J.R., California — Tai Chi for rehabilitation

“I have to tell you that I really appreciated Harold Rose’s focus on me and my head injury. I am living with compromised muscular coordination and near loss of short term memory. My brain dysfunction is due to oxygen deprivation. I am glad that he was there to walk me through the first months of exercise: I was on a multi-trainer post-rehabilitation program. Harold’s focus was to assist me in re-establishing musculo-motor neural control and functioning.

Harold and I worked with basic Tai Chi. He used the David Dorian-Ross Tai Chi Flow Motion format coupled with Yang (Tai Chi) Style bow and arrow stance/ward-off walking and Pa Qua/Iron Circle drills. He focused on the mental components of my mind/body connection.

Harold was not over bearing at all: his competent demeanor towards my rehabilitation gave me a reassured sense of hope. He was always smiling and understanding of my limitations, whether they existed or not! He always, gently, pressed forward to greater and better results of my body.

Everything seemed to be working out, as I picked up my pace; my balance and coordination improved under his supervision. I began to really notice this and I noticed a better self perception of what had happened to me. Things just rolled off of me easier the more exercise I got. My physical strength was returning, and I had a better attitude towards things around activities and me at home.

I still practice the stretching and balance exercises today, and he confirmed that it would be good to do the exercises on my own whenever I felt it was good.

I definitely have improved since those early days of my injury and a big part of it is due to people like Harold Rose.”

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  • Gayle, Nebraska — Personal training for COPD

    “I am a 59 year old registered nurse and have long standing hypertension and new onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The exercises Pamela has introduced me to have stretched my abilities and even after a year, she continues to introduce new exercises that maintain or even improve my strength, balance and overall well being.

    I highly recommend Pamela. She is an asset to her profession.”

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  • Alison, Illinois — Recovering from childbirth

    “I began my sessions with Harold after my second delivery of a child via a c-section. I had taken pre-natal yoga, and I wanted to increase my understanding of yoga postures and improve my flexibility. Harold not only helped me with my initial goals, but he was immensely helpful in explaining the impact of two surgeries on my abdominal muscles and helping me recover from my pregnancy and childbirth.

    He put together a personal regimen to return strength to my core muscles.  As a result, I was able to lose all my baby weight and increase my overall physical confidence. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. The benefits have been
    multi-dimensional, too — because of the range of stretching Harold uses,  I have less tension in my neck and shoulders, saving me both pain and money from periodic massages I used to need to soothe the ache. Harold also identified that my breathing techniques were limiting my ability to expand  both my cardio and isometric exercises, and I am currently working to correct my technique so I can be more relaxed at rest and at play. Harold also advises me on nutrition and exercise, helping understand how to eat to have the best workout possible.

    Harold is professional, punctual, and conscientious — he is always prepared, positive and easy to work with. His instruction is clear and his knowledge of yoga, martial arts, physiology, and other forms of exercise is vast.

    My meeting up with Harold was the best thing I had done for myself in years. I would highly recommend him to anyone recovering from an injury or looking to improve their overall physical health, regardless of what level he or she is at.”

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  • Karen, Nebraska — Personal training for weight loss

    I have been working with Pamela for over two years, and in that time she has helped me lose over 20 pounds. My core strength and balance have improved greatly. I appreciate her attention to correct exercise form and proper weight lifting technique. Pamela has introduced me to some simple, yet effective stretches. I would recommend her services to anyone.

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  • Patricia, Illinois — Strength training for weight loss

    “About two years ago, I lost 47 pounds from sensible eating and exercise plan, and I have maintained my exercise regimen since then. However, in the summer of 2003, I slacked off in my diet, and as a result, gained 20 of those pounds back. During the process of losing the weight I reached a plateau where I was not seeing the results I desired. In addition to that, I consider my body “pear shaped”, so I wanted to make my upper body more proportioned with my lower body.

    I met Harold through a mutual friend and signed up as client for personal training. After working with Harold, I learned that I was not using proper form when performing weight bearing exercises, and that the amount of weight I was using was not challenging enough to get the results I was looking for. He also helped with my flexibility and my balance, which was an added bonus. After working with Harold, along with his continued guidance while performing exercises on my own, I lost 10 pounds and inches in my arms, waist, hips and thighs. I also developed my upper body, so now I look more proportioned.

    I felt very comfortable working with Harold. He was very thorough in explaining and demonstrating the exercises so I could achieve my goals and perform them properly so there would be no injury.

    It was a pleasure working with Harold and I highly recommend him as a personal trainer.”

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  • Wendy, Nebraska — Incorporating strength training into the regimen

    “I am a 44 year old, female, bank employee. I have been active in several different physical activities starting at a very young age and competing in several since that time. Cardio activities have always been a favorite of mine while weight training was a definite weakness for me.

    Almost three years ago I started working with Pam. I knew my strength needed improvement especially as I started to age. My metabolism had definitely started to slow and things had started “jiggling” that had not been before. I had not ever been a big fan of the weight room due to the fact that I honestly did not know the proper way to use the equipment or how to apply lifting techniques.

    Pam has changed all of this for me. I am strong and confident now when I walk into a weight room. I know how to breathe, depress and retract the scapula, and how to use the equipment, free weights, Bosu, and stability ball all effectively and efficiently. I do not shy away when I see men in the weight room any longer in fact I now notice things they are doing incorrectly.

    In the years I have been working with Pam I have never been bored with the programs she gives me. She is constantly working a new muscle group or changing things up to keep me working new or different muscle groups as well as challenging me.

    Not only is Pam knowledgeable in training me physically but she helps me nutritionally also. She has introduced me to so many new healthy, delicious and nutritious items. Pam leads by example as she is a walking testimony for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I leave her sessions wanting to exercise and eat well as a way of life.

    Anyone wanting to improve their strength, balance or knowledge of a healthy lifestyle would truly benefit from working with Pam.”

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  • Robin, Illinois — Yoga practitioner

    “I have been a yoga student of Harold Rose for over five years. Harold has helped me achieve a stronger, more flexible body and a more focused mind.  I leave each class feeling both relaxed and invigorated, much like the feeling one gets after a great massage. But in this case, there is also the satisfaction of personal achievement — that I have, with Harold’s help, worked to gain a deeper knowledge of my physical and spiritual self.

    Harold’s classes are well-constructed to lead to deeper self-knowledge. While maintaining an invigorating and challenging flow, Harold gives you time to relax, breathe, and explore each pose. I have been amazed at how a few simple cues or a subtle repositioning of alignment have shown me the direction I need to go.

    Harold makes the effort in each class to get to know his students and their needs. His highly specific instructions, combined with his in-depth knowledge of anatomy and extensive collection of yoga poses, lets each student work to achieve their potential. There is no sense of boredom with Harold’s varied sequences; there is always something new to learn. And, beyond the physical achievement of each class, Harold provides food for the soul at the end with his
    thoughtfully chosen readings.

    I highly recommend Harold Rose as a yoga instructor. His classes help me face mid-life’s challenges with strength and grace.”

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  • Gary, Nebraska — Exercising since retirement

    “I have taken Harold’s yoga class for three years. It has improved my flexibility and my strength.

    I think we are fortunate to have Harold in our community. You could not find a better instructor. He has the skill and experience to teach yoga anywhere.

    Yoga can benefit anyone, at any age, of any gender — and at any fitness level.”

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