The man in this photo is a client of mine. He lost part of his leg in Vietnam, and the other part in an unfortunate motorcycle accident. Chris literally had to learn how top put one foot in front of the other TWICE. Something so easy that we all take for granted, was taken from him instantly. This alone would would make the average individual want to give up. . On top of losing what some would consider our most important motor skill, struggling with the demons of PTSD and alcoholism was also on the menuAfter deciding that this is no longer how he wanted to live, he found peace with his "gift" and for ten years now, he has been coaching veterans on how to reestablish themselves as civilians in the community. Chris came into the gym about a year ago, severely overweight, depressed, and overall mad at the life he was living with what he called "peg leg." Initially, it was a struggle. Chris had problems with balance and overall stability of his new leg. With the help of Kevin Carol, Chris received a new state-of-the-art animatronic leg, which allowed us to not only improve his stability and range of motion, it also allowed us to work on core strength. The road of retraining him how to walk and move his body has been arduous for everyone. We both learn from each other. We also swear by a proper FUNCTIONAL program. This means to train the whole body. I'm writing about this to let you all know that we all go through some bumps. We need to learn from them. Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand.
After all of that, we have a man that we can respect, learn from, and continues to motivate us. My job, as his coach, is to guide him with proper functional movements to continue to progress in strength and daily living. The best part of my job is that I can introduce my son to a wide variety of people. Dealing with adults with physical and cognitive delays and injuries has taught me and my son to ask questions, do not judge, respect, and most importantly, learn. We need to learn from each other, even a leader like Chris needs a push. I am honored that is me.