It didn’t take long after my shoulder surgery on August 9th, 2017 to wake up mortified by my appearance.
I don’t know if I’ve ever cried that much in my life as I did that first 4-6 weeks after shoulder surgery. It’s completely natural and understanding for body comp to slide after surgery.. but there’s still something unsettling about being a nutrition coach and absolutely crushing it across the food/exercise/lifestyle/supplementation spectrum and watching your body fat creep up regardless.
My surgery arm quickly atrophied like crazy and had about as much definition as a pool noodle. I was the heaviest I’d been in a while. Hormonally and adrenally, shit hit the fan. Thyroid levels were tanked, my menstrual cycle was a mess. I didn’t just look like shit. I felt like shit.
Metcons gave me tunnel vision, certain rep schemes of with a barbell made me feel like I might die, and various cardio stimuli left me feeling like I’d black out mid-workout. I hated the gym, I hated my body. I was supposed to compete again at CrossFit Regionals in the coming spring – and instead I was watching everything fall apart.
Bryan and I started working together in November of 2017. I certainly gave him a run for his programming money. We had to trial-and-error through A LOT to figure out what my body could and couldn’t handle. And I was pretty busted between overtraining from competitive exercise and surgery, so my body couldn’t handle much.
Bryan truly put me back together. His programming truly changed (and saved) my life. I felt better, and my sleep quality, sex drive, hunger, mood, and body composition were all coming around in a positive way.
And it was something I was recommending to more and more of my nutrition clients and friends because we were all in the same boat: Beat up, over-trained, hormonally a little busted, and burnt out on high-intensity exercise. That was when we knew we had to share with it with the world.
We launched Paragon Training Methods on November 29th of 2018. And now we’re actively helping thousands of people around the globe find better harmony with the way they eat, exercise, and live life.
Healthy, strong, and confident looks good on everyone. And you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to feel good, look great, and live your best life. We’d love to show you how.