New Series: Helping my Dad Avoid Back Surgery (35 year veteran Fireman with JFRD)

The new video goes live on Thursday,1.18.24, at 9 am EST

In this next mini-series, you get a look into working with my Dad, a retired firefighter of 35 years, getting him to become pain-free and reducing his intake of tramadol. In this video, we sit down and talk about his current and past history of injuries and pain and what his goals are through this process.

I hope you enjoy this – much more to come over the next two weeks as we start the intake and assessment, then move on to the gym, where we find what makes him feel better and worse.

As an aside – I first noticed that my Dad was hurting when we watched a movie in January of 2023. He was sitting very awkwardly, so this started the conversation about his back. He told me his leg and butt were on fire. It only got worse from there!

Edit: I’m going to go more in-depth in the coming weeks with this series, but a quick note: 

I’ve had the chance to work with many fabulous clients over the years. It’s different when it’s your own Father, and he’s in rough shape, and you can see how much his back injury impacts a life that should be enjoyable as he’s now retired. Helping people with their back pain is not something I take lightly. I’m thankful my Dad has trusted me with his care. I’m not going to put out all of what we went over/and have covered together, but as we go through the physical coaching & assessment in the following video then, the third video will be current with an update on his improvement and follow-up; you will see the difference in his posture, movement, and general disposition as he’s currently feeling much better. Stay tuned.

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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