Dana, January 2016
When Dana met Jill Russell, her personal trainer, it was obvious that she struggled with her balance. Performing exercises on a BOSU ball was almost impossible for Dana. Exercises that involved maintaining balance such as jumping lunges and split squats, were very challenging. Prior to her training with Jill, Dana discovered that she had an acoustic neuroma.
An acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve (vestibulocochlear nerve). The VN connects the inner ear with the brain and transmits sound and helps send balance information from the inner ear to the brain.
One year later since Dana’s diagnosis and her decision to train, she has done a 180. Now, Dana is capable and excels at performing exercises on the BOSU with dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells. She’s faster and more stable during all plyometric training and she’s more confident on her feet during all other exercises too.
Dana trains with Jill twice a week and attends several spin/cycling classes throughout the week. Even when she is traveling, which is often, she makes it a priority to find spin classes in the area that she can attend. Dana’s training has primarily focused on increasing core strength and balance but she also completes a variety of calisthenics for her cardio health and weight training for her bone health.
It has been an honor for Jill to be able to work with a client like Dana. Dana often comments on how she’s noticed a progression in her balance and strength since she’s begun training. Now, Dana can enjoy those activities that were impossible for her. Thank you for always showing up for training with a smile on your face and a great work ethic, especially when it’s 5 am!
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