My first responsibility is to keep Loolwa safe. While that may sound like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised by how many injuries or setbacks occur during the course of a person’s attempt to get back in shape!
Keeping Loolwa safe requires that I am fully engaged in what is happening, during every part of each exercise.
So the basic question is where do we start? Loolwa’s goal is to get back to the life she had before the accident – a life that was full of movement. All movement originates from the core. Yes, you guessed it: We are going to work on her core strength!
We are focusing our effort on improving the body’s ability to control its own movement. This is the most important physical challenge for most people, and it is certainly more difficult for someone dealing with chronic pain.
Chronic pain typically makes a person want to stop movement, so retraining both the mind and body (“It is the mind that makes the body” – Sojourner Truth) to move beyond physical and emotional limitations will be an integral of our success.
Initially, we are going to have Loolwa use her body weight, a stability ball, and some light tubing as the primary resistance for strength training. Her body will tell us when and how fast to progress.
As she gets stronger and more confident about her abilities, we will add light to moderate resistance in many different forms (medicine balls, dumbbells, kettlebells, suspension training and cables). The primary focus will continue to be on teaching her to be strong as she MOVES. She is training for life, and her life is perpetual motion!
Nina Moore, a life-long athlete, has been a certified personal trainer for nearly two decades. In this capacity, she has worked with top actors, models, newscasters, professional athletes, and executives. A graduate of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Nina holds numerous certifications in various areas of specialization. She is a recognized fitness expert who has been profiled or published in leading media, including Shape, The Los Angeles Times, MSN, and Men’s Health.