First, to set the stage, I am 55 and work in a high-pressure job at a large bank I love for 25 years of Wall Street. Since being a youngster, I have done martial arts. First judo (French Olympic team) and after my studies (couple masters) and moving to the US, I started Shotokan Karate and ended it after 25 years of training, competition and coaching the US team at the world in Brazil, to be a decent martial artist but also with a broken body which brought me to multiple surgeries, the latest being with a top US surgeon, Michael Sprints in Houston, of 5 hours for spine and both knees work 3 years ago.
Needless to say with 14 hours on average days at my desk moving to my new job in Charlotte, I was at my highest weight ( 210 for 5’10”) looking like a 90 years old when walking.
My wife slapped me on the head and we agreed I would find a personal trainer to at least lower the pain. karma that always be kind to me brought me to Shane Hellman and I found that not only was he a personal trainer but also a physical therapist.
Something clicked, and we started to train. I must admit it was hard, but Shane believed in me and I believed in him. Twice a week, I started at a shameful place for me of 95 lb deadlift and 100lb benchpress.
Now a year and a half later, I walk with no pain, I awake with no pain. Now I lost about 38lb of fat and put 10lb of the muscle being now about 180.
Yes, I changed my diet ( I knew from my years of martial arts), but it was really training smart.
Shane is tough and pays attention to details, which is what I needed. I am very competitive and for me, in the beginning, I wanted to add weights all the time ( badly placed ego) but Shane was great to stop doing more stupid things and first and foremost focus on my form, and only then increase weight slowly.
Today I deadlift 365, benchpress 220 but more importantly I regain the love of training, and Shane has pushed me now to train alone as his goal was not as many trainers I met in my life to keep you forever but to allowed me to train properly by myself.
Today I still train with Shane once a week, and I train by myself about 6 hours on top a week and I love it.
I hope that small story helps someone, but rest assure I will never let myself oy focus on work forgetting my body anymore as both Shane ( and my wife who always supported me) gave me back the respect to my body we all need.