When a serious car accident left John Baines with severe nerve damage, a weakened left side and poor co-ordination a return to an active lifestyle was furthest from his mind. Following an extended hospitalization, John began intensive physiotherapy. For two years he worked to regain the strength and coordination he had lost. After completing therapy, his therapist suggested he join the local gym and begin a strength training regime.
Armed with a program outlined by his therapist, John opened a membership and continued to rebuild his body. “As well as a strength training program I began taking body sculpting classes to increase my co-ordination” explains John. “The instructor suggested options for my situation, which I still benefit from today.”
Now, 15 years since the accident, John is in better physical condition than doctors ever predicted. “Although I will always have a problem with coordination, I have gained muscle, increased my endurance and actually gained weight! I am able to play and be active with my daughter which is my greatest success.”
If you are considering lifestyle changes for yourself John has some advice to offer. “ Begin where you are. Start comfortably by setting small goals that will eventually lead to larger ones. And most importantly, make the commitment to yourself first.”
John Baines, 47, Married with one child, Club Link Employee