I have had a long history of spine issues. Cervical fusion, two level cervical disc replacement and recently, lumbar spondylosis…which lead to the Coflex implant between L4 and L5. Isn’t that fabulous?? Kidding, but I have chosen to handle back pain with a bit of humor. If you haven’t had back pain, you are blessed. If you have, you get me. It’s awful and truly life changing. I have had many treatments, medications and of course, surgeries. I manage back pain and healing with fitness, proper diet, sleep and body work. I will dive deeper into each of these areas later but I contribute much of my recovery success to fitness. I have ALWAYS worked out! Always! I danced as a child throughout post college. When I began college and needed employment, I began teaching fitness classes and continued teaching until just a few years ago. I no longer teach but keep my certifications for personal training and indoor cycling. I am a strong believer in strength training and flexibility with reformer Pilates. It took me MANY years to find the perfect fit for my lifestyle and my injury-prone back. It also takes educated trainers that understand the spine and it’s limitations. I have found all of this! I am an early bird, always have been, and I am assuming always will be. I take reformer Pilates three days a week and strength training 3 days a week. I throw cardio and meditation in when I can.
Sam Watts; Strength Studio