This man (pictured here at this link toward the bottom) used to spend 12 hours a week in the gym. By age 24 he'd already had two rotator cuff operations. Because of his rotator cuff injuries he couldn't lift a 100 pound barbell over his head without aggravating his shoulders. He began training with us on our MedX rehabilitative exercise equipment. With the MedX overhead press he did not aggravate his rotator cuff and his strength improved; he eventually was able to lift 316 pounds smoothly and safely using the MedX overhead press. He reported that he was stronger than he'd ever been.
Years ago I had a woman come in who had been given the green light to exercise after suffering from cancer. I told her we would start slowly and that eventually the workouts would be hard. She told me, “John, I survived cancer. I can do your workout.” Boy was she right. She got dramatically stronger in no time. A client such as her, who starts from a weakened state, will have more upside potential for improvement.
At age 43 she was first diagnosed with oesteopenia. At age 69 she has no osteopenia and and no further bone loss. She now lives pain-free and has restored years to her career and quality-of-life.
I got on the subject of exercise with a man who was in less-than-peak physical condition. I asked him when was last time he had gone all-out physically. He was 65 years old. He said to me, "John, it's been decades".
Your body adapts positively to the stress of exercise. If you do not stress the body the body's capacity to handle the stress of exercise diminishes over time.
Your fitness, your health, and your ability to ward off sickness and injury diminish. Your body down-regulates its ability to handle sugar, your metabolism declines, and the loss of flexibility and strength increase the likelihood of injury. With that injury – a bad back, frozen shoulder, fragile knees, you name it – comes even more inactivity and a still lower level of fitness and health.
This is going to be the year you get in the best shape of your life. You sign for a year, and the automatic bank draft begins. You go each week for two or three weeks or maybe even the first couple of months. You miss a couple of weeks and then you miss a couple of months. Eventually you return with the intention of really buckling down. For most that never happens.
You admit defeat so you attempt to cancel. There is an expensive cancelation processing fee. There are just a few months left, and you rationalize that it is not worth the hassle of trying to terminate the contract so you do nothing. You cringe when you look at your monthly credit card bill and see the card charged for the service you did not use.