Although I’ve been working in the reahab/health and fitness field for 18 years, I started Louden Kinetics classes 10 years ago with the simple act of helping a friend. She was a new mom with two small children (a good thing) and a baby with debilitating back pain (not so good). The back pain was preventing her from being able to do simple daily things. But she couldn’t find a fitness program that would help her get stronger to be able to manage. It all just hurt.
One day in the schoolyard she was at her breaking point. I suggested we work together and devised a simple solution: movement. Targeted, thoughtful movement tailored to her abilities in the form functional fitness classes. There were ups and downs along the way, but 10 years later she is still coming to class and her back pain is under control. Best of all, she can keep up with her kids, feels strong and is not in pain. You should see her rhyme off pushups and one-arm burpees!
Finding a health and fitness professional to work with isn’t an easy task – I know that. In addition to training and experience, you need to work with someone you connect with and trust. Someone who “gets” you and can motivate you. But, before you can figure that out, you need to know how qualified your trainer is.
I don’t think a list of credentials or experiences should ever be “it”. I’m always learning – looking for new ideas, sharing best practices and listening. Yup, a lot of listening equals a lot of learning. If there is something in particular you want to know about my experience, please do ask me.
Here’s a snapshot of my credentials:
Fitness can be intimidating. Confusing. And full of conflicting information. My approach is different because it’s based on functional fitness. Functional fitness is exercise that integrates many muscle movements as opposed to working them in isolation at the gym. And it’s how your body moves in everyday life, whether it’s chasing your kids or chasing your dream on the roads, the trails or in a pool. We are just training for an event or one sport – we’re training for life.