“It was around this time two years ago that I unassumingly stepped into the shower, as I do every morning. A few minutes in, a wave of relief washed over me. I started to cry, not a whimper, but the kind of cry that you do after a long battle, after enduring something you didn’t think you would survive. I was experiencing my first pain-free moment since before I was pregnant. My daughter was now three. For almost half a decade I couldn’t even tolerate getting out of bed or a car. I started to dread my beautiful girl asking for an “uppy uppy”; because lifting her up hurt too badly. Maybe for days.
I tried physio, massage, dragged myself to the gym, yoga class or anywhere else I thought might cure what ailed me. But years of poor form, crashing on the ski slopes and a difficult labour had taken their toll. I had all but given up on ever being able to turn my skis the way I once could. In a moment of despair, I shared my utter hopelessness with my friend Tara. Tara suggested I meet with her trainer and a two-year journey with Burke to reclaim my physical strength and my stamina began.
When I first met with Burke, I’m sure I overwhelmed him with all that ailed me, but we settled on my first goal: putting on my socks without pain. I was 37 years old. This was ridiculous, but it was my reality.
We started very slowly, realigning my muscles so I could stand up straight before we even tried adding any weight. We explored through movement, what hurt and what didn’t to see my range. He gave me exercises that I (mostly!) did on my own when my busy and frenetic life allowed. After waiting 9 months for an MRI – we finally learned that 3 bulged discs in my lower back were to blame. We’d already done some much to repair the damage and it served to confirm what I already knew. I needed to be stronger to offset the damage. Thank you for giving me strength when I had none.
Happy 2nd Workout-Aversary Burke. For the first time in years, I feel like myself again. I still hurt here and there, and sometimes I dread the 6 am wakeup, but I wouldn’t miss our session for anything. You make bluebird days on the snow with my family possible!”Tags: fitness success stories, testimonial
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