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My introduction to Peak Wellness

Recently, I was contacted by Chris Kelly with Peak Wellness to discuss a partnership… I would receive personal training in exchange for recognition and discussion on my blog. I know that several of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers have worked with Chris, so I was very excited to hear from him for this opportunity.

Let’s face it…. I need help in this department. I need some direction with training and working out, now more-so than ever since my sciatica. Ever since then, I’ve had this nagging thought in the back of my mind that I am going to be terrified to start working out again for fear of hurting myself. That is a very scary thought, after all the pain I was in AND all the progress I’ve made since then.

And while I was super excited at the thought of personal training in exchange for talking about here on my little blog, what made me even happier was the personal touch that Chris had when he emailed me. He had read my blog, feels I am a role model for my readers, he is aware of my injury, and would talk to my physical therapist if needed. I was sold. I have been very happy with my physical therapist, he has helped me a lot since that first visit, and it immediately made me comfortable that Chris would talk to him. I expressed as much to Chris, letting him know that I do not want to do anything to undo the progress I’ve made. He also pointed out to me that he does post-rehab for runners suffering from different injuries.

So, Chris and I set up a time to meet, and this past Tuesday I went to the Plaza Fitness Center in the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa. Chris has a gym in Lakeland and is in Tampa two days a week. The fitness center is located in the basement of the building. It is a very nice facility – very clean, plenty of amenities, filled with state of the art equipment. I’ve driven past the Bank of America building countless times… Who knew there was such a nice gym in the basement!












Chris and I talked about my injury and where I’m at with it, my goals, and more. He took a genuine interest in me and my concerns. I’m no stranger to gyms and trainers, and they are not all like that.

My goals…. Honestly, I am still holding out hope that I can somehow participate in the Women’s Half Marathon in November. Pre-sciatica I wasn’t going to ever be able to run the whole thing anyway, if I have to walk more of it than run it, than that’s what I have to do. Chris is aware of my desire to be able to do this and while he thinks it’s a bit of a lofty goal, it’s not totally out of the question. The next several weeks will really determine how much of a reality that will be. With just 7 weeks until the race, I have my work cut out for me. Short-term goal would be able to participate in the half, long-term goal is to get this body of mine back in shape and stronger.

This injury is currently my biggest challenge right now as far as my health and fitness go. I want to be out there walking and running and training, and that came to a screeching halt to the day I felt that pain down the back of my leg. It’s been a huge setback and has absolutely kept me from getting to where I had hoped to be for the race.

After Chris and I spoke at length about this, he put me through a movement screening to see my range of motion, flexibility, and more. It was very obvious that my left side is much weaker than my right side, which of course I attribute to my sciatica. Surprising to me, was Chris’s feeling that the sciatica may have been a result of weakness. For a long time, my only working-out has been walking or running – no strength training. I openly admitted to Chris that I am certain I don’t run properly, it’s not easy for me. All this works together in how my body responds.

After the movement screening, Chris showed me several things I can do to help with my calves. He asked me if I’ve ever foam rolled and of course the answer was no. We joked about how I’ve heard people talk about it, that’s it’s great afterwards, but it really hurts while you’re doing it. He showed me a modification I can do with a tennis ball to help loosen up the sore spots and knots. It’s amazing how something as simple as a tennis ball can help you pinpoint those spots and help to work them out.

I think I made it pretty clear to Chris that I am not opposed to hard work to get back in shape. I welcome his interest in helping me, and designing a program specific to my needs. We will meet once or twice a week to make sure I am doing everything right and to discuss any concerns I have. I am very much excited about the opportunity to have this training and guidance. My weight will always be an issue for me, and while what I’m eating goes a long way to help that, I want to have a stronger body, one that will not be prone to injury. And that is where Chris and Peak Wellness comes in. Between the one-on-one training, the personalized program, and the online community that my friend Steph is in charge of, I have every chance to succeed at this. So, I am VERY happy to be a Peak Wellness Community Ambassador!





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  1. Excellent! Can’t wait to see your progress! :)

  2. I just wanted to say I was impressed with how well Nanci did in her evaluation despite her injury layoff. She can look forward to many fun filled sessions of hard work and push ups!

    1. Thank you, Chris. I really appreciate it!

  3. Great post and we both know you will succeed because you are so strong and amazing………..unlike me…………who is soft and lazy…………

  4. Sounds so interesting and great. Such a personal touch. Hope all goes well and you’ll be able to reach your goal!!! Good luck! :)

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to this opportunity and guidance.

  5. Debbie B.

    So glad you get this opportunity. I can’t wait to read about your journey.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I am excited.

  6. […] A plan is in place! Yesterday, I received my fitness program from Chris at Peak Wellness. After meeting with him last week and discussing my goals and my injury, he had enough info to put a plan in place for me. If you missed my post last week about our first visit, you can read it here. […]

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