What Makes Summit Coaching & Training Stand Out
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About Summit Coaching & Training
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be self-employed doing what I truly love to do, but I didn’t know how I was going to make that happen. With some courage a few years ago, I decided to take the leap and turn my passion into my career. I am now a CSEP Personal Trainer, a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, and an aerobic coach who focuses on trail runners and ultramarathon runners. My areas of specialty are strength training, trail-proofing my athletes, injury recovery, and creating and maintaining independence into the later years of life.
I operate Summit Coaching & Training in St. Albert, under the roof of Athletes Nation One, which is a specialized sport performance training facility. I have the incredible opportunity to work with two of Canada’s most highly certified strength and conditioning specialists, as well as another phenomenal CSEP Personal Trainer. We have a wide range of exercise equipment at the gym, including squat racks, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells, resistance bands, mini bands, hurdles, plyo-boxes, and TRX straps.
My hours of operation are weekday mornings from 8 am to 11 am, and weeknight evenings from 4 pm to 9 pm. I see my clients in person, but I also do live video sessions. With the current pandemic, I offer video sessions to all my clients, and the exercise programs are adapted to use what is available in their homes.
The Summit Coaching & Training Difference
The part of my business that I am most proud of is my coaching ability to help my clients get through the most challenging times. I have helped many people through injuries, ranging from concussion to nerve damage to chronic tendinosis to acute sprains. For a person who is active every day, having an injury that limits or stops their activity is more than just a physical challenge. It’s a mental and emotional challenge. I use my experience with working through and overcoming severe injuries to help others get through their problems.
I incorporate a lot of coaching into my aerobic training. Running can be as much a mental challenge as a physical one, and the muscle that typically is left out of the training program is the brain! So my clients and I work on training their brains. We use proven strategies to develop the resilience and fortitude to recognize when the brain becomes the limiting factor, and the strength to overcome that.
I pour my heart and soul into my work, and I bring my best to my clients every day. I am invested in their success and do everything in my power to help them achieve that. Sometimes it’s through some tough love, and sometimes it’s through some gentle encouragement. I learn their strengths and tailor their programs and my coaching towards those. We work on weaknesses as well, especially if those weaknesses are leading to pain and imbalances in the body, but focusing on strengths builds confidence and self-efficacy, and that’s where my clients shine.
The achievement I am most proud of in my business is the creation of my team. My clients function as a team, training and running together, encouraging and supporting each other, waiting at finish lines for each other, celebrating each other’s accomplishments.