Exercise Success Tied to Choosing Right Program
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Whether your goal is to improve health or train for a sport, choosing the right exercise program can spell the difference between success and failure. That's what Trinity Health's Exercise Physiology team concludes after years of experience and training.
Located at the Minot Family YMCA as part of Trinity's longstanding partnership with the Y, Exercise Physiology is unique in terms of its depth and experience. It continues to rank as the region's #1 choice when it comes to human health and performance.
"Everything we do is science based," Coordinator Russell Gust, MS, CSCS, explains. "Our staff is educated, with master's degrees in Exercise Physiology and/or certifications from key organizations. We know the protocols and the latest training methods, which give us the ability to not only help our clients succeed, but to give them the variety they need to keep their enthusiasm high."
Comprised of team members who are committed to staying on the cutting edge of exercise science, Trinity's Exercise Physiology program has undergone major changes in recent months that have enhanced its ability to serve its clients' needs.
"We're about real-life movement, whether on the field or in everyday life," Gust says. "We do functional training; we're a movement-oriented department. We don't train muscles, we train people."
New to the department is Leo Krajewski, MS, ATC, CSCS, who brings extensive experience working with high school and college athletes, including 16 years at the high school level in his recent home state of Arkansas.
"Leo has experience with the athletic population," Gust says. "The other area where we needed to ramp up was with the Y membership. That's where Rita comes in."
That's Rita Tescher, a fitness instructor at the Y for 12 years, who is perfectly equipped to focus on Trinity's personal training and group exercise efforts. "Exercise has always been a big part of my life," says Tescher. "I love to teach it to people and help them feel better and stronger. When you have fun doing it you forget about how hard you've been working."
Like Gust, Leo has a master's degrees in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He's also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Rita is certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association and American Council on Exercise.
All three apply their expertise to a wide range of programs, including personal training, sports performance, clinical exercise/cancer exercise rehab, and corporate wellness.
"Our strength is that we can apply that knowledge and expertise to provide a better outcome for our clients," Leo says. "For example, research shows that exercising muscles separately isn't the best way to train because muscles don't work independently; they work together. We use a synergistic approach that teaches muscles to work together so they perform more effectively on the field. People who haven't trained that way are more likely to get injured."
Krajewski says he's seen cases where athletes have trained using a "bodybuilding approach." Then when they get out onto the field, pop - there goes their ACL (one of the knee's four major ligaments).
"Injury prevention is a big part of what we offer," Rita says. "That's our mantra. We have a great team that works hard to keep athletes safe. If you're injured you can't be on the field anyway."
According to Gust, research shows that the body can actually tolerate more than previously thought. Some parts of the anatomy can be worked four days per week; others can be worked every day. The knack is getting all the parts to work together.
"We train the entire athlete," Leo adds. "We break it down and find out what the weaknesses are. Our goal is two-fold: Improve strength and conditioning and prevent people from getting hurt. Also, when you consider the continuum of care we offer through Trinity Sports Medicine, we know right away if an athlete's been injured so we can adjust our workouts. No one else can offer that."
Clinical exercise and corporate wellness are also very important components of Trinity's Exercise Physiology service. More and more physicians are recognizing the importance of exercise to combat illness. Similarly, corporate executives are seeing that value in having a healthy work force with fewer sick days and down time due to illness and injury.
"What I see evolving in our department is all of our team members working together to meet the needs of our clients. We're committed to staying current with the latest information regarding exercise and physical fitness," Gust adds.
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