In 1996 Greg MacCarty sustained head injuries which left him with impaired body function. The Right side of his body was affected the most. After several sessions with a physical therapist things were not improving. Conditions were getting progressively worse for Greg. His bone density was decreasing in his right leg to the point where doctors and x-rays were telling him he might eventually lose part of his leg. Something had to be done and need to be done fast. Greg read up on bone density and discovered that exercise would increase his bone density.
“Although my knee was unstable and painful I started Going to the YMCA several times a week working out on the recumbent bike and Weight Machines” Greg Says. After 3 months of this process, Greg returned to the doctor to discover that his bone density had significantly improved. “The Doctor said the results were so profound, I should continue doing what I was doing”. After several more month of this process the full knee replacement was not necessary and a simple partial was performed.
Greg Continued to work out at the Y for a couple more months until his wife and daughter eventually convinced him to start with Crossfit. “I had never seen them with such enthusiasm about anything before” Greg Says “they told me I was wasting my time at the Y doing my little workouts. Then I realized the only way to shut them up was to just start with Crossfit.” It has taken a few years and will take more time but Greg has gained strength and coordination in the parts of his body which had atrophied from years of improper exercise and movements to compensate for weakness in his right side. “Kettle bells, Free Weights, snatches, ect… are great for Balance and Coordination not to mention Core Strength. The YMCA had done great things for me but, I don’t think I would have achieved much more improvement there.”
“If I could give someone just starting advice I would say go into something like Crossfit expecting results in matters of months rather than days and weeks. Don’t do more than you are ready/prepared for and work on proper form and you will achieve great thing.”
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