Name: Aaron Manheimer
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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Aaron Manheimer: My name is Aaron and I am the owner of Wattage, a boutique personal training gym in Chicago. I have been personal training for 16 years following a stint playing professional rugby in Europe. I became interested in post rehab training after my 7 knee surgeries. I love teaching people how to train and to move pain free. I am married and have a 3 year old boy named Noah.
XPT: What made you want to become an XPT Certified Coach?
AM: I had started to dabble with bringing weights into Lake Michigan and working out. After attending the XPT Experience and feeling all the different ways it could impact you I was hooked. Getting certified was a no brainer. As I age I want to train at a high level and teach others while mitigating the risk of injury. I can make the pool workout as challenging as a rugby game and at the end my body feel great.
XPT: How has XPT immediately impacted you and/or your clients?
AM: I train clients with a wide range of ages, I was able to start implementing performance breathing immediately. Then we started offering the ice bath experience and I am setting up the sauna/ice/breath/water workouts for retreats in Michigan. We also offer Laird Superfood at my gym.
XPT: What’s your favorite XPT related tip, discipline, activity, etc. to teach your clients and why?
I really love the water workouts. There is something so primal about it and yet I feel so focused underwater. I have always been a believer of being a calm performer.
XPT: What advice would you give to someone considering becoming certified, attending an experience or workshop or anyone considering XPT in general?
AM: The workshops are a great place to start. It is important to start off with the right understanding of how and why things are done. Then it is a matter of implanting small things into your everyday life.
XPT: Can you share with us a quick success story or “WOW” moment with either yourself or a client as it pertains to XPT?
AM: When I attended the experience in Malibu, I was able to hold my breath for 35 seconds under the ice bath. A few months later I did it again during the certification course. My goal was to just beat 35 seconds. PJ was going to tap my leg every 5 seconds. When I finally came up it was 1 minute 10 seconds. He tapped my leg every 10 seconds. I was blown away.
XPT: Anything else you want to tell XPT? A quote I remember from the Certification? A cool client story? A personal story as it pertains to XPT in my life? Etc.
AM: Beside beating Laird at Bocce Ball??? I can tell you that before I started, the longest I had been on a SUP Board was 10 minutes. During the experience we did a 3-mile paddle out to Point Dume. When I came back to Chicago and got on Lake Michigan, I did another 3-mile trip. I never would have thought I would have been able to do that.