- By Sean Wells - Posted in: OC member information - 4 APR 2019
“Slow and steady wins the race”
By Sarah Gresham
Amy reached out to Oregon CrossFit about a year ago. She was looking for a personal trainer that could work with her a couple days a week to prepare her for an upcoming Spartan Race that her and her husband signed up for.
When I first met Amy, we did a movement assessment – with her gymnast background she had great body awareness, upper body strength & mobility. However, she was unable to squat past ¼ depth and lunge without significant knee pain. I assured her that there would be plenty we could do to get her strong and ready for the upcoming Spartan Race without squatting in her program.
For the first couple of months I strictly programmed a variety of deadlifts for lower body strength days using; barbell, kettlebell & dumbbell.
As time progressed I started adding in accessories such as; good mornings, hip bridges, single leg deadlifts, box step ups (eventually with weight) and we even added in a barbell hip thrust pyramid cycle.
As Amy gained strength I started adding in box squats. We stuck to box squatting with a barbell (front & back) as well as a KB/DB for goblet squats… starting above parallel and eventually over time (several months) lowering the box to parallel.
After about 10 months of training, Amy was becoming stronger and more confident. She asked if we could back squat … without a box!
We programmed barbell back squats the following week… Amy was able to squat full range of motion, with weight, to below parallel, with no pain!
When Amy first started her husband pulled me aside and asked if I thought she’d ever be able to squat again… I replied, “YES, it might take a while but I’m confident that she’ll be able.”
Amy just celebrated her 1-year anniversary with OC’s Personal Training Program. One of the best things we get to experience as trainers is being a part of our client’s fitness journey, progress & success!
We are so proud of Amy’s hard work; she’s been positive, patient, consistent and persistent through this entire process.
What’s next for Amy?
Amy is starting a combination of Personal Training and Oregon CrossFit Group Training. She’s preparing for her next Spartan Race!