Recent years my health took a turn for the worst and I spent prolonged periods of time in the hospital. Since then, it has been a slow, but steady road to recovery. After approximately 4 years of ill health and recovering, I decided it was time to build up my physical strength so that I could be more independent and do more things for myself.
Being disabled, I was unsure what, if any, training would be suitable for me. One of the exercise regimes I looked at was DDP Yoga by former wrestling professional legend Diamond Dallas Page. However, after falling over on my backside on several occasions and getting myself into some awkward positions, I found that this was a little too advanced for my physical limits.
So at this point, I decided to play it smart and approach the local gyms in the town and came to Bodyworx Gym Omagh. With their advice, I contacted my GP and had a discussion of what I was planning. Between the three of us, we were able to work out an exercise plan that was well within my physical means, but would also push and challenge me. Otherwise, what would be the point?
So in September, I started attending the gym for 1-2-1 training with Neil Thompson and he put me through my paces.
We started off working at squats. Neil had organised for a small stool for me to sit on and two handrails for my balance. I found this a quite tough exercise and exhausting, but I was able to work on it. From the 6 weeks at the gym, I have been able to go from 2 sessions of 5 squats, to now doing 4 sessions of 20 squats. The major plus is, I am becoming more independent of the hand rails for support and I am able to stand up straight and tall for a short periods of time. Something that I have not been able to do for the better part of 10 years.
I have also been using dumbbells of various weights to build up the strengths in my arms. Again, this has been a challenge. My biggest problem with the weights has not been with the strength in my arms, but the strength in my wrists. Neil informed me that this is a problem that is not uncommon and it was best to start working on the wrists first. So slowly over time, I have been slowly increasing the weights and the number of repetitions I do.
The other main exercises I do are using the pulley system in the gym to lift heavier weights. Though these are very tough, I do find it the most enjoyable of the training I do. There are several different techniques I have employed in using it, such as pulling straight with one arm towards me; down from above towards me; and pulling from behind towards me.
These sessions take up to one hour in the gym and by the end of it, I am truly exhausted, but I have gained a lot of satisfaction and benefit into my own personal life. In the short period of time, I have found that I am able to do more on my own about my home, lifting and moving heavier objects with ease and it have given me a lot more energy.
So anyone who is disabled and wondering if a gym can offer them anything, I say yes! Just follow the three simple rules
- Find a gym that you feel comfort in and with the trainers
- Contact your GP and let them talk to your trainer.
- Never give up
I will be posting more updates in further blogs about my progress.
Thank you to Rosie Darcy Photography for all the great pictures.