“Today I got called skinny for the first time in 15 years.”
This will be a work in progress as I get these gathered and posted, but I wanted to get this page going. I’m going to be posting testimonials of people’s stories, before/after photos, videos, etc. If you’re looking for a personal trainer in or around Escondido, or you want to try something remotely, and think you’d like to do what some of these people have done, I’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
-> Naveen a few years later:
From Emily (pictured below), who no longer trains with me due to moving locations, and in only a way she could put it:
“My new personal trainer is an [expletive] and explains things horrifically. It makes me appreciate your technique hella more. If you wish to re-arrange that wording and put it on your web site I support it.”
Miss you too Em!
Emily before and afters:
Bonnie (pictured above) also plays softball:
“After the first two weeks I was amazed at how good I felt. You know, I never realized how used to being in pain I had become. It took feeling good for me to realize how crappy I had been feeling for so long. I was so limited in what I could do. I can now swing my legs out of bed in the morning and not worry about it. This past week I went fishing and I love to go after the bigger ones. Normally I have to stop after each fish or so and take a break. This last time I could just keep fishing and fishing. It was great.”
Mike K, who came to me about a year after knee surgery, who I worked with on and off for a year:
“This is the best my knee has ever been.”
And then here is he halfway through his cross country bike ride, which I helped prep him for:
Juliet, who I worked with for two months:
Bonnie, who I tried to talk out of a knee replacement, but helped with when she decided it was the right move for her:
Brent after an assessment:
“Thanks again for your tremendous help understanding what my knees were up to, you saved me most likely from some really horrible surgery.”
“My knee hurt for 8 years after my car accident. I really thought it was just something I’d have to deal with the rest of my life. I had no idea there was anything I could do for it. 8 years of pain gone after working with you for 4 weeks.”
“My knees were to the point where I needed a cane to walk around for 6 months. I tried all kinds of things, including physical therapy, which was a joke. They spend more time bullshitting on the phone than actually watching you. It’s been over a year now since I’ve really had any knee issues. Thank you.”
“Before we started training I went for a bike ride around my neighborhood. It’s probably like a 2 or 3 mile loop. That just killed my knee. To the point where I couldn’t finish it.
Just yesterday I went for a ride again, I was able to go through town, other neighborhoods, etc. In all, I rode about 20 miles without any issues in my knee.”
From my IT band exercise manual:
From a remote client:
146 miles and no knee pain:
Another remote client, Rick, who was having some unusual calf and knee pain:
About a month later still doing well:
And one of my favorite testimonials from him describing how things went with his daughter at the zoo. About a month prior he had a pretty good flare up, but things got better:
Lower back pain
“After my car accident I was in chronic lower back pain for a year and a half. You did more for my lower back in 4 weeks than 4 months of physical therapy did. “
“I just realized since I started training with you I haven’t needed to see my chiropractor once. (Note: Lori has been with me for over 18 months.) When I was with any other trainer I still needed to. But not anymore.”
Georgi, who wanted to get back to playing soccer:
James, a couple months in:
James a couple months later:
And then at the one year mark:
Sheen, who will be jogging soon enough:
Helping women everywhere:
“The book has been pretty informative and I have taken up some of the suggestions (like [redacted]). I never had pain but notice that my my back needs much less warmup time now (I can kind of pop up and go in the morning and no longer need to foam roll before my morning workout). It is an odd feeling when stiffness you are so accustomed to is suddenly gone.
My wife (side sleeper) has been sleeping with a [redacted]. She says her back has been hurting less as well.”
More on sleeping better:
Andrea after a month and only an assessment,
Mick, who had been having hip pain for years, feeling better -though not out of the woods yet- after three weeks:
Charles hip pain relief after one month:
Alex’s hip pain improvement, to where he was originally worried he wouldn’t be able to apply for a nursing program due to having issues standing for long periods of time:
Here are two videos illustrating improvement in somebody’s movement that resulted in relieving their shoulder pain. Before video is first (watch the right shoulder blade) and the improvement can be seen in the second video.
