Getting to fit (old back injury) - Recommend a trainer/therapist
Original post made by MiddleAgedLad on May 28, 2007
Basic facts: I'm in my early 40s and healthy but 25-30 lbs over ideal weight. I've accumulated a couple of injuries (back and shoulder) that are impediments to pursuing a standard exercise program. I suffered a lower back injury (chopping wood) 15 years ago. While my back is stable from doing yoga and light exercise (recumbent bike, walking), the combination of the weight and the injury has made it difficult to get back to being fit enough to manage my weight.
I've tried a couple of trainers and have been disappointed in their capabilities in terms of understanding injury. I am looking for someone who has coached people back from back injuries to full flexibility and fitness safely. I am happy to work with the combination of a sports clinic and a fitness trainer.
I am not seeking to run marathons/triathalons, simply regain some flexibility, lose enough weight to be able to run safely. Would like to work with a trainer to build a program, supplement with physiotherapy.
Would be great to get some pointers...Thanks in Advance.
on May 28, 2007 at 4:16 pm
My elderly husband has been very much helped by a mature, skilled, and caring trainer at Agile in PA. His name is Dave.
on May 30, 2007 at 5:48 pm
Checkout Mark Reifkind downtown on Hamilton at the corner with High. Kettlebells are transforming my life. I've been a runner, yoga, and qigong enthusiast for years. But this is adding a whole new dimension. Such a simple and elegant technology (looks like a bowling ball with a handle on it.)
on Jun 1, 2007 at 11:28 am
I'm a big fan of Carl Sipes' at Heptagon Fitness. I have also worked out with Mark (mentioned in the post above) a few times and like him as well.
I've had some fairly serious spinal issues the last few years, and Carl has kept me in shape while I heal. He has also worked with my physical therapist (Jen at Agile Physical Therapy -- she's great, as is Tony) so that my workouts are not conflicting with P.T.
Another recommendation for back/spine issues is Dr. Joel Saal at the Sports Orthopedic and Rehab clinic in Redwood City (www.soarspine.com). I was in terrible pain when I found him, and he worked hard to diagnose and treat me.
Losing weight will help you considerably. My new motto is, "Move it or lose it!" I hope you find the help you want.