PERSONAL TRAINER A BOOT CAMP RUN AT PICKLE SPRINGS

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Recently we met up with a wonderful and passionate woman who happened to be a very successful personal trainer. What is a personal trainer? A personal trainer is a fitness guru involved in exercise and lifestyle instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also can measure and track their client’s strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments. They also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines -kinda like a therapist who helps you stay in the game. So we thought we would put this one to the test by taking her out to Pickle Springs and running her boot camp style. The two-mile hike at Pickle Springs can get tough at times. Ok, she held up and ran us ragged for a few hours. Meet Tamatha Crowson.

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Pickle Springs National Natural Landmark. This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. Since then layers of limestone were buried upon this sandstone but millions of years of erosion and uplift of the Ozark plateau have exposed the sandstone we see today. Over the eons, ice, rain, wind, plant roots, and streams have worn away this sandstone to form the many unique geologic features here. Some of the interesting geologic features include a double arch that holds up a shelf of sandstone, narrow slot-like canyons, hoodoos (mound or pillar-like sandstone blocks weathered into unusual shapes), a spring flowing out of sandstone (Pickle Springs), and sandstone talus slopes.

Hmmm. Well, I am pretty new to this area; I moved here in 2014 after having grown up at Lake of the Ozarks. I am a HUGE fan of the Cape, I love the youthful vibe from the college, I love the history of the town, I love proximity to St. Louis and I love that you can get pretty much anywhere you want to be in about 10-15 minutes – because I’m really impatient.

I have two teenage boys, Evan, who is 14 and a “ major league gamer” – video games, and Blake, who is 15 and is a really talented percussionist…I don’t think there’s a single surface in my house that hasn’t been drummed on.

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My personal philosophy in life is pretty much: take ownership, be real, have fun. I have been through and come out of some pretty rough circumstances – failed marriages and broken hearts, eating disorders and low self- image – and what I learned is that until I can see, accept and own my part of whatever situation I’m in, nothing is going to change. It can be an extremely difficult thing to do – to face your own shortcomings and mistakes, but the result is always worth it.

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