Joann has been my dragon boat coach since 2009. Her quiet demeanor and easy laugh, put an out of shape over 50 woman immediately at ease and made me believe that I could take on a new physical challenge, even at my age. She has helped turn me into a fit over 60 woman who is in better shape than I was in my 30’s.
At end of my first season, I suffered a significant fall and had surgery for a 95% tear of my right rotator cuff as well as a torn labrum. It was a long road back but the following season I was able to return to dragon boating.
Joann not only has been my coach, but has assisted me throughout my recovery and for the years following, as the injury has dogged me for almost nine years. Not only has Joann been my dragon boat coach, she has been my trainer off the water as well. She modifies workouts for my “injury du jour“ (what can I say…I’m accident prone or dance/wiggle my way into muscle tears and ligament pulls!).
I truly feel stronger and more empowered than I ever have. She has also been a mentor/coach and trainer to my 18 year old daughter. My daughter and I take Joann’s fitness classes. It is amazing to be able to work out together- talk about bonding!
Joann has the ability to modify workouts and movements on the fly. Her knowledge base is significant and she can take one look at me, know when I am struggling and with a subtle hands on approach make adjustments that make me stronger and prevent injury. Joann’s workouts are consistently on target. Our classes are often made up of women of vast differences in age and ability. Joann is able to modify intensity up or down and challenge the strongest woman to the weakest woman. I am amazed at the ease in which she does this. She pulls a rabbit out of her hat for every class!
I can’t recommend Joann highly enough. She is not your average trainer. She is smart, intuitive and creative. She is genuinely interested in all her clients and goes above and beyond! Whether you are rehabbing an injury, have been sitting on the couch for 20 years or are ready to up your game as an athlete, Joann has the ability to meet your needs!
~ Karen Anderson