Becoming a Personal Trainer pretty well come around by accident but has been the corner stone of being able function daily pretty well pain free. For over two decades I worked as a tradesman with its physical demands keeping me fit and strong. Growing up in an era of being outdoors kept me out in the fresh air enjoying many different activities leading to travelling Australia with 3 mates in a 33ft bus with motor bikes and a dingy.
Getting rid of the ‘tools’ (no more physical labour), starting a Picture Framing business and getting into the family way with two young children led to some changes I was not used to. A gain in weight which I had never experienced in my life (then in my 40’s, and eating the scraps off children’s plates) and a back complaint that was not going to go away.
Almost forty years ago a sporting accident has led me down the path in recent years of analysing what I do in the garden, how I sit in a lounge chair to watch a movie and how I train in the gym!
Twenty years ago a round of golf meant walking off the course with a headache each time to the point I gave up playing. Later I suffered two day headaches resonating up the spine to the back of the skull from just the daily routines of life.
Today at its worst its a dull (annoying) headache for a day but with the ability to get through the daily grind.
Slowly over time in the gym I have strengthened myself to be in a stronger and safer place than I have ever been for many years, stopping is not an option!
Training is adaptable, rarely do I load up my spine. Leg Press and Hack Squat are my two main stays as apposed to a Back Squat, it can still be done but not loaded up! Seated calf raise as opposed standing calf raises which put a load on the back.
An injury should not mean the end to all that was, but another one of life’s cross roads and journeys to find the way to getting back to your daily routines to the very best possible way you can. Life goes on………