Trying to kick your performance into high gear but don’t know where or how to begin or dealing with an injury? We talked with one of Athletic Outcomes members, Sarah, all about her experience with AO. Read all about her story of personal training with Pat, moving on to classes, and even dipping into massage therapy with Christine! Hope you enjoy.
How did you find out about AO and what brought you back… multiple times? ☺
My fiancé had just started taking some AO classes through ClassPass and would always comment on how great the classes and instructors are. He recommended I reach out to them when I began looking for a Personal Trainer.
I ended up training 1-on-1 with Pat for a few months. He was incredibly attentive, constantly giving me feedback, ensuring that everything felt the way it was supposed to and giving me alternative exercises when something didn't feel right for my body.
After my training was over I dropped ClassPass and joined AO full time (as did my fiancé). Now I take group classes and I continue to receive high levels of attention and feedback. All of the instructors give personalized feedback and are constantly checking everyone's form and correcting when necessary. I also appreciate how much effort they put into making the classes different every time - they never get boring or repetitive.
All of these reasons, as well as the awesome AO community Pat & Brittaney have cultivated, keep me coming back.
Tell us what your injury was coming in and how that affected your workout routine and life in general.
I'd been having chronic neck, shoulder and back pain for about 3 years. I had gotten to the point where I was constantly in pain - I’d wake up in the middle of the night every night because of it, I couldn’t sit on a stool or backless chair for more than 5 minutes, even something as simple as brushing my hair was a painful task. I stopped working out altogether for a few months as it seemed anything I did would make the pain worse. And an equally taxing side effect was the mental toll it took on me to be in pain all the time and feel like there wasn’t much hope to remedy it.
I was seeing a physical therapist who was helping a lot, but I had come to a point where I needed to work on re-patterning my movement & start building strength in meaningful ways. That’s where AO came in.
What is your background in fitness/wellness? (former athlete, gym rat, cycle enthusiast, none of the above?)
I was a pretty serious ballet dancer up to the age of 17. Unfortunately, my fitness routine greatly declined when I stopped dancing, and I had never been super comfortable working out in a gym or gym setting.
What did you expect out of your treatments/PT sessions?
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Personal Training. It sounded scary and potentially torturous as someone who’s mental picture of a Personal Trainer was a drill sergeant-type. I was also hesitant to be too hopeful as I had already tried a lot of different things to try to feel better.
Now going through them, how does that compare to the above expectation and what have you learned or gained?
It’s now easy to say that my Training sessions have greatly exceeded and corrected some of my expectations. Pat was great at encouraging me in a helpful way and at making me feel comfortable as I had never done 85% of the exercises he was having me do.
Through Training, not only was my chronic pain greatly minimized, but I gained strength, confidence, and knowledge on how to properly move and work out.
Who would you recommend AO to? Christine’s Massage Therapy to? (not specific people BUT rather people with what types of injuries?)
I would recommend AO to anyone who is interested in building meaningful strength and just feeling great all around. The AO emphasis on proper movement and form as well as the fully modifiable exercises makes it a perfect place for anyone from a gym layman/laywoman to a gym rat looking to rehab an injury or just build strength and move better.
Again, I’d recommend Christine to anyone, with any level of athleticism. With my chronic pain, I had gotten a lot of massages and none come close to how effective Christine's are. She has incredible knowledge and awareness of the body and can get to the root of an issue even if I have a hard time pinpointing it.
What can someone expect from AO when walking in the doors for their first class, PT session, Nutrition Consultation, Massage Therapy?
You can always expect a warm welcome, effective methods, and a positive, encouraging atmosphere!