If you have ever played or watched sports before then you can probably appreciate and understand the effort and hard work that those athletes put in. To get to the high level that they are at it has taken years of consistent hard work and dedication. Consistency and dedication are two things that I am all about. Competing in athletics has been something that I have done since a very young age. I started playing basketball in third grade, baseball and football in fifth grade, and to add another sport to my schedule I started to compete in track and field in seventh grade. My competitive drive started to grow at a very young age. Now at the age of 22 my competitive nature has been nothing but good for me. No I dive head first into all of the strength training books that I can get my hands on.
Back to my scholastic sports career. I worked my butt off and even went on to have some success in multiple sports in high school. Eventually I became a leader on and off the field, I was named captain of a few of the teams that I was on. I worked hard enough to selected as an All-League Wide receiver and Kick Returner.
Based on my long list of athletic achievements you would probably think I was the picture of being healthy… honestly I wasn’t all that healthy at all. Even though I worked out anywhere from 2-4 hours a day 5 days per week , on top of team practices, I never really felt that great! Was it overtraining, poor nutrition, a lack of mindfulness activites? It was probably a combination of all 3. I was in high school and thought I was invincible. I was and still am on occasion a bottomless pit and a lifetime member of the clean plate club.
I vividly remember post practice meals of McDonald’s, Big Macs, milkshakes, fries, the more the better. Surprisingly this led to me consistently feeling tired, heavy, and lethargic. Not to mention always being injured and never being able to fully feel rested and strong.
In my junior year of high school while playing varsity sports my life became consumed with training my body and honing my skills. Basically I was a very broke and young professional athlete. My routine consisted of weight lifting 5 times a week, following a 4 day vertical jump workout plan and also playing in at least 2 or 3 three intense full court basketball games a week. My goal was to get a scholarship in any of the sports that I was excelling at. It was my sole focus! My world revolved around being the best athlete.
Sadly my story doesn’t end with me being carried of the court or field by my teammates in jubilation. Entering the final game of the basketball season I was having a great year. My swagger was at an all time high. No one could keep up with me, once again I was invincible, so I thought. The game was going great, it was the 3rd quarter of the game. We we up by at least 15 points, the basket was an ocean, I just couldn’t miss. This was the moment I had been training for. I was flying high, looking down on the world from above the rim. I drove past a defender as I had done so many times in the past and a freak accident happened. I felt my knee pop! I was down on the court in agony!! I thought I had torn my meniscus and ACL missing!! For most athletes this is their worst nightmare. It sure as hell was mine! This injury made a lot of my opportunities to earn scholarships for basketball disappear into thin air.
The time had come to go to the doctor to see whether my athletic life had come to an end or whether I could compete again. Heading into the doctors office I felt a bead of sweat drip down my forehead. Being an athlete was and still is so important to me. Hopefully this fluke injury didn’t take that away from me. Fortunately the doctor informed me that it was only a partial tear. It wouldn’t be an easy road back to where I was. Luckily there at least was a plan and way to help me keep the life that I have lived and loved for so long. Rehab was my next mission. I attacked it with more focus and energy than anything else I had ever done. After a few months of intense rehab I was able to get back on the court and finish out my high school basketball career with yet another winning season.
Looking back now on this experience I am able to see all of the good things that I had done as well as all of the stumbles that I had along the way. All of the experiences that I had both good and bad have helped to shape me into who I am today. I realized how out of balance my life was at that pivotal time in my development. Now a few years down the road I have realized the importance of maintaining balance. I am not just an athlete I am so much more.
I know now that being healthy is about so much more than just having a 6 pack and nice biceps. Being healthy to me is about feeling good about myself, having a balanced diet, having a good social life with people who matter to me and doing something that I am able to maintain for the rest of my life. I want to share and spread this knowledge to everyone I meet! Being a personal trainer and coach is my purpose! I want to help everyone I meet to improve their health,fitness and well being.
Greene Multisport Personal Trainer