I am a pre-Title IX woman, which means athletics were not a focus part of my upbringing. I mention this because by age 60, I was overweight and out of shape, so my family gave me a gym membership for my birthday. It is among one of the most precious gifts I have received, because it led me not only to begin a serious fitness lifestyle, but also to become a personal trainer.
In spite of getting healthy and fit, however, my body suffered from a lifetime of compensating for injuries and normal wear and tear. After pursuing a wide spectrum of interesting and useful fitness programs like running, Crossfit, gym workouts, TRX, Kettlebells, yoga, etc., I found that while I experienced so many benefits, my body still functioned within the compensatory faulty and imbalanced patterns it had learned over the years. And yes, there was the pain that comes from the incorrect movement patterns and muscle firing that progressively moved from my back to my ankle and foot.
I discovered FoundationTraining and have learned that fitness and health go beyond a personal best in weight lifting or a 5k or time on a WOD. It is a functionally fit and pain-free body that, as often cited in Crossfit, trains you “not to suck at life.”
Since beginning FT, my back pain is not only gone, but as the correct movements kicked in, the catching in my lower back, first migrated to my glutes and then totally disappeared. Imagine, a Kettlebell swing without that annoying catching/clicking during the execution. I then turned attention to the pain in my ankle/heel and, mistakenly, looked to other approaches like yoga, floor barre and general foot exercises. Big mistake! I heard that FT had an updated DVD program, so I checked it out and then purchased it. The FT retraining and realignment has been nothing short of miraculous. After almost two years (with over one of them staying off the road in my workouts), I had feared that the pain is just a cost of aging. Happily, I am so mistaken. The pain is almost gone, and continues to improve daily. Currently, FT is my major workout and, as I go deeper, I realize that I may never have moved correctly. I now move without having to consciously inventory the execution…it is becoming how I move through my life.
They say that as you age, you focus on how you can give back. Now, seven years after I took my new membership into the gym, I am more determined than ever to help people take control in order to live well and feel good is my contribution for paying it forward. I am so convinced that FT is that empowerment that eventually, taking the certification is on my bucket list. Taking control of your life takes willful commitment, but I encourage everyone to put in the effort. If granny can do it, everyone can. Thank you, Foundation Training for my better life.