Last weekend one of our athletes, Fran, won Gold at the Victorian Masters Athletics Championships. That victory in the 60m came after a Silver medal in the 100m the previous day.
These achievements are, by themselves, noteworthy and to be celebrated.
But behind the triumphs is a story much more worthy of celebration (as there often is with athletes).
Twelve months ago Fran contacted Damn Fit Strength and Conditioning almost as a last resort. She was carrying more weight than she wanted to be and she had been unable to sustain any meaningful weight loss. She lived constantly having to monitor a medical condition (and still does). She was plagued by injuries that she could not seem to shake.
By way of background information, Fran has recently turned 40. During her school years she was quite a successful middle distance runner. By the end of her schooling years she had fallen out of love with running (and definitely with training) and, despite being a fiercely determined person, had learnt to avoid contests because of a fear of failure.
We set about, with Fran, changing the way she approached training and life.
Fran signed on as an online client, using the Visual Coaching platform to access her training programmes and to utilise her wellness monitoring diaries. During our weekly phone conversations we worked on setting goals and developing a series of benchmarks to help her achieve success.
During this process we:
- liaised with her physiotherapist on training and recovery protocols
- engaged a local Exercise Physiologist to utilise their expertise in Anti G running
- directed her towards a dietician who assisted in providing advice to help ensure she was providing herself with sufficient fuel for the training load she was keen to undertake.
In the space of those 12 months Fran:
- lost 12.4kg
- added 4.2kg of active tissue mass (muscle)
- increased mobility
- experienced significant increases in her sport specific strength indicators
There were hiccups along the way – mainly to do with a lack of high quality running facilities in her local area. But by co-ordinating with the various experts we were able to formulate a training programme which allowed Fran, not only to compete in her first competition in 22 years, but to excel in that competition.
In conjunction with Damn Fit, Fran has now commenced goal setting for the next 4 years.
For more information on how Strength and Conditioning programmes can help you improve your sporting performance go to www.damnfitsc.com.au/strength-and-conditioning