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Rodeo is a very hard sport to train for, in that its rare to have a whole week off without competing as well as difficult to build training/taper blocks of time leading up to events. LeeAnne has worked with me to create In-season programs that I can fit in when I have two or three days off without riding or whatever the situation may be. This allows me to maintain, and even gain, during riding weeks. When I look back on the past 6 months, I believe this training has transitioned me into riding the best I ever have. I feel stronger, faster and lighter, which is the name of the game in Bareback riding.
Bareback riding is an inherently dangerous and rough sport; it’s a short career and can definitely take its toll on the body. Since making the change to a phased training program, I actually feel better than I did when I was 18 and just starting to ride! My mentality has shifted to a “work hard but smart” thought process and I listen to my body both in the arena and in the gym.
My sport has evolved a lot in the last ten years and especially in the last 5. It used to be a purely grit and talent sport and that was it. Now, everyone is involving some kind of workout routine into their training. With that said, I think a sport specific phased program is the best way to train. I know what it has done for me and my career, and I can easily say it is the best investment I have ever made.
I had my torn rotator cuff repaired by Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz in June of 2020. Five anchors were used during the procedure. I provide that information so you can appreciate how much it HURT afterward. I knew the recovery would be lengthy and challenging. I was determined, at 63, to return to golf and swimming (and gardening and cello…) as best I could. Within a month after surgery I started working with an athletic therapist who was part of the Acumen team which is how I met Whitney Dikoume. I have been treated by physiotherapists, massage therapists and acupuncturists. My athletic therapist was the perfect segue post-surgery and really was inclusive of most of those therapy approaches I had used in the past. Whitney provided an amazing array of personalized treatment, movement and exercise protocols and gave me encouragement throughout. I am very grateful and have, as a result, more range of motion and confidence to pursue the physical activity I was missing. Thank you Acumen Team!
I feel very fortunate to be working with the professionals of the Acumen Clinic after suffering a meniscal injury.
From my very first appointment with Dr Jesse Shade-Slantz, to my zoom therapy with Leanne, to my in-person sessions with Whitney, I have gained tremendous confidence and respect for the team.
Specifically, my recent therapy and training with Whitney has been exceptional.
Whitney’s knowledge as an Athletic Therapist and Personal Trainer is most impressive.
Through her structured regimen and unparalleled expertise, Whitney has put me on the path to a strong recovery. She has taught me patience by building an appropriate program which challenges me, while encouraging continued progress. This progress and Whitney’s unwavering belief in my recovery has given me peace of mind and confidence moving forward - I can’t wait for what’s ahead.
Whitney is very attentive to technique and has a keen eye for improper compensation patterns. She always provides corrections and helpful queues to improve - another way of saying this is, “she doesn’t let you get away with anything!” I am very interested in understanding how my body moves so I am most appreciative of Whitney’s willingness to share her knowledge.
Very importantly, I feel completely safe in the gym under Whitney’s guidance.
Whitney is genuinely committed and caring, I highly recommend her along with the impressive Acumen Team.