Lizzy: I started working out with Scott when I was twelve years old. I was looking for someone to help me with balance and coordination and also ankle/knee injury prevention exercises. As I got older and I realized that I wanted to play basketball in high school, we moved towards more intense strength training, agility, and speed work.
I’ve been going to RVC for eleven years now, on and off from being away at school for four years, but every summer I would come back to train with Scott and try and improve in the off season. Last summer, after I graduated from college, I took up CrossFit, but I still train with Scott once a week.
Kathy: About nine years ago I had gained some weight and was not feeling fit. I knew I would not go to work out on my own, and I felt that if my family was working with a trainer, I should try, too. It was very slow at first. Then I started taking some classes and now I am at the Club five or six days each week! Since my initial trainer retired, I have been working with Scott Prince weekly and doing prescribed workouts on two other days. I am stronger now at almost 60 than I was at 50!
Joe: I’ve been working out at the Club from its creation in 1998. In the beginning, I did simple cardio workouts on the elliptical trainers. I eventually moved on to alternating those workouts with Nautilus and Cybex equipment. After watching Lizzy working out with Scott Prince, I began adding personal training sessions to my schedule. Over the past two years I’ve also been attending CrossFit classes while continuing a weekly training session with Scott.2 What was the initial catalyst for you to invest in personal training?
Lizzy: I started right away with personal training. I was young and didn’t really know anything about working out besides going to sports practices. I think what really got me there was my Dad started reading more and more about the rise of serious knee and ankle injuries in female athletes, and he wanted to find a way to try and prevent that during my athletic career. After that, it was really fueled by my desire to play at a higher level and keep improving in my sport.
Kathy: At first I needed to have a responsibility to someone else (an appointment time, a set class time…), and I needed someone to push me a little, but not too much, so a personal trainer was the right step.
Joe: My progress with the cardio sessions and weight machines had plateaued, and I saw the progress Lizzy was making. I needed both the push supplied by a trainer and, more importantly, the expertise.3 How has training at RVC positively impacted you individually and as a family?
Lizzy: Training with Scott helped me achieve my goal of playing basketball in college. I learned a lot about sticking to commitments and working hard through my training at RVC.
Training also made me realize how much I love the field of health; it’s an area I definitely want to be involved in, whether it’s my work or just continuing to exercise throughout my life.
When my parents started training, too, it definitely changed our lives. We all started eating better, and it gives us something extra to talk about and connect over.4 What are the top reasons you continue to use personal training?
Lizzy: Having someone focusing solely on my training needs, personal coaching on lifting techniques, and the relationship I’ve built with Scott over the years drives me to continue.
Kathy: I continue because of the individual program to help prevent injury and to work on my weak areas. Training gives me motivation to continue working on my fitness and strength.
Joe: It allows me to improve my technique, and I’m always learning new training methods.5 What advice would you offer people who want to get started with fitness but are apprehensive?
Lizzy: The trainers at RVC are incredibly good at what they do; they are very motivating. They will listen to all of your concerns and incorporate whatever you need into their programming. It’s a great way to start a positive change!
Kathy: JUST DO IT! The RVC staff are very knowledgeable, professional, friendly and caring. I was worried about switching trainers when mine retired. I had seen how hard Scott made Joe and Lizzy work and thought that I would not be able to work with him. I now know that Scott is a great trainer; he thinks hard about me as an individual and develops workouts specifically for my needs. He pushes me to reach my potential, and he is very encouraging!
Joe: Trust the training staff. They are knowledgeable and caring. They will listen, and they will steadily ease you into a more challenging workout. I am the oldest CrossFitter by far, and the coaches know my limitations and readily adjust any workouts that might cause problems with those limitations.