Strength Training. Who does it? How do you do it?
Almost two months ago now, the clinic seemed to be receiving several patients that were affiliated with Real Women Lift. The patients all had the highest regard for this local personal trainer and I wanted to meet her and see what she did. I looked up her website online, http://realwomenlift.com/, and spoke with the owner, Cindy Treaster (see her beautiful picture below) who allowed me to come in and observe her training sessions. A significant portion of her business is treating in small groups, 4-6 people for an hour with varying types of training methods attacking the entire body. My interpretation is that this allows her to personalize her sessions and monitor the clients thereby providing great service, but allowing a more reasonable price for her clients. I was so intrigued that I signed up for a month this past July for the 4 week session she hosts in the summer.
I quickly learned that each session, she asks her clients if they have any aches/pain or tender spots and then alters the training session accordingly, which is wonderful. In general I do think personal training is great, it gets people doing different routines and challenging their bodies. For me personally, after designing treatment and exercise programs all day long, it is nice to just have someone else tell me what to do! Also in particular to Real Women Lift, with my substantial schools loans from my wonderful doctoral education the small group price is a wonderful value!
Of course, the more individualized training and/or attention an individual receives the more personalized it can be for the client. Hence, why I believe in my model of physical therapy with the 1-on-1 personalized attention for an hour where it allows you to address the patient holistically. But with healthy individuals, who are looking to have someone assist you in your strengthening needs, I think Real Women Lift is a great option! Especially for many of those runners we see who only run, and keep coming back to us and we say…”Do you strength train?” and you say what again?? (you know who you are…) Whatever way you choose to strength train on your own, Real Women Lift, at a gym/fitness center, with a personal trainer, in your own home, WHATEVER, remember that your body wants you strong no matter if you are a desk job individual, recreational runner or elite athlete and it will scream at you when its weak spots start showing!
Often too people like to strengthen the “showy” muscles: 6 pack abs (rectus abdominis), biceps, triceps, upper traps, chest, lats etc…But don’t forget to strengthen those smaller and deeper muscles that keep you strong and stable like your rotator cuff muscles, deep ab muscle called transversus abdominis, the intrinsic muscles in your feet, etc.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding strength training or physical therapy feel free to comment below, contact your local area physical therapist or if you are in the St. Augustine, FL area contact us at email@example.com or 904-516-8121. If you are interested in learning more about Real Women Lift and live in the St. Augustine area as well, feel free to contact Cindy Treaster at RealWomenLift@aol.com.