During both of these days out I couldn't help but be blown away by how my training has benefited my riding. Keep in mind that I opened Wilcox Wellness & Fitness because I wanted to make an impact in my community. I had known Mike & Paige Wilcox for many years and was impressed by what they had created in Bangor, and I wanted to share it with my community in Brunswick. I've never been a gym goer. My past experiences at a gym included a clip board and a monotonous routine that I quickly became bored with. My lack of regular strength & conditioning training started to become more evident as I "got older". I noticed that I would injure myself more easily, which landed me in physical therapy on a couple of occasions, but even more so my overall strength & mobility was suffering.
During my day in New Hampshire I noticed how much stronger I felt as I literally shredded the mountain. We only had 2 hours so we wanted to maximize our time and we rallied to get in as many runs as we could. As I carved the edges of my board into the soft snow I noticed how my ab engagement would support the most gracious carves through the snow. I was able to lean into my turns with power and control. When on my heal side edge I could sit into a squat position without the quad burn of years past and power into my turns in the opposite direction. I felt AMAZING! I had never felt so strong in all of the years that I've been snowboarding.
Within two runs I had it figured out. When navigating through tracked powder each turn can be unpredictable. The snow gets piled up into soft moguls by the skiers and riders who had been down the hill in front of me. In the past these kind of conditions would have felt intimidating. I would have to work hard to maintain control, moving my board nearly 180 degrees from side to side to maintain a checked speed. I would use my legs to power my board from side to side.
But this time was entirely different!
I realized that my thoracic mobility was markedly improved.
I could comfortably look up hill behind me, yet the clothes I wore were exactly the same.
The strength through my core and obliques were working for me.
I was able to use this strength to almost effortlessly move the board from side to side.
This gave me the confidence to go much faster, knowing that I could easily correct my trajectory if the line I had picked was different than I had imagined and I would need to change course without warning. My legs also feel stronger, so as I surfed over the unpredictable moguls choosing to carve in between some, bank off of others, and ride up and over...maybe even catching a little air.
I love the feeling of recognizing the benefits of my commitment to my training sessions.
Remember, before making this big decision to open my location of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness I didn't visit a gym regularly. Although I have spent a great deal of time in preparing for the opening of this business studying and learning about nutrition, exercise science, and the skills of being a great coach I wasn't super fit. I'm on this journey right along side the people within the WILCOX community who have also made themselves a priority and take the time each week to invest in their health & fitness.
When I feel the impact of my training I get so excited. Not only because I'm able to live my very best life because of the time I take to be healthy, but because it provides me with so much perspective around what each client is experiencing.
Everyone is on their own journey, finding their own path to their commitment to wellness, and learning and growing at their own pace....but I know that with each day that they spend in the gym, each opportunity they take to step outside of their comfort zone and try a new movement, each time they commit to the movement, they are contributing to some greatness outside of the gym. I love hearing the stories that clients share with me about where they feel the benefits of their training program. Whether it be doing household chores, playing with their kids, or embarking on a new adventure of some kind or another the benefits of their commitment to their health & fitness is seen.
I love what I do. I love impacting people's lives in a positive way. I love that I have the opportunity to share this experience and provide people with the tools that will allow them to feel absolutely amazing in what ever it is that they love doing.
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.