OVERCOMING INJURIES

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.

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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 πŸ˜‚ so it’s just something that will happen. I rather be strong and handle the situation in my life than weak. πŸ’ͺ🏻

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 πŸ‘πŸ€— 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 😍 β€οΈπŸ™Œ 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 ❀️

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