Personal Training Success Story Santa Fe- Janette
Being in this field it is impossible to not get attached to the people you work with. Some of my greatest joys are to get to know each person personally and to hear the amazing stories that come from their mouths. It is an amazing treat. And when you are able to help them it is an extra special bonus knowing where they have come from and what they had to go through to get there. Janette extremely epitomizes this process. I have a real place in my heart for who she is and what she had to go through to get where she is now. Even though it completely makes sense to me that she could do it through the SolCore Fitness program, her journey is truly inspiring to me.
Janette is approximately my age, 40-ish, but she came to us with the body and spine of a 90 year-old. She was in constant semi-debilitating pain. The only thing that kept her going was a sense of duty to her family and hope that she could get out of this situation.
This situation was one to where she had gone from a thriving young woman with a husband and two kids to a woman that was just trying to get through her day. Her sole goal each day was to not get in any more pain and make it back home, to where she promptly collapsed not able to interact with her family. She sought help form chiros, massage therapists and PT’s but the pain in her back and neck was getting worse. It got so bad she was not even able to give her daughters a bath because she couldn’t reach over the tub.
To make matters worse she couldn’t use pain meds, and she knew that all the doctors wanted to do was to fuse her spine. Luckily, she found a DOM that was able to subside her pain somewhat and she reached out to us to “put her back together.” When I talked to her before starting, I told her that what she had wasn’t that difficult to fix, it just wouldn’t feel that great doing it and would take awhile.
Being the focused person that she is, she committed herself to try it for six months. My main direction to her was to go slow.
Let me tell you how committed Janette is. On her initial session when she did the wall stretch she was brought to tears because of the tissue being pulled back into place.
You see when tissue heals after an injury without it being put back into place properly it heals “out of order.” So when you start correcting, it doesn’t feel so nice.
This pain happened to her whenever she did a class or while she did her stretching homework at home, but she persisted. At one point her husband asked her why she kept going back and she said, “Because this has to work.”
I can’t tell you how many times I walked over to her during a class and saw her struggling just to stay in the posture on the verge. But I am glad that she kept with it because she now has pretty much no pain, has gotten back into lifting and running but more importantly she is a participant in her family’s life again.
It is my absolute pleasure to introduce Janette as the December Member of the Month.
1) What made you decide you wanted/needed to start a program?
I was sick and tired of being in so much pain and I had to try one more time to get rid of it. I knew that there had to be a way out of it. Your program spoke to me and I dove in.
2) What did you do before?
I used to workout a ton. Lifting weights, running and just being active. I go to an acupuncturist and I was seeing a PT before this but was given up on and told there was nothing that could be done.
3) What results have you achieved since starting your program that you are proud of?
My pain has gone from unbearable to almost gone and I am now able to be present in my family’s life. I can play with my kids. I can workout again. I feel like myself again.
4) Do you have a favorite exercise? Least? What do you like or don’t like about them?
I love lifting weights! It feels so good to be able to move like that again. The lower to mid thoracic ELDOA’s are murder for me. I know that they are exactly what I need, but they are tough.
5) What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?
I would like to continue to be able to keep correcting my posture and to lose the 10-20 lbs I put on when I couldn’t move.
6) What do you like best about our program/ having a trainer?
That it works! I love the personal attention. The way the program is put together and is taught just makes sense.
7) What advice would you give to the other SolCore Fitness members?
Keep going! You have got to take it one class at a time and do what you can. When you don’t feel like going…go anyway! Do your homework. Even a little bit is going to dramatically help you.
8) What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our program?
Do it! But if you do give yourself some time to work it. You should be in it for a minimum of three months to even start to feel where it is going. If this program can work for me it can work for anybody.
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