Each month from September to April, two Workout Workshops on the same topic are offered each month at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Dahl Y in La Crosse in the Wellness Center. All are welcome regardless of where they are in their fitness journey! Although the workshop is FREE, registration is required. A more detailed description of each workshop will be published in the month of the workshop.
December: Dynamic Stretching & Activation
Are you constantly suffering from overuse injuries or interested in learning new techniques that could better your workouts? In this workshop, you will learn how to properly stretch before your workout. Additionally, you will learn how to activate large muscle groups and actually feel your muscles being contracted, especially when you add weight in the future to build strength. You will not only gather knowledge on the different types of stretching and activation with a handout and discussion, but also learn the benefits, understand how to implement, practice some, and, lastly, get a list of stretches that you can do on your own.
The information provided in these workshops is for educational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.
Along with Dahl Y Personal Trainers, the presenter for the Workout Workshops brings a wealth of experience as indicated in her bio below:
Presenter: Gretchen Newhouse, Ph.D., Dahl Y Wellness Director, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach
Gretchen’s approach to wellness encompasses a holistic perspective that ultimately empowers her clients to live life well autonomously and independently. Wellness has been a lifelong passion for her since childhood. She participated in collegiate athletics in both volleyball and basketball. After college, she pursued other wellness adventures like bicycling across the United States, running a marathon, various other running events, and outdoor adventure activities. Continuing the pursuit of learning everything wellness led her to successfully earn a Ph.D. and then teach at several universities, including the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 16 years. Her wellness journey has not come without challenges as a former yo-yo dieter and cardio addict, then diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s: hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid) after the birth of her third child. Daily, she seeks knowledge on wellness and experiments with new workouts, nutrition, and recipes that will eventually help her clients in the future.