I started working out with Shaun in December 2020. I was suffering from debilitating pain from worn out cartilage of my left knee. The awful discovery happened in January 2020. I went for physiotherapy and even for painful massages at a TCM clinic.
By March it got so bad I was walking with my trekking stick. By April, I had to board my dogs as I couldn’t walk them anymore. Having been running for many years as well as working out on my own in a huge commercial gym for almost 40 years, the immobility was hard to swallow.
But well-meaning friends and colleagues told me that this was part and parcel of ageing. I was 59 in 2020. But I was not about to give up on being active. A friend, Michell who have been working out at Hygieia kept nudging me to give the gym a try. I was sceptical and in fact quite horrified by the idea of lifting weights when I could hardly bear my own weight. I shuffled through the year – there were good days and there were bad ones.
When the December school holidays hit, Michell was nudging again. So I went down to check out the gym. I saw a mix of young and more senior clients but I was still hesitant. What if I injure myself? I went down a second time and what gave me the final push was seeing a 73 year old petite lady going through her paces with Shaun. Shaun was observing her every move with hawk eyes. She did not start pressing till her posture met with Shaun’s approval. I was impressed and I knew then that I would be in good hands. I signed up!
By the time I hit March this year, three months after I started, I could do what I could not last year: walk up and down stairs with no pain, walk long distances with my dog, yes, very importantly, I can squat again with no pain! My friends said I have better posture too.
Working out with Shaun further convinced me of his professionalism. He is constantly looking out for his clients even when he is working closely with me. He spots potential problem very keenly and my conversation with him about taking on senior clients being risky reveals his heart for recovery and better health for his clients. He said that to see his senior clients improve in their active lives gives him much fulfilment…now that is a coach I am happy to work with! I cannot wait to restart my training at Hygieia again.