Client Spotlight: Emma Robinson

Emma pullupEmma Robinson is a one of a kind client. As a former Olympic medalist (Emma’s won both sliver and bronze medals in rowing, at the 1996 and 2000 games respectively), she is no stranger to busting her butt in the gym. Emma is one of the hardest working, most determined people I’ve ever met. She’s also one of the strongest!

But when I first met Emma, it had been years since she had been on any type of strict exercise regimen. Even though she had at one point in time reached the pinnacle of athleticism, she was still a bit intimidated by starting over in the gym by herself. Throughout her athletic career, Emma had gotten used to working out with coaches, so she decided to take me on as her trainer.

Emma has come a long way since then, and while she no longer rows competitively, she knows how important it is to continually push her body to the limit. Emma loves doing pull-ups and dips, and I thought a little friendly competition might give her the extra motivation to push herself even harder, so I challenged her to a pull-up and dip contest.

Since I am a guy (and guys naturally have more upper body strength) I decided to do my pull-ups and dips with a 45 pound weight hanging from my waist to level the playing field.

For the last event, Emma selected power cleans–nice choice!!!

Watch the clip below to see how it went. Behold: The Al-ympics!
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahpV29XfNzk

12 thoughts on “Client Spotlight: Emma Robinson

  • By ericlieberman - Reply

    My only advice would be to let your client introduce themselves to the audience a bit more so we know who they are in their own words.

    Great website.

  • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

    Good idea. Keep checking back for new (and hopefully improved) video segments.

  • By ericlieberman - Reply

    My only advice would be to let your client introduce themselves to the audience a bit more so we know who they are in their own words.

    Great website.

  • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

    Good idea. Keep checking back for new (and hopefully improved) video segments.

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  • By jeffdf - Reply

    Awesome…I think the power clean needs it's own exercise focus entry one of these days–I've never seen it before! Does the client always win at the Al-ympics?

  • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

    Good point, Jeff. I'll probably do a post about cleans in the next few weeks.

    This is the only Al-ympics I've had so far, so yeah, I guess the client always wins!

  • By John - Reply

    she worked the power cleans – She did make it look easy

  • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

    Emma's a machine!

  • By Rogetsaurus - Reply

    Emma needs to fully extend on her pullups.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Agreed.  To be fair though, my cleans are pretty sloppy here too.

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