Panel updated June 20, 2011
Now is the perfect time to get in shape, set fitness goals, train for a Get Your Rear in Gear 5K, or just get outside and get moving with the family. But sometimes, the best laid plans don’t yield the results you expect. What seems simple in a fitness magazine can get a little bit more complicated when you get to the gym or head out the door. This is your opportunity to clear up the confusion and get those fitness questions answered. GetYourRearinGear.com has gathered a panel of three fitness experts to answer your questions about preparing for your first 5K, training as you age, or general fitness concerns.
Our fitness experts include:
Chris Freytag: Chris is a nationally known fitness expert on NBC-TV, the fitness expert for Prevention magazine, and author of 3 books. Chris holds a BA in Journalism and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weight Management consultant. She is a Yoga and Pilates instructor as well. Over the years, Chris has written numerous articles on health and fitness. She is a national fitness presenter, motivational speaker and has over a dozen fitness DVD’s in the marketplace. Check out her newest book, The 2 Week Total Body Turnaround available at bookstores now, or get more information about Chris’ classes and programs at her website ChrisFreytag.com.
Matt Haugen: Matt is a full-time coach who has trained thousands of athletes since 1980. On the community, high school, collegiate, national, and Olympic levels, he has guided athletes to podium finishes and personal best accomplishments. Since 1972, Matt has also continued to train and race in a wide range of sports and race distances. His blend of education, elite level performance experience, and coaching history provide athletes the guidance that they need to attain finish line goals. Matt holds a B.A. in Psychology, and M.S. Exercise Science/Sport Psychology from Penn State, and Ph.D. studies (A.B.D.) in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology from the U of Minnesota. He currently trains athletes of all levels through Performance Power (P2) based in St. Paul Minnesota.
Bryan Brander: Bryan is a school principal by day and runner/coach by morning, night, and weekend. He began his running career, entering his first race, at the age of twelve and was blessed to have the opportunity to run competitively in high school and college. Since then he has been coaching runners and sharing his knowledge, training, and success, while also competing in a variety of distances from 5Ks to 50 milers, and enjoying his love for the sport along the way. In 2010 he founded Bull City Coaching, a comprehensive running resource to deliver his coaching on a larger scale. Bryan ran his first Get Your Rear in Gear event in Raleigh, N.C. on March 5, 2011.
Dana Neve: Dana is a New Orleans native living in the Twin Cities for the past eighteen years with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, runner, fitness coach, motivator, speaker, avid spectator of her kids’ sports, and has been a guest speaker on the radio. Fitness has always been a part of her life, but it wasn’t until 2000 that she became passionate about it. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and having a negative reaction to the medication prescribed, she decided to control the symptoms with exercise and proper nutrition. The results were life changing and it has become her mission to help others lead longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives through fitness and nutrition. She coaches people around the country developing nutrition plans and recommending workout programs for her clients, while motivating and supporting them along the way. She is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals and would love to help you too.
After you submit your question, check back to find the answer in future blog posts.
Please note: answers to questions may not be provided individually. We receive many requests each week. Questions are reviewed and sent to our volunteer panel of fitness experts. While we do our best to answer as many questions as we can, our experts are all volunteer and do their best to answer questions that will benefit the most amount of people. Please consult with your personal physician before beginning any new exercise program.
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