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Effective, efficient tools for exercise

Marshall teaching fitness series

Melinda Mawdsley

Peaks. Valleys. Plateaus.

Exercise regimens can be filled with all three, but Roan Marshall is offering an information-packed fitness series designed to help everyone enrolled expand his or her fitness knowledge and avoid all three.

A personal trainer since 1986, Marshall has returned to the Yampa Valley after living in Hawaii for a decade and training future fitness instructors. Marshall used to be a personal trainer at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center and wanted to provide residents an opportunity to learn and apply the same tools he uses when teaching future fitness professionals.

“There are very few people in the gyms these days that are being as effective as they could be,” Marshall said. “It seems like such a shame to have so few people trained effectively. The whole idea really is, I’m turning the fitness instructor training course into something the general public can use and empowering people to train themselves in a more effective and safer manner.”

Marshall’s course costs $150 for Health and Rec members and $200 for nonmembers and is limited to 20 participants. The 10-session series runs Jan. 18 to Feb. 17 and is open to all levels and anyone 16 years or older. Each session runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Health and Rec center.

The first 30 minutes will be spent in theory, and the final 60 minutes will be spent looking at the exercises or techniques.

“People typically don’t remember things unless they do them,” Marshall said.

The timing of the series corresponds with New Year’s resolution time, and losing weight or body fat is typically one of the more popular resolutions. Unfortunately, many people have a difficult time sticking to their goals.

Current research shows that more than 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program give it up within six months, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

“There are some keys to keep in mind,” Marshall said. “The truth is, unless they make exercise as painless and convenient as possible, most people won’t stick with it.”

Another key, Marshall said, is variety. Going to the gym every day and punching 30 minutes on the stationary bike will get stale. The fitness series he is teaching will highlight every major muscle group, discuss cardiorespiratory conditioning and flexibility techniques, as well as advanced-training concepts.

“When I was younger, I had the idea that you should work as hard as you can for your goals,” he said. “Thousands of people later, I’m interested in helping people work as easily as possible to get desired results. The truth is, frequency, intensity and duration are less important than consistency. Consistency is really the most important thing, because consistent stimulus forces your body to respond by adapting.”

People interested in taking the class must sign up by Monday at the Health and Rec center, and more information about each session is available there, as well.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com


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