I started this site when I realized that there wasn’t a single reliable, free pool of recovery resources anywhere on the internet. I was looking for a little piece of the web that catered solely to helping my athletes and clients recover properly from intense training, something they could access when I wasn’t around and something that tapped into the bigger picture of nutrition, sleep, movement and lifestyle in relation torecovery from exercise and life, in general. I want to create a centralized pool of information to allow (some level of) the intensity of training minus the adrenal burnout and hormone depletion. All in all, I want a space that addresses the complete issue of re-balancing the nervous and endocrine systems and the overall stress loads that we carry (and try to train through) in today’s world. I was a little surprised when I couldn’t find it, so I decided to start my own.
A bit about me:
I’ve gone to school, I’ve been certified and re-certified, I’ve taken courses and gone to conferences and yes, I’ve even read books and sifted through the information on the web to help me get to where I am today in the performance, fitness and health industry. I’ve gotten my hands dirty, made mistakes and learned from some amazing coaches and mentors along the way. Some of my experiences have been extremely fun and useful and some not, but they have all been educational in some way, shape or form.
The bookish end:
The practical end:
Since 2000 I’ve been a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach and more recently, a holistic lifestyle coach, taking into account all aspects of lifestyle to help produce results in sport and in the gym. During this time I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and coach a wide range of people with varying abilities from elite athletes to regular Joes and Jills. I’ve been the strength coach for college and university level volleyball and basketball as well as professional and developmental level hockey players, all of whom had some pretty specific training goals; I’ve also coached many people who have simply wanted to be healthier, move better and be pain free – at all ages.
I also work with CrossFit athletes and I’ve recently started competing as well, so I see and feel what the body is going through on a regular basis. However, for the past 10 years I’ve been working predominantly in career preparation training. Currently, I work with law enforcement personnel,mainly front line street constables and those in specialty units. In the past, I’ve also worked extensively with wildland and structural firefighters, preparing them for the application testing as well as the demands of the job.
Some of my athletes have won national titles and some have been close while others have considered their “win” to be the maintenance of their health, staying injury free or coming home safe after a long shift.
With balanced health comes elite performance,
Jaime St. Louis