Rosalind East-Cambeilh: Pushing Her Limits
Rosalind “Roz” East-Cambeilh, age 44, had been working out and trying to lose weight for many years, when in 2014, she decided it was time for a change. At the time, she was participating in Zumba classes but was feeling frustrated with her lack of results. “I saw a picture of myself and I was so out of shape. I had been going to the gym but I wasn’t that serious about it,” she says. She had heard people talking about personal trainers and she thought that may be just what she needed. Roz began asking for suggestions and someone at the gym recommended Sammy Cusimano. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work with a guy, but I gave him a try and I just fell in love with him.” Cusimano showed her the proper way to use the equipment; Roz quickly realized she may not have been seeing results because she wasn’t using the machines or weights properly. “I really didn’t know what to do at the gym, I tried to mimic what I saw other people doing, but it just wasn’t working.”
She credits Cusimano with making her strong, while taking it slow and gradually pushing her little by little. Roz works out three to four times a week with her trainer. She started out with 30 minute sessions, but after a few months she began to feel as though she could do more. She says, “It was becoming easier and I felt like I just wasn’t pushing myself enough.” She increased her sessions to 60 minutes.
Float like a Butterfly
Her weekly routine includes a combination of circuit training, weights, cardio, TRX and boxing, which has become her favorite. Having never fought before, Roz says she never imagined herself boxing. Cusimano taught her how to properly make a fist and using a 100 pound weight bag, she learned how to punch and move around the bag. “I was just tickled seeing myself in boxing gloves. The whole thing was funny to me, but I loved it and now it’s the part of my workout that I enjoy the most!”
On her days off from working with her trainer, Roz will either walk two miles or ride her bike for three miles. “I just want to keep some kind of training going on,” she says.
Weight Loss Success
Roz has lost 40 pounds since she began working with a personal trainer. She says the weight loss helps to keep her motivated. “I’ve lost three and a half dress sizes, and it’s great being able to wear clothes I haven’t fit in a long time. I feel much better, have more energy and can walk for longer distances.” She uses a Fitbit to track her steps, heart rate and calories burned. The workout setting allows her to track her trainings and compare them. “I can compare my current workout to my previous workouts, and that has helped me a lot to keep pushing myself.”
She says she struggled with planks when she first started training, but she’s good with those now. The most difficult part of her current workout is the dreaded burpees. “I hold a 12 pound medicine ball while doing them and I really have to push myself to get it done.”
Better Food Choices
A self confessed “picky eater”, Roz needed guidance to make a change in her diet. Cusimano helped her make a meal plan. She allows herself carbs for breakfast and lunch, but none for dinner. “It was difficult at first, but it became easy over time,” she says. She eats many more vegetables than she used to and has little to no fried food. Her sister likes to cook and would prepare veggies in different ways for Roz to try, in hopes that she would broaden her tastes to include more healthy options. She had to cut back significantly on sweets. “If I want Oreos, I limit myself to two a day, maybe one after lunch and one after dinner. She also limits fast food to maybe once a month and prefers to avoid it altogether. “McDonald’s fries are my weakness, so I try to just stay away.” Her favorite meal is a salad from Rouses’ salad bar. “I put in spinach, bean salsa, banana peppers, olives, cheese, carrots and eggs.”
In October 2015, Roz was in an auto accident and she was unable to work out for about seven months. Her chiropractor told her that she recovered much quicker because she was in such good shape before the accident. Her body was well-conditioned because of her prior training. It didn’t take her very long to get back into her routine once she was well enough to do so. Because of her training, she has no lingering back issues from the accident.
Walking for a Cause
Roz enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attending all of the events around the city. “I love New Orleans and all of the things we have to do here,” she says. She has participated in the Andouille Festival Run, and in honor of her mom, who is a breast cancer survivor; she has taken part in breast cancer walks. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and she enjoys getting together with her sorority sisters. Together they have participated in the March of Dimes Walk and also the American Cancer Society Walk.
For those just starting out on their fitness journey, Roz recommends a personal trainer. She says they can help you with everything from choosing the proper shoes to showing you the right way to use the equipment, in order to get the most out of it. She says “It’s not as hard as you think.” She suggests finding a trainer that will build your confidence.
“I look forward to working out!”
If you are interested in contacting Sammy Cusimano, BSA and CPT for personal training, he can be reached at email@example.com or (504) 376-9827.