In August of 2015 I had an enormous life wakeup call when I experienced a severe pulmonary embolism episode where the doctors gave me a 5% chance of survival. But survive I did. I spent the month of August in the Intensive Care Unit. When I was released from the hospital I had to walk with a walker and had difficulty in walking across the living room. From this experience came the awareness and commitment that I needed to revamp my lifestyle from sedentary and unhealthy eating habits to one that included an active lifestyle and healthy clean eating habits.
I also have severe osteoarthritis in my right knee. It is severe enough to warrant knee replacement but the surgeons and myself have decided to push the surgery out for a bit and I will work on increasing my level of health and lose some more weight to further reduce surgery risks.
I started working with Dallyn in December of 2015 and my progress from working with her has been nothing short of miraculous. I had no idea on what I needed to do or how to bring myself along. Under her guidance my physical abilities have grown leaps and bounds.
I often have these AHA! moments where I do something and I stop and think Whoa – I didn’t used to be able to do that. Some things are small like putting on socks. I used to have to bend down and pull my leg up to my lap to put my sock on – so imagine my delight when I could just lift my leg to my lap and put on my sock. I hadn’t been able to do that for a number of years.
Stability has been and still is an issue with the arthritis in my right knee, but Dallyn and I have been working on that. My first big milestone was when I could do the speed ladder! This
became one of favourite exercises just because I could do it.
Walking was one of the activities that I always enjoyed but I had stopped walking as it was too painful and I was always short of breath. I can now walk up to 3 km on a paved surface and I am working on walking on uneven trails as well. I can go a little further each time. I went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago and my sister and I clocked about 10 km of walking each day we were there. Something I would not have been able to do a 10 months ago.
My latest AHA! is something as simple as getting up off the floor. I have struggled with this for a long time. Often I avoid doing things on the floor as it is such a struggle to get back up to my feet. But now I can get up off the floor with no assistance almost like a normal active person. It is not yet graceful but it is functional.
So far this has been an incredible journey with Dallyn as my guide. I like the focus on
functional movement rather than on the reliance on machines. One of the things I most appreciate is Dallyn’s understanding of my abilities and weaknesses. The progress I have made is a testament to her understanding of what I need to work on.
Dallyn has more belief in my ability than I do and she sometimes asks me to do some things
that make me say – “ You want me to do what????”. But she has never asked me to do anything
that was NOT beyond my ability to do – just some times outside of MY belief in what I can do. She has not steered me wrong yet.
Thank you Dallyn – because of you – I stand taller, keep my rib cage down and always take
my bum with me. I look forward to continuing my journey with you and have no idea what my next AHA will be!
My name is Marshall; I am a serial moaner and would rather stick pins in my eyes than exercise. In my younger years I smoked, worked long hours, and ate and drank too much. In fact, I still drink more than I should. I am now in my senior years and if I knew that I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.
Life creeps up on you, in my case overweight; high blood pressure no flexibility and debilitating painful arthritis. It was time to get a grip on my life.
My wife, who has been exercising for a number of years, suggested that I should meet with her trainer Dallyn Giroux. As skeptical as I was, I agreed to undertake a controlled exercise program designed to work on my flexibility, posture and combat the onset of arthritis.
Dallyn has brought about a major change in my lifestyle, in the few years that I have worked with her I have lost thirty lbs, improved my flexibility, improved my posture, and my doctor has taken me off medication to control blood pressure. Even better -my golf game has improved.
I have come a long way in a short time gently but forcefully guided by Dallyn. I have been pulled often kicking and screaming to perform exercise that three years ago was just not attainable. I owe her a debt of gratitude for my good health which is truly down to her skill as a personal trainer.
So, have I put away the pins? Largely, in recognition that regular exercise is vital for seniors if you want to have mobility for a lifetime, but I know where we keep them
As a woman over 50, the strength and confidence I have gained has been incredibly empowering and has carried over into all facets of my life. My stamina and energy levels have increased and I continue to marvel at the things I can do at 54 that I couldn’t at 49. My body continues to change in positive and strong ways.
I have continued to work with Dallyn over the years as she continually motivates me and helps me with goal setting. I have so much respect and admiration for Dallyn as she has her own obstacles to deal with and faces life with sass and determination and always has a smile on her face!
I’ve been training with Dallyn for 5 years now and it’s been an amazing journey! When Dallyn first took
me on as a client I was definitely in need of a gentle reintroduction to fitness. After years of back injuries and being flat out for weeks at a time I was very worried about getting active again. Dallyn was awesome and provided meaningful, customized workouts that were scaled to match where both my body and mind were at. Over the first year the changes were amazing – my confidence in my ability grew, not to mention my strength, and before I knew it the fear of injury had gone and my body was healthier than it had ever been.
I’ve come a long way since then – I just completed my 1 rep max deadlift at 165lbs. – something I was told I’d never be able to do! I’m working towards completing a half-marathon, going to my first Spartan race, and I participate in Crossfit Open each year. As I said, it’s been an amazing journey and without Dallyn’s constant support and focused training plans all of this wouldn’t have happened. And this is just the beginning…
Bottom line: if you’re just getting started or are already an experienced athlete needing the guidance of a professional trainer – call Coach Dallyn. I guarantee you’ll be happy you did!