Weeklong athletic performance seminars feature elite athletes, trainers

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Performance Enhancement Seminars

What: Running clinic with five-time Ironman champion Heather Gollnick

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday

Cost: Free

What: Biking clinic with professional cyclist Lisa Renee Tumminello

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Cost: Free

What: Injury assessments with Erin Monger-Rosso

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Adolescent athletic development with Alyssa Brook

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

*All seminars are at Forever Fit, 345 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 205. For more information, call 970-870-3484.

— Steamboat Springs’ wealth of talented athletes isn’t exactly a secret, but how many residents are aware of how quickly that pool continues to grow?

Count Tony Rosso among those who are tapped into the loop. This week, through a series of free seminars hosted by Rosso’s Forever Fit physical therapy center, every local weekend warrior can not only rub elbows with some of Steamboat’s elite athletes, but learn a thing or two in the process.

Forever Fit is hosting four “performance enhancement seminars” this week. They kicked off Monday night when five-time Ironman champion Heather Gollnick gave a free running clinic focusing on training for runners of all ability levels. Gollnick lived in Steamboat as a child and recently moved back.

Tuesday night’s biking clinic will be led by Lisa Renee Tumminello, a professional road cyclist and veteran coach and trainer. Like Gollnick, Tumminello and her family recently moved to Steamboat. She has her sights set on establishing a new world record for the Race Across America bicycle race, Rosso said. But when she meets with residents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forever Fit, her focus will be on functional training techniques to prevent injuries and increase cycling performance.

Wednesday’s seminar is focused on injury assessment and stars Rosso’s wife, Erin Monger-Rosso, a certified strength and conditioning coach and athletic trainer who has worked with many elite and professional athletes, particularly during her time at Stanford University’s Athletic Department. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Monger-Rosso will evaluate attendees’ current or nagging injuries as well as provide a functional movement screening. The goal is to let people know when they can safely return to activity or competition.

The week’s seminars conclude Thursday with a presentation on adolescent athletic development. Led by Alyssa Brook, a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, attendees will learn about the principals, foundations and limitations of developing young athletes. It’s an issue of particular importance to Rosso, who said the number of overuse injuries in adolescents is increasing here in Steamboat and Routt County. The goal, he said, is to teach about injury prevention and how to identify overuse injuries.

Although each seminar is free, donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go the development of a new Steamboat track and cross-county youth running club. Folks who attend any or all of the seminars should be prepared for hands-on instruction, potentially including use of Forever Fit’s anti-gravity treadmill. For more information, call Forever Fit at 970-870-3484.

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