I attended my first of hopefully many classes at Sweat this morning. Some friends have been recommending Sweat to me for several years. Roger was very friendly and welcoming. I was quite pleased that the workout started on time. I'm a “if I'm on time I'm late” person. My experience at another area fitness studio was the posted start time was a more of a suggestion than anything else. Roger was up beat and encouraging throughout the class. I very much look forward to tomorrows spin class.
Hi, my name is Coach Rodger, co-owner of SWEAT along with Lakiesha, my better half. It's 2020, I'm a 63-year young baby boomer who has been a certified personal trainer and group instructor since 2005 (15 yrs). I teach a variety of different style spin, boot camp, and kettlebell classes and conduct individual and small group personal training sessions. With my software engineering background, I'm primarily responsible for managing and developing our business systems including integrating our online scheduling system with our website, and various other business software and mobile access applications.
I have a passion for living a very long, healthy life and, I don't take health for granted! In 2003, I struggled with my weight when I had a sedentary career, weighing as much as 256lbs at 6'1“, I was 28% bodyfat and had a 42” waist. Today, I easily manage my weight at 185lbs, at about 11% body fat and a 30“ waist. I've dramatically changed my health and have made considerable changes to my diet over the years...in fact, I've been a vegan since March 2010! It was a CHOICE I made after reading a book called ”Skinny B _ _ _ _...if you can't figure it out, stop by and ask me. Anyway, my decision was based upon the fact that eating a plant-based versus our western, animal-based diet can extend your life 5-10 years and, reduce and even reverse high-risk diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and even cancer! I did more research and, once I confirmed these things, it was a no-brainer for me at that point.
I'm a competitive athlete; I've competed in amateur bodybuilding, running events, outdoor cycling, and triathlons. My goal is to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and, sustain a high quality of life well beyond the century mark (100+ years of age).
My role model was a very vibrant, independent 100 years young gentleman named James “Jim” Brown who drove to and fro, (his license was good til age 102), swung a mean golf club, and taught chair exercise classes 4 days a week to other seniors! I'm nowhere near that but, I really enjoy being an example to others, especially baby boomers to help them to realize that through adopting better nutritional habits and exercising, they too can realize their health, fitness and longevity potential!
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