Upon opening my studio many people have asked me what makes my training facility different than the commercial gyms and other fitness studios in the area. And most of the time I reply with “well me, of course!” To which I get in return a blank stare or a fake chuckle because most people have no idea how to respond. But the fact is, it’s true, I am what sets me apart from other facilities. And no I’m not being over confident or cocky, my facility is different because I’m running it, not them. I am in no way bashing other trainers or fitness professionals or saying my training is better than theirs, I’m just stating Design Yourself Strong is different because it’s Design Yourself Strong!
So instead of comparing my training to other professionals or facilities, I would like to educate you on what you can expect from training at Design Yourself Strong.
Background and Education
First, let me tell you a little about my background. I grew up in the Hudson Valley and I am eager to help as many local athletes and adults as possible. I am a former collegiate athlete in which I played Division 3 basketball at the University of New England. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, with my degree I became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition, which will allow me to further assist my clients, as well become a Certified Nutritionist in New York State.
Allow me to explain my credentialing a little more. Both certifications I hold require a Bachelor’s Degree in order to even sit for their respective national certifying exams. Again, not bragging, just illustrating that the training I deliver is based on a solid educational background. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) is the “gold standard” for strength coaches and even personal trainers. This credential certifies that coaches have both the science and practical knowledge to develop proficient training programs. Now a Certified Athletic Trainer is a little different, the best way I used to explain my profession to my family and friends was “you know when you’re watching a game on TV and someone get hurts, well I’m the person in khakis who runs out to help that athlete.” Clearly, that’s a complete injustice to Athletic Trainers, but it was the best way I could get people to grasp my profession. However the main difference in the strength and conditioning field between athletic trainers, personal trainers and even strength coaches is how we evaluate, manage, and even understand pain and injuries. This is a significant benefit for my training programs because I have the ability to help alleviate pain through exercises and mobility work and I have the knowledge to modify training around the pain or injury. Combining the two certifications give me the resources to be a well-rounded movement specialist and fitness professional.
Education and certifications mean nothing without experience. Right out of college I began working at large physician owned orthopedic practice. I spent a significant amount of time in the physical therapy clinic and provided outreach athletic training coverage to a local community college. After three years there I needed a change and tried my hand in fitness management at a few commercial gyms, which wasn’t exactly what I wanted either. So I found my way back to Athletic Training in 2012 at Rhinebeck Central High School, my time at Rhinebeck restored my love for Athletic Training, but it did not fulfill my passion. Martin Rooney wrote an article a while back about having a knot in his stomach every time he went to work as a physical therapist, not because he didn’t he enjoy his work, but because he knew he was capable of so much more, and boy was he. That article stuck with me for quite some time, as I experienced something very similar. While I loved the work I was doing, it just wasn’t my passion. I wasn’t happy and I knew it was now or never to take the leap of faith. So I resigned from Rhinebeck in September of 2015, rented a 950 sq foot industrial space and opened Design Yourself Strong Sports Performance and Personal Training.
At Design Yourself Strong Sports Performance and Personal Training I offer athletic development, personal training, and rehabilitation/ reconditioning programming.
- Athletic Development
The athletic development programs at Design Yourself Strong are designed to develop the whole athlete while improving sport specific performance, increase strength, power and speed, decrease the risk of injury, and enhance recovery. I provide my athletes with all the necessary tools to become better athletes and remain in the game longer. Programs are both athlete and sport specific, with a major focus on proper movement. If an athlete does not move correctly it can increase their chance of injury. Training sessions are offered in one-on-one sessions and small groups consisting of 2 to 4 athletes. Small groups can be predetermined or will be assigned based on athlete needs or sport.
- Personal Training
While I do specialize in athletic development, adult personal training is a large component of my business as well. I am fluid in training adults from all ages and fitness levels. Not everyone is an athlete and not everyone should train like an athlete! I offer adult personal training in private one-on-one sessions and small group training consisting of 2 to 4 clients (accommodations can be made for 5-6 if desired). While my main objective to help people feel better, move better, and live better, training is individualized to meet each client’s goals and needs.
Finally, the rehabilitation and reconditioning element of Design Yourself Strong, are for those coming back from an injury and don’t feel like they are 100 percent or ready to return to their sport or activity. It is also for those who have known muscle imbalances, muscle weakness, and mobility issues, but adjustments alone from chiropractors and physical therapists just aren’t enough. This type of training is best utilized in private one-on-one sessions, but can be programmed effectively in small group sessions.
I hope I have provided you with enough information to better understand me and the brand I am creating here at Design Yourself Strong Sports Performance and Personal Training. I encourage you to do as much research as necessary to allow yourself to make an informed decision about choosing the best fitness professional and program for you or your youth athlete.
If the training I offer interests you please feel free to contact me today!