Meet Doug. In 2015 he suffered a shoulder injury that left him with pain, and limited range of motion. A few months later he underwent a successful surgery to reattach a torn tendon. He then went to physical therapy, religiously did his exercises and has regained much of the lost mobility in his shoulder. He began meeting with me for movement + massage sessions in the fall or 2015. Over the past two years he has been lifting progressively heavier weights, and is now stronger than he was before his surgery.
He and his wife love to kayak. In fact right now they are in Mexico where they have done something active every day: lifting weights, yoga, Pilates, swimming, kayaking, hiking to waterfalls… Before he left for Mexico we talked about his desire to continue his workouts while on vacation, so that he wouldn’t loose the strength he has built over the past year. I offered my favorite body weight travel exercises (squats, lunges, push ups, dips) in case there was no traditional gym where they were staying. He concocted a plan to make his own weights using dowels, sandbags and a fishing scale to confirm the weight (did I mention he is a creative genius?). I wasn’t sure exactly what he was talking about until he sent me this photo.
I present to you Doug’s homemade beach barbells! Maybe I will have him video a tutorial on how he created these once he is back in town.
Who do you know who is recovering from surgery? Could your person benefit from strength training with Anne?
Contact her to set up a consultation and discuss if you are a good fit (503) 705-4762.
Anne McCranie is a Portland based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She works with her clients one on one and in small groups, using a combination of movement + massage to aid in pain relief, increase strength, and improve mobility.
The March Five
Have y’all been doing your Five? Click here for full descriptions of these moves.
In need of personal guidance? Join us for an ongoing class, or call to schedule a one on one session with Anne (503) 705-4762.
1) Crescent Lunge:
2) Pilates Push Up:
3) Half Moon:
5) Single Leg Kick:
These photos are meant to jog your memory about the exercises we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to starting a new exercise program.
Join us packing food at the Oregon Food Bank Saturday April 8th
Did you know that 1 in 5 people in Oregon are considered “food insecure”? The Oregon Food Bank’s mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. They provide fresh produce and pantry staples, and offer cooking classes and other community events to ensure that enough food is available for all. In 2015, the OFB started a community farm in northeast Portland that produced over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce.
The OFB largely depends on volunteers to repackage food, teach gardening and nutrition classes, and provide office support. I have reserved a time for us the afternoon on Saturday, April 8th. Our shift runs from 1 to 3:30, and there are seven spots left. We will most likely be repackaging food into boxes. Not sure if this is right for you? Call and I can give you more info or send you to the OFB website, which has lots of detailed information about what is expected of volunteers and how our actions directly help those in our community.
Please contact me directly if you can join us and I will email you the link to sign up.
(503) 705-4762. Anne@FluidPortland.com