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Ah…the warm weather is here. That means shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits for the foreseeable future. Maybe some of you have dutifully stuck with your New Year’s fitness resolution this far (congratulations, and also, please tell us your secret). Or maybe you never made one to begin with. Or maybe you’re just getting around to committing to fitness. In any event, if you’re starting to panic that beach season is just around the corner and there’s absolutely no way you’re going to be ready, we recommend a conversation (or training session, or twelve) with Erin Olsen, a trainer at MAC Wellness. Her infectious enthusiasm and encouragement is bound to motivate (and educate) even the most dedicated couch potato. We recently asked her advice about getting into shape for summer, and—seriously—could swear we felt healthier by the end of the conversation.
Baltimore Fishbowl: So Erin, tell us a little about yourself. How did you get interested in fitness, and in being a personal trainer? What do you specialize in?
For a majority of my life I was a swimmer – and played soccer for a few years. I always enjoyed being active, and come middle school and high school I was fascinated with strength training, so you could say I have always had a “thing” for health and fitness. I decided I was going to attend Towson University, and obtain a BS degree in Exercise Science. I became a trainer because I wanted to work with people to help prevent them from getting heart disease and other health issues. One of my coworkers who was a past figure competitor, told me she wanted to do a fitness bikini contest and asked if I wanted to do it too. I was immediately intrigued, and said yes! She taught me about clean eating, and not to be afraid of heavy weight training. I have been competing now for four years, and recently earned my Pro-Card as a Bikini Competitor with NABBA. As a trainer, I specialize in basic strength training, body building, and weight loss.
It’s March. Winter is still kind of slinking around. Spring is just not quite ready to make an appearance. Our winter clothes are starting to feel like pajamas, but it’s too soon for busting out the new wardrobe. It’s that time of year when everything can just feel a bit…blah. Not exactly the kind of days when you wake up ready to spring out of bead for a six-mile run around the harbor. So this month, we’re talking to Erick Baier of MAC Wellness about his specialty– rehabilitative exercise– and why sometimes fitness really means taking it easy.
BFB: Tell us about yourself. How did you get into rehabilitative work?
Erick Baier: I was born and raised in Fallston, Maryland. After graduating, I attended Salisbury University where I obtained my BS degree in Exercise Science. From a young age, I have always been involved with sports such as football, soccer, and ice hockey. Throughout my sports career my main focus was ice hockey. I played ice hockey for Fallston and participated in various travel leagues. Unfortunately, in my senior year at Fallston, I injured my knee. I found myself without a real outlet, since all I had ever known was sports. My freshman year of college I was introduced to the gym scene; I was hooked! After finding a positive outlet in the gym, I decided to change my major from Biology to Exercise Science. I wanted to better understand the mechanics and physiology of the human body. I really became involved in rehabilitative work because having experienced my own personal injury, I understand the rehabilitation process and the work that is involved (as well as having a knowledgeable background within the field).
BFB: So, who is this kind of training for? Athletes only? Patients post-surgery? How do you know if you’re someone who could benefit from this?
EB: One of the greatest things about rehabilitative training is everyone can benefit from it: athletes both post- and pre-surgery, and regular exercise enthusiasts with overuse injuries. Everyone has something nagging that often prevents them from continuing on a path of regular exercise. At the MAC, we want everyone healthy so nothing keeps them from enjoying the benefits of exercise.