Meet the Wellness Professional: Erin McCabe

BeWell Department Manager/Athletic Trainer at the RVC

Every week or so I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of Wellness Professional - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like. 

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Erin McCabe - BeWell Department Manager/Athletic Trainer at the RVC

A Brief Bio: 

I manage the BeWell Department (yoga, Pilates, and mediation classes and workshops), am an athletic trainer (AT) working one-on-one with clients training and doing massage cupping, and I am also a yoga therapist (PYT) at the River Valley Club.

What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?

Life is all about balance. I will make sure you’re strong enough to handle every challenge, yet flexible enough to go with the flow!

How did you get to where you are now? 

I started out in the traditional athletic training setting of working in college athletics. My education began at Quinnipiac University studying athletic training/sports medicine, I then went to graduate school at the University of Kentucky and was a graduate assistant at Centre College. I returned to New England working at Assumption College for two years. During this time, I sustained my own significant knee injury while playing indoor soccer. This changed the trajectory of my career and, ultimately, brought me to the Upper Valley and to work at the RVC.

Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?

My biggest setback was my knee injury; this required me to stop participating in sports and impact activity (running, jumping, etc.) and really required me to reanalyze how I identified as an athlete. This change in activity got me more into yoga, and introduced me to Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) and Pilates through my rehab process. With these changes in my personal life, my outlook on my current career changed and led me to seek out alternative work settings as an AT. 

What makes you unique in your field?

Working in the fitness industry, there are many certifications and paths that can be taken. My education and career experience set me apart as I have a thorough health science background in anatomy and physiology; orthopedic evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation; and nutrition. Working for five years with collegiate athletes at all levels also provided me a ton of experience in communication, motivation, and resilience.

What's your go to meal for:

Breakfast: 2 eggs and half an avocado or sweet potatoes
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner
Snacks: Fruit, nuts, carrots with almond butter, or hummus and crackers
Sweets: Dark chocolate
Dinner: Whatever is on the menu from the Fresh20 (I wouldn't survive without this meal planning; I love to cook, but hate to think of what to make)
Beverage: Chai tea in the morning, water or seltzer all day, local craft beer in the evening

What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?

I try not to eat out too much, but I would say my favorite place that I would go to way more if it was closer is Cloudland Farm. They have a fixed menu so you don't really choose what you get, but I have always been blown away by what they make!

You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands? 

Beef jerky and coconut water or a 100% juice drink

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

Coffee ice cream with a brownie and peanut butter AND binge watching the Chef's Table or anything on HGTV.

What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

That mental health and wellness is just as, if not more, important than the physical component.

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Who or what gives you inspiration?

Working with others and seeing others do things and understand concepts that they never thought they could.

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?

A physio ball, so versatile and it seconds as a chair, bonus!

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?

Hiking and golf. 

What are your passions outside of your field?

I love being outside and try to get outside everyday, our two dogs motivate me quite a bit with that. I love to travel and share delicious meals with my husband, friends and family. And I love landscape photography and am just getting into real estate photography.

What's your least favorite exercise? Your favorite?

Least favorite (i.e. hardest) = pull up (yes, assisted)
Favorite = lunges or squats

What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?

Don't let minor setbacks throw you completely off your journey and be your own biggest fan instead of your biggest critic (this is something I have to work on and be aware of A LOT!)

How do you make better bad decisions?

I TRY to do all things in moderation, whether it's ice cream, beer, or social media rabbit holes; I try to keep it all in moderation instead of keeping it off limits completely.

Where can people learn more about you? 

  • Instagram: my photography Instagram @outsideframesphotography


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Last Week's Interview - Lisa Johnson - Yummy Yammy

Next Week's Interview - Holly Westling - Nutrition Counselor at Open Door Integrative Wellness

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