The XPO Trainer from a Coach's Perspective: Metcon Madness, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
We are excited to introduce you to MetCon Madness in this month's Coach's Perspective! Opened in 2017, MetCon Madness, LLC is a private home-based personal training business owned by Shea and Anna Munding. The business came from the idea that they could reach a broader group of people that wanted personal training but did not want the burden of paying a gym fee. Both experienced in personal training at a global gym company, the Mundings were ready to take on helping people in their community get fit outside of the traditional gym. Shea is a current police officer who holds certificates in personal training, strength training and conditioning. Anna is a former cheerleading coach turned personal trainer who holds certifications in weight loss management, TRX suspension training, group fitness classes, and Les Mills Body Pump.
Why did you purchase XPO Trainer(s) for your gym?
The XPO Trainer was a no-brainer purchase. When we started our training center, we knew there were going to be essential pieces of equipment that we needed to purchase to make the most out of a small space. Fortunately for us, we have a great cul-de-sac that we live in and like to use to our advantage for taking workouts outside. We knew that the XPO Trainer would allow us to get the most distance out of a small area. We enjoy the benefits of adding sprints or interval running into a workout, and because we don't have a running track or grass field to use, the XPO Trainer turns 25 yards of space into what feels like 100 yards. One of the great things about the sled is that we only need to put a 45 lb plate on the sled for wheel stability. All of the other sleds we looked at purchasing required anywhere from 100 to 250 lbs of weight added to the equipment which was not cost effective.
What benefits do you see when you or clients add sled training to a workout routine?
We've noticed the most substantial improvements in speed work and short burst endurance. The XPO Trainer has increased our client's short distance speed times for running/sprinting and time of carrying weight under load. The resistance the XPO Trainer provides has improved the performance of movements under load or with weight such as weighted carries. The XPO Trainer has also helped our clients who are too heavy to run with their endurance and improved their cardio.
What makes the XPO Trainer different from other sleds you’ve used?
Several things put the XPO Trainer in its own class, even against other sleds with wheels. We enjoy the simplicity in the design of the sled, meaning that it was effortless to put together and extremely easy to take apart. The sled is exceptionally light and can be wall mounted if needed. When you put the weight plate on the sled there's no worry about smashing your fingers between the plate and the sled. The wheels are extremely durable and don't require filling with air. The sled is extremely easy to maneuver when needing to turn or change directions. And it can fit in the back of our SUV so we can take it to the park for workouts. We tested several other sleds before purchasing the XPO Trainer, and none of the other brands even came close to the features the XPO Trainer had.
What is one of your most memorable WODs using the XPO Trainer?
Anyone who has used an XPO Trainer will always remember their first workout with the XPO Trainer being the most memorable. It starts out fun and unique because you're doing something new and then after a couple of rounds of sprints you begin to question your fitness level seriously. At the same time, it's an extremely rewarding exercise that you love to do but also love to finish. There's no way to cheat the exercise or sandbag your workout with it. From there your body quickly adapts to the sled training, and it becomes a staple in your workout regimen.
Thanks Shea and Anna- we are so thankful you found the XPO Trainer and that it has been an essential part of your training! It's customers like you that keep us going. Keep up the good work- you guys are doing amazing things in LHC!