”I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself”
When it came to choosing a career for myself there was no choice. I had to do this.
But during an exercise with the Army I was involved in a devastating road accident.
The story is a long one of years of pain and exhaustion, of trying to hold life together when my body was broken. I damaged my hip to such an extent that when I could walk I limped badly. My life as I had known it was gone. I could barely stand or walk: training was just a painful memory. Physically and emotionally I reached a low that engulfed me. The Army supported me but in reality I was useless as a soldier and when my squadron headed off to Iraq I was left behind: that day hurts as much today as it did that day.
The pain was constant for two years. But over time it began to fade gradually. The limp became less noticeable. And once again I found myself beginning to look forward.
But I had a long way to go, and had a lot of work to do. Over the years following the accident I had gained weight and at its peak I reached 14 and a half stone. All my strength and energy had gone and I believe I was as unfit as anyone. But I also believed I could be strong again and fit again (despite what the many doctors, physios and specialists told me).
I had no choice but to begin gently and although on paper it didn’t look like much to ride a bike 5 miles or spend 10 minutes of trying to do sit ups and failing to do press ups. Those early days and those little steps have brought my to where I am now.
Today I am back to training five days a week and believe I am fitter and stronger than I ever was in my early twenties. I compete in CrossFit, Powerlifting, Strongwoman and Olympic Weightlifting. I eat well and love each day.
And I believe if I can do it – so can you.
What I went through has made me a much better coach than I ever could have been otherwise. What I learned from that journey was hard, but means that I know first hand what it takes and what you will go through to reach your goals.
My history in sport:
- 7 Years working with the British Army
- CrossFit Coach of 6 years.
- Westside Barbell Powerlifting Cert.
- Strongman CrossFit Cert.
- 10 Years of martial arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai coaching
- Level 2 Fitness Training and gym instructing
- Level 3 Personal Trainer
- Outdoor and Emergency First Aid.
- Competitive in Powerlifting, Strongwoman, Weightlifting and CrossFit.
- And a tough journey with a happy ending…