Is the Doctor always right?
When someone who is an expert on a subject gives you advice or gives you their professional opinion, that registers much higher than advice from someone outside of the area of interest. This is very true in the medical and fitness world. During the last article, we referenced a client that responded great to quality movement creating less pain and stiffness in the low back. In that situation, depending on who is giving the advice, it can usually go one of two ways. The first is a suggestion that the client should have rested and let the back completely settle down before continuing with his fitness routine. And the second scenario, what actually happened at Elevate, a fitness professional guides this person through a routine that loaded him safely and he saw massive benefit all while continuing his fitness quest. The reason I want to lay those two scenarios out is that if the piece of advice given to you doesn't match your goals, seek out more insight and don't give up on YOUR goals. That initial piece of advice doesn’t have to be the end of your story.
We had a very special moment come to pass recently about a patient that had the determination and perseverance to push past obstacles and reach a huge athletic goal. This patient was training in triathlon and start to have swelling in the knee that prevented training. First the athlete sought out the advice of an orthopedic surgeon and the advice given was, “You are not built for running, you should probably choose something else.” This is devastating to here as an athlete that has put blood sweat and tears into training all while loving the sport. Thankfully this athlete was not completely bought into that suggestion. We worked and trained at Elevate with this athlete on things that will help her have a chance at getting back to competition. This athlete still needed more outside of what Elevate could help her with. We have networked with healthcare providers that have progressive mindsets and believe the body can do incredible things. The athlete was hesitant to go to another surgeon because of the last piece of advice they were given. This time it was much different. The athlete was given a plan, a surgical intervention was taken, and now it was time to get back to work. We started rehabbing the hip knee and ankle again after the surgical intervention and saw quick progress. The ‘no quit’ attitude from this athlete was so impressive and inspiring. 9 weeks out of surgery they finished a 70.3 (Triathlon total distance in miles covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run).
Do not be satisfied with lowering your standards when it comes to YOUR goals. Do not let what someone has told you define your life endeavors. And definitely, do not give up on yourself when you have dreams that are not fulfilled yet.
Your Elevate Team