I have been a member at Sweat for almost 7 years. I am so thankful for this community of health and fitness. The staff has a wide breadth of experience and expertise. The classes are fun and challenging. The classes are changed up to keep people engaged. This is a very positive place of health and healing. I recovered from having babies here. I cross trained trained for several events here (Spartan, Escape from Alkatraz, Sf Half marathon, Monterey Bay Half, and 5ks and
mud runs). I have trained for “life” here, keeping up w my boys in street hockey, sledding and hiking threw the snow without getting winded, and backpacking without injury. I look forward to meeting physical challenges in 2020 knowing I am part of a sweet community of people pursuing health through medicinal movement. Thank you Sweat!
Hi, my name is Coach Rodger, co-owner of SWEAT along with Lakiesha, my better half. I've been a certified personal trainer and group instructor since 2005 (16 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 manage my weight at 195lbs, at about 15% body fat and a 32“ 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 have been 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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