduce yourself + tell us about your job.
Sally: Thanks so much for asking me to do this interview! To say that I was a little surprised that day by Amy’s request was an understatement! I see myself as just an everyday girl, doing everyday things, which I really enjoy and find very rewarding! I am an avid reader of many fitness posts, which I find very inspiring and helpful, and never thought of actively contributing towards a post because “I’m just a normal person” as I told Amy that day. After reading Amy’s questions and thinking about them, I realized we all have something to contribute. So here it is, thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy!
I’m 45 yrs old, wife to my super supportive husband Mike, and Mom to 2 fantastic boys Cal (16 yrs) & Noah (14yrs). I am a Speech Language Pathologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, where I work with patients experiencing cognitive, communication, & or swallowing deficits from almost any type of diagnosis. A: Awesome! A fellow healthcare worker 🙂
A: When did you start training with Nick + company and what were your fitness goals?
Sally: I was referred to Nick in January of 2013 from a friend who thought he might be able to help me with back pain, which I was experiencing at that time. My biggest goal was to not experience back pain, as it was hugely impacting all areas of my life. After a few months of working to get my glutes firing, reduce my anterior pelvic tilt, improve my core strength, and work on the basic movements (hip hinge, squat, push/pull), things really began to improve. I soon wrote further goals to drop body fat, improve my back squat, dead lift, & push-up, and do complete chin-ups. By the way, no one wants to hear “your glutes aren’t firing!”. A: Ah! We had many similar issues to start! Cheers to getting my glutes firing!
A: Were you working out before joining RUFP?
Sally: Yes, I’ve always been very active. Biking, tennis, running, and aerobics were a huge part of my younger years. Our home actually owned an ab-roller, thigh master, and Richard Simmons was routinely on due to having many older sisters! A: haha, yes! I definitely did some Sweating to the Oldies with my mom! In college I joined a commercial gym and I discovered I enjoyed weight training in a huge way. Since that time, I have always kept a gym membership, but also continued to bike, run, ski, and take private boot camps.
A: Have you met these goals? What are you working toward right now?
Sally: Yes, I soon progressed to meet these goals. It was hugely inspiring to complete 37 push-ups, dead lift 195 lbs, and bench 110 lbs. A: Wow.
Now, I find it helpful to keep a motivational log to record goals, quotes, thoughts, just about anything related to my training which I know I might forget.
Currently, I am training for my first figure competition (enormously motivating), and have goals to deadlift past 200lb, continue to improve my back squat/squat 175 lbs, and do 10 good pull-ups (so close at 7-8 depending on the day)…. with this my gym might finally see my “happy dance” as I call it.
A: Be honest, who is the toughest (aka, hardest on you) trainer at the gym?! 🙂
Sally: As you would expect me to say, they are all great really! The trainers at RUFP do not have the “drill sergeant” feel at all, they are more about having their clients use correct form and learn correct body mechanics, as far as the basic movement patterns are concerned ( hip hinge, squat, push, pull). The best thing is they all bring something different to the table in terms of personality, style, experience, so I really enjoy the variety of training/learning from everyone. A: Yes, they all seem awesome!
A: Favorite thing about working out at RUFP?
Sally: I love the sense of community the gym has, having a smaller clientele base let’s you get to know other people training. You start to realize everyone has their own goals which they are working towards. Someone might be working towards a race, marathon, training for competitive sports, or “training for life” as we all are doing, it is really fun to watch people you know progress. Working in a close community also really makes you more accountable, not only to yourself, and your coach, but also your friends. A: Love this! I really love having a planned program written just for my level, strength, and addressing my personal goals at this time. This really takes the brain work out of it for me, there it is, just show up and do the work so to speak.
A: What does a typical day in your diet look like?
Sally: Right now, because of my goals, I am trying to eat every 4 hours at least, usually watching my proteins, carbs, fats. A typical day includes: Breakfast oatmeal/cream of wheat + protein shake with fruits, veggies, fats. Mid morning snack of string cheese, nuts, or greek yogurt. Lunch of chicken or tuna, veggies, sweet potatoes/brown rice, yogurt. Snack of banana + peanut butter or granola bar, Dinner of Protein of some sort, veggies, and rice/or potatoes. Snack of cottage cheese/granola.
A: Do you meal prep or cook each day?
Sally: I do both. I always prepare foods in advance over the weekend, lunch foods, meats, cut up veggies, 1-2 supper meals. This might take a couple hours, but is well worth it, I know there are healthy foods in the house for my boys before sports or after school, and meal prep is less stressful later in the week.
My family is very helpful with this, often jumping in to help cut up, stir, or saute something.
A: I love that because she is also teaching her guys to eat healthy + how to prepare food! I also enjoy cooking as a hobby if I have the time, trying new recipes, cooking for family & friends is something I really love!
A: Favorite on-the-go snack?!
Sally: There are a lot of these. Favorite go to snack in a pinch, is any type of nut, but I also really like greek yogurt, fruit & peanut butter, cottage cheese & granola.
A: Best advice for someone that is contemplating starting an exercise program?
Sally: Get a well trained coach who knows his/her stuff! A: If you are in the Greenfield/Tosa are you can hire Sally’s team + my trainer! Spend sometime researching your trainer, they should have reputable credentials, among many other things. Strength training is amazing for you not only physically, but also mentally, and emotionally. You will love the feeling of accomplishment which comes with meeting your goals and will only want to set further goals for other areas of your life. For women, don’t worry about “getting to big” we don’t have the proper hormone balance for that, but it will change your metabolism in big way, and change your shape in a huge way very quickly, not to mention improve your ability with all the other physical things you do each day, whether it is running, skiing, biking, playing with your kids or for life in general.
A: What motivates you to get your workouts in?
Sally: Planning a scheduled time to train really helps, but a lot of other things too like setting & meeting goals, watching your progress over time on a schedule. I just really enjoy working out, maybe the rush of adrenaline, I don’t know, it can recharge my battery and change my frame of mind after a busy day. Taking scheduled days off to rest, makes me hugely motivated to train hard again!
This all started with giving Sally a compliment on her capris and how great she looks! And now, we all get to be inspired by her 🙂 Sally + I are going to get a bike ride + lunch date in soon! She seems like an awesome lady to know and be friends with!
I hope you guys picked up some inspiration here, I sure did!
Hope everyone is having a balanced Wednesday! 😉 -Ames