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