In 2012 I started doing archery and quickly fell in love with the sport. In 2013 during a regional championship, I felt immense pain in my shoulder blade. Initially, only while doing archery, but quickly progressed to almost constant pain.

After multiple years of trying everything – going to doctors, having tests, injections, physical therapy, medical messages, acupuncture and a total of 4 surgeries to repair tears and reattach my shoulder blade muscles. I was still in pain and my shoulder was not right.

In early 2019 I had an EMG to test nerve functionality, this showed severe permanent damage to the nerves that control the muscles, which enable shoulder blade motion. At the time, it was devastating to hear that nothing more could be done. However in hindsight, this was the best news I could have received. Finally, I was out of the horrible surgery/physical therapy cycle, and I could try and move on. I had spent five years with limited range of motion, reduced strength, and traveling all over the country for appointments with specialists and somehow I was worse now than when I started!

I knew something needed to change. At 44 years old, I had lost function and strength in my arm that was affecting my everyday life. I started working with Personal Trainer, Lisa Timberlake. Progress was slow as my movement was limited, and we restricted workouts to my lower body.

Lisa was great! She was able to work around these limitations and structure the workout, depending on my current pain levels and capabilities, while keeping the workouts varied and fun. I was happily working out with Lisa 2 times a week at the Center and then due to COVID-19, the Center closed.

I was determined not to let all the hard work come undone. I started walking every day, doing some basic workouts at home and experimenting to find out what my body could handle. I found I could hold a plank for 10 seconds; soon it was 20 seconds, then 30 seconds. I could see progress, and my confidence was growing.

I contacted Lisa, and she helped me continue my progression while the Center was still closed. I was able to build strength and improve my core stability.

Since returning to the Center, Lisa has added more upper body exercises to my workouts, including planks, deadlifts, and assisted pullups.

There is still a noticeable lack of strength on my left side, and some arm movements don’t go as planned, but I can do things in the Center I never thought possible. I am back in the pool swimming, and have slowly started archery again. Also I have been watching what I eat and I have lost 60lbs in the last 18 months, and feel a lot healthier.

The progress so far has been tremendous. I am excited to see what I will accomplish next.

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