“Katrina really showed me what my body could do! I’ve fallen in love with strength training and I’m having fun seeing the results as I continue to see muscles that I didn’t realize I had. Training with the TRX was a blast; I’ve never had so much fun working out before! Thanks again for everything, Katrina!”
I love the outdoor workout you gave me. It is my favorite weight routine ever!
I met Katrina through a golf program at Seattle Athletic Club. I am an avid golfer and squash player. Ever since I started playing Squash 6 years ago at age 40, I have struggled with back pain, which negatively affected my squash, golf, and life in general. You would think I would just quit playing squash, but I enjoy the workout and the game to much. Instead, I have seen chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists as well as stretched, but the most effective thing I have done was to work with Katrina. In the beginning she gave me an assessment which identified my weaknesses and then she prescribed corrective exercises. She then gave me workouts that were increasingly challenging including TRX suspension training. After several months of working with Katrina I now enjoy golf pain free, I hit the ball farther, and my handicap has dropped three strokes from a 10 to a 7 (the lowest it has ever been). Squash still aggravates my body, but I now know how to manage it with targeted exercises, stretching and foam rolling such that I rarely have back pain anymore.
“For the past twenty five years, I have been working out three times a week doing cardio only. But as I approached my mid-forties, I found that it was difficult to maintain my weight without spending extra hours at the club. When I met Katrina Yniguez through the weight loss program last fall, she told me that I was working harder than necessary and that I could also maintain my weight through weight training. I was very skeptical but I thought I’d give it a try. After Katrina did a brief evaluation, she could pinpoint which muscles were weak and which ones were compensating, causing problems in my posture. We worked initially on strengthening these muscles when she realized how much pain I had in my hips. In the past two years, I spent thousands of dollars on doctors that told me to expect the pain (I was in an auto accident when I was a teenager). But after working with Katrina, she found out the main cause of my pain and worked with me to solve it. By the sixth session, my hip pain was gone. We are now working on the muscles in my body that haven’t been used in years and I am finding that it is much easier to exercise or just do daily activities now that they are getting stronger. Also to my surprise, I don’t have to work out as hard to maintain my weight. Katrina has totally changed my life with just a few training sessions. It is wonderful to have my life back and live life pain free.”
“A TRX workout with Katrina is one of my favorite ways to strength train. The suspended equipment allows for a ton of versatility and option with regard to both upper and lower body exercises. With the guidance of Katrina who oversees correct form, I am able to strength train using my own body weight which feels like a more balanced and effective way to build muscle. Using TRX equipment, I feel less likely to get injured than I do with certain free weights and Cybex equipment. It provides great results and is enjoyable in the process.”
“A couple of years ago I injured my back while training for a marathon. Initially I thought rest and ice would take care of it – it didn’t. I tried going to a chiropractor with no relief. Eventually, my doctor sent me to physical therapy where I received ultrasound treatments and was taught various stretching and strengthening exercises. The PT provided some relief, but I was still frustrated at my lack of progress as I had a nearly constant nagging pain, especially when I sat for long periods. I spent a lot of time self-diagnosing. An article in a running magazine suggested that one common cause of lower back pain in runners was an injury to the piriformis muscle in the lower back and buttocks. It quite literally is described as a “pain in the butt.” I decided this must be it. At the end of 2009, I started working with Katrina Yniguez at SAC. I explained to her my desire to get back to running, and my belief that my piriformus was causing my back pain.
Katrina conducted an assessment of my biomechanics and immediately prescribed some corrective exercises for my leg and back muscles. She also started me foam rolling (deep tissue massage) my piriformus muscle and other muscle groups. At first I thought she was crazy as the exercises she had me doing were very easy and seemingly inrelated to my back. Katrina explained, however, that strengthening these muscle groups would improve my biomechanics and ultimately reduce the risk for future injury. I persisted.
Eventually, Katrina stopped being crazy and started being just plain mean. Although always pleasant and upbeat, she had obviously decided at some point that the corrective exercises were not needed anymore, and it was time to start the hard stuff. Now, twice a week, she puts me through my paces with core-focused exercises that primarily work my back, legs and chest. I never look forward to the tough workouts, but I always am glad that I did them after they are through. The good news? My back pain is almost completely gone and, when it occasionally returns, I know exactly what to do to get rid of it. I’m now back to regular running, pain-free.
I appreciate Katrina’s ability to listen to what I thought was happening to my body and to design a program that would target the needed areas. It has been great working with her. She is great to work with an always has a positive attitude, and I’ve discovered she’s not really that mean (well, she kind of is).”
Katrina is the first trainer with whom I’ve ever worked. I was a bit scared getting started, since I tend to shut down when people “bark” at me, as I’ve seen trainers do on television. Katrina quickly put me at ease though, with her friendly, calm and confident manner. Before we even started she collected a great deal of information about my physical issues and goals, and completed a physical assessment of areas of weakness for me. Then she made me work hard, no doubt about that! However, she did so in a supportive, fun, and encouraging way. Our workouts always went by quickly as we had a good time building my strength and working up a good sweat. I highly recommend working with Katrina to anyone looking for a trainer. She is not only highly skilled, but she genuinely cares about her clients.
Beth Marie Miller
“I discovered TRX suspension training for the first time when I saw another club member using it so I wanted to try it out. After my first TRX training with Katrina, I was hooked! TRX uses your body weight and gravity to increase core stability, strength, balance, movement and overall endurance. In a 45 minute workout, TRX strengthens my core muscle groups to the point of fatigue and at the same time providing an amazing cardio workout. TRX is a non-impact resistance training program that provides the same benefits as using weight equipment and machines. TRX has stepped up my fitness level with improving my Pilates, yoga and cardio workouts.”