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.
“Resistance training is the most important component (as we age) because it builds muscle and reduces the loss of muscle mass,” according to the National Institute on Aging. In this monthly workshop, you’ll learn the phenomenal benefits of strength or resistance training along with how to breathe, timing, and the appropriate amount of repetitions based on your ability and goals. Whether you attend group fitness classes, strength train at the Y, or follow along with fitness experts at home for your workout, this workshop will examine the myths, mistakes, and proper techniques for the most effective muscle-building exercises known as “compound exercises” (because they involve multiple muscle groups), including the squat, deadlift, and bench press. You will learn proper techniques to give you confidence, and reduce inflammation and injuries. Participants will be provided with an informational handout and a detailed strength workout.
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.