This week the ADOFitness trainers will be addressing their biggest weakness physically and mentally and how they overcame it. Coach Jennifer Ann shares her story.
Many people that are close to me know that I’ve suffered a hip Injury. Three years ago I was diagnosed with a hip condition. It was originally misdiagnosed and later corrected a couple of weeks ago. It’s called hip dysplasia and its a condition that has caused me to limp and has been extremely painful at times. When I was first diagnosed I ran everyday, It was my favorite thing to do. The doctor told me I needed to quit and even if I didn’t the pain would force me to. I remember crying , there’s nothing worse than being told you can’t do something you love. An running for me was more than just a workout it was a big stress relief so I knew I needed to find something else to do. That’s when I started to research lifting and began you tubing exercises and making workouts to do. I loved how strong it made me feel and I felt like it was a great way to relive stress and strengthen my leg. Due to the pain in the beginning of my diagnosis other areas of my body would compensate when I walked which caused imbalances in my injured leg. Lifting helped me strengthen those imbalances and the doctors were impressed with how I was dealing with my situation. Of course I was extremely frustrated at first when I was told what my situation was and I did cry for a few days and absorb the information. However, I’ve never been the type of person to dwell on the negative side of a situation. I always try to see the good and what I can do to move forward.
After 2 months of lifting I decided to do a bikini show. Maybe I decided to do something like that to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. The one thing I hate feeling like is a victim and that I have limitations and doing a show helped me cope with the situation and showed me I was much stronger than I thought.
I went through each prep and did every workout, every cardio session even if I limped to finish it. An some people will say why workout? Even if I didn’t workout because I didn’t for 4 weeks before and I limped worse ? so it’s just something that will happen. I rather be strong and handle the situation in my life than weak. ??
Right now I’m in my off season and about to enter preps for next year. I’m extremely excited to see all the work I did on my legs ?? and have 4 showed planned for 2017. Two weeks ago I had new X-rays taken and the only option I have is a total hip replacement. For someone my age that’s pretty devastating news but I will keep pushing for my goals and never let it get me down. I have the most supportive family and friends and the best boyfriend ? ❤️? and when the time comes I will do what I need to do. Until then I’ll keep crushing my goals and help as many people as I can with health and fitness. You can let something like this bring you down but the truth is everyone has problems but how you deal with them is what matters ❤️