Success Story – Rick

man at the gym doing exercise on the treadmill

man at the gym doing exercise on the treadmill

Rarely do I mention anything about any one's success before they reach most of their goals. Sometimes a client achieves a goal that truly amazes me and I have to share it. Rick is a perfect example of this. Rick and I scheduled our initial appointment. He was a 60 year old ex-jock who had played football, baseball, and basketball. After his playing days were  over, he took up tennis and golf. Through the years, he rode his bike 16 miles almost every day. When he fished the White River in Arkansas, he even rowed the boat! Clearly, he was a man who loved life. However, on the day we met, he could not do any of those things. He was 75lbs.  over-weight with heart problems, left knee problems (later, diagnosed as torn cartilage), and a total shoulder replacement in his right shoulder with major compensation, limiting its use and mobility. More importantly he looked beaten and absolutely miserable. His posture was drawn inward in a protective mode. Rick was very organized and provided the information I needed to set up a plan of action despite his limitations. Quite a few fitness trainers and personal trainers in Memphis would have scratched their heads over how to proceed. Basically, you have fitness training with high blood pressure, fitness training with heart disease, fitness training with injuries, fitness training and strength training for seniors, and continued rehabilitation. Fortunately, the customized personal training nature of Recovery Training supplied a solution. 
During the first phase of his program, we had to stabilize and strengthen his whole body, with particular attention to his injured knee and replaced shoulder. Through a combination of medical attention and strengthening, his knee stabilized enough for us to work on his body as a whole. His shoulder required some very special attention. Through deliberate strengthening and movement, we were able to reduce the compensation. and it became increasingly more functionable and "natural". So much so, that some of the other trainers at the studio thought we were lying about his shoulder being replaced.
 
Despite the fact that the knee may or may not require surgery, Rick has demonstrated that surgery would be only a minor setback. And he still needs to drop about 50 pounds. His strength and endurance has increased dramatically. His shoulder recovery is truly a complete success, and easily 3 months, if not 6 months, ahead of schedule. One of things that Rick brings to his recovery is his belief in the program I have designed despite being a product of the environment I describe in the Background section. In his own words, "...Do I cuss my trainer, Yep! Do I have the utmost respect for his knowledge and his willingness to make my goals his, Yep!..."
Perhaps the most  important thing that he regained was his love of life. This is why I love one on one personal training so much!  I can't wait to see what he can achieve in Part Two of his story. I will surely keep you posted!