Karissa Cook: Stanford Volleyball

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” Thanks to PAMF, trainer for helping cancer patients

I agree with the Praiseworthy letter last month saying nurses go above and beyond at PAMF Oncology in Santa Cruz. I have gone through treatment twice there and want to acknowledge the entire staff for their kindness, professionalism and expertise. In addition, PAMF sponsors an exercise program for cancer patients called Triumph Fitness, currently being taught at Santa Cruz Strong by Trainer Curt Smeland. PAMF understands the physical and emotional benefits of exercise for people confronting cancer. Curt blends extensive knowledge with encouragement, humor and kindness, creating a perfect balance of support and challenge. Rebuilding strength and stamina during recovery can only promote healing and optimism. Triumph — a word cancer patients and survivors cannot hear often enough — is an ideal name for this program. Thank you PAMF for making it possible and Curt for making it happen. ”

— Kim Hecko, Santa Cruz


” Working out with Curt has helped me elevate my game both on the volleyball courts indoors and in the sand by helping me build up my overall strength and stamina. Through personally structured workouts, Curt has helped me work on my weak points and increase my overall physical condition as well. Curt is also very good at working around injuries, like my chronic low-back pain, and has been able to integrate strengthening techniques that build core strength and avoid low-back stress to help alleviate stress to that area. If you’re looking to get noticeably stronger and prevent or reduce injury by working with a body-conscious trainer, I highly recommend Curt Smeland. ”

– Karissa Cook: Stanford University Volleyball


“Curt, Thanks for the help this year. With your assistance, I was able to accomplish things I didn’t think possible. Your friend, K Mac.”

-Kiran MacKinnon: Professional Mountain Biker

 Kiran MacKinnon

” At 50, I just couldn’t stand it anymore. My weight and health had been going in the wrong direction for some time. Curt designed and guided me through a 35 pound weight loss. I feel better, look better and my blood pressure has come down. The program he put together for me is something that I can stick with! Thanks Curt. “

– Don Courson

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