TRX Suspension Training

Developed by Navy SEAL squad commander Randy Hetrick in 2005, TRX Suspension Training is a form of resistance training in which clients use their own body weight in a variety of multiplanar, compound, functional movements to increase their balance, flexibility, core and overall muscular strength, joint stability, and cardio fitness. TRX Suspension Training is versatile: it can be used for all fitness levels, from professional athlete to couch potato; for clients new to exercise, coming off injury or surgery; for relieving stress; for increasing flexibility and muscle hypertrophy; for plyometrics training; or for balance training. It’s no wonder TRX Suspension Training has exploded internationally since its inception 12 years ago!
 
Gina is certified in TRX Suspension Training and teaches TRX one-on-one and in group settings. She models each exercise — which includes providing modifications for beginners and injured clients; points out which muscle groups are being targeted; and stresses the use of proper form and mechanics.
 
TRX Suspension Training is used by various professional athletes, performers, and fashion models, including:
  • Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians star pitcher)
  • Kevin Love (Cavaliers forward, currently using TRX as part of his rehabilitative training)
  • Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints quarterback)
  • Natalie Coughlin (12-time Olympic medalist swimmer)
  • Michael Phelps
  • Chris Lieto (Professional triathlete)
  • Notah Begay III (Pro golfer)
  • Brandon Vera (UFC fighter)
  • Sean Scott (Pro beach volleyball player)
  • Lady Gaga
  • Jaime Pressly (Actress and model)
  • Izabel Goulart (Victoria’s Secret model)
Contact Gina now with any questions regarding TRX classes and one-on-one training sessions.

Personal Training

Personal training is just that — personal. It should never be a one-size-fits-all approach; rather, it must be individualized to suit each client’s particular needs and goals. Training begins with a free intake interview and assessment to find a client's current level of fitness, strengths and weaknesses, injury and medical history, and fitness goals. Gina uses a variety of training modes, including body weight, free-weights, kettle bells, TRX suspension training, TRX RIP training, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), Tabatas, and self-myofascial release. Depending on clients' goals and needs, Gina focuses on balance-, cardio-, core-, flexibility-, and strength-training. She takes into account her clients’ lifestyles, designing exercises that are functional, that increase clients' body awareness, and that teach them to lift, move, push, and pull through their lives healthfully, properly, and safely. 
Drawing from her graduate degree, her clients’ experiences, and her own experiences, Gina helps clients find their own motivation.

Gina wants her clients to be able to confidently work out on their own, assured that they are performing each exercise properly, using correct form and mechanics.

Contact Gina now to set up an appointment to discuss your personal training needs.

Golf Fitness Training

Many golfers end up with injuries that hinder their game and rob their enjoyment on the course. They frequently develop muscular imbalances and experience major and minor injuries — such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, and low back injury — due to deficiencies or minor errors in club swing mechanics, low flexibility, ground impact forces, and less-than-optimal fitness. Sometimes these injuries prevent them from playing golf at all.

Gina uses TRX Suspension Training, dynamic and static stretching (using golf clubs), balance training, Corrective Exercise Training, core strengthening exercises, and cardio training to correct muscular imbalances and increase flexibility and range of motion. These techniques are designed to improve head speed, bolster driving distance, reduce chance of injury or re-injury, and impress one’s golf partners. Gina periodically videos her clients to provide feedback on their form and mechanics.

 
Belen Mozo, in the March 2017 issue of Golf Digest, has this to say about the importance of fitness training:

“My average drive is 265 yards. The average guy’s is 219, according to Game Golf … I create a lot of power for my size. Some of it comes because I spend a lot of time working on strength, power, and flexibility in the gym. But I’ve also learned how to use every ounce of force I can create with my biggest muscles, and then coordinate that energy with the swinging of the club.” 

 The academic literature strongly supports the use of fitness training for injury prevention in golf. An article in Sports Health in 2010 states: "A growing body of evidence in the literature suggests that participating in strength training will not only enhance performance, but also reduce injury incidence."

James, a Chagrin Falls golf enthusiast, has this to say about Gina’s training:

“I always play my best golf on the days I train with Gina, and I also have the best sleep on those nights."

Contact Gina now to set up an appointment to see if golf fitness training is for you.

Corrective Exercise Training

Many Americans experience muscular imbalance, pain, and injury, such as low back pain or knee pain. Most of these injuries result from improper body mechanics, such as incorrect lifting in their daily lives or from performing repetitive movements.

Corrective exercise refers to a training program specifically designed to target a physical movement deficiency, to correct imbalances, to assist in injury recovery, and to prevent future injury.

Gina is a rare fitness instructor whose background includes work with a cadaver, which contributes to her extensive knowledge of human anatomy. Gina begins with a comprehensive evaluation, which includes an intake interview and an assessment that measures movement patterns and functional capacity, mobility, and stability. She tailors an exercise program so that every action – soft tissue work, warm-up, stretching and training  – is planned for her clients' specific weaknesses, aches and pains, and needs. The goals are increased joint stability and flexibility, eliminating dysfunctional movement patterns and replacing these with correct movements, and strengthening weak muscle groups. 

Dr. Dino Pappas stresses that corrective exercises are not easy. Good health is not handed to us. Chemical treatments will not fix bad body mechanics. Gina often asks her clients to do some activities over and over, perhaps several times a day, to unlearn bad movement patterns and relearn good ones. Progress comes from disciplined practice using perfect form and mechanics. The only cure for mechanical problems is to identify poor movement patterns, inflexibilities and weaknesses, and to address them using corrective exercises (foam rolling, dynamic and static stretching, and strengthening weak muscle groups).

Contact Gina now to set up an appointment to get you on track to getting your life back.