Check out what one of our Remote Coaching Athletes has to say about the programming his experiences at RSC.
I worked out rather often in one form or another since I was 14 years old. This got much more intense as I entered college and participated in Division 1 Track & Field. The discipline helped me develop functional strength, with a goal oriented focus. However, being able to do a single leg deadlift isn’t what gets you attention on college campus, huge biceps do. Fast forward a few years, and I was no longer participating in organized sports. However, I still worked out 4 – 5 times per week. Left to my own devices, I chose to concentrate on ego building exercises, and left the squat rack alone. Fast forward about 10 years, and I eventually left everything alone. I quit working out and slowly lost all the mass that I packed on over the past several years.
Last fall, I decided to get back in the gym, and I went often. Sometimes as often as 7 days a week. I was able to make some decent gains, but things were different. I was 15 years past my peak condition and didn’t have the same discipline to get me where I wanted to be. With the goal of running a Spartan Race in a few months, I reached out to Relentless Strength & Conditioning. Again, I already had the motivation to go to the gym and work hard. That wasn’t the problem. I bring this up because I didn’t need someone to count my reps for me, I needed someone to make sure the reps counted. I told Andy about my goal, and he was more than happy to help me out. He mentioned that it’s important to have a goal, but this is about more than just one race. It’s about leading a lifestyle that will enable me to complete this race, and be healthier going forward, both mentally and physically.
Over the next several weeks, Andy designed programs that were aligned with my fitness goals as well as my time constraints. Like I said before, he made the reps count. He was also available to augment my program based on other challenges I faced. For example, trying to work out in a packed NYC gym. He’s always quick to respond whenever I sent him a text about certain equipment not being available, and offering suitable alternatives in return.
With Andy’s help, I was able focus on impact, and develop that same functional strength I once had in college. This not only helped me complete the Spartan Race, which was a huge accomplishment for me, I was also relieved of lower back pain that had been nagging me for years. My flexibility also increased, and it made everyday movements much easier to accomplish. I just felt better overall. Work was still stressful, and I had a newborn daughter to care for, but my mood and energy level was much better than it had been over the past several years. To his earlier point, it was about more than just one race.
As a new father who’s constantly chasing an extremely active baby around, this lifestyle change couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s also great to know I’ll be able to actively participate with her once she starts engaging in organized sports as well.