After getting the shoulder healthy she has been able to do some cool things such as this:
From Holly: “Each week I was thinking you’re full of shit, you’re full of shit, you’re full of shit…and then I wasn’t in pain anymore.”
“I used to wake up 20-25 times a night, no joke, because of my shoulder pain. Now I wake up maybe 1 time a night. And that’s because I’m thinking too much.”
My dude, of course I don’t mind. If anything, I’d wish that my case would help the next person avoid the common mistakes that I’ve made in this never-ending recovery. This post makes complete sense. It’s ridiculous how such simple concepts are overlooked…. Which I’m definitely guilty of.
Before coming across your site, I found myself sticking to what previous therapists were selling me… Telling me that it’ll just take time, or that I wasn’t working hard enough. Yet, I was following their protocol to a “t.”
Since my surgery, I was constantly told that my rhomboids were weak, so I needed to work on retraction, isolating the muscle, but never touching my upper traps because I wouldn’t want a hike with retraction. To be honest, before I took those pictures, I never knew my scapula was so stuck in adduction. From the time I’ve followed your protocol, I’ve experienced more relief and have regained more function than I ever did in almost a year of unsuccessful PT.
Dan, coming to the other side of his shoulder issues:
Mike, after a month in:
Hans, who I did a couple Skype consultations with:
Mikhail, a remote client from Russia, updating me while he was on vacation with his new baby. He used to get considerable pain in the shoulders and neck, specifically when playing / holding his son:
“Before seeing you I had issues with my foot from 2000-2009. It was so bad people used to call me the “limp man” because I had to limp everywhere I walked. In 2009 I had surgery and had the ankle fused. While this helped, my quality of life was still pretty bad. There was still a lot I couldn’t do and I still limped quite a bit.
Since working with you I’ve been amazed how much mobility I’ve regained in my ankle and how much I can do. I’m able to pull the sled, walk up hills, and I’ve begun trying running again.”
John Reed (Who is in his mid 70s!!!)
Doing work post pregnancy!
Click here for more on Tracy and losing weight after pregnancy
Doing work on the flag football field
Someone who found the site helpful:
As did Ben:
I’m also going to have a section of people that had good results with me but I haven’t gotten a testimonial up for whatever reason. This is really more for me than anyone else:
Connie R – Lost 35lbs and was able to get under 200lbs for the first time since high school (30+ years).
Nishant S. Lost 15 lbs and pain free shoulders.
Janet M. -Shoulder issues to the point she couldn’t sleep. Pain free for two years now. Lost over 30lbs.
Anna B. – Anterior glide issues of left hip resolved in a month.
Dee Mc. – 25lbs lost. Asymptomatic wrists for over 1 year.
Pam R. – 33lbs lost.
John H. – Had lower back issues and trouble working out without flare ups. Only one or two incidents over two year training period.
Sonya A. – 26lbs lost and lower back pain relief.
Alex H. – No lower back issues for full year of training after chronic lower back pain for years prior.
Robin B. -39 pounds down.
Pattie T. – Still had considerable shoulder pain post surgery despite working with a physical therapist for months. Pain gone after 4 weeks to where she could reach up and paint for hours with no issues.
Heather M. – Hip pain to the point of not being able to walk around the mall without having to sit down, foot and shoulder pain for years -> All gone in 5 weeks.
Karen M. – A couple weeks away from shoulder surgery and had “bone on bone” knee issues for several years. Was able to prevent shoulder surgery and get knees asymptomatic in about 6 weeks. No issues for 18+ months. Over 20lbs lost too.
Judy M. – Medial elbow pain relief after a few months.
Lisa L. – 11 pounds down.
Lia W. – Left shoulder pain for 2+ years gone in 3 weeks.
