Small Group Training Works Around Injuries

Even in the best of health, as we age, our bodies don’t always move as easily and painlessly as they did in our younger years. Add an injury and staying active can become even more difficult. Unless that is, you have a fitness expert and workout facility that is experienced in and accommodating your specific physical condition.

As a sixty-something woman who has worked out her entire adult life, Carol Rosseland, was having difficulty finding a gym that was a good fit for her as she attempted to maintain her active lifestyle while overcoming several injuries. She had tried three different facilities in her area over the course of a few years, without much success. Ultimately, she ended up quitting each of those because she didn’t have support or guidance from the staff to make sure she was doing the right exercises to achieve results without aggravating her shoulder and knee injuries.

“I was in other gyms in the past and I was desperately trying to find something that would work for me, and could accommodate my injuries,” explains Carol. “I chose Fitness Together’s PACK training because it was a lot more cost effective for me; and the location is perfect because it’s close to where I work and live. It’s easy for me to get there, and I love the group of people and trainers I work out with. I’ve been in enough gyms to see the difference, and to experience how Fitness Together does it best.”

Carol has found great success in working out at Fitness Together in a PACK Small Group Training environment. In each of her twice weekly PACK Training sessions, Carol and a group of 1-3 other individuals complete a 45-minute workout that includes a set of exercises with four different options that are equally challenging for any fitness level. The four levels of progression for each exercise range from move and active to sport and extreme. They provide a good fit for anyone in the group. More advanced clients in a group can work at a higher intensity, while beginners may being doing lower impact movements. Either way, in a small group setting the personal trainer can easily make adjustments for each member to ensure they’re still moving and getting a great workout.

“It’s okay to not be at the same level as the person next to you during a PACK session,” says Tom Bohlin, personal trainer at Fitness Together Tysons. “You’re still getting a good workout and working the same muscles, but at your own level. If someone like Carol has previous injuries, we add extra warm ups to help prevent and not add extra aggravations to an existing condition. Carol has done great in her PACK group. Her strength and stamina has improved, she’s dropped some weight and she’s increased her endurance.”

Besides doing challenging exercises that get great results, Carol also enjoys the camaraderie, encouragement and accountability that’s associated with working out in a group environment. Carol feels like her trainers are equal in their praise and attention for each member in her group. She likes that they take the time to modify or alternate an exercise to meet her needs and injury limitations. They’ve even added corrective movements and stretches to Carol’s workouts for her to do in between circuits to help her strengthen the muscles around her injured areas.

“I’m much better with external motivation,” explains Carol. “I need someone to expect me to be there to do the workouts. I don’t like getting beat up at the gym, but I do enjoy being pushed and encouraged. I think the trainers at Fitness Together are good at welcoming every type of body to their studio and making everyone feel comfortable and accommodated. Out of all of the places I’ve been and all the workouts I’ve done in my life, Fitness Together PACK training is by far my favorite.”

Whether new to working out, or a veteran, Carol encourages anyone who’s looking to get fitness results without getting injured, to try Fitness Together’s PACK Small Group Training. Everyone in PACK is there for the same purpose – to get fit, look good and feel great. Carol and her PACK group have a lot of fun getting fit together in an upbeat, energetic environment where everyone – trainers and clients alike – are supporting each other to meet their health and fitness goals.

To schedule your complimentary 90 minute consultation with one of the expert trainers at Fitness Together Tysons call (703) 289-9909 or visit fitnesstogether.com/tysons for more information.

Katie Warechowski
Katie Warechowski has always had a passion for being healthy and fit. She was a nationally ranked diver and a gymnast in high school and now enjoys playing tennis. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Health Science. She’s a nationally certified personal trainer and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist through one of the most highly recognized organizations, the American Council on Exercise. She loves continuing education so Katie is always reading about the latest health and fitness studies. She incorporates all different aspects of health and fitness into her programs to help her clients achieve maximal results. But be careful, she’s not known around the studio as “Killer Katie” for nothing.