Success Can Be Measured in Many Different Ways

“Success can be measured in many different ways. Sometimes circumstances force you to modify what you think it really is.

When I first came to RVC in March of 2013, my definition of success in the gym was to maintain my weight level (I had just lost 43 LBS), and to get my weightlifting ability up in spite of terrible back problems.

I met with a personal trainer every week, and progress was steady. A year or so later I decided to go into a more intense program to reach my goal of making a 300 lb. deadlift.

I also wanted to try CrossFit as a way to mix up my training. Somewhere along the way, my left knee and left shoulder decided that those particular goals might not be achieved, plus I was still plagued with almost continuous back problems every three to four weeks.

My knee continued to deteriorate and my left shoulder began to have problems, too. I told myself that it just comes with age and arthritis.

During 2015, I began to train with Scott Prince in an effort to see if I really could make my goal, even though I had these limitations. He worked with me in finding ways to both strengthen and protect my shoulder by eliminating the external rotation work, and I was lifting from Jerk Blocks rather than the floor for heavier weights.

Somewhere during 2017, I managed to get the 305 lb. deadlift I so desperately wanted, and I thought now I can just work up from there.

Unfortunately, my left knee didn’t think so, and I had to have a total knee replacement during the third week of September 2017. I worked hard prior to that to continue to shed weight and build strength in order to make my recovery as short as possible.

The pre-surgery training was my real success, not a heavy dead lift or back squat. I was able to do all the movements asked of me the day after the surgery, and my home PT lasted only 5 sessions. Out-patient PT went for three weeks, and I was back in the gym beginning my training program over again eight weeks after surgery. My surgeon signed off on my training program, and now I have started from the very beginning to reach for my prior level of fitness.

Starting over was initially depressing for me, but I had so much encouragement from other members and many of the trainers at the Club that my attitude changed.

I realized my real success is that I no longer have any back pain, my shoulders are feeling very good, I am making incredibly swift progress towards reaching my former performance level, plus my left knee although feeling different, is much better.

I am thirteen weeks after surgery now, feeling good, and very thankful that my recovery went so quickly. Anyone considering a joint replacement should endeavor to become as fit as they can beforehand. It made a world of difference for my successful outcome.”
 
Miles Mushlin

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