I have always been an athlete of sorts, or someone who has always enjoyed moving. Growing up I played soccer, basketball and football in high school. When I was 12 years old I started lifting weights, bodybuilding became my thing. My motto was “eat, sleep, and train.”
Later when I was in college I started to develop some pain. I started noticing my shoulders weren’t symmetrical, and it hurt when I did pressing movements. I thought it was from how I slept. Then mid back started to hurt. Years later my lower back started to give me trouble. Soon my neck, and eventually my foot and knee became issues too. I lived with some sort of discomfort every day! I wasn’t able to lift weights like I used to, even when I was just standing I could feel tightness and pain in my back. I kept wondering what the heck was going on?!
Over the years I tried just about everything to seek relief, and understanding. I saw chiropractors, massage therapists, ART specialists, acupuncturists, orthopedic surgeons, back doctors, personal trainers, and Rolfers. I invested thousands of dollars, but shortly after the session or treatment my symptoms came back. There was no lasting relief!
The problem was that everyone was addressing my musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones), but the source of my pain came from my brain! See, all of my pain was on the right side of my body. Major clue! In the world of functional neurology this is what they call a right PMRF pattern. PMRF stands for pons medulla reticular formation and is apart of our brain stem. The PMRF is mainly responsible for inhibiting pain, and mine was not working well.
I was only able to discover this when I hired a trainer who understood the brains relationship to human movement and function. We started working on my vision and vestibular systems. My brain needed different input to counter the pain signals. Simple drills, but the impact was far greater than everything I had done before! I still have lingering issues, but overall I can honestly say that I feel the best that I have in a long time!
Now my goals are different than they were when I started exercising. I still want to look good, but mainly I want to feel good and use my body as it was intended, to move dynamically and utilize my athletic potential!
Are you struggling with chronic pain? You’ve seen various professionals, tried their approaches, but nothing has worked, and now you’re at your wits end.
Are you struggling with your weight? You have experienced setbacks in life and haven’t treated your body with the care it deserves. You’re not feeling your best, and your clothes aren’t fitting the way they used to.
Do the following statements resonate with you?
“I haven’t felt good in years. I don’t exercise. I’m overweight. I get exhausted climbing a flight of stairs. I don’t like who I have let myself become!”
“My (fill in the blank) hurts. I feel it when I wake up in the morning. I feel it standing. I feel it when getting in and out of my car. My life isn’t the same.”
“I feel like my brain and body are on two different wave lengths. My brain is telling me to move, but my body is telling me no.”
After struggling with my own pain for years and not getting the relief I needed after seeking the help of many other professionals, I am dedicated to helping others who share a similar story.
What differentiates the work I do than a traditional approach is that I focus on the brain! It may be obvious, but the brain is the center of it all. There is something called a neural hierarchy. All too often we just focus on our physical body, but movement or proprioception is at the bottom of the hierarchy. Our vision and vestibular systems have a far greater impact on our brains, and ultimately, our movement. When given the right input, our nervous system can help us move and feel great.
When we don’t know what to do, we seek help from someone who does. I am here to coach you, motivate you, hold you accountable, and provide you with the support you need.
When it comes to changing how we look and feel, nutrition is the primary ingredient. Often times, the average person doesn’t know where to start. “Diets” are temporary and we end up back where we started. Together, we will find ways to incorporate better eating habits into your life that are enjoyable and sustainable for long term success.
Imagine how you would feel if someone asked you, “Wow, how old are you?” Everyone should be able to move like an athlete, or at least close to it. Imagine a day playing with your family in the park, taking a hike, working around the house, all without experiencing pain? Lets get you to the place where you can squat, bend, run and pull and feel good while doing it!
Drew is a great trainer. He is diligent in creating a plan based upon a client's interests and melding with his expertise. Like a good coach, he motivates and challenges during training sessions
I came to Drew with some shoulder mobility issues. It would be painful to squat at the rack and I had trouble activating my lats when I would do pull ups. Within two sessions, he taught me some drills and exercises that would increase my mobility. It’s been one week and I’m not 100% yet but I know through my drills I can get there. I can already squat with the bar! I would definitely recommend going to him!
I trained with Drew for 6 months a couple of years ago and recently started again with him at The Working Body. Drew gives me a huge variety of exercises and movements to help me achieve my fitness goals, watches me closely to immediately correct any flawed movements, and holds me accountable for my nutritional intake. I have gained flexibility and strength that has improved all aspects of my life. To top it all off, his new gym is a spotless, well-equipped facility. I can't recommend him highly enough. He is an excellent trainer.
I would like to commend Drew on being an effective and skilled trainer. When I first started working with him, I needed a lot of work to get back in shape. Drew designed an individual workout plan for me. I feel better and can see the improvement as well as I receive many compliments from others. Drew is the best!! Leonard Williams, Sr.