Craig W. -Tennis elbow pain gone after 2 weeks.
Chelsea R. -Able to run 3-5 miles consistently pain free for the first time in two years with previous history of 2 ACL reconstructions and one menisectomy.
Sharon M. -Knee history consisting of surgeries on both knees. Able to do things like play racquetball pain free, and without a brace, for the first time in years.
Carl R. -CFT military test first class result two years in a row.
Wally K. -36lbs lost.
Eric M. -55 lbs down.
Mike M. -31 lbs down.
Greg B. -18 pounds down.
Tonya D. -13 pounds down.
Art W. -66 pounds down.
Eric K. -Long term shoulder pain, including shoulder surgery, resolved after 7 weeks.
Jason K. -18 months of lower back pain resolved in 2 weeks.
Tyler A. -Right shoulder issues resolved in two months.
Max K. -Left shoulder and right hip relief in 2.5 months.
Warren O -23 pounds down.
Michelle G. -51 lbs. down.
Anton, all the way from Cyprus:
Sebastian, from Germany:
A professional Canadian football player, off to a good start after a few weeks:
James and the anterior pelvic tilt program,
Kier, from London:
Jimmy, slowly but surely:
Heather after purchasing some products,
Tyler, who I worked with for over a year and a half (hope to see him again soon!):
Chris, who found some products helpful,
How many issues have been prevented? (As well as people you haven’t heard from)
(Click to enlarge.)
Trickle down effect in action:
As usual, I would like to say thanks for everything you’ve done so far.
My daughter woke me up last night and I had a tough time getting back to sleep so I thought I might check to see if there had been updates to your site and I saw the recent post about my progress. I am a bit floored that I apparently made enough of an impact to prompt a lengthy post detailing ways in which I have been helpful. It is a great reminder of how important it is to be positive, a good listener, generous, etc. It’s a sad state of affairs that my behavior has been remarkable, if that makes sense.
Anyway, I know I am paying you, but in a sense I can’t help but think that the impact you are having is lifelong; and how much is a lifelong impact worth? I will never forget that hypermobility in my lower back is a problem, that posture matters, where my knees should be in relation to my feet, that my feet should point straight, etc. These principles will be taught to my children. They will move better and avoid injury better because of the work you have done with me.
I already have people at the gym asking me if I got taller (I stand straighter). The girl who videotaped my IT band stretch tried to do it herself and I cued her to pull her stomach in to get her back flat. That cue has stuck with her in other movements. So there’s another little bit of positivity that has spread.
Many people saw me lifting big weights and then saw me doing all of these weird movements and not lifting any weight and had to ask what was going on. When I answered, a lot of these people remarked that I should become a trainer because I am able to explain well a lot of the things you have said. Perhaps they will remember bits and pieces and get healthier based off of that input. For example they may remember next time they aggrivate a back injury “I might be injured because I am moving my back too much throughout the day”, remember their odd sleeping or sitting positions, make corrections and get better. You may never find out about these things.
The purpose of this email is to be a (semi) permanent reminder of the positive effect you are having on the world. You mentioned you worked pretty much all of February, and I am not sure how much positive feedback you get with all of that tireless effort, so I hope this helps fill the gap, if there is one.
On a tangent, I have turned down a lot of “hot” Silicon Valley / Hollywood type jobs and am getting paid a little more than half of what I have been offered in jobs I have turned down. The biggest reasons I have done this is because I feel that the idea that I will be happier with a significant amount more income is a lie. It is more important to me to make less, if that means I have more time to spend on things that are extremely satisfying, like being a dependable husband, being a good dad and being a good person to the people I am around. These personal impacts last far longer than the money. I sense that you share my general priorities in that seeing other people being healthier is more important to you than becoming fabulously wealthy. That being said, when I get my tax refund I am going to tip beyond what you are charging to signify that the effect is beyond what is common.
Stay positive and keep your chin up!Jeremy