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Atlanta School of Massage Catalyst Fitness Field Trip

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Edie Morton No Comments

 Injury Free Functional Strength Training

Atlanta School of Massage Personal Trainer Program (PTP) students recently took a field trip to Catalyst Fitness, a fully accredited personal training and Performance Enhancement facility. Catalyst is run by Valorie Ness, B.S., ACE CPT, NASM CES, and Bill Sonnemaker M.S., NASM PES, CES, CSCS, both internationally respected as health and fitness educators. The field trip was one of several for ASM PTP students to local cutting edge fitness facilities. “The fitness industry offers a vast array of opportunities. I believe it is essential for the student to get experience with different fitness facilities to gain insight into just some of those opportunities that are available to them. And to network with business owners who are highly educated, respected and successful.”, said Yano Anaya, ASM PTP director.

Injury free total body functional strength training is a primary focus of the  ASM PTP. This is also an element of the training philosophy at Catalyst Fitness. Functional strength training facilitates using the body efficiently as a whole rather than isolating body parts or movements.

Atlanta School of Massage Catalyst Fitness Field Trip

Bill Sonnemaker demonstrating Trigger Point Performance


Movements are:
· multi-planar, working across all 3 planes of motion
· integrated, using the whole body
· fully enriched, challenging the brain as well as the body when moving

“The field trip to Catalyst Fitness was an exceptional opportunity for all, students and faculty, to experience the training model established by Bill Sonnemaker.  Bill and his trainers embody what we have focused on in the PT program here at ASM reinforcing that all clients can have success and meet their fitness goals with functional fitness training.  I am excited to utilize what I learned on the field trip and am sure our students will do so as well”, commented Jill Bates PTP instructor.


Functional Strength Training Equipment

Bill and Valerie led Yano Anaya, PTP instructors and students through a series of cardio and functional training exercises. Students experienced an intense workout using an array of innovative fitness equipment including Trigger Point therapy tools, the ViPR, Surge 360 and Dynamax medicine balls.

  Atlanta School of Massage Catalyst Fitness Field Trip

      Valorie Ness demonstrating the ViPR

“The ASM Personal Trainer program has been an incredible start to my career in the fitness industry.  It has provided me with a solid foundation to direct client training and coaching skills, program design, body function and anatomy, nutrition. We also get to experience an inside look from a business professional’s view on trainer expectations, requirements, and progressions like today at Catalyst Fitness.”-Steven Santana, ASM PTP student.

Atlanta School of Massage Catalyst Fitness Field Trip

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