Never give up
Working in the fitness industry, as a lot of fitness professionals will know it can be a life changing experience for our clients and on the flip side and extremely rewarding position for us. You get excited when you see your clients achieve and reach mile stones and you definitely feel for them when....it just doesn't work out for them on the day.
We've all heard the phrase, "you need to get back on the horse". Well when we have a set back in life sometimes it's not that easy. We can push and push and push our clients to give it another go but at the end of the day, it takes determination to 'never give up'.
Recently posted on the Ultimate Sandbag Fitness Facebook page was the above image our photographer captured of myself and a client training in the 4EVERfitness training studio. To the naked eye this image is of a coach and his client completing an Ultimate Sandbag front loaded squat, but here's where an image can mean so much more.
Born with a congenital orthopaedic issue where his femur or thigh bones are internally rotated or both of his knees face inwards. Specialists said to him as a little boy the option of surgery would mean breaking his hip, resetting and being wheel chair bound for 12 months with the potential of learning to walk again. Opting out as a young boy he played high level cricket and followed his passion basketball. Knocking his knees together when running and riding, he was not able to perform at his best, let alone knee pain and tightness through his pelvic muscles was never ending.
As time when on he learned to deal and adapt with his issue and for years as a young adult would train himself at home on a multi function weight machine. I approached him a little over 12 months ago and asked how his training was progressing. To my surprise he said, “Great, I have been maxing out my machine for 12 months”. “WHAT” I replied. I was shocked to hear he had stayed at the same weight for this long. He went on to tell me he would love to run but it caused him pain and as his weight training didn’t cause him grief he wanted to continue. I could read in his face that he was frustrated and wanted change. He was stuck and didn’t know what to do.
So what did we do!
We set up a plan and introduced him to functional training. Being a DVRT Master instructor, I felt confident that using the DVRT system we could create some pretty amazing changes. Setting up a plan of progressions, identifying and addressing his specific issues we got to work. Did it work? Well here he is today and what a difference.
So what changed???
We started working on ..............
Wait! The real question is what HAS changed. As you can see from the picture above this is Dan’s very first ½ marathon in 36 degree C temperatures, he’s completed a 10 day charity ride from Adelaide to Ocean Grove a little over 1000km and best thing yet is he has shot over his weight limit of 60lb in the Ultimate Sandbag Clean and Press Challenge knocking out 40 reps at 80lb in 5 minutes.
Writing this blog gives me goose bumps thinking of how far he has coming and the hurdles he has jumped to get him to where he is today.
The take home message here is have a vision, voice it and listen to your client. We all get hooked up with the latest fads and crazes and forget to listen to number one.....the clients goal.
What DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training has given me is a great possibility of leading my clients down a path of success. An ability to more accurately and effectively identify their needs and address them. Having great will is part of the equation, having the right know how is the other!
Until next time train safe and with purpose.
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