client: Dana | personal trainer: Michael Piercy, owner, The Lab | location: West Caldwell, New Jersey
Injury. When Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab (Performance & Sports Science), first met Dana in the summer of 2008, she presented with a rare condition described by doctors as “functional movement disorder.” According to The Lancet Neurology (2012; 11 , 250–60), functional movement disorders are included in a wide spectrum of neurological disorders and are difficult to both diagnose and treat.
What equipment would you include in your dream studio?
You certainly have plenty of choices. The fitness equipment industry sold $4.3 billion worth of gear in 2010—a 4.1% increase from 2009—according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. While a substantial chunk of that revenue came from high-dollar devices like treadmills and elliptical trainers, a vast variety of specialized pieces of exercise equipment have also made their mark on the fitness industry.
Which ones add the most challenge and variety to customer workouts?
Two years ago I became a mother, reaching a mile marker in womanhood that set me apart from other personal trainers who had not experienced the challenges of pregnancy or postpregnancy body woes. I found out just what it took to make healthy decisions every day. With each trimester, I learned new ways to cope with ever-changing levels of energy, hunger, motivation and, most of all, hormones.
Speak with enough personal trainers at the start of their careers and you’ll quickly notice a common aspiration: They want to train professional athletes. Of course it’s fine to dream big, but it’s important to remember that professional athletes are extremely rare individuals. Consequently, pro athletes are neither as numerous nor as varied in age, gender or ability as everyday adult athletes.
Back in Canada, when my colleagues and I developed strength and fitness programs for hockey athletes, we began to notice something fascinating: Farm kids had distinct advantages when their “farm strength” was transferred to the ice. These young athletes were stronger on the puck, stronger in front of the net when battling their opponents, and stronger in odd body positions.
More than 400 personal trainers are scheduled to arrive in Seattle to join the ones who came early for the preconference options, which included TRX: Sports Medicine Suspension Training Course and NASM: Women's Fitness Specialist Workshop. If the opening class is any indication, we're in for a stream of steady inspiration from some of the Northwest's best.
I'm just going to come out and say it: I am not a fan of the term "anti-aging." Why? Well, if you are anti-aging, you are anti-living. We're all aging every second of every day--some of us on a faster track, yes, but the point is aging is natural and healthy. Why fight it? I prefer the term "pro-aging" because it connotes a positive approach to birthdays. From what I can see here at the 2014 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute in Seattle, everyone is on the pro-aging path and setting a new standard for the rest of the world.