Interview with Rachel
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Rachel Sensat, I am 32 years old, and I work at a university-based clinic providing treatment for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. My credentials include a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in behavior analysis. I am also licensed by the state of Texas to provide behavior analytic services. At work, I primarily aid caregivers in the reduction of challenging behavior and increasing communication skills with their children. Many of my clients do not possess the ability to communicate their wants and needs as others do. Therefore, they tend to engage in challenging behaviors (i.e., aggression, tantrums, running away, etc.). We teach caregivers how to better increase communication skills while also reducing unwanted behaviors. My job is very rewarding and I love what I am able to accomplish with families.
I currently work out at the gym my husband and I opened in 2019 called Space City Iron. We provide nutrition and training plans, online coaching, personal training, and 24-hour access to our members. I encourage all my athletes to purchase the Victorem bands and have them available at the gym for member use.
I come from a large Italian family who love to cook together and celebrate life.
Since 2016, I have been competing in the NPC as a bikini competitor and currently as a figure competitor. Using bands for resistance training and building a stronger lower body is vital for competitors. I currently workout 5-7 days a week incorporating the Victorem bands frequently, especially during my cardio routine on the stepper.
When and why did you start working out?
From a young age, I was involved in sports. My father is a professional tennis player and therefore we were encouraged to engage in activities. My choice of activity was dance and cheerleading. As I grew older I found I was a pretty strong track athlete and began to devote more of my efforts in track and field. In pursuit of my undergraduate degree, I received a scholarship to run track at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. This was a pivotal time as a young adult and track kept me grounded and dedicated to my athletic career.
About two years ago I began my bodybuilding training and since then I have not looked back. I will be competing in my seventh competition in two weeks at the Nationals in Miami. I love being able to push my body during my training, and then seeing results on the stage.
How did you first hear about Victorem?
A workout partner recommended the bands to me. After working out with the bands, I was hooked and purchased my own.
Did you use resistance bands previously in your workouts? If yes, how was it?
I was using resistance bands during my workout, but of low quality. My past bands did not stay in place and did not offer the level of resistance Victorem bands offer.
What was your first workout with Victorem bands?
My first workout with the Victorem bands was a HIIT workout which included side to side squats, pop squats and glute kick backs.
What’s your favorite exercise using the bands?
I really enjoy using the bands during my cardio training on the stepper. I rotate between certain resistance bands and place them above my knees.
What changes did you notice when you started using resistance bands (physically, or mentally).
The bands support my quads and hamstrings during exercises and encourage stability.
What motivates you?Several ideas keep me motivated:
- I have the ability and therefore I should. Working with individuals with disabilities I refuse to take my mental and physical ability for granted.
- Pain is fleeting. The pain I feel during a workout is only momentary and purposeful.
- Train like an Olympian. I wonder all the time how would an Olympian train? Would they quit? Would they add in an extra set? I try to do what will set me apart and not keep me with the pack.
What would you say to someone just starting out using resistance bands?
Resistance bands are a great addition to any strength training routine or rehabilitation program. Bands are portable and easily stored, making it perfect for home use, hotel workouts, or when you are tight on space at the gym. Resistance bands can be used without weights, to build muscle, strength, and endurance. Once you start you’ll never stop!
Are there any fun facts about yourself that you haven’t told anyone?
- I am also a professor at the university and teach a variety of courses.
- I regret not dedicating more time to ballet as it was and will always be my first love.
- I am pretty good at imitating voices.