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Katie Dawkins absolutely loves teaching clients basic movements like squats, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups etc. These push/pull movements are the basis for any great workout. Her goal is to set clients up with good form and a library of exercises so they can feel comfortable stepping into any gym. Whether it’s in a session, with a friend, or on their own, she want clients to feel confident when moving their body.
Variety is key. If exercise isn’t fun, engaging, and challenging then why do it? Katie especially enjoys working with kettle bells and bodyweight training. Katie incorporates functional, natural movements into all of my workouts.
What do you find most rewarding about coaching? - The most rewarding aspect of coaching is watching a client get their first (_insert something awesome here_). Whether it’s stringing together 10 push-ups, getting their first pull-up, or doing a heavy front squat- seeing a client reach a goal or do something they didn’t think they were capable of doing is the best feeling
Sarah is a cardiac rehab RN at Vanderbilt and has been an ACSM certified personal trainer since 2014. Whether working with patients/clients with limitations related to injury or acute disease, avid climbers or the fittest of the fit, Sarah focuses on sustainability and teaches people how to make safe exercise a norm in their daily routine. She believes the key to a healthy life is spending active time outdoors. Sarah is an avid climber, runner and paddleboarder. Sarah recently placed first in the Women's Long Distance Adventure Triathlon in Chattanooga.
Sarah's favorite piece of workout equipment is your own body! She loves the way bodyweight exercises provide challenge, promote body awareness and can be done anywhere. Sessions with her are heavily focused on core strength, HIIT training and sustainable strength training.
Sarah's personal fitness goals include:
Do 10 weighted pull-ups
Continue to progress in lead climbing
Be an American ninja warrior!
Peter Ericksen is a former Open level Beach Volleyball competitor who fell in love with fitness in high school while playing football and indoor volleyball. “When I started playing Beach Volleyball I had to change my style of training to fit my new found passion, it broadened my scope of the Fitness realm and opened me up to new techniques and ideas.” His specializations of Olympic lifting along with his personal experience, combine to produce a training style of athletic foundation with compound functional movements.
His personal training and classes always put safety first with an emphasis on correct form and body awareness while working out. “I want to workout comfortably for a long time and that’s how I like to teach and train as well.” “Also having an ongoing educational mindset helps me to stay in touch with new techniques for overall health and fitness as well as an open mind to develop the best fitness plan for each individual here at Climb.