We’re very excited to introduce you to Reed Sothoron, who you can find in person at FX Studios – the UnderArmour Performance Center in Baltimore City, or online on Burnalong.com. Take them on your own, or live with friends you invite.
1. What do you teach?
I teach the following:
- Pre and post natal training
- Sports Performance Training
- Group and Individualize training
- TRX Training
- Quadriplegic training
- Training Seniors
- American ninja warrior training
2. How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness because it’s what I was meant to do. It’s what I love to do and I love making people both physically and mentally better. When I was done playing professional lacrosse, I needed that similar competition/rush and fitness was my fix.
3. How do you motivate yourself?
I motivate myself by challenging my mind and body everyday to get 1% better. If you do that everyday, you’ll continuously impact more and more people around you and make a change for the better. I’m always looking to better my education by always reading and attending fitness seminars around the US.
4. How do you motivate others?
By playing the part everyday. I have to constantly show my clients how I push my body to the next level everyday. For example, in 2017, I plan to do my first full ironman and show my clients that anything is possible. It’s easy to talk the talk but that’s not good enough. You need to be an example to everyone around you if you want to make an impact in fitness, that means treating everyone with respect and showing them that there are no limits to where you can push your body.
5. In your classes, how do you accommodate different skill and fitness levels?
You always need to make sure you have at least 3 different modifications for every exercise that you present to your class. We never want someone to feel that they can’t do an exercise because of there physical limitations. That should be the #1 job as a trainer!
6. What are the top 3 exercises you recommend for every client?
- Farmer’s Carry: The farmer’s carry builds muscle ridiculously fast, slashes body fat, increases strength and performance in the big lifts, and has very little risk of injury.
- Barbell or Banded Hip Thrust: It’s one of the best exercises for building strength in the glutes and hamstrings.
- Chin-ups: The chin-up will give you a ton of benefits and should be a staple in your athletic strength program. Chin-ups also develop the lower trapezius. The lower trap is not only a key shoulder stabilizer, but (along with the upper trap and serratus anterior) constitutes one-third of the upward rotation force couple.
7. How can people best prepare for your classes?
People can best prepare for my class by making sure they hydrate and eat the right things as soon as they get up in the morning. It doesn’t matter how good of shape you’re in, if you’re not putting the right fuel into your body you’ll never be able to get the most out of each workout. You also need to be consistent, every workout is a way for you to get a little better but you have to do it over a long period of time to keep seeing results.
8. Who are your heroes and role models?
My hero is my grandma Janie, she was the most positive person that I’ve ever met and never took no for an answer. She never looked at a situation and thought that it would be too hard, she always said, “how do I make the best of this and figure out the solution”.
9. What exercise challenge would you encourage people to do?
The Murph Challenge:
- Start off with a mile run
- 100 pullups
- 200 pushups
- 300 squats
- Finish with a mile run
Record your time…