I feel as though the last 2 years of my life have been PT in once way or another. About 3 years ago, I started this health journey and 6 months in got injured. I fought through, but have been in PT pretty much ever since. Learning how to balance pushing hard and taking care of my body is a full time job it seems. It's a real process, but honestly, as hard as it is, I've learned so much from so many amazing people, because of this journey.
When I finally took the leap to go see a Doctor who specializes in hips and backs, she referred me to Endurance Rehab, and specifically Brandon. I've learned some amazing things from every single PT person I've worked with, but I have to say I LOVE Brandon's approach, and I figured I'd share a little of the why today.
I am a really hard worker, and when it comes to working out I really like to go hard, but I also need someone to push me, so what I love about PT right now, is we are really trying to strengthen me and help me to learn how to function in the real world so that I can go out and do the things I love. At first, we focused on simpler things just to get my glutes and abs to start firing again (they had stopped working and connecting to my brain). We had to get around the bulging disk that I have, as well as the hip issues, so basically I'm having to reteach myself how to function.... and with that, I do have limits that I have to watch out for.
Because of my limitations, I can't do a "normal" fast paced workout anymore with out modifications. I have to be super careful to not get "sloppy" in technique, because that's how i'm going to get injured. So, we've been really focusing on techniques when heavy lifting, doing Plyometrics, and even in just normal every day movements. I literally had to learn how to roll out of bed the correct way... and amazingly something as simple as that has helped me in more ways than I thought.
One of the things I love the most about Beachbody workouts, is that I have a trainer telling me what to do, but I can pause the program if I need to in order to slow it down for technique. So I can still get an amazing workout, but I use what i'm learning from PT, to make sure that I am not doing something that will injure me even more.
I am also learning a lot about myself. I'm learning that even with the restrictions I have as far as movement goes, it doesn't mean I can't be strong and go hard. Last Friday, Brandon had me to a Barbell Hip Thrust... when I first started doing these, we did them with just a 45 pound bar, and even that was hard because I had a hard time engaging my core and my glutes. As we've progressed we've slowly added weight to it, until this last week, when Brandon pulled out the big guns and pushed me beyond what I thought I could do. We pushed the weight all the way up to 185 and I was able to do 8 of them. It was a big deal, and I was thankful we got it on video, because this reminds me that I CAN do this. I CAN push myself and live the life I want. I don't have to be held down because of this injury, I just have to work hard to make sure that I am focused on technique, and I will be able to accomplish great feats.
I want to encourage you... I know there are others out there who struggle with injuries, push-backs, and even just life. We can't give up. We can't just let life throw us down. We have to push hard. We have to find ourselves again and find what makes us tick. We have to put the work in, find the right techniques for success, and create the life that we want.
I WANT to see success in my health, my business, my life, and this journey of health has shown me that you can't give up, but you have to FIGHT for it. I am a better person because of what has happened to me, but that's because I took it and have worked really hard to make lemonade out of lemons. I have taken what has been thrown at me, and learned from it, to make me a better person.
I am not perfect in any way though. I struggle every day. Just today I wanted to give up, but I pushed the emotions out of my brain and used that to fight!
No matter what is dragging you down, you have a choice. You have a choice to allow it to keep dragging you further and further down, or you have a chance to fight and survive and create the life that you deserve and want. What is your choice today?
I choose to fight... I choose to continue to push the weight up to places I didn't think possible. I choose to fight for my future, my business, my financial freedom, my friends, my family, my marriage, my life. Who is with me?