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Bob Gragg

The concept of recovery training was born from the evolution of fitness training over the last thirty years and my personal journey through that evolution. That journey led me to periods of being incredibly fit and periods of breakdown, with the inherent injuries and surgeries. Through the painful lessons of rehab and the desire to become as fit as possible, I began to seek out better ways to train. The training has allowed me to not only train around my compensations from injury, and/or surgery, but, also, slow down the effects of aging. In the beginning, fitness training was ruled by bodybuilders, drill sargents, and football coaches. The prominent theme in resistance and strength  training was lift as much as you can, as many times as you can, and as many times a week as you can. Form was not as important as how much you could lift. Primarily, you trained your ego, not your body. Stability training was unheard of. The focus of cardiovascular activity was to push the very limits of endurance. Fainting and vomiting were very common results of that mentality.  Coaches would not allow even a sip of water during the workout, claiming that would lead to weakness. To make matters worse, salt tablets were recommended to be taken before any cardio activity. It is amazing that there were not many more heat-related fatalities.  Swimming was claimed to make you slow and bruise easily. Nutrition required plenty of red meat, raw eggs, milk, and potatoes. A common belief was that "if you wanted to build muscle, you had to eat muscle!" Steaks were eaten as much as possible. The consumption of vegetables and fruits was not deemed as important to building a strong body. Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 5.18.04 PMUnfortunately I applied these misconceptions to my personal workouts and passed it on to others. As the number of my personal injuries, surgeries, and stints in rehab mounted from the exaggerated workouts, I became very adept at recovering from my injuries. I began to wonder if there was a better way of training. I finally noticed that if I placed parameters on my training, things improved dramatically.  At the same time, several physicians noticed my success and confronted me about going public and working with some of their patients. I was soon certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and my career as a certified personal trainer began.  Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 5.43.05 PMAs a I began my career as a certified personal trainer, I noticed that there was a big gap between rehab and recovery. Once someone left rehab, there was a long period before "normal activity" returned. I also noticed that many performance enhancement techniques I used on athletes and myself, could be modified to speed recovery.  Because there were not many trainers focusing  on this ( at least, not in Memphis) , I decided to form Recovery Training, serving Greater Memphis, to specialize in this area. I have found it to be both very  challenging and highly rewarding. I pray I can keep working with those who want to overcome their challenges in the future. I hope I can address your concerns in the near future! --Bob Gragg Recovery Training of Memphis NASM-CES, PES, FNS, CPT