Redefining Movement from Rehab to Performance
Whether you’re an athlete or not, your body was made for movement and not just any movement – it was made for proper movement. Often pain or injury happens because our body is not moving the way it was meant to and this can have devastating results. My goal as a certified athletic therapist and a personal trainer is to educate and provide people with ways they can teach their body to move the way it was meant to and prevent injuries.
My name is Whitney and I am an athletic therapist/personal trainer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.I was born in Yaounde, Cameroon and moved to Athens, Greece with my family when I was 5 years old.Living in Greece taught me a lot about being independent and responsible but also how to love and care for people. This passion would be what would fuel me into what I am doing for my career and who I am today but it would take a couple twists and turns before I got there – that’s going to be a post at some point. Being part of a very athletic and sport orientated family, I knew I wanted to be a part of that world when I grew up and for a while being a professional athlete seemed to be the calling until a gruesome injury when I was 13 years old abruptly ended that goal. However, that injury would ignite a curiosity about how the body works and how rehabilitation works that wouldn’t become a full flame until 5 years down the road.
When I was 16 years old, my family immigrated to Canada and after a huge adjustment period ( I mean, how do you go from barely seeing snow to taking the bus in -15 weather and 15 cm of snow to go to school), I discovered the athletic therapy program at the University of Calgary and that began the journey of me becoming who I am today.As I went through the program, I realized that some times the tools that people need to be pain free are so dependent on the individual and that little changes that are implemented in our lifestyle can make more of a difference than years of treatment.This is where the idea of combining personal training/strength training and athletic therapy was born. My goal is to teach those that I work with how to be efficient with their body so that it can work to their favour and help them achieve their goals. This rule can be applied to anyone who wants to move better and thankfully that has allowed me to work with semi pro & professional athletes, to weekend warriors, all the way to parents who would like to keep up with their kids and grand kids.
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