Health for thoughts and physique: Lynn’s Cotter opens health club in Wyoma Sq.

Robin Wilson Cotter, the proprietor of Physique Rock Health by Robin, hits a punching bag throughout a non-public kickboxing session at her studio in Lynn. (JAKOB MENENDEZ)

LYNN — Robin Wilson Cotter has spent the previous 23 years of her life devoted to health of the thoughts and physique by specializing in the bodily and psychological points of well being. 

In 1999, when Cotter weighed 250 kilos and suffered from postpartum melancholy, she was searching for a method to reduce weight. 

This led her to take Tae Bo lessons, a body-fitness system that comes with martial arts methods like kicks and punches, at East Coast Karate in Swampscott, the place she fell in love with train and ultimately grew to become an authorized coach. 

Cotter has now been educating for greater than 20 years, and just lately opened her personal enterprise, Physique Rock Health by Robin, at 323 Broadway, the place she teaches small-group and personal-training lessons. 

“I like my job due to the relationships I’m in a position to construct with my purchasers, which retains me motivated,” Cotter mentioned. 

When Cotter first began understanding at East Coast Karate, she misplaced 100 kilos in six months; she knew she wished to turn out to be an teacher 5 minutes into the exercise, she mentioned.

She began coaching with Sensei Lou Hopkins at East Coast Karate after which went to California to coach with the creator of Tae Bo, Billy Blanks. 

Cotter obtained her certification and returned to Swampscott to proceed educating lessons at East Coast Karate till 2006, when she went on to coach at Paradise Health club. 

This was when Cotter started to implement her personal private exercises and coaching, in the end resulting in the creation of her personal model, Physique Rock Health by Robin, which targeted on cardio kickboxing and boxing. 

“Kickboxing and boxing is one thing that comes really easy to me and is a ardour that I like to do,” Cotter mentioned. 

She now has a location at 96 Swampscott Highway in Salem, which she shares with a buddy, and opened her personal location in Lynn in September. 

“I’ve constructed such nice relationships with so many nice folks for therefore a few years now and it’s simply nice to lastly have my very own house to do what I’ve at all times wished to do,” she mentioned

What she likes most about her job, she mentioned, is the relationships she has along with her purchasers, which retains her motivated. 

“Seeing the modifications in them and the way they put a lot belief in me is superb,” Cotter mentioned. 

“They are saying I’m their motivation, however they don’t understand they’re my motivation.” 

Her aim as a coach is to not simply assist folks remodel and really feel good bodily, but additionally mentally. 

“My purchasers don’t simply come to me for bodily health … They really feel snug sufficient to speak to me and ask for recommendation and know that I’ve been by way of so much,” Cotter mentioned. “Particularly after everybody being trapped inside for over a 12 months, individuals are going by way of so much, so it’s not like they arrive in and I’m simply coaching them bodily, however mentally we’re getting stronger additionally.” 

As a lady who had her personal health journey and struggled with postpartum melancholy, Cotter mentioned she thinks these elements of her previous assist her purchasers see that something is feasible.

“My motto is ‘don’t assume, simply do,’ as a result of generally folks overthink every thing and don’t understand they’re in their very own approach,” she mentioned. “Even when they’re not reducing weight, they’re dropping inches.” 

Earlier than COVID-19, Cotter mentioned she had a big following the place she labored in Swampscott, however the pandemic brought about her to lose a few of these folks. Along with her private coaching classes now being supplied in Lynn, she was ready to herald new purchasers and work with new folks. 

“Folks see what I’m doing with different ladies and that they’re reducing weight and ask ‘the place are you going? What are you doing?” she mentioned.

Cotter is huge on telling her purchasers to not fear in regards to the scale as a result of it’s all about how you’re feeling. 

“If we’ve got to regulate some issues, there’s a method to do it with out having to starve your self,” she mentioned. “Quite a lot of occasions, folks don’t perceive that muscle weight is greater than fats, in order that they’re dropping inches however the scale is just not transferring.” 

Her private coaching classes on the Lynn location are only for ladies, however her different lessons are for women and men. Within the Lynn location, Cotter does Excessive-Depth Interval Coaching (HIIT) exercises for small teams and private coaching, however nonetheless hosts her bigger group-training classes at her Salem location. 

Private coaching on the Lynn location is $45 for 45 minutes, and $60 for 60 minutes. The small-group coaching, for as much as six folks, is round $150 for a 60-minute session. 

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