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Tell us how your fitness journey started, what changed and when you realized you were making progress?
Started when I was diagnosed with Marie Strumpels disease @ age 17 in the middle of my freshman hockey season in college. Two years on high profile test drug protocol got me on crutches and a steel brace and painkillers got me back on the ice for my senior season. I started as soon as the pain was less than blinding and knew I was making progress when I could stand up without hand holds.
What are your recent successes?
Recent successes started when I began Hot Yoga and Pilates regimen in Montana after a bad wreck working cows. Almost as soon as I was able to do some poses (the heat helped) and was introduced to Pilates philosophy, my mobility increased. My Pilates instructor was severely injured in a climbing accident and I moved from Montana.
Took me a couple of years to find MOVE - my acupuncturist was the recommender. I have been able to continue my progress.
Besides physical changes, what else have you noticed?
Much more flexibility; greatly reduced to almost eliminated back pain. Attitude and diet have improved.
Big inspirations to keep you working out?
Excellent instructors have been a large part of my success as they have kept me close to the straight and narrow and not permitted me to suffer any major relapses. It is also very important to BELIEVE.
Words of wisdom or any advise for others?
Best advice I can offer is to GET STARTED, give it a decent chance (at least 3 months) and your new body and freedom from discomfort will keep you at it. I must also say that good leadership in the studio is critical so find a place/person who works for you and donít be afraid to try different people and things. It is also important to set realistic goals, achieve them and move on to the next level.
Favorite things that are now a part of your life that makes it healthier?
I look forward to my sessions because they force me to take care of myself and I find myself practicing little things all the time, mostly unconsciously. The knowledge that I can do things I formerly thought were not possible for me helps to try harder.
What is next?
Canít decide between running a four minute mile or climbing Annapurna. Thanks, Joe! T