The difference between working out and training is the outcome. Working out is a great model for those who enjoy doing what feels good for that specific day and time, or those who value the community of a group class. Generally, when working out, there is not a specific end goal or a set plan that outlines how to get from point A to point B. Unlike working out, training provides a specific regimen with a clear plan of action that will lead to a specific end goal. The end goal may be running a marathon in a set amount of time, gaining lean muscle mass while losing a percentage of unwanted body fat, or even just incremental increases in strength and conditioning. When working out, people are hoping for a desired outcome, yet with no tangible plan in place. Central Athlete provides clients with an avenue to achieve their goals in health and fitness. Our Coaching staff works with clients who are ready to ditch their usual workout regimen and start training with a purpose. Meggan came to Central Athlete with a specific goal in mind. She was ready to ditch her random workout routine and start training towards a specific and personalized outcome. “Prior to coming to Central Athlete, I was in a group fitness program. I loved the camaraderie of the group, however, I was struggling with a pretty substantial back injury that made working out consistently an issue.” After realizing her workout regimen was not serving her, she decided to step away from the regular group fitness routine. Meggan began to understand that her biggest priority was horse riding and she wanted to follow a program that would support her goal to ride pain free and continually progress in her sport. She knew she needed to address specific deficiencies and needed more personal attention from a Coach who understood her priorities. Meggan and her Coach accomplished this by creating a plan to overcome her back injury while supporting her heavy travel schedule.
“Fortunately my friend had recently become a Central Athlete client and encouraged me to get involved. I am beyond excited that she encouraged me down this path” says Meggan. Meggan started with Central Athlete by completing her Initial Assessment where her autonomic nervous system as well as her strength and stability were tested. Based on the results of her assessment, a long-term plan was developed to correct structural imbalances, while supporting her biggest priority of improving her horse riding ability. In order to decrease her back pain, single leg strength, hip stability and lateral core relative strength were prioritized. Additionally, her Coach, Amanda Martin, emphasized posterior chain strength and endurance to maximize technical efficiency while riding.“Central Athlete has been an amazing experience so far. I have been able to workout consistently, correct previous foundational weaknesses, and increase my general fitness. Given that horse-riding is my primary sport, Central Athlete and my amazing Coach have been phenomenal in creating a program that is designed to assist my riding while balancing out muscle groups that have the tendency to be over or under developed. At the gym I have found it easier to be consistent during aerobic training and have a better understanding of movement quality. I have also been able to move through workouts pain free.”