I have made the decision to no longer offer personal training services. I will still write and share chronic condition experience, research and information. I am available to participate in applicable research projects and very open to speaking engagements.
I’ve made this decision slowly over the last 12 months. The primary factor that drove my decision was my responsibility to clients. Personal trainers are required to maintain current first aid and CPR certifications. The last time I did my CPR certification I struggled maintaining the position required due to my knees and my back. Now I’ve had a total knee replacement kneeling is challenging (not impossible, just challenging).
I don’t want to paint a bad picture – my operated knee is fantastic and my back rarely bothers me except for certain positions, giving CPR being one of them. I am well aware that were I struggling to maintain a CPR rhythm due to my physical limitations, that could be disastrous.
In addition, recently I have found my physical strength is not what it used to be. Partly this is due to the limited strength training I have been doing myself, partly it is due to the simple fact I’m not getting any younger. I find loading a 20 kilogram weight onto the leg press a challenge and as a working personal trainer I should be able to do that for clients.
While I am a firm advocate of Movement is Medicine and exercise has done absolute wonders for me and my condition, I don’t feel I am strong enough myself to provide the level of service to which I aspire!
It is spring, the blossoms are out, time for new opportunities!
Keep MOVING! I will be!