Jimmy frequently struggled with back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain throughout high school and college. After Jimmy graduated college, he decided he wanted to become a police officer. Even though Jimmy was determined, he was CONCERNED ABOUT HIS JOINTS because of the amount of jogging, pushups, and pull-ups that were required on a daily basis at the police academy. Jimmy started training at Core Fitness 6-months prior to enrolling in the Police Academy and he focussed on building strength in his joints for the various physical tests and building endurance for the 1.5 mile run test. After one-month of training Jimmy was single leg squatting to the height of 18-inches WITHOUT ANY PAIN IN HIS KNEES and doing pushups and pull-ups WITHOUT ANY PAIN IN HIS SHOULDERS. Jimmy also started a sprint-running program. Jimmy worked diligently in the gym for 6-months in preparation for the rigors of the police academy and it paid off. After hundreds of pushups, sit-ups, and pull-ups, Jimmy FINISHED TOP 5 in his class overall and had the SECOND FASTEST 1.5 mile run at 8:36. Even more remarkable, however, is that Jimmy NEVER RAN INTERVALS LASTING MORE THAN ONE-MINUTE, and most were in the 10-second to 30-second range. Jimmy graduated from the Monmouth County Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II Police Academy in May 2015 and is now a police officer in Monmouth County.
This is Jimmy’s story, and we hope it inspires you.
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Featuring Maxine's Story
Maxine ran her first half marathon, the Pequanock Half, in New Jersey in October 2011. At the time, she was experiencing foot pain and knee pain. She ran it in 1-hour and 59-minutes. Maxine transitioned to wearing minimalist (natural foot-shaped) footwear and in April 2012, she completed the Race for the Roses Half Marathon in Oregon in 1-hour and 48-minutes. HOWEVER, SHE HAD TROUBLE WALKING SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE RACE BECAUSE OF FOOT PAIN. Maxine eventually recovered and she started training with Jon Messner and Drew Seaver at JMP Fitness. She began a core training and strength training program and improved her posture and her core strength. In November 2013 at the Big Sur Half Marathon in California, Maxine again ran 1-hour and 48-minutes, BUT THIS TIME SHE EXPERIENCED ZERO FOOT PAIN. She had no knee pain either. She had no pain whatsoever. As an added bonus, she seemed to recover from the race quickly. More recently, at the Philly Half Marathon in Pennsylvania in November 2014, Maxine set a personal record of 1-hour and 47-minutes. Again, she had no pain after the race and was able to run two days after the race. Maxine continues core training and strength training today because she wants to continue running tomorrow.
This is Maxine’s story, and we hope it inspires you.