CCF: What was it that made you first seek a personal trainer and what were the main issues you needed help with?PT: I started training with Lisa to avoid future injuries. I had a previous shoulder injury and wanted to continue to exercise with someone who knew my strengths and weaknesses.
CCF: How has training with CCF helped with those issues? What can you do now that you couldn’t do prior?
PT: It was through Lisa that I met Hope (cannot remember her last name) and that I started walking. I began training with a walking group that is now the Queen City Walking Club. I would never have been able to accomplish what I have done without the support of Lisa and my walking coaches.
My cross-training sessions with Lisa ensure all my muscle groups are in great shape to sustain my great love of walking, and I have avoided major injuries. I took a very serious fall two years ago and escaped with only scrapes and bruises.
CCF: What would you suggest to someone who is considering an exercise routine? What do you think is the most important exercise?
PT: I would suggest to anyone who wants to begin to exercise to start walking — just 15 minutes a day — and then gradually increase with time. I would also connect with a personal trainer because it is important to have a plan developed specifically for you.
I feel that a combination of strength training and cardio is the best approach; it keeps your heart health and your muscles strong.