If there is an epitome of fitness it has to be Mr Olympia. Muscle on top of muscle, ripped, shredded, not an ounce of fat anywhere to be found… he must be healthy. Oh really? Look a little further down to the photo of Mr Olympia Ronnie Coleman in an hospital bed… wait… why would the epitome of fitness be in an hospital bed if fitness is the pathway to health? Oh… did no one tell you, fitness is a disease, and in the case of Mr Fitness himself, the cost of his fitness was… well, let see what it was:
- multiple low back surgeries to relieve the nerve root compression caused from the repeated hi intensity training,
- both hips having to be replaced…. ain’t that a statement of health!
- fusion first of vertebrae in his neck also to relieve nerve root compression pain, and then
- fusion of a couple of his low back vertebrae because the initial surgeries weren’t sufficient!
That’s health? That’s the result of taking fitness training to the extreme? Eight (8) years of surgeries preceded by how many years of pain and dysfunction? And this is what we are hoping for when we hire a personal trainer or coach?
As a physiotherapist in 20 years of clinical work I have run into only two (2) patients who required fusion of spinal vertebrae in order to relieve the nerve root pain and neither was a fitness fanatic. In both cases, the root of their pain was overwhelming professional stress which led these patients to repeatedly building tension in their body by ‘bearing down’ (i.e. similar to the tension a woman in labour builds to deliver a baby). This subconscious response to the overwhelming stress resulted in them compressing nerve roots in their neck and low back to the point that they required similar surgery to Mr Olympia. If fitness training yields the same signs and symptoms and requires the same surgery as medical patients… sorry… how exactly is fitness healthy? It isn’t…its a disease process.