People of Fitness - Ian Jordan

“Two years ago I turned up to the gym desperately looking for help. I had somehow managed to go from a person playing football and golf, enjoying life, to a physical wreck aged 49. Unable to walk up town or stand still for any length of time due to back pain, I had also sustained a couple of serious knee injuries from football too. I was having no fun.

Over time, less activity due to back and knee pain, working more on computers and stress all led me to Ady Watts. I had tried numerous gyms before but found it difficult to stay, I  believed they were making my injuries worse. For the first time in my life my mental health was affected and I knew I had to take charge of myself. Every week I was in the physio room getting nowhere it seemed and taking lots of painkillers.

I found Ady and his team very understanding and they convinced me I could do much more than I thought I could. I drew a line in the sand and changed my routine day and did what they told me to do. The gym is not about flash  machines that some other places have. I was paying for the personal coaching I was receiving which was well worth it. It has been a slow and steady road to recovery ever since and all I have done is listened to the team and followed the advice. I have been doing my programme every week , usually twice. I have got into the habit of performing mobility exercises every day and going for a walk.

Bit by bit they have helped put me back together. Many times I have turned up feeling stiff, not sure I am doing the right thing. However, I told myself to keep up with it as nothing else had worked. I had tried resting injuries and that just made me feel worse. I put sorting my own health as number one priority and put work second. To my surprise once I had done my gym session I always felt better than when I went in. This now felt like the right path, so I decided to keep going.

I am very pleased to say I am now back playing golf, coaching football and walking 10,000 steps every day. I am also not paying physio bills, taking painkillers and  have avoided another knee operation! Staying fit makes every aspect of my life much better and more fun, I look forward to continuing this journey.”

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