The reason for writing this short blog is to highlight that one is never down and out. There is always a way to better health, it’s just about looking for the answers and asking the right questions.
Justin George emailed me in August 2018. He had been working with Emrys Goldsworthy, (Musculoskeletal therapist) for some months to help work on ‘a bad back’ that had been presenting with symptoms of sciatica pain. He had a disc bulge at 21 (at the time of reaching out Justin was 37) and herniated the same disc at 31.
From the above Justin was living in pain, which didn’t help his mental health but was fearful and didn’t feel ready to do any strength training for almost a decade.
I had a good relationship with Emrys and often referred clients to him. I am thankful of his tremendous work he does as Justin trusted him when Emrys told him he was ready to start focusing on getting stronger.
Justin went through the extensive steps we use when someone is looking to train with us and from that we got some conservative basic starting points.
There were no red lights in terms of mobility. The major things we were working around were his history of disc problems, his fears around strength training and just his lack of training in the past. His major goals were to increase strength and also positively change his body composition.
Some conservative benchmarks when we started was a Bench Press of 45kg x 8 reps and a Goblet Squat of 20kg x 8 reps. Justin also had an inbody scan early on since body composition was a goal and he weighed in at 95kg and 32% Body Fat.
Justin has now been training for over 12 months. It has been a total pleasure seeing his transformation of physical health, his willingness to learn and his sharing of his mental health.
Just like anyone else with any success the graph is never linear. There have been ups and downs as he and we have worked through different problems together. The important thing to note is the consistency that Justin has had over that year. Like with most things Justin does he goes all in and is approaching 250 sessions with us. From that hard work, day to day or week to week might seem like it’s not always moving forward but when we look at the bigger picture now Justin is:
Down to 86kg at 21 % (9kg Body weight down and 10% body fat down, 2kg of muscle up.
Back Squatting sets of 80kg for 8 reps instead of 20kg Goblet Squats.
Bench Pressing sets of 62kg for 8 reps instead of 45kg
Deadlifting without pain
Learnt the Clean and Jerk and Snatch (two most technical exercises you can do with a barbell)
Been progressing and learning handstands
Fully immersed himself into our community and is now even Head of Social Events for The Wild Movement!
I hope from reading this it gives you some hope where their may be little. One of the hardest parts is reaching out and trusting a professional (especially in the fitness industry) when you have been living in pain for a long time. I’m grateful Justin did and I’m looking forward to where the journey evolves to.
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