When looking for information regarding training tools, coaches, or new products, it is easy to get professional athlete reviews or even magazine information. As a company based around scientific evidence and research, we sought out some non-biased customer feedback to help explain to the masses what Restwise can do for you. Mary Geron, a resident of Idaho was the first to respond to our inquiry, and we quickly fired off a list of questions for her to answer. So for all the weekend warriors and sport class racers, this interview is for you!
RW: As an everyday non-professional athlete, what tools have you used in your training with success?
MG: The only tool I have used with success for my training other than Restwise is a pulse monitor. I still use my pulse monitor every day, but I think it has been greatly enhanced with the addition of the Restwise program. Restwise has taught me that if I begin training, and I struggle to get my pulse up to my target range…that I need to stop pushing and rest for a day at least.
RW: What do you feel sets Restwise apart from other training tools?
MG: What sets Restwise apart from other training tools is that your data input results in an accurate accounting of how the training you are putting in is affecting your body and its ability to be pushed each time you train. The Restwise program helps me stay in the present moment with my body and how it is feeling in order to be more flexible and realistic about when and how I train…or whether I train at all on a given day. Restwise is training my mind…while I train my body. My greatest challenge as an average joe athlete is my mind, and the misinformation that is stored there. Things like, “if I just work harder and longer, everyday…I will get better and faster more quickly.” Rest in my mind has always been equated to laziness, but Restwise has completely changed my mind about that.
RW: How have you noticed your fitness change since using the product?
MG: I rest a lot more using the Restwise program. Sometimes I take two days off in a row! The result? The days I do train, I am able to kick some serious ass…(my own really,) and I am getting stronger more quickly and earlier in the season (bike riding). The payoff? I have the biggest smile on my face when I fly around town on my bike because it’s easy for me, and that makes it more fun. I live in a mountain town, and it usually takes me till August before I am smiling as I am flying up hills. It is still June, and because of Restwise, I am zooming around like it is August! I can’t wait for the next day, my next data entry in the Restwise program, to see what the day holds for me. Also, for the first time in my exercise life, I am not beating myself up for resting! I am as happy resting as I am training or riding for fun, and that is the greatest gift really…Restwise has taken away my mean taskmaster, and replaced her with a fun, relaxed, in shape chick!
RW: Do you work with a coach or follow a program for your training?
MG: Not really. I go to a couple of functional training classes a week, and follow a training schedule someone made up for me to do on my indoor trainer in the late winter, early spring time before the weather gets warm enough to ride outside.
RW: What do you feel is the most valuable part about Restwise, especially for athletes in any sport?
MG: The most valuable part of Restwise is that if you follow what it says for you to do to the letter…your fitness will improve without question, and you will be convinced of the sound science behind the absolute value of the proper amount of rest. Our bodies tell us exactly what they need, and Restwise gives us ears to hear.
RW: Mary, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Your feedback is invaluable.
MG: Thanks for your questions…I hope my answers are useful, or at least entertaining!
Mary Geron AKA Mikie