Now for the 'Girl' of '2 Guys, a Girl and a Gym' - we have Karen. While Karen is now a powerlifter she has come a long way. She came to me with bad pain in both of her knees and she's now on her way to doing her second powerlifting competition. So if you have an injury, or have had a few niggles over the years, this maybe a good one for you to read.
The problem that Karen had was that she had pain in the knees of both legs but was given next to no advice on how to improve it. This meant that she would struggle to deal with the pain from simple acts such as walking. One physio going as far as to tell her that she should "see walking as a leisure habit, rather than an every day thing."
She decided to try the gym to see if that would help her, however, she did not have a good experience at first. Her first experience with a personal trainer was one who didn't listen to her issues and only compounded the problem. -
"When I first started training with Danny 2 years ago, I was in pretty bad shape. I had bad knees that had been made much worse by a previous PT. I couldn't squat, and using the stairs (or at times even just walking) left me in a lot of pain. I was told at physio that I would always have pain and should avoid all exercise except walking! So I switched physios and was told that I could improve my knees by strengthening my legs."
We spent a long time working purely with machines so that we could strengthen her thighs without putting undue pressure on her knees. It was after doing this for a while that Karen enquired about starting powerlifting and she hasn't looked back since.
We still have the occasional issue with her being worried about her knees mid squat, but the improvement has been massive this far. However, with some care, a lot of hard work (both from her and myself, at times) and some self belief she has improved massively and the knee issues are largely a thing of the past.
If you want to know more about this or get into the team training sessions, why not send me a message at - firstname.lastname@example.org.