When we were first introduced to Gus he was working through a bilateral hip replacement that left him with chronic pain and limited range of motion. Gus would never tell you, but this limited his abilities and was a constant reminder of getting older. However, when you have an athlete like Gus the only thing needed is a little spark to ignite an inferno.
Now 1 year into a CrossFit regimen Gus is completing things he admittedly, “…would never have been able to do.” Gus recently has reintroduced box jumps into his life which he has not done since his collegiate basketball career. This gives him a sense of pride that he carries with him outside of the gym.
Gus also completed his first “Fran” workout a couple weeks ago and when I asked him how he felt afterward his response was classic Gus, “I can do better.” For the future Gus has 2 goals: to eventually join group classes and have a deadlift and bench press that he can brag to his kids about.
With the constant care of Dr. Heather at @unbrokenchiropractic and the team @thehillkc Gus continues to improve and kick ass. We are so proud of his hard work and dedication and cannot wait to see where this journey takes him. -Coach Josh
Gus’ CrossFit Memorial Story…
What was your mental and physical state like before you found CrossFit Memorial Hill?
I was in a healthy state of mind mentally before coming to the Hill, but physically, not so much. Aside from occasional walks, light treadmill or elliptical machines, I was pretty inactive. I was 2 years removed from total hip replacement on both hips and not happy with inactivity.
What got you through the door that first day?
I knew I wasn’t going to get motivated without help and encouragement. My coworker Al Lampier gave me the push to come in and meet Matt and Josh.
What physical challenges were you facing?
I was facing the following physical challenges: total hip replacement in both hips, weak quads, poor mobility, weak hip flexors, weak knees, poor stability, weak core.
What did the frustration feel like as you tried to solve those issues on your own?
Post-surgery, I did not feel like what I envisioned it would be like. I let the 2 years go by, thinking I’d get stronger passively rather than actively. I was very cautious of overdoing things w/ my hips which led to in-activity. As a former athlete, this was unacceptable.
Describe the moment when you realized working out at The Hill was actually helping to improve your mental state or physical challenges?
I knew when I met Josh, he listened and understood my frustrations. He immediately assessed my weaknesses and put a long-term plan together to take steps to improvement. They were baby steps, and I knew this wasn’t going to be a sprint but a marathon.
What was different about The Hill KC than other fitness program you’ve tried?
The difference in the Hill compared to other fitness programs is in the flat-out GREAT PEOPLE that comprise the essence and vibe of the Gym. It’s about health and well-being…it’s not a competitive environment or a forum for a popularity contest. Staff and members care about each other, everyone works hard and has a heck of a lot of fun in the process…as painful as it seems at times, it’s always fun and sense of accomplishment when you walk out the door after a workout.
What motivates you to work out?
I’m motivated to work-out because I’m seeing improvements in my strength and mobility that I didn’t think I could get back. The encouragement of the staff and fellow gym-mates makes it a team environment…it’s hard not to root for each other.
What goals are you working towards?
My goals are to continue to increase my strength and mobility and more cardio. Although I work-out off the main floor with Josh, I look to a moment when I’ll join the larger classes and participate with them.
What is something you are proud of?
I’m proud that I’m investing time for my health and for what I’ve accomplished in the first year working with Josh and excited for what year two will bring. I’m also proud of Josh for hanging in there with me and pushing me to do things I didn’t think I could do.
What would you tell someone afraid to try CrossFit at The Hill?
I would tell someone afraid to try CrossFit at the Hill that their health should be a top priority in their well-being…easier said than done. I’d also tell them that there are many gyms and trainers out there, but the environment of caring, camaraderie, and genuine interest in YOU, is what separates the Hill…a very simple recipe that feeds success.
I’m thankful for Al Lampier encouraging me to step through the door. I am thankful for Joelle who greeted me at the door when I was getting started and spoke kind words of encouragement and accomplishments. I am thankful for Matt who visited our office with Mindy and other coaches and shared his passion for what health and well-being means and how it can change moments in our day-to-day lives. I am thankful for Holly and Liz who are exemplary gym-mates and make the environment friendly and without judgement. Lastly, I’m thankful for Josh who has taken this old John Deere tractor, knocked off some rust, and got the oil heated up to get the engine fired-up to be useful again! Appreciate his genuine care, research on hip mobility, working with Doc Heather (and Laura), his motivation, and for just being real…no agenda, not a fake…just a coach who’s always learning and looking to help make a difference in one’s well-being. Lastly, looking forward to the new space!