BURN Fitness 101: Don't Let Small Hindrances Become Fitness-Killers!
Through the years, I've had plenty of clients who had orthopedic conditions, both temporary and chronic. I've had clients with simple to serious illnesses, heart conditions, diabetes, Parkinson's, MS, and cancer. I've had clients with artificial hips, artificial knees, spinal fusions, and I currently have a client with an arm that was 90% severed in an accident... then reattached! I've had clients missing limbs, clients recovering from strokes, and clients recovering from heart attacks.
So... When I hear someone tell me they can't exercise because they have a sore knee, a bad back, or a chronic illness... I refuse to accept that as an excuse!
I've had multiple clients sprain an ankle, then try to cancel a workout. No... Get on your crutches, get your butt in here, and sit on a bench! I'll bring you dumbbells and we'll train your upper body!!! Broke your arm? Okay, you get a few days off... Then we'll train the OTHER arm, and both of your legs! Hell, we'll use your cast as additional weight!
So you say you have a bad back? My personal MRI shows damage to 12 of my 25 disks... Two herniations, degenerative disk disease, and 2 tears. I have chronic inflammation of my lumbar facets... 6 of them! I can't STOP exercising or my back WILL stop me!
You've got a cold? You've got allergies? You've got asthma? As long as you can open your mouth and get oxygen into your bloodstream... you can exercise! Obviously if you have a serious chest-cold, you can't do HIIT, but you can walk or lift moderate weights. If you have a fever, you should rest. But... if you're sniffling, you can train! Achy? PLEASE! Hung-over? PLEASE!!!
So many people use ANY excuse they can to get out of exercise... when exercise is exactly what they really need! If you're using excuses to not exercise, not be healthy, and not get results... you're just lying to yourself. If your trainer lets you get away with that... you need a new trainer!
Good trainers have heard EVERY excuse in the book, and will refuse every one! This is why you PAY us... Want sympathy? Tell your mom...
Quit your excuses... and get your butt in the gym!