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I leg press 700 pounds (not a typo) now, lift a little more than half my body weight in pull-ups and dips, and bench press roughly 35 pounds on average. In order to understand what a true accomplishment this is you must first understand the obstacles I was forced to overcome and how Tom helped me through it all.
I was in a major car accident in 2011. The vehicle hit mine head on. My car battery was moved from the front left to the back center. The steel plate my chair rested on broke in half and dropped. The vehicle stopped just shy of the dashboard and firewall. I was unable to work for 3 months. For those 3 months my life consisted of nothing but doctors appointments, medicine, and slow physical therapy. The doctors told me I was lucky I wasnt paralyzed. They said because I worked out prior to my accident (roughly 5-7 hours a week for 3 months) my muscles were able to absorb the impact but now theyre stuck and would need to be drugged to unclench and then I would have to relearn how to use each and every muscle in my body.
I took a total of 3 months of physical therapy and followed every instruction they gave me determined to get better. They said I could now function well enough to get by in life and I was released. What this meant was I could now walk for a few minutes without help or getting winded. I could stand for roughly 5 minutes before feeling total exhaustion. My doctor told me I would be on pain medication for the rest of my life. The doctors even offered to paralyze nerve endings so I wouldnt feel the pain.
I was greatly discouraged but unable to accept a lifetime of drugs and pain. I went to a local gym that hired full-time personal trainers. I met with the manager on staff and after explaining my story he gave me a look that said we cant help her, but well leave that to the trainer. He told me they only had 1 trainer on staff with the kind of qualifications I needed who MIGHT be able to help me. I met Tom.
Tom sat me down for a consultation asking me my limitations and goals. As I explained each and every medical condition, I became very discouraged. For the first time, I thought there was no hope for me. He took thorough notes and said Okay, give me a few days to come up with an exercise plan. I could see his mind working and I was afraid he would turn me away even after his encouragement.
I met with Tom for the first training session. He learned very quickly my muscle strength was so limited I had trouble lifting my arms or legs let alone any added weight or resistance. I was determined not to let him down or show any weakness by saying I cant. Tom would watch every move and watch my face and he would stop me while doing exercises because he could see my pain and he would relentlessly ask what hurt. When I would tell him, instead of getting discouraged he would simply tell me Okay, I know another way to exercise that muscle without straining these muscles. He would then lead me through another exercise and carefully watch to make sure I didnt hurt myself.
After the first month of working out with Tom, I slept a full nights sleep without pain in my neck. These are the same muscles with nerve endings the doctors wanted to paralyze. After 6 months of training I was stronger than where I started in some areas before the accident. After a year, I had full range and I was able to use some form of resistance or weights on all muscle groups.
I have continued to hire Tom each year and while the gym we work out as has changed in addition to my workout goals, the workouts are still just as challenging and ever changing. I have gone from complete discouragement and a sense of despair to hopeful and excited to workout. The highlights in my week are my workouts because I know that each goal is within reach and Tom is the perfect expert trainer to help me meet each and every goal I set for myself. We are both still amazed at how far I have come from where I started.
To this day I have not seen or heard of a trainer to be his equal. Tom changes the workout routines consistently. He focuses on your goals and not on what he thinks your goals should be. He is a trainer who utilizes every piece of equipment and environment for physical growth (parks, outdoor/ indoor, machines, free weights, and all forms of cardio equipment). My personal favorites are the heavy bag, leg press, and bench press. Tom challenges me and he is the ONLY TRAINER I will ever work with. I thank God for Tom and greatly appreciate all he has done for me. While he pushed me to succeed physically he also helped restore my faith in myself. Tom taught me its not a competition between my physical abilities and others but rather its a personal challenge to grow spiritually and physically.
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