Gen Bartolone

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Gen has been an avid athlete and exerciser her entire life.  She had always been motivated by performing well.  Two major events changed her perspective on sport and exercise – expanding it from simply winning to actually creating better and healthier bodies –  giving birth to her children and her mother passing.

Gen recognized that being able to perform well in a sport wasn’t necessarily synonymous with health and being healthy.  She saw that people can do things well with their bodies while simultaneously (and unnecessarily) wearing down their joints.  She saw that even though you put your attention one one part of exercise, the things you may not be paying attention to are still affected and that you need to pay attention to everything if you want to really improve your health.

Gen turned her new interest into a career by becoming certified by AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) and then became a student of the Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) program.  RTS is advanced training for the exercise professional with a focus on bio-mechanics and an analytical/unbiased thought process.

gen_skellyThe inclusion of RTS meshed perfectly with Gen’s innate ability to motivate and helps her make exercises fit her clients instead of making her client’s fit pre-existing exercises.

Gen began personal training at Crunch in Naples and then moved to Symmetry where she could provide the ideal individual attention to each client without the distractions of a large, commercial gym.  At Symmetry, she continues to advance her education by participating in ongoing study groups as well as take additional classes.

Being a mother of three children and having a career gives Gen the opportunity and experience of having to figure out how to incorporate and maintain a family and a lifestyle that includes daily exercise and eating right.

A detailed list of Gen’s studies is below:

Date, LocationTitleDescription
1995
Kent, OH
Earned Bachelor’s of Science DegreeMajor in Education BSEd
November 2011,
Naples, FL
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America CertificationThis fully accredited and globally-recognized certification teaches:

Anatomy and kinesiology
Fitness assessment testing procedures
Program Design
Nutrition fundamentals and weight management
Special populations and medical considerations
Wellness programming and screening guidelines
March 2012,
Online
dotFIT Certified
ditFIT.com
• Science & application of weight control (gain, loss, and maintenance.
• Science & application of nutrition.
• Science & application of dietary support
March 2012,
Arlington, OH
RTS - Trunk & Spine
RTS123.com
This Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) course focused on the science of Physics, biomechanics, progression, prescription, as well as thought process development as it relates to the spine and trunk.
April 2012,
Arlington, OH
RTS - Lower Extremity
RTS123.com
This Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) course focused on the science of Physics, biomechanics, progression, prescription, as well as thought process development as it relates to the lower extremity.
May 2012,
Arlington, OH
RTS - Upper Extremity
RTS123.com
This Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) course focused on the science of Physics, biomechanics, progression, prescription, as well as thought process development as it relates to the upper extremity.
June-2013,
Sarasota, FL
Evidence-Based Strength and Conditioning: The Who, What, Where and Why of Exercise and How to Prescribe and Administer it successfully• Strength, power development.
• Aerobic/Anaerobic metabolism
• Exercise prescription
• Special Populations, Injury rehab
• Nutrition and weight management strategies
• Coaching and administration
• Physical Fitness testing
June 2014,
Sarasota, FL
RTS - Continuum Training Trunk & Spine
RTS123.com
Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Program

Explore the value and accuracy of assessments like posture and how to implement it realistically.
Distinguish between exercise for your "core" vs. exercises that simply involve your core to lesser degrees.
Examine spinal structure influences for each exercise.
Examine Trunk strength profiles and create appropriate resistance profiles.
Explore perspectives on "weight loss" and why "cardio" for burning calories is not the best answer!
July 2014,
Sarasota, FL
RTS - Continuum Training Lower Extremity
RTS123.com
Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Program

Explore the real factors in LE alignment assessment and adjustment (it's not the foot and knee, it's the knee joint!).
Distinguish between the knee and the patella-femoral joint and how keeping you knee behind your toe doesn't solve the problem because it has nothing to do with your toe!
Identify Valgus and Q-angle and modify forces via delivery and resistance-joint alignment.
Explore hip, knee and ankle function and output.
Examine single joint and multi-joint pressing strength profiles and create appropriate resistance profiles.
Identify the effects of an individual's structure on squats and how to customize set-up and execution.
Learn truly progressive and skillful balance training techniques: the last thing to do to improve balance is try to balance!! (and learn why the foot is the key, not the core!!)

August 2014,
Sarasota, FL
RTS - Continuum Training Upper Extremity
RTS123.com
Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Program

Identify the spectrum of planes available to the individual for pressing and pulling.
Recognize the shoulder as the primary shear concern in the body and how to alter loading accordingly.
Examine single joint and multi-joint pressing and pulling strength profiles and create appropriate resistance profiles.
Identify the influence of restraint (bars, floor, machines, etc.) upon movement and ranges and how set up an individual to maximize effectiveness.
Identify key scapula-humeral rhythm influences in exercise from presses to pulling through a variety of planes.