About 15+ years ago I somehow got a stress fracture in my lower back. I pushed through discomfort and pain-I danced, I did competitive cheerleading for a year (which I believe stressed the situation), took some gymnastics classes, & lived an ordinary life– UNTIL the pain became too much! When it was just too much and had points where just standing and walking took longer then it should I was told I had Spondylolisthesis. This is a condition in which a bone (vertebra) in the spine slips out of the proper position onto the bone below it with very narrow nerve passageways which leads to pinched nerves, sciatica, extreme pain in back and legs etc.
I started to get steroid injections in my back. I didn’t want to get the uncomfortable and painful injections anymore. The last time I got injections they pulled me out of the exam room I was in to look at the images on the screen and showed me where my vertebrae had completely disintegrated. I was told the next option would be back surgery.
I knew one thing I had control over – it was my strength and my body. I started to get determined to strengthen my core to help my own back!
Believe it or not -I attribute that to a workout you may have heard of —> Insanity! 9 years ago – I fell in LOVE with the High Intensity BUTT kicking Sweat dripping workout program! The core focus in that program is great!! I literally felt myself HOLD my CORE in strong every. single. workout. Creator Shaun T constantly would say “strong core” and I swear that’s what did it for me. That constant redirection and reminder. I loved that program and before I knew it I had strengthened my core enough that I no longer needed injections for pain (BETTER YET- no surgery!)
I’ve continued my journey over the years and fitness is my passion! I became a certified AFAA Fitness Instructor. I opened my own fitness studio -I worked out right through my pregnancy- and after having my son- I expanded my in person support to online support – worked through my last pregnancy and current postpartum journey.
So when I say THIS GUY’s CHANGED my life —> HE SURE HAS!
I see, feel, & KNOW the possibilities out there! I helped myself- now let me help YOU help YOURSELF!