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Fitness excuses busted

Ok, you’re at the gym. Today is the day you will start your exercise program. Your doctor told you to lose weight.. But when you make your way up the stairs you notice your knee hurts, an old high school injury that occasionally flares up.

Don't you want to play ball again?
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You also notice you’re out of breath, because the last time you strapped on your running shoes President Bush was still in office. This is too much to handle, you tell yourself as you do an about-face and head down the stairs. But wait! Turn around! A solution is at hand.

Knowing when to start working out after an injury, surgery or a period of inactivity is difficult. It doesn’t have to be, however. With your determination and some professional expertise, you can overcome your limitations and take that important first step.

Let me share with you the stories of two people (names changed, of course) who have overcome their physical limitations. You’ll gain inspiration and motivation from them.

Mark, 63, came to me five weeks after his left leg was amputated below his knee. His right shoulder hurt. He was at least 40 pounds overweight. He was wheelchair bound, yet he still had goals. He wanted to strengthen the left leg for his prosthetic limb. He wanted to lose those 40 pounds. He wanted to take that first step.

Training was hard for Mark. He was in constant pain, and he had a hard time getting in and out of his wheelchair. He preserved, however. Mark strengthened his hips by using resistance bands, exercised his upper body by using gym machines and weighted medicine balls, and trained his core by sitting on stability balls and bosu balls.

Mark worked around his limitations, and each step of his workout took him closer to his goals.

Mary-Ann, 43, was busy working mother of two who wanted to return to her former activity levels. She was a former high school athlete. Her problem? Both her knee caps kept dislocating. Her paletta tendon (tendon that connects the quadriceps to the knee cap) was in the wrong place.

She had surgery on one and rehab on the other. Her limitations? High impact activities like running, jumping and aerobics were out. In were low impact activities like kettle bell swings, spin bike, and the elliptical.

To prevent further dislocations, Mary Ann strengthened her quadriceps, which act as knee shock absorbers and her hamstrings which are the main knee stabilizers. So far, she’s had no re occurrences and is well on her way to regaining the activity level she sought.

What did these two people have that let them be successful? It’s called DP2.

  1. Determination

Both of these clients refused to allow their limitations to keep them from achieving their desired outcomes.

  1. Perseverance

Both did the physical work required, despite the pain.

  1. Dedication

Both set aside time in their busy lives to train, staying focused on their goals.

  1. Professional Expertise

Both trusted me, their trainer, to know how to work around their limitations.

Want to find your DP2 ? Let me help you. Contact me at shanemcleantraining@gmail.com to get you started.