Eric Maust, CSCS

I’m terribly proud of my brother, who is featured in a recent Free Press article. He’s filling a new position at Rochester High School as their strength and conditioning coach. From what I understand, it’s part time and he does it on top of his full time job as a personal trainer at LifeTime Fitness.

One highlight of the article was this section:

Maust also has a patient and non-intimidating demeanor, said Watson, the athletic director. That approach makes female athletes more comfortable in the weight room, Watson said.

“Before, I was scared to use the weight room. It was like a guys’ area,” said Jill Caruso, 15, a sophomore basketball and volleyball player, who’ll run track for the first time in the spring.

“Now, I go in there and I know what to do with the machines. There are more girls in the weight room now. Usually, girls don’t know what they’re doing, but Eric spends the time to teach us.”

Eric and I used to both be notoriously intimidating. I know I’m getting better at that and it appears he is as well (as if I hadn’t noticed myself. But it’s nice to hear it said by others).

We’re all works-in-progress. It’s always cool to look back on our lives and see the changes the Lord brings about over the years–often without us having to deliberately “work” on stuff.

And I really liked this section too:

“Every day, (Maust) gets everyone in the mood to work out, even if you don’t feel like it. He gets us into the workouts right away — no ifs, ands or buts about it,” said Kashat, 15, a football offense and defensive lineman and track discus thrower.

Maust’s workouts are not walks in the park — but that’s just fine with Rochester’s athletes.

“He really is a good asset to Rochester athletics,” said Jackie Doroshewitz, 16, a junior basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer player.

“After you do a workout with him, you definitely feel it the next day — or the next week.”

If only Lakers had had a strength and conditioning coach… The places Scooter and I could have gone… :)

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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