Trainer Spotlight: Kacie Harrington
Name: Kacie Harrington
Balance Location: Glover Park
Has Worked at Balance Since: February 2014
Personal Trainer Since: 2011
What is your personal training style?
Fun, challenging and results-focused. I like to incorporate all aspects of fitness in each workout including cardiovascular endurance, strength, power, agility and flexibility. I emphasize movement, proper form and body weight exercises.
What kinds of workouts do you like to do (when you’re working out yourself)?
I enjoy lifting sessions that involve full body power movement intervals between strength sets. I also swim, run and bike along with yoga and balance work. I am always up for joining in a sport or fun new challenge!
How long have you been running?
I have been competitively running on and off since high school. I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t running in some form, whether it was conditioning for a sport or to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
You recently won first place in a trail running race - how long have you been doing trail races? How did you train for that event (both to complete the race and to win!)?
I have been doing trail races every so often since 2010. I was inspired to hit the trails when I decided to train for my first mud-obstacle race. I figured I would have a more pleasurable time on the course if I was used to the terrain.
To train for events, I focus my energy on speed work, hill work and strength/power conditioning for the legs. I make sure to work the back side of the legs including glutes, hamstrings and calves so they are ready for the hills.
I also make sure to incorporate lots of balance and stability work moving in all three planes of motion (saggital, frontal and transverse) so the body is able to react to the uneven terrain you will encounter in the trails. I also make sure to cross train so I do not overdue it or injure myself. My favorites are swimming, rowing and yoga.
How do you suggest people fit working out into their busy schedules?
I believe everyone has the time to workout if they manage their time right. Working out needs to become part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth.
I suggest you add it to your calendar like any other appointment you would not cancel or skip. Plan to meet someone to help stay accountable and most importantly remember that every little bit counts. It is not an “all or nothing” task.
If you now only have 10 minutes, still do something active that will benefit your health. I barely have 30 minutes to workout some days but I make sure to do something even if it is only kettlebell swings while I watch a show on TV.
What is the best thing about being a trainer at Balance Gym?
The best thing about being a trainer at Balance is the ability to work with amazing clients of all ages and abilities with a wide variety of goals while being surrounded by a enthusiastic, supportive staff all with similar beliefs about fitness and health.
You don’t see may gyms where all the trainers use foam rollers with all their clients. It is nice to feel like my values are being represented throughout the whole Balance team and company!
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