Who Are Summit’s Strength Training Clients?

Think only athletes train for strength? The clients vying for time with Summit’s strength trainers may surprise you.

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The growth of Summit’s individual strength training program is exceeding expectations. The two performance specialists dedicated to personalized strength training tell us that coveted one-hour time slots fill up quickly, and more of their clients are opting to continue training indefinitely. Who are these strength training clients vying for personal training spots? We spoke with performance specialist Heidi Corbett to find out.

Postsurgical patients

“Many of our strength training clients are surgical patients referred by Summit physicians and surgeons,” Heidi explains. “Strength training before a surgical procedure can help to improve the patient’s outcome. Also, some patients want to continue supervised exercise beyond the physical therapy sessions covered by insurance. Our personalized strength training is a great option, because we can work directly with the patient’s physical therapist to understand where the patient is in the rehabilitation process and support them in continuing to reclaim strength and function.”

Individuals committed to weight loss

Losing weight in a way that supports good health doesn’t mean a short-term starvation diet. “A combination of a nutritious diet and regular exercise is the healthiest approach to weight loss,” says Heidi. “When clients schedule a free wellness consult with weight loss as their goal, we usually suggest a combination of strength training and nutrition consultations with our registered dietitian. When you are building muscle and eating a well-balanced diet, it’s easier—and healthier—to drop unwanted weight.”

Patients over 50 focused on prevention

“People understand that fitness contributes to a more vibrant life,” says Heidi. “Research shows that walking and maintaining core strength reduces the risk of a fall. This matters because in later life, a fall can have a serious impact on function and quality of life. Some of our clients embrace our program because they want to stay in shape and avoid injury now—and for years to come.”

Couples

“I love the couples I work with,” Heidi laughs. “It’s always easier to work out with a buddy. Knowing that someone is meeting you makes people more accountable and less likely to cancel a session. It’s also very motivating to work out with your partner. I set up exercises that ask my couples to work together and support each other—and other exercises that let them have fun competing against each other. The couples I train view their sessions as a time to be together and have a great time.”

Small groups of friends

Friends keep each other accountable, and good company can make exercise seem a lot less like a chore. “Jeff has been working with a group of girlfriends from the launch of the wellness center at Summit,” says Heidi. “These women have been meeting with him twice a week for more than a year. They feel stronger because they are training, and they value their time together.”

Athletes

“Summit provides medical care to District 833 high school athletes, and strength training is part of that care,” says Heidi. “People typically think of athletes when they think about strength training. In truth, though, strength training can benefit everyone.”

Do you recognize yourself in one of the client profiles benefiting from personalized strength training? We’d love to talk with you about your wellness goals. Contact us to set up a wellness consultation; we’ll work with you to support your active lifestyle and fitness goals.

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  • Heidi Corbett, M.S., C.S.C.S.

    “I truly believe exercise is medicine, and everyone can benefit from physical activity. My goal is to help support individuals in leading healthy lifestyles by improving their overall well being. It’s never too late to make positive changes.”

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