Cue the world’s smallest violin,
Hello, my name is Will and when I was 2 years old, I was diagnosed with Perthes disease in my left hip. This required multiple surgeries in my childhood. After having a hip reconstruction at the grand old age of 12, I faced a long road of recovery. Over the years I was in and out of wheelchairs and spent many months on crutches. It wasn’t all bad though…they gave me a disabled badge! I guess you could call me a blue badge lifter!
To give my left leg a chance to catch up, I had surgery at 15 on my right knee to stop it growing. Luckily, this recovery time was a lot shorter and I was finally discharged from my doctor at 16. I felt like Forrest Gump when he got “new legs”. Through my recovery, I gained a little bit of timber. I was 141/2 half stone at 14 years old. When I weighed more than my age, I knew something had to change. This is where I found solace in gym training…
Although *physically* I started with a disadvantage, it never stopped me from playing sport. I always had the skill but never the athleticism…one of the main problems that I was challenged with from the beginning was my ability to move! From walking, running, squatting… you name it, it needed to be fixed. It was when I started studying sport science and biomedicine at UWE I cemented the scientific knowledge of exercise physiology and biomechanics. I essentially started fixing myself as part of my gym training.
I first started gym training at Force Strength and Conditioning when I was 17 to get fit for the Armed Forces. However, due to the condition in my hip I was ruled out on medical grounds declaring me unfit for service. When I came back from university (which the army advised me to go), I got a job as a Personal Trainer at Force where I am forever grateful for the time I spent there. The wealth of knowledge I learnt from the awesome bosses Chris (l) and Andy (r) and the rest of Force family was not something I could have paid for. This provided the perfect platform to develop my skills both practically and theoretically as a Personal Trainer. If you’re ever in the area, check out the original blood, sweat and tyres class for the best circuit class in Wales.
Since moving back to Bristol in 2017, I started working at Pure Gym Bristol Barrow Road. Having been there since August, I regularly run a range of circuit and spin classes which are very popular with the members. If you see me on the gym floor, please feel free to ask me any questions about exercise selection and ways you can improve technique, I am happy to help!
Your body is an athletic machine which upgrades through increasing your strength and conditioning. Along with body maintenance through various pre/rehabilitative techniques. Applying the principles of increasing foundational strength while maintaining flexibility and mobility protocols, I am now pain free, the strongest and most athletic I have ever been and so can you!
My mission is to turn your hobby of gym training into a habit…it needs to and will become your addiction! Ask yourself, if you started now, where will you be in 3 months of consistent hard work? Now imagine where you could be in 6 months, 1 year, even 2 years…the beauty of training is that you can start at any age to strive to absolute perfection.
If you show willingness to start, then Willing Fitness is for you!